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The provincial government's “underwhelming” response today to a groundbreaking report on the precarious state of wildlife and wilderness in BC recycles failed policies and underscores the urgent need for a species at risk law for the province, says a coalition of leading environmental organizations.
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The Eight Mistaken Theses of Fidel Castro

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I have been a supporter of the Cuban Revolution for exactly fifty years and recognize Fidel Castro as one of the great revolutionary leaders of our time.  But I have never been an uncritical apologist: On several crucial occasions I have expressed my disagreements in print, in public and in discussions with Cuban leaders, writers and militants. 
Fidel Castro’s articles and commentaries on the recent events in Colombia, namely his discussion of the Colombian regime’s freeing of several FARC prisoners (including three CIA operatives and Ingrid Betancourt) and his critical comments on the politics, structure, practices, tactics and strategy of the FARC and its world-renowned leader, Manuel Marulanda, merit serious consideration.
Castro’s remarks demand analysis and refutation, not only because his opinions are widely read and influence millions of militants and admirers in the world, especially in Cuba and Latin America, but because he purports to provide a ‘moral’ basis for opposition to imperialism today. 
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Canadian Shot by Israeli Defence Force Talks

Canadian Shot by Israeli Defence Force Talks 
by VOP
Voice of Palestine, Canada will be interviewing Victor MacDiarmid today Tuesday evening July 8, 2008 between 8:00 and 9:00pm PDT. Victor is a Canadian activist with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) who was shot in the leg yesterday by the Israeli army with a rubber-coated steel bullet while trying to bring food and supplies to the besieged town of Ni'lin.

We will talk with him about the situation in Ni'lin and about his experiences in Palestine.

Voice of Palestine broadcasts weekly on Vancouver Cooperative Radio (CFRO) 102.7 FM, Vancouver, Canada. The show broadcasts for one hour every Tuesday night from 8 to 9 pm PST (Wednesday morning 6:00 am - 7:00 am Palestine time). It first went on the air in September, 1987, and has hit the airwaves every week for the past twenty years. People outside of Vancouver can listen to the show live on the internet

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Behind Betancourt's Dramatic Rescue

The Real Operation to "Rescue" Ingrid Betancourt and US Mercenaries
by Concerned citizens of
In order to understand the "rescue operation" of Ingrid Betancourt and the Northrop Grumman Corporation mercenaries who were released with her, it is necessary to piece together articles published in the media, filter the content and out of this is form a true understanding of the facts of what happened here.

On June 3rd, Colombian Senator Piedad Cordoba revealed that she possessed information that the government of Colombia was negotiating a deal with FARC to trade money for the release of Betancourt and the mercenaries.
The official policy of the United States is that they don't "negotiate with terrorists," even as many leaders of Latin American countries accuse President Uribe of supporting the AUC paramilitary death squads and accuse the United States of providing safe harbor to known terrorists such as Orlando Bosch and Luis Posada Carriles.

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Hellfire Round the B-B-Q

Anxious Hiatus
by James Kunstler 
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I had a discussion with one guy at a Sunday night party about the prospects for hydrogen-powered cars. We rehearsed the usual reasons why such a system was unlikely to get up-and-running -- and then he said,
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Blood-Orgy in Somalia

Bush's Blood-Orgy in Somalia: "They Are Slaughtering Somalis Like Goats"
by Mike Whitney
While George Bush was busy railing at Zimbabwe's President, Robert Mugabe at the G-8 summit in Toyako, Japan; his Ethiopian proxy-army in Somalia was grinding out more carnage on the streets of Mogadishu.
More than 40 civilians have been killed in the last 48 hours. On Sunday, Osman Ali Ahmed, the head of the UN Development Program in Somalia, was shot gangland style as he left a mosque in Mogadishu. He died before he reached the hospital with wounds to the head and chest.
Ali Ahmed is just the latest of the peace-keepers who have been killed in the ongoing battle between Bush's Ethiopian occupiers and Somali guerrillas.

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Alexandra Morton, Jack Etkin Mon. July 7, 2008

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook 
This week, Alexandra Morton from the Salmon Coast Field Station on last week's great fish farm escape; Jack Etkin on Victoria's, and Canada's, diminishing media choices for news.
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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Lieberman: Pimping for a Broader War

Lieberman Calls for Tougher Action on Iran 
by The Real News 
Senator Joe Lieberman appeared on the ABC program "This Week" on Sunday. Lieberman, a staunch supporter of John McCain, claimed that not only Israel but also Arab nations want the US to stop Iran’s nuclear program. Lieberman did not say which Arab states he was talking about.

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Indian Embassy Attack in Kabul: 41 Dead

Suicide blast outside India's embassy in Kabul kills at least 41
by CBC News
Two diplomats, dozens of Afghan visa seekers among victims
A suicide car bomb detonated outside the Indian Embassy in Afghanistan's capital Monday, ripping through the building and killing at least 41 people, including two senior diplomats.

About 140 people were injured, officials said.

The attack is the deadliest in Kabul since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, and the worst in Afghanistan since a suicide bomber killed more than 100 people at a dog-fighting competition in Kandahar province in February.

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Three Ways to Protect America's Democracy

Three key ways YOU can help protect the 2008 election
by Harvey Wasserman
The world has now endured the horrific consequences of two consecutive stolen presidential elections.
So millions of Americans are asking how to stop it from happening again.

There are many things the average citizen can do. But much of it boils down to three simple phases.

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Playing Favourites with Iraq's Oil

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All the Oil News That's Fit to Print (Attn: The New York Times)
by Nick Turse
On June 19th, the New York Times broke the story in an article headlined "Deals with Iraq Are Set to Bring Oil Giants Back: Rare No-Bid Contracts, A Foothold for Western Companies Seeking Future Rewards." Finally, after a long five years-plus, there was proof that the occupation of Iraq really did have something or other to do with oil.
Quoting unnamed Iraqi Oil Ministry bureaucrats, oil company officials, and an anonymous American diplomat, Andrew Kramer of the Times wrote: "Exxon Mobil, Shell, Total and BP… along with Chevron and a number of smaller oil companies, are in talks with Iraq's Oil Ministry for no-bid contracts to service Iraq's largest fields."

The news caused a minor stir, as other newspapers picked up and advanced the story and the mainstream media, only a few years late, began to seriously consider the significance of oil to the occupation of Iraq.

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