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Fairly Unbalanced: 'Wild Earth' and Public Eye

Wild Earth in the Public Eye
by Zoe Blunt
Last week, I took a call from Public Eye Online editor Sean Holman about the upcoming Wild Earth eco-conference in Bella Coola. Holman suggested it wasn't "appropriate" to invite anti-poverty activist Thomas Malenfant to host a workshop on Resisting the Olympics at a gathering focused on discussing non-violent activism.

Referring to Malenfant's arrest last year for symbolically evicting the Premier from his Vancouver office, Holman asked why a "convicted criminal" was on the schedule for Wild Earth.

I reminded him that a convicted criminal is running the province, and asked what kind of double standard Holman is trying to invoke. The suggestion that Malenfant should not be allowed to discuss his political work and experience is ridiculous and insulting.

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Klein: China and Disaster Cap.

China new disaster-capitalism trough
Naomi Klein: Billions of dollars spent on Olympic security, China buys tools of war on terror (2 of 4)
by The Real News
Naomi Klein: Iraq was the trough for awhile. The Department of Homeland Security has been a pretty good trough. Building Fortress Europe has been a good trough. And what I mean by public money that is just transferred to private corporations in the name of fighting an endless war on terror. And we see it in this feeding frenzy around the world. The Green Zone is sort of, maybe, the epicenter of this feeding frenzy.

But China is the new trough, because basically what the government in Beijing has said is,
  • "We will spend whatever it takes to secure our country, and we want the latest technology and the best toys."
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The Kremlin Surge

Marching Through Georgia II: The Kremlin Surge
by Chris Floyd     
As events move swiftly, and ominously, in the conflict between Georgia and Russia, an understanding of the background of the conflict is essential. Several pieces have appeared just today providing some good context and analysis.

First, Ellen Barry (with whom I once worked at the Moscow Times) gives an overview of South Ossetia's history and the tensions that have stalked the region since the break-up of the Soviet Union in this analysis piece from the New York Times. (The NYT's news roundup of the latest events  is co-written by Anne Barnard, yet another former colleague from the Moscow Times.)
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Ottawa Set to Host Merchants of Death Fair

Stop Ottawa's Arms Shows!
Here are some links to new materials added to the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT) website.
Please join us in exposing and opposing "Secure Canada 2008" (Sept.30-Oct.1) and "CANSEC 2009" — two blatant manifestations of the international arms trade that are now scheduled to take place at a City of Ottawa facility despite a 1989 municipal ban on such events.
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Robert Jensen, Brewster Kneen, J9 Mon. Aug. 11, 2008

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week; author and media educator, Robert Jensen and the prophetic challenge: "Who is guilty,when all are responsible?" Brewster Kneen uncovering the invisible giant, Cargill Inc. And, Janine Bandcroft on her recent travels through America in support of Goods for Cuba and breaking the blockade with the Pastors for Peace.
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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Mickey Z. Alive!

Mickey Z. Alive!
by Mickey Z.
[Mickey Z. stands and delivers from home in the People's Republic of Astoria - lex]
Parts 2-5 are below the break... 
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“Mad Scientist” Ivins, and Other 9/11 Legends

The “Mad Scientist” Ivins, and Other 9/11 Legends
by Sander Hicks
As the sun begins to set on the tyrannical Bush/Cheney Administration, a “culprit” for the anthrax attacks has been dropped on us. The government has produced the dead body of “mad scientist” Bruce Ivins, the way a smiling cat produces a mouse carcass.
This new lone assassin story holds together quite well: as long as you look only at it, and not at any of the other grisly details about US government involvement in anthrax.
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Rice and Circuses

Naomi Klein on China and the Olympics: "Security, central planning, surveillance state is an ideal cocoon for global capitalism" 
by The Real News
Naomi Klein: "I think this is an incredibly efficient, actually, a scarily efficient way of organizing society that's actually being celebrated here, which is a hybrid of some of the worst elements of authoritarian communism—mass surveillance of the population, total lack of civil liberties, lack of a free press, lack of democratic rights, authoritarian central planning, all harnessed not to advance the goals of social justice, even in name, although there may be some lip service still paid to that, but to advance the goals of global capitalism.
So it is Stalinism meets global capitalism.... There are 100,000 security officers just on Olympic duty. And to put that into perspective, the stadium itself, the Bird's Nest Stadium holds 90,000. So there's 90,000 spectators and 100,000 secret police keeping control of things in Beijing. So this is an incredible operation. But when you hear people like Lou Dobbs and other commentators talking about the problems in China, it's always red China, communist China, or the Chi-coms. And it's really this blast from the past of—you know, it's almost as if the Cold War never ended."
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School for the Poor threatened in Haiti

Children's School for the Poor threatened in Haiti
by Haiti Information Project (HIP)
The official school year in Haiti begins again in September. Always a difficult time for parents in Haiti who have to scramble tirelessly to find money for their children's education, it is also a time of renewal and hope for the future.
Despite the hard-pressed reality of grinding poverty, Haiti's children start school with renewed enthusiasm each year as they walk for miles down dusty roads in neatly starched uniforms in their pursuit of an education.
Unfortunately, more than 450 of the poorest students in the community of Pétion-Ville may not have a school to go this year if the current mayor, Lydie Parent, has her way.
The mayor has, according to the teachers, administrators and parents of a school for Pétion-Ville's poorest children, ignored a legally binding lease for their school's current location and has begun strong-arm tactics in an effort to evict them.

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Justice Department’s Truthiness Problem

The Justice Department’s Truthiness Problem
by Scott Horton
“Truthiness,” a phrase coined by the comic Stephen Colbert, has emerged as one of the hallmarks of the Bush Administration. Truthiness, Colbert tells us, is something a government spokesperson knows “from the gut”–without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual examination, or facts. “Truthiness” has the outward appearance of truth. However, statements offered as “truthiness” are invariably false. Worse, the person who utters them usually knows they are false. But telling lies and getting away with it is a political art form. Call it the art of “truthiness.”

The Bush Justice Department has a huge truthiness problem. This helps explain why public confidence in the Justice Department just reached an all-time low point. Americans now have more confidence in the integrity and reliability of Post Office employees than they do in federal prosecutors and FBI agents. But is the Justice Department going to start coming to grips with its “truthiness” problem, or will it just plod along through inauguration day, 2009?

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Who is Guilty When All are Responsible?

The Prophetic Challenge: “Few Are Guilty, But All Are Responsible”
by Robert Jensen
One of the common refrains I heard from progressive people in Pakistan and India during my month there this summer was, “We love the American people — it’s the policies of your government we don’t like.”

That sentiment is not unusual in the developing world, and such statements can reduce the tension with some Americans when people criticize U.S. policy, which is more common than ever after the illegal invasions and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq.
Robert Jensen is scheduled to appear on next week's Gorilla Radio, broad/webcast Monday, August 11 between 5-6pm pacific time from

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