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There is a lot of congratulating of President Obama going on among people on the left in the US over the announced agreement reached between the White House and Raul Castro to end America’s half-century isolation of the only Communist nation in the Americas.
But the congratulations are premature and naive.
Whatever the reasons for the announcement that the US and Cuba are swapping some long-held prisoners and are going to exchange embassies (The US closed its embassy in Havana in 1962), the reality is that this will not end Washington’s obsession with overthrowing the socialist government installed in 1959 by Fidel Castro’s successful anti-imperialist armed rebellion.
Not only does having an American embassy in your country not mean your country will be left alone by the imperialist Washington -- it means that in the heart of your national capital, you will have a diplomatically protected headquarters for agents working for the CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency and a host of other Washington three-letter spy outfits.
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BC's respected science learning centre at risk of being co-opted by industry
VANCOUVER – The Wilderness Committee, Council of Canadians, allied environmental groups and concerned citizens have signed on to an open letter demanding that the BC government end its partnership with Science World involving ongoing promotional workshops about liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Despite clear evidence of the expected climate impacts associated with BC's planned LNG export industry, the provincial government continues to claim a leadership role on climate. Should just five of the dozen or so proposed LNG terminals be constructed, it would double the annual carbon footprint of the entire province of BC.
"We cannot ignore the conclusions of climate scientists anymore – climate change has arrived and must be confronted," said Eoin Madden, the Wilderness Committee's Climate Campaigner.
"Burning fossil fuels is what got us into this mess, and creating a massive new fossil fuel industry and promoting it as 'clean' misleads young people."
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. And now heard at Simon Fraser University's http://www.cjsf.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/
“One aim of the exercise, Trident Lance, was to test how well a fully operational LANDCOM — which is charged with improving the effectiveness and reaction time of the alliance’s land forces — could respond to an international crisis. In this case, the scenario dealt with the hypothetical invasion of NATO member Estonia,” Stars and Stripes reported.