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Drones Don't Kill: "My Grandson Didn't Murder Those Children!"

What Happens When You Talk With Americans About Drone Murders
by Joy First  - World Beyond War
Mount Horeb, Wisc. - Bonnie Block, Jim Murphy, Lars and Patty Prip, Mary Beth Schlagheck, and I were at Rest Area 10 along I- 90/94, about 5 miles south of Mauston, from 10:00 am – noon on Thursday October 9, 2014.
 
We had a model drone and a stack of flyers “6 Things You Should Know About Drones” to help us in reaching the public and so they can learn more about what is going on just up the road at Volk Field Air National Guard Base.

We were there in solidarity with others around the country as part of “Keep Space for Peace Week” and global days of actions against drones sponsored by Code Pink, Know Drones, and other groups.

Washington Post's Posthumous Second Slander of Gary Webb

WPost’s Slimy Assault on Gary Webb
by Robert Parry - Consortium News
Jeff Leen, the Washington Post’s assistant managing editor for investigations, begins his renewed attack on the late Gary Webb’s Contra-cocaine reporting with a falsehood. Leen insists that there is a journalism dictum that “an extraordinary claim requires extraordinary proof.”

But Leen must know that it is not true. Many extraordinary claims, such as assertions in 2002-03 that Iraq was hiding arsenals of WMDs, were published as flat-fact without “extraordinary proof” or any real evidence at all, including by Leen’s colleagues at the Washington Post.

Journalist Gary Webb
 
A different rule actually governs American journalism – that journalists need “extraordinary proof” if a story puts the U.S. government or an “ally” in a negative light but pretty much anything goes when criticizing an “enemy.”

If, for instance, the Post wanted to accuse the Syrian government of killing civilians with Sarin gas or blame Russian-backed rebels for the shoot-down of a civilian airliner over Ukraine, any scraps of proof – no matter how dubious – would be good enough (as was the actual case in 2013 and 2014, respectively).

However, if new evidence undercut those suspicions and shifted the blame to people on “the U.S. side” – say, the Syrian rebels and the Ukrainian government – then the standards of proof suddenly skyrocket beyond reach. So what you get is not “responsible” journalism – as Leen tries to suggest – but hypocrisy and propaganda. One set of rules for the goose and another set for the gander.
 

Now and Then: You Can't Believe a Word They Say

The Islamist State
by William BlumThe Anti-Empire Report #133
You can’t believe a word the United States or its mainstream media say about the current conflict involving The Islamic State (ISIS).

You can’t believe a word France or the United Kingdom say about ISIS.

You can’t believe a word Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, or the United Arab Emirates say about ISIS. Can you say for sure which side of the conflict any of these mideast countries actually finances, arms, or trains, if in fact it’s only one side? Why do they allow their angry young men to join Islamic extremists?

Why has NATO-member Turkey allowed so many Islamic extremists to cross into Syria? Is Turkey more concerned with wiping out the Islamic State or the Kurds under siege by ISIS? Are these countries, or the Western powers, more concerned with overthrowing ISIS or overthrowing the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad?

You can’t believe the so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels. You can’t even believe that they are moderate. They have their hands in everything, and everyone has their hands in them.

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Tripping the Chaos Switch: The Neocons that Remained

The Neocons — Masters of Chaos
by Robert Parry - Consortium News
nuland-ukraine-2-7-14If you’re nervously watching the stock market gyrations and worrying about your declining portfolio or pension fund, part of the blame should go to America’s neocons who continue to be masters of chaos, endangering the world’s economy by instigating geopolitical confrontations in the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

Of course, there are other factors pushing Europe’s economy to the brink of a triple-dip recession and threatening to stop America’s fragile recovery, too. But the neocons’ “regime change” strategies, which have unleashed violence and confrontations across Iraq, Syria, Libya, Iran and most recently Ukraine, have added to the economic uncertainty.

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian 
Affairs Victoria Nuland during a press conference at the 
U.S. Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine, on Feb. 7, 2014. 
(U.S. State Department photo)

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Burnt Bridge Eviction: First Nations Give Mt. Polley Polluters the Boot

Warriors burn bridge, demand mining company behind Mount Polley toxic spill leave territory
by  APTN National News
An Indigenous resistance group under the name of Secwepemc Ts’ka7 Warriors burned a bridge connected to a proposed British Columbia zinc and lead mine owned by the mining company now trying to clean up the Mount Polley environmental disaster, APTN National News has independently confirmed.

Ts’ka7 Warriors issued a statement Wednesday taking responsibility for torching a bridge at the Ruddock Creek Mine operation, of which Imperial Metals is the majority owner.


 
 
“Ts’ka7 Warriors burn down Imperial Metals Ruddock Creek Mine Bridge,” said the statement.
“With much discussion with Elders councils and around sacred fires and ceremonies, the Secwepemc Ts’ka7 Warriors have acted out their collective responsibility and jurisdiction to and in the Ts’ka7 area by deactivating the Imperial Metals Ruddock Creek mine road.”

APTN National News has independently confirmed the bridge burning, but the extent of the damage remains unclear.

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Same Game South Sudan: Regime Change

The US and Regime Change in South Sudan
by Thomas C. Mountain - CounterPunch
It is no longer a secret that the USA is attempting to carry out regime change in South Sudan. Why? It’s because South Sudanese President Salva Kiir is determined to continue supporting Chinese oil production in his country, China’s only majority owned energy project in Africa.
 
The USA managed to get the Chinese oil fields shut down a couple years back by promising to provide upwards of $200 million a month in “aid” during the dispute between Sudan and South Sudan over pipeline transit fees if the oil fields were closed.
 
When the oil shipments were subsequently stopped and the aid money failed to materialize, President Kiir, to avoid complete bankruptcy, for his only independent income is from oil revenue, went hat in hand to Beijing and a $8 billion Chinese rescue package was the result. The Chinese oil fields reopened amidst the gnashing of teeth by Pax Americana and regime change became the USA’s solution to this vexation.
 

Junk In...America's Ghost Armies

Investing in Junk Armies: Why American Efforts to Create Foreign Armies Fail
In June, tens of thousands of Iraqi Security Forces in Nineveh province north of Baghdad collapsed in the face of attacks from the militants of the Islamic State (IS or ISIS), abandoning four major cities to that extremist movement. The collapse drew much notice in our media, but not much in the way of sustained analysis of the American role in it. 
 
To put it bluntly, when confronting IS and its band of lightly armed irregulars, a reputedly professional military, American-trained and armed, discarded its weapons and equipment, cast its uniforms aside, and melted back into the populace. What this behavior couldn’t have made clearer was that U.S. efforts to create a new Iraqi army, much-touted and funded to the tune of $25 billion over the 10 years of the American occupation ($60 billion if you include other reconstruction costs), had failed miserably.
 
Though reasonable analyses of the factors behind that collapse exist, an investigation of why U.S. efforts to create a viable Iraqi army (and, by extension, viable security forces in Afghanistan) cratered so badly are lacking. To understand what really happened, a little history lesson is in order. 
 

Day at Court: Athabasca Chipewyan Head to Vancouver to Appeal Federal Decision on Shell’s Tar Sands Expansion

Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in Vancouver to Appeal Federal Decision on Shell’s Tar Sands Expansion Approval
by ATHABASCA CHIPEWYAN FIRST NATION (ACFN)

 

October 14, 2014

The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) leadership and Elders will be in Vancouver on Oct. 15th, 2014 to defend their appeal of Federal approval of Shell’s Jackpine Mine Expansion tar sands project.

ACFN and local groups organized a solidarity rally/press conference outside the courthouse prior to hearings. Leadership from various First Nations opposing proposed tar sands pipelines in BC, and local environmental organizations will join ACFN reps to speak about wide scale impacts of tar sands expansion projects.


 
October 15, 2014
8:30 – 9:30 am
Federal Court of Canada
Pacific Centre, 701 West Georgia Street 
Vancouver, BC V7Y 1B6 
 
Press Conference with speakers from the ACFN and British Columbia First Nations, and local environmental groups.

Speakers include:

Chief Allan Adam, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation
Chief Ian Campbell, Squamish First Nation
Rueben George, Tsleil-Waututh Nation Sacred Trust
Shamentsut Nahanee, Greenpeace
Ta'Kaiya Blaney, youth activist

In its case filed before the Federal Court, ACFN alleges that: Canada breached its duties to consult and accommodate ACFN with respect to the Project and the manner in which the Project will impact ACFN’s constitutionally protected section 35 rights.

ACFN further alleges that the process, and mitigation offered, was inconsistent with the Species at Risk Act, the Migratory Birds Convention Act, as well as several international agreements and conventions to which Canada is a signatory.

Blame Canada: Democracy's Global Allure Fading

The Lost Hope of Democracy
by John Chuckman 
I read and heard about Hong Kong’s students putting themselves at risk demonstrating for democracy, and my first instinct was sympathy, sympathy for their passionate idealism, but sympathy in another sense too, for their sad illusions.
I ask myself, and it is not a trivial question, what is it exactly that they believe they fight for? Democracy has become such a totemic word, we all are trained to revere it, unquestioningly, almost the way 16th Century people were expected to behave in the presence of the Host during Communion.
 
But just where in the West do we see countries who call themselves democracies behaving in democratic ways, indeed where do we see genuine democracies? And if it is such an important concept, why should that be?
 
In Canada, to start where I live, we have a serious democratic deficit. A Conservative government today, elected to a parliamentary “majority” with about 39 percent of the national vote, behaves for all the world as an authoritarian government in many things at home and abroad.
 

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Tom Engelhardt, Richard Atwell, Janine Bandcroft Wed., Oct. 15, 2014

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com
If you feel there's a disconnect between the kind of values we in the West espouse and the actions our agents in government take to protect and project those values it's important you know a couple of things: First; you are not suffering cultural dissonance, and secondly; the government you see is neither yours, nor what you think it is.

Lurking below the waterline, more ominous than any iceberg, lay the real power running this country, that country, and perhaps every country.

Averse to the light, and invisible at night, it's the Shadow Government that rules you, and it doesn't share any of the values its daytime doppelganger maintains.

Listen. Hear.

Tom Engelhardt is an educator, journalist, news and book editor, co-founder of the American Empire Project, creator of the Nation Institute's news website, TomDispatch.com, (where his too numerous to iterate articles appear) and author whose book titles include: 'The American Way of War,' 'The United States of Fear,' 'The End of Victory Culture,' 'Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare, 2001-2050,' with Nick Turse, the novel, 'The Last Days of Publishing,' and his latest, 'Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World.'

Tom Engelhardt in the first half.

And; local elections are looming with contests for municipalities, city councils, mayoral and CRD board positions just a month away. Though not on anyone's official radar screen, amalgamation so far seems to be one of the key talking points on the stump.
 
In Victoria, incumbents will have to face the electorate and answer for massive infrastructure project cost overruns - any buyers out there for a nearly designed blue bridge? - while the CRD and myriad municipalities try to explain why the lower island can't get its shit together on a sewage treatment solution stagnating for years now.

Richard Atwell knows all about that debate, he's director of STAG, or the Sewage Treatment Action Group, a collection of citizens promoting the R-I-T-E solution for our daily pollution; one that is: Respectful of communities; uses Innovative technologies; is Taxpayer friendly; and, Environmentally sound., and campaign organizer for StopABadPlan.ca, the group most responsible for the CRD's about face last year on its plan to locate a biosolids plant in a Vic West neighbourhood. Now the software engineer and Saanich resident has entered the race to unseat Saanich's near perennial mayor, Frank Leonard.

Richard Atwell changing gears to change the old guard in Saanich 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 some of the good things going on on the streets of our city and beyond there too. But first, Tom Engelhardt and lighting the corners where the Shadow Government lives.


Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. And now heard at Simon Fraser University's http://www.cjsf.ca . He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

Organizing Resistance to Canada's Militarists

Meeting against Canada’s participation in new Mideast war at York University
by IYSSE
13 October 2014
 
Wednesday, October 15 @ 4:30 PM
York University (main, Keele St. Campus)
Ross Building, Room N 120

Canada’s Conservative government is again taking the country to war, this time in Iraq and Syria.
 
Under the facade of a “humanitarian intervention” against the extremist group ISIS, the Canadian military is participating in a major US-led war whose real aims are: the shoring up of the pro-US regime in Iraq; the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is a close ally of Russia and Iran; and the strengthening of US imperialism’s military-strategic hegemony over the world’s most important oil-exporting region.
 
Like the 2003 Iraq war, the current war is being sold to the public through a pack of lies.