Veterans Call on Harper to End Deportations

Vietnam and Iraq Veterans Call on Harper to End Deportations
by War Resisters Support Campaign
A group of U.S. military veterans will visit Vancouver this week to show support for war resisters who are seeking sanctuary in Canada.
"We are proud of our young men and women who have refused to be part of the illegal war in Iraq," declared Mike Ferner, President of Veterans For Peace.  "These war resisters had the courage to listen to their consciences.  Unlike President Bush, they obeyed international law."
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One Canadian Killed Four Injured in Kandahar Blast

One Canadian Killed Four Injured in Kandahar Blast
by C. L. Cook
Trooper Marc Diab died Sunday following an encounter with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) just outside Kandahar, Afghanistan. His death brings to 112 the number of Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan and the fourth to die in less than a week.
Diab's four unnamed crew-mates were listed in "stable" condition, three being evacuated to the American hospital at  Landstuhl, Germany.

The 22 year old career soldier was attached to the Royal Canadian Dragoons, Petawawa, serving member of the 3rd Battalion, the Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group. Diab's mother, Jihan Diab said Marc was due home later this month, and planned to get engaged upon his return.
His sister, Jessica said;

"I feel he would be happy knowing that he did what he had wanted to do all his life… even if we do not feel the same way."  
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Gaza Caravan: Puncturing the Siege on the Prophet's Birthday

15.30 (GMT) Monday 9th March 2009
by Viva Palestina
And they entered side by side like heroes, some on foot some in their vehicles, tears, smiles, hugs, flowers. It was historic, it was legendary. Gaza we are here. We have fulfilled the promise - Viva Palestina! The lifeline from the people of Britain to you, the people of Gaza, has arrived.

We have broken the barriers, we have opened closed borders, we have defied the odds,we have overcome the challenges across thousands of miles and three continents. We are here to be with you, to embrace you, to share your tragedy with you.

After another morning of intense negotiations, a deal was reached to allow all of the members of the convoy to go through. In the end, Viva Palestina had to make the sacrifice of agreeing that some vehicles will have to cross the border from the Al Ouja Israeli controlled crossing point. This includes our mascot, the fire engine and the boat. This was due to the restrictions imposed by Egyptian law governing the Rafah Crossing.
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Mayor Lout Allows Second Langford Hearing on Bear Mountain Expansion Plans

Second Hearing for Langford Skirt Mountain Develpment
by Zoe Blunt
Hi everyone, Our team won the first round, now we advance to the finals! Langford Mayor Stew Young has caved in and scheduled a second public hearing on the massive South Skirt Mountain towers project. The blustery mayor denies there was a problem with the public process, but fortunately we're here to educate him!
New public hearing: Monday, March 16, at Langford City Hall (877 Goldstream Ave.) Doors: 6:30 pm. Anyone is welcome to speak and everyone who spoke the first time should make sure to re-submit their comments.
Everyone is invited to join us for a big thumbs-down to the massive new condo development proposed for South Skirt Mountain, part of Victoria's Greenbelt and adjacent to Goldstream Provincial Park. "Unlimited height" towers are planned to replace rare garry oak and arbutus bluffs, home to great horned owls, screech owls, pileated woodpeckers and bald eagles, only 20 km west of Victoria.
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Turn Whilst You Can!

Turn around while you can! Trust me, Queens sucks too!"
by Greg Palast
The occupied territory of Manhattan is supposed to be a demilitarized zone - as long as you ignore the blown-apart corpses in front of the bodegas and Trustwell Corp assassins infiltrating the block parties.

Click to get a feel for it. Page from DMZ #6
I don't review other writers' books.  Mostly, because I don't like what I see.  But this graphic novel, DMZ by Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli, is too good to let go by unheralded. DMZ is New York in the future, and it looks uncomfortably too much like America today.  There's a phony war on terror, a hunt for illusory insurgents and troublemakers which becomes the trigger-point excuse for crushing the heaving, rising underclass.

Except here, in the comic, America's culture war and class war has moved to its inevitable bloody conclusion:  a corporate junta pretending to provide safety to war-torn New York while using high-tech military intelligence and scum-bag death squads to hold on to power.
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Gaza Aid Caravan: Idling at Rafah

SO CLOSE... GAZA WAITS - Viva Palestina Email Alert 23.30 (GMT) Sunday 8th March
by Viva Palestina
Tonight, the Viva Palestina aid convoy is spending the night in Al Arish close to the Rafah crossing after an eventful day. At one point everything seemed to point out to a smooth crossing until they hit new obstacles, which were not resolved later in the day (see earlier posts)

Some Libyan trucks carrying medical aid have been allowed through. There is a consensus though amongst the members of the convoy that no vehicle will go through any Israeli controlled crossing. The motto is 'ALL for one and one for ALL'.

They are hopeful that early in the morning, they will start their final leg of a very long journey and roll into Gaza - where thousands of Palestinians have waited all day at the gates of Rafah to greet and welcome them.
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Harper Bill and Radical Environmental Exposure

Stop Bill C-10: Amendments to the Navigable Waters Protection Act
Urgent message from the BCWF President to all members! The federal government has introduced Bill C-10 a Federal Budget proposal.  Unknown to many, they have included “Amendments to the Navigable Waters Protection Act” (NWPA) in Bill C-10. Please see today’s press release (below) for information and contact your MLAs and MPs and senators immediately to demand they remove the amendments to the Navigable Waters Protection Act from Bill C-10.
BC Wildlife Federation Concerned With Amendments To Navigable Waters Protection Act The BC Wildlife Federation adamantly opposes amendments to the Navigable Waters Protection Act (NWPA) as included in the Budget Implementation Act, Bill C-10. Canada’s Navigable Waters Protection Act was originally passed in 1882 with the intent of recognizing the common right of access to and free passage on public waterways. Bill C-10 makes unacceptable changes to that legislation.
The Conservatives are hiding things in some of their bills that can have an adverse effect on the environment - everyone should read the brief description of the damaging components of Bill C - 10 and get on the email or phone to your MP. This bill is loaded and people should urge their MP to drop the amended sections of the Bill C- 10.  Call your senator, too and write to the PM.

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Breaking America's (Food) Banks

Breaking the Banks: The Struggle to Feed America's Nouveau Needy
by Nick Turse
The message is simple. Ever more Americans need food they can't afford. As tough economic times take their toll, increasing numbers of Americans are on tightened budgets and, in some cases, facing outright hunger. As a result, they may be learning a lot more about food banks and soup kitchens than most of them ever wanted to know.

In recent interviews with, representatives from food banks -- the non-profit organizations that distribute groceries to those in need via food pantries, shelters, and soup kitchens -- expressed alarm at the recent surge in need all across the country.
At the same time, most stated that, however counterintuitive it might seem, financial contributions to their organizations are actually on the rise. So, too, are food prices, however -- and donations, unfortunately, are not keeping up with demand.
Food bank representatives agree on one thing: the need for their services is spiking in a way none of them can recall. Again and again, they emphasize that lines at food pantries are growing longer, seemingly by the month, and that those in line are younger and often more middle class than ever before.
Families who just months ago didn't even know what a food bank was and would never have considered visiting a food pantry now have far more intimate knowledge of both. Embarrassed to approach institutions that they previously identified with the poor and indigent, many, say food bank officials, are also waiting far too long to seek aid. Other formerly middle class Americans who have never dealt with, or even thought about, food insecurity before simply don't know whom to call or where to turn.
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Obama’s Betrayal on the Iraq War

Bastardizing History: Obama’s Betrayal on the Iraq War
by Jack Random
I want to be very clear.  There is a vast and unbridgeable chasm between the antiwar position taken by a young state senator in October 2002 and that of the president at the end of February 2009. It begins with the president’s interpretation of recent history: “We sent our troops to Iraq to do away with Saddam Hussein's regime.”  

This is an almost unforgivable bastardization of history.  We went to Iraq ostensibly to eliminate weapons of mass destruction but in reality to secure control of Iraqi oil and establish a central base of military might in the heart of the Middle East.  
As the state senator from Illinois understood in October 2002, the rationale for war was radical right ideology of military dominance and preventative war.  Whether Saddam Hussein remained head of state was incidental so long as America could establish a regional base of operations. 

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How The Financial Crisis Breeds Global Chaos?

Do Americans  Realize How The Crisis Breeds Global Chaos?
by Danny Schechter (Author of PLUNDER)
Obsessed as we are about our own crumbling economy, it’s hard for most Americans to see and appreciate the global nature of the crisis and how it is impacting and will impact others throughout the world. We don’t recognize how many in other countries blame the fall of their own economies on a kind of “financial aids” born in the USA.”

And even as protests spread with Britain just putting its own army on alert for fear of disruptions this summer by anarchists with bent on class war with slogans like “burn a banker,” mass demonstrations show no sign of abating in France, Iceland, Ireland Greece and other EU countries. People here have politicized economic issues perhaps because of a more  thorough and diverse media environment as well as an expectation that their governments have a duty to protect their people.
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Carmen Mills, Sandra Finley, Janine Bandcroft March 9, 2009

This Week on Gorilla Radio
by C. L. Cook
This week: The biggest project you've hardly heard of is underway in Vancouver. Houses have been expropriated, and the bulldozers are moving in, but not everyone is willing to be rolled over by the massive Gateway Project. Carmen Mills is with Gateway Sucks, a coalition of environmental and housing activists determined to turn Gateway around; Sandra Finley is a Saskatchewan activist who refused to be counted by Canadian census contractor, Lockheed-Martin. The mega-weapons corporation is mining information on Canadians, all to be made available upon request to America's Homeland Security; publisher and broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft keeps us up to speed with Victoria's unaddressed 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, Check out the GR blog at:
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Whale of a Kangaroo Court

A Whale of a Kangaroo Court
by Captain Paul Watson
The Japanese government has requested that the Australian government pursue charges against my self, my crew and our ship the Steve Irwin. Japan has accused us of deploying a propeller entanglement system to shut down their harpoon boats and is accusing us of deliberately colliding with the harpoon vessel Yushin Maru #3.

For this reason, the Steve Irwin was met by Australian Federal Police with a warrant to seize our logbook and hundreds of video tapes. This despite the fact that none of the documentation recorded was obtained in Australian territory or on an Australian vessel.

No arrests were made but the question now is where is this going to go? Will I, or any other Steve Irwin crew be arrested and by whom and for what exactly? Will we get our property back, or will it be sent to Japan from where it will never return? Will any of us be sent to Japan from which we may never return - at least anytime soon thereafter.
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