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A Union Divided: War/Poverty Diaspora Test EU Unity

Migrant Crisis Tests EU’s Foundations
by Finian Cunningham - SCF
The influx of migrants into the European Union could be dealt with humanely and practicably – if EU members worked together in solidarity. But the haphazard influx is inciting tensions between member states precisely because of the lack of EU solidarity. Germany – the biggest destination for refugees – is showing its exasperation with other states, which is in turn eroding the very foundations of the 28-member bloc.
The freedom of movement for European citizens between European Union member states is one of the foundational rights of the bloc since it declared itself a Single Market back in 1987. So, the latest warning from Germany that it may withdraw from treaty provisions that afford this right is a blow to the heart of the EU and its outward image of «unity».
Germany’s interior minister Thomas De Maiziere was speaking after latest figures show that his country was projected to receive a record 800,000 migrants seeking asylum this year. That is four times the number that Germany processed last year, according to Eurostat figures cited by the BBC.
«Germany's interior minister says he cannot rule out suspending participation in the agreement allowing passport-free travel between most European states», reported the BBC.
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Matt Kasper, Ted Rall, Janine Bandcroft August 26th, 2015

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook -

Last week, Stephen Harper fired another salvo in his long-running war against Canadian scientific research; this time binning the library at Alberta's Agriculture and Agri-Food Lethbridge Research Centre. This 16th governmental science library gutting under Harper follows a pattern set by US-based, Think Tanks and industry associations. Those fellow-travellers have been busy down south attacking not only government science and scientists, primarily on climate heating, but more recently taking runs too at renewable energy policy.

According to the recently released report, 'Attacks on Renewable Energy Policy in 2015' by the Energy and Policy Institute, the largely fossil-fuel industry-funded attacks reflect a growing fear within the extractive sector about the booming renewable energy field's threat to their future.
Matt Kasper is a fellow at the Energy and Policy Institute whose focus is on defending government policies that help develop clean energy alternatives to greenhouse gas emitting sources.
He previously worked as Research Assistant with the Energy and Environment Policy Team at the Center for American Progress, served as a fellow for Organizing for America in Indiana, and spent time interning in the Connecticut state legislature. His research work has featured online at Climate Progress, Greentech Media, and the Huffington Post, among other places.
Matt Kasper in the first half.

And;went down to the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of history's most heinous act(s). Here's how the organizers explain the annual Lantern Lighting event: Hiroshima-Nagasaki memorial This year’s lantern ceremony marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Japan Thursday August 6th 7:30 pm Esquimalt Gorge Park 1070 Tillicum Road, south of Gorge Rd. Lantern making starts at 7:30 pm, with words and songs of peace at 8 pm, followed by floating the lanterns in the Gorge. 

Remembering the bomb(s) in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what's good going on on our streets and beyond there too. But first, Matt Kasper and blunting the extractive industry's desperate attacks on Renewable Energy Policy.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 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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Erogan's Twilight and Turkey Role in Regional Terror

Ankara: the New Capital of Jihad
by Mike Whitney - CounterPunch
“The US and it’s allies want to keep this monster (ISIS) in check, but they don’t want to destroy it. All their military, political and media campaigns are smokescreens. What the West has done so far has strengthened terrorism not ended it. The proof of this is the fact that terrorism has spread everywhere, its material resources have increased, and its ranks have swollen.”  Syrian President Bashar al Assad

Has US policy in Syria fallen prey to the political ambitions of one man, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan?
Certainly not. Washington has its own malignant agenda in Syria, which is to topple Syrian President Bashar al Assad, split the country into pieces, lock-down critical pipeline corridors, and establish a “Salafist principality” that will justify continued US intervention across the Middle East for the foreseeable future. These are the objectives of US policy and they haven’t changed because of anything Erdogan has done.
That’s not to say that Erdogan hasn’t complicated matters by requiring the US to play by Turkey’s rules. He has. Just look at the Incirlik deal.

The Bulldozers Move on Beit Jala

Beit Jala
by Masin Qumsiyeh - Popular Resistance


Seventy years ago at the height of the human induced tragedy called World War II, two bombs ("Little boy" and "Fat man") were dropped respectively on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 250,000 human beings were incinerated to death and hundreds of thousands died slow deaths later with radiation poisoning.

It was an unspeakable act of state terror still unparalleled in human history. It was politically motivated to send a signal to the Soviet Union.

The lessons were not learned and today nine countries have arsenals of nuclear weapons (US, Russia, China, France, England, Pakistan, India, Israel, North Korea).


A fraction of this arsenal is enough to wipe out human life on earth. Burning people alive continues of course though on "smaller scale" and the West seems to ignore this. Take the burning of the Dawabsheh family in Duma (near Nablus in Palestine). Father and 18 month old died, mother and second sibling still in bad shape in the hospital. Perpetrators funded by the Israeli government are still unpunished.

Yesterday morning the army of the colonial new "Jewish state" of Israel, 68 years of mayhem in the building, destroyed 15 ancient olive trees dating back 2-3000 years old in Beit Jala. The reason? Israel is going to close off the most fertile valley of Beit Jala western Bethlehem (Wadi Abu Ahmed, Cremisan area). Closing it off from its owners (55 Christian families of Beit Jala) is a step in confiscating it as happened before in thousands of locations.


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Bozos for Bezos: Amazon Boss Says Quit If You Don't Like Working Here

The Grim Externalities of
by John Newman - CounterPunch
bezos fortuneIn the midst of national debates over raising the minimum wage, the New York Times recently published a blistering account of the working conditions at Amazon, the most valuable retail company in the world.
The mainstream arguments over the minimum wage essentially boil down to two directly opposing ideas. On one hand, conservatives contend that labor markets are already basically efficient, so raising the minimum wage will destroy jobs by artificially setting wages higher than employers will be willing to pay.
On the other hand, liberals argue that many employers wield enough power over employees to act like monopolists, so raising the minimum wage will beneficially transfer wealth from big corporations to low-income individuals.
Enter Amazon, whose labor practices suggest a disturbing third alternative.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Brandon Martinez, John Newman, Janine Bandcroft August 19th, 2015

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook -

If you're just back from the cottage, or travelling abroad, or just enjoying a summer's break from the media news cycle grind, let me be the first to wish you a "Happy election year!" For the rest of you, it may seem the Summer poll has already lasted a year, or more; but before you tune us's show is meant as an anodyne to electioneering banalities and fear-mongering.

Be aware! Stephen Harper plans to scare you witless, because he knows it's the only way you'll vote for he and his agents of the Apocalypse; and the hairiest, scariest Bogie Man in Steve's bag of tricks is ISIS.

Our idea today is to provide you with some karmic Kung Fu to fight campaign jingoism; a little mental Jiu Jitsu for self-defense, a heightened sense of security, and to ease your worried mind.  
Listen. Hear.

Brandon Martinez is an independent journalist, broadcaster, and author of the books, 'Hidden History' and 'Grand Deceptions.' His articles on Canada's foreign policy and international affairs have been featured online at PressTV, Global Research, What Really Happened, and Information Clearing House among others. He's also, with Joshua Blakeney, co-founder of the news site, Non-Aligned, from where he files video reports on war, terrorism, government propaganda, and media deception.
His recent report, 'The Buried Canadian State Connection to ISIS' retrieves from the memory hole a tale more troubling than Mr. Harper's Mike Duffy imbroglio.

Brandon Martinez in the first half.

And; it was a bad weekend for founder, Jeff Bezos. The E-commerce billionaire's way of doing business was featured by the New York Times' Jodi Kantor and David Streitfeld in a piece painting a grim portrait of life for Bezos' white collar "Amazonians." The paper says Amazon is engaged in, "[A] little-known experiment in how far it can push white-collar workers," and claim the company is, in the process, "[R]edrawing the boundaries of what is acceptable."

The "blistering account" was no surprise to my second guest, whose own research into Amazon's HR practices affirms the Times' worst revelations, and more.

John Newman is a legal scholar, lawyer, educator, and writer who cut his judicial teeth investigating corporate malfeasance at the US Department of Justice's Antitrust Division in Washington. He's currently a faculty member at the University of Memphis' Humphreys School of Law. John's articles on the law and economics of technology markets are featured by the Pennsylvania Law Review, and the Vanderbilt University of Law and Maryland Law Reviews, among others. His latest piece, 'The Grim Externalities of' appears at the web news site,

John Newman and the long littleness of life in Amazon's workplace jungle in the second half.

And, Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of the coming week on our streets, and beyond there too. but first, Brandon Martinez and daylighting 'The Buried Canadian State Connection to ISIS' and the real nature of the relationship between Harper's New Canadian Government and the Islamic State?

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 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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Europe's NATO-Made Refugee Crisis

War Begets War Refugees: The Moral Bankruptcy of Italy and NATO
by Ramzy Baroud
On April 26, 2011, a meeting that can only be described as sinister took place between the then Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, and French President, Nicolas Sarkozy. The most pressing issue discussed at the meeting in Rome was how to deal with African immigrants.
Sarkozy, who was under pressure from his right-wing and far-right constituencies to halt immigration originating from North Africa (resulting from the Tunisian uprising), desired to strike a deal with the opportunistic Italian leader. In exchange for an Italian agreement to join a French initiative aimed at tightening border control (Italy being accused of allowing immigrants to cross through its borders to the rest of Europe), France, in turn, would resolve major disputes involving a series of takeovers, involving French and Italian companies. Moreover, Italy would then secure French support for a bid by Italian Economist and Banker, Mario Draghi, to become the Head of the European Central Bank.
Another point on the French agenda was active Italian participation in the war on Libya, initially spearheaded by France, Britain and the United States, and later championed by NATO.

Neo-Con Fooled Once - Won't Get Fooled Again, Right?

Neocons to Americans: Trust Us Again
by Robert Parry - Consortium News

August 16, 2015

America’s neocons insist that their only mistake was falling for some false intelligence about Iraq’s WMD and that they shouldn’t be stripped of their powerful positions of influence for just one little boo-boo. That’s the point of view taken by Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt as he whines about the unfairness of applying “a single-interest litmus test,” i.e., the Iraq War debacle, to judge him and his fellow war boosters.

After noting that many other important people were on the same pro-war bandwagon with him, Hiatt criticizes President Barack Obama for citing the Iraq War as an argument not to listen to many of the same neocons who now are trying to sabotage the Iran nuclear agreement. Hiatt thinks it’s the height of unfairness for Obama or anyone else to suggest that people who want to kill the Iran deal — and thus keep alive the option to bomb-bomb-bomb Iran — “are lusting for another war.”
President George W. Bush pauses for applause
during his State of the Union Address
on Jan. 28, 2003, when he made a
fraudulent case for invading Iraq.
Seated behind him are Vice President
Dick Cheney and House Speaker
Dennis Hastert. (White House photo)

Jewish Chronicle Joins Corbyn Crucifixion Mob

Jeremy Corbyn and the Jews
by Gilad Atzmon

The relationship between Jeremy Corbyn and British Jews can be summarized into a brief observation:

While Corbyn’s success represents a hugely popular shift within British political thinking, the orchestrated Jewish campaign against him is there to suggest that once again, Jews set themselves against the people they dwell upon.

The vastly growing popularity of Jeremy Corbyn amongst Brits can be easily explained.

Following decades of cultural Marxist, divisive Identiterian politics and Zionist-Neocon domination within the British Left, Corbyn brings along a refreshing ideological alternative.

Why Jeremy Corbyn Terrifies the City of London

Going Mainstream
For a decade, I have argued that democracy in the UK is dysfunctional because an entrenched party system offers no real choice. The major parties offer political programmes which are virtually indistinguishable. As I put it in lectures, if the range of possible political programmes were placed on a linear scale from 1 to 100, the Labour and Conservative parties offer you the choice between 81 and 84.

This exclusion of political possibility is reinforced by a corporate media structure, led by the BBC, in which ideas outside the narrow band of establishment consensus are ridiculed and denigrated. Therefore even political ideas which have the consistent support of the majority of the population, such as nationalisation of railways and other natural monopolies including utilities, simply cannot get an airing. Of all the broadcast coverage of the Iraq War, less than 3% gave time to anti-war voices, despite a majority opinion against the war.

This phenomenon explains why a large majority of both Conservative and Labour MPs are members of the Friends of Israel when public opinion consistently sympathises more with Palestine. It also explains the quite extraordinary media onslaught against Scottish independence.

America's Hottest Trend? California Heat!

California First: As Both Climate Victim and Responder, the National Style-Setter Leads the Way
by William deBuys - TomDispatch
Long ago, I lived in a cheap flat in San Francisco and worked as the lone straight man in a gay construction company. Strangely enough, the drought now strangling California brings back memories of those days.
It was the 1970s. Our company specialized in restoring the Victorian “gingerbread” to the facades of the city’s townhouses, and I got pretty good at installing cornices, gable brackets, and window hoods, working high above the street.
What I remember most, though, is the way my co-workers delighted in scandalizing me on Monday mornings with accounts of their weekend exploits. We were all so innocent back then. We had no idea of the suffering that lay ahead or of the grievous epidemic already latent in the bodies of legions of gay men like my friends, an epidemic that would afflict so many outside the gay community but was especially terrible within it.
It’s unlikely that many of those guys are alive today. HIV was already in the population, although AIDS had yet to be detected or named, and no one had heard of “safe sex,” let alone practiced it. When the epidemic broke out, it was nowhere worse than in trendsetting San Francisco. 

By then I had returned to New Mexico, having traded my hammer for a typewriter. When I announced my intention to leave California, the guys all said the same thing. “Don’t go back there,” they protested. “You’ll just have to go through all of this again!” All of this required no translation. It meant the particular newness of life in that state, which was always sure to spread eastward, as Californian styles, attitudes, problems, tastes, and fads had been spreading to the rest of the country almost since the days of the Gold Rush.
Hippies, flower power, bikers, and cults. The movies we see and the music we listen to. The slang we pick up (I mean like, what a bummer, dude). Wine bars and fern bars, hot tubs and tanning booths, liposuction and boob jobs. The theft of rivers (Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown) and the theft of baseball teams (Brooklyn still mourns). Gay rights, car culture, and the Reagan Revolution. Scientology, mega-churches, Buddhist chic, and exercise videos. If they didn’t actually start in California, they got big and came to national attention there. Without the innovations of Silicon Valley, would you recognize your mobile phone or computer? Would you recognize yourself?
It’s the same with climate change. California in the Great Drought is once again Exhibit A, a living diorama of how the future is going to look for a lot of us. And the present moment -- right now in 2015 -- reminds me of San Francisco as the AIDS epidemic broke out. Back then we had no idea how bad things were going to get, and that is likely to be true now, as well. As usual, California is giving us a preview of our world to come.

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