The ultimate underdog: Political Prisoner Takes on the US Military-Industrial Complex
by Kim Petersen - Dissident Voice
November 8th, 2016
Ever since the telling of biblical fairy tales, few stories have lived up to the hype around the mismatch between the shepherd boy David and the giant Goliath. In the biblical encounter, David prevailed by keeping his foe Goliath at a distance with a formidable weapon, his sling.
Today a modern-day version of David and Goliath is playing out.
Although granted political asylum by Ecuador, a target of US empire finds himself ensconced under a form of arbitrary detention in Ecuador’s London embassy under constant surveillance by British police.
The fully weaponized US empire, which boasts of its full-spectrum dominance, has arrayed itself and its allies against one unarmed (as in having no conventional weaponry) man who heads a publishing organization.
This uppity publisher has had the temerity to expose the secret machinations and war crimes of the military-economic (albeit faltering on both fronts) behemoth to the world’s public. The pro-transparency publisher WikiLeaks, its founder (and de facto political prisoner) Julian Assange, and anti-secrecy collaborators infuriated the United States establishment with a slew of documents, emails, and graphic exposes like the “Collateral Murder” video that demonstrated a US military engaged in war crimes.
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Why Hillary Clinton is Responsible for US Failures in Libya and Syria
by Patrick Henningsen - 21st Century Wire
November 5, 2016
“Hillary Clinton is the architect of US foreign policy failures in Libya and Syria.”
We’ve heard this statement made a lot over this US election cycle, but exactly how much truth is there to it? After researching this issue, not only is it true, it’s an understatement. She wasn’t just an architect, she was a chief instigator.
Clinton’s main source of resume credibility is her tenure as US Secretary of State from January 21, 2009 to February 1, 2013. During that time, Clinton resided over the planning and conception of two devastating conflicts, Libya and Syria. These two disasters will ultimately define both the Obama and Clinton legacies, and not for the reasons one might think. I would like to stress that the case being made here is not a political one, it is a moral and ethical inquiry into the actions and conduct of a public official.
Before we get into Libya, which itself is a detailed and grave tale of nation building gone wrong, let’s look closely at Syria – a conflict (not a Civil War) which has been dominating the international conversation for the last 4 years, but even more intensely in the last 18 months. Thus far, the results of US policy are abominable.
Evil Russian Propaganda from the Evil Russian Invaders
by Crag Murray
2 Nov, 2016
The BBC World Service was founded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and funded by them directly for six decades, until a cosmetic change last year. Its specific purpose is to spread British values and the British view of the world abroad.
It specifically, on its dozens of different national services, gives an opportunity to dissident voices who cannot get on their mainstream media.
The Americans spend hundreds of millions annually on outfits like RFE/RL to do the same. Yet when the Russians do precisely the same thing on a much smaller scale, for example by enabling you to listen to me, this is portrayed as evil propaganda.
Fortunately we have the Henry Jackson Society to defend you from it.
If you would like to listen to some evil Russian propaganda,
here is my new interview on Sputnik News.
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Aurora: Western “Culture” is Wrecking Entire Continents
by Andre Vltchek - Dissident Voice
November 3rd, 2016
It is all so noble, so civilized! Or, is it really?
Think twice! I wrote my short novel, Aurora, after studying the activities of various Western ‘cultural institutions’, in virtually all the continents of the Planet. I encountered their heads; I interacted with the ‘beneficiaries’ of various funding schemes, and I managed to get ‘behind the scenes’. What I discovered was shocking: these shiny ‘temples of culture’ in the middle of so many devastated and miserable cities worldwide (devastated by the Western imperialism and by its closest allies – the shameless local elites), are actually extremely closely linked to Western intelligence organizations.
They are directly involved in the neo-colonialist project, which is implemented virtually on all continents of the world, by North America, Europe and Japan.
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Can Oil Markets Survive An OPEC Implosion?
by Nick Cunningham - Oilprice.com
November 2, 2016
A technical meeting that was supposed to iron out some wrinkles for a deal to cut oil production ended in acrimony over the weekend, and OPEC's effort at coordination could be at yet another impasse.
Following the Algiers agreement at the end of September, a tentative deal that called for a collective reduction in oil output in the range of 200,000 to 700,000 barrels per day, OPEC scheduled a meeting on October 28-29 in Vienna to put some meat on the bones of the pact so that it could be officially sealed at the end of November.
But after weeks of papering over differences between its members and trying to put some positive spin on the prospects for a deal, OPEC not only failed to agree on individual production quotas, but its members also bickered over data and even which countries are supposed to participate. The group spent two days negotiating, and came away with nothing more than a statement that said they would continue talking.
Heiltsuk call on Trudeau: Come to Bella Bella, announce Tanker Ban
by Damien Gillis - Common Sense Canadian
October 30, 2016
In the wake of diesel spill that continues to damage important clam and fishing grounds for the Heiltsuk Nation, Chief Marilyn Slett has issued a video call-out to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:
Stand with us while we’re in a great time of difficulty. Stand with us as you said you would during our reconciliation discussions. Make good on your word. We implore you to come. We will embrace your visit here in Bella Bella.
When Minister LeBlanc was here last weekend he alluded on video that a moratorium on tanker traffic for the Northwest coast of British Columbia would be immediately forthcoming. Minister Garneau will be here on Sunday, November 6 to bear witness to the spill, meet with community leaders, and make announcements about ways forward. We invite Prime Minister Trudeau to join him in Bella Bella and make good on his campaign promise to instate a moratorium on oil tanker traffic on the northwest coast.
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This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com
November 2, 2016
Does anyone remember the "peace dividend," that wondrous final payoff after the winding down of the long and harrowing Cold War? The theory was, back when the Soviet's "Evil Empire" expired, America and her allies could tone down some of the tremendous military expenditures the arms race extracted, turning resources instead towards domestic programs of social uplift.
Of course things didn't work out, and today's new narrative sees the moribund USSR resurrected in the person of Vladimir Putin, the neo-Bolshevik bogie man that must be stopped at all costs!
But this time around the lure is not being taken, even by some of the hoariest of old, cold warriors.
Kathy Kelly is a long-time peace and justice activist, essayist, and author. She's the recipient of numerous awards for her peace service, including multiple nominations for the Nobel Peace prize and many more. She’s co-founder of Voices in the Wilderness and Voices for Creative Nonviolence, co-authored the book, ‘Prisoners on Purpose: a Peacemakers Guide to Jails and Prison,’ and wrote, ‘Other Lands Have Dreams: from Baghdad to Pekin Prison.’
In her latest article, 'A Good Beginning: Toward the End of US Empire' Kelly profiles Zbigniew Brzezinski and Thomas Graham, two primary architects of U.S. global imperialism who now believe the Sun may be setting on America's belligerent ways.
Kathy Kelly in the first half.
And; one place news of an Imperial sunset is welcome is the Philippines, where the island nation's president, Rodrigo Duterte has proven a loose end and tangling nuisance for the Obama administration's efforts to "pivot" America's foreign policy focus back to the Pacific after years of being mired in Central Asia and the Middle East. Duterte's dissing of Obama made headlines recently, and his insistence America's military presence in the country be ended entirely within two years, combined with an increasingly cozy relationship with China reveals some Philippine pivot point weaknesses.
Peter Lee is a freelance journalist writing on East and South Asian affairs as they intersect with US global policy. He's the driving force behind the Asian affairs website China Matters, providing critical updates on China and Asia-Pacific, and his articles also appear at Asia Times, and at CounterPunch.org, among other internet news sites. His latest articles warn, "It's On Between Duterte and America!"
Peter Lee and are reports of the death of the US-Philippine alliance exaggerated? in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of the good things planned for the coming week in, on, and around our town's streets. But first, Kathy Kelly and good beginnings toward an end to US empire.
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/
November 1, 2016
The great business tycoon, the one and only man who could fix America and make the place great again (trust me, folks), was laying claim to martyrdom -- and spinning another news cycle.
“I am a victim.” That pathetic line echoed in my head, which is why I’m writing this.
The De Facto US/Al Qaeda Alliance
by Robert Parry - Consortium News
October 29, 2016
Buried deep inside Saturday’s New York Times was a grudging acknowledgement that the U.S.-armed “moderate” rebels in Syria are using their U.S. firepower to back an Al Qaeda offensive.
A curious aspect of the Syrian conflict – a rebellion sponsored largely by the United States and its Gulf state allies – is the disappearance in much of the American mainstream news media of references to the prominent role played by Al Qaeda in seeking to overthrow the secular Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad.
There’s much said in the U.S. press about ISIS, the former “Al Qaeda in Iraq” which splintered off several years ago, but Al Qaeda’s central role in commanding Syria’s “moderate” rebels in Aleppo and elsewhere is the almost unspoken reality of the Syrian war.
The World Trade Center’s Twin Towers burning on 9/11.
(Photo credit: National Park Service)
Even in the U.S. presidential debates, the arguing between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton has been almost exclusively about ISIS, not Al Qaeda.
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Fukushima Cover Up
by Robert Hunziker - PacificFreePress.com
October 31, 2016
Los Angeles - It is literally impossible for the world community to get a clear understanding of, and truth about, the Fukushima nuclear disaster. This statement is based upon The Feature article in Columbia Journalism Review (“CJR”) d/d October 25, 2016 entitled: “Sinking a Bold Foray Into Watchdog Journalism in Japan” by Martin Fackler.
The scandalous subject matter of the article is frightening to its core. Essentially, it paints a picture of upending and abolishing a 3-year attempt by one of Japan’s oldest and most liberal/intellectual newspapers, The Asahi Shimbun (circ. 6.6 mln) in its effort of “watchdog journalism” of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. In the end, the newspaper’s special watchdog division suffered an unannounced, abrupt closure.
The CJR article, whether intentionally or not, is an indictment of right wing political control of media throughout the world. The story is, moreover, extraordinarily scary and of deepest concern because no sources can be counted on for accurate, truthful reporting of an incident as powerful and deadly dangerous as the nuclear meltdown at Fukushima. Lest anybody in class forgets, three nuclear reactors at Fukushima Diiachi Nuclear Power Plant experienced 100% meltdown, aka The China Syndrome over five years ago.
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Meeting Dale R Lindsey: The Coming Threat to BC's West Coast Ecology
by Ingmar Lee - 10,000 Ton Tanker
October 28, 2016
Please share this far and wide. People need to understand that even as the Nathan E Stewart disaster continues to unfold, it is business as usual for the use of the BC Inside Passage as a petroleum conduit for Alaska-bound tankers...
Over the past few days I have been submitting questions to Pacific Pilotage Authority CEO, Captain Kevin Obermeyer. This morning I asked the Captain about the American ATB tug/tanker unit, the "Dale R Lindsey," which is a "pusher tug" similar to the Nathan E Stewart, and which also pushes a 10,000 deadweight ton petroleum tanker barge.
As you can see by my previous post, the "Dale R Lindsey" transited from Alaska southbound through the BC Inside Passage and is currently about to pass through Seymour Narrows and into the Salish Sea.
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The Political Era of Climate Refugees
by Robert Hunziker
October 28, 2016
Los Angeles - Global warming/climate change is one of the most potent agents of political and economic change in history. Its impact is like Atilla the Hun in modern times, who back in the day struck terror into the hearts of the Roman Empire.
As of recent, Europe has been inundated with refugees from Middle Eastern wars as well as refugees from ecosystem collapse all across the southern Mediterranean region. The refugee impact is felt far and wide, including Brexit and a concomitant rise of xenophobia throughout the West whilst altering politics towards antagonism, hatred, and malevolence.
The world is turning mad, and madness turns to madman leaders, like Attila the Hun. In point of fact, world history is filled with examples of madmen leading countries, ultimately to demise. They prey upon foreign threats of change to lifestyle and work to motivate people.
Climate change is providing plenty of material to work with by displacing millions. Yet, the massive European immigrant problem of today is only a small taste of what the future holds as millions upon millions of people become climate refugees.
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