This Week on GR
elcome to CFUV's Victoria Day extravaganza, wherein we provide wall to wall coverage of most things Victoria.
Along with the age-old concept of consumer and other forms of economic boycotts, divestment is a new strategy being employed to change what is perceived to be the negative social and environmental activities of corporations, countries, and individuals.
The most famous of these is the BDS, or Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign being waged to contain some of Israel's more excessive human rights abuses, but there is too a growing fossil fuel divestment movement.
Beginning with churches, and on campuses in the United States, fossil fuel divestment has made headlines in local papers recently.
Right here, on the campus of the University of Victoria, 160 faculty members went public last month with their demand that the University disinvest the monies of its considerable endowment fund from those businesses doing business to the detriment of the global environment.
Carol Linnitt is Managing Editor and Director of Research for DeSmog Canada
, where she published the article, '160 Faculty Members Join Call for Fossil Fuel Divestment at B.C.’s University of Victoria.'
DeSmog is an organization dedicated to, quote: "clear[ing] the PR pollution that is preventing us from having sensible public conversations about critical issues around the environment, social justice and the economy."
Carol is currently a doctoral candidate at UVic's English and Cultural, Social and Political Thought programs, where she hopes to add a Ph.D to an already accomplished academic career that includes Master's degrees in English Literature, (while studying political theory, natural resource conflicts and Aboriginal rights) and in Philosophy, the latter with a special focus on phenomenology and environmental ethics, at York.
Carol Linnitt in the first half.
And; Victoria is also known as the "Garden City," but by this other name we do not always smell as sweet as we may like. The ongoing sewage treatment debate seems almost as old as the mountains surrounding us, but before rushing to judgement, my guest in the second half begs we delay a little while longer to look at what he, and his growing organization of supporters, see as the RITE plan for Victoria's current and future sewage treatment needs.
Richard Atwell is the director of STAG, or the Sewage Treatment Action Group
, a collection of citizens promoting the R-I-T-E solution for our daily pollution; one that is: Respectful of communities; uses Innovative technologies; is Taxpayer friendly; and, Environmentally sound.
Richard Atwell looking for the right solution in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster Janine Bandcroft
has provided Gorilla Radio with the skinny on what's good going on on Victoria's streets and beyond for many years now. It's ironic then that today, on the single day of the year bearing the honorific of the city's name, she should be reporting from outside the city; but she will never-the-less be joining us at the bottom of the hour to bring us the newz.
But first, Carol Linnitt and Divestment: the movement seeking not to follow, but lead the money.
Created on Saturday, 17 May 2014 16:58
Written by Press Release
Flashpoint Ukraine: Explains Today’s Most Important Geopolitical Issue
t’s the gravest one since WW II. Possible global war looms. Things head perilously closer to it than any previous time. Neocons infest Washington. They influence administration policy. They want Russian and Chinese rivals marginalized, weakened, isolated and controlled.
They’re surrounding both countries with US bases.
Obama’s pivot is global. Unchallenged worldwide dominance is sought. Multiple direct and proxy wars continue. More are planned. Ukraine is in the eye of the storm. Washington wants all former Soviet republics and Warsaw Pact countries co-opted into NATO.
Ukraine is the crown jewel. Eastern resistance threatens Obama’s imperial project. Preserving it requires crushing it. Doing so risks civil war.
At risk is spilling it cross border. Potential East/West confrontation could follow. Global wars start this way.
Created on Saturday, 17 May 2014 16:31
Written by Oil Price.com
The Future of Nuclear – SMRs?
by Executive Report with ISA Intel
uclear power is not an industry that experiences huge growth rates, and it is infinitely more difficult for investors to find a hidden gem in nuclear energy than it is in oil and gas.
There just aren’t any mom and pop nuclear shops out there.
Nevertheless, it is a global industry that does around $140 billion in annual business and thus it is important to get a status check on what is going on in the nuclear world from time to time.
Created on Saturday, 17 May 2014 16:17
Written by Chris Cook
South China Sea: How Many Battalions Does the Passive Voice Have? And...Island Games: Okinotorishima vs. Johnson South Reef
by Peter Lee
- China MattersM
y Twitter feed contained the following ringing statement:
Claims disputes pervade maritime Asia. All parties must be prevented from use force/threat thereof to alter status quo.
To paraphrase Napoleon on the Pope, how many battalions does the frickin’ passive voice have?
“Must be prevented”. That’s the problem with the pivot.
The "pivot to Asia" is an idea. It's not a doctrine, like the Monroe Doctrine, the Truman Doctrine, the Eisenhower Doctrine, or the Bush Doctrine, all of which were based on the statement, "If you do X, It's War!"(Or, in the case of the immortal Bush doctrine, If you're thinking of doing X, or I think you're thinking of doing X, or if you're not thinking of doing X but I want to bomb you anyway, It's War!)
The pivot expresses the hope that the PRC will mistake a US preference for an national doctrine, construe the US desire to make mischief for the PRC in its near beyond as a matter of existential resolve, and do the United States the courtesy of dignifying Washington’s expressions of disapproval as a deterrent.
The PRC, on the other hand, has a genuine doctrine: its territorial integrity is an existential issue. And it has openly applied it to the South China Sea.
Read more: Playing at War with China: PRC Defies US Deterrence
Created on Friday, 16 May 2014 17:11
Written by Danny Schechter
Can We Stop America’s Surveillance State?
by Danny Schechter
- NewsDissector.orgNew York, New York
ith the publication of Glenn Greenwald’s new book on Edward Snowden and the NSA, the state surveillance issue is back in full force as if it ever went a way.
Purloined formerly top-secret NSA documents are now there for the downloading, even as the calls for truth and privacy buttressed by irrefutable information, has run up against the institutional armor of the surveillance state that has little respect for public opinion or calls for “reform.”
Every day, there are new stories showing duplicity in high places and revealing the existence of new tracking technologies and forced and voluntary collusion between the secret agency and its many “partners” in the private sector. PBS Frontline is out with one more expose.
Just as the publication of the Pentagon Papers in l971 did not end the Vietnam War, the leaks from a world of questionable ‘intelligence” has only made our Spymasters more determined.
Created on Friday, 16 May 2014 16:24
Written by Chris Floyd
Night of the Hunter: Family Values in American Foreign Policy
he only article I ever had published in The Nation
involved the offspring of a powerful politician trading on his White House connections to advance his private fortune.
The piece was written 12 years ago, as the Enron scandal was breaking. (And boy, doesn't that seem several centuries ago now, looking back over the vast flooded plains of blood and ruin that our bipartisan elites have bequeathed us since then.) Hunter Biden
It was a short article, dealing with the key role that the accounting firm Arthur Andersen had played both in the unfolding Enron morass in 2002 and the murky political machinations that kept George W. Bush from facing charges over what appeared to be a fairly flagrant -- and highly profitable -- bout of insider trading in 1990. That was when yet another Bush business was bailed out -- yet again -- by sugar daddies currying favor with his sour daddy in the White House; in this case, Harken Energy. Bush became a company director and member of the audit committee -- then cashed out just weeks before Harken's stock took a deep dive.