Saudi Initiates Price War for Asian Market Share

Saudi Arabia And Iran Reignite The Oil Price War 

by Tsvetana Paraskova -

August 14, 2018

The rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran is becoming increasingly evident in the oil pricing policies of the two large Middle Eastern producers. The two countries are currently reigniting the market share and pricing war ahead of the returning U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil.

Saudi Arabia, OPEC's largest producer, has been boosting oil production to offset supply disruptions elsewhere, including the anticipated loss of Iranian oil supply after U.S. sanctions on Tehran return in early November.

The Saudis are also cutting their prices to the prized Asian market to lure more customers as they increase supply. Iran, OPEC's third-largest producer, is trying to convince its oil customers to continue buying Iranian oil despite stringent U.S. efforts to curb Iranian production.

Iran has slashed its official selling prices (OSPs) for all grades to all markets for September, looking to monetize what could be its last oil sales to some markets in Asia before the U.S. sanctions kick in. Tehran cut the prices for its flagship oil grades to more than a decade low compared to similar varieties of the Saudi crude grades, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.


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Tug Capsizes in Fraser, Spills Fuel into River

Tug Capsizes Overnight, Spills Fuel into the Fraser River 

by C. L. Cook - Pacific Free Press

August 14, 2018

More than eight hours after it happened, there are still few details as to why the George H. Ledcor capsized, or just how much of the tug's estimated 22,000 litre capacity fuel tanks spilled into the Fraser River.

BC Spill Response says the incident occurred off Deering Island, on the North Arm of the Fraser, the province's largest single salmon-bearing river.

In a tweet released this morning, the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) reported it had responded, deploying a team to the site.

WCMRC says,

"We have deployed and recovered sorbent pads and are now standing by on scene."

The City of Vancouver’s environmental team and BC Ministry of Environment are now too at the scene.

The George H. Ledcor is one of a fleet of nine tugs operated by the Ledcor Group.


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Inviting the Devil: Canada Shelters Terror Front Group, White Helmets

Canada Imports the White Helmets from Syria: A Dangerous, Criminal Decision 

by Eva Bartlett - RT

August 10, 2018


Did Canadians get to vote on whether or not to bring potential terrorists or supporters of terrorists to Canada? No.

Will Canadians get a say in where these potentially dangerous men will be settled? Highly unlikely.

Ninety-eight members of the White Helmets, and a few hundred of their families, were evacuated by Israel and allies to Jordan late in evening of July 21.

They will seemingly be shipped off to a few Western nations for resettlement: Canada, the UK, and Germany.

So far, Canada has pledged to take 50 White Helmets and around 200 family members.



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Mexico's Great Hope: La Audacia de la Esperanza

Best National Government in North America: Mexico 

by David Swanson - Let's Try Democracy

August 8, 2018

At least that’s the hope of those who elected Andrés Manuel López Obrador, aka AMLO, aka Peje, on a platform of sweeping out the corruption — a platform promoted in Obrador’s book, A New Hope for Mexico.

That Barack Obama did not permanently decommission the word “hope” for credible electoral campaigns on this continent may be the least of the book’s surprises.

Thus far 14,000 people in the United States have signed a letter that has made news in Mexico congratulating Obrador on his victory. Donald Trump is not one of them.

Obrador campaigned against the Trumpian menace, denouncing his statements and policies toward Mexicans as akin to Hitler’s statements and policies toward Jews.

While campaigns against foreign targets typically move a nation to the right, this one moved Mexico to the left. But, then, Obrador’s platform — unlike, say, that of the Democratic Party in the United States — is not simply anti-Trump. There’s a lot more to it.

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Will Tuttle, Kevin Zeese, Janine Bandcroft August 9, 2018

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook -

August 9, 2018

War, war, and rumours of more wars; God knows it's long past time for peace. But Peace, as the great Gil Scott Herron reminds, is not merely the absence of War. "It is the time when we will all bring ourselves closer to each other; closer to building a structure that is unique within ourselves, because we have finally come to Peace within ourselves."

Dr. Will Tuttle is a visionary speaker, educator, musician, editor of Circles of Compassion, and author of the books, 'Your Inner Islands' and 'The World Peace Diet', which the former Zen monk and long-time vegan says provides an approach to life that, "blends mindfulness with kindness and respect for each other and all expressions of life."


Listen. Hear.


Dr. Tuttle will be in Victoria for a number of events beginning August 20th, including presenting workshops based on his book that address and, "make explicit the hidden connections between our culture, our food, and the source of our broad range of problems..."

Will Tuttle in the first half.

And; the peace enjoyed by the people of Nicaragua since the overthrow of dictator and tyrant Anastasio "Tachito" Somoza was hard-won, and not without reversals. In the last months, an attempt to unseat the elected government of leftist, Daniel Ortega however has seen what many fear could be the beginning of the end of that peace, and revival of the dark forces of fascism once buried, perhaps too shallowly, there.

Kevin Zeese is an American lawyer, political activist, essayist, and author. He's also co-founder of the Drug Policy Foundation and current co-director of Popular, from where his and colleague, Dr. Margaret Flowers' weekly podcast, Clearing The Fog emanates.

His frequent essays and articles on social justice issues in America and abroad appear at Popular Resistance, CounterPunch, and Gorilla Radio Blog among other places, and his book titles include: 'Drug Law: Strategies and Tactics', 'Drug Prohibition an the Conscience of Nations', and 'The Great Issues of Drug Policy'.

Kevin Zeese and the Lessons Learned from the Failed Violent Coup in Nicaragua in the second half.

And; Victoria activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to get up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Will Tuttle and a World of Peace on your plate.


Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at:  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, Check out the GR blog at:
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New Plan for Ukraine, More War with Russia

Secret Meeting in Warsaw Between Yulia Tymoshenko and Igor Kolomoisky - New Plan for Ukraine, More War with Russia

by John Helmer - Dances with Bears

July 29, 2018

Moscow  - In the Polish capital of Warsaw a fortnight ago, Igor Kolomoisky met secretly with Yulia Tymoshenko. The reason for the secrecy is the terms of exchange which they discussed.

These include Tymoshenko’s agreement that if she is elected president in Kiev in eight months’ time with Kolomoisky’s support, he will get relief from Ukrainian state pursuit of billions of his dollars currently frozen on British court orders. Kolomoisky wants relief from prosecution by the Ukrainian courts and the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) for theft, fraud and unjust enrichment of $1,911,877,385 from Privatbank, which Kolomoisky lost control of in a state takeover in December 2016.

For the story of the looting of Privatbank, and the diversion of the International Monetary Fund’s Emergency Liquidity Assistance (ElA) loans to the NBU, and from there to Privatbank, read this archive.



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Deforming the "Left": A Forever Boot on the Neck of Humanity

The West has Performed ‘Philosophical Coup’ Against the Left 

by Andre Vltchek - NEO

August 2, 2018


People all over the world have had enough. Even certain groups inside the imperialist countries, have had enough.


It has been happening for quite some time, but no one has been paying much attention: Western academia, mainstream media, and the most visible propagandists, were trying to convince the world that:

1) ideology has died, or at least became irrelevant

2) in case it did not die, the Left is actually… hold your breath… right-wing!

Especially the Left that is holding power, particularly in Asia and in Latin America, is being ‘re-defined’ in London, Paris and Washington.

The Western propaganda gurus are apparently rejuvenated, lately, as there are great budgets available to them, in the United States, United Kingdom, and elsewhere. They are openly told to go after certain countries, particularly Russia, China and Iran.

This is an extremely complex but important development. You see, the West has been losing, and so has capitalism and especially imperialism, which is synonymous with neo-colonialism.


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A Whale for the Mourning: Orca Bear Their Dead Young for All to Watch

Starving Orcas, Grieving Mother Draw Global Attention to Trudeau’s Pipeline Buyout

by Coast Protectors

August 5, 2018


The image of a grieving mother orca cradling her dead calf off Canada’s west coast is hitting media around the world, drawing critical attention to the Trudeau government’s decision to buy a pipeline that will drive up tanker traffic through the region. 


Coast Protectors is urging supporters to tweet Trudeau immediately, after his own government acknowledged the risks the orcas face due to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

“The Canadian government has admitted the Southern Resident Killer Whales face extirpation (local extinction) due to the increase of oil tankers through the Salish Sea,” the organization states.

“In 2016, Canada’s National Energy Board stated in a report that Trans Mountain ‘is likely to result in significant adverse effects to the southern resident killer whale.’”

Photo: Centre for Whale Research/Facebook

And now, “off the coast of British Columbia Canada, 75 Southern Resident Whales are slowly dying from a lack of Chinook salmon, their main food source since time immemorial,” Coast Protectors adds. “Salmon dams, shipping noise, and pollution are killing the whales—and the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker project will be the final nail in their coffin.”


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Israel Extends Gaza Wall into the Sea

Revealed: first images of Israel’s sea barrier blockading Gaza

by Middle East Monitor

August 6, 2018


Israel’s underwater barrier designed to further blockade the besieged Gaza Strip


Israel’s Ministry of Defence yesterday released the first images of its sea barrier designed to further blockade the besieged Gaza Strip. The barrier is located on Zikim beach, approximately three kilometres from Gaza’s northern frontier.

The project is slated to be completed by the end of 2018 and is likely to cost an estimated 25 million shekels ($6.7 million). When completed, the structure will stretch 200 metres out into the Mediterranean Sea, further cutting off the Gaza Strip from Israel.

The barrier will consist of three layers: an underwater base level; a 50-metre-wide sea-level platform made of armoured stone, and a six-metre-high barbed wire fence.

A further fence will also surround the barrier itself as “an additional security measure.” The barrier has been praised by Defence Minister, Avigdor Liebermann. “The construction of the barrier around the Gaza Strip, both on land at sea, is progressing at a rapid and impressive pace,” said the extreme right-winger.

“Every day that passes, our counterterrorism capabilities around the Gaza Strip are growing stronger.”
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Jon Elmer*, Terry Wolfwood, Janine Bandcroft August 2nd, 2018

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook -

August 2, 2018

Over the weekend, Israel's military boarded and seized the Gaza Freedom Flotilla vessel, Al Awda, arresting its crew and confiscating its cargo of medical supplies bound for besieged Gaza.

Injuries are reported, but nothing like the murderous assault suffered by the Turkish flagged, Mavi Marmara, engaged in a similar attempt at penetrating Israel's naval blockade in 2010. Then, ten of the activist aboard were murdered by commandos. I spoke to Canadian photo-journalist, Jon Elmer the day of the Mavi Marmara attack*; he was in the West Bank.


Listen. Hear.

Jon Elmer in the first half.

And; George Orwell famously described the battle for a remembering of crimes committed by society's overlords as the Memory War. Today, the reality of wars occurring around the planet seem too removed from the consciousness of the World's most powerful and belligerent nations to illicit the universal outrage and action required of their citizens to end them. We have it seems lost the memory war, and perhaps too surrendered our collective conscience.

This week coming offers another chance; it marks the annual remembrance of the 1945 atomic destruction of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Women in Black will hold their annual vigil in remembrance of Hiroshima-Nagasaki this Tuesday, August 7 at high noon below the tourist information office across from the Empress Hotel.

Terry Wolfwood is Director and co-founder of the Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation, and a writer, photographer, and long-time activist who has traveled from the highlands of Mexico to the gates of Gaza and beyond in pursuit of peace, social justice, and women’s rights. Her articles have appeared at Briarpatch, Peace News, and Third World Resurgence among other places, and she's the local coordinator for Victoria’s Women in Black.

Terry Wolfwood and the power of remembering in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to get up to in and around our town for the coming week. But first, Jon Elmer and the deadly 2010 taking of the humanitarian relief ship, Mavi Marmara.


Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at:  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, Check out the GR blog at:
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Capitalism's Moral Cul de Sac

A New World Order: That Possible Dream

by Christopher Black - NEO

24/7, 2018

Well, my friends, I started to write an essay about the Brussels Declaration issued by NATO at the end of the American shakedown meeting with its allies on July 11, that, beneath the platitudes about “democracy” and “shared values” “defensive alliance,” “respect for international law” and layer upon layer of lies about “Russian aggression” is nothing less than a declaration of war. For that is what that document amounts to. Those interested can go to the NATO website and read it for themselves as paragraph after paragraph of fantasy and distortions are set out in that smug tone the war crowd likes to use to fool the rest of us.

But be prepared for your mind to be polluted with every word.

So I stopped writing that piece, tore it up; and I stopped because how often can any reasonable person write about the same thing, the same war propaganda dished out with breakfast, lunch and dinner on every TV channel, every radio channel, every newspaper, time after time, without being numbed by it all.

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“Humanitarian” White Helmet Rescue

Israel Evacuated Alleged Mossad-Linked Rebel Commanders During “Humanitarian” White Helmet Rescue
by Whitney Webb  - MintPress News


July 23, 2018

Given that Israel had spent over $60,000 a year supporting Syrian rebel group Fursan al-Golan financially, it would make sense for Tel Aviv not only to develop and maintain ties with their commanders, but to rescue those commanders as the Syrian government continues its advance.

Over the weekend, and as MintPress predicted last Tuesday, the controversial Western government-funded “humanitarian” group, the Syrian Civil Defense — popularly known as the White Helmets — were evacuated from southern Syria as the Syrian government continues to gain ground in its offensive throughout the country’s southwest.

However, sources from within the Syrian opposition have revealed that the White Helmets were not the only ones evacuated from Syrian territory, as four top “rebel” commanders were also among the evacuees, undermining the heavily promoted narrative that the evacuation was purely “humanitarian” in nature.

According to Al Masdar News, four rebel commanders were evacuated by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), which oversaw the evacuation operation: Moaz Nassar and Abu Rateb, of Fursan al-Golan (the Knights of Golan); Ahmad Nahs, of Alwiyat Saif al-Sham (Sword of al-Sham); and Alaa al-Halaki; of Jaish Ababeel. Al Masdar’s sources also stated that those same four commanders had previously been recruited by Israeli intelligence early in the conflict and had maintained ties with the Mossad over the years.


White Helmets evacuation from Occupied

Golan to Jordan - IDF video screen grab

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