Stick Your Damn Hand in It!

STICK YOUR DAMN HAND IN IT: 20th Birthday of the Exxon Valdez Lie
by Greg Palast - March 23, 2009
"Gail, Please! Stick your hand in it!"
The petite Eskimo-Chugach woman gave me that you-dumb-ass-white-boy look.
She stuck it in, under the gravel of the beach at Sleepy Bay, her village's fishing ground. Gail's hand came up dripping with black, sickening goo. It could make you vomit. Oil from the Exxon Valdez.  It was already two years after the spill and Exxon had crowed that Mother Nature had happily cleaned up their stinking oil mess for them. It was a lie. But the media wouldn't question the bald-faced bullshit. And who the hell was going to investigate Exxon's claim way out in some godforsaken Native village in the Prince William Sound?
So I convinced the Natives to fly the lazy-ass reporters out to Sleepy Bay on rented float planes to see the oil that Exxon said wasn't there.
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Hey, Hey, O-Bomb-A: How Many Kids Today?

What More in the Name of Love?
by David Swanson
United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ), the largest coalition of peace groups in the United States, is organizing a national march on Wall Street on Saturday, April 4, to "End the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and Address the Economic Crisis by Cutting Military Spending." A separate coalition is organizing marches on Wall Street on April 3 and 4 with a very similar message. And our brothers and sisters in Europe will be traveling to Strasbourg on April 4 to protest NATO's activities on its 60th birthday.

If there is a day for mass action in the United States for peace and justice, April 4 is it. And if there is a place for it right now, it's Wall Street. April 3rd is a Friday, so more robber barons will be at "work" that day, but April 4th is a Saturday, so more of the robbed will be off work and able to take part. April 4 is also the anniversary, not only of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, death in 1968, but of his speech exactly one year earlier at Riverside Church in New York City in 1967.

This was the speech in which King powerfully opposed the U.S. war in Vietnam and argued that domestic problems in the United States, including poverty, could never be solved as long as we continued with such wars and with the investment of so many of our resources in militarism.
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American Raj: Liberation or Domination? Discuss Among Yourselves

A Review: American Raj:  Liberation or Domination? – Resolving the Conflict Between the West and the Muslim World, Eric S. Margolis
by Jim Miles
In a wide-ranging and thorough overview of essentially the Middle East, but also the rest of the Muslim world, Eric Margolis’ recent work American Raj should become a first source of information on current events in the Muslim world. 
It is not encyclopaedic in trying to fit in all the details about people and events, and other works dig deeper into specific areas and ideas, but it is comprehensive, covering all the main themes, ideas, places, and personalities that have shaped the area over the last century.  
More importantly as compared to a more narrow focus, Margolis shows the linkages and cross-currents between events that are often seen as disparate unrelated items in the west – other than being classified as “terrorist.”
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Sunday Night at the Movies: Zeitgeist

Sunday Night at the Movies: Zeitgeist
by Zeitgeist
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The Crash of France's Nuclear "Success"

The Crash of France's Nuclear Poster Child
by Harvey Wasserman
The myth of a successful nuclear power industry in France has melted into financial chaos. With it dies the corporate-hyped poster child for a "nuclear renaissance" of new reactor construction that is drowning in red ink and radioactive waste.

Areva, France's nationally-owned corporate atomic façade, has plunged into a deep financial crisis led by a devastating shortage of cash. Electricite de France, the French national utility, has been raided by European Union officials charging that its price-fixing may be undermining competition throughout the continent. Delays and cost overruns continue to escalate at Areva's catastrophic Olkiluoto reactor construction project in Finland. Areva has admitted to a $2.2 billion, or 55%, cost increase in the Finnish building site after three and a half years. The Flamanville project---the only one now being built in France---is already over $1 billion more expensive than projected after a single year under construction.

In 2008, France's nuclear power output dropped 0.1%, while wind generation rose more than 37%.
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Jen Moore, Mary Foster, Splitting the Sky, J9 Mar. 23, 2009

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week: journalist Jen Moore and the evil Canada's mining corporations do in Latin America; Mary Foster of the People's Commission Network and the strange case of Abousfian Abdelrazik; indigenous activist, Splitting the Sky and Calgary's George W. Bush welcoming committee; and, Victoria Street Newz publisher Janine Bandcroft on the city's continuing shelter crisis.
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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Monday 12:30pm: Vancouver action to protest ban on anti-war MP

Defend Free Speech, Lift the Ban on George Galloway
Please join us if you can:  Monday, Mar. 23, 12:30 pm at 300 W. Georgia, in front of the detention centre and offices of Immigration Canada, at the corner of Hamilton behind the downtown VPL.
This will be a press conference, but we are calling for people to come down and show their opposition to this outrageous decision by Jason Kenney and the Conservative government. There will be speakers from StopWar, CESAPI and several other groups.
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New York City Meltdown: With a Whimper, Not a Bang… the Old Neighborhood Empties

Economic Dirty Bomb Goes Off in New York: With a Whimper, Not a Bang… the Old Neighborhood Empties
by Tom Engelhardt
A block from my apartment, on a still largely mom-and-pop, relatively low-slung stretch of Broadway, two spanking new apartment towers rose just as the good times were ending for New York. As I pass the tower on the west side of Broadway each morning, one of its massive ground-floor windows displays the same eternal message in white letters against a bright red background: "Locate yourself at the center of the fastest expanding portion of the affluent Upper West Side."

Successive windows assure any potential renter that this retail space (10,586 square feet available! 110 feet of frontage! 30 foot ceilings! Multiple configurations possible!) is conveniently located only "steps from the 96th Street subway station, servicing 11 million riders annually."

Here's the catch, though: That building was completed as 2007 ended and yet, were you to peer through a window into the gloom beyond, you would make out only a cavernous space of concrete, pillars, and pipes. All those "square feet" and not the slightest evidence that any business is moving in any time soon. Across Broadway, the same thing is true of the other tower.
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Dumb George Bush Woos Numb Calgary

Dumb George Bush Woos Numb Canadians in Calgary - Splitting the Sky jailed for trying to "citizen arrest" this war criminal!  
by MNN
Former U.S. President, George W. Bush, was in Calgary with "cowboy" hat in hand on March 17 to seek the affection of the men and women attending the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association meeting CEPA.  It was sponsored by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and law firms Ernst and Young and Bennett Jones.  1,300 corporate business types paid $400 a plate.  One Bush fan cooed, "He must be intelligent to be so witty".  Doesn't he know that a team of speech writers carefully crafted every word he said?  

Bush came to "Texas North", as Calgary is called, to help his international andAmerican cohorts scoop out more Indigenous resources such as water, gas and oil.  He wants the corporations to stay in private hands so they can grab 6 trillion cu. ft. of natural gas; 950 million barrels of liquid hydrocarbons; lay 100,000 km. of pipe over our territory; and pocket $67 billion from exports of our resources while polluting all our territories and waters.    

His topic appeared to be "Listen to George Bush on how to destroy and bankrupt countries, businesses and the people".  The enthralled audience heaped praise on this braggart who demolished countries through brutal wars, killing millions, doing away with civil liberties, breaking international laws, circumventing the Geneva accords and tearing down the global economy.  He and his friends know how to take the cream when the economy melts down and the taxpayers are left holding the bag.    
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Shell Oil to Planet Earth: Drop Dead

Shell Oil to Planet Earth: Drop Dead
by Chris Floyd (Empire Burlesque)
The Guardian reports on some admirable candor from the paladins at Shell Oil, still raking in gargantuan profits despite the global economic cratering. Shell says it is dropping its much-publicized work on alternative energy sources – because the bucks just aren't big enough.
Green energy, it seems, just  doesn't produce enough long green for the Oil Lords.
Instead, they are going to keep scraping out carbon from the guts of the earth – and going in for biofuels, i.e., diverting vast acreages of arable land from food production for the world's poor to energy for the world's rich.
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What Has Happened to my Country?

George Galloway - What has happened to my country?
by Richard Kastelein - (Publisher, Atlantic Free Press)
Having been an expat for more than 20 years - I have only spent a few years in Canada since 1987 - I missed the countries' transition to conservatism... for the greater part. Stephen Harper, Bush's enfant terrible - and his band of corporate cronies - have always seemed like an overspill of American Conservatism creeping north and I always had enough faith in the sensible people of Canada to control the beast and vote out the selfish, xenophobic, vermin that prey on fear and use it to push their political agenda.

But I knew things had changed when I came home one trip about a decade ago to British Columbia for a visit and dad was reading the Toronto Globe and Mail. Apparently it was the last vestige of progressive rhetoric in the country. It was a paper he would not wipe his ass with ten years earlier. He said there was virtually no progressive mainstream media left in B.C. and he found himself buying a newspaper from the other side of the country just to get away from the incessant pounding of the conservatives in the provincial media. I was surprised.

How things change.
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In His Own Words: "Canada Can't Muzzle Me!"

Canada Can't Muzzle Me
by George Galloway
The Canadian immigration minister Jason Kenney gazetted in the Sun yesterday morning that I was to be excluded from his country because of my views on Afghanistan. That's the way the rightwing, last-ditch dead-enders of Bushism in Ottawa conduct their business.

Kenney is quite a card. A quick trawl establishes he's a gay-baiter, gung-ho armchair warrior, with an odd habit of exceeding his immigration brief. Three years ago he attacked the pro-western Lebanese prime minister, Fuad Siniora, for being ungrateful to Canada for its support of Israeli bombardment of his country.
Most curiously of all, in 2006 he addressed a rally of the so-called People's Mujahideen of Iran, a Waco-style cult, banned in the European Union as a terrorist organization. On one level being banned by such a man is like being told to sit up straight by the hunchback of Notre Dame or being lectured on due diligence by Conrad Black. On another, for a Scotsman to be excluded from Canada is like being turned away from the family home.

But what are my views on Afghanistan which the Canadian government does not want its people to hear?
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