• Written by Caitlin Johnstone

"Red" Tulsi Revealed: Ancient War Hog's Head Emerges to Poke Gabbard

“Russian Asset” Is A Meaningless Noise War Pigs Make With Their Face Holes

by Caitlin Johnstone - Rogue Journalist


October 17, 2019

Both Tulsi Gabbard and the Green Party of the United States have issued scorching rebukes of Hillary Clinton for baseless accusations the former Secretary of State made during a recent interview claiming that both Gabbard and former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein are aligned with the Russian government.

“I’m not making any predictions, but I think they’ve got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate,” Clinton said in a transparent reference to Gabbard.

“She’s the favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far. And that’s assuming Jill Stein will give it up, which she might not because she’s also a Russian asset.”


Clinton provided no evidence for her outlandish claims, because she does not have any. Gabbard has repeatedly denied centrist conspiracy theories that she intends to run as a third-party candidate, a claim which establishment pundits have been making more and more often because they know there will never be any consequences when their claims are disproven. There is no evidence of any kind connecting either Jill Stein or Tulsi Gabbard to the Russian government.

Of course, this total lack of evidence hasn’t dissuaded Clintonites from falling all over themselves trying to justify Mommy’s claims anyway.

  • Written by John Helmer

Playing Russian Roulette with Syria: Trump Agrees NATO Imprimatur on Turk Invasion

IN THE WAR FOR SYRIA’S HIGHWAY M4, THE KREMLIN TURKS HAVE BEEN BEATEN TO THE PUNCH BY THE RUSSIAN GENERAL STAFF, FOREIGN MINISTRY — FOR THE MOMENT

by John Helmer - Dances with Bears

October 16, 2019


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is hoping that his meeting with President Vladimir Putin, scheduled for next Tuesday in Sochi, will give him the same battlefield advantages on Syrian territory which Putin conceded in their Idlib Agreement of last September. 

 

 

Moscow - By fixing the Putin negotiation at the limit of the 5-day agreement Erdogan negotiated yesterday with US officials in Ankara, the Turkish aim is to extend the Turkish military occupation of northeastern Syria from the frontier to Highway M4, and present Putin with a fait accompli – a Turkish invasion of Syria, followed by the surrender of the Kurdish forces and of the Syrian Army, without a serious fight.

To achieve this between now and then, the US and the Turks are hoping for a Russian military retreat from the battlefield, and the abandonment of Russian protection, in the air and on the ground, of the Syrian Army’s advance to recover sovereignty for the government in Damascus.

The Turkish invasion, the US has now agreed, is a NATO operation under the treaty’s collective defence Article 5; this implies the threat of US reprisals if the Turkish advance is fought by Kurdish, Syrian and Russian forces.

“This is an incredible outcome,” President Donald Trump has declared. “We got everything we ever could have dreamed of.” 

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Bo Filter, Caitlyn Vernon*, Vanessa Beeley, Janine Bandcroft October 17th, 2019

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com

October 17, 2019

Turkey's illegal invasion of Syria last week is the latest fracture in NATO's fragile facade as World peacekeeper and self-professed desire to "live in peace with all peoples and all governments." And it's also a blow to NATO's origin story of being founded on "the principles of democracy, individual liberty and the rule of law."

But then few familiar with international realpolitik believed that fable. So, why do nice countries like Denmark and the Netherlands, Iceland and Norway still participate in the alliance? Why does Canada?

Listen. Hear.

Bo Filter is a long-time peace activist, military veteran, and author of the book, 'The Cause of Wars and Aggression'. He's also a co-sponsor of the petition to remove Canada from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Bo Filter in the first half.

And; escalating climate actions around the World have elicited the predictable response from governments owing allegiance to the economic order millions believe threatens the survival of humanity; arrests, and lots of them.

But some countries are more proactive when it comes to fighting environmental rebellion. A 2015 court case revealed Canada's intelligence services spied on climate activists opposed to the proposed Enbridge Gateway pipeline. Environmental organizations taking part in the investigation of the investigators were forced to agree to gag orders, but that hasn't set well, so the Sierra Club of BC et al, in partnership with the BC Civil Liberties Association, are "seeking accountability and an end to unconstitutional spying on Canadians" in the courts.

Caitlyn Vernon is Campaigns Director at the Sierra Club. She's spent years working for climate solutions that will provide green jobs, while keeping fossil fuels "in the ground". Caitlyn launched the Pull Together initiative, that raised more than a million dollars for Indigenous legal challenges to Enbridge and Kinder Morgan pipeline approvals, and hosts the podcast, 'Mission Transition: Powering BC's Clean Energy Economy'. She's also the author of Nowhere Else on Earth: Standing Tall for the Great Bear Rainforest.

Caitlyn Vernon and making The Protest Papers in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what's good going on in and around our town in the coming week.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.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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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, David Swanson, Joyce Nelson, Janine Bandcroft October 10th, 2019

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com

October 10, 2019

Wars and rumours of same abound still throughout West Asia, where demonstrations for a more inclusive economy in Iraq were met with extreme state violence and the emergence of "mysterious sniper teams" reportedly killing protesters and police alike.

It's a now familiar tactic, meant to keep the chaos going in formerly stable, or at least more stable countries where instability serves better the interests of the "Global Centre of Imperialist Capitalism".

Meanwhile, American military manoeuvres in Syria stoked fears of a renewed Turkish incursion against Kurdish forces long at war there fighting those famous agents of transnational mayhem for hire, Islamic State.

It's clear, in 2019, the New World Order promised by George H. Bush thirty years ago is a mire of perpetual warfare, fought for the profit of the few.

Listen. Hear.

David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is executive director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org.

Some of Swanson's many book titles include: 'War Is A Lie' and 'When the World Outlawed War'. David blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org, and is the host of Talk Nation Radio. He's also a yet-awarded Nobel Peace Prize Nominee for the years, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and recipient of the U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation's 2018 Peace Prize.

David Swanson in the first half.

And; while the burning question in Canada's looming election is vital to the nation, what else might we voters still undecided on "who looks best in a canoe?" want to consider before casting our franchise into the polling pot? How about something more prosaic like the privatization of Canada's water supply and sewage management systems? The Canada Infrastructure Bank's recent announcement it would provide "innovative funding" for just such a scheme is an issue currently left undebated by all federal parties, and is one entirely ignored by all in the press save, according to my second guest, the lonely alternative media site, Press Progress.

Joyce Nelson is an award-winning Canadian freelance writer, researcher, and author whose articles appear in the Watershed Sentinel and at CounterPunch.org. Some of her seven book titles include: ‘The Perfect Machine: TV in the Nuclear Age,’ ‘Sultans of Sleaze: Public Relations and the Media,’ ‘Beyond Banksters: Resisting the New Feudalism’ and its newly released sequel, ‘Bypassing Dystopia: Hope-filled Challenges to Corporate Rule.’

Joyce Nelson and 'Privatizing Canada’s Water Infrastructure Should be an Election Issue' in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week.

But first, David Swanson and wars past not passed, and finding peace in a World Beyond War.

 

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.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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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Robert Hunziker, Dave Lindorff, Janine Bandcroft October 3rd, 2019

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com

October 3, 2019

September 11th past marked more than the eighteenth anniversary of the day western democracy died, it also commemorated the eight and a half years passed since a tsunami slammed into Japan's Fukushima prefecture.

Today, though not as intended, Tokyo Electric Power’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station chugs on, still creating the byproducts if not the benefits of the atomic revolution.

Till now, most of the contaminated water used to continually cool the melted-down cores of the wrecked plant has been stored in a massive tank field, stretching as far as the eye can see. But after eight and a half years, Tokyo Electric, aka TEPCO says they're running out of storage room. Fortunately however, TEPCO's got a plan.

Listen. Hear.

Robert Hunziker is an environmental journalist whose climate clarion calls appear in numerous journals and multiple languages around the World and across the internet. He’s also appeared in a variety of electronic media to talk about global climate change, penned numerous articles on the ever-quickening polar ice melt, and written extensively about the ongoing aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. His latest article on that near-forgotten catastrophe, 'Fukushima’s Radioactive Water Crisis' appears at CounterPunch.org.

Robert Hunziker in the first half.

And; those who reveal unwelcome truths are seldom rewarded. Whether receiving the punishment of whistleblower Julian Assange, languishing yet in British solitary confinement, or threats of similar treatment made by the government of Japan should any journalist there for example have the temerity to dig up dirt on the corruption at the core of its nuclear power industry, these are indeed dangerous times for truth-tellers.

Now, America has deployed another answer for troublesome pests in the press and other cage rattlers.

Dave Lindorff is a publisher, investigative journalist, and author. The former Los Angeles Daily News government bureau chief and freelance reporter now writes for and publishes the multiple Project Censored award-winning online news website, This Can’t Be Happening, where a transcript of his recent NPR interview, 'Dave Lindorff Tells about Finding Himself on the US Government’s Terrorist Watch List' appears. Lindorff's book titles include, ‘This Can’t Be Happening! Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy,’ ‘Marketplace Medicine: The Rise of the For Profit Hospital Chains,’ and ‘Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal.’

Dave Lindorff and what it takes to make the US Terror Watchlist in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week.

 

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.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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Indelible Stain: Snowden's Job on Assange

Edward Snowden’s Julian Assange is an Unfamiliar Julian Assange

by Patrick Anderson - MintPress News 


September 27th, 2019

There is an unquestionable contradiction between Snowden’s opposition to Assange’s arrest and the rhetorical games he plays with Assange’s character in his memoir, Permanent Record.

 


NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks’ former editor Julian Assange have a complicated relationship. On the one hand, they share important similarities: both are perceived as dangerous enemies by the United States government, and both have been documentary subjects of filmmaker Laura Poitras. On the other hand, they clearly disagree when it comes to the means of achieving government transparency and accountability. After all, if Snowden had agreed with Assange about publishing practices, it is likely that he would have followed Chelsea Manning’s example and sent the NSA documents he collected and disclosed in 2013 to WikiLeaks.

The recent publication of Permanent Record, Snowden’s 336-page memoir, takes the Snowden-Assange dynamic to new—and problematic—heights.


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US "Sorry Again" for Killing Scores of Afghan Civilians

Thank our “Heros” for their service. They just wiped out 40 Members of a Wedding 

by Paul Craig Roberts

September 26, 2019

Joint US-Afghan Strike Kills 40 Civilians at Wedding - US statement says deaths probably al-Qaeda’s fault


For the second time in a week, a US military operation in Afghanistan has ended with a large number of civilians dead, and US officials offering very dubious arguments as to why it wasn’t their fault.

The Sunday night attack saw US and Afghan commandos raid a house in Helmand Province, and ultimately launch airstrikes. The attack killed at least 40 civilians, including a number of children.

Instead of the Taliban building they thought they were raiding, it turns out the airstrike pounded an ongoing wedding reception. The Afghan government has already admitted to what happened, saying they are “saddened” by the deaths and want to take extra caution in the future.

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  • Written by Caitlin Johnstone

Blowing Just the Right Whistles: Left Up in Arms to Protect (Some) Whistleblowers

MSM Defends CIA’s “Whistleblower”, Ignores Actual Whistleblowers

by Caitlin Johnsotne - Rogue Journalist

September 27, 2019

The word “whistleblower” has been trending in news headlines lately, but not for the reasons that any sane person might hope for.

 

Read the whistleblower complaint regarding President Trump’s communications with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky“, says The Washington Post. “Trump responds to hearing on whistleblower complaint”, says MSNBC. “Trump-Ukraine scandal: what did the whistleblower say and how serious is it?”, writes The Guardian. “Whistleblower complaint says White House tried to ‘lock down’ Ukraine call records” announces CBS. “Whistleblower’s complaint is a devastating report from a savvy official”, declares CNN.


So who is this “savvy official”? Who is this courageous whistleblower who boldly shone the light of truth upon the mechanisms of power in the interests of the common man? Who is this brave, selfless individual who set off an impeachment inquiry by taking a stand and revealing the fact that the US president made a phone call in July urging Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky to help investigate corruption allegations against Joe Biden and his son?

Well believe it or not, according to The New York Times this brave, noble whistleblower who the mainstream media are currently championing is an officer for the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Afghanistan's Overwhelming Ordeal: The Wounds of War

The Wounds of War in Afghanistan

by Kathy Kelly - Voices for Creative Nonviolence


September 27, 2019

Recovering from a broken hip, peace activist Kathy Kelly reflects on her experiences with people disabled and traumatized by war.

 

Its economy gutted by war, Afghanistan’s largest cash crop remains opium. Yet farmers there do grow other crops for export. Villagers in the Wazir Tangi area of Nangarhar province, for example, cultivate pine nuts.

As a precaution, this year at harvest time, village elders notified the governor of the province that they would be bringing in migrant workers to help them collect the nuts. Hired laborers, including children, would camp out in the pine nut forests, they informed the officials.

They hoped their letter could persuade U.S. and ISIS forces, which had been fighting in or near their villages, not to attack.


Arriving in wheelchairs to receive duvets in Kabul.
Photo: Dr. Hakim

On September 17, 2019, exhausted from a long day of work, the migrant workers reached their rest spot for the night, and began building fires and making camp. In the early hours of the following morning, a U.S. drone attacked, killing at least thirty-two people. More than forty others were wounded.

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Gorilla Radio Redux with Chris Cook, Susan Power, Maximilian C. Forte, Janine Bandcroft Sept. 26th, 2019

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com

September 26, 2019

[Originally aired April 25, 2019 (September 26, 2019 Left Coast Events)]. 

 

 che kokoAfter a year and a month of bloody conflict at the barriers separating Gaza from the World, The Great Return March continues yet.

Every Friday Palestinians demanding an end to their dispossession and forced isolation have faced Israel’s military, for the most peaceably, and suffered mightily for it. And though hundreds have been killed, shot down bare-handed by soldiers with sniper rifles, and thousands more gassed and wounded in other ways, the “international community” of nations has largely remained silent.

The run-up to Israel’s recent elections occasioned harder lines on the “Palestine Problem” in Gaza by politicians on all sides, while one prominent among them even promised, should he be elected, he would too annex the settlements, bringing a Gaza of sorts to the West Bank.

Listen. Hear.

Dr. Susan Power is Head of the Legal Research and Advocacy Department at Al-Haq, a Palestinian human rights NGO based in Ramallah. Established in 1979, Al-Haq’s mission is to protect human rights and promote the rule of law in the Occupied Territories both individually and collectively, while seeking to end breaches of international law “irrespective of the identity of the perpetrator.”

Susan Power in the first half.

And; April 11th, a date that will for many live in infamy, Ecuador’s president, Lenin Moreno delivered from its embassy in London into the hands of the British government, political asylee and WikiLeaks publisher, Julian Assange. Miles of newsprint, and terabytes of misinformation has been produced regarding Assange and the nature of the case manufactured against him, but at its heart are some basic facts vital for both his just treatment and the future fairness of the planet the rest of us will inhabit.

Dr. Maximilian C. Forte is a scholar, educator, author, and creator of the Zero Anthropology Project, a “Canadian anthropological approach to the study of empire and the human condition” and its website, ZeroAnthropology.net.

Max Forte teaches full time in Anthropology and Sociology at Concordia University in Montréal, at the rank of full Professor, and is a member of the Concordia University Faculty Association, the trade union body for full-time faculty, and the Canadian Association of University Teachers.

Forte also publishes The New Imperialism series, which features research by students in his advanced seminar in the field, and his own research. Max is too a past finalist for the Quebec Writers Federation Mavis Gallant Prize for Nonfiction, and his book titles include: ‘Ruins of Absence, Presence of Caribs: (Post)Colonial Representations of Aboriginality in Trinidad and Tobago’, and ‘Slouching Towards Sirte: NATO’s War on Libya and Africa’.

Max Forte and untying the media tangle to find a coherent explanation of what the Assange arrest says about the state of the Empire and fate of democracy in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Susan Power and Palestine’s prospects in an extended Netanyahu era.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon 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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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Kootenay Watershed Protectors, Nils Melzer, Janine Bandcroft Sept. 19th, 2019

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com

September 19th, 2019

It's clear those in this province concerned about local environment have no-one in government federally, provincially, and more often than not at the civic level, to turn to; when corporate and citizen interests clash, here money always wins. This seemingly unalterable law of British Columbia's political nature has inspired some of the polity to fight back, one endangered wildlife habitat, threatened forest stand, and imperiled watershed at a time.

The Argenta/Johnson's Landing is an irreplaceable piece of the West Kootenay ecological puzzle threatened with utter destruction by the business as usual extractivist economic prerogative.

It is, as environmental activist and 'Camp Caribou' defender Brock Snyder says, "yet another in a long line of forested watersheds slated for destruction in BC, [...] putting life at risk."

Environmental Scientist, grandmother, and activist, Mona Southron reminds, we clever humans are, "now at a point where we can create massive destruction of living systems and unrivaled suffering, or [...] the restoration of a thriving world worth living in..."

Listen. Hear.

Brock Snyder, Mona Southron, and economist, activist, and World traveler, Jessica Dawn-Ogden, principals of the citizen-led Kootenay Watershed Protectors, on standing to protect what cannot be sacrificed in the first half.

And; next week imprisoned journalist and publisher, Julian Assange was set at last for release from London's notorious Belmarsh Prison, his time for "breach of bail" served, but last week district judge Vanessa Baraitser quashed any hope of that, saying, "You have been produced today because your sentence of imprisonment is about to come to an end. When that happens your remand status changes from a serving prisoner to a person facing extradition."

And with that, Julian Assange stands to face years of detention while the wheels of judicial process grind slowly on.

Nils Melzer is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Melzer visited Assange in May and subsequently issued a public call for Assange's immediate release, along with stinging rebukes of both his current jailors in Britain and those in America who would be next if their extradition petition is granted.

Nils Melzer and the continued call for Julian Assange's release in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what's good to be gotten up in and around our town in the coming week.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon 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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Saving Julian

"Please save my life": Julian Assange in prison

by Annissa Warsame  - ECPMF

13.09.2019

Cell Number 37, ‘Britain’s Guantanamo Bay’ – a single occupancy cell, furnished sparsely with a plastic chair, metal bed and steel toilet. For over 150 days this has been Julian Assange’s residence, whether he likes it or not. And a judge has ruled today, he is to remain there even after his jail sentence is over.

 

Swiftly after his asylum status was stripped by the Ecuadorian government, the British authorities sentenced Assange to fifty weeks in prison, for violating his bail.

The maximum sentence being fifty-two weeks and the typical sentence being none and a fine.

With his arrest, Assange was moved to HMP Belmarsh, a maximum-security prison in South London. Belmarsh during the early millennium was known as ‘Britain’s Guantanamo Bay’ for its foreign detainees, held without trial.

When you visit the prison, you are immediately struck by its fortress-like exterior. With its water-stained concrete perimeter walls, enumerable CCTV cameras and floodlights.

 

Professor Nils Melzer


In two exclusive interviews with the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), Julian Assange’s most notable visitors paint a harrowing picture of his current condition.

Professor Nils Melzer is the United Nation’s Special Rapporteur on Torture. Every day, he receives around fifteen requests, to investigate individual cases of alleged torture.

“But I can only deal with maybe one or two", Melzer tells the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF).

But when in March, Assange’s lawyers reached out to his office for a second time, providing credible evidence for the claim of ill-treatment, Melzer thought,

“I owe it to my professional standards to at least look into this.”
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