Sanders Lands Running in California

Bernie Comes to Vallejo

by Rick Sterling  - CounterPunch


May 20, 2016

Vallejo is geographically close but economically far from more affluent San Francisco Bay Area cities to the south. In 2008 the city of Vallejo filed for bankruptcy. Yesterday, May 18, the Bernie Sanders campaign came to Vallejo.

The gathering was held in a huge grassy area alongside the water estuary. The area was enclosed with security fencing so that audience members all had to pass through metal detectors.

One and half hours before Sanders’ speech, the line to go through the security screening was half a mile long. Yet spirits were high with a buzz in the air.
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Taking the Piss in Europe: An American Looking at America from Abroad

An American Abroad: Europe, the US and the Politics of Pissing and Being Pissed

by Dave Lindorff  - This Can't Be Happening

 

May 20, 2016  

 

Vienna - As an American visiting Krakow, Poland, where I was last week, it felt weird to read about the inane latest chapter of the so-called culture wars being fought back home over whether states and localities should have the right to bar transgender people from using a public lavatory appropriate to their psychological identity, forcing them instead to use the one that accords with how many X chromosomes they have by birth in their cell nuclei.


After all, in Poland, except for the tonier tourist restaurants and hotels catering to well-heeled American tourists, bathrooms tend to be unisex: men and women enter such a toaleta through a single door into an anteroom, where they find a number of stalls each containing a single commode.

 

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Canada's National Energy Board Ignores Opponents, Approves Controversial Kinder Morgan Pipeline

Kinder Morgan approval is meaningless with BC opposed

by Wilderness Committee

May 19, 2016

VANCOUVERWilderness Committee is outraged but not surprised the National Energy Board (NEB) approved the Kinder Morgan pipeline today despite overwhelming opposition in British Columbia.

“I shouldn’t be surprised, but this is an outrageous decision. The NEB has ignored and wasted the time of countless communities, First Nations and individuals who have stood up to oppose this irresponsible pipeline proposal,” said Peter McCartney, Climate Campaigner with the Wilderness Committee.
“Kinder Morgan’s project has no social licence and this pipeline will not be built.”


Widespread criticism of flaws in the NEB process meant the decision was a foregone conclusion.

“Nobody had much hope the NEB would act in the public interest and reject this project,” said McCartney.
“Now the ball is in Trudeau’s court to do the right thing -- protect our coast and our climate.”

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Stories Stale for Liar of the Age Clinton

Twilight of the Grifter: Bill Clinton’s Fading Powers

by Chris Floyd - Empire Burlesque


May 19, 2016

 

In the warm twilight of a spring evening 15 years ago, in the quiet, green garden of Rhodes House at Oxford, I watched Bill Clinton give an impromptu talk to a group of graduate students who had gathered around him with their glasses of wine after an official function earlier in the day. (I was there in a service capacity.)

He was pushing the same line he espoused last week while campaigning for Hillary, when he declared that he had “killed himself” to get a state for the Palestinians at the high-stakes Camp David summit in 2000.

At one point in the twilight talk at Oxford, he quoted — or claimed to quote — Yasser Arafat as testimony to his altruistic efforts: “Arafat told me, ‘Mr President, you have done more for the Palestinian people than all the Arab leaders combined!’”

Sadly, the pressures those short-sighted Arabs brought to bear on Bill’s friend Yasser thwarted Clinton’s painstaking and heroic labors on the Palestinians’ behalf, and the summit failed.

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Glen MacPherson, Peter McCartney, Janine Bandcroft May 18th, 2016

This Week on GR 

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


May 18, 2016

LouivereVanessa broadcast audioSome can hear it, or say they can, while others can't, and think those that say hear the ultra-low frequency hum are just "hearing things." Which is to say, they are not hearing anything, but are in fact nuts!
 

For nearly a decade, across the country, and across continents, persistent reports of an insistent "hum" have spawned theories and speculations befitting programs like the 'The X-Files' and Jesse Ventura's 'Conspiracy Theory,' who have actually done programs inspired by the mystery; but a serious and scientific study of the noisome phenomenon is underway, and it's base is close to home.

 

Listen. Hear.

 

Dr. Glen MacPherson is founder and lead investigator for the World Hum Map and Database Project. He's a high school teacher on the Sunshine Coast of BC, and lectured at UBC for 16 years training mathematics teachers. And yes, he's a hum "hearer" too.

Glen MacPherson in the first half.

And; yesterday, the Federal government appointed a panel to explore Kinder Morgan's pipeline proposal in BC. They might have saved the money, if a real social license is what they're after; as Wilderness Committee reports, "In January, representatives from over 50 communities and First Nations told the National Energy Board (NEB) about local risks from the pipeline."

Now, to illustrate the point, they've created an interactive map to relay testimony to that fact from communities and First Nations living along the route to the fed's NEB panel. Peter McCartney is the Climate Campaigner for the Wilderness Committee. He's working on advocating for a safe and clean climate economy, while mobilizing and demonstrating opposition to the burgeoning fossil fuel export projects on our coast.

Peter McCartney and drawing pictures for Kinder Morgan 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 up to speed with some of the good things going on on our streets, and beyond there too, in the coming week. But first, hearing the hum with Glen MacPherson.

 

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Do We Gotta Draw You a Picture? BC Map Charts Opposition to Kinder Morgan Pipeline Plans

Tough road ahead for pipeline panel as community opposition widespread 

by Wilderness Committee


May 17, 2016

New map shows major concerns from 12 municipalities and 38 First Nations along the proposed pipeline and tanker route. 

 
 
VANCOUVER - The Kinder Morgan pipeline panel appointed this morning by the federal government is faced with the impossible task of gaining social licence from BC communities.While Burnaby, Vancouver and Tsleil-Waututh Nation have been vocal in their opposition, a new map released today shows numerous other municipalities and First Nations along the proposed pipeline and tanker route have widespread concerns.

 

“The NEB is likely to approve the Kinder Morgan pipeline this week although dozens of communities and First Nations across the province are against it and will only fight harder now,” said Peter McCartney, Climate Campaigner at the Wilderness Committee.
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Looming Democratic Party Crack-Up

The Coming Democratic Crackup

by Robert Parry  - Consortium News


May 16, 2016 

If the Democratic Party presses ahead and nominates hawkish Hillary Clinton for President, it could recreate the conditions that caused the party to splinter in the late 1960s and early 1970s when anti-war and pro-war Democrats turned on one another and opened a path for decades of Republican dominance of the White House.
 

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at NATO conference in Munich, Germany, Feb. 4 (Official Defense Department photo)

This new Democratic crackup could come as early as this fall if anti-war progressives refuse to rally behind Clinton because of her neoconservative foreign policy – thus infuriating Clinton’s backers – or it could happen in four years if Clinton wins the White House and implements her militaristic agenda, including expanding the U.S. war in Syria while continuing other wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya – and challenging Russia on its borders.

Clinton’s neocon policies in a prospective first term could generate a “peace” challenge similar to the youth-driven uprising against President Lyndon Johnson and the Vietnam War in 1968.

Indeed, in 2020, anti-war elements of the Democratic Party might see little choice but to seek a candidate willing to challenge an incumbent President Clinton much as Sen. Eugene McCarthy took on President Johnson, leading eventually to the chaotic and bloody Chicago convention, which in turn contributed to Richard Nixon’s narrow victory that fall.

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Kim Jong-un: Portrait of a Nuclear Weapons White Hat?

North Korea, Following China and India, Pledges No-First-Use of Nuclear Weapons–So Could Obama

by John Laforge - CounterPunch


May 16, 2016

North Korea’s May 7 declaration that it would not be first to use nuclear weapons was met with official derision instead of relief and applause.


Not one report of the announcement I could find noted that the United States has never made such a no-first-use pledge.

None of three dozen news accounts even mentioned that North Korea hasn’t got one usable nuclear warhead.

The New York Times did admit,

“US and South Korean officials doubted that North Korea has developed a reliable intercontinental ballistic missile that would deliver a nuclear payload to the continental United States.”
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Trusting Media on Panama Papers?

Panama Papers: Should the Corporate Media Have Been Trusted?

by Joe Emersberger - teleSur


May 14, 2016

 “John Doe” made a bad call when he leaked the Panama papers to the corporate media.


Can a corporate media system be expected to tell the truth about a world dominated by corporations?” the Media Lens editors once asked rhetorically.

Assuming the best of intentions on the part of whoever leaked the Panama Papers, trusting hundreds of corporate journalists to wage war on income inequality was a bad mistake. However, the corporate media can be trusted to wage war on the enemies of income inequality, in particular progressive governments in Latin America, and use the Panama Papers to do so even if the ammunition they have is pitiful.

Consider an article in the Miami Herald that ran with the mocking headline, “Ecuador’s leader demands release of Panama Papers, and learns he’s in them.” A very similar article with an almost identical headline ran in the UK Independent, and in many other outlets. The article in the Herald began:

“…Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa called out his country’s journalists and boasted that, unlike other countries, he and his government weren’t found in the leak.

However, the secret documents show that he and his estranged brother, Fabricio, caught the attention of anti-corruption authorities in Panama in 2012.”


Anyone who follows Ecuadorian politics will find this very underwhelming. Fabricio Correa is a long-time bitter foe of his brother’s government. Fabricio is also a businessman who has long been accused of being less than ethical by his brother and many other people. That’s old news and it is hardly surprising that it would have “caught the attention” of investigators years ago. How could it not have? A book was written in 2010 – “El Gran Hermano” – alleging that Rafael Correa was complicit with his brother’s corruption and in 2012 Correa won a defamation suit against the authors.

 

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Britain's "Anti-Semite" Witch-Hunt: Targeting Corbyn for Failing to Toe Israel's Line

Beware Israeli Doublespeak: A Palestinian Perspective on Britain’s ‘Anti-Semitic’ Controversy

by Ramzy Baroud  - ramzybaroud.net

May 11, 2016

There is a witch-hunt in the British Labor Party. Britain's Opposition party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, is being hounded for not rooting out alleged anti-Semitism in his party.

Those leading the charge are pro-Israel Zionists and their supporters within the party, members who are mostly allied with the former Prime Minister, the largely discredited pro-war Tony Blair.

The Blairites are quite unhappy that Corbyn, who won the party's leadership election last September with a landslide victory is a non-elitist politician, with a deep-rooted grassroots activist past, and, yes, a strong stance for Palestinian rights.

Gaza rubble: Defending Palestinians
the "unforgivable sin".

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Doctors without Borders and Aleppo's Hospital Bombings

A Tale of Two Hospitals: Potentially Fabricated Bombing Incident vs Open Terrorist Targeting of Facilities in Aleppo
by Brandon Turbeville - Activist Post
May 5, 2016
 
Doctors without BordersOver the past few days, the Western corporate press has kicked into overdrive with reports of hospital bombings, dead civilians, and war crimes all blamed predictably on the secular government of Bashar al-Assad.

According to Western governments and their media mouthpieces, Assad’s forces have targeted civilian hospitals in order to . . . well . . . no one knows why Assad’s forces would logically target civilian hospitals.

Still, the Western harpies – both media and “human rights NGOs” – continue to hammer the unsubstantiated claims and misinformation at the tops of their lungs that the SAA is dropping bombs on civilian medical facilities.
 
 
 
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Fort McMurray Fire as Climate Blowback: Don't Mention the Tar Sands

City at the Heart of the Alberta Tar Sands is Burning to the Ground
by Roger Annis - A Socialist in Canada

May 4, 2016 (updated May 5)

McMurray Wildfire Tim Fortin Flikr CommonsUnseasonably dry and hot weather in Fort McMurray, northern Alberta has inflicted disaster on the city. The city which serves as the hub of one of the world’s largest climate-wrecking projects, the Alberta tar sands, is burning to the ground due to wildfires sparked by unseasonably dry and hot weather.
 
The wildfires began some five days ago in the forests west of the city and then worsened when strong winds carried the fires to the edge and into the city, creating quasi-apocalyptic conditions.
 
The city center is burning, including the city hospital.
 
Flights in and out of the airport were cancelled as of noon on May 4.

Wildfire burns city of Fort McMurray, Alberta on May 3, 4, 2016 
(Tim Fortin, Flikr Commons)
 
 
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