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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Roger Annis, Bruce Livesey Mar. 2, 2016

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com

 
John Lennon famously sang, "Give Peace a Chance," but the Western Axis Powers and their media are clearly not sharing the chorus where Syria is concerned.

Despite the recently agreed Cessation of Hostilities, to listen to the CBC and America's corporate news disseminators, the tentative steps towards peace made by Russia are false, doomed to fail, and appear in fact designed to do so.

A cynical observer might think the whole exercise is just a pretext to further NATO warmaking in its years-long efforts to either effect regime change over there, or create a smoking ruin of Syria in the attempt.
 
 
Roger Annis is a longtime socialist, trade union activist, and prolific essayist in the cause of social justice and peace both in Canada and abroad. He's a contributing editor at the website New Cold War, where he's written extensively on Ukraine, and his articles can also be found at his website, A Socialist in Canada, and at Rabble.ca, and Counterpunch.org.
 
His latest article, 'Syria Ceasefire a Triumph of Diplomacy, But Militarism Still Rules in Ottawa and Other Western Capitals' examines the recent Cessation of Hostilities agreement for Syria.
 
Roger Annis in the first half.
 
And; they're two of the World's richest men, yet outside their native America the Koch brothers are barely known. In fact, even within the United States, the Koch's have managed to keep an extraordinarily low media profile; and in Canada, where they happen to own a good portion of Alberta's Tar Sands, they've achieved as close to teevee invisibility as a pair of billionaires can.

My second half guest hopes to remedy that. His documentary film, 'How the Kochs and the Rich Buy Elections' will expose the brothers' "controversial practices," addressing just how they've insinuated themselves into the heart of American democracy - if he can only get it made, again.
 
Bruce Livesey is a multiple award-winning investigative journalist and author who's worked in print, radio, and television. He currently serves as the National Observer's lead investigative reporter, and has written for most major publications in Canada, including: The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, The Gazette, The Walrus, amongst others, and his book, 'The Thieves of Bay Street' was a best-selling Arthur Ellis Award nominee in Canada. Livesey's been a producer for CBC's The Fifth Estate, The National, and CBC News Sunday, and Global TV in Canada, while working with PBS's Frontline and the New York Times in the States, and directing documentaries for Al Jazeera English.

Bruce Livesey and smoking out the Koch's in the second half.
 
But first, Roger Annis and winning the ceasefire battle, but not stopping the Syria war.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm 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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Vulture Singer Hits a High Note: Don't Cry for Mercy, Argentina

Rubio's Billionaire Wins Ransom from Argentina
by Greg Palast - Palast Investigative Fund

Monday, February 29, 2016

Paul Singer, known as The Vulture, won a $4.65 billion payment from Argentina* — nearly ONE HUNDRED TIMES his "investment" of $50 million in old Argentina bonds. It was, in finance speak, the most successful "vulture attack" ever.

[Greg Palast has investigated Paul "The Vulture" Singer for BBC TV and The Guardian for the last 9 years.] 

Singer’s actions are outlawed in most of the civilized world.
 
Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, attempted to stop Singer’s predatory act, but Singer did a brilliant end-run: he used his cash to help elect a new President in Argentina that would jump to his tune and pay him billions.

Now, he’s attempting to do the same to the USA: pick a president for us who will feather his vulture's nest. He’s the number one donor sugar daddy for Marco Rubio’s candidacy [See, "Who Hatched Rubio"].
 
Singer is also the big bankroller of Karl Rove, to make sure that, even if he can’t sell Rubio to the GOP base, at least The Vulture can use "Turdblossom" Rove to ensure that Hillary won’t become President and put him out the of vulture business.

Leap Day on Wall Street: A Reckoning Cometh

Wall Street’s Savage Reckoning: Clouds Gather Over G-20 Summit
by Mike Whitney  - CounterPunch

February 29, 2016
 
Finance ministers and central bankers from the world’s biggest economies met in Shanghai, China over the weekend to discuss many of the problems for which they alone are responsible.

Leading the list of issues, was the steady deceleration in global growth which, to great extent, is the result of experimental monetary policies central banks implemented following the recession in 2009.

Surprisingly, the group admitted that their “easing strategies” had failed to produce the durable recovery that they sought, but at the same time, they made virtually no effort to correct their mistake by making the changes necessary to shore up flagging global output.

Here’s a brief recap from Bloomberg:

“Finance chiefs from the world’s top economies committed their governments to doing more to boost global growth amid mounting concerns over the potency of monetary policy.
In a pledge that will prove easier to write than deliver and may disappoint investors looking for a coordinated stimulus plan, the Group of 20 said “we will use fiscal policy flexibly to strengthen growth, job creation and confidence.” After a two-day meeting in Shanghai, finance ministers and central bank governors also doubled down on a line from their last gathering that “monetary policy alone cannot lead to balanced growth.”
 

Not Resigned to Clinton Win: Democratic Nat'l Committee Vice-Chair Steps Down to Stump for Sanders

Democratic National Committee Defection: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s Surprise Endorsement Gives Sanders a Chance to Change the Whole Primary Game
by Dave Lindorff  - This Can't Be Happening

February 28, 2016

Just as the media, in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s landslide win in South Carolina’s Democratic primary Saturday, are predictably writing the obituary for Bernie Sanders’ upstart and uphill campaign for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) has handed him an opportunity to jolt the American people awake.
 
Announcing on “Meet the Press” that Americans need a real choice of commander-in-chief -- one “who has foresight, who exercises good judgment,” she announced today her resignation as vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee -- an organization that has been actively working to promote Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
 
In a clear dig at Clinton, a neoliberal who has been at the forefront not just in backing President George W. Bush’s illegal invasion of Iraq, but in pushing for both the illegal and disastrous overthrow of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi and the current intervention to oust Syrian President Basher Al-Assad, Gabbard said, "There is a clear contrast between our two candidates with regard to my strong belief that we must end the interventionist, regime change policies that have cost us so much."
 
She added, “This is not just another 'issue.' This is the issue, and it’s deeply personal to me. This is why I’ve decided to resign as Vice Chair of the DNC so that I can support Bernie Sanders in his efforts to earn the Democratic nomination in the 2016 presidential race."
 

Syrian Diaspora to America: Persecuting the Victim and Perverting Truth

Zionist Propaganda and Deception
by Richard Hugus

February 25, 2016
 
There is an interesting kind of inversion in zionist propaganda whereby the thing the zionist accuses his enemy of doing, he is doing himself. Sometimes it is called projection, but in this case it is not a psychological flaw; it is done consciously for the purpose of deceit.

So another word seems appropriate. Here is a case in point.
 
On February 22, 2016 a group called Americans for Peace and Tolerance held a news conference at the State House in Providence, in which they urged Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo to take back an offer she made last November welcoming Syrian refugees coming to the state.
 
This group, which claims to promote peace and tolerance, is an active supporter of Israel, which has for its entire history brought war to the world by demonizing Arabs and Muslims. When one of the most recent wars – in Syria — creates refugees, the group makes a stand for tolerance by holding a press conference to declare that Syrian refugees should not be tolerated.
 

[American] War, [Who And] What Is It Good For?

War, What Is It Good For? Absolutely Nothing. And No Kidding, That’s the Literal Truth When It Comes to War, American-Style 
by Tom Engelhardt - TomDispatch
 
Feb. 25, 2016

It may be hard to believe now, but in 1970 the protest song “War,” sung by Edwin Starr, hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. That was at the height of the Vietnam antiwar movement and the song, written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, became something of a sensation. Even so many years later, who could forget its famed chorus? “War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing.” Not me.

And yet heartfelt as the song was then -- “War, it ain't nothing but a heartbreaker. War, it's got one friend, that's the undertaker...” -- it has little resonance in America today.

But here’s the strange thing: in a way its authors and singer could hardly have imagined, in a way we still can’t quite absorb, that chorus has proven eerily prophetic -- in fact, accurate beyond measure in the most literal possible sense. War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing. You could think of American war in the twenty-first century as an ongoing experiment in proving just that point.
 

Democracy's Undoing in the Cowichan Valley: Unelected CVRD LNG Proponents Take Battle Behind Closed Doors

CVRD’s Elected Political Representatives No Match For the Cunning CAO Brian Carruthers
by Richard Hughes - Cowichan Conversations

February 26th, 2016  

In the hurly burly world of CVRD politics the senior staff have come out the winners. Their role and influence trumps that of our elected representatives.
 
This is especially true with the $200 thousand plus per year CAO Brian Carruthers, a charming and capable controller who dominates today’s political culture at the CVRD.
 
Following the Board’s unanimous vote rejecting any new LNG facilities in the entire Cowichan Valley the CAO, General Manager of Planning Ross Blackwell and Chair Jon Lefebure had a meltdown of sorts.
 
CVRD CAO, Carruthers
 
 
 
 
 

There seems to have been a delayed response that took a couple of days to kick in. But once they had fully grasped the fact that the elected folks had actually initiated and carried out a directive in response to a rumoured Steelhead LNG proposal to establish a floating LNG facility with the Malahat Nation, they hatched out a plan to counter the elected officials' directive.
 

Just One Problem for Syria Peace Accord: America's Restless Frankensteins

Sticking point in Syria truce: Washington’s support for Al Qaeda
by Bill Van Auken - WSWS
 
25 February 2016

Testifying Tuesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary of State John Kerry faced intensely hostile questioning as he defended a Syrian “cessation of hostilities” reached with Moscow that is supposed to go into effect this weekend.
 
Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer of California suggested that the agreement might be little more than a “rope-a-dope” deal, while the committee’s Republican chairman, Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, warned that Russia would “continue to kill the folks that are our friends and allies.”
 
Kerry responded by stressing that there was a “significant discussion taking place now about a Plan B,” presumably entailing a major escalation of the US military intervention in Syria and a potential armed confrontation with Russia, should the truce deal fail to further Washington’s aims.
 
The key sticking point in the US-Russian deal is precisely the status of those to whom Senator Corker referred as “the folks that are our friends and allies.” He, like the Obama administration, the Pentagon, the CIA, and the entire political and media establishment, carefully avoided any precise identification of these “folks.”
 
 

A Future Still Bright: No Nukes Over Syria

I Refuse to Believe in a Nuclear War over Syria and Oil
by F. William Engdahl - NEO

Feb. 25, 2016

In this most bizarre of seemingly endless conflicts in the Middle East, wars ultimately over something as stupid as control of oil, a most alarming report has surfaced introducing the nightmare scenario of nations using tactical nuclear weapons to secure their aims.

That were it to happen would be the most stupid thing the human race has done to date to destroy itself. Given the implications and what is being reported it warrants more than close scrutiny.
 
It’s a report from a serious US journalist, citing an anonymous “source close to Putin” that a nuclear war pitting Russia against USA, NATO, Turkey and Saudi Arabia is possible. I refuse to believe in such a nuclear war over Syria and I want to say why.
 
 

Lithium and the "New Gasoline" War

Electric Car War Sends Lithium Prices Sky High
by James Stafford - OilPrice.com

23 February 2016
 
With lithium prices skyrocketing beyond wildest expectations, talk heating up about acquisitions and mergers in this space and a fast-brewing war among electric car rivals, it’s no wonder everyone’s bullish on this golden commodity that promises to become the ‘’new gasoline”.
 
Moreover, land grabs, rising price predictions, and expectations of a major demand spike are leaping out of the shadows of a pending energy revolution and a new technology-driven resource era.
 
For once, we have agreement across the board on a commodity: Demand for lithium will continue to rise throughout the year--and beyond--spurred by the rise of battery mega/gigafactories and a burgeoning energy storage business that will change the way we live.
 
That’s why Goldman Sachs calls lithium the “new gasoline”. It’s also why The Economist calls it “the world’s hottest commodity”, and talks about a “global scramble to secure supplies of lithium by the world’s largest battery producers, and by end-users such as carmakers.”
 

Transcending the False Clinton-Sanders Dichotomy

Why We Must Transcend the Clinton-Sanders Debate: The Middle East in US Foreign Policy
 
February 24, 2016 

As US liberals and some leftists are pulling up their sleeves in anticipation of a prolonged battle for the Democratic Party Presidential nomination, the tussle becomes particularly ugly whenever the candidates’ foreign policy agendas are evoked.
 
Of the two main contenders, Hilary Clinton is the obvious target. She is an interventionist, uncompromisingly, and her term as Secretary of State (2009-2013) is a testament to her role in sustaining the country's foreign policy agenda under George W. Bush (as a Senator, she had voted for the Iraq war in 2002) and advocating regime change in her own right.
 
 
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