Canadian Obama Welcoming Committee Gatherings Planned

On President Obama's visit to Canada PROTEST U.S. BOMBINGS OF PAKISTAN AND THE OCCUPATION OF AFGHANISTAN
by SACAAA
On Thursday, February 19, to mark the first official visit of U.S. president Barack Hussein Obama to Canada concerned members of the South Asian community and their supporters from throughout the Lower Mainland plan to publicly express their protest against the continuing drone attacks on the sovereign territory of Pakistan and the continued occupation of Afghanistan.

Whatever "change" and "hope" Barack Obama promised to bring to the people of the USA and of the world, when it comes to Afghanistan and Pakistan, it is only a continuation of the drastic and irresponsible policies followed by George Bush.
 
 
Drop In Picket
12pm - 5pm, US Consulate 1076 W.Pender St.

Candelight Vigil
5:30 pm - 7pm Vancouver Art Gallery, Robson Sq.
 
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Learning from Lincoln (for Dummies)

OBAMA: LEARN FROM LINCOLN AND DO THE RIGHT THING
by Danny Schechter (Author of PLUNDER)
Last week, television was filled with programs marking Abraham Lincoln's birthday. (The official holiday is February 16.) We watched reports on how the civil war erupted and was almost lost by the Union side. We were reminded of how many died and were wounded in that great, national tragedy.

We were also told how Lincoln was often despondent and forced over time to take stronger measures including the Emancipation Proclamation and the abolition of Slavery, even though, at first, he waffled, compromised, and proposed less definitive measures. Somehow, events end up driving policy and as the war got worse, the president found himself doing things he initially opposed or deflected.
 
Ultimately, he did move against slavery, justifying freeing the slaves at first as an economic and military blow at the Confederacy. Later he called it a moral issue. His last speech calling for voting rights for some freed slaves was the trigger that sparked racist actor, John Wilkes Booth, to become an assassin.
 
 
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Jon Elmer, Janine Bandcroft, Steve Anderson Feb. 16, 2009

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
'The Lancet' released the preliminary findings of two clinicians exploring the weapons used against the civilian population of Gaza during Israel's 23 day military assault there. Jon Elmer and the Wounds of Gaza in the first segment; Janine Bandcroft and Victoria's continuously unaddressed shelter crisis and local events; and, defending Canada's net access with Steve Anderson from the SaveOurNet.ca crew.
 
 
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: http://cfuv.uvic.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com

 
 
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Vancouver's Finest: Another Example of our Civilization's Insanity

Vancouver's Finest: Example of our Civilization's Insanity Struck Yet Again
by Dave Olsen
Last Monday morning, not surprisingly, Private Constable Clark (badge 2432) was "working" in an automobile, misusing another expensive and dangerous piece of technology provided to him by our tax dollars.

Here's the scene: me, riding a bike (my bad) north on Main Street, a minute away from reaching my client's office on time at 11:30am.  Suddenly, north of Pender, I hear a loud click, click, click sound behind me but after looking in my rear-view mirror, I can't see anything that would make such a weird sound.  I then hear a voice over a loud speaker say, "you have enough room there, Chief?"

I won't bother debating the racist undertone of that comment;  I will say that I was riding as far right as practicable, as written in the Motor Vehicle Act (MVA), meaning that I was just far enough away from the line of parked cars so that I would not get "doored" if one opened suddenly (recent court cases in other jurisdictions confirm this serious threat to a cyclist's health/life). This put me into the right most lane of traffic, about where the right-hand side tires of cars and trucks travel.

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Dam Yankees: Heading North, Buckets in Hand

DIVINING OBAMA SECRETLY "DAMNING" INDIGENOUS WATER  
by MNN
On February 19th the U.S. "bucket brigade" of President Barack "The-Sorcerer's-Apprentice" Obama and his entourage will be bringing their empty pails to Canada. They want Prime Minister Stephen "Sponge-Bob" Harper and his buddies to start hauling Indigenous water to the States. 
 
They're after our resources.
 
You can bet on it! 
 
The following day, Secretary of Interior and Bureau of Indian Affairs, Ken "Spanish-Amphibian" Salazar, will make an important announcement about their plan to steal our water.
 
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Harper Hiding on Khadr File

Torture American Style: Omar Khadr's Tale of the Tape 
by C. L. Cook
In July of last year, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper refused to entertain petitioning the United States for the return of child soldier Omar Khadr, the last "coalition of the willing" country citizen held at Guantanamo Bay's Camp X-Ray.
 
At that time, Khadr's legal team released video tape of his interrogation by members of Canada's secret service, CSIS, (the video is not for the squeamish).  By refusing to intercede, Harper is complicit in the violation of a number of international treaties Canada, unlike the United States, is a signatory to.
 
Today, as the child soldier endures his seventh year of illegal incarceration at the infamous Guantanamo Bay, Cuba prison, Harper still refuses to consider petitioning on Khadr's behalf when new American president, Barack Obama visits Canada next week.
 
 
 
Below the break is an article I wrote on the Khadr case in May of last year.
 
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Canada Mine Tailing Scandal: Court Hears Suit Against Enviro Minister

Canada's Toxic Mine Tailings Secret Goes to Court
by Mining Watch
Canada's Federal Court will be hearing a lawsuit today against the Minister of the Environment for failing to ensure that Canada's mining industry publicly reports the hundreds of millions of kilograms of toxic pollution it generates each year.

The lawsuit was filed in Federal Court in late 2007 by Ecojustice (formerly Sierra Legal Defence Fund) on behalf of MiningWatch Canada and Great Lakes United. The Application for Judicial Review alleges that the Minister broke the law when he directed mining companies to not report huge amounts of pollution sent to tailings ponds and waste rock piles to the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI).

"We are arguing that the Minister has ignored his legal duties under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act to provide the public with the full extent of pollutants released by mining companies in Canada," said Justin Duncan, Staff Lawyer with Ecojustice. "The Canadian public and especially residents living downstream from mining operations have the right to scrutinize the environmental and health hazards these mining companies continue to create."
 
 
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Bankers and Brown in Bed, Britons Getting Screwed

Welcome to the crony capitalist convention where New Labour got into bed with the bankers
by William Bowles
Welcome to the crony capitalist convention where Blair/Brown got in bed with the bankers but we were the ones who got screwed . The cry goes up, ‘wha’ happened?’ The former boss of HBOS, Sir James Crosby became head of the Financial Services Authority allegedly the ‘watchdog’ of the financial sector and then it emerges that Crosby was one of the architects of what Michael Hudson describes as,

“The commercial banks…us[ing] their credit-creating power not to expand the production of goods and services or raise living standards but simply to inflate prices for real estate (making fortunes for their brokerage, property appraisal and insurance affiliates), stocks and bonds (making more fortunes for their investment bank subsidiaries), fine arts (whose demand is now essentially for trophies, degrading the idea of art accordingly) and other assets already in place.” — ‘Bubble Economy 2.0: The Financial Recovery Plan from Hell’ By Michael Hudson’
 
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America on the Apology Altar

American Apologies
by Mickey Z.
During His inauguration speech, President Barack Obama declared: “We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense.”

Hmm... if His Holiness is really defending my way of life, he’s slaughtering civilians and wasting billions in taxpayer dollars in the name of atheism, anarchism, veganism, and so on.
 
How odd...

Here’s a news flash for the Pope of Hope: “Our way of life” (in the more general sense) not only needs to be apologized for, it needs to be permanently altered... in a major way.
 
 
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Tanker Threat to B.C. Coast and Waterways

Tanker Threat to B.C. Coast and Waterways
by Ingmar Lee
A letter from Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline (Feb. 7) suggests that supertankers carrying crude oil through the Douglas Channel would be business as usual.

To the editor of the Victoria Times-Colonist
Re: "Tankers won't be travelling Inside Passage route," letter,
Feb. 7.

image: Condensate-laden tanker burns following a collision in February


Steven Greenaway, writing on behalf of the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline, uses an old-school propaganda trick to side-track concern about the giant supertanker traffic-jam that Enbridge envisions for the crystal clear fiords of the Central Coast. Greenaway tosses out a confusing red herring, as though the chosen access route for hundreds of tankers was the issue here. Of course it makes no difference to the 80 per cent of British Columbians who oppose super-tanker traffic off our coast, whether through the Inside Passage, or via Principe Channel, Caamano Sound or Douglas Channel.
 
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Logging Vancouver Island's Englishman River's Shed

BROOKFIELD LOGGING ISLAND FOREST IN THE MIDDLE OF ENGLISHMAN RIVER
by Richard Boyce
With the impending doom of YK2 I spent New Years Eve on a personal wilderness retreat. I camped out on a beautiful island in the middle of Englishman River where massive Douglas fir and Cedar trees tower over a diversity of undergrowth that has the distinct characteristics of an old growth forest.
 
Government stands by while Island Timberlands logs island in the middle of a river where this Bear dens in a Culturally Modified Cedar Tree on behalf of Brooksfield Asset Management Inc. on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
 
Thick moss grows everywhere and bright tuffs of lichens hang from branches, tree trunks, and shale along the river's banks. This lush forest grows on an island of fertile sediment that has been deposited by the river over many centuries. This tiny jewel of forest is nestled in a deep ravine carved out by the river, somehow the trees escaped logging of the past.

To get there I followed the provincial park trail upstream from the upper waterfalls, walked through a tree farm logged by MacMillan-Bloedel in 1986, and crawled carefully over a fallen log to reach this tiny island paradise.
 
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Why the Flurry for Politcal Change in Palestine?

The PLO: Why an Alternative and Why the Panic?
by Ramzy Baroud
When Hamas leaderdeclared before a cheering crowd in Doha, Qatar, on January 28, the need for a new leadership, his words generated panic amongst leaders of the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority as well as traditional Palestinian leadership elites stationed in various Arab capitals.

The reaction to Mashaal’s call was more furious than most of the statements issued by the PA and its backers during the 23-day Israeli onslaught against the Gaza Strip, which killed and wounded thousands of innocent Gazans. Mashaal, who spoke triumphantly in Qatar exhorted that the PA “in its current state is no authority.” “It expresses a state of impotence, abuse and (it is a) tool to deepen divisions,” he stressed.
 
He called for the creation of a new leadership structure that would include all Palestinians.

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