A Trumping of the Screw: Canada-US Trade and the New Reality

Is Canada in Trump’s Crosshairs Regarding Trade?

by Peter Ewart  - 250 News

November 20, 2016

Donald Trump railed and blasted at how the “rest of the world” was getting away with murder in terms of trade with the US, a statement fraught with irony given the US’s long record of bullying other countries. The two countries he mentioned the most were Mexico and China. However, although Trump often brought up NAFTA as an object of scorn, he rarely mentioned Canada, which is odd given that Canada is deeply enmeshed in NAFTA and is America’s largest trading partner.

Does this suggest, as some politicians and pundits claim, that Canada may not be targeted as harshly as Mexico, China and other countries? Far from it. To think that way could prove naïve. Indeed, a leaked memo to CNN apparently from the Trump transition team suggests the opposite (1).


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Donald Picking Up the Threads

Trump’s Fascism Picks Up Where Obama’s Leaves Off 

by Ted Rall 

November 17, 2016

Donald Trump wants to deport three million illegal immigrants, and he’s willing to split up families to do it. Expect resistance: street protests, networks of safe houses, American citizens willing to risk prison to hide undocumented workers.

Barack Obama deported two million — more than any other president. Thousands of kids lost their parents. Yet demonstrations were few. Anglo solidarity was nowhere to be found. Same action, different reaction. Why?

As we’ve seen under Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, progressives go to sleep when Democrats are in the White House. Trump will be deplorable. But as the unrest that followed his victory signals, he’ll have a salutary effect on American politics: Liberals will resist the same fascist horrors for which they’ve been making excuses under Obama (and would have continued to tolerate under Hillary Clinton).

Ironically, their struggle will be made all the more challenging due to the fascist moves promulgated by Barack Obama, a president revered by liberals — but whose administration has been characterized by a stream of fascist policies.


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Senseless Death of Tobeka Daki: Auctioning Health and Life

The Senseless Death of Tobeka Daki: Auctioning Health and Life to the Highest Bidders

by Fran Quigley - CounterPunch

November 17, 2016

Tobeka Daki died this week. And she shouldn’t have.

Tobeka lived in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, and was the mother of two sons. Her youngest son, Khanya, is 11 years old. In 2013, she was diagnosed with a strain of breast cancer known as HER2. There is a medicine called Trastuzumab, marketed under the name Herceptin, that is very effective at treating Tobeka’s form of breast cancer.

The groundbreaking research that led to the discovery of Herceptin was funded by U.S. taxpayers. A year’s dose can be manufactured for about $176. But Tobeka was never treated with Herceptin. The corporation that controls the medicine charges about $34,000 in South Africa for a year’s worth of doses. That cost is five times more than Tobeka’s income, which is right around the per capita average in her country. But the corporation enjoys a monopoly patent on the drug, which means they can charge whatever they wish, with no fear of a generic alternative being made available.

That company made $11.6 billion profit in 2015.

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You're No Lincoln, Mr. T.

Trump’s $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan: Lincoln Had a Bolder Solution

by Ellen Brown - CounterPunch

November 16, 2016 In Donald Trump’s victory speech after the presidential election, he vowed:


We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals.
We’re going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none. And we will put millions of our people to work as we rebuild it.

It sounds great; but as usual, the devil is in the details. Both parties in Congress agree that infrastructure is desperately needed. The roadblock is in where to find the money. Raising taxes and going further into debt are both evidently off the table. The Trump solution is touted as avoiding those options, but according to his economic advisors, it does this by privatizing public goods, imposing high user fees on the citizenry for assets that should have been public utilities.

Raise taxes, add to the federal debt, privatize – there is nothing new here.


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Hearing America: Is Trump Really the Voice of We the People?

I Still Don’t Hear the Voices of American Voters!

by Andre Vltchek - Dissident Voice

November 15th, 2016


Trump American Gothic Since the results of the latest Presidential elections were announced, I am longing for silence, while the overwhelming cacophony of deafening noises is assaulting my ears, and in fact all my senses.

Suddenly everyone around me wants to speak, to shout, and to declare.

Lately, people who are surrounding me, as well as those who are far away from me are frantically watching the news, reading newspapers and browsing through countless political websites.

My friends and comrades all over the world are poking jokes at the US political establishment, or trembling in anticipation of something terrible, even apocalyptic. Many are just having fun. Even some thoughtful and educated individuals are behaving like obsessive football fans: analyzing, passing judgments, and spending countless hours on the couch, in front of their television screens.

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Deleting the Links: US/UK Move Against Terror Affiliates

US, British ‘Clean House’ to Delete Syria Terror Links 

by Finian Cunningham - SCF

November 15, 2016


syria possible warUS President Barack Obama has just given the Pentagon orders to assassinate commanders of the Al Nusra terror network in Syria. American media reports over the weekend say the new urgency arises from US intelligence fears that al Qaeda-affiliated groups are preparing to mount terror attacks against Western targets from strongholds in Syria.

The purported US «kill list» will be acted on through drone strikes and «intelligence assets». The latter refers, presumably, to US special forces that are already operating in northern Syria alongside Turkish military.

Last week, a similar announcement was carried in the British press, which reported that elite British SAS troops had received orders to kill up to 200 jihadi volunteers from Britain who are suspected to be active in Syria (and Iraq). Again, the same rationale was invoked as in the latest American plan. That the assassination program was to pre-empt terror attacks rebounding on Western states.

A British defense official was quoted as saying that the mission could be the most important ever undertaken by the SAS in its entire 75-year history. «The hunt is on», said the official, «to take out some very bad people».


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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Yves Engler, Dahr Jamail, Janine Bandcroft Nov. 16, '16

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com

November 16, 2016

High dudgeon has been the major tenor of the response from the far north to the imminent ascension of Donald J. Trump as next president of the United States of America. How, the doyens across our famously liberal media spectrum wonder, could our good cousins south let it happen?

It goes without saying, (just a year after Stephen Harper's departure) such a gauche coup could never happen here; Canadians are far too fair and good to allow a low brow, knuckle-dragging orange-haired troglodyte troll like the Donald take the reins of power.

Yes, from climate policy to world peace Canada is, if not the indispensable, then at least an unimpeachable nation; or is it?


Listen. Hear.


Yves Engler is a Canadian author and essayist whose book titles include: 'The Ugly Canadian — Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy,' 'Lester Pearson’s Peacekeeping — The Truth May Hurt,' 'Stop Signs — Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay (with Bianca Mugyenyi),' and the 'The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy' (Shortlisted for the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non Fiction in the Quebec Writers’ Federation Literary Awards), among others.

His latest book, 'A Propaganda System: How Canada’s Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation' is hot of the press, and Yves will be up here at UVic November 16th at 7pm in the Harry Hickman Building to launch the book and reveal just why "most Canadians believe their country is a force for good in the world, despite a long history of supporting empire, racism and exploitation."

Yves Engler in the first half.

And; even when war is a game, its weapons aren't toys. Just off our coast, the American Navy conducts war games and weapons testing using sophisticated and necessarily lethal systems and ordnance. But, some of that ordnance, the bullets, bombs, and shells pose an unintended hazard to life and limb, one the military brass is unwilling to admit.

Dahr Jamail is an Olympic peninsula-based Truthout staff journalist and author, whose book titles include: 'The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan,' 'Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Iraq,' and the contributed chapter, "Killing the Intellectual Class" for the anthology, 'Cultural Cleansing in Iraq: Why Museums Were Looted, Libraries Burned and Academics Murdered.'

In his latest article for Truthout, 'The Navy's Use of Depleted Uranium in Our Coastal Waters Threatens Humans, Wildlife' Jamail uncovers the hidden threat behind the Navy's war games in our back yard. Dahr is also a Truthout staff reporter, and his latest book, 'The Mass Destruction of Iraq: Why It Is Happening, and Who Is Responsible' is co-written with Truthout founding editor, William Rivers Pitt.

Dahr Jamail and deep sixing the Navy's deadly games 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 newz of some of the good things planned in the coming week for our city's streets and beyond. But first, Yves Engler and 'A Propaganda System: How Canada’s Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation.'


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/


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Close Guantánamo: What Good Obama Can Do Before Trump Ascends

With Trump En Route to the White House, New Close Guantánamo Video Urges President Obama to Get the Prison Closed

by Andy Worthington

November 11, 2016

With Trump En Route to the White House, New Close Guantánamo Video Urges President Obama to Get the Prison Closed

I wrote the following article (as “New Close Guantánamo Video Reminds President Obama He Has Just 70 Days Left to Close the Prison Before He Leaves Office”) for the “Close Guantánamo” website, which I established in January 2012, on the 10th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo, with the US attorney Tom Wilner.

Please join us — just an email address is required to be counted amongst those opposed to the ongoing existence of Guantánamo, and to receive updates of our activities by email.

See the video below via YouTube — and please note it is also featured on our Facebook page, and is also on the homepage of Close Guantánamo website.


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If You Can't Believe How Trump Won the Election, Don't!

The Election was Stolen – Here’s How

by Greg Palast

November 11, 2016

Before a single vote was cast, the election was fixed by GOP and Trump operatives.

Starting in 2013 – just as the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act – a coterie of Trump operatives, under the direction of Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State, created a system to purge 1.1 million Americans of color from the voter rolls of GOP–controlled states.

The system, called Crosscheck, is detailed in my Rolling Stone report, “The GOP’s Stealth War on Voters,” 8/24/2016.


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Trump As Liberal Frankenstein

American liberals unleashed the Trump monster

by Jonathan Cook

9 November 2016

The earth has been shifting under our feet for a while, but all liberals want to do is desperately cling to the status quo like a life-raft. Middle- class Britons are still hyperventiliating about Brexit, and now middle-class America is trembling at the prospect of Donald Trump in the White House.
And, of course, middle-class Americans are blaming everyone but themselves. Typifying this blinkered self-righteousness was a column yesterday, written before news of Trump’s success, from Guardian journalist Jonathan Freedland, Britain’s unofficial stenographer to power and Washington fanboy. He blamed everyone but Hillary Clinton for her difficult path to what he then assumed was the White House.

Well, here is some news for Freedland and American liberals. The reason Trump is heading to the Oval Office is because the Democratic party rigged the primaries to ensure that a candidate who could have beaten Trump, Bernie Sanders, did not get on the ticket. You want to blame someone, blame Clinton and the rotten-to-the-core Democratic party leadership.


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Wide-Eyed at Standing Rock: Protesters Experience Military Policing's Full-Court Pressure

Sleepless in Standing Rock

by John Laforge - CounterPunch

November 9, 2016  

With the Nov. 1 explosion in Georgia of Colonial’s gas pipeline killing one, injuring five, and burning 31 acres, the $3.8 billion crude oil Dakota Access Pipeline project is looking dirtier than ever. Last week, a colleague and I visited the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s nonviolent resistance encampment just north of Cannon Ball, ND — alternately called Seven Council Fire Camp and Sacred Stone Camp — which has gathered thousands of activists, Indian and non-Indian, from 300 indigenous nations in the Americas and around the world, in the words of tribal chairman David Archambault, “in solidarity against the pipeline.”
The difference — so far — between the Georgia and Dakota disasters is that up north only the militarized police forces are endangering life and limb — repeatedly attacking and relentlessly harassing the large, well-organized, encampment of peaceful, nonviolent and mostly prayerful self-proclaimed Water Protectors.
Beyond the eco-disaster threatened by running DAP’s 30-inch oil pipe under the wide Missouri River near Cannon Ball, Standing Rock is opposed to the DAP’s desecration of cultural heritage sites and burial grounds by way of its enormous ditch digging machinery.
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Reviewing An Age of Fools

Age of Fools - Book Review 

by Prof. David Werner

November 8, 2016

Age of Fools by William A. Cook is a hard book. It reads like a block of granite, unyielding, unsympathetic, difficult, harsh, cynical in the way that stone can be, yet strangely monumental in its cynicism, leaving the reader full of awe at the grandeur of its criticism.
The tone of its author Cook reminds me of Robinson Jeffers, the gray bearded prophet standing in the storm, arms raised, howling against the foibles and stupidity of the human race, or, perhaps, the later cynical Twain, to whose “War Prayer” Cook refers.
The particular part of the human race which is the focus of condemnation in Age of Fools is the “cabal” of the members of the George W. Bush administration, particularly the Neo-Cons, and particularly their prosecution of the war in Iraq and their single-minded support for the state of Israel.
In short, Age of Fools is a 342 page condemnation in the harshest of terms, in the aftermath of 9/11, of Ariel Sharon’s and Ehud Olmert’s persecution of the Palestinians and in turn, a condemnation of “the incestuous relationship that exists between the U.S. and Israel,” and the destruction of the Palestinians that that relationship has produced.

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