Burned: You Can Call Him "Hillary's Man"

Don’t Call Him “Bernie” Anymore: the Sanders Sell-Out and the Clinton Wars to Come

by Gary Leupp - CounterPunch


July 14, 2016

The worst disservice Sanders has done to his supporters, other than to lead them on a wild goose chase for real change, is to virtually ignore his rival’s vaunted “experience.”
 
He need not have mentioned Hillary Clinton’s Senate record, since there was nothing there; her stint as law-maker was merely intended to position her for a run for the presidency, according to the family plan.
 
But there was a lot in her record as Secretary of State.
 

 

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The "Sons" of Colombia's AUC: Rampaging the Peasantry and the Case of El Bagre, Antioquia

Paramilitaries Continue Rampage in Colombia: the Case of El Bagre, Antioquia 

by Dan Kovalik  - CounterPunch

 

July 13, 2016 

 

The peasant residents of El Bagre, Colombia, in the Department of Antioquia, have been brutalized this year by the paramilitary group known as the Autodefensas Gatinastas, a successor group to the Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia (“AUC”) – the paramilitary umbrella group which was designated as a “terrorist organization” by the U.S. State Department, and which feigned a demobilization back in 2006.

Thus, according to reports coming out of Colombia, at least 17 peasants have been brutally murdered in the first half of this year by the paramilitaries. As Contagio Radio explains, these victims were “killed, dismembered, [and] thrown into rivers or buried in mass graves.” As a result of these assaults, peasants have set up a humanitarian refuge within El Bagre for the now hundreds of peasants displaced by this violence. I first learned of the this crisis from messages on the Twitter account of former Colombian Senator, Piedad Cordoba, who has been one of the lone voices calling for international attention to the situation in El Bagre, Antioquia.

The Department of Antioquia is ground zero for paramilitarism in Colombia, and its former Governor, and later Colombia’s President, Alvaro Uribe, one of the key intellectual authors of the paramilitaries. As one AUC leader explained, Uribe “was our commander . . . . He never fired a gun; but he led, he contributed, he was our man at the top. . . . The massacres, the disappearances, the creation of an [AUC] group: he is responsible.” Indeed, for years there have been credible allegations that Uribe was responsible for the formation of an AUC bloc while governor of Antioquia department from 1995 to 1997, and that he used the AUC to coerce millions of voters into electing him President in 2002.

But again, this is not news to the U.S. government which has been quite aware of Uribe’s paramilitary ties for years. Thus, as Colombia Reports points out:

 

In 2004, a declassified US Intelligence Report, originally written in 1991, stated that Uribe had “worked for the Medellin Cartel,” run by notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, who the report described as a “close personal friend.”

In 2007, another US intelligence report – leaked to the Los Angeles Times – alleged that Uribe instructed General Mario Montoya, a local army commander who was later promoted to become the army’s top commander, to lead a controversial counter-insurgency push in the city of Medellin in which AUC forces played a major role. At least 14 people were killed in “Operation Orion” and dozens were forcibly disappeared.

 

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Laura Carlsen, Ingmar Lee, Janine Bandcroft July 13, 2016

This Week on GR

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


July 13, 2016

 

The war against environmentalists and the indigenous people of Honduras continues. Last week, the body of Lesbia Yaneth Urquía was discovered in a garbage dump.

The indigenous Lenca was a member of COPINH, or the Civic Council of People's and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras; it is the organization formerly headed by Berta Cáceres, too an indigenous Lenca member, murdered last March for her opposition to extractive industry practices, and especially the Agua Zarca Hydroelectric Project, a mega-scheme involving several dams along the Rio Gualcarque undertaken by mining interests, and supported by the right-wing coup government of Juan Orlando Hernández.

 

Listen. Hear.



Laura Carlsen is Director of the Center for International Policy's Americas Program in Mexico City, and serves as an advisor to Just Associates (JASS), an international women's collective organization working at "building women's collective power for justice." She also hosts, Hecho en America, a Spanish language television program on Latin America.

Laura Carlsen in the first half.

 And; what would you do? While eating with his family in their Denny Island home, off BC's remote central coast, renowned environmental champion, Ingmar Lee got a message about a nearby Humpback whale in distress. Entangled in a fishing net, it seemed to Lee the weary animal would not have long survived without help. To any who know Ingmar, it's no surprise he leapt to the rescue, but the shocking reaction by the government, and its media arm, should more than surprise.

Ingmar Lee and a whale for the saving in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of good goings on in and around our town and beyond planned for the coming week. But first, Laura Carlsen and violent days for grassroots movements in Latin America.

 

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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Israel and Militarizing American Law

Israel and the Militarization of the US Police

by Mazin Qumsiyeh - Palestine Nature.org


July 11, 2016 

Today marked the day that the results of Tawjihi (secondary school matricuation) were released.
 
A lot of people are celebrating, some not (one girl in Gaza committed suicide after learning she did not pass). But an uncertain future hangs on these aspiring graduates because in one year we will have been under foreign military occupation and colonization for 50 years in the West Bank and Gaza and nearly 70 years in the rest of Palestine. Life goes on in its ups and downs.

photo: Jonathan Bachman - Reuters
 
The US is at the brink of civil war. The militarization of the US police has been driven largely by Israel touting the need for “counter-terrorism training”. That training in which hundreds (perhaps thousands so far) of senior US police officers travel to our country (Palestine, now under the regime called “Israel”) to train in the same methods used to quell the native Palestinians.
 
Those “methods” are not too complicated. They rely on two elements: brutality and racism.
 
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To Serve and Protect a Racist, Violent System

Violent, Racist Cops Protect a Violent, Racist System

by Ted Rall - CounterPunch


July 8, 2016

Racism is complicated. When America’s most brilliant thinkers set out to explain its nature in terms as clear as the English language allows, as Michael Eric Dyson did in his searing July 7th essay “Death in Black and White,” even the relatively sophisticated readers of the New York Times didn’t get it. Commenters didn’t understand that Dyson wasn’t addressing every white person, but “white America” — shorthand for a dominant power structure that is fundamentally racist while (of course) not every white person is.
 
If anti-racist white people take writing as straightforward as Dyson’s personally, if they take offense at his passion and so miss his message, is there any hope of “black America” and “white America” just getting along?
 
 
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Not Fade Away: David Petraeus, the Soldier That Stayed

Leaker, Speaker, Soldier, Spy: The Charmed Life of David Petraeus

by Nick Turse - TomDispatch

 
July 5, 2016
 
I ran into David Petraeus the other night. Or rather, I ran after him.

It’s been more than a year since I first tried to connect with the retired four-star general and ex-CIA director -- and no luck yet.

On a recent evening, as the sky was turning from a crisp ice blue into a host of Easter-egg hues, I missed him again.

Led from a curtained “backstage” area where he had retreated after a midtown Manhattan event, Petraeus moved briskly to a staff-only room, then into a tightly packed elevator, and momentarily out onto the street before being quickly ushered into a waiting late-model, black Mercedes S550.

And then he was gone, whisked into the warm New York night, companions in tow.
 
 
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Bringing It Home: Deadly Norwegian Viruses Found in BC Farmed Salmon

Deadly Norwegian disease found in BC’s farmed salmon is a game-changer

by Ray Grigg in Oceans via Common Sense Canadian


July 5, 2016

The discovery of Heart and Skeletal Muscle Inflammation (HSMI) in BC’s farmed salmon has been couched in cautious and evasive terms by the industry and government. HSMI “might” have been found. It’s “yet another piece in the complex puzzle of salmon health on the Pacific Coast,” noted the former Minister of Fisheries, Hunter Tootoo.

Jeremy Dunn, executive director of the B.C. Salmon Farmers Association, also downplayed the significance of the announcement:

 

The findings announced by the SSHI [Strategic Salmon Health Initiative] regarding a potential diagnosis of Heart and Skeletal Muscle Inflammation in fish from one Atlantic salmon farm in B.C. are important. However, there is no consensus amongst the scientific community about the finding as the fish sampled in this farm showed no clinical signs of the disease.


But the finding of HSMI is extremely significant. Understanding why requires some additional information.

 

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Question Needing Answers in Police Target Sniping

‘No Justice, No Peace!’ As Police Killings of Minorities Mount, Attacks on Police Like the One in Dallas, While Awful, Are Also Sadly Predictable

by Dave Lindorff - This Can't Be Happening


July 8, 2016


The tragedy that is America has deepened with the news that several people on Thursday appear to have organized a military-style sniper attack targeting police in Dallas during a protest march and rally against police brutality and killings of black people in that city.

The murder of anybody, whether it’s a police officer or someone who is simply stopped by a cop for a minor traffic violation and is then shot because a jumpy officer mistakes reaching for a wallet to be reaching for a gun, as happened just two days ago in Minnesota, is a dreadful thing. But it has to be said that, with American police -- most of them white -- gunning down over 500 people -- most of them black or brown and most of them unarmed -- in just the first half of this year [1], it was bound to happen that somebody, or some group of people, would decide to retaliate by taking revenge on the police (especially given the number of working-class people of all races who have had military training, thanks to this country's endless wars).

That’s not to justify what happened in Dallas, and we still need to learn more about who was involved in this shooting of 12 cops and two civilian protesters, killing five police officers, and what their motives were. It’s just to say that if the police continue to treat one segment of American society as enemy combatants in a war zone, and if the legal system continues to give brutal cops a pass when they maim or kill innocent citizens, including young children, effectively granting them immunity for their atrocities, there will inevitably be a violent reaction.

 

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When the Yellow Bricks End: Walking Houston's Bad Streets

Where the Sidewalk Ends: Walking the Bad Streets of Houston’s Super-Elites

by David Yearsley - CounterPunch


July 1, 2016

To walk in Houston is crazy. Many think it’s illegal, or at the very least forbidden by god. If the heat doesn’t kill you, the underclasses might, or so the car-loving locals like to think.
 
One of my walks took me from the downtown Hilton Americas a few miles through the historic black district of Third Ward to the University of Houston. When I informed the old friend who’d enlisted me to come to review concerts at the biennial convention of the American Guild of Organists held in the city last week, his face took an uncharacteristically grave aspect. He grabbed my shoulder and said, “Never do that again.”
 
Needless to say, that only encouraged me to do just that.
 
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Understanding the Modern American Massacre

Massacres: Where Have all the Islamist Gone?

by James Petras


June 30, 2016

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Over the past fifty plus years, over 125 mass shootings/massacres have occurred within the United States but not one perpetrator has been identified as a trained member of an international Islamist terrorist organization. A review of the massacres will shed considerable light on the political, cultural and socio-psychological features of US society.

The frequent and intensely bloody nature of these mass shootings are a distinctly US phenomenon. The high proportion of fatalities over wounded survivors is a reflection of the availability of high-power weapons in the US and the poorly coordinated police response - where SWAT teams place ‘force protection’ over saving lives.

 

 

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Canadian Again! Paul Watson's Citizenship Odyssey

I am Canadian Once Again

Commentary by Captain Paul Watson

July 1, 2016

watson and steve irwinBack in May 2012 on my way to France my plane landed in Germany and I was arrested on extradition warrants by Costa Rica and Japan for my efforts to stop shark finning by a Costa Rican fishing vessel in 2002 and my efforts to stop illegal Japanese whaling. In both cases I did not injure anyone nor did I damage any property.

I was jailed for a week and placed under house arrest for two months. Both my Canadian and my American passports were confiscated by the German police.

After two months I received a call from a Sea Shepherd supporter working with the German Ministry of Justice who told me that I would be extradited to Japan the next day. That was not going to happen. I jumped bail, made my way to the coast of the Netherlands and set sail across the Atlantic and the Pacific to rejoin my ship the STEVE IRWIN in November 2012.

After Operation Zero Tolerance and a successful intervention against the illegal activities of the Japanese whaling operations, I transferred to the BRIGITTE BARDOT off the coast of Tasmania.

On board were two German reporters and one of them handed me my U.S. passport. The German police had returned my passports to the U.S. and Canadian Consulates in Frankfurt. The U.S. Consulate handed my passport over to my German lawyer. Canada refused to do so.

I then spent the next eight months at sea on the BRIGITTE BARDOT, spending that time cleaning beaches in the South Pacific and on the Great Barrier Reef.

Finally I was allowed to return to the United States in November 2013. I inquired about my Canadian passport and did not receive an answer from the Canadian government.

 

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Friends Like These: Corbyn's Questionable Jewish/Muslim Equivalencies

Jeremy's Jewish Friends

by Gilad Atzmon


July 2, 2016

 

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn could do with better advisers. Yesterday, in a press conference Corbyn announced, "our Jewish friends are no more responsible for the actions of Israel or the Netanyahu Government than our Muslim friends are for those of various self-styled Islamic states or organisations." This ‘equivalence’ of the Jews and the Muslims is weak.

 

Despite Israel’s devastating record of war atrocities, the vast majority of the world’s Jews support the Jewish state and identify with Zionism. The Jewish lobby dominates American, British and French foreign affairs. This lobby pushes for criminal immoral interventionist wars. Corbyn obviously knows this since he has consistently voted against these wars.

None of these factors apply to Muslims or Islam.

 

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