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Tory Deathwish in Ontario: Party Bosses Cutting Grassroots

Do The Tories Have A Death Wish?
by Charles W. Conn
The federal riding of Halton lies west of Toronto. The city of Milton is in the centre and corners of Oakville and Burlington lie on its southern border. The rest is farm, estate and small village country. It's a natural Tory stronghold and the Tories are doing everything they can to hand it over to the Liberals.

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This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week, a look at Canada as Fall approaches; Thomas van Heyningen and the Diabetes Hope Foundation scholarship program for youth with the disease; Janine Bandcroft bringing us up to speed with good goings on in and around Victoria in the coming week.
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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Obama Abroad: It's All About Bases

For the Pentagon, It's all About Long Term Bases
by The Real News
Senator Barack Obama's Middle East/Central Asia leg of his whirlwind world tour was as smooth as the three-pointer he shot in front of US troops. Military historian Gareth Porter explains what's left unsaid behind the triumphal profusion of meetings and photo opportunities.
Gareth Porter is a historian and investigative journalist on US foreign and military policy analyst. He writes regularly for Inter Press Service on US policy towards Iraq and Iran. Author of four books, the latest of which is Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam.

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Greenwashment of Coulson's Continued Ruination of Clayoquot's Forests

Greenwashment of Coulson's Continued Ruination of Clayoquot's Forests
by Ingmar Lee
Hi all, Adriane Carr has ostensibly run afoul of FORESTETHICS message-management leadership for the greenwashment of Coulson's continued ruination of Clayoquot's forests.
By apologizing for said research error Adriane and Maryjka have squandered essential INTERFOR-bashing mileage which should have accrued here.
Actual photos of Coulson's Clayoquot devastations are easily available which should have been produced to continue milking this story.
It wasn't the mistaken photo which was the problem here, -the problem is that they have now lost control of its framing by their apology.

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Iraq: "Pullout" Horizon Accomplished - Maybe

US and Iraq Set Pullout Date
by The Real News
Iraq and US negotiators set troop pullout for end of 2011 but many Iraqis opposed to late date.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Iraq's foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari said on Thursday that a broad document setting out the nature of any future US troop presence and of Washington-Baghdad relations is close to fruition, but not yet complete. A key part of the draft agreement envisions the withdrawal of US combat troops from Iraq by December, 2011, a date further in the future than the Iraqis initially wanted.
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Statement to the Press from the Free Gaza Movement

Statement to the Press from the Free Gaza Movement
by FGM
Forty-six international human rights workers are now sailing to Gaza through international waters with one overriding goal: to break the Israeli siege that Israel has imposed on the civilian population of Gaza.
Any action designed to harm civilians constitutes collective punishment (in the Palestinians’ case, for voting the “wrong” way) and is both illegal under international law and profoundly immoral.
Our mission is to expose the illegality of Israel’s actions, and to break through the siege in order to express our solidarity with the suffering people of Gaza (and of the occupied Palestinian territory as a whole) and to create a free and regular channel between Gaza and the outside world.

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Deconstructing Brzezinski

Deconstructing Brzezinski's Russia  
by Jim Miles
The warrior ethic of the American Imperial elite, embodied in its fullest measure by Zbigniew Brzezinski, has been rejuvenated momentarily by Russia’s attack on Georgia. 
Reading Brzezinski’s words leaves one choking on their overt hypocrisy or laughing insanely at the obvious absurdity of them.  His writing technique is flawless, based on the big lie technique – tell it straight up, tell it often enough, and ignorant masses will tend to believe it.
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The Saakashvili Experiment

The Saakashvili Experiment
by Ramzy Baroud
Just as the world's attention was focussed on China's Beijing Olympics, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, on 7 August, invaded the tiny breakaway province of South Ossetia. The initial attack on the South Ossetian capital, Tskninvali, soon extended to an all out war, which eventually invited Russia's wrath, and the death of thousands of innocent civilians on both sides.

Prior to Saakashvili's war, little was known about the political specifics of that area and the brewing decades-long territorial disputes which date back to the early 20th century, highlighted during an intense civil war that followed the break-up of the Soviet Union and its satellite states. Georgia's successful secession from the Soviet grip, understandably, inspired independence fervour in ethnic regions within Georgia. 
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There is Just the Dead

There is Just the Dead
by C. L. Cook
There is no law. Justice is dead. There is no honour; just death. There is no democracy. Democracy was killed.
A moment of silence please in passing remembrance of three men killed dead for democracy and justice and the rule of law. Three Canadian men gone, killed for a country that predeceased them.
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Winning Back the Woods

by Richard Boyce
Monday August 18 at 6:45 am I pulled on my steel-toed cork boots, buttoned up my timber-cruising vest, and put a hard hat on my head.  With a firm grip on my video camera I climbed up a steep embankment following two fallers headed for the timberline. 
Hiking through the debris of the slash-cut we followed a ribboned route, which they had cleared of many branches, by balancing along logs bucked to length.  We regrouped at the edge of the old-growth forest and discussed the practicalities of my videotaping them at work.

While the 24-year old, with 5 years falling experience, cut away the huckleberry bushes and small saplings, the older faller talked with me about the reality of his industry.  

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Kafka’s Porn Cache: Six Questions for James Hawes

In Pursuit of Kafka’s Porn Cache: Six Questions for James Hawes
by Scott Horton
James Hawes had a brilliant start to his career as a novelist with A White Merc with Fins, and he’s gone on to have one of his works filmed and to write a work of biting satire. But before Hawes was a novelist, he was a Kafka scholar.
And now he has returned to his old passion with a book entitled Why You Should Read Kafka Before You Waste Your Life (published as Excavating Kafka in Britain).
The book has kicked up a storm in Germany, where its satirical style has gone unappreciated. I put six questions to James Hawes about Franz Kafka and a book designed to debunk the Kafka mythmakers which is accused of making some of its own.

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