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Fallujah's Citizens Targets of Government "Crimes Against Humanity"

Iraqi Government Killing Civilians in Fallujah
by Dahr Jamail - Truthout
Doctors, residents and NGO workers in Fallujah are accusing the Iraqi government of "war crimes" and "crimes against humanity" that have occurred as a result of its ongoing attack on the city.

Dr. Ahmed Shami, the chief of resident doctors at Fallujah General Hospital, told Truthout that since Iraqi government forces began shelling Fallujah in early January 2014, at least 109 civilians have been killed and 632 wounded.
"Ten of those killed were children, and 40 of the wounded are children," Shami said. He also said five of the dead are women, as are 35 of the wounded.
"Many children have been killed in cold blood as the result of the indiscriminate shelling of the city," Shami said. "At the same time, there are many young people from the city who (Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-)Maliki's army has killed and burned their bodies."

While the Iraqi government has not cut the city's water and electricity, doctors in Fallujah told Truthout that the Iraqi army, which they refer to as "Maliki's forces," continues to prevent medical supplies from entering the city.
Truthout spoke with another doctor from Fallujah, who spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear of reprisals from the Maliki government.
"Many houses and even the mosque near our house have been attacked, and many civilians killed and injured," the doctor said. "Many people have been killed before they could reach the hospital, which has also been targeted by Maliki's army."

UBC Institute a $24.6 Million Gift to Mining Industry

New Federally Funded Academic Institute a Tool to Support Mining Industry
by MiningWatch Canada
Ottawa - Despite public reassurances of independence during its recent launch, the Canadian International Institute for Extractive Industries and Development (CIIEID) is a poorly conceived instrument of the Canadian government to support the mining sector abroad.

In a presentation to the Mining Association of Canada last year, former International Development Minister Julian Fantino promised industry representatives that the Institute “will be your biggest and best ambassador.”

And in a January submission to the Canadian government, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) proposed that the University of British Columbia-housed Institute could be a “key delivery device” for influencing natural resource management in resource-rich countries.

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H.R. 4009 and Academic Freedom in Israel and America

Erasing Academic Freedom in America
by William A. Cook
It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.”
- Mark Twain

Mark Twain died 104 years ago, but his truth goes marching on. Witness two of our exalted Congressmen who recently launched a resolution of such ineptitude that it twists facts inside out without batting an eyelash, indeed while fluttering their eyelashes like some street harlots beckoning the innocent to join them in their frolic.

Well here are two that take the facts and figures that characterize the malevolent state of Israel, erase them as though they were chalk on a black board, and then apply their crimes to those desirous of justice and equity for those destroyed by the Israeli state.
“In December 2013, the American Studies Association (ASA) became the second major educational organization to adopt an academic boycott of Israel. This measure [H.R. 4009] would block federal funding for American universities engaging in a boycott of Israeli academic institutions or scholars to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not used to fund bigoted attacks against Israel that undermine the fundamental principles of academic freedom,” thus spoke Congressman Peter Roskam introducer of the bill.
“Congress has a responsibility to fight back against these hateful campaigns, which contradict academic freedom and are designed to delegitimize the Jewish State of Israel,” Roskam continued.
Obviously Roskam and his co-legislator, Congressman Dan Lipinski, have not done their homework nor have they read the ASA arguments for promoting the boycott. ASA and all academic institutions and academics who agree to cite the Zionist state as acting illegitimately do so to ensure “academic freedom” not to undermine it; to guarantee access to higher education for all not only Israelis, and to secure open universities in Palestine; not to accept forced closure and destruction of laboratories by massive military power.

Obama's "Full-Spectrum" Humanitarian War on Civilization

Obama’s War Against Civilization
by Glen Ford - BAR executive editor
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The U.S. is in a frenzy of regime-changing aggression, aimed at destabilizing or destroying sovereign states. Obama’s signature is written in blood around the world, as he pursues “full spectrum, no-holds-barred, war-without-boundaries against all potential resistance to U.S. imperial rule, anywhere on the planet.”

The world is learning what U.S. senatorial candidate Barack Obama meant on October 2, 2002, when he told a Chicago crowd that he did not oppose all wars. “What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war.”

We now know that President Obama is committed to full spectrum, no-holds-barred, war-without-boundaries against all potential resistance to U.S. imperial rule, anywhere on the planet – a project he considers neither rash nor dumb. At stake is survival – not of the people and government of the United States, which face no existential threat from any quarter, but of an empire whose self-defined strategic interests encompass the entire globe.
There is a terrifying logic to Washington’s frenzy: when the systemic structure is collapsing, it must be propped up everywhere.

The Oligarchs and Ukraine's Western "Supporters"

Oligarchs Triumphant: Ukraine, Omidyar and the Neo-Liberal Agenda
by Chris Floyd - Empire Burlesque
The Western intervention in Ukraine has now led the region to the brink of war.

Political opposition to government of President Viktor Yanukovych -- a corrupt and thuggish regime, but as with so many corrupt and thuggish regimes one sees these days, a democratically elected one -- was funded in substantial part by organizations of or affiliated with the U.S. government, such as the National Endowment for Democracy (a longtime vehicle for Washington-friendly coups), and USAID.

It also received substantial financial backing from Western oligarchs, such as billionaire Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay and sole bankroller of the new venue for "adversarial" journalism, First Look, as Pandodaily reports.

Yanukovych sparked massive protests late last year when he turned down a financial deal from the European Union and chose a $15 billion aid package from Russia instead. The EU deal would have put cash-strapped Ukraine in a financial straitjacket, much like Greece, without actually promising any path for eventually joining the EU.

There was one other stipulation in the EU's proffered agreement that was almost never reported: it would have also forbidden Ukraine to "accept further assistance from the Russians," as Patrick Smith notes in an important piece in

It was a ruthless take-it-or-leave-it deal, and would have left Ukraine without any leverage, unable to parlay its unique position between East and West to its own advantage in the future, or conduct its foreign and economic policies as it saw fit. Yanukovych took the Russian deal, which would have given Ukraine cash in hand immediately and did not come with the same draconian restrictions.

It was a policy decision. It might have been the wrong policy decision; millions of Ukrainians thought so.

Whatever Happened to the Imperium?

Missing in Action: What Happened to War and the Imperial Drive to Organize the Planet?
by Tom Engelhardt - TomDispatch
There is, it seems, something new under the sun.

Geopolitically speaking, when it comes to war and the imperial principle, we may be in uncharted territory. Take a look around and you’ll see a world at the boiling point. From Ukraine to Syria, South Sudan to Thailand, Libya to Bosnia, Turkey to Venezuela, citizen protest (left and right) is sparking not just disorganization, but what looks like, to coin a word, de-organization at a global level. 
Increasingly, the unitary status of states, large and small, old and new, is being called into question. Civil war, violence, and internecine struggles of various sorts are visibly on the rise. 
In many cases, outside countries are involved and yet in each instance state power seems to be draining away to no other state’s gain. So here’s one question: Where exactly is power located on this planet of ours right now?

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Peter Lee, Kevin Pina, Janine Bandcroft Mon. Mar. 3, 2014

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook -
che kokoWith the Olympics now over, it's time for the Great Game to begin again...or continue still. A constant thread has run throughout the Carter-Reagan-Reagan-Bush-Clinton-Clinton-Bush-Bush-Obama-Obama presidencies; each has, in its turn, followed Zbigniew Brzezinski's plan to isolate the Soviet Union, undermining its component parts and thus reducing the Great Bear to a size Grover Norquist might drown in his bathtub.

Last week, Brzezinski suggested Ukraine could be a kind of Finland, a former Soviet satellite allowed to drift into the orbit of the European Union without posing an existential threat to Mother Russia. So far, Putin and his friends in Crimea, and Ukraine, disagree. The whole scenario has many fearing a return to the nuclear stand-off days between the superpowers, emblematic of the last half of the 20th Century.
Peter Lee is a freelance commentator whose columns appear at the Asia Times Online among other places. He's also author of the news blog, China Matters, where he quote: "[W]rites on East and South Asian affairs and their intersection with US foreign policy."
Peter Lee, China hand in the first half.
And; it's been ten years since populist Haitian president, Jean-Bertrand Arisitide was hustled, in the wee hours of February 29th, out of the presidential palace in his pajamas. It was a disastrous day for Haiti's poor, the vast majority, and ones who made Aristide the single-most popular political leader in the Western Hemisphere.
Kevin Pina is an American journalist, broadcaster, and filmmaker who has reported on the coming and goings of Haiti's democrats and dictators for more than twenty years.
Kevin Pina and Haiti's sad anniversary in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what's good to do in and around our city, and beyond it too, in the coming week. But first, Peter Lee and just who is f-ing whom in the Ukraine coup?
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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Second Phase of Operation Ukraine Begins

The Rape of Ukraine: Phase Two Begins
by F. William Engdahl  - 21st Century Wire
The events in Ukraine since November 2013 are so astonishing as almost to defy belief.

An legitimately-elected (said by all international monitors) Ukrainian President, Viktor Yanukovich, has been driven from office, forced to flee as a war criminal after more than three months of violent protest and terrorist killings by so-called opposition.

His “crime” according to protest leaders was that he rejected an EU offer of a vaguely-defined associate EU membership that offered little to Ukraine in favor of a concrete deal with Russia that gave immediate €15 billion debt relief and a huge reduction in Russian gas import prices. Washington at that point went into high gear and the result today is catastrophe.

A secretive neo-nazi military organization reported linked to NATO played a decisive role in targeted sniper attacks and violence that led to the collapse of the elected government.

But the West is not finished with destroying Ukraine. Now comes the IMF with severe conditionalities as prerequisite to any Western financial help.

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Life in Fragile Times - Beyond the Index

Beyond the Index: Life in Fragile Times
by C. L. Cook - Victoria Street Newz
Mordor eyeIt's the first day of March, 2014. I mention it because the speed and breadth of change swirling around us may make this column entirely antiquated by the time your eyes fall upon it. In the last week of February, I heard the title phrase, carried on the ether by either the CBC or Democracy Now, referring to the current air "quality" over Beijing as being, "Beyond the Index."
That is to say; the air is of such low, or no, quality there exists no rating benchmark for it, but to say it exceeds our worst-case expectations.

I expect any day now, if it hasn't happened already, BTi will be all over the textosphere, used by key-tapping youngsters to describe all manner of superlative events and situations. Doubtless soon to be followed by breathless reports on staid Old Media platforms like the CBC, with a desperate-to-keep-pace Anna Maria Tremonti perhaps relating to her listeners: "BTi has become the new OMG!"

LOL, that's totally awesome!

Washington's Dumb Bell Ringing Freedom for Ukraine, et al

Obama’s Dumbest Plan Yet
by Mike Whitney - CounterPunch
Washington and Brussels … used a Nazi coup, carried out by insurgents, terrorists and politicians of Euromaidan to serve the geopolitical interests of the West.” — Natalia Vitrenko, The Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine
The United States helped defeat Nazism in World War 2. Obama helped bring it back.
As you probably know by now, Obama and Co. have ousted Ukraine’s democratically-elected president, Viktor Yanukovych, with the help of ultra-right, paramilitary, neo-Nazi gangs who seized and burned government offices, killed riot police, and spread mayhem and terror across the country.

These are America’s new allies in the Great Game, the grand plan to “pivot to Asia” by pushing further eastward, toppling peaceful governments, securing vital pipeline corridors, accessing scarce oil and natural gas reserves and dismantling the Russian Federation consistent with the strategy proposed by geopolitical mastermind, Zbigniew Brzezinski.

"Brutal" Israel Policies Highlighted in Amnesty Report

New report details ‘brutal’ Israeli policies
by Jonathan Cook - Al-Jazeera
The first bullet struck 16-year-old Samir Awad in his left leg. He staggered away as fast as he could, but was too slow. A second round slammed into his left shoulder, exiting from the right side of his chest. Then, moments later, a third bullet penetrated the back of his skull and exited from his forehead.
The live rounds were fired by a group of Israeli soldiers guarding a section of Israel’s separation barrier built on the lands of Samir’s village in the occupied West Bank. The wall has been used by Israel to make large areas of the town of Budrus’ farmland inaccessible to the villagers.
On the day he died in January 2013, Samir and his friends had celebrated the end of the school term by walking into the hills along a path close to the steel barrier, said Ayed Murrar, head of Budrus’ popular struggle committee. An army patrol, laying in wait, ambushed them. Samir was grabbed as his friends fled. When moments later he managed to break free, the soldiers opened fire.
Samir’s friend, Malik Murrar, who witnessed the shooting, said: “How far can an injured child run? They could easily have arrested him. Instead they shot him in the back with live ammunition.”