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WITNESS AGAINST TORTURE: "Unlawful Free Speech"

WITNESS AGAINST TORTURE: "Unlawful Free Speech"
by WRL 
­ Detainees at the U.S. Military Prison in Guantánamo will finally get their day in court on May 27 ­ Superior Court, in Washington DC.

That is when 35 Americans from cities and towns across the country will go on trial for a protest at the U.S. Supreme Court on January 11, 2008.
 
They face charges of either "unlawful free speech" or "causing a harangue" or both. Each count carries a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail, as well as fines and court fees.


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Six Nations: Arresting Brantford Development

Dear Fellow Nations and Allied Supporters;
by Jacqueline House
Today I write with a pain that extends beyond my years to a time when our forefathers walked upon Mother Earth. Through all the pain and suffering they had endured lay a path in a form of a Treaty.
 
Behind it, is a relationship as two sovereigns and separate people through an International Agreement; which, under International Law are equally treaties and the rules are the same such as the North American Free Trade Agreement N.A.F.T.A.
 
Therefore, it is a legal document describing a bilateral or multilateral agreement between parties that was meant to last forever. 

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It’s about TIME

It’s about TIME
by Jim Miles
For the past several months I have been receiving TIME magazine.  The subscription originally started as a gift from someone unknown, with my last name spelled wrong, lasted for a year.  When it came up for renewal, I stalled until the price came down to fifty cents a copy, a much more reasonable price for the quality of the magazine (I could have had another half year free if I had stalled about a month longer). 
 
I finally renewed, not because I admire the quality of the magazine but because, even though it is the “Canadian” edition (it has some Canadian advertising in it) it provides a good snapshot of Middle-American thinking.

On a different note, at least to start, I have read and am reading a series of books on how American news presents a biased content on foreign affairs.1  
 
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Plan Colombia Heads for Mexico

Plan Mexico: Plan Colombia Heads for Mexico
by Stephen Lendman
It's called "Plan Mexico," or more formally the "Merida Initiative," and here's the scheme. It's to do for Mexicans what Plan Colombia has done to that nation since 1999, and, in fact, much earlier. Since then, billions have gone for the following:
  • to establish a US military foothold in the country;
  • mostly to fund US weapons, chemical and other corporate profiteers; it's a long-standing practice; in fact, a 1997 Pentagon document affirms that America's military will "protect US interests and investments;" in Colombia, it's to control its valuable resources; most importantly oil and natural gas but also coal, iron ore, nickel, gold, silver, emeralds, copper and more; it's also to crush worker resistance, eliminate unions, target human rights and peasant opposition groups, and make the country a "free market" paradise inhospitable to people;
  • it funds a brutish military as well; already, over 10,000 of its soldiers have been trained at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) - aka the School of the Americas (SOA) at Fort Benning, Georgia; its graduates are infamous as human rights abusers, drugs traffickers, and death squad practitioners; they were well schooled in their "arts" by the nation most skilled in them;
  • it lets Colombia arm and support paramilitary death squads; they're known as the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC); for more than a decade, they've terrorized Colombians and are responsible for most killings and massacres in support of powerful western and local business interests;
  • it funds drug eradication efforts, but only in FARC-EP and ELN areas; government-controlled ones are exempt; trafficking is big business; laundering drugs money reaps huge profits for major US and regional banks; the CIA has also been linked to the trade for decades, especially since the 1980s; after Afghanistan's invasion and occupation, opium harvests set records - mostly from areas controlled by US-allied "warlords;" the Taliban's drug eradication program was one reason it was targeted; Colombia's drug eradication is horrific; it causes ecological devastation; crop and forest destruction; lives and livelihoods lost; large areas chemically contaminated; bottom line of the program - record amounts of Colombian cocaine reach US and world markets; trafficking is more profitable than ever; so is big business thanks to paramilitary terror;
  • it's to topple the FARC-EP and ELN resistance groups; Latin American expert James Petras calls the former the "longest standing (since 1964), largest peasant-based guerrilla (resistance) movement in the world;" it's also to weaken Hugo Chavez, other regional populist leaders and groups, and destabilize their countries; and
  • it supports the "Uribe doctrine;" it's in lockstep with Washington; its policies are hard right, corporate-friendly and militarized for enforcement.

Plan Colombia turned the country into a dependable, profitable narco-state. Business is better than ever. Violence is out of control and human rights abuses are appalling.


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Entrenched, Embedded, and Here to Stay

Entrenched, Embedded, and Here to Stay: The Pentagon's Expansion Will Be Bush's Lasting Legacy
by Frida Berrigan
A full-fledged cottage industry is already focused on those who eagerly await the end of the Bush administration, offering calendars, magnets, and t-shirts for sale as well as counters and graphics to download onto blogs and websites. But when the countdown ends and George W. Bush vacates the Oval Office, he will leave a legacy to contend with.
 
Certainly, he wills to his successor a world marred by war and battered by deprivation, but perhaps his most enduring legacy is now deeply embedded in Washington-area politics -- a Pentagon metastasized almost beyond recognition.

The Pentagon's massive bulk-up these last seven years will not be easily unbuilt, no matter who dons the presidential mantle on January 19, 2009. "The Pentagon" is now so much more than a five-sided building across the Potomac from Washington or even the seat of the Department of Defense. In many ways, it defies description or labeling.


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Spinning Middle East Peace

Olmert’s Peace Spin
By Gilad Atzmon
Yesterday Olmert assured Haaretz that the negotiation with Syria is nothing less than an ‘historic breakthrough’. He is absolutely correct.  It’s the first time in Israel’s history that a PM initiates a peace negotiation just to escape a police probe into his own unlawful doings. Apparently, Olmert is seeking a quick escape route that would bring the investigation of his corruption to an immediate halt.
 
The Israeli Knesset has always been a haven for Israeli criminals and Jewish gangsters who seek to take advantage of the immunity membership guarantees. This is nothing new, unlawful activity is rather common amongst Israeli leaders.

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Declaration of US Independence from Israel

A Declaration of US Independence from Israel
by Chris Hedges
[This is a talk given at the Nassau Club in Princeton by Chris Hedges, former New York Times ME bureau chief.  (Photomontage Wolfy, Twisted old tree by Zaki Boulos)

Israel, without the United States, would probably not exist. The country came perilously close to extinction during the October 1973 war when Egypt, trained and backed by the Soviet Union, crossed the Suez and the Syrians poured in over the Golan Heights. Huge American military transport planes came to the rescue. They began landing every half-hour to refit the battered Israeli army, which had lost most of its heavy armor.

By the time the war was over, the United States had given Israel $2.2 billion in emergency military aid. - Mary Rizzo]
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Court Pitches Out Dumpster Diving Case

Court Pitches Out Dumpster Diving Case
by Andrew Ainsley
On January 20, 2006, I filmed two homeless men in a dumpster
who were trying to find food to eat.  I was never on the property
and was only there to document the plight of homeless people in
Victoria.
 
Today, the Crown stayed the charges.  I am, and always have been, an innocent man.  The stay of the charges against me is
confirmation of my innocence.
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Memorial Day: You Must Remember This

My Memorial Day
by Mickey Z.
Yet another Memorial Day is upon us, and our president sez: "No group has ever done more to defend liberty than the men and women of the United States armed forces."
 
This simple reality presents me with a genuine conundrum:
 
"How in the world can I pick which indomitable defenders of liberty to honor this year?"
 

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Jason Leopold, Mel Hurtig, J9 Monday May 26, 2008

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week, investigative reporter, Jason Leopold watching the Republican smear machine turnover; Canadian patriot and author Mel Hurtig and the awful Truth about Canada; Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed with some of the good goings on in and around Victoria in 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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Those Pesky Mohawks in the Way Again

HAUDENOSAUNEE EAGLES KEEP WATCH OVER CANADA'S AERIAL WARFARE: Those Pesky Mohawks in the Way Again
by IAKOHA'KO:WA
On May 12, 2008 Canada announced a $30 billion 20-year War plan to expand and modernize the Canadian military. 
 
This is an increased military budget above the annual $9 billion already in place. 
 
Canada intends to recruit more soldiers, build more bases, modernize all its equipment and make sure they have lots of socks, batteries and spare engine parts to wage perpetual war in grand style alongside their buddies. 
 
 
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