A Mammal Massacre in Clayoquot Sound

Marine mammal massacre in Clayoquot Sound
by Clayoquot Action
 
21 March 2016
 
clayoquot actionTofino - Norwegian-owned Cermaq Canada conducted a marine mammal massacre in Clayoquot Sound last December.
 
The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently released their Authorized Marine Mammal Control Activities data, showing that between October and December 2015, fifteen California Sea Lions were shot by Cermaq at their Binns Island salmon farm.
 
The wildlife was threatening farmed fish in Cermaq’s open-net pen facility.
 
Binns Island is located in Herbert Arm, close to the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations village of Ahousat, in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve on the west coast of Vancouver Island BC. The salmon farm in Herbert Arm is on the migration route of wild salmon from the Moyeha River, which has been protected in BC’s oldest provincial park since 1910.
 
Read more ...

Doin' Evil: Google, Hillary, and State's Syria Regime Change Plot

Google this! Hillary Clinton and the Syrian regime-change conspiracy
by Neil Clark - RT

21 Mar, 2016

If you’d have said a year ago that the US State Department, Google, and Al Jazeera had been collaborating in pursuance of regime change in Syria, chances are you’d have been casually dismissed as a ‘crank’ and a ‘conspiracy theorist’.
 
Syria was a people’s uprising against a wicked genocidal Russian-backed dictator and the West had nothing to do with the bloodshed which engulfed the country. If you thought otherwise then you were considered an 'Assad apologist'.
 
However, thanks to Wikileaks, the Freedom of Information Act, and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s use of a private, non-secure email server, we can see what was really going on behind the curtain.
 
Read more ...

Hell on Wheels: The Next Great "Mortgage" Crash

Subprime Auto Loans: the Next Shoe to Drop?
by Mike Whitney - CounterPunch

March 18, 2016   

Booming auto sales have more to do with low rates and easy financing than they do with the urge to buy a new vehicle. In the last few years, car buyers have borrowed nearly $1 trillion to finance new and used autos.

Unfortunately, much of that money was lent to borrowers who have less-than-perfect credit and who might not be able to repay the debt.

Recently there has been a surge in delinquencies among subprime borrowers whose loans were packaged into bonds and sold to investors.

The situation is similar to the trouble that preceded the Crash of 2008 when prices on subprime mortgage-backed securities (MBS) suddenly collapsed sending the global financial system off a cliff. No one expects that to happen with auto bonds, but story does help to illustrate that the regulatory problems still haven’t been fixed.
 
Read more ...

Escaping the Bronze Age: God-Law and International Jurisprudence

Should International Law Supersede Superstition in the 21st Century?
by William A. Cook
 
March 20, 2016
 
Does Yahweh’s Liberation of the Jews from Egypt Justify Israel’s Oppression and Occupation of Palestine?

The question posed by the title of this piece arose in a theological discussion. But the answers are complex, engaging as they must the historical role of God in human affairs, the implications of that in defining God and His people, and all subsequent interactions by that God with His people from the liberation to now and beyond.

Furthermore, the discussion must of necessity involve other religions, the engagement of God by them in day to day actions, and the determination of secular decisions, political and international, by theological beliefs or by international law.
 
Read more ...

North Korea from the Inside Out

DPRK: Isolated, Demonized, and Dehumanized by the West
by Andre Vltchek - Dissident Voice

March 18th, 2016

 
Soon, most likely, there will be new brutal sanctions imposed against North Korea. And there will be massive provocative military exercises held, involving the US and South Korea (ROK).
 
In brief, it is all ‘business as usual’: the West continues to torture DPRK; it is provoking it, isolating, demonizing and dehumanizing it, making sure that it wouldn’t function normally, let alone thrive.
 
Border at Panmunjom from DPRK side

The submissive Western public keeps obediently swallowing all the shameless lies it is being served by its mainstream media. It is not really surprising; people of Europe and North America already stopped questioning official dogmas a long time ago.
 
Read more ...

EU/Turkey Consign Refugees to "Modern Dachau" Camps; Seal Borders

European Union and Turkey reach deal to seal borders and expel refugees
by Jordan Shilton  - WSWS

19 March 2016

A summit between the 28 European Union (EU) heads of government and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu produced an agreement yesterday in Brussels aimed at hermetically sealing off Europe’s borders to the millions of refugees fleeing war zones in the Middle East and North Africa.

Unveiling the deal after two days of talks, EU Council President Donald Tusk declared it would apply to refugees arriving in Greece after March 20. Refugees arriving on the Greek islands by crossing the Aegean Sea will be returned to Turkey, following the completion of a farcical asylum procedure in Greece. In exchange, the EU pledged to accept one Syrian refugee via legal means for every Syrian sent back to Turkey from Greece. This process will commence on April 4.

On top of the €3 billion offered to Turkey thus far, the EU has agreed to pay an additional €3 billion to Ankara by 2018. Turkey will also be offered the prospect of visa-free travel within the 28-state bloc for its citizens and the opening of a new chapter in negotiations over Turkish membership in the EU.
Read more ...

MH-17: The Investigation That Could Not Be Allowed to Land

The Ever-Curiouser MH-17 Case
by Robert Parry  - Consortium News

March 16, 2016

The curious mystery surrounding the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, gets more curious and more curious as the U.S. government and Dutch investigators balk at giving straightforward answers to the simplest of questions even when asked by the families of the victims.
 
Adding to the mystery Dutch investigators have indicated that the Dutch Safety Board did not request radar information from the United States, even though Secretary of State John Kerry indicated just three days after the crash that the U.S. government possessed data that pinpointed the location of the suspected missile launch that allegedly downed the airliner, killing all 298 people onboard.
 
A Malaysia Airways’ Boeing 777 like
the one that crashed in eastern Ukraine
on July 17, 2014. (Photo credit: Aero
Icarus from Zürich, Switzerland)
 
Although Kerry claimed that the U.S. government knew the location almost immediately, Dutch investigators now say they hope to identify the spot sometime “in the second half of the year,” meaning that something as basic as the missile-launch site might remain unknown to the public more than two years after the tragedy.
 
Read more ...

Will Canada End Its Support of Honduran Coup Government in Wake of Activist Murders?

Another Indigenous Leader Killed in Honduras, Canadian Organizations say Enough is Enough
 
March 18, 2016

Montreal/Toronto/Ottawa - Today, fifty Canadian organizations and networks sent a letter calling on the Canadian Government to pressure Honduran authorities and review Canadian foreign policy after another member of Berta Cáceres’ organization was murdered this week.

On Tuesday, Nelson Noé García Laínez from the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) was murdered in the community of Río Chiquito. The Indigenous leader was on his way home from helping a group of families that government security forces had just violently evicted when he was shot dead in the face by two unknown gunmen.

In the wake of Berta’s murder on March 3rd, which has generated international shock and dismay, organizations from across Canada find it deeply distressing that the people behind these murders unabashedly continue to pursue and kill members of COPINH.
Read more ...

Burning Hillary: Decrying Wall Street and Oil Industry "Bribes"

Sanders still has a path to victory: Decrying Clinton’s Wall Street and Oil Industry Bribes, Bernie Soldiers On
by Dave Lindorff - This Can't Be Happening

March 16, 2016

Bernie Sanders’ brash campaign to win the Democratic Party’s nomination for president took a “Yu-u-u-u-ge” hit on Tuesday, not only losing big as expected in Florida and North Carolina, but also in Ohio, and narrowly losing too in Illinois and Missouri.
 
But the good news is that at a big rally in Phoenix, Arizona, held (but blacked out by the corporate media) on the night of the ballot counting in those elections in a state that will be holding its Democratic primary next Tuesday, Sanders announced [1] that his now longer-shot campaign for the nomination will continue.
 
Sanders, early in his campaign, had said that at the end of the day, if Hillary Clinton were to win the nomination, he would support her.
But the reality is that by not conceding at this point in the campaign, with two and a half months of primaries still to go, including in such big states as California, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, Sanders will continue (as he did in Phoenix) to shame and embarrass his opponent Clinton, calling out her reliance on millions of dollars in corrupt and corrupting campaign contributions from Wall Street banks and hedge funds, military contractors, pharmaceutical companies and oil companies.
 
Then too, while the corporate media are treating Sanders as if his effort is now quixotic, the other reality is that he can still win.
 
Read more ...

Why BDS Will Prevail: A Threshold of Acceptable Racism Passed

Why BDS Cannot Lose: A Moral Threshold to Combat Racism in Israel 
by Ramzy Baroud - CounterPunch

March 17, 2016

A foray of condemnations of the boycott of Israel seems to have fallen on deaf ears. Calls from Western governments, originating from the UK, the US, Canada and others, to criminalize the boycott of Israel have hardly slowed down the momentum of the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS).

On the contrary, it has accelerated.

It is as if history is repeating itself. Western governments took on the pro-South African Anti-Apartheid Movement, fighting it at every corner and branding its leaders. Nelson Mandela and many of his comrades were called terrorists.
 
Read more ...

CFUV's FunDrive 2016 On Now

CFUV FunDrive On Now
by CFUV's Gorilla Radio

 

Listen. Hear.

 
 
 
 
(UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who donated to make this year's FunDrive a success. We reached our stated goal of $25,000 raised for equipment purchases and maintanence, and upgrades to our studio space.)
 
Read more ...

Finding the Disappeared in a New Gitmo

On Disappearing People
by Craig Murray

March 14, 2016

obama hope empire
 
If you thought things had much changed under Obama, think again.

There has been much publicity for the news that US forces have captured an alleged ISIS chemical weapons expert, Suleiman al-Afari. There was considerably less publicity for the news that he is being held in yet another new US black prison detention site.

It is situated on the territory of the USA’s Kurdish allies in Irbil, Iraq, but was constructed and is run entirely by the US military. Many detainees have vanished into its gates. Very few, if any, have come out again.
 
 
Yet again the US is simply disappearing people into secret prisons on foreign soil.
 
Read more ...

Page 15 of 1203