by C. L. Cook
espite the Minsk II treaty signed in February, fighting between all sides within the former Ukraine has continued. Last night, for the third consecutive night, that fighting escalated with heavy artillery targeting the strategic, and psychologically significant, airport at Donetsk among other targets in and around the city.
While Western media has focused on the capture of two Russian soldiers earlier this week, renewing NATO calls for a Russian withdrawal from the conflict, Kiev coup leader, Petro Poroshenko claims the capture is proof his regime's real enemy is Vladimir Putin, saying; "Can I be absolutely clear with you this is not a fight with Russian-backed separatists, this is a real war with Russia."
is a Canadian ex-pat Ukrainian whose articles during the past year about the war in eastern Ukraine can be found at: Counterpunch, Truthout, Truthdig, and New Cold War.org.
Mokrushyna is a former vice-president of the Ottawa branch of the Ukrainian National Federation, and as well as freelancing for the now-defunct Ukrainian service of Radio Canada International, was a regular contributor to Ukrainian radio programming in Ottawa. She holds a Doctorate in Modern Languages from Ukraine, and a Master's degree in communication from Ottawa University, where she is currently working towards a PhD in Sociology. Halyna was in Donetsk as part of a media tour of the eastern part of the country this past April.
Halyna Mokrushyna in the first half.
And; last week hundreds came out in kayaks, row boats, sailboats, on surfboards, and almost anything else that would float as part of the #ShellNo protest of Shell Oil's plans to send a massive offshore drilling platform to the Arctic Ocean. The rig, Polar Pioneer is currently moored in Seattle, (where city council recently passed a motion disinviting its presence) preparing to make its way to the north.
Greenpeace is sending its ship, the Esperanza to Seattle, and on a tour of BC's inside passage to rally opposition to Arctic offshore drilling among First Nations communities along the way. But those communities don't need Greenpeace's encouragement; opposition to the expansion of oil industry shipping is already strong.
is a long-time environmental defender who has appeared on Gorilla Radio many times over the last dozen years or so. He currently lives alongside the iconic Great Bear Rainforest on BC's mid-coast, where he has started a campaign to shut down the little-known operations of the Nathan E. Stewart, a 10,000 ton capacity oil tanker plying the waters of the inside passage. His 10,000 Ton Tanker
Facebook campaign is growing exponentially with the recent addition of drone footage of the mysterious tanker garnering tens of thousands of views, and climbing.
Ingmar Lee and watching the Nathan E. Stewart in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft
will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of what's happening on the streets of our city, and beyond there too in the coming week. But first, Halyna Mokrushyna and the World's potentially most dangerous conflict growing hotter in Ukraine.
Created on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 03:21
Written by Andre Vltchek
How to Fight Western Propaganda
by Andre Vltchek
irst they manufacture monstrous lies, and then they tell us that we should be objective!
Is love objective; is passion?
Are dreams defendable, logically and philosophically?
When a house is attacked by brigands, when a village is overran by gangsters, when smoke, fire and cries for help are coming from every corner, should we award ourselves with the luxury of time to calculate, analyze and aim at complete logical, ethical, holistic and objective solutions?
I strongly believe no! We are obliged to fight those who are burning our dwellings, to hit with full force those who are attempting to rape our women, and to confront fire with fire when innocent beings are slaughtered.
When the most powerful and the most destructive force on earth employs all its persuasive might, utilizing everything from the mainstream media to educational facilities, in order to justify its crimes, when it spreads its poisonous propaganda and lies in order to oppress the world and suppress hope, do we step back and begin endless and detailed work on precise and objective narratives? Or do we confront lies and propaganda with our own narrative, supported by our intuition, passion and dreams for a better world?
Created on Monday, 18 May 2015 17:07
Written by Chris Cook
The Role of Media in a Post-Democratic Canada
anada's actions these days resemble less those of a democratic country than they mirror those of the 20th Century dictatorships. There and then, media supported the government, cheering victory, damning the enemy, while lionizing the Warrior ethos with great martial pageants. Nemesis of course followed.
Canadians have long looked towards America's restless militarism, couching criticism of its neighbour's grosser imperialist adventures saying, "A true friend gives good counsel, rather than flatter, or unblinkingly accept wrong-headed actions." There seems in 2015 little appetite left to defend such quaint democratic sentiments in Ottawa. In fact, there seems little sentiment here to defend democracy at all.
What does remain however is the fervent determination of Canada's state broadcaster, and private media interests, to beaver away protecting, polishing, and above all perpetuating the myth of a demonstrably false dedication to the ideals of democracy.
Read more: Is There a Role for Media in a Post-Democratic Canada?
Created on Monday, 18 May 2015 03:41
Written by Press Release
The Seneca Lake Defenders
by WE Are Seneca LakeF
At the Ithaca, New York stop of The Solutions Grassroots Tour: “A Solar Home Companion” local organizer, Stephanie Redmond, asked a very important question of Josh.
She wanted to know when he was going to join the Seneca Lake Defenders
and get arrested protesting fracked-gas storage in salt cavern under Seneca Lake.
A couple of nights later we were in Watkins Glen, our closest tour stop to the proposed gas storage site. We were there with local winemakers, business owners and many others who had joined the campaign to oppose the gas-storage under Seneca Lake.
Read more: We All Are Seneca Lake
Created on Sunday, 17 May 2015 01:36
Written by Chris Genovali
B.C.'s Wolf Cull is Unscientific, Unethical, and Unwarranted
For at least the next five years, the B.C. government intends to kill hundreds of wolves by means of aerial gunning in the South Selkirk and South Peace regions of the province.
The province is marketing the slaughter as a conservation plan to "save endangered caribou." The provincial Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations recently announced the first phase of the killing has been completed with an initial body count of 84 wolves
This unscientific, unethical, and unwarranted wolf cull is a consequence of industrial logging and other human activity, which have transformed the caribou's habitat into a landscape that can no longer provide the food, cover, and security these animals need to survive. Rather than address the real problem, i.e., the destruction of life sustaining caribou habitat, the B.C. government has chosen to scapegoat wolves. The aim of Raincoast's billboard campaign
is to bring attention to that deplorable decision.
Read more: More Canadian Crimes Against Nature: B.C.'s Wolf Extirpation Industry, Not Science-Based