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Somalia - Hidden Catastrophe Hidden Agenda

Somalia - Hidden Catastrophe Hidden Agenda
by Media Lens
On May 1, the BBC website reported an attack on Somalia with the words: "Air raid kills Somali militants."

One might think the BBC's headline would identify the agency responsible for the bombing, but the first few sentences also shed no light:

"The leader of the military wing of an Islamist insurgent organisation in Somalia has been killed in an overnight air strike.

"Aden Hashi Ayro, al-Shabab's military commander, died when his home in the central town of Dusamareb was bombed.

"Ten other people, including a senior militant, are also reported dead." (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7376760.stm)

Only in the fourth sentence, was responsibility ascribed:

"A US military spokesman told the BBC that it had attacked what he called a known al-Qaeda target in Somalia."
 
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, David Rovics, Tui Hill, J9 May 12, 2008

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week: The thirties had Woody Guthrie, the sixties Bob Dylan and Phil Ochs, and today we have David Rovics, ringing the musical alarm for a society veering dangerously towards oblivion; and, a March fire threatened the continuance of Vancouver's Downtown East Side "ground zero" health provider, the Health Contact Centre, Tui Hill is with the HCC and she'll join us in the second half; and, Janine Bandcroft will be here to bring us up to speed with good goings-on in and around the south island for the coming week.
 
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com
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Counting Down to 350: Civilization's Last Chance on Earth

The World at 350: A Last Chance for Civilization
by Bill McKibben
Even for Americans, constitutionally convinced that there will always be a second act, and a third, and a do-over after that, and, if necessary, a little public repentance and forgiveness and a Brand New Start -- even for us, the world looks a little Terminal right now.

It's not just the economy. We've gone through swoons before. It's that gas at $4 a gallon means we're running out, at least of the cheap stuff that built our sprawling society. It's that when we try to turn corn into gas, it sends the price of a loaf of bread shooting upwards and starts food riots on three continents. It's that everything is so inextricably tied together. It's that, all of a sudden, those grim Club of Rome types who, way back in the 1970s, went on and on about the "limits to growth" suddenly seem… how best to put it, right.

All of a sudden it isn't morning in America, it's dusk on planet Earth.


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A Declaration of Independents

A Declaration of Independents: A New Kind of Politics
by Jack Random
Barack Obama has claimed the nomination of his party for the presidency largely on the promise of a new kind of politics, one that transcends traditional party lines. 
 
Obama and Republican John McCain will be competing in the fall for the decisive independent voters. 
 
So who are the independents?
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Green Scare: The FBI's Domestic Terrorism Program

Green Scare: The FBI's Domestic Terrorism Program
by Kalanu
Hello friends; some of you might have heard me ranting on about the Green Scare, the FBI led witch hunt that has seen almost 20 non-violent environmental activists sentenced to hard time in prison as domestic terrorists.

I don't want to get into the whole background story on this. Needless to say, one of the most disturbing cases that we've been watching involves a 19 year old paid FBI agent provocateur named 'Anna', who strung along a young man and entrapped him into planning with her and two others the destruction of a dam in California.

The bombing never happened, and the planning of it would have never gotten as far as it did were it not for Anna, who went out of her way to keep the group together and on track.


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The Continuing B.C. Rail Scandal

The BC Rail Scandal
by Robin Mathews
The NDP has organized and analysed the materials Justice critic Leonard Krog, MLA, requested from Madam Justice Elizabeth Bennett. When he could get no answers from cabinet members or from Deputy Attorney General Allan Seckel concerning the shift in disclosure protocol made unilaterally by Gordon Campbell in May of 2007, Krog sought help from the court.

On March 10, 2008, Madam Justice Elizabeth Bennett ordered release of "the affidavits [six of them] filed by the government on the application for disclosure of documents seized by way of the execution of the search warrants of the Legislature."

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Working Class Mothers Resist Imperialism! Justice for all Mothers!

Statement of Grassroots Women on Mothers’ Day, May 11, 2008
by Grassroots Women
On the occasion of Grassroots Women’s 5th annual Mother’s Day March and Rally, working class mothers and supporters are taking to the streets to reclaim the political roots of the day in traditions of working class women’s organizing.
 
By doing so, we advance our resistance to the system of imperialism that prioritizes war and plunder over childcare; that tears apart the families of migrant workers who are exploited as cheap and disposable labour; that exploits the labour of working class women who continue to feed, clothe, care for and educate our children and communities while blaming individual women who are unable to buffer their children from the harsh realities of this unjust system.


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Bearing Witness in Beirut

Eyewitness Beirut
by PaulaG and the Indy Collective
As reports come in from Lebanon, an indy.ie correspondent is sending in on the ground, first hand reports.
 
Creative Commons image of Beirut - May 9,2008

The General Strike started on May 7th when unions called for a strike to increase the minimum wage from 300,000 Lebanese pounds to 960,000 due to inflation in food and fuel prices. That's an increase from $200 per month to just over $600 per month, the Government offered a mere $100 of an increase.
 
It was then revealed that Hizbollah had their own telecommunications network and the government demanded that they shut it down.
 
There was to be a big demonstration for the 7th but there were rumours that pro-government militia snipers were going to attack the demonstration and protests at the airport road, so the unions backed down. However the strike went ahead and the usually intensely manic streets were empty of traffic.

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Afterbirth of a Nation

A Miscarriage of Birth; a Miscarriage of Justice
by William A. Cook
A nation cannot be born in torture and terror and be born whole; it is a deformity of humankind, an abomination that must be cleansed through repentance and reconciliation if it is to join the civilized world.
 
Israel, like the United States before it, will be haunted by its past as the living literature that enshrines it captures the hypocrisy of its public statements even as the truth is unearthed beneath the parks, towns and cities that hide the memories of those it devastated to build a mock nation.
 
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Rovics from the Road

Rovics from the Road
by David Rovics
Hi folks; thought I'd mention a few things...  First of all, for those of you on the west coast of the US or Canada, over the next month I'll be doing shows in California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.  (I managed to get into Canada for a wonderful gig in Hamilton, Ontario last week, with a proper work permit, and hopefully will be able to continue to manage that feat...) 

Bjorn-Magne has recently finished doing a fabulous animation to my song, "Punk Rock Baby."  You can see that and all of Bjorn-Magne's other animations to my songs at http://www.youtube.com/user/Khezerghul
 
 
[Punk Ain't Dead, it Just Smells that Way!]
 
 
 


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Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Cop?

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Cop? Not I!
by Kahentinetha Horn
Fascist state “apparatchiks” are constantly taking actions designed to generate a continuous state of fear. They think terror breeds obedience. 
MNN has received various reports warning that it is “dangerous” to go into Ontario, which is partly our ancestral Haudenosaunee Territory. We might be arrested on false charges, abducted, “disappeared” or killed in a simulated accident.

We will not live in fear!
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