An American Abroad: Europe, the US and the Politics of Pissing and Being Pissed
by Dave Lindorff - This Can't Be Happening
May 20, 2016
After all, in Poland, except for the tonier tourist restaurants and hotels catering to well-heeled American tourists, bathrooms tend to be unisex: men and women enter such a toaleta through a single door into an anteroom, where they find a number of stalls each containing a single commode.
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Kinder Morgan approval is meaningless with BC opposed
May 19, 2016
VANCOUVER – Wilderness Committee is outraged but not surprised the National Energy Board (NEB) approved the Kinder Morgan pipeline today despite overwhelming opposition in British Columbia.
“I shouldn’t be surprised, but this is an outrageous decision. The NEB has ignored and wasted the time of countless communities, First Nations and individuals who have stood up to oppose this irresponsible pipeline proposal,” said Peter McCartney, Climate Campaigner with the Wilderness Committee.
“Kinder Morgan’s project has no social licence and this pipeline will not be built.”
Widespread criticism of flaws in the NEB process meant the decision was a foregone conclusion.
“Nobody had much hope the NEB would act in the public interest and reject this project,” said McCartney.
“Now the ball is in Trudeau’s court to do the right thing -- protect our coast and our climate.”
Twilight of the Grifter: Bill Clinton’s Fading Powers
by Chris Floyd - Empire Burlesque
May 19, 2016
He was pushing the same line he espoused last week while campaigning for Hillary, when he declared that he had “killed himself” to get a state for the Palestinians at the high-stakes Camp David summit in 2000.
At one point in the twilight talk at Oxford, he quoted — or claimed to quote — Yasser Arafat as testimony to his altruistic efforts: “Arafat told me, ‘Mr President, you have done more for the Palestinian people than all the Arab leaders combined!’”
Sadly, the pressures those short-sighted Arabs brought to bear on Bill’s friend Yasser thwarted Clinton’s painstaking and heroic labors on the Palestinians’ behalf, and the summit failed.Add a comment
This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com
May 18, 2016
For nearly a decade, across the country, and across continents, persistent reports of an insistent "hum" have spawned theories and speculations befitting programs like the 'The X-Files' and Jesse Ventura's 'Conspiracy Theory,' who have actually done programs inspired by the mystery; but a serious and scientific study of the noisome phenomenon is underway, and it's base is close to home.
Dr. Glen MacPherson is founder and lead investigator for the World Hum Map and Database Project. He's a high school teacher on the Sunshine Coast of BC, and lectured at UBC for 16 years training mathematics teachers. And yes, he's a hum "hearer" too.
Glen MacPherson in the first half.
And; yesterday, the Federal government appointed a panel to explore Kinder Morgan's pipeline proposal in BC. They might have saved the money, if a real social license is what they're after; as Wilderness Committee reports, "In January, representatives from over 50 communities and First Nations told the National Energy Board (NEB) about local risks from the pipeline."
Now, to illustrate the point, they've created an interactive map to relay testimony to that fact from communities and First Nations living along the route to the fed's NEB panel. Peter McCartney is the Climate Campaigner for the Wilderness Committee. He's working on advocating for a safe and clean climate economy, while mobilizing and demonstrating opposition to the burgeoning fossil fuel export projects on our coast.
Peter McCartney and drawing pictures for Kinder Morgan in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of the good things going on on our streets, and beyond there too, in the coming week. But first, hearing the hum with Glen MacPherson.
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Tough road ahead for pipeline panel as community opposition widespread
May 17, 2016
New map shows major concerns from 12 municipalities and 38 First Nations along the proposed pipeline and tanker route.
“The NEB is likely to approve the Kinder Morgan pipeline this week although dozens of communities and First Nations across the province are against it and will only fight harder now,” said Peter McCartney, Climate Campaigner at the Wilderness Committee.Add a comment
The Coming Democratic Crackup
by Robert Parry - Consortium News
May 16, 2016
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at NATO conference in Munich, Germany, Feb. 4 (Official Defense Department photo)
This new Democratic crackup could come as early as this fall if anti-war progressives refuse to rally behind Clinton because of her neoconservative foreign policy – thus infuriating Clinton’s backers – or it could happen in four years if Clinton wins the White House and implements her militaristic agenda, including expanding the U.S. war in Syria while continuing other wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya – and challenging Russia on its borders.
Clinton’s neocon policies in a prospective first term could generate a “peace” challenge similar to the youth-driven uprising against President Lyndon Johnson and the Vietnam War in 1968.
Indeed, in 2020, anti-war elements of the Democratic Party might see little choice but to seek a candidate willing to challenge an incumbent President Clinton much as Sen. Eugene McCarthy took on President Johnson, leading eventually to the chaotic and bloody Chicago convention, which in turn contributed to Richard Nixon’s narrow victory that fall.
North Korea, Following China and India, Pledges No-First-Use of Nuclear Weapons–So Could Obama
by John Laforge - CounterPunch
May 16, 2016
Not one report of the announcement I could find noted that the United States has never made such a no-first-use pledge.
None of three dozen news accounts even mentioned that North Korea hasn’t got one usable nuclear warhead.
The New York Times did admit,
“US and South Korean officials doubted that North Korea has developed a reliable intercontinental ballistic missile that would deliver a nuclear payload to the continental United States.”Add a comment
Panama Papers: Should the Corporate Media Have Been Trusted?
by Joe Emersberger - teleSur
May 14, 2016
“John Doe” made a bad call when he leaked the Panama papers to the corporate media.
“Can a corporate media system be expected to tell the truth about a world dominated by corporations?” the Media Lens editors once asked rhetorically.
Assuming the best of intentions on the part of whoever leaked the Panama Papers, trusting hundreds of corporate journalists to wage war on income inequality was a bad mistake. However, the corporate media can be trusted to wage war on the enemies of income inequality, in particular progressive governments in Latin America, and use the Panama Papers to do so even if the ammunition they have is pitiful.
Consider an article in the Miami Herald that ran with the mocking headline, “Ecuador’s leader demands release of Panama Papers, and learns he’s in them.” A very similar article with an almost identical headline ran in the UK Independent, and in many other outlets. The article in the Herald began:
“…Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa called out his country’s journalists and boasted that, unlike other countries, he and his government weren’t found in the leak.
However, the secret documents show that he and his estranged brother, Fabricio, caught the attention of anti-corruption authorities in Panama in 2012.”
Anyone who follows Ecuadorian politics will find this very underwhelming. Fabricio Correa is a long-time bitter foe of his brother’s government. Fabricio is also a businessman who has long been accused of being less than ethical by his brother and many other people. That’s old news and it is hardly surprising that it would have “caught the attention” of investigators years ago. How could it not have? A book was written in 2010 – “El Gran Hermano” – alleging that Rafael Correa was complicit with his brother’s corruption and in 2012 Correa won a defamation suit against the authors.
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Beware Israeli Doublespeak: A Palestinian Perspective on Britain’s ‘Anti-Semitic’ Controversy
by Ramzy Baroud - ramzybaroud.net
May 11, 2016
Those leading the charge are pro-Israel Zionists and their supporters within the party, members who are mostly allied with the former Prime Minister, the largely discredited pro-war Tony Blair.
The Blairites are quite unhappy that Corbyn, who won the party's leadership election last September with a landslide victory is a non-elitist politician, with a deep-rooted grassroots activist past, and, yes, a strong stance for Palestinian rights.
Gaza rubble: Defending Palestinians
the "unforgivable sin".
May 5, 2016
Over the past few days, the Western corporate press has kicked into overdrive with reports of hospital bombings, dead civilians, and war crimes all blamed predictably on the secular government of Bashar al-Assad.
According to Western governments and their media mouthpieces, Assad’s forces have targeted civilian hospitals in order to . . . well . . . no one knows why Assad’s forces would logically target civilian hospitals.
Still, the Western harpies – both media and “human rights NGOs” – continue to hammer the unsubstantiated claims and misinformation at the tops of their lungs that the SAA is dropping bombs on civilian medical facilities.
May 4, 2016 (updated May 5)
Unseasonably dry and hot weather in Fort McMurray, northern Alberta has inflicted disaster on the city. The city which serves as the hub of one of the world’s largest climate-wrecking projects, the Alberta tar sands, is burning to the ground due to wildfires sparked by unseasonably dry and hot weather.
Wildfire burns city of Fort McMurray, Alberta on May 3, 4, 2016
May 4, 2016
Ship tracking data from Bloomberg shows that 83 supertankers carrying around 166 million barrels of oil are headed to China, which has stockpiled an impressive 787,000 barrels a day in the first quarter of 2016—the highest stockpiling rate since 2014.
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