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Jumping on Jihad

The Passing Fad of Jihad
by Stephen Marshall
My response to Terror remembrances of bombs past, an article written by The Globe and Mail’s London correspondent, Doug Saunders. In it, Saunders draws parallels between those Che-loving, bomb-making  70’s era urban guerrillas and today’s Islamic jihadists. As Saunders writes, “violent leftist revolution was a Seventies fashion… violent Islamism may be the same.” He couldn’t be more wrong.

Doug; as someone who has spent the past two years filming in countries like Iran, Pakistan, Indonesia, Lebanon, and Israel/Palestine, with a specific focus on infiltrating jihadist groups, I found your Islamism article to be shockingly off the mark. There is simply no basis for comparing today’s Muslim terrorists/insurgents to the 70’s era urban guerrillas. And to do so isn’t only historically inaccurate but also extremely dangerous as it seriously deludes the public about the very real threat posed by these groups.

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Katherine Hughes, Stephen Marshall, J9 Feb. 11, 2008

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week: Justice activist, Katherine Hughes following the persecution of Dr. Rafil Dhafir, still imprisoned nearly five years after his bogus arrest; award-winning film maker and author, Stephen Marshall on the betrayal of the left and Wolves in Sheep's Clothing; and Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed with all that's good to do 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, . And, you can check out the GR blog at:   
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An Elite Exposed in an Exit Speech

American Psycho: An Elite Exposed in an Exit Speech
by Chris Floyd     
If you would like to see just how sick the American elite really is – how morally depraved, how intellectually diseased, how addicted to the taste of human flesh, the scent of human blood, and the sight of human suffering – then you need go no further than the speech given by Mitt Romney to the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 7, 2008.

Now you might say that Mitt Romney is old news. After all, this was the very speech where he declared he was quitting the presidential race. He's toast, he's over, the fork has been stuck into his well-roasted hide; who cares what he says?
This is of course the witless "horse-race" view that dominates political discourse in America: who's up, who's down, who's getting the column inches, who's on TV? But in reality, the American elite – or the Establishment, or the power structure, call it what you will (as long as you don't call it what it really is: the ruling class) – is like an iceberg: most of its vast bulk exists unseen, it plows on beneath the surface, unperturbed by the media storms that rage around the small bit of exposed material at the summit.

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Bush Fought the Law: And the Law is Losing

Bush Justice Department Goes After Another Democratic Lawyer (And Why This is Bad News for Yoo and Bradbury)
by Scott Horton
It’s beginning to sound like a stuck record. Another strike by the Bush Justice Department, keeping the country safe. Who’s the target this time? A crack dealer? An al Qaeda terrorist? No. It’s a wing-tip shoed Miami lawyer, who served as president of the bar association, is held in universally high esteem (outside, of course, of the political hacks who run the Bush Justice Department) and who advised Al Gore in the 2000 Florida recount battle.
Accused lawyer, Ben Kuehne
According to the Justice Department, the lawyer’s involvement with Democratic politics has nothing to do with his being charged. Quite a few of his contemporaries are having problems buying that, and still bigger problems understanding his supposed “crime.”

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Bottom Fishing in Sharbot Lake

Slimy “Bottom Feeder” Caught in Sharbot Lake
by Kahentinetha Horn
The phoney “Algonquin” protest to stop a uranium mine  at Robertsville, near Sharbot Lake, has started up again.   The original protest encampment at the mine gates started last summer.  It’s one hour north of Kingston Ontario.  Chief Doreen Davis of “Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation”, Robert Lovelace of “Ardoch Algonquins” and six other people face charges in mid February for contempt of court and a $77 million lawsuit launched by Frontenac Ventures Corp.  

The land in question is the area south of the Ottawa River which is part of Haudenosaunee Territory of the Mohawk Nation.  The “Algonquin” visitors are claiming this land and trying to make a settlement with Ontario and Canada.  

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No More Clintons?

“Not Another Clinton” Sign Disallowed at Event
by Kurt Nimmo
It’s not just the neocons at George Bush events that go after Americans who disagree. Same thing happens at “liberal” Clinton events, as the video here demonstrates.
Once upon a time, under the now moribund First Amendment, we had the right to disagree, so long as we didn’t hurt anybody or prevent them from doing likewise.
No more. Now if you are out of step with the brainwashed and orchestrated zombies, dare to remove yourself from the stampede toward fascism and insanity, you are quickly ushered from the room, lest some impressionable person in the fawning crowd gets the idea all is not right with the picture.

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Media Language and War

Media Language and War: Manufacturing Convenient Realities
by Ramzy Baroud
In the competitive world of media today, swift and conveniently selective reporting is of prime importance. Google News, for example, claim to scan 4,500 news sources, of which only a few are highlighted as main stories. There are thousands of similar services, all competing to produce a story in the fastest time. Thorough - and thus slower - reporting is relegated and crucial information often appears too little too late.

The Iraq story, which has occupied a huge proportion of headline news for years, serves as a good example of this.  

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Does The Brownshirt Party Have Aces?

Does The Brownshirt Party Have Aces Up Its Sleeve?
by Paul Craig Roberts
The Brownshirt Party has chosen John “hundred year war” McCain as its presidential candidate. Except for Cheney, Norman Podhoretz, and billy kristol, McCain is America’s greatest warmonger.

In a McCain Regime, Cheney will be back in office with another stint as Secretary of War. Norman “Bomb-bomb-bomb-Iran” Podhoretz will be Undersecretary for Nuclear War with General John “Nuke them” Shalikashvili as his deputy.
Rudy Giuliani will be the Minister of Interior in charge of Halliburton’s detention centers into which will be herded all critics of war and the police state. billy kristol will be chief White House spokesliar.

The whole gang will be back--Wolfowitz, Perle, Wurmster, Feith, Libby, Bolton. America will have a second chance to bomb the world into submission.

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Democrat! Grassroots and the Party, 1964 and 2008

A New Moment?
The Grassroots and the Party, 1964 and 2008
by Laura Flanders
The swirl of the primary season is intoxicating and the media love it. If the ratings records set by the recent political debates are any indication, the ongoing primary battle may yet save cable TV.
"Super Tuesday" -- the night that was supposed to wrap everything up -- didn't (for either party). Clearly, this extended nomination contest is getting people excited, but will that excitement translate into substantive change -- for Democrats in particular? The past offers some hard-knocks lessons worth thinking about.

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Bill C-3 Sails Through the House

Bill C-3 Sails Through the House
by C. L. Cook 
These are odious days to be a Canadian: The country fighting a shooting war halfway around the world for reasons few paying for the killing understand, the long tradition of peacemaking and peacekeeping a distant memory; political parties on both sides of the aisle of the House of Commons sharing in common the desire to continue Canada down a course determined from beyond the border; more military, more fighting, more killing; ruled over by an imperious minority government that thumbs its nose at the citizenry, confident the "opposition" will nary oppose; citizens turned over to torturers, war resisters and political refugees refused sanctuary and sent packing; wars on crime and drugs brought home to accompany those fought far away; no comment made on war crimes committed by allies, though their victims be Canadian; and now the passing breezily through the Parliament of Bill C-3, or the so-called Security Certificates, a newly improved 'Anti-terror' bill that would deny Canadians the presumption of innocence, an open trial, the right to know one's accusers and to equal access to evidence presented against you; just as its predecessor terror legislation, quashed last year by the Supreme Court of Canada as unconstitutional, did.
That bit of bad fish is due thrown out for good at month's end, an excuse the Liberals have been quick to claim countenances their leader's tactical retreat on the notion of universal Justice in favour of political expediency.

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Bringing Terror to the Election Table

Injecting 'Terror' into Campaign 2008
by Robert Parry
As Campaign 2008 reaches a critical point, George W. Bush’s top intelligence officials are raising new alarms about a revitalized al-Qaeda recruiting Westerners, possibly including Americans, to carry out terror attacks inside the United States.

At a Feb. 5 hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Bush’s Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell said al-Qaeda was refining “the last key aspect of its ability to attack the U.S.” by training Western recruits, who could blend in with American society and carry out attacks on U.S. targets.

In a later interview with the New York Times, an unnamed “senior intelligence official” added that these Westerners – “most likely including American citizens” – were undergoing training at al-Qaeda camps in Pakistan, though the official added there was no evidence that the operatives had yet reached the United States. [NYT, Feb. 6, 2008]

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