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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Sandra Finley, Jon Elmer, J9 for Mon. May 5, 2008

This Week on Gorilla Radio
by C. L. Cook
This week, Canadian citizen, Sandra Finley going against the numbers with the Canadian census; Jon Elmer keeping watch on the Palestinian genocide; Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed with all that's good going-on in and around the south island 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:  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, Check out the GR blog at:
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by Jack Random
When John Edwards dropped out, I went on record as standing with Obama in the race for the White House 2008.  I made that decision on the basis of his early opposition to the war in Iraq, his commitment to the environment, health care, equal opportunity, reasoned diplomacy and equitable economic policy.  

I was careful to state that my allegiance was not unconditional.  I expected the candidate to strengthen his stands against the war and global trade policies.  I chose to pin my hopes on Obama rather than Clinton because Hillary had and has an integrity problem.  Like the second coming of John McCain, Hillary’s stand on the issues depends on what time of day it is.  More accurately, it seems to depend on poll numbers and the demographics of the next primary.  

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Five Ways to Think about Iran under the Gun

The Iranian Chessboard: Five Ways to Think about Iran under the Gun
by Pepe Escobar
More than two years ago, Seymour Hersh disclosed in the New Yorker how George W. Bush was considering strategic nuclear strikes against Iran. Ever since, a campaign to demonize that country has proceeded in a relentless, Terminator-like way, applying the same techniques and semantic contortions that were so familiar in the period before the Bush administration launched its invasion of Iraq.

The campaign's greatest hits are widely known: "The ayatollahs" are building a Shi'ite nuclear bomb; Iranian weapons are killing American soldiers in Iraq; Iranian gunboats are provoking U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf -- Iran, in short, is the new al-Qaeda, a terror state aimed at the heart of the United States. It's idle to expect the American mainstream media to offer any tools that might put this orchestrated blitzkrieg in context.

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Feeding Moloch

Feeding Moloch: Last Barriers to War on Iran Come Down        
by Chris Floyd
Anyone who thinks the Bush Administration does not intend to attack Iran either has rocks in the head or their head in the sand. The warmongers have raised their cacophonous howling of threat and accusation against Iran to entirely new levels. Every day now, some major Administration figure makes fiery charges that Iran is directly, deliberately killing U.S. soldiers in Iraq: a clear casus belli, if it were true, which it almost certainly is not.

(That is, it a clear cause for war in the perverted logic of Establishment discourse, which ignores the fact that U.S. forces have illegally invaded and occupied Iraq, and the fact the Bush Administration itself supports the same violent sectarian Shiite factions that Iran does in Iraq, factions responsible for killing thousands of innocent people. What's more, Bush and his beloved General Petraeus are now directly paying extremist Sunni factions, including members of Al Qaeda in Iraq, who are likewise engaged in murder, repression and "ethnic cleansing," like their Bush-supported Shiite counterparts. George W. Bush and his minions and handlers have deliberately, knowingly, purposely created a slaughterhouse in Iraq, and they keep it going 24/7 with the fresh meat of murdered innocents. This is the true context of the Administration's charges against Iran: mass murderers accusing others of malevolent intent.)

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After the Invasion: Fallujans Struggle Still

Falluja's Struggle After Invasion
by Dahr Jamail
Five years ago, George Bush, the US president, announced aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier that the war in Iraq was a "mission accomplished".
But events in the western Anbar province had already been spiraling out of control and were threatening the volatile security situation in occupied Iraq.

On April 28, 2003, US soldiers occupying the Al-Qaid school in Falluja opened fire on dozens of demonstrators who had been protesting the use of the premises as a forward base for the US 82nd Airborne Division. Residents of Falluja had also been protesting against the use of night vision goggles, which they mistakenly believed were used by US soldiers to spy on their wives and daughters.

Seventeen Iraqis were killed and scores wounded.

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West Coast Longshore Workers Walk Out for War's End

West Coast Longshore Workers Walk Out for War's End
by ILWU 
The ILWU west coast longshore workers have voted to stop work to protest the US war and occupation on Iraq and Afghanistan on May Day 2008.  They have also called on the AFL-CIO, Change To Win (CTW) and other labor organizations to join them in action on May Day against the war and to commemorate the International Workers Holiday. 
This website has been set up to help publicize this action and to get support from workers throughout the US.
Please let us know if your union or organization can endorse and take other actions.  - Source
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101 Ways to Survive a Gaza Refugee Camp

The Bomb Squads: How to Survive a Gaza Refugee Camp
by Ramzy Baroud
We waited breathless. Breathing heavily was hazardous under these somewhat exceptional circumstances. The army, my father often advised, was sensitive to the slightest movements or sounds, including a whisper, a cough, or God forbid, a sneeze. Thus we sat completely still.
Muneer, my younger brother was entrusted with the mission of peering through the rusty holes in the front door. It bothered me that I was not the one elected for the seemingly perilous mission. My father explained that Muneer was smaller and quicker, he could negotiate his way back and forth, seamlessly, between the observation ground and the room where everyone was hiding.
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Since I Gave Up Hope I Feel Better

Since I Gave Up Hope, I Feel Better
by William Blum
Food riots, in dozens of countries, in the 21st century. Is this what we envisioned during the post-World War Two, moon-landing 20th century as humankind's glorious future? It's not the end of the world, but you can almost see it from here.

American writer Henry Miller (1891-1980) once asserted that the role of the artist was to "inoculate the world with disillusionment".
So just in case you -- for whatever weird reason -- cling to the belief/hope that the United States can be a positive force in ending or slowing down the new jump in world hunger, here are some disillusioning facts of life.

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A World Run by Sleazy Creeps with a License to Print Money

The World is Run by Sleazy Creeps with a License to Print Money  
by William Bowles
Have you noticed that whenever we see/hear a corporate boss or government hack open their mouths, they’re invariably no more than mediocre creeps in shiny suits? Either, they’re trying to worm their way out of their role in the latest disaster to befall us, or they’re peddling some twaddle intended to obfiscate, confuse or just plain lie about events and their causes, and of course their role in it.

And it stretches across every sector of business and government, from agriculture to telecoms. Under ‘New Labour’ all kinds of ‘regulatory’ bodies have been created (or they’re revamps of existing ones). But it’s all smoke and mirrors, window-dressed by creepy PR and marketing sleazoids.
In reality, these ‘regulatory’ bodies are no more than rubber stamps for Big Business.

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Funding a War to End It

Funding the War to End It: Vietnam 1972, Iraq 2008
by Jack Random
If congress wanted to create an indelible impression of its departure from reality and common sense, they could not do better than this:  They are preparing to pass a war appropriation of $108 billion to express their unwavering opposition to the war. 
Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly plans to hold out for extended unemployment benefits by making war-funding contingent on unemployment funds.  Put in human terms, we will pay for a needless extension of a war that we cannot afford but at least we’ll keep the unemployment checks coming.  

Representative Barbara Lee of Oakland, California said it best:  “It just [doesn’t] make sense to force [us] to choose between providing food stamps for people who are hurting and need help during this terrible time and funding an occupation that people do not support.” 

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Protection with Extreme Prejudice

Power Surge: Force Protection with Extreme Prejudice        
by Chris Floyd 
The picture shows a two-year-old child killed when American forces fired rockets into a heavily populated area of Baghdad's Sadr City. Pentagon spokesmen said the operation was "force protection;" U.S. forces had come under sniper fire from the neighborhood.
No doubt this is true; when you invade a country for no reason, drive it into ruination, chaos and civil war, then continue to occupy it year after year, why then, sometimes the natives will get restless and fire back at you.
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