Created on Thursday, 03 July 2008 00:57
Written by Janine Bandcroft
On the Border with the Cuba Caravanistas
by Janine Bandcroft
hi all; i'm in mcallen texas, preparing (along with approximately 125 others), to cross the border into mexico with about 100 tons of aid destined for cuba.
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our intention is to leave around 6 am, and spend however long at the border, then drive through mexico to tampico and put the stuff on a barge and then all the caravanistas will fly to havana for a week.
Created on Wednesday, 02 July 2008 08:40
Written by Democracy Now!
Hersh: Congress Agreed to Bush Request to Fund Major Escalation in Secret Operations Against Iran
by Democracy Now!
Congressional leaders agreed to a request from President Bush last year to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran aimed at destabilizing Iranâ€™s leadership, according to a new article by veteran investigative journalist Seymour Hersh in the New Yorker magazine.
The operations were set out in a highly classified Presidential Finding signed by Bush which, by law, must be made known to Democratic and Republican leaders. The plan allowed up to $400 million in covert spending for activities ranging from supporting dissident groups to spying on Iranâ€™s nuclear program.
Hersh joins us from Washington DC.
Read more: Iran Escalation: Congress Agreed to Bush Request
Created on Wednesday, 02 July 2008 08:18
Written by William A. Cook
The Letter to Bush Obama Didnâ€™t Write
by William A. Cook
Dear Mr. President: I recently outlined my views on the Middle East in a major speech given the day after I proclaimed that I am without doubt the Democratic nominee for President.
I delivered that speech to my primary constituents, the good fellows at AIPAC, on K Street where all the lobbies cluster. Iâ€™m writing to you not to reiterate some of the concerns and priorities I raised in that speech, points presented to AIPAC because I was forced to if I am to stay in this race, but rather to tell you what should be done if terrorism against America is to end.
Read more: Obama's Undelivered Letter to the President
Created on Tuesday, 01 July 2008 21:52
Written by Press Release
Mayors Challenge Use of Tar Sands Oil and Other High Carbon Fuels
he U.S. Conference of Mayors convened in Miami this weekend and adopted a resolution that challenges the use of high carbon fuels such as tar sands, liquid coal, and oil shale.
Read more: U.S. Mayors Turf Tar Sands Oil: Local Leaders Adopt Important Global Warming Policy
The resolution calls for the creation of guidelines and purchasing standards to help mayors understand the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions of the fuels they purchase.
Created on Tuesday, 01 July 2008 08:06
Written by Press Release
Youth, Elders, Artists, Pastors Challenge the Blockade of Cuba
More than 100 Pastors for Peace volunteers from the US, Canada, and Europe have assembled in McAllen, TX to challenge the immoral US blockade on trade and travel to Cuba.
Participants in the 19th US/Cuba Friendshipment Caravan arrived last night in McAllen and are currently preparing for their journey. They are camped out at Our Savior Lutheran Church for several days to inventory the 100 tons of aid they have collected for Cuba, to decorate and maintain their vehicles, and to prepare their border-crossing strategy.
Read more: 19th Pastors for Peace Cuba Caravan to cross border on July 3rd
Created on Monday, 30 June 2008 02:11
Written by Press Release
STOP THE HATE! Anti-Skinhead Rally
On Saturday June 28th during Vancouverâ€™s annual Eastside
Pride celebration in Grandview Park a few participants noticed a group
of large skinheads destroying pride signs and stomping on them. Queers
and allies confronted them and were brutally assaulted; they were
punched, kicked and thrown into a vehicle.
Monday, June 30, 2008
Read more: Project X: Creeping Fascism in Vancouver
9:00am - 8:00pm
Vancouver City Jail
Main & Cordova
Created on Monday, 30 June 2008 01:54
Written by Tom Engelhardt
The Good News in Iraq (Don't Count on It)
by Tom Engelhardt
March 19, 2003, as his shock-and-awe campaign against Iraq was being
launched, George W. Bush addressed the nation.
"My fellow citizens," he
began, "at this hour, American and coalition forces are in the early
stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to
defend the world from grave danger." We were entering Iraq, he
insisted, "with respect for its citizens, for their great civilization
and for the religious faiths they practice. We have no ambition in
Iraq, except to remove a threat and restore control of that country to
its own people."
Within weeks, of course, that "great
civilization" was being looted, pillaged, and shipped abroad. Saddam
Hussein's Baathist dictatorship was no more and, soon enough, the Iraqi
Army of 400,000 had been officially disbanded by L. Paul Bremer, the
head of the occupying Coalition Provisional Authority and the
President's viceroy in Baghdad. By then, ministry buildings -- except
for the oil and interior ministries -- were just looted shells.
Schools, hospitals, museums, libraries, just about everything that was
national or meaningful, had been stripped bare. Meanwhile, in their new
offices in Saddam's former palaces, America's neoconservative occupiers
were already bringing in the administration's crony corporations --
Halliburton and its subsidiary KBR, Bechtel, and others -- to finish
off the job of looting the country under the rubric of
"reconstruction." Somehow, these "administrators" managed to "spend"
$20 billion of Iraq's oil money, already in the "Development Fund for
Iraq," even before the first year of occupation was over -- and to no
They also managed to create what Ed Harriman in the
London Review of Books labeled "the least accountable and least
transparent regime in the Middle East." (No small trick given the
Read more: Good News from the Front? Don't Count on It
Created on Sunday, 29 June 2008 23:30
Written by Chris Cook
GR this Week
by C. L. Cook
his week on GR: farmer, author, and publisher, Brewster Kneen, making apparent Cargill Inc., "Invisible Giant;" Canadian university professor, Mahboob Khawaja on his son, Momin's search for Canadian justice; Sheila Nopper and the rising tide of opposition to endless ferry rate hikes in British Columbia; and Janine Bandcroft from somewhere in America on the Goods to Cuba Caravan.
Read more: Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Brewster Kneen, Mahboob Khawaja, Sheila Nopper, J9 Mon. Jun. 30, 2008
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
Created on Sunday, 29 June 2008 21:41
Written by William Bowles
Robert Mugabe, Yet Another Man the West Loves to Hate
by William Bowles
Read more: Mugabe: Another Man the West Loves to Hate
Robert Mugabe is a bit like Osama bin Laden, if he didnâ€™t exist theyâ€™d have to invent him; and invent him they have, with a vengeance.
Now Iâ€™m not a supporter of Zanu-PF, for me their politics have always been suspect. Back during the Apartheid years, Zanu-PF never acknowledged the ANC as the leader of the liberation struggle in South Africa, preferring instead to support the PAC (the Pan Africanist Congress). Well you win some, you lose some.
Created on Sunday, 29 June 2008 03:45
Written by Press Release
BCCLA Applauds Supreme Court of Canada Decision in Media Defamation Case
by British Columbia Civil Liberties Association
The BCCLA is encouraged by the Supreme Court of Canada judgment in Simpson v. Mair and WIC Radio, which dismissed an action for defamation against Rafe Mair. The court ruled that the statements at issue were protected by the law as comment.
The BCCLA appeared as an intervenor in the case. Robert D. Holmes, President of the BCCLA comments:
Read more: Supreme Court of Canada Decision in Media Defamation Case
- "Protection of vigorous debate on matters of public interest and importance is a key value in our democratic society. The court's ruling will go a long way in ensuring that protection."