Peruvian's Protecting the Amazon Attacked

Canada must halt free trade agreement with Peru
by Council of Canadians
Indigenous communities in Peru have been holding peaceful protests since April 9 to condemn new laws that would allow for the rapid industrialization of the Amazon rainforest. These laws were put in place by the Peruvian government to further facilitate its proposed free trade agreements with Canada and the United States.

Over 30,000 Indigenous protesters have blocked roads, rivers and railways to force the repeal of these new laws, which would make way for intensified oil, mining, logging activities and massive agricultural projects, and to demand that they be consulted on all development planned on their land.

But at dawn on Friday, June 5, 600 Peruvian police in helicopters and on foot opened fire on protesters blocking a road near Bagua in the Peruvian Amazon. Conservative estimates indicate that 60 Indigenous and police have been killed. Police are accused of burning bodies then hiding them in the river and of removing the wounded from hospital to hide the real number of casualties.

Should Canada really be signing a free trade agreement with the Peruvian government when this is how they respond to legitimate protests against oil, mining and forestry projects that threaten to displace local and indigenous communities and further despoil Amazonian ecosystems?

Many of our elected Members of Parliament seem to think so.
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Obama's War: Loosing the Manhunters

Obama Looses the Manhunters: Charisma and the Imperial Presidency
by Tom Engelhardt
Let's face it, even Bo is photogenic, charismatic. He's a camera hound. And as for Barack, Michelle, Sasha, and Malia -- keep in mind that we're now in a first name culture -- they all glow on screen.

Before a camera they can do no wrong. And the president himself, well, if you didn't watch his speech in Cairo, you should have. The guy's impressive. Truly. He can speak to multiple audiences -- Arabs, Jews, Muslims, Christians, as well as a staggering range of Americans -- and somehow just about everyone comes away hearing something they like, feeling he's somehow on their side. And it doesn't even feel like pandering. It feels like thoughtfulness. It feels like intelligence.

For all I know -- and the test of this is still a long, treacherous way off -- Barack Obama may turn out to be the best pure politician we've seen since at least Ronald Reagan, if not Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He seems to have Roosevelt's same unreadable ability to listen and make you believe he's with you (no matter what he's actually going to do), which is a skill not to be whistled at.
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Israel and Obama's Stealth Strategy

Severing the Bonds that Shackle: Stealth Strategy in Cairo
by William A. Cook
Consider the potential consequences of Obama’s speech in Cairo last week.
Set aside the complaint that he offered no actions to correct the crisis; ignore the fact that he did not repudiate the absolute bond that tethers United States policy to that of Israel; avoid his silence regarding the racist urgings of Lieberman and the arrogance of Netanyahu as they dictated foreign policy for the U.S.; and forego any latent desires to have heard criticism of U.S. complicity in the 60 years of occupation as the people of Palestine lost all but 22% of their homeland to the Zionist forces controlling Israel.Consider instead the possibility that Obama, without fanfare or hint of change, struck out on a new stealth strategy toward reconciling the crisis in Palestine.

What if Obama’s intentions have been carefully thought out over a prolonged period of time, before he won the Presidency, before he decided on his Cabinet, before a continuation of the plans was forced on him that merely extended the failures of the past to bring resolution to the conflict but furthered the interests in Israel as it continued to take absolute control of all of Palestine by occupation, coercion, and land theft, with the intent of forcing no other resolution than “conditions on the ground” dictated, leaving only three bantustans and the Gaza strip.
What if he understood that no man can win the Presidency without the support of AIPAC and the Jewish lobbies it supports and had, therefore, to devise a means to resolution that could enunciate absolute support for Israel’s security yet find a way to bring an end to the occupation letting the Palestinian people establish their own state.

What if he knew that the only means to that end was to sever the bonds that shackle the United States to Israel by forcing deliberations out of the back rooms of the White House and the Knesset into the open air of world scrutiny. What if he sensed that the only way to bring the reality of the situation to the American people would be to force the controlled main stream media to cover the crisis realistically.
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Janine Bandcroft, Ian McAllister June 15, 2009

This Week on Gorilla Radio
by C. L. Cook
This week on GR, environmental activist and wild lands defender, Ian McAllister of Pacific on British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest, and Victoria Street Newz publisher and activist, Janine Bandcroft getting ready for the 20th Pastor's for Peace Caravan to Cuba.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at:  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site,
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State Violence on the "Fantino" Skyway Bridge

Fantino's Skyway Bridge Blood Bath to Get Even with Mohawks - Is martial law here?    
by MNN
Commissioner Julian Fantino of the Ontario Provincial Police has a longstanding personal grudge against the Mohawks of Tyendinaga.  He wanted to show his power and what he'll do to anybody who stands up to fascism.  The OPP struck suddenly early Thursday morning on June 11th.    No news coverage.  No pictures.  It was calculated to splatter blood everywhere to send a message on how he will treat Mohawks, Indigenous or anyone who wants to demonstrate peacefully.  The premeditated plan was to hurt people, draw blood and wash it down quickly. 
What sharp deadly instruments did they use to draw so much blood?   Where have they hidden them?

Dissent has been outlawed in Ontario.  They don't want a public inquiry.  They want the OPP to be exonerated.  The cops came from outside the area so the locals could not recognize them.  They could be special forces or commandos trained to maim and inflict injuries that terrorize the victims.  This is worse than being tasered or beaten by a baton.  Their orders came from some outside agency untraceable to politicians or Parliamentary scrutiny.  
Did it come from the Pentagon or Camp Petawawa or Fort Drum in NYS?  Are elite soldiers using us to train on how to strike quickly and leave without a trace?     
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Vancouver 2010 and the Coventry Declaration: "RCMP: Play Fair!"

Coventry Declaration approved by Play the Game delegates
by Play the Game
The Coventry Declaration was approved by conference delegates at Play the Game 2009, the sixth world communications conference on sport and society. The declaration calls upon the Canadian Government and Olympic authorities and to state their commitment to ensuring all Canadians and those visiting Canada will have their fundamental right to security of the person and freedom of expression protected as guaranteed by Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The audience at Play the Game was taken by surprise in the last session of the conference when the Canadian professor Chris Shaw revealed that he had experienced trouble entering Britain on his way to speak in Coventry. Upon his arrival Chris Shaw was held back by British authorities and questioned for an hour about the purpose of his visit.

Chris Shaw, who works as a professor of ophthalmology at the University of British Columbia, has written the book “Five Ring Circus: Myths and Realities of the Olympic Games” in which he questions the value of hosting Olympic events such as the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver in Canada.
In the subsequent debate, his compatriot and investigative reporter Laura Robinson added that in the first week of June, Chris Shaw had been confronted by two police offers in Vancouver who questioned him about his book, presumably because they found parts in it that they did not like. Chris Shaw confirmed this incident.

This led Laura Robinson to suggest that a declaration in favour of the legal right of Chris Shaw and anybody else to speak freely about the Vancouver Olympics.
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Pandemic: British Columbia and Infectious Salmon Anemia Virus

How Long Can B.C. Avoid ISA?
by Alexandra Morton
Dear Editor; Mary Ellen Walling has tried to make light of the risk of ISA virus entering BC waters.

I would like to ask the BC salmon farmers to stand behind this statement and test every one of their fish farms today for the Infectious Salmon Anemia virus and report back to the BC public.

This seems a small request given the scope of impact of this virus in Chile.  ISA virus, like bird and swine flu, is easily tracked and if it does arrive we will know where it came from and who brought it here.  The fish farm industry published several articles earlier this year on the high risk of this Global epidemic coming to BC: “How long can B.C. avoid ISA?”  ISA (Intrafish Jan 12, 2009)

“Far from coming under control the virus continuously alludes preventative measures, passing through the safety net of the most stringent control measures in the world. Aquaculture Fish Jefo Nutrition Inc. Fish Vet Group “  (The FishSite attached)

This prompted me to write the Minister of Fisheries requesting the BC border be closed to import of farm fish embryos (eggs).  The Minister erroneously responded that ISA does not travel in the eggs (see attached), when scientific publications are showing the opposite

If DFO is not going to take steps to protect the eastern Pacific from this virus, it will have to be up to the fish farmers.  I would suggest it would be cheaper for the industry to make the tests now, destroy any infected stocks, and close the border immediately than to risk being found responsible for an epidemic that could alter this coast forever.  If neither DFO nor the fish farmers are going to do this I invite the BC public to contact me and we will test for this virus ourselves.

Standing by,

Alexandra Morton  
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Gaza, a Boy, and a Leg

A Boy and an Artificial Leg: A Gaza Story
by Ramzy Baroud
His room is ready; the walls have fresh paint and my kids prepared a basket of chocolates and other treats to place beside his bed. They hung a poster on his door that has been decorated with colored pens and glitter that says “Welcome Shobhi!” I have taught them that “Sobhi” actually means the “morning light”, and that during his visit, he will not be treated as a visitor, but as a brother. They have compiled a list of fun places to visit, parks, the beach and maybe a ferry ride.

Two weeks ago, my family, after months of anticipation, were scheduled to be the host family for a very special and unusual exchange program for kids from Gaza to visit the US. Our host child, Sobhi was schedule to arrive on May 30th.

My family was excited and a little nervous, I noticed my wife taking every opportunity to share the news of the arrival of our special visitor. We call Sobhi’s family from time to time, realizing that sending a child off to a foreign land to live with a strange family can be unsettling for a parent. But I think our occasional conversations are putting everyone at ease.
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Veggie Pride: The Heart of the Matter

Veggie Pride
by Mickey Z.
Author of No Innocent Bystanders, CPR for Dummies, and 50 American Revolutions You're Not Supposed to Know, speaks to the crowd at the 2009 Veggie Pride Parade on why just being vegan is not enough.
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Akwesasne: "OPP Attack Tyendinaga Supporters"

by MNN
It was one year since two grandmothers were brutally attacked by CBSA border agents at Akwesasne.  One was almost killed by a trauma induced heart attack.  We are trying to anticipate the strategy of the colonists.   

These corporatist forces recently attacked our brothers in the Amazon rainforest.  Helicopters flew overhead and shot and bombed them, massacring over a hundred unarmed untouched natives who still live in the rainforest, cut off from modern life, as their ancestors always did.  With only spears for weapons they weren't a threat. Their bodies were taken away and the blood was quickly cleaned up.

Here, the plan is to create situations where Mohawks are falsely seen as unruly or as terrorists.  Prime Minister Stephen Harper wants to declare he has no choice but take control of our "reserves", put us under third party management, expropriate our communities and hand them over to his corporate backers.  He wants to hand over multi billion dollars of real estate to them. 

Akwesasne would be turned over to outsiders for resorts, casinos, condos and creating a playground for the elite.  Cornwall Island would become part of a NAFTA super highway complex.  We would be removed.  An American would be able to come into Canada without having to pass through a border checkpoint.  Kahnawake would become part of Montreal.  Six Nations would become part of surrounding municipalities.  Harper has to do this before he gets kicked out of office. 

This morning at 6:45 am the OPP came to the Skyway Bridge which the Mohawks of Tyendinaga had never closed down.  They slowed down traffic giving out information to support the Mohawks of Akwesasne.  The OPP and the band council Mohawk Police shut it down and kept the public off the bridge.  A squad of 150 to 200 cruisers and SUVs came in and practically massacred our people.  There was blood everywhere, which was quickly mopped by the OPP, using fire hoses to immediately wash down any evidence. 
14 were hurt.              
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From Personal to Political and Back

From the personal to the political-and back again By William Bowles
by William Bowles
The last few months have not been pleasant for me, wrestling with my own inner demons. Yeah, we Brits are not meant to be open about our inner selves, stiff upper lip and all that crap, and, in the scheme of things there are more than enough demons stalking the planet without me adding to them.

That said, what the fuck! Where do you think our demons come from in the first place! So in the midst of all the mayhem around us, here I am struggling to write, something that has up until now anyway, been the most natural thing in the world for me to do.

That such an innate act, that of creating should be denied to me, came as a shock. Denied my own voice, I felt imprisoned inside my own skull. But even writing about such things feels like an indulgence, after all who wants to read about my personal problems when the world is going to hell in a hand-basket?

The phrase ‘from the personal the political’ comes to mind, or am I just fishing for a hook? But this is at least a step forward, I mean actually committing pen to paper and assuming it actually ends up online.

So what gives?
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Israeli War Crimes Against Children During Operation Cast Lead

by Stephen Lendman
Following Israel's Operation Cast Lead, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) documented the toll on Gaza's children and published it in May. It did so "in response to the unprecedented number of children who were killed (and injured) by (the Israeli Defense Forces) during the offensive on Gaza." According to international standards, the Convention on the Rights of the Child's (CRC) definition was used to apply to anyone under age 18.

PCHR reviewed IDF killing of Gaza's children since the beginning of the Second Intifada in September 2000, then focused on the 313 youth deaths during the recent conflict. Its evidence comes from eye-witness accounts of the willful targeting of civilians, including women and children. Also covered are the psychological scars and "alarming scale of physical injuries" leaving some children blind and many others (as well as adults) permanently disabled by the loss of limbs and psychological trauma.

PCHR's report bears testimony to Israel's contempt for international laws, its imperial agenda, culture of violence, disdain for peace, genocidal intentions, disparagement of Arabs and Islam, and its scorn for Palestinian lives and welfare.

PCHR presented 13 case studies in its report. Briefly discussed below, they represent a small fraction of the many hundreds killed and thousands more grievously harmed.

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