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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Conn Hallinan, Andrew Nikiforuk, J9 Oct. 27, 2008

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week, journalist Conn Hallinan on the Colombian government's open season on union and indigenous activists; Canadian journalist and author Andrew Nikiforuk on Canada's environmental nightmare Tar Sands; Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed on all the 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. Check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com
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How the Pentagon Could Help Bail Out America

The Trillion Dollar Tag Sale: How the Pentagon Could Help Bail Out America
by Nick Turse
Wars, bases, and money; the three are inextricably tied together.
 
In the 1980s, for example, American support for jihadis like Osama bin Laden waging war on (Soviet) infidels who invaded and constructed bases in Afghanistan, a Muslim land, led to rage by many of the same jihadis at the bases (U.S.) infidels built in the Muslim holy land of Saudi Arabia in the 1990s. That, in turn, led to jihadis like bin Laden declaring war on those infidels, which, after September 11, 2001, led the Bush administration to launch, and then prosecute, a Global War on Terror, often from newly built bases in Muslim lands.
 
Over the last seven years, the results of that war have been particularly disastrous for Iraqis and Afghans. Sizable numbers of Americans, however, are now beginning to suffer as well. After all, their hard-earned taxpayer dollars have been poured into wars without end, leaving the country deeply in debt and in a state of economic turmoil.
 
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Meet the Real Jews: Israeli Academic and Historian Says Jewish Nation Myth

Israeli Best-Seller Breaks National Taboo - Israeli Academic and Historian Says Jewish Nation Myth
by Jonathan Cook
No one is more surprised than Shlomo Sand that his latest academic work has spent 19 weeks on Israel’s bestseller list – and that success has come to the history professor despite his book challenging Israel’s biggest taboo.

Dr Sand argues that the idea of a Jewish nation – whose need for a safe haven was originally used to justify the founding of the state of Israel – is a myth invented little more than a century ago.
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Salmon Collapse: Starving on the Coast

Salmon Collapse: Starving on the Coast
by C.L. Cook
Marine scientists expressed concern for five missing orca whales, members of 'L Pod' usually observed in the waters off southern Vancouver Island.
 
The increasingly endangered mammal population is closely monitored by government agencies, and has provided a booming whale watching industry for Victoria and other towns along the Haro and Juan de Fuca Straits.

Five orca disappeared from 'L Pod' more than a month ago. Scientists say it's unusual for the closely knit "families" that hunt and live communally to separate like this, and they believe the whales may have starved.
 
This theory is consistent with reports of starvation among British Columbia's coastal bear populations, who depend on massive numbers of salmon returns to fatten for the winter.
 
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A Ruddy Shame Down Under

Mining Misery: Hope and Change Down Under
by Chris Floyd
A well-educated, highly intelligent and articulate young progressive candidate promising hope and change -- and a withdrawal of troops from Iraq -- ousts a long-entrenched, hidebound, deeply corrupt rightwing faction from power. Once in office, he makes a number of symbolic gestures -- signing the Kyoto treaty, offering apologies for past national abuses of minorities, appointing women to prominent posts, etc. -- while governing as a pragmatic centrist, a "Third Way" figure in the mold of Bill Clinton and Tony Blair, combining a heavily pro-corporate agenda and a commitment to a strong military and "humanitarian intervention" abroad, while retaining his party's traditional rhetoric, and a few vestigial programs, on social justice and economic fair play.
 
Yet behind the fresh faces and the vigorous sweeping of new brooms, old evils and deep-delving corruptions keep churning on, abetted by the policies of the putative reformers.
 
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In Interesting Times

Economics 101 - Interesting times
by William Bowles
Being raised in a family of Reds has its pluses and its minuses, one of the minuses being a decidedly unworldly approach to economics. It was as if we already lived in a socialist world but of course nobody else did.
 
 
The upshot of this was a total incomprehension as to the value of money, and not merely the value but its importance.

This must sound strange coming from someone who professes to know the ‘answers’ to what ails us but then life is complicated, people are contradictory and we don’t always do what’s in our own best interests, besieged as we are by the forces of capital. For alongside this there is always the question of fear and insecurity about the future, about who we are and what we should be.
 
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Colombia: Rising Against Uribe

Colombia's indigenous protest against Uribe
by TRNN
Thousands gather for 62-mile march to demand justice and land

 
 
 

10,000 indigenous Colombians are marching against President Alvaro Uribe's policies. The protest comes one week after violence erupted during demonstrations to press for land reform and dialogue with the government.
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The Torturer's Apprentice: Canada's Role in Horror War

The Torturer's Apprentice: Canada's Role in Horror War
by C. L. Cook
Of course it's hardly news: 'Canada had role in torture.' Yeah. What? Maher Arar. Omar Kadr. Actions committed and crimes of omission; habeas corpus went the way of the PATRIOT Act long ago up here, and it's worse in Over There, Afghanistan. 
 
Canadians are getting next to no real information from the front. Apart from casualty figures, and the attendant interviews with families surviving their loss, the day to day details on Canadian Forces commission of the occupation are vague. The national press seem disinterested in the details.
 
So imagine my surprise to find Canada of interest, and in the headlines over there?
 
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War Without End: What the Good News from Iraq Really Means

Wrecked Iraq: What the Good News from Iraq Really Means
by Michael Schwartz
As the Smoke Clears in Iraq: Even before the spectacular presidential election campaign became a national obsession, and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression crowded out other news, coverage of the Iraq War had dwindled to next to nothing.
 
National newspapers had long since discontinued their daily feasts of multiple -- usually front page – reports on the country, replacing them with meager meals of mostly inside-the-fold summary stories. On broadcast and cable TV channels, where violence in Iraq had once been the nightly lead, whole news cycles went by without a mention of the war.

The tone of the coverage also changed. The powerful reports of desperate battles and miserable Iraqis disappeared. There are still occasional stories about high-profile bombings or military campaigns in obscure places, but the bulk of the news is about quiescence in old hot spots, political maneuvering by Iraqi factions, and the newly emerging routines of ordinary life. 

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Chomsky, Zinn, and Obama

Chomsky, Zinn, and Obama
by Mickey Z.
Another Election Day approaches and I’m reminded of something the late Pakistani dissident, Eqbal Ahmad said about Noam Chomsky in the book, Confronting Empire (2000):
 
“He (Chomsky) has never wavered. He has never fallen into the trap of saying, ‘Clinton will do better.’ Or ‘Nixon was bad but Carter at least had a human rights presidency.’ There is a consistency of substance, of posture, of outlook in his work.”

But along came 2004…when Chomsky said stuff like this:
  • “Anyone who says ‘I don’t care if Bush gets elected’ is basically telling poor and working people in the country, ‘I don’t care if your lives are destroyed’.” And like this: "Despite the limited differences [between Bush and Kerry] both domestically and internationally, there are differences. In a system of immense power, small differences can translate into large outcomes."

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Canada: Harper Promises Half-Trillion Dollar Military Expansion

Dr. Evil to Spend $490 Billion on Military Implementation of the SPP        
by Chris Davenport     
Canada is currently on a course that will see its military incorporated into neoconservative plans for a "New American Century". This plan is being facilitated by a "Revolution in Military Affairs" (RMA), a high-tech "transformation" of the U.S. military which depends upon the domination of space.

The Project for a New American Century successfully predicted in 2000 that "the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor."

The Harper government is pushing the RMA agenda in Canada through the "Canada First Defence Strategy" (CFDS). Under the CFDS, Canada will spend $490 billion over the next 20 years to transform its military to be entirely "inter-operable" with the U.S. military.
 
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