Leap of Logic: Trump Ship Jumper no Hero

Progressive "Triumph": Neofascist Message Pusher Disappointed in Messenger
by Chris Floyd - Empire Burlesque

March 29, 2016

So one of Trump's "top strategists," Stephanie Cegielski, has resigned in protest over his recent tweet on the atrocity in Lahore, and written an open letter to his followers denouncing her boss. This has been seized upon by various "progressives" as a great cudgel with which to beat the Donald about his goodish head. One of his own inner circle, giving him a "brutal" beatdown! Surely that will shake the rabble to their senses!
 
Somehow I doubt if Trump supporters will be swayed by her message; they seem impervious to any punctures in their bubble of delusion. But frankly, why should we respect the "insights" of someone who was inane enough to "believe" in Trump in the first place? And not only that, but eager to work for him? Someone who was "excited" by his misogynist attacks on female reporters, excited by his "politically incorrect" statements -- Mexicans as murderers, barring Muslims, "bringing back waterboarding and worse," "too bad we can't beat up protestors anymore," tweeting false stats from racist websites to push "black on white crime" fearmongering, etc., etc. She was excited by all this, and helped propagate these messages for months on end.
 
And now, only now, with his ridiculous statement about Pakistan -- which was certainly no more ridiculous and megalomaniacal than many other statements she has been happy to promote -- she suddenly finds he has gone too far? This is hard to believe.
 
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Obama's Grand Fail in Cuba

Brother Obama
by Fidel Castro Ruz  - Granma

March 27, 2016
 
We don’t need the empire to give us anything. Our efforts will be legal and peaceful, because our commitment is to peace and fraternity among all human beings who live on this planet.

The kings of Spain brought us the Conquistadores and masters, whose footprints remained in the circular land grants assigned to those searching for gold in the sands of rivers, an abusive and shameful form of exploitation, traces of which can be noted from the air in many places around the country.

Tourism today, in large part, consists of viewing the delights of our landscapes and tasting exquisite delicacies from our seas, and is always shared with the private capital of large foreign corporations, whose earnings, if they don’t reach billions of dollars, are not worthy of any attention whatsoever.

Since I find myself obliged to mention the issue, I must add - principally for the youth - that few people are aware of the importance of such a condition, in this singular moment of human history.
 
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Heidar Abu Ghosh, Michael Parenti March 30, 2016

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com

March 30, 2016

Welcome to the Gentle Season. Spring has indeed sprung here in our green and pleasant land, and what marks change so profoundly as this season of rebirth and growth? It's no surprise that political movements of liberation invariably make a symbol of this season.

Conversely, what could rival the cruel despair of changelessness; the bone-chilling, soul killing absence of Hope that withers the human soul, rendering life itself into frozen meaninglessness?

Even so, in Palestine, where an Arab Spring never blossomed, and the people are caught in the relentless, merciless, implacable onslaught of Israeli atrocity; atrocities visited daily, year in and year out; atrocities sanctioned overtly, or through the omission of censure, by close and powerful allies like America, and to a lesser degree Canada, even so, Hope lives on.
 
Listen. Hear.

Heidar Abu Ghosh hails from the now disappeared village of Imwas, Palestine and has for more than a quarter century represented his people, those dispossessed by Israel following its victory in the 1967 Six-Day War in every non-violent venue available, including serving a five-year term as President of the Imwas People's Committee.
 
Mr. Abu Ghosh is currently touring Canada to educate us about 'Canada Park', the Canadian-sponsored project that effectively buried his home village; and, he's scheduled to speak here at the University of Victoria Thursday, April 7 in the David Turpin Building.

Heidar Abu Ghosh in the first half.
 

And; Michael Parenti is an American educator, lecturer, social justice activist, and author of 23 books, including: 'The Assassination of Julius Caesar,' 'Superpatriotism,' The Culture Struggle,' 'Democracy for the Few,' ' God and His Demons,' and his latest, 'The Face of Imperialism.' Parenti is also recipient of awards from Project Censored, the Caucus for a New Political Science, the Social Science Research Council and many others organizations, including being awarded the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition. He now serves various advisory boards and sits as a judge for Project Censored.

Michael Parenti in the second half.


And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus, Janine Bandcroft won't join us today, but will return with news of local goings on locally and beyond another time. So first up, Heidar Abu Ghosh and 'Uncovering Canada Park: A Dispossessed Palestinian Speaks Out.'

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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Following the Sollywood Money: Online TV Pioneer Introduces Blockchain Technology to Film Financing

Sollywood TV's New Money Project Aims to Disrupt Cable TV Sector Using Blockchain Technology
by Richard Kastelein - BlockChain News

March 24, 2016 

Solomon Adekale, filmmaker crypto-currency entrepreneur and founder of Sollywood TV and the New Money project, first recognised the Hollywood pricing problem when he was studying in film school.
 
His answer was: a free market where any content creator or provider could sell their content at a price that viewers would be prepared to pay, whether that was $7.99 or $0.07 – or even way less.
 
The platform would take a 10-20% fee, and the rest would go to the creator or provider. That’s unheard of in the industry.
 
“Back in film school, I realized the pricing nonsense of Hollywood didn’t actually start at the top, it started at the very bottom with us; student filmmakers. ‘From the very first day we start shelling out thousands of dollars for that education; not once are we taught that our films are worth anything but the fee we have to pay to have them shown at someone else’s film festival. It should be worth something. And that’s sort of how it hit me…”
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Hillary Courts a Darker Bird: Clinton's Kow Tow to AIPAC

Hillary’s Latest Bow to AIPAC
by Ralph Nader - CounterPunch

March 28, 2016 

It is well known to Washington political observers that politicians invited to speak at the annual, giant AIPAC convention ask for suggested talking points from this powerful pro-Israeli government lobby.
 
Hillary Clinton’s pandering speech must have registered close to 100% on AIPAC’s checklist.
 
Of course, both parties pander to AIPAC to such depths of similar obeisance that reporters have little to report as news. But giving big-time coverage to sheer political power is automatic.
 
Compare it to the sparse attention given to the conference a few days earlier at the National Press Club on the Israeli lobby featuring scholars, authors and the well-known Israeli dissenter, Gideon Levy of the respected Ha’aretz newspaper (see israellobbyus.org/).
 
But Mrs. Clinton’s speech was newsworthy for its moral obtuseness and the way in which it promised unilateral White House belligerence should she become president.
 
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OJ's Legacy: 2016's Slow Speed Election Chase

Entering Uncharted Territory in Washington: Are We in a New American World?
by Tom Engelhardt - TomDispatch
 
March 27, 2016
 
The other week, feeling sick, I spent a day on my couch with the TV on and was reminded of an odd fact of American life. More than seven months before Election Day, you can watch the 2016 campaign for the presidency at any moment of your choosing, and that’s been true since at least late last year. 
 
There is essentially never a time when some network or news channel isn’t reporting on, discussing, debating, analyzing, speculating about, or simply drooling over some aspect of the primary campaign, of Hillary, Bernie, Ted, and above all -- a million times above all -- The Donald (from the violence at his rallies to the size of his hands). 
 
In case you’re young and think this is more or less the American norm, it isn’t. Or wasn’t.

Truly, there is something new under the sun. Of course, in 1994 with O.J. Simpson’s white Ford Bronco chase (95 million viewers!), the 24/7 media event arrived full blown in American life and something changed when it came to the way we focused on our world and the media focused on us. But you can be sure of one thing: never in the history of television, or any other form of media, has a single figure garnered the amount of attention -- hour after hour, day after day, week after week -- as Donald Trump. If he’s the O.J. Simpson of twenty-first-century American politics and his run for the presidency is the eternal white Ford Bronco chase of our moment, then we’re in a truly strange world. 
 
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Helping Syria's War-Displaced Children in Lebanon

Meals for Syrian Refugee Children: Lebanon (MSRCL)
by Franklin Lamb
 
March 26, 2016

Lebanon Relief MRTWar in Syria since 2011 has not only devastated a previously prosperous and peaceful country, but has bled it of its vital force - its children. More than 25 000 Syrian youngsters have been killed and maimed; boys, and sometimes girls under age 15 have been forced into active combat, while more than half of the others have been exposed to siege with thousands facing malnutrition or starvation.

Since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis, more than 1.5 million refugees have crossed into Lebanon seeking safety and shelter, of which more than 79% are women and children. According to UNHCR, close to 425,000 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon are aged between three and 14 years old. Many are orphans whose parents and other family members were killed by aerial bombing, others were separated from their families in the chaos of the exodus, some are totally alone, others have fled with their siblings.

Some have been rescued by families who have added them to their own children, most are homeless and do not have access to any form of education despite Lebanon’s Ministry of Education’s commitment to increase the capacity of schools to welcome up to 200,000 Syrian children into night school shifts.
 
Even when implemented, it will only account for half of all school-aged Syrian children in Lebanon.
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"I Want My Voice Heard" Medical Profession Survivors of US Bombings Speak Out

Once More, Civilians Bear the Brunt of this War: A collection of quotes from attacked medical professionals in war zones
by Buddy Bell and Kathy Kelly - Voices for Creative Non-Violence

March 25, 2016

Kunduz HospitalLast year on the early morning of October 3, a Doctors Without Borders trauma center hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan was bombarded by planes flying overhead. Four days prior, hospital staff had shared its GPS coordinates of the trauma center buildings and facilities with U.S. authorities.

On that horrible day, it was a U.S. Air Force gunship which attacked the hospital. According to staff who frantically called U.S. and Afghan officials, the aerial bombing raids continued for half an hour more.

In the words of Doctors without Borders head of programs, Heman Nagarathnam:

"The bombs hit and then we heard the plane circle round. There was a pause, and then more bombs hit. This happened again and again. When I made it out from the office, the main hospital building was engulfed in flames. Those people that could had moved quickly to the building’s two bunkers to seek safety. But patients who were unable to escape burned to death as they lay in their beds."
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Heritage Trees for Bus Lanes: Victoria Council Deaf to Neighbourhood Concerns

Widening Douglas contrary to City goal to increase livability

by ViCAN


February 29, 2016

VICTORIAA resident of the Burnside-Gorge neighbourhood is calling on Victoria Council to review BC Transit’s plan to widen Dougals Street between Hillside and Tolmie to create an express bus lane.

Community activist Stuart Hertzog today sent the following letter expressing his concerns:


Dear Mayor and Council,

I am extremely concerned about BC Transit’s plan to remove 26 mature trees plus the green sidewalk setback along the Hillside-Tolmie section of Douglas Street.

This proposal, for which apparently you have given the go-ahead, will reduce walkability on this vital section of Douglas Street, as well as adversely impacting present and future Topaz-Tolmie business development.

It also flies in the face of the City’s planning goal of promoting walking and liveability by increasing the separation of pedestrians and traffic with green buffer zones, exactly that which Transit wants to remove.

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Keeping MH-17 Secrets: Kerry Refuses to Make Good with His Perp "Evidence"

Kerry Balks at Supplying MH-17 Data
by Robert Parry  - Consortium News

March 25, 2016

Secretary of State John Kerry has rebuffed a request from the father of the only American citizen killed aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 for Kerry to disclose the radar and other data that he cited in 2014 in claiming to know the precise location of the missile launch that allegedly downed the airliner over eastern Ukraine killing 298 people.
 
In a letter to Kerry dated Jan. 5, 2016, Thomas Schansman, the father of American-Dutch citizen Quinn Schansman, asked Kerry to turn over that data to aid the investigation seeking to identify who was responsible for shooting down the plane on July 17, 2014.
 
Quinn Schansman, a dual U.S.-Dutch
citizen killed aboard Malaysia Airlines
Flight 17 on July 17, 2014.
(Photo from Facebook)

In a letter dated March 7, 2016, but just delivered to Thomas Schansman on Thursday, Kerry expressed his condolences and repeated his claim to know where the missile launch originated, but did not provide new details.

Kerry wrote,

“The assessment I provided to the media three days following the shoot down remains unchanged, and is corroborated by the findings of the Dutch Safety Board [DSB]. Flight 17 was shot down by a BUK surface-to-air missile fired from separatist-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine.”

But Kerry’s assertion is not entirely correct.
 
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How US Rapproachment Threatens Cuba's Unique Agricultural Model

Cuba’s sustainable agriculture at risk in U.S. thaw
by Miguel Altieri - The Conversation

March 25, 2016

President Obama’s trip to Cuba this week accelerated the warming of U.S.-Cuban relations.
 
Many people in both countries believe that normalizing relations will spur investment that can help Cuba develop its economy and improve life for its citizens.

But in agriculture, U.S. investment could cause harm instead.
 
 
Organic farm, Alamar.
Melanie Lukesh Reed/Flickr,
CC BY-NC-ND

For the past 35 years I have studied agroecology in most countries in Central and South America. Agroecology is an approach to farming that developed in the late 1970s in Latin America as a reaction against the top-down, technology-intensive and environmentally destructive strategy that characterizes modern industrial agriculture. It encourages local production by small-scale farmers, using sustainable strategies and combining Western knowledge with traditional expertise.
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Driving a Savage Vision in a Terror-Ridden World

Zero-Sum: The Savage Vision Driving a Terror-Ridden World
by Chris Floyd - Empire Burlesque

March 22, 2016

The atrocities in Brussels -- and they are horrific, criminal atrocities -- are not occurring in a vacuum. They are not springing from some unfathomable abyss of motiveless malevolence. They are a response, in kind, to the atrocious violence being committed by Western powers on a regular basis in many countries around the world.
 
And just as there is no justification for the acts of carnage in Brussels (and Paris and Turkey and elsewhere), there is likewise no justification for the much larger and more murderous acts of carnage being carried out by the most powerful and prosperous nations on earth, day after day, year after year.
 
The Western powers know this.
 
For many years, their own intelligence agencies -- in study after study -- have confirmed that the leading cause of violent "radicalization" among a small number of Muslims is the violent Western intervention in Muslim lands.
 
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