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Chaos Capital: All-Out War on Planet Earth

It’s all-out war on the planet. Chaos (capitalism) rules okay!  
by William Bowles
I have to admit to a feeling of being totally overwhelmed by the state of our planet even though I know the chaos that threatens to drown us all is the direct result of an economic system —capitalism— being nothing more than the anarchic addiction of capital accumulation now run riot (the profits that are being made are obscene and the pain of the victims, numbering in the millions, indescribable).
 
That since the 1970s and the advent of so-called neoliberalism, it’s been a no holds barred, free-for-all on the people and the planet. And If you have the impression that those who claim to be in control are not only totally clueless but are unable to do a damn thing about it, it’s because you’re correct.


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Keeping the Lie Alive: A Second Look at Charlie Wilson's War

Imperialist Propaganda: Second Thoughts on Charlie Wilson's War
by Chalmers Johnson
I have some personal knowledge of Congressmen like Charlie Wilson (D-2nd District, Texas, 1973-1996) because, for close to twenty years, my representative in the 50th Congressional District of California was Republican Randy "Duke" Cunningham, now serving an eight-and-a-half year prison sentence for soliciting and receiving bribes from defense contractors.
 
Wilson and Cunningham held exactly the same plummy committee assignments in the House of Representatives -- the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee plus the Intelligence Oversight Committee -- from which they could dole out large sums of public money with little or no input from their colleagues or constituents.

Both men flagrantly abused their positions -- but with radically different consequences. Cunningham went to jail because he was too stupid to know how to game the system -- retire and become a lobbyist -- whereas Wilson received the Central Intelligence Agency Clandestine Service's first "honored colleague" award ever given to an outsider and went on to become a $360,000 per annum lobbyist for Pakistan.
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Bearing Down on Bare Mountain

Bearing Down on Bare Mountain
by Ingmar Lee
It's been difficult to write current updates about the "Bear Mountain Interchange vs. Treesit" issue of late. The convoluted twists and turns of the tale where Babylon meets bush at the edge of Victoria are evolving so fast, that news by the time of writing is usually already obsolete.
 
The giant cloverleaf interchange project proponents - namely the City of Langford, Ministry of Transportation, Bear Mountain developers and Golder Associates - have been steadily crossing priorities off their lists in advance of the destruction, and are chomping at the bit to go.
 
In a state of apparently premature excitement last November, the proponents jointly announced that the forest would be bulldozed come mid-December.


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Gorilla Radio for January 7, 2008

Gorilla Radio for Monday, January 7, 2008
by C. L. Cook 
This week on GR: Sander Hicks on 'The Big Wedding: 9/11 the Whistle Blowers and the Cover-Up' book tour; Vancouver Co-Op Radio's Hanna Kawas and keeping the Voice of Palestine broadcasting; Janine Bandcroft and 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: http://cfuv.uvic.ca .  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com . And, you can check out the GR blog   

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CRTC: What Does It Serve a Nation?

CRTC: What Does it Serve a Nation?
by C. L. Cook
I received word the other day, Vancouver's Co-Op Radio (CFRO) is being run through the bulrushes by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), who question the station's commitment to 'Canadian Content' (CC) requirements.
 
The Georgia Straight, a long time alternative media voice in Vancouver reported the commission, following a one week survey of Co-Op's radio logs, found:
 
  • "The CRTC ordered Co-op radio to appear at next month's hearing after the regulator calculated that Co-op radio broadcast 32.8 percent Canadian content in the category of "general music" during the week November 5 to 11, 2006. The station is required to broadcast 35 percent Canadian content in this category."
[Note: Voice of Palestine host, Hanna Kawas will appear on CFUV's
Gorilla Radio Monday, Jan. 7, 2008 at 5pm pst. - lex]

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Kenya: On the Edge of Calamity

Kenyan President Offers Unity Government Opposition rejects idea
by CBC News
Kenya's president says he's ready to form "a government of national unity" to help resolve disputed election results that sparked deadly riots in his country over the past week, but the opposition leader is standing firm on his demands to rerun the Dec. 27 vote.

President Mwai Kibaki made the offer Saturday during a meeting with the leading U.S. diplomat for Africa, Jendayi Frazer.
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Haditha: No Justice for Iraq Atrocity

There Will Be Blood...But No Justice for Iraq Atrocity
by Chris Floyd
The headline in Friday's Washington Post says it all: "No Murder Charges Filed in Haditha Case."

Two years ago, a group of Marines killed 24 Iraqi civilians -- including women and children cowering in their own homes -- in a revenge rampage in Haditha. Once the story emerged from the usual layers of lies and cover-up, the atrocity flared briefly on the public stage and eight of the Marines and their officers were charged "with murder or failing to investigate an apparent war crime," as the Post reports.
 
But public attention moved swiftly on, and over the past few months, the Pentagon's "military justice" system has quietly reduced or dropped charges against most of the men. Yesterday's announcement signaled the final climb-down in the case, leaving only a single Marine, Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, facing a charge of voluntary manslaughter, and lesser charges against one other enlisted man and two officers.
 
 
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Atrocity-Linked U.S. Officials Advising Democratic, GOP Presidential Frontrunners

Vote for Change? Atrocity-Linked U.S. Officials Advising Democratic, GOP Presidential Frontrunners
by Democracy Now!
Independent journalist Allan Nairn and American Conservative correspondent Kelley Beaucar Vlahos discuss a little-addressed facet of the 2008 campaign: many of the top advisers to leading presidential candidates are ex-U.S. officials involved in atrocities around the world.


AMY GOODMAN: Presidential candidates are scrambling to win last-minute support in Iowa ahead of tonight’s caucus. Thousands of reporters have also descended on Iowa this week, covering everything from Mike Huckabee’s haircut to John Edwards’s rally with singer John Mellencamp. But little attention has been paid to perhaps one of the most important aspects of the candidates: their advisers, the men and women who likely form the backbone of the candidate’s future cabinet if elected president. Many of the names will be familiar.



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Surge: Drowning, Not Waving in Iraq

Despite ‘Good News’, Iraq is not Okay
by Ramzy Baroud
In recent months we have been inundated by media reports bringing good news from Iraq, with countless testiminials to the great improvement in security enjoyed by the country in general and the Baghdad area in particular.
 
 
This progress is attributed solely to the judicious ‘surge’ of US military presence, and the astute tactics enacted by occupation forces in a place that once personified despair and violence. Indeed, reports repeatedly point to the figure indicating that violence in Iraq has dwindled by 60 percent in the last three months.

 
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Resistance 2010: No Olympics on Stolen Land!

No Olympics on Stolen Land! 
by Kanahus Pellkey and Dustin Johnson
With the 2010 Winter Olympics scheduled to occur on unceded Coast Salish, St'at'imc and Squamish territory in two years, the spectacle surrounding them continues to wreak havoc on Indigenous people, poor people, and the Earth. 
 
In the spirit of  resistance to colonialism, with the 2010 Olympics as a main target, Kanahus Pellkey of the Native Youth Movement and Native youth Dustin Johnson are touring throughout the Great Lakes and East Coast in January and February 2008.


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Fighting for a Place to Sleep: Homeless Challenge to Canadian Authority

The Most Important Event In Canadian History
(A.K.A. Here Come The Tent-Cities)
by David Arthur Johnston
JANUARY 9th and 10th, 2008, the Provincial Government of BC is bringing us to a BC Supreme Court judge to attempt a discontinuance of the 'Right to Sleep' Charter Challenge that is due to begin JANUARY 28th and is set for a five day trial.
 
David Arthur Johnston

Success of the Charter Challenge, the striking of the Corporation of the City of Victoria's 'anti-camping' and chattel bylaws, would mean that the people's right to facilitate survival would preclude any restriction if done conscientiously.
 
 
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