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The Birth Date of Fratricide

The Birth Date of Fratricide: May 14, 1948
by William A. Cook
May 14th, 2008, marks the anniversary of two momentous events, the “Declaration of Independence” of the new born state of Israel and the calamitous day of infamy, the al Nakba, that marks both the massacre in their homes of Palestinian people or their mournful march into exile.
Ironically, like the Biblical story of Cain and Abel, this date carries the mark of the Almighty, brothers in blood, enemies in intent.

Listen to Cain as he walks beside his brother along the path of death:
  • “There is no judgment and no judge and no world to come! No reward will be given to the righteous nor any account given of the wicked.”

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Iraq: 12 Answers to Questions No One Is Bothering to Ask

Unraveling Iraq: 12 Answers to Questions No One Is Bothering to Ask about Iraq
by Tom Engelhardt
Can there be any question that, since the invasion of 2003, Iraq has been unraveling? And here's the curious thing: Despite a lack of decent information and analysis on crucial aspects of the Iraqi catastrophe, despite the way much of the Iraq story fell off newspaper front pages and out of the TV news in the last year, despite so many reports on the "success" of the President's surge strategy, Americans sense this perfectly well.
In the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll, 56% of Americans "say the United States should withdraw its military forces to avoid further casualties" and this has, as the Post notes, been a majority position since January 2007, the month that the surge was first announced. Imagine what might happen if the American public knew more about the actual state of affairs in Iraq -- and of thinking in Washington.

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Canadian Postal Union Joins Israel Boycott

Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) Congratulates Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) on Historic Boycott Resolution!
CAIA extends its warm congratulations to the delegates of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers national convention held in Ottawa, Canada, April 13-17th 2008.

At the convention, CUPW passed an historic resolution, Resolution 338/339, in support of the global campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israeli Apartheid. 
This resolution is an extremely significant landmark for the Palestinian solidarity movement in Canada. It represents the first time in North American history that a national union has passed a BDS resolution.
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The Right Reverend Jeremiah Wright

Reverend Jeremiah Wright: Religious Freedom Versus State Religion, Ethics, Politics and Strategy
by James Petras
The sustained vituperative attack and the feeble apologetic defense of Reverend Wright’s brilliant, eloquent and substantive sermon in defense of human dignity speaks to the basic ethical, political and strategic issues of our epoch. For Reverend Wright was not merely ‘commenting’ on an ethical omission of our day but raising fundamental principles about the behavior of states, the role of individual conscience in the face of crimes against humanity and the need to give name and take action in the face of evil.
The entire spectrum of politicians, the mass media and, in particular, the political parties and two (and a half) of the presidential candidates raise, by their hostile reaction and the substance of their criticism, vital issues of the relation between the State and Religion.

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SPP: Negotiating with the Diabolos

New Orleans Security and Prosperity Partnership Summit: Negotiating with the Diabolos
by Joan Russow
In New Orleans, On April 21, 2008, Bush, Harper and Calderon meet with their mentors- transnational corporations and spurious institutions, to enter into further trilateral provisions that undermine international norms.
This summit provides an opportunity for opponents of the SPP to evaluate the transgressions of the US administration, aided and abetted by coerced states, and by transnational corporations. 
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Preserving the Sutikalh: Eight Years Protecting Wild B.C.

by Sutikalh Camp
Background on Sutikalh
On May 2, 2000, members of the St'at'imc nation and their allies established a permanent camp near Melvin Creek, located off Highway 99 between Mt. Currie/Pemberton and Lillooet, in the southern Interior region of BC.
Melvin Creek (Photo by John Baldwin) 

Known as Sutikalh, the St'at'imc winter spirit of the area, the camp was set up to stop government and corporate plans to build a $500 million all-season ski and recreation resort in an untouched Alpine mountain area.
Part of the Cayoosh Moutain Range, the region is a transition zone from the coast to the Interior. It is habitat to Grizzly bears, cougar, bobcat, wolverine, deer, hawks, owls and many other small animals. It also contains one of the largest herds of Mountain Goats now remaining in North America.

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Passing the Bucks: Bill 15 Hamstrings Private Power Oversight

Bill 15 to enrich private power producers, shock ratepayers
and harm the environment says Wilderness Committee
The Wilderness Committee today sounded the alarm about legislation rapidly moving towards becoming BC law. Bill 15, the Utilities Commission Amendment Act, is waiting for Royal Assent in the BC Legislature, before becoming law.

Two years ago the government of BC passed Bill 30, which removes local community government oversight of private power projects. Now Bill 15 aims to significantly reduce the oversight of the BC Utilities Commission over private power projects.
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Carter's Peace Mission

Carter's Peace Mission
by Mike Whitney
Jimmy Carter arrived in Syria today in an effort to restart peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. He is scheduled to meet with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Hamas political leader Khaled Meshal.
Carter has been severely criticized in the western media for meeting with Hamas and was snubbed by Israeli leaders during his stay in Israel. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, and opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu, all refused to meet with the former president. They believe that Carter's trip undermines Israel's current policy towards the Palestinians and will force them to negotiate with a group they think is a terrorist organization.

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Team Torture: Accounting for Bush and Co.

Brilliant Disguise: Bush Torture, Obama and The Boss        
by Chris Floyd     
We offer now a telling juxtaposition of stories. First is the Guardian's new excerpt of Phillipe Sands' new book, Torture Team: Deception, Cruelty, and the Compromise of Law. (Another extract was published earlier in Vanity Fair, which we examined here.)
Sands' book lays out in great detail the process by which the highest officials of the American government – including the President, Vice President and the Secretary of Defense – with great deliberation and malice aforethought constructed a regimen of systematic torture which they knew, to a certainty, violated existing American and international law.
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Andrea Licata, Joan Russow, J9 - Monday April 21, 2008

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week, Andrea Licata is an Italian scholar, author, and campaigner against both Air Base Aviano and the proliferation of American and NATO military bases spreading around the world; Joan Russow on watching the Security and Prosperity Partners in New Orleans; Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed with all that's good going-on in and around Victoria in the coming week.
Listen. Hear. And Hear
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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Chertoff: Last Torturer Standing

Torture Question Hovers Over Chertoff
by Jason Leopold
John Yoo and some other Bush administration lawyers who built the legal framework for torture are now out of the U.S. government, but one still holds a Cabinet-level rank – Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

In the summer of 2002, Chertoff, then head of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, offered assurances to the CIA that its interrogators would not face prosecution under anti-torture laws if they followed guidelines on aggressive techniques approved by the Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, where Yoo worked.

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