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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Jay Mowat, David Swanson, Danny Schechter Mon. S29, 2008

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week: An as yet to be named spokesperson from the striking United Steel  Workers Union, as UVic's Student Society (UVSS) refuses to consider a living wage for its workers; Jay Mowat of Erin Radio on his station's attempts to thwart a corporate media takeover of Erin's frequency; David Swanson, founder of and director of on the increasingly bizarre American presidential election; news dissector, Danny Schechter on the unfolding economic disaster.
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A, B, C: How to Imprison Torturers

How to Put the Torturers in Prison
by David Swanson
U.S. politics has become something previously only found in science fiction, an intersection of parallel universes.  One universe is the one on television and in Congress.  In this universe there are suspicions that someone in the U.S. military may have used some technique bordering on torture, but there's just no way to know for sure. 
David Swanson will appear on Gorilla Radio this week , Monday S29 5pm pacific time 
Perhaps an investigation would be a good idea.  Or maybe a better solution would be to elect a new president, especially one who's been a victim of torture and opposes it. But the whole topic is very minor one, and the correct position is unclear since torture is both frowned on and useful for getting tough on terrorists.
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9/11 Trifecta: Arrogance, Ignorance, Cowardice

Arrogance, Ignorance, and Cowardice: Lessons from 9/11       
by Robert Jensen    
Given the disastrous decisions made by U.S. officials in the seven long years since September 11, 2001, it would be easy tonight simply to catalog those many mistakes and condemn the bipartisan depravity of the Republican and Democratic politicians who — starting almost immediately after the towers fell — manipulated people’s anger and fear to build support for illegal and immoral wars of aggression in Afghanistan and Iraq.
It would be especially easy for those of us in the anti-war/anti-empire movement to feel self-righteous and say, “We told you so.” By the end of the day on 9/11, many of us saw where the nation was heading and tried, in vain, to argue for a saner strategy.
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Canada Cracks Open Door to U.S. War Resisters

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Iraq War Resister Jeremy Hinzman won a stay of deportation this week as a judge refused to allow Canada to send him back to the United States to face prosecution for desertion. Hinzman is one of numerous war resisters currently in Canada. Despite the Canadian parliament passing a non binding resolution on June 3rd calling for resisters to be allowed to stay in Canada permanently as conscientious objectors, the Canada Border Services Agency continues to routinely effect deportation orders of US war resisters.
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McCain-Obama: Evading Dark Reality

Debate Evades Dark Realities
by Robert Parry
Perhaps it’s unrealistic to expect a U.S. presidential debate to deal substantively – and honestly – with wrongful actions by the American government, even at the end of George W. Bush’s eight-year reign as one of the planet’s preeminent rogue operatives.

The acceptable political parameters may allow some tactical disagreements (Barack Obama saying the Iraq War “took our eye off the ball”) or even some implied moral criticism (John McCain saying he opposed Bush “on torture of prisoners”).

But there’s no place for a serious discussion of wholesale U.S. war crimes, such as Bush’s decision to launch an aggressive war under false pretenses, the sort of offense that the Nuremberg Tribunal after World War II called the “supreme” international crime.
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Alaskans Allege Palin Cover-Up

Alaskan Officials Allege Palin Cover-up
by Jason Leopold
An attorney for Alaska’s legislative investigation of Gov. Sarah Palin says John McCain’s presidential campaign is seeking to derail the inquiry because its findings could “cause serious damage to the Republican ticket.”

Attorney Peter Maassen, representing Alaska’s Legislative Council, defended the investigation in a 17-page court filing in response to last week’s lawsuit by five Republican lawmakers trying to stop the probe into whether Palin improperly fired Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan in July.
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Doctors Want to Know: How Sick is McCain?

by Brave New Films
Dear Friends, Colleagues and Supporters,
We knew we hit a nerve when Rush, Drudge, and O'Reilly unleashed on us the same day. Then, MSNBC censored the McCain health records ad, a Brave New PAC initiative, due to Bill O'Reilly/Fox's pressure.

And why? Because of the work we have all done together to stress the importance of John McCain releasing his health care records. Led by over 2500 doctors from around the country, Republicans, Independents and Democrats, asking important questions about the records, about his health, and stating loud and clear the records should be released.
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The Real Harper Record

The Harper Record
by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
This book is one in a series of CCPA publications that have examined the records of Canadian federal governments during the duration of their tenure. As with earlier CCPA reports on the activities of previous governments while in office, this book gives a detailed account of the laws, policies, regulations, and initiatives of the Conservative minority government under Prime Minister Stephen Harper during its 32-month term from January 2006 to September 2008.

The 47 writers, researchers and analysts who have co-written this book probe into every aspect of the Harper minority government’s administration. From the economy to the environment, from social programs to foreign policy, from health care to tax cuts, from the Afghanistan mission to the tar sands, from free trade to deep integration, and to many other areas of this government’s record, the authors have dug out the facts and analyzed them.

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Bush Allies Issue Fatwa on Gays and Lesbians

Annals of Liberation: Sex is Death in a Darkened Land
by Chris Floyd
While the world is mesmerized by the bait-and-switch going in Washington -- where the ramshackle, post-Republic triumvirate of Bush, McCain and Obama held an "historic" meeting on Thursday to demonstrate their bipartisan concern for the welfare of the filthy rich -- atrocity and repression still stalk the American satrapy of Iraq.

The sectarian extremists empowered by the American rape of Iraq are now carrying out a relentless, systematic killing spree against human beings who are attracted to other human beings of the same gender -- or are even suspected of such an attraction.
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Cuba Hurricane Relief Event

Victoria Cuba Hurricane Relief Event 
by Randy Caravaggio
Hi Folks, This is a reminder of our upcoming event. Please let us know if you'll be able to attend. Goods for Cuba Campaign.
Friends of Cuba, four hurricanes battered Cuba recently - Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike left tremendous destruction there. These hurricanes caused Cuba the worst harm in four decades.
More than two and half million people had to be evacuated; more than 400,000 homes were damaged. Power lines were toppled and plantations were destroyed. This has affected all areas of economic and social life.
Join us in a benefit dinner with live performance with Art Farquharson and the Rabble Berries.
5:30 pm Sunday, September 28 at:
2994 Douglas in the BCGEU Hall in Victoria.
Admission $12 unemployed $15 employed. 
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Lifting the Media Black Out on the Greens

A Candid Interview with GREEN’S Victoria Running Candidate
by Diane Walsh
Adam Saab is a new guy on the election scene.  Not surprisingly, people are curious to know, “what’s this dude really about anyway?” As the Green Party’s candidate for the electoral district of Victoria, he’s got his work cut out for him.
"Without referring to specific journalists or media organizations, I would agree that there is a hesitancy to give credit or even thorough coverage as well as some degree of accepted patronizing that takes place.  I am optimistic, however, that this will improve to some degree in this election."

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