Canada's Liberal Gov't Joins NATO's War Escalation in Eastern Europe
by Roger Annis - New Cold War.org
July 15, 2016
Canadians who hoped the federal election last October 19 would usher in change to the aggressive foreign policy of the defeated Conservative government are wondering what happened to their wishes.
The transition in imperialist foreign policy from the Harper Conservatives to the Justin Trudeau-led Liberals has been utterly seamless, if not predictable.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Kyiv
July 11, 2016 (PMO photo by Adam Scotti)
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Don’t Call Him “Bernie” Anymore: the Sanders Sell-Out and the Clinton Wars to Come
by Gary Leupp - CounterPunch
July 14, 2016
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Paramilitaries Continue Rampage in Colombia: the Case of El Bagre, Antioquia
by Dan Kovalik - CounterPunch
July 13, 2016
The peasant residents of El Bagre, Colombia, in the Department of Antioquia, have been brutalized this year by the paramilitary group known as the Autodefensas Gatinastas, a successor group to the Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia (“AUC”) – the paramilitary umbrella group which was designated as a “terrorist organization” by the U.S. State Department, and which feigned a demobilization back in 2006.
Thus, according to reports coming out of Colombia, at least 17 peasants have been brutally murdered in the first half of this year by the paramilitaries. As Contagio Radio explains, these victims were “killed, dismembered, [and] thrown into rivers or buried in mass graves.” As a result of these assaults, peasants have set up a humanitarian refuge within El Bagre for the now hundreds of peasants displaced by this violence. I first learned of the this crisis from messages on the Twitter account of former Colombian Senator, Piedad Cordoba, who has been one of the lone voices calling for international attention to the situation in El Bagre, Antioquia.
The Department of Antioquia is ground zero for paramilitarism in Colombia, and its former Governor, and later Colombia’s President, Alvaro Uribe, one of the key intellectual authors of the paramilitaries. As one AUC leader explained, Uribe “was our commander . . . . He never fired a gun; but he led, he contributed, he was our man at the top. . . . The massacres, the disappearances, the creation of an [AUC] group: he is responsible.” Indeed, for years there have been credible allegations that Uribe was responsible for the formation of an AUC bloc while governor of Antioquia department from 1995 to 1997, and that he used the AUC to coerce millions of voters into electing him President in 2002.
But again, this is not news to the U.S. government which has been quite aware of Uribe’s paramilitary ties for years. Thus, as Colombia Reports points out:
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In 2004, a declassified US Intelligence Report, originally written in 1991, stated that Uribe had “worked for the Medellin Cartel,” run by notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, who the report described as a “close personal friend.”
In 2007, another US intelligence report – leaked to the Los Angeles Times – alleged that Uribe instructed General Mario Montoya, a local army commander who was later promoted to become the army’s top commander, to lead a controversial counter-insurgency push in the city of Medellin in which AUC forces played a major role. At least 14 people were killed in “Operation Orion” and dozens were forcibly disappeared.
This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com
July 13, 2016
The war against environmentalists and the indigenous people of Honduras continues. Last week, the body of Lesbia Yaneth Urquía was discovered in a garbage dump.
The indigenous Lenca was a member of COPINH, or the Civic Council of People's and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras; it is the organization formerly headed by Berta Cáceres, too an indigenous Lenca member, murdered last March for her opposition to extractive industry practices, and especially the Agua Zarca Hydroelectric Project, a mega-scheme involving several dams along the Rio Gualcarque undertaken by mining interests, and supported by the right-wing coup government of Juan Orlando Hernández.
Laura Carlsen is Director of the Center for International Policy's Americas Program in Mexico City, and serves as an advisor to Just Associates (JASS), an international women's collective organization working at "building women's collective power for justice." She also hosts, Hecho en America, a Spanish language television program on Latin America.
Laura Carlsen in the first half.
And; what would you do? While eating with his family in their Denny Island home, off BC's remote central coast, renowned environmental champion, Ingmar Lee got a message about a nearby Humpback whale in distress. Entangled in a fishing net, it seemed to Lee the weary animal would not have long survived without help. To any who know Ingmar, it's no surprise he leapt to the rescue, but the shocking reaction by the government, and its media arm, should more than surprise.
Ingmar Lee and a whale for the saving in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of good goings on in and around our town and beyond planned for the coming week. But first, Laura Carlsen and violent days for grassroots movements in Latin America.
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/
Israel and the Militarization of the US Police
by Mazin Qumsiyeh - Palestine Nature.org
July 11, 2016
photo: Jonathan Bachman - Reuters
Violent, Racist Cops Protect a Violent, Racist System
by Ted Rall - CounterPunch
July 8, 2016
Leaker, Speaker, Soldier, Spy: The Charmed Life of David Petraeus
by Nick Turse - TomDispatch
It’s been more than a year since I first tried to connect with the retired four-star general and ex-CIA director -- and no luck yet.
On a recent evening, as the sky was turning from a crisp ice blue into a host of Easter-egg hues, I missed him again.
Led from a curtained “backstage” area where he had retreated after a midtown Manhattan event, Petraeus moved briskly to a staff-only room, then into a tightly packed elevator, and momentarily out onto the street before being quickly ushered into a waiting late-model, black Mercedes S550.
And then he was gone, whisked into the warm New York night, companions in tow.
Deadly Norwegian disease found in BC’s farmed salmon is a game-changer
by Ray Grigg in Oceans via Common Sense Canadian
July 5, 2016
The discovery of Heart and Skeletal Muscle Inflammation (HSMI) in BC’s farmed salmon has been couched in cautious and evasive terms by the industry and government. HSMI “might” have been found. It’s “yet another piece in the complex puzzle of salmon health on the Pacific Coast,” noted the former Minister of Fisheries, Hunter Tootoo.
Jeremy Dunn, executive director of the B.C. Salmon Farmers Association, also downplayed the significance of the announcement:
The findings announced by the SSHI [Strategic Salmon Health Initiative] regarding a potential diagnosis of Heart and Skeletal Muscle Inflammation in fish from one Atlantic salmon farm in B.C. are important. However, there is no consensus amongst the scientific community about the finding as the fish sampled in this farm showed no clinical signs of the disease.
But the finding of HSMI is extremely significant. Understanding why requires some additional information.
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‘No Justice, No Peace!’ As Police Killings of Minorities Mount, Attacks on Police Like the One in Dallas, While Awful, Are Also Sadly Predictable
by Dave Lindorff - This Can't Be Happening
July 8, 2016
The tragedy that is America has deepened with the news that several people on Thursday appear to have organized a military-style sniper attack targeting police in Dallas during a protest march and rally against police brutality and killings of black people in that city.
The murder of anybody, whether it’s a police officer or someone who is simply stopped by a cop for a minor traffic violation and is then shot because a jumpy officer mistakes reaching for a wallet to be reaching for a gun, as happened just two days ago in Minnesota, is a dreadful thing. But it has to be said that, with American police -- most of them white -- gunning down over 500 people -- most of them black or brown and most of them unarmed -- in just the first half of this year , it was bound to happen that somebody, or some group of people, would decide to retaliate by taking revenge on the police (especially given the number of working-class people of all races who have had military training, thanks to this country's endless wars).
That’s not to justify what happened in Dallas, and we still need to learn more about who was involved in this shooting of 12 cops and two civilian protesters, killing five police officers, and what their motives were. It’s just to say that if the police continue to treat one segment of American society as enemy combatants in a war zone, and if the legal system continues to give brutal cops a pass when they maim or kill innocent citizens, including young children, effectively granting them immunity for their atrocities, there will inevitably be a violent reaction.
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Where the Sidewalk Ends: Walking the Bad Streets of Houston’s Super-Elites
by David Yearsley - CounterPunch
July 1, 2016
Massacres: Where Have all the Islamist Gone?
by James Petras
June 30, 2016
Over the past fifty plus years, over 125 mass shootings/massacres have occurred within the United States but not one perpetrator has been identified as a trained member of an international Islamist terrorist organization. A review of the massacres will shed considerable light on the political, cultural and socio-psychological features of US society.
The frequent and intensely bloody nature of these mass shootings are a distinctly US phenomenon. The high proportion of fatalities over wounded survivors is a reflection of the availability of high-power weapons in the US and the poorly coordinated police response - where SWAT teams place ‘force protection’ over saving lives.
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I am Canadian Once Again
Commentary by Captain Paul Watson
July 1, 2016
Back in May 2012 on my way to France my plane landed in Germany and I was arrested on extradition warrants by Costa Rica and Japan for my efforts to stop shark finning by a Costa Rican fishing vessel in 2002 and my efforts to stop illegal Japanese whaling. In both cases I did not injure anyone nor did I damage any property.
I was jailed for a week and placed under house arrest for two months. Both my Canadian and my American passports were confiscated by the German police.
After two months I received a call from a Sea Shepherd supporter working with the German Ministry of Justice who told me that I would be extradited to Japan the next day. That was not going to happen. I jumped bail, made my way to the coast of the Netherlands and set sail across the Atlantic and the Pacific to rejoin my ship the STEVE IRWIN in November 2012.
After Operation Zero Tolerance and a successful intervention against the illegal activities of the Japanese whaling operations, I transferred to the BRIGITTE BARDOT off the coast of Tasmania.
On board were two German reporters and one of them handed me my U.S. passport. The German police had returned my passports to the U.S. and Canadian Consulates in Frankfurt. The U.S. Consulate handed my passport over to my German lawyer. Canada refused to do so.
I then spent the next eight months at sea on the BRIGITTE BARDOT, spending that time cleaning beaches in the South Pacific and on the Great Barrier Reef.
Finally I was allowed to return to the United States in November 2013. I inquired about my Canadian passport and did not receive an answer from the Canadian government.
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