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An Evening at UVic with Vandana Shiva

An Evening with Vandana Shiva
by UVic Events

With great anticipation, a collaboration of Harmony Foundation, LifeCycles and UVIC’s Institute for Studies and Innovation in Community University Engagement, invite you to join Dr. Vandana Shiva on Feb 29th in Victoria at UVic's Farquhar Auditorium.

Join us for an outstanding evening of discussion about healthy food, people and communities, here and around the world.

While climate change and the loss of biodiversity are crucial issues for food security, even more critical is ensuring community control over our own food supply.


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Farquhar Auditorium
Feb 29th
 
8pm

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Israeli Occupation Defies Democratic Ideals

‘Good Labor – Bad Likud’: Dispelling the Myth of ‘Democracy’ within Israel’s Political Establishment
by Ramzy Baroud  - PalestineChronicle.com
The Israeli ‘Right’, as demonstrated by a scary coalition of rightwing nationalists, ultranationalists and religious zealots, deserves all the bad press it has garnered since its formation last May.

But none of this should come as a shock, as the ‘Right’ in Israel has never been anything but a coalition of demagogues that catered to the lowest common denominator in society. As unlikable as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is, he is, in fact, a fair representation of the worst that Israel has to offer, which, over the years, has morphed to represent mainstream thinking.

But Israel has not always been ruled by the right-wingers, and the likes of current Justice Minister, Ayelet Shaked, who has made a habit of calls for extermination and genocide of Palestinians, are relatively newcomers to Israel’s political tussle. In previous Knessets, the likes of her would have been assigned to a neglected seat in the back of the Knesset, along with other lunatics who often mouthed profanities and incessantly called for killing all Gentiles. Tellingly, she is now one of the main centerpieces in Netanyahu’s menacing coalition.

Somehow, this may be of benefit to the wider world. At least now, many would get to see Israel as the country that it has always been, but which has cleverly hidden its real nature under a mask of liberal façade and ever-touted democratic ideals.
 

LNG in Victoria? A Community Forum

Wednesday, Feb. 17th: LNG in Victoria? A Community Forum
 
February 17, 2016
 
With a massive liquified natural gas plant proposed for the Saanich Inlet, B.C.'s LNG industry is right on Victoria's doorstep. If approved, the facility will liquify 6 million tonnes of gas every year, filling tankers
passing through the Saanich Inlet every 3-5 days for the next 25 years.
 
Dr Eoin Finn & reps. from the Saanich Inlet Network
Wed, Feb 17, 7-9 pm
Esquimalt United Church,
500 Admirals Road, Esquimalt.
While Steelhead LNG has already received export licenses to carry out the project, a number of environmental assessments are still pending, and residents have begun to voice their concerns about the risks the project poses.
 

Not Really the Only Democracy in the Middle East: Israel's Hidden Nature Less Obscure

‘Good Labor – Bad Likud’: Dispelling the Myth of ‘Democracy’ within Israel’s Political Establishment
by Ramzy Baroud  - PalestineChronicle.com
The Israeli ‘Right’, as demonstrated by a scary coalition of rightwing nationalists, ultranationalists and religious zealots, deserves all the bad press it has garnered since its formation last May.

But none of this should come as a shock, as the ‘Right’ in Israel has never been anything but a coalition of demagogues that catered to the lowest common denominator in society. As unlikable as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is, he is, in fact, a fair representation of the worst that Israel has to offer, which, over the years, has morphed to represent mainstream thinking.

But Israel has not always been ruled by the right-wingers, and the likes of current Justice Minister, Ayelet Shaked, who has made a habit of calls for extermination and genocide of Palestinians, are relatively newcomers to Israel’s political tussle. In previous Knessets, the likes of her would have been assigned to a neglected seat in the back of the Knesset, along with other lunatics who often mouthed profanities and incessantly called for killing all Gentiles. Tellingly, she is now one of the main centerpieces in Netanyahu’s menacing coalition.

Somehow, this may be of benefit to the wider world.
 

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dan Lewis, Walter M. Brasch, Janine Bandcroft Feb. 17, 2016

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com

 
Last summer, First Nations activists turned around the installation of a new salmon farm in Clayoquot Sound, and while that battle won is a victory worth celebrating, it's not nearly the end, nor even the beginning of the end of the war to reclaim the Sound's environmental integrity for Wild Salmon.

Clayoquot Action has been taking local action to save Clayoquot Sound's magnificent natural environment for years. It recently broadened its scope, taking a trip to Norway, Ground Zero of the international salmon farming industry, to speak directly to both representatives of that industry, and the Norwegian people.
 
Listen. Hear.

Dan Lewis joined Clayoquot Action's Bonny Glambeck and John Rampanen from the Ahousaht and Kelsemaht First Nations as members of the Wild Salmon Delegation to Norway, and she's back in Canada now with exciting news from her travels to the other side.
 
Dan Lewis in the first half.
 
And; despite its pernicious impact on local environments, the fracking industry, or LNG as its known in these parts, has proven as resilient as pacific salmon, returning again and again despite the odds against it. In BC, neither international market disinterest, nor environmental logic can kill it; and it seems the will of the people too is incapable of deterring an industry no-one wants around. Recent events within the Cowichan Valley attest to "LNG's" deleterious effects on democracy, while the provincial government's embarrassing budget inclusion yesterday of its so-called 'Prosperity Fund,' (promised to be predicated upon "LNG" royalties) lends an "Emperor's New Clothes" element to an industry that hasn't yet, and may never, materialize here. Talk about "natural gas"!
 
Walter M. Brasch is an award-winning newspaper reporter and editor, syndicated columnist, broadcaster, educator, activist, and prolific author whose book titles include: 'Before the First Snow,' 'America's Unpatriotic Acts,' 'Sex and the Single Beer Can,' 'The Press and the State,' 'Social Foundations of Mass Media.' His latest book, 'Fracking Pennsylvania: Flirting with Disaster' is a detailed investigation of that industry, and what its activity means for the people and landscapes where it takes place.
 
Walter M. Brasch and fracking America in the second half.
 
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of the coming week from our city's street, and beyond there too. But first, Bonny Glambeck and a salmon farming sea change beginning.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/
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Still Taking Bears Out Under the New Great Bear Rainforest Agreement

Bears Left Out of the Great Bear Rainforest Agreement
by Doug Neasloss, Brian Falconer and Chris Genovali - Raincoast Conservation
For those of you celebrating Premier Christy Clark’s announcement declaring “the end of commercial trophy hunting” in the Great Bear Rainforest, you can put away the champagne.
 
While the announcement by the premier and Minister Steve Thomson essentially endorses the effort to buy out commercial trophy hunting businesses, undertaken by Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Coastal First Nations (CFN) several years ago, it commits no direct support, nor does it address trophy hunting by BC residents which accounts for 60% of the grizzly kill in the Great Bear Rainforest and in the rest of province.
 
The province has still not recognized the ban on trophy hunting imposed by CFN and will continue to issue tags to kill grizzly bears and black bears in all areas of the Great Bear Rainforest, including in some areas where the black bears carry the white “Spirit bear” gene.

A Quantum of Truth Spills from Republican South Carolina Debate

Republican debate in South Carolina: Lies, mudslinging and an important truth
by Patrick Martin  - WSWS

15 February 2016

The ninth Republican presidential debate of an already interminable primary campaign was another two-hour session of reactionary posturing and mutual mudslinging in which the four leading candidates denounced each other as liars—and were telling the truth when they did so.
 
The debate was held in South Carolina, a week before the February 20 Republican primary. Billionaire demagogue Donald Trump currently leads in state polls, with about one-third of the vote, followed by Texas Senator Ted Cruz, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Florida Senator Marco Rubio, in that order.
 
The smaller field, and the likelihood that the lowest finisher among the four may be pushed out of the race after the South Carolina primary, no doubt contributed to making this debate the most vitriolic so far. The four leading candidates all appealed to the basest prejudices in their television audience, vilifying immigrants and the poor, pledging the military annihilation of opponents of US imperialism and denouncing each other for any deviation from an ultra-right world view.
 

IDF and Government at Odds over Attacks

Israel's Army and Government at Loggerheads Over Cause of Attacks
by Jonathan Cook - Dissident Voice 
 
February 12, 2016
 
Israel’s frantic cocoon-weaving entered a new phase last week, as Benjamin Netanyahu’s government stepped up efforts to stifle the last vestiges of dissent. The military censor’s office, a draconian 70-year-old hangover from British rule in Palestine, extended its powers over Israeli press and TV to prominent blogs and social media. The government has also threatened to revoke the press cards of “journalists and editors who are negligent in their work” – aimed at those who depart too obviously from the official line.
 
These moves follow culture minister Miri Regev’s announcement of a “loyalty law” that will deny state funding to artists and cultural institutions that are not sufficiently patriotic. The education minister, settler leader Naftali Bennett, meanwhile, is reportedly preparing a raft of measures: a ban on access for pupils to literature and theatre not in line with government thinking, cuts to already very limited pluralism education and a new civics textbook vilifying the Palestinian minority.
 
In this atmosphere of inculcated ignorance and prejudice, it is easy for Mr Netanyahu to persuade public opinion that the recent wave of Palestinian protests and attacks, which have left more than 160 Palestinians and 29 Israelis dead, is solely the result of “incitement” from Palestinian officials and media. The Israeli right suggests that Palestinians who stab or drive cars at their oppressors, most often soldiers and settlers, are easily inflamed into action by words that appeal to ancient prejudice.
 
As the Israeli public discourse grows ever more detached from reality, Israel’s military commanders sound like an oasis of sanity – at least, by comparison.
 

Norwegian Attitudes on Salmon Farms Changing

Tide change in Norway
by Clayoquot Action

February 14, 2016
 
On the final day in Oslo, the Wild Salmon Delegation met with Cermaq, the Norwegian company with 15 salmon farm sites in Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
 
We visited Cermaq to share with them the reasons why the Delegation had come to Norway; and to discuss our perspective on the similarities and differences between British Columbia and Norway, the emerging consensus that open-net salmon farming is a dinosaur technology, and the tide change unfolding daily in major Norwegian media.
 
Norwegians were surprised to learn about the nitrogen pump in BC—wild salmon transport ocean-based nitrogen up rivers and fertilize the growth of temperate rain forests. This connection between wild salmon, monumental cedars, and the bears, wolves, and eagles was novel over there.
 
They also wanted to learn about the importance of cedar and salmon to indigenous cultures throughout BC.
 

Judgement Day for Scalia: Supreme Court Justice Dies Vacationing with Patrons

Good news for the quail: Supreme Court Junket King Scalia Dies While Vacationing with Wealthy Patrons at Private West Texas Getaway
by Dave Lindorff  - This Can't Be Happening

February 14, 2016

scaliaIt’s appropriate that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died at a luxury resort while freeloading as the guest of thus far unidentified wealthy sponsors as one of 40 guests at a private quail-hunting vacation party.
 
The resort where he died, Cibolo Ranch Resort, located on land stolen by its founder from the Apache and Comanche people in the Big Bend region of west Texas, is a posh retreat favored by the ultra rich, offering rooms priced from $350 to $800 a night -- and it’s a safe bet that the bed Scalia died in was located in a top-priced room -- and that the credit card that was swiped to pay for it didn’t have his name on it.
 
(According to one report, the guests at the gathering had their bills covered by the resort's owner, John Poindexter, a mullti-millionaire real estate owner, rancher and former investment banker.)
 
 
 

Facts of the Western Media War Against Russia and Crimea

Fact Versus Bias in the Western Media War Against the Crimean People
by Roger Annis - New Cold War

Feb 10, 2016  

Data has been published for the first time in Ukraine detailing the reactions of Ukrainian police and armed forces personnel stationed in Crimea at the time of the Maidan coup in February 2014 and the secession vote in Crimea one month later. The information was reported in the Ukrainian news outlet Interfax.com.ua on Feb 5, 2016.

Interfax reports the findings of a Rada (parliamentary) committee investigating the circumstances of the secession. The committee says that of the approximately 2,300 Ukrainian national police (SBU) personnel who were stationed in Crimea at the time, only 215 remained loyal to Kyiv.
 
Celebration in Simferopol’s Lenin
Square following Crimean secession
vote in March 2014

Of the app. 20,320 armed forces members deployed in Crimea, 6,000 returned to Ukraine. The remainder, a large majority, pledged allegiance to the new, Republic of Crimea and the armed forces of Russia.

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