This Week on GR
rom Gutenberg, the telegraph, radio waves, television, cable, and the Internet, communications has brought us a long way. Of Johannes Gutenberg's invention of the European printing press, based on a system of mechanical, moveable-type, the internet encyclopaedia, Wikipedia, describes the original information Renaissance saying:
"The relatively unrestricted circulation of information — including revolutionary ideas — transcended borders, captured the masses in the Reformation and threatened the power of political and religious authorities; [while] the sharp increase in literacy broke the monopoly of the literate elite on education and learning and bolstered the emerging middle class."
Today, with the introduction of new legislation meant to halter the ultimate descendant of Gutenberg's genius, the Internet, the information elite is striking back.
As a global, information society, we are standing at the crossroad of a power paradigm that will determine perhaps the path humanity will take for the next century; a fork in our collective developmental trajectory that could well mean the difference between civilizational survival, or its, Our, untimely end.
David Christopher is Communications Manager for OpenMedia.ca
, the "award-winning community-based organization that safeguards the possibilities of the open Internet."
OpenMedia has been at the fore in fight after fight
against the repeated attempts of Canada's corporate culture, and their allies in government, to rein in and stratify access to that "[R]elatively unrestricted circulation of information — including revolutionary ideas — transcend[ing] borders." Christopher has transcended many of those borders himself, hailing originally from Ireland's west country, and studying History and Political Science at Dublin's famed Trinity College, before his work in communications moved him to Scotland, New Zealand, and found him finally shoring up here on the Pacific coast, right across the straits in Vancouver.
David Christopher in the first half.
And; last week, Russian leader, Vladimir Putin shook hands on a massive deal to supply Liquified Natural Gas to China. More than being the biggest such deal ever signed between two countries, it also serves to threaten the hegemonic American petrodollar, an arrangement that has subsidized the waning superpower's enormous international clout, while undergirding its fragile domestic economy. The deal too poses a threat to British Columbia's much touted plan to tie its economic future to similarly huge energy deals with the World's largest single energy market.
Peter Ewart, and Christie Clark's attempt to saddle BC's economic future on the back of a bucking gas industry bronco in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft
will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us newz from our city's streets, and beyond. But first, David Christopher and standing in the way of Big Telecom's promise to create of the open internet an information caste system by saying No! to the Internet Slow Lane.
Created on Saturday, 24 May 2014 14:07
Written by Daniel Kovalik
The U.S., Colombia and the Spread of the Death Squad State
olombia continues to be ground zero for the U.S.’s crimes against Latin America, and its continued quest to subjugate the region.
Several recent events, virtually uncovered in the mainstream press, underscore this reality.
First, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report just this week detailing the grisly practices of paramilitary death squads in the port town of Buenaventura. 
These practices by the paramilitaries which act with impunity and with the tacit support of the local police, include disappearances of hundreds of civilians; forced displacement; and the dismemberment of individuals, while they are still alive, in local “chop houses.”
Official military photo of deceased, courtesy of Equipa Nizkor.
That the port town of Buenaventura was to be the model city of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement is instructive as to what the wages of free trade truly are.
Created on Saturday, 24 May 2014 13:45
Written by Creative Commons
COVER UP ISA VIRUS - GET A PROMOTION
by Alexandra MortonT
he salmon virus, ISAv is a member of the influenza family and is feared around the world wherever salmon are farmed.
Similar to other viruses in the influenza family, ISAv has powerful shape-shifting properties. It tiptoes into new regions, a lethal shadow to the salmon farming industry.
At first it does nothing.
Every country, so far, has used this crucial phase to ignore ISA. It looks like they hope to avoid being branded ISA-positive and suffer the resulting trade restrictions that lower profits. But then, with very little warning ISA virus mutates, goes viral and strikes with deadly effect Norway, eastern Canada, Chile...
Created on Friday, 23 May 2014 16:59
Written by Andre Vltchek
Down With Western ‘Democracy’!
by Andre Vltchek
specter is haunting Europe and Western world — it is this time, the specter of fascism. It came quietly, without great fanfare and parades, without raised hands and loud shouts. But it came, or it returned, as it has always been present in this culture, one that has, for centuries, been enslaving our entire planet.
As was in Nazi Germany, resistance to the fascist empire is again given an unsavory name: terrorism. Partisans and patriots, resistance fighters – all of them were and have always been defined by fascist bigots as terrorists.
By the logic of Empire, to murder millions of men, women and children in all corners of the world abroad is considered legitimate and patriotic, but to defend one’s motherland was and is a sign of extremism.
German Nazis and Italian Fascists defined their rule as ‘democratic’, and so does this Empire. The British and French empires that exterminated tens of millions of people all over the world, always promoted themselves as ‘democracies’.
And now, once again, we are witnessing a tremendous onslaught by the business-political-imperialist Western apparatus, destabilizing or directly destroying entire nations, overthrowing governments and bombing ‘rebellious’ states into the ground.
All this is done in the name of democracy, in the name of freedom.
Created on Thursday, 22 May 2014 06:45
Written by Dana Gabriel
Trilateral Defense Ministers Meeting Continues to Build North American Security Framework
by Dana Gabriel
- Be Your Own LeaderA
s an extension of the North American Leaders Summit which was held in February, the defense ministers from the U.S., Canada and Mexico quietly met last month to discuss continental security issues. During the conference, they addressed shared defense and security challenges. This includes threats posed by cyber attacks and transnational criminal organizations.
The North American security relationship has evolved with Mexico being increasingly viewed as a valued part of the continental defense team. The U.S., Canada and Mexico are building the framework for greater cooperation on common security issues.
They are expanding security arrangements and are further establishing new institutions at a continental level. The trilateral defense ministers meeting, which received very little media attention is part of the process of integrating military planning and coordination into a North American security perimeter.
Created on Thursday, 22 May 2014 06:39
Written by Tom Engelhardt
The 95% Doctrine: Climate Change as a Weapon of Mass Destruction
by Tom Engelhardt
ho could forget? At the time, in the fall of 2002, there was such a drumbeat
of “information” from top figures in the Bush administration about the secret Iraqi program to develop weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and so endanger the United States. And who -- other than a few suckers -- could have doubted that Saddam Hussein was eventually going to get a nuclear weapon? The only question, as our vice president suggested on “Meet the Press,” was: Would it take one year or five?
And he wasn’t alone in his fears, since there was plenty of proof of what was going on.
For starters, there were those “specially designed aluminum tubes
” that the Iraqi autocrat had ordered as components for centrifuges to enrich uranium in his thriving nuclear weapons program. Reporters Judith Miller and Michael Gordon hit the front page of the New York Times with that story on September 8, 2002.
Then there were those “mushroom clouds” that Condoleezza Rice, our national security advisor, was so publicly worried about -- the ones destined to rise over American cities if we didn’t do something to stop Saddam. As she fretted in a CNN interview with Wolf Blitzer on that same September 8th
, “[W]e don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.” No, indeed, and nor, it turned out, did Congress!
And just in case you weren’t anxious enough about the looming Iraqi threat, there were those unmanned aerial vehicles -- Saddam’s drones! -- that could be armed
with chemical or biological WMD from his arsenal and flown over America’s East Coast cities with unimaginable results. President George W. Bush went on TV to talk about them and congressional votes were changed in favor of war thanks to hair-raising secret administration briefings
about them on Capitol Hill.
Read more: The Ultimate WMD: Fighting Unbombable Climate Change