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Obama Straight Up Lies About Gaza

Blockading the Truth: Obama's Big Lie About Gaza
by Chris Floyd - Empire Burlesque
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It is simply a lie that Israel's slaughter in Gaza is a response to an "unprovoked attack" by Hamas. Not only is it a lie, it is a transparent, brazen lie, whose falsehood is glaringly apparent to anyone who had given even a cursory look at coverage of the Israeli government's response to the murder of three Israeli teenagers in June.
 
At that time, we were told in many news reports about an Israeli "crackdown" in Gaza, including mass arrests, military operations and, finally, the killing of six Hamas members. It was after these operations and these killings -- which were clear breaches of a ceasefire which Hamas had been honoring for 19 months -- that Hamas began its retaliation against Israel's unprovoked attacks.
 
(And no, the murder of the teenagers was not a "provocation" by Hamas, which disclaimed all connection to the crime. It was almost certainly carried out a rogue clan which has often -- conveniently -- staged provocations whenever it seems that some small movement toward peace might be made, and has been a thorn in Hamas' side for a long time.
 
What's more, as Max Blumenthal reported, the Israeli government knew the teenagers had been murdered almost immediately, and who the likely culprits were; but the Netanyahu regime chose to wage a worldwide campaign of mendacity -- and torment the boys' parents -- by claiming they might still be alive, and launching "search" missions for them.)
 

Palestinians Die as America and Europe Stand By: Gaza as Genocidal Proving Ground

American choice: genocide or justice?
by Finian Cunningham - PressTV
US top diplomat John Kerry says a ceasefire deal in Gaza is close but there is still a way to go for one to be implemented.
 
What's the hold-up? Men, women and children are being slaughtered in their hundreds. Hospitals, schools, mosques, churches, the wounded are being attacked against all norms of international law and morality.
 
The main Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, says that any truce must be the basis for further talks on the underlying issues of Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip and by extension on other parts of Palestinian territory in the West Bank. That is inarguably reasonable and common sense.
 
But the Israeli regime doesn't want to engage in discussions about the bigger issues. It says that a ceasefire should be negotiated first and then, at some unspecified later time, talks about underlying issues can be held. Of course, this seemingly two-part deal from the Israeli side is but a cruel, cynical joke. It will never talk to Hamas. Indeed, the Israeli regime will never seriously talk to any Palestinian faction about the wider issues. A ceasefire for them is just a punctuation mark in a long story of ongoing dispossession of Palestinians from their historic homeland.
 
This is where the American government and the European allies are exposed as being on the side of the Israeli aggressor and genocidal regime. Apparent expressions of concern and huffing and puffing about "trying to pursue a ceasefire" are contemptible in the present abominable context.
 

The "Ukrainian Army" Killing Ukrainians in Luhansk

The Shelling of Luhansk, Eastern Ukraine, by the Ukraine Army
by Roger Annis - A Socialist in Canada (also published on Rabble.ca)
The following is a 12-minute video recording of the aftermath of the shelling of the city of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine by Ukraine armed forces on July 18, 2014. There are many videos being broadcast describing the destruction and killings of the Kyiv government in its now months-long military offensive against southeast Ukraine. This video is unique because it is comprehensive and because it is subtitled in English. 
The reason for the intensity of the shelling by the Ukraine army is that its ground forces cannot easily conquer the cities in eastern Ukraine. These are defended by determined and motivated self-defense forces of the Donetsk and Luhansk Peoples Republics. Ukraine’s army is poorly trained and equipped. It is a conscript army whose foot soldiers have proven reluctant to follow orders to shoot their fellow citizens. The fighting capacities of the extreme right and fascist militias (including the so-called ‘National Guard’) that are allied with the army, meanwhile, are significant, but so far not decisive.
 
Ukraine is also using fighter aircraft to bomb towns and cities. Today, CBC news reports that two of those aircraft have been shot down by self-defense forces. This is being used by mainstream media as more grist for their mill in urging foreign intervention that would assist Kyiv in putting down the rebellious population in the east. There is concern about two aircraft–and none at all about the people they were bombing. So goes the news cycle about Ukraine.
 

Dear Grieg Seafoods: Looking for Answers to Gold River Fish Farm Die-Off

Dear CEO of Grieg Seafoods
by Alexandra Morton
 
Morton Vike
CEO Grieg Seafood
Bergen, Norway
July 24, 2014
 
Dear Morten Vike:
 
Over the past few weeks I have received reports of large numbers of dying salmon in your farms in the beautiful Nootka Sound, Gold River region of British Columbia, Canada. So I visited the area, and indeed your farms, Williamson and Concepcion have dying fish floating on the surface.
 
The stench around your farms is overwhelming and may have prompted the many reports to me. This is an area of pristine wilderness where many enjoy their summers. Your mort bins are heaped full and sinking the float low in the water and this has apparently been going on for weeks.
 
We did a plankton tow for 10 minutes just outside your anchor lines. The water was quite clear, no sign of a heavy algae bloom. You have oxygen machines lined up at every farm, but they are not running. The Atlantic salmon in your pens have red speckles and welts on them. These can be sign of disease. These are not sea lice, the shape and placement is wrong. The Atlantic salmon in your pens are finning on the surface - never a good sign. Every few minutes more Atlantic salmon were seen dying inside your pens.
 
Just around the corner from your farms full of dying salmon, sport fishermen are catching large beautiful wild Chinook salmon. Wild salmon from other regions are likely in the area as well.
 
As you are aware, salmon farms amplify pathogens such as sea lice, viruses and bacteria. Thus your two salmon farms with a combined total of over 1,200,000 fish, sited in the narrow channels of a region enjoying an extremely valuable wild salmon return represent a serious threat to wild salmon from industrial pathogen exposure.
 
Please reply as soon as possible to inform us on what the Atlantic salmon in your pens are dying of. As you know, in Canada, it is unclear whether you own the salmon in your pens or not and thus these dying fish are likely a public resource, and they are situated in public waters in the territory of the Mowachaht/Muchalaht Nation.
 

Explaining Why "Rebels" Believed Behind MH17 Downing Were Wearing Ukrainian Army Uniforms

The Mystery of a Ukrainian Army ‘Defector’
by Robert Parry - Consortium News
jamesclapperAs the U.S. government seeks to build its case blaming eastern Ukrainian rebels and Russia for the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the evidence seems to be getting twisted to fit the preordained conclusion, including a curious explanation for why the troops suspected of firing the fateful missile may have been wearing Ukrainian army uniforms.

On Tuesday, mainstream journalists, including for the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post, were given a briefing about the U.S. intelligence information that supposedly points the finger of blame at the rebels and Russia. While much of this circumstantial case was derived from postings on “social media,” the briefings also addressed the key issue of who fired the Buk anti-aircraft missile that is believed to have downed the airliner killing all 298 people onboard.

After last Thursday’s shoot-down, I was told that U.S. intelligence analysts were examining satellite imagery that showed the crew manning the suspected missile battery wearing what looked like Ukrainian army uniforms, but my source said the analysts were still struggling with whether that essentially destroyed the U.S. government’s case blaming the rebels.

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What Putin Isn't Saying, Yet

What Putin Knows
by Mike Whitney - CounterPunch
“We have repeatedly called on all parties to immediately stop the bloodshed and sit down at the negotiating table. We strongly believe that if military action in the East of Ukraine had not been renewed on the 28th of June, this tragedy wouldn’t have happened. However, no one has the right to use this tragedy to pursue their own political aims. Such events should unite and not divide people.”  - Russian President Vladimir Putin, Official statement on the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17
“Lets be clear, both Russia and the US know what happened. They’d have to. Their intelligence and orbital systems saw it all…. They’d have to know.”  - Omen 4, comments line Zero Hedge

Washington’s plan to “pivot” to Asia by establishing a beachhead in Ukraine and sabotaging trade relations between Europe and Russia, entered a new phase last Thursday when Malaysia Airlines flight 17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile launched from east Ukraine. Since then, the western media and prominent members of the US political establishment have used the incident to attack Russia mercilessly and to hold Russian President Vladimir Putin personally responsible for the deaths of the 295 passengers.
 
On Sunday, the Obama administration launched its most impressive propaganda blitz to date, scheduling appearances for US Secretary of State John Kerry on all five Sunday morning talk shows where he made unsubstantiated claims that MH17 was shot down by Russia-backed rebels in east Ukraine. According to Kerry, Russia has not only “supported, armed and trained” the separatists, but also provided them with the missile system (BUK) which was used to bring down the jetliner.
On CBS’s “Face the Nation”, Kerry said:
 
“We know for certain that the separatists have a proficiency that they’ve gained by training from Russians as to how to use these sophisticated SA-11 systems….. there’s enormous amount of evidence, even more evidence than I just documented, that points to the involvement of Russia in providing these system, training the people on them.” (“Kerry Says Russia Trained Separatists to Use Antiaircraft Missiles”, New York Times)
Amazingly, Kerry’s claims don’t square with those of his boss, President Barack Obama who admitted on Friday that he didn’t know who shot down MH17 or why.

Russia, NATO, and the War in Ukraine

Russia and the War in Eastern Ukraine
by Roger Annis  - A Socialist in Canada
Annis Miners rally in Donetsk June182014Moscow, Russia, July 17, 2014 Bombardments of cities and towns in eastern Ukraine by the Ukraine army are not letting up.

Two days ago, Russia Today reported that 18 civilians had died in Luhansk city over the previous three days from the indiscriminate shelling of neighbourhoods.

Miners rally in Donetsk on June 18, 2014, 
sign reads ‘NATO out!’ 

Today, shelling has killed 20 and cut electricity, water service and communication in the city of 400,000 people. In a display of how the media is turning a blind eye to war crimes, the BBC called the attacks in Luhansk “fresh clashes”.

The number of dead is much higher in Donetsk region, including eleven people who died when missiles struck an apartment building in Snezhnoe July 15. It was 6:30 am. Most people were still in bed. Russia Today broadcast shocking images of dozens of people digging at rubble after the attack. A child is rescued and taken to a waiting ambulance. It’s not clear in the footage if he is alive. (Further video, subtitled, of the aftermath of the attack is here.)

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Al Engler, Dave Lindorff, Janine Bandcroft, Gaza Demo July 21, 2014

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com
A world on fire: If it seems these last couple weeks have been more insane than usual, you're not watching enough baseball.

From the bombing of the citizenry of captive Gaza, and media-made invisible bombing of the citizenry of the captive cities of Eastern Ukraine, to typhoons, firestorms, and the mysterious fate of jetliners, (the second disaster in a row for Malaysia Airlines) it's all looking a little too apocalyptic for what's supposed to be the idle, Dog Days of Summer. But then again, we're headed into uncharted waters on a lot of fronts now, in the teenaged years of the 21st Century.

Before proceeding further into that most difficult fifteenth year however, a peek back at recent history to figure out how we got into this mess we call Western Civilization is probably well-advised.

Allan Engler is a Vancouver-based trade unionist, social and environmental activist, and essayist whose many articles appear online at Dissident Voice, What Really Happened, and Dystopia Earth, among other places.

Listen. Hear.

Al's also the author of the books, 'Apostles of Greed: Capitalism and the Myth of the Individual in the Market,' and 'Economic Democracy: The Working Class Alternative to Capitalism.' His latest article examines the recently translated book, 'Capital in the 21st Century,' a new sensation by French economist, Thomas Pikitty.

Al Engler in the first half.

And; it's not only in the Middle East where Canadian media fails us, but there are no more egregious examples of their incompetence, incapacity, and stubborn refusal to provide insightful coverage than in both Eastern Ukraine and Gaza right now. This glaringly obvious abrogation of responsibility to their craft, let alone the ethical failure that surrender to real politik represents, has rendered the CBC and their task masters in Stephen Harper's Ottawa complicit in the crimes Israel, and the fascist coup regime of Kiev, they support through misreporting and factual omission.

Dave Lindorff is an award-winning investigative reporter, long-time muckraker, and founder of the online news site, ThisCan'tBeHappening.net. Dave's writing regularly appears online at Counterpunch.org and is featured too in some mainstream interests. Lindorff is author of the books, 'This Can't Be Happening! Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy,' 'Marketplace Medicine: The Rise of the For Profit Hospital Chains,' 'Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal,' and co-authored with Barbara Olshansky 'The Case for Impeachment: Legal Arguments for Removing President George W. Bush'. Dave too recently collaborated with one of America's preeminent online investigative journalism sites, WhoWhatWhy, on a three-part series on Climate Change.
 
Dave Lindorff 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 up to speed with some of what's good going on on our streets - and otherwise, (and beyond there too) - in the coming week; but first, Al Engler and getting to know Capitalism: A System of Patrimonial Wealth.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/
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Aging in Paragraph: Days of Centuries Future and Empires Past

Requiem for the American Century: Turning 70, Paragraph by Paragraph
The Future Is Not Ours (and Neither Is the Past).

* Seventy-three years ago, on February 17, 1941, as a second devastating global war approached, Henry Luce, the publisher of Time and Life magazines, called on his countrymen to “create the first great American Century.” Luce died in 1967 at age 69. Life, the pictorial magazine no home would have been without in my 1950s childhood, ceased to exist as a weekly in 1972 and as a monthly in 2000; Time, which launched his career as a media mogul, is still wobbling on, a shadow of its former self. No one today could claim that this is Time’s century, or the American Century, or perhaps anyone else’s. Even the greatest empires now seem to have shortened lifespans. The Soviet Century, after all, barely lasted seven decades. Of course, only the rarest among us live to be 100, which means that at 70, like Time, I’m undoubtedly beginning to wobble, too.
 
* The other day I sat down with an old friend, a law professor who started telling me about his students. What he said aged me instantly. They’re so young, he pointed out, that their parents didn’t even come of age during the Vietnam War. For them, he added, that war is what World War I was to us. He might as well have mentioned the Mongol conquests or the War of the Roses. We’re talking about the white-haired guys riding in the open cars in Veteran’s Day parades when I was a boy. And now, it seems, I’m them.
 
* In March 1976, accompanied by two friends, my wife and I got married at City Hall in San Francisco, and then adjourned to a Chinese restaurant for a dim sum lunch. If, while I was settling our bill of perhaps $30, you had told me that, almost half a century in the future, marriage would be an annual $40 billion dollar business, that official couplings would be preceded by elaborate bachelor and bachelorette parties, and that there would be such a thing as destination weddings, I would have assumed you were clueless about the future. On that score at least, the nature of the world to come was self-evident and elaborate weddings of any sort weren’t going to be part of it.
 

Gazan Hell: Israel's Tightening Spiral Into Depravity

A Future in Hell: Bitter Fruits of Bellicose Policy
by Chris Floyd - Empire Burlesque
1. As Israel begins its latest ground assault on the Gaza Ghetto -- accompanied by whoops of support across the American political and media spectrum -- it is worth remembering this:

https://twitter.com/GazaYBO/status/490857047173627905/photo/1For the third time in five years, the world’s fourth largest military power has launched a full-scale armed onslaught on one of its most deprived and overcrowded territories.Since Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip began, just over a week ago, more than 200 Palestinians have been killed.
Nearly 80% of the dead are civilians, over 20% of them children.

But the idea that Israel is responding to a hail of rockets out of a clear blue sky takes “narrative framing” beyond the realm of fantasy. … The latest violence is supposed to have been triggered by the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers in the occupied West Bank in June, for which Hamas denied responsibility. But its origin clearly lies in the collapse of US-sponsored negotiations for a final settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the spring.

That was followed by the formation of a “national reconciliation” government by the Fatah and Hamas movements, whose division has been a mainstay of Israeli and US policy. Israeli incursions and killings were then stepped up, including attacks on Palestinian civilians by armed West Bank settlers. In May, two Palestinian teenagers were shot dead by the Israeli army with barely a flicker of interest outside the country.
It’s now clear the Israeli government knew from the start that its own kidnapped teenagers had been killed within hours. But the news was suppressed while a #BringBackOurBoys campaign was drummed up and a sweeping crackdown launched against Hamas throughout the West Bank. Over 500 activists were arrested and more than half a dozen killed – along with a Palestinian teenager burned to death by settlers. Binyamin Netanyahu’s aim was evidently to signal that whatever deal Hamas had signed with Mahmoud Abbas would never be accepted by Israel.

Gaza had nothing to do with the kidnapping, but Israeli attacks were also launched on the strip and Hamas activists killed. It was those killings and the West Bank campaign that led to Hamas resuming its rocket attacks – and in turn to Israel’s devastating bombardment.
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Fuzzy Logic: Obama and the CBC on Gaza Blitz

CBC and Obama: Unacceptable
by Kim Petersen - Dissident Voice

On Friday afternoon, hundreds of people gathered in front of the building which houses Canada’s state media, the CBC. An article in the CBC of the same day explains why the people of Halifax were disgusted; its subtitle quotes United States president Barack Obama:
 
“’No nation should accept rockets fired into its borders,’ Obama says of Israel’s ground push.”
 
How should the nations where the United States carries out drone missile attacks respond to such an utterance from Obama?

How should Korea which never attacked the US feel about the barrage of US rockets that obliterated so many Korean lives from 1950-53?1 How should Viet Nam, which never attacked the US, feel about the devastation of its people under rockets and chemical weapons? How should Iraq, which never attacked the US, respond to such a frivolous utterance from Obama?2,3