Close Guantánamo: What Good Obama Can Do Before Trump Ascends

With Trump En Route to the White House, New Close Guantánamo Video Urges President Obama to Get the Prison Closed

by Andy Worthington

November 11, 2016

With Trump En Route to the White House, New Close Guantánamo Video Urges President Obama to Get the Prison Closed

I wrote the following article (as “New Close Guantánamo Video Reminds President Obama He Has Just 70 Days Left to Close the Prison Before He Leaves Office”) for the “Close Guantánamo” website, which I established in January 2012, on the 10th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo, with the US attorney Tom Wilner.

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See the video below via YouTube — and please note it is also featured on our Facebook page, and is also on the homepage of Close Guantánamo website.


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If You Can't Believe How Trump Won the Election, Don't!

The Election was Stolen – Here’s How

by Greg Palast

November 11, 2016

Before a single vote was cast, the election was fixed by GOP and Trump operatives.

Starting in 2013 – just as the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act – a coterie of Trump operatives, under the direction of Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State, created a system to purge 1.1 million Americans of color from the voter rolls of GOP–controlled states.

The system, called Crosscheck, is detailed in my Rolling Stone report, “The GOP’s Stealth War on Voters,” 8/24/2016.


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Trump As Liberal Frankenstein

American liberals unleashed the Trump monster

by Jonathan Cook

9 November 2016

The earth has been shifting under our feet for a while, but all liberals want to do is desperately cling to the status quo like a life-raft. Middle- class Britons are still hyperventiliating about Brexit, and now middle-class America is trembling at the prospect of Donald Trump in the White House.
And, of course, middle-class Americans are blaming everyone but themselves. Typifying this blinkered self-righteousness was a column yesterday, written before news of Trump’s success, from Guardian journalist Jonathan Freedland, Britain’s unofficial stenographer to power and Washington fanboy. He blamed everyone but Hillary Clinton for her difficult path to what he then assumed was the White House.

Well, here is some news for Freedland and American liberals. The reason Trump is heading to the Oval Office is because the Democratic party rigged the primaries to ensure that a candidate who could have beaten Trump, Bernie Sanders, did not get on the ticket. You want to blame someone, blame Clinton and the rotten-to-the-core Democratic party leadership.


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Wide-Eyed at Standing Rock: Protesters Experience Military Policing's Full-Court Pressure

Sleepless in Standing Rock

by John Laforge - CounterPunch

November 9, 2016  

With the Nov. 1 explosion in Georgia of Colonial’s gas pipeline killing one, injuring five, and burning 31 acres, the $3.8 billion crude oil Dakota Access Pipeline project is looking dirtier than ever. Last week, a colleague and I visited the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s nonviolent resistance encampment just north of Cannon Ball, ND — alternately called Seven Council Fire Camp and Sacred Stone Camp — which has gathered thousands of activists, Indian and non-Indian, from 300 indigenous nations in the Americas and around the world, in the words of tribal chairman David Archambault, “in solidarity against the pipeline.”
The difference — so far — between the Georgia and Dakota disasters is that up north only the militarized police forces are endangering life and limb — repeatedly attacking and relentlessly harassing the large, well-organized, encampment of peaceful, nonviolent and mostly prayerful self-proclaimed Water Protectors.
Beyond the eco-disaster threatened by running DAP’s 30-inch oil pipe under the wide Missouri River near Cannon Ball, Standing Rock is opposed to the DAP’s desecration of cultural heritage sites and burial grounds by way of its enormous ditch digging machinery.
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Reviewing An Age of Fools

Age of Fools - Book Review 

by Prof. David Werner

November 8, 2016

Age of Fools by William A. Cook is a hard book. It reads like a block of granite, unyielding, unsympathetic, difficult, harsh, cynical in the way that stone can be, yet strangely monumental in its cynicism, leaving the reader full of awe at the grandeur of its criticism.
The tone of its author Cook reminds me of Robinson Jeffers, the gray bearded prophet standing in the storm, arms raised, howling against the foibles and stupidity of the human race, or, perhaps, the later cynical Twain, to whose “War Prayer” Cook refers.
The particular part of the human race which is the focus of condemnation in Age of Fools is the “cabal” of the members of the George W. Bush administration, particularly the Neo-Cons, and particularly their prosecution of the war in Iraq and their single-minded support for the state of Israel.
In short, Age of Fools is a 342 page condemnation in the harshest of terms, in the aftermath of 9/11, of Ariel Sharon’s and Ehud Olmert’s persecution of the Palestinians and in turn, a condemnation of “the incestuous relationship that exists between the U.S. and Israel,” and the destruction of the Palestinians that that relationship has produced.

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, John Helmer, Paul Spong, Janine Bandcroft November 9th, 2016

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook -

November 9, 2016 

Despite our fabulously photogenic, and famously well-intentioned new prime minister, the taint on Canada's international image continues to darken. It's well-known everywhere but within the country, Canadian-flagged mining operations are the bane of human rights and dignity, and environmental justice on all continents.

As insulting to the conscience and intelligence Canada's pretense of high-minded moral rectitude to anyone possessing a modicum of incredulity is, particularly egregious are the misrepresented efforts of the government in concert with NGO's in countries across Africa.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the current campaign against "blood diamonds," where Canada and its closest ally America are using that good fight to demonize further their diamond producing rival, Russia.



Listen. Hear.


John Helmer is a long-time, Moscow-based journalist, author, and essayist; the only one, his site, Dances with Bears informs “to direct his own bureau independent of single national or commercial ties.” He’s a former political science professor who's served as an advisor to the governments of Greece, the U.S., and in Asia where he regularly lectures on Russian topics. His book titles include: ‘Uncovering Russia,’ ‘Urbanman: The Psychology of Urban Survival,’ ‘Bringing the War Home: The American Soldier in Vietnam and After,’ and ‘Drugs and Minority Oppression’ among others. John's recent article, 'Dudley Do-Right, Dudley Mine-Right: Partnership Africa Canada Is Canadian Camouflage for War Against Russian Diamonds, African Miners, Financed by George Soros' explores how so-called humanitarian initiatives overlap and become indiscernible from corporate and Deep State interests.


John Helmer in the first half.


And; last week, IWC66 wrapped up in Portoroz, Slovenia. Besides failing to address some of the most urgent threats to cetacean well-being around the planet, this latest iteration of the International Whaling Commission's annual confab may well be the final nail in the coffin of small whales like the vaquita, who for now are tremulously existing on the very edge of extinction. That's one of the conclusions reached by my first guest, recently returned from Protoroz.

Dr. Paul Spong is a marine researcher, one of the World's foremost authorities on the Orca, and is the founder of OrcaLab, a land-based obervatory located on Hanson Island. Spong has tracked whale and other marine mammals from the idyllic location since 1970.


Paul Spong and beating the drum against the silence for whale survival 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 newz of good goings on planned for the streets of our town and beyond in the week. But first, John Helmer and Canada: Dudley Do-Right or just humanitarian dud?


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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After the Wreck: Dissecting Trudeau's Ocean Protection Plan with Ingmar Lee

Dissecting Trudeau Ocean Protection Plan with Ingmar Lee

by C. L. Cook -

November 8, 2016

Nearly four weeks after running aground, the 10,000 ton oil tanker pusher/tug, Nathan E Stewart sits at the bottom of the Seaforth Channel, near Bella Bella, off the shores of the much ballyhoo-ed Great Bear Rainforest.

Yesterday, Canada's federal Transport minister, Marc Garneau paid a visit to Bella Bella to assess the situation and ostensibly offer reassurance to the locals.

Listen. Hear.

Ingmar Lee is a long-time ecology observer and environment defender. He lives near Bella Bella on Denny Island, and is the author of the Facebook activist site, 10,000 Ton Tanker, from whose pages he has warned of the certain disaster to come should the Inside Passage oil transport trade between Anacortes, Washington and Alaska continue.


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Dead Drop News: The Crook, the Spy, the Diamonds, and the Kimberley Process

News from the Dead Drop - The Crook Who Found His Face, the Spy Who Lost His Secrets

by John Helmer - Dances with Bears


Moscow - Confidential subscribers to Dances with Bears have been provided with directions and codes required to find, then open, the dead drops for leaving and collecting the sensitive information on which this website’s investigations depend. This month the dead drop is a rat. Inside the rat there is a moisture-proof container for miniaturized rolls of film, tape-recordings, official documents, and secret messages.

This week the rat has disgorged two film negatives. The first reveals the face of Benedict Worsley, the man behind Russia’s biggest bank robbery who, until now, has kept his face out of the public media and off the internet.

The second is Robert Owen-Jones, an Australian government espionage agent. Next week he will take over as the Russia-hating chairman of the global diamond trade regulator known as the Kimberley Process.



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After Six: Prisoner v. Military-Industrial Complex World

The ultimate underdog: Political Prisoner Takes on the US Military-Industrial Complex

by Kim Petersen - Dissident Voice

November 8th, 2016



Ever since the telling of biblical fairy tales, few stories have lived up to the hype around the mismatch between the shepherd boy David and the giant Goliath. In the biblical encounter, David prevailed by keeping his foe Goliath at a distance with a formidable weapon, his sling.

Today a modern-day version of David and Goliath is playing out.

Although granted political asylum by Ecuador, a target of US empire finds himself ensconced under a form of arbitrary detention in Ecuador’s London embassy under constant surveillance by British police.

The fully weaponized US empire, which boasts of its full-spectrum dominance, has arrayed itself and its allies against one unarmed (as in having no conventional weaponry) man who heads a publishing organization.

This uppity publisher has had the temerity to expose the secret machinations and war crimes of the military-economic (albeit faltering on both fronts) behemoth to the world’s public. The pro-transparency publisher WikiLeaks, its founder (and de facto political prisoner) Julian Assange, and anti-secrecy collaborators infuriated the United States establishment with a slew of documents, emails, and graphic exposes like the “Collateral Murder” video that demonstrated a US military engaged in war crimes.


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Secretary Clinton's Libya and Syria Legacy

Why Hillary Clinton is Responsible for US Failures in Libya and Syria

by Patrick Henningsen - 21st Century Wire

November 5, 2016

“Hillary Clinton is the architect of US foreign policy failures in Libya and Syria.” 

We’ve heard this statement made a lot over this US election cycle, but exactly how much truth is there to it? After researching this issue, not only is it true, it’s an understatement. She wasn’t just an architect, she was a chief instigator.

Clinton’s main source of resume credibility is her tenure as US Secretary of State from January 21, 2009 to February 1, 2013. During that time, Clinton resided over the planning and conception of two devastating conflicts, Libya and Syria. These two disasters will ultimately define both the Obama and Clinton legacies, and not for the reasons one might think. I would like to stress that the case being made here is not a political one, it is a moral and ethical inquiry into the actions and conduct of a public official.

Before we get into Libya, which itself is a detailed and grave tale of nation building gone wrong, let’s look closely at Syria – a conflict (not a Civil War) which has been dominating the international conversation for the last 4 years, but even more intensely in the last 18 months. Thus far, the results of US policy are abominable.


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Keeping the Hate Going: Henry Jackson and the Russophobes

Evil Russian Propaganda from the Evil Russian Invaders 

by Crag Murray 

2 Nov, 2016  

The BBC World Service was founded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and funded by them directly for six decades, until a cosmetic change last year. Its specific purpose is to spread British values and the British view of the world abroad.

It specifically, on its dozens of different national services, gives an opportunity to dissident voices who cannot get on their mainstream media.

The Americans spend hundreds of millions annually on outfits like RFE/RL to do the same. Yet when the Russians do precisely the same thing on a much smaller scale, for example by enabling you to listen to me, this is portrayed as evil propaganda.

Fortunately we have the Henry Jackson Society to defend you from it.


If you would like to listen to some evil Russian propaganda,
here is my new interview on Sputnik News.


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A Culture of Destruction: Wrecking the World to "Save" It

Aurora: Western “Culture” is Wrecking Entire Continents

by Andre Vltchek - Dissident Voice

November 3rd, 2016

You say “European cultural institutions”, and what should come immediately to mind are lavish concerts, avant-garde art exhibitions, high quality language courses and benevolent scholarships for talented cash-strapped local students.

It is all so noble, so civilized! Or, is it really?

Think twice! I wrote my short novel, Aurora, after studying the activities of various Western ‘cultural institutions’, in virtually all the continents of the Planet. I encountered their heads; I interacted with the ‘beneficiaries’ of various funding schemes, and I managed to get ‘behind the scenes’. What I discovered was shocking: these shiny ‘temples of culture’ in the middle of so many devastated and miserable cities worldwide (devastated by the Western imperialism and by its closest allies – the shameless local elites), are actually extremely closely linked to Western intelligence organizations.

They are directly involved in the neo-colonialist project, which is implemented virtually on all continents of the world, by North America, Europe and Japan.


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