Playing for Time in Palestine: The Paris Peace Ploy

The Paris Peace Gambit: Everyone Gains except the Palestinians

by Ramzy Baroud -

June 8, 2016

Bibi and Lieberman Paris 16In their defense, the Israelis seem to have figured out the whole thing and opted out. But the hapless Palestinian leadership, along with their Arab League partners, joined by the French, EU and UN representatives, and even US Secretary of State, John Kerry, decided to play along.

However, the French peace initiative-turned-conference in Paris on June 3 is nothing but a charade, and they all know it, Palestinians included.


So, why the colossal waste of time?


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America's Prison Establishment: Walking for Solutions to Complex Questions

De-Incarceration, a Different Drum so Needed

by Kathy Kelly - Voices for Creative Non-Violence

June 9, 2016

Along with VCNV companions, I’m part of a 150 mile walk from Chicago to Thomson, IL, a small town in Northwest IL where the U.S. Bureau of Prisons is setting up an Administrative Maximum prison, also known as a Supermax.

Prison laborers from U.S. minimum security prisons now labor to turn what once was an Illinois state prison into a federal supermax detention facility with 1900 cells that will confine prisoners for 23 hours of every day.

Photo caption:  Razia, Maya, Sabia,
Kathy, Libby and Buddy participate in a
walk from Chicago to Thomson prison.
Photo credit:  VCNV photos

Drivers seeing us with our signs often wave or honk approval as they whiz past us on the road. “Education not Incarceration” says one sign; “Build hospitals, not Prisons,” says another. But yesterday, a woman speaking with Maya Evans, who is from the UK, surprised us with her venom. After listening to Maya’s suggestion that U.S. people would be better off spending resources on health care and education, the woman said, “Well, if we would shoot the bastards we wouldn’t have to put them in prison.” Razia, from Pakistan, also a walker, said “That’s what President Obama does overseas with the drone attacks.”


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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Richard Sanders, Ugo Lapointe, June 8, 2016

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook -

June 7, 2016 


When asked, the vast majority of Canadians identify themselves as peace-loving citizens who would like to see justice and prosperity for all. It may come as a surprise to these gentle souls then when they discover they're donating significant portions of their paycheques to the acquisition, mobilization, and utilization of some of the deadliest armaments ever devised.

What's worse, the weapons systems, and soldiers using them, they bankroll are being deployed to be used against some of the poorest people in the world.Richard Sanders is founder and coordinator of Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade and serves as editor to COAT's publication, Press for Conversion.

COAT has just released its latest rundown of just what your government of Canada nest egg is being used for.


Listen. Hear.


Richard Sanders in the first half.

And; 2014's Mount Polley mine tailings spill, the worst in history at the time, seems to have done little to change the way British Columbia deals with just who picks up the tab to clean up after the mining industry's frequent and costly environmental messes.    Ugo Lapointe is the newly minted Canadian Program Coordinator for MiningWatch Canada, authors of a new report on BC's relative failures to hold industry to account.

Lapointe has broad experience in the mining sector, working from both within industry and outside it, for government agencies, non-governmental organizations, research groups, First Nation organizations, and ethical investment firms. He's also co-founder of the Coalition Québec meilleure mine, a not-for-profit organization boasting 30 member organizations that work to, "promote better social, environmental, and economic mining practices in Quebec."


Ugo Lapointe and tracking the costs of the extractive industry's environmental fails in the second half.


But first, Richard Sanders and your pension serving the Lords of War.


Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 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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Just Desserts: The Perks for Exceptional Torturers

Crimes of the War on Terror: Should George Bush, Dick Cheney, and Others Be Jailed?
by Rebecca Gordon - TomDispatch
 June &, 2016
"The cold was terrible but the screams were worse," Sara Mendez told the BBC. 
"The screams of those who were being tortured were the first thing you heard and they made you shiver.
"That's why there was a radio blasting day and night."
In the 1970s, Mendez was a young Uruguayan teacher with leftist leanings. In 1973, when the military seized power in her country (a few months before General Augusto Pinochet’s more famous coup in Chile), Mendez fled to Argentina.
 She lived there in safety until that country suffered its own coup in 1976.
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Warrior Queen: Hillary Seizes the Mantle

Hillary Comes Out as the War Party Candidate

by Diana Johnstone - CounterPunch

June 3, 2016

Paris - On June 2, a few days before the California primary, Hillary Clinton gave up trying to compete with Bernie Sanders on domestic policy. Instead, she zeroed in on the soft target of Donald Trump’s most “bizarre rants” in order to present herself as experienced and reasonable.

Evidently taking her Democratic Party nomination for granted, she is positioning herself as the perfect candidate for hawkish Republicans. Choosing to speak in San Diego, home base of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, on a platform draped with 19 American flags and preceded by half an hour of military marching music, Hillary Clinton was certain of finding a friendly audience for her celebration of American “strength”, “values” and “exceptionalism”.

Cheered on by a military audience, Hillary was already assuming the role to which she most ardently aspires: that of Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.



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Tangled Tales of Trump Aside, Deep State Will Ever Abide

Tangled Up in Trump  

by Chris Floyd - Empire Burlesque

5 June 2016

Trump BaldThe tangled tropes of Trump are many and various. Most have at least a tincture of veracity in them — although the phenomenon of his candidacy is so vast and gaseous it’s not surprising that some discharge from it would fall, like mist, or a wet clump of coagulate matter, on scattered bits of the truth here and there.

One trope says we’ve been here before, with the political triumph of a gleefully ignorant, blustering, bigoted faux populist made famous by show biz: Ronald Reagan.

Although he was more closely handled, Reagan’s off-hand idiocies and nasty nativism were very much in the Trumpian vein.

Then there’s Dubya Bush, a certified chowderhead riding to power spouting gooberish nonsense and simplistic slogans while, like Reagan, acting as cover for a rapacious agenda of corporatism and militarism. In this view, Trump is just one more in an inglorious line of dimbulb hucksters whose success confirms, yet again, H.L. Mencken’s bleak view of the knuckle-dragging American electorate, whose intelligence can never be underestimated. (Or even misunderestimated.)


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Van der Bellen a Finger in Austria's Right Wing Dyke

Austria Elects a New Green President against the Rising Right

by Rene Wadlow - Toward FreedomTRANSCEND Media Service

26 May 2016


little dyke boyThere was a widespread sense of relief among many Europeans when on May 23, 2016 it was announced that Alexander Van der Bellen won the election for President of Austria in a razor thin victory over his far right-wing Freedom Party opponent Norbert Hofer. It was only after counting the mail votes which some 12% of voters in Austria use that the result could be official.

In some ways, Austria was split into two nearly equal halves: 50.3% for Van der Bellen, long-time leader of the Green Party and an active ecologist, and 49.7% for Hofer. The vote was also a rural-urban split that also reflected educational levels as well as a generation gap. The urban centers voted largely in favor of Van der Bellen, now at 71 and a retired professor of economics at the University of Vienna. Hofer is 45 with the dynamism of youth who won most of the rural votes as well as a certain percentage of youth.



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Coup Bossa Nova: A Rogues' Rebellion

A Very Brazilian Coup

by Conn Hallinan - CounterPunch

June 3, 2016

On one level, the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff seems like vintage commedia dell’arte. For instance, the lower house speaker who brought the charges, Eduardo Cunha, had to step down because he has $16 million stashed in secret Swiss and U.S. bank accounts.
The man who replaced Cunha, Waldir Maranhao, is implicated in the corruption scandal around the huge state-owned oil company, Petrobras. The former vice-president and now interim president, Michel Temer, has been convicted of election fraud, and has also been caught up in the Petrobras investigation. So is Senate president Renan Calheiros, who’s also dodging tax evasion charges.
In fact, over half the legislature is currently under investigation for corruption of some kind. But there’s nothing comedic about what the fall of Rousseff and her left-leaning Workers Party will mean for the 35 million Brazilians who’ve been lifted out of poverty over the past decade, or for the 40 million newly minted members of the middle class — that’s one-fifth of Brazil’s 200 million people. 


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The End of Acquiescence: Americans Just Say "No More!"

Bernie, The Donald, and the Sins of Liberalism: An American Version of Class Struggle
June 2, 2016
Arising from the shadows of the American repressed, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have been sending chills through the corridors of establishment power. Who would have thunk it? 
Two men, both outliers, though in starkly different ways, seem to be leading rebellions against the masters of our fate in both parties; this, after decades in which even imagining such a possibility would have been seen as naïve at best, delusional at worst. 
Their larger-than-life presence on the national stage may be the most improbable political development of the last American half-century. It suggests that we are entering a new phase in our public life.

A year ago, in my book The Age of Acquiescence, I attempted to resolve a mystery hinted at in its subtitle: "The rise and fall of American resistance to organized wealth and power." 
Simply stated, that mystery was: Why do people rebel at certain moments and acquiesce in others?
Resisting all the hurts, insults, threats to material well-being, exclusions, degradations, systematic inequalities, over-lordship, indignities, and powerlessness that are the essence of everyday life for millions would seem natural enough, even inescapable, if not inevitable. Why put up with all that?
Historically speaking, however, the impulse to give in has proven no less natural. After all, to resist is often to risk yourself, your means of livelihood, and your way of life. To rise up means to silence those intimidating internal voices warning that the overlords have the right to rule by virtue of their wisdom, wealth, and everything that immemorial custom decrees. Fear naturally closes in. In our context, then, why at certain historical moments have Americans shown a striking ability to rise up, at other times to submit?
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Ken Boon, Mark Taliano, Janine Bandcroft June 1, 2016

This Week on GR

by C.L. Cook -

June 1, 2016


 Hell and high water analogies aside, Site C proponent BC Hydro has taken a new tack in dealing with the ever-deafening chorus of objection to its ill-advised plans to dam again the Peace River.
Last week, reports emerged revealing Hydro has launched lawsuits aimed at its detractors; lawsuits it swears are not SLAPPs, the infamous Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation legislated against in many more enlightened jurisdictions across North America.
It's a statement of which last-century journalist, the legendary Claud Cockburn, may well have observed: 


"Never believe anything until it has been officially denied."

Ken Boon is a Peace Valley farmer standing to lose his livelihood should Site C be built. He's also the president of the Peace Valley Landowners Association, and one of the six cited by the Crown corporation in its suit for, “intentional interference with economic relations by unlawful means.” What that interruptus means for Boon, and future protest in the province, is something the BC Civil Liberties Association says is of “grave concern” to it.

Ken Boon in the first half.

And; Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Ukraine too, the NATO crusade has lots to brag about, if smashing countries to remnant pieces is their measure for success. That these "victories" were all for the betterment of the people whose lives have been shattered doesn't goes without saying - we're informed of the humaneness of NATO's necessary slaughters with such regularity some are beginning to wonder if they don't profess their goodliness too much.

Mark Taliano is a Canadian writer, researcher, and activist who, after a career instructing the youth of the nation, has turned his attention to educating the rest of us. His articles can be found at Global Research, American Herald Tribune, IntrepidReport, and at Pacific Free Press, among other places. His latest article, 'US-NATO’s Fake “Humanitarian” “War on Terrorism”, Defiant Syria' is further indictment of the West's systemic warfare cloaked in the robes of peace.

Mark Taliano and fake humanitarians waging real wars in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us from the field at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of the good things going on in and around our city in the coming week. But first, Ken Boon and Hydro SLAPPs back at the Site C resistance.


Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 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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Burn Baby, Burn: Fort McMordor and Correct Canadian Politics

The Sodom and Gomorrah of the Great White North

by Captain Paul Watson - Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Earlier this week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau scolded Canadian Green Party leader Elizabeth May for suggesting that the tragic fires in Alberta were connected to climate change.

It appears that the Prime Minister likes to speak about climate change in the abstract but does not want to address the reality of the actual consequences of climate change.

Prime Minister Trudeau suggested that Elizabeth May’s statements were “inappropriate.”

Well he sure as hell is going to view my position as very inappropriate but there are some things about Fort McMurray and Alberta that simply need to be said.


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Warfare States: NATO and the "Humanitarian" Imperative

US-NATO’s Fake “Humanitarian” “War on Terrorism”, Defiant Syria

by Mark Taliano - Global Research

May 31, 2016


There’s really no excuse for supporting the NATO/terror position. We’ve seen the destruction of Iraq, Libya, Ukraine, now Syria, all built on lies, all beneath the guise of “humanitarian interventions”.

Since people with any sense of historical memory can not legitimately plead ignorance, supporters of the terrorist invasion of Syria fall into the category of “fake humanitarians”. They aren’t “progressive” or “left” when they support the criminal violation of Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Canadian peace activist Ken Stone, recently returned from Syria, expresses similar sentiments in his newly released book, Defiant Syria: Dispatches from the Second Tour of Peace to Syria. He explains,


The point for me is to ask why otherwise intelligent people can fall for such shit (referring to a 2015 New Internationalist magazine article: “The forgotten revolution of Syria”), and not once but repeatedly. It’s not as if Syria is the very first government targeted for regime change by the USA. It’s not that people are unaware of the fact that the first casualty of war is the truth … there is never a shortage of “leftists” in the West who can be either bought or convinced through incredible naivété, warped political outlook, or Eurocentric arrogance, that the motives of Empire are good.
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