lbert Einstein is rumored to have said that one cannot solve a problem with the same thinking that led to it. Yet this is precisely what we are now trying to do with climate change policy.
The Obama administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, many environmental groups, and the
all tell us that the way to solve the problem created by fossil fuels is with more fossils fuels.
We can do this, they claim, by using more natural gas, which is touted
as a “clean” fuel -- even a “green
Like most misleading arguments, this one starts from a kernel of truth.
Created on Monday, 28 July 2014 10:33
Written by Fidel Castro
It is Time to Know a Little More About Realities
by Fidel Castro
n our era, problems are increasingly more complex and news is produced at the speed of light, as many know. Nothing happens today in our world which does not teach something to those of us who wish, and are still able, to understand new realities.
The human being is a strange mixture of blind instinct, on one hand, and conscience, on the other.
We are political animals, as, not without reason, affirmed Aristotle, who perhaps influenced humanity’s thinking more than any other ancient philosopher through his almost 200 treatises, according to reports, of which only 31 have been preserved. His teacher was Plato, who left for posterity his famous utopia about the ideal state, which in Syracuse, where he tried to apply it, almost cost him his life.
His Political Theory has endured as a designation used to describe ideas as good or bad. Reactionaries often describe both Marx and Lenin as theorists, without taking into consideration that their utopias inspired Russia and China, the two countries called upon to lead a new world which will allow for human survival, if imperialism does not first unleash a criminal, exterminating war.
Read more: Understanding the "New Realities" on the World Stage
Created on Monday, 28 July 2014 10:28
Written by Robert Parry
Blaming Russia as ‘Flat Fact’
by Robert Parry
- Consortium NewsA
s nuclear-armed America hurtles into a completely avoidable crash with nuclear-armed Russia over Ukraine, you can now see the dangers of “information warfare” when facts give way to propaganda and the press fails to act as an impartial arbiter. Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses a crowd on May 9, 2014, celebrating the 69th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Crimean port city of Sevastopol from the Nazis. (Russian government photo)
In this sorry affair, one of the worst offenders of journalistic principles has been the New York Times, generally regarded as America’s premier newspaper.
Read more: Ukraine "Reportage:" Deliberate Lies of the New York Times
Created on Sunday, 27 July 2014 15:41
Written by Chris Cook
This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
his week; befitting finale, an examination of the fast coming end to the current world order.
Andrew Gavin Marshall
is a Montreal-based researcher, writer, and co-editor of the book, 'The Global Economic Crisis: The Great Depression of the XXI Century' He is also project manager for The People's Book Project, serves as chair of the Geopolitics division of The Hampton Institute, and is Research Director for Occupy.com's Global Power Project and the World of Resistance Report
is a fascinating chronicle of the architecture underlying the system running the world, and the people pulling the levers of power. It is too a kind of prescience compass, marking the direction globalized civilization is headed. Marshall also hosts a weekly podcast show featured at renown whistleblower, Sibel Edmonds' BoilingFrogsPost.com
Andrew Gavin Marshall in the first half.
And; Mazine Qumsiyeh is a Palestinian biologist and human rights activist. He appeared here at UVic last year to provide some context for the Palestinian struggle for dignity and independence.
Mazine Qumsiyeh 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 up to speed with some of what's good going on on the streets of our city, and beyond there too, in the coming week.
But first, Andrew Gavin Marshall and a World of Resistance reporting.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm 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/
Read more: Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Andrew Gavin Marshall, Mazin Qumsiyeh, Janine Bandcroft Jul 29, 2014
Created on Sunday, 27 July 2014 13:36
Written by Creative Commons
Sacred Hearts, Sacred Lives: Children Crossing the Border
by Buddy Bell
- Voices for Creative Non-Violence
rom July 13 to July 20, I drove a small truck from Minneapolis, Minnesota down to McAllen, Texas.
The truck went to Mexico and is now one of four vehicles on a ship destined for Cuba, a donation made possible through the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization/Pastors for Peace.
The day after I arrived in McAllen, some local residents took a group of IFCO activists to Sacred Heart church in downtown McAllen.
As the closest substantial U.S. city connected by land to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and Mexico’s internal eastern coast, McAllen is the most convenient of any crossing point for immigrants from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. It is the place where Border Patrol detains the highest number of unaccompanied minors who are fleeing violence caused by U.S. foreign policy in Central America.
Less noted in the media are the mothers and fathers traveling with their young children, but they are coming to McAllen as well, and they are usually the ones who can sometimes find temporary relief at Sacred Heart church.
Created on Saturday, 26 July 2014 11:59
Written by Andre Vltchek
MH17 – Sacrificed Airliner
by Andre Vltchek
he special train carrying refrigerated corpses from the MH17 catastrophe has left the station of Torez, just a few miles from the crash site. People, who died a terrible death onboard the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200, will soon be reunited with their grieving families. They will receive a proper funeral, and will be laid to rest in the Netherlands, Malaysia and several other countries. They are on their way home, at last.
The Ukrainian rebels handed over the black boxes to international authorities. The investigation can begin. It hopefully will begin, unobstructed by political maneuvering.
Will the Empire allow the investigation to follow its course? The Western propaganda machine is in full gear. The twisting of facts, obscuring of evidence, and maneuvering public opinion all over the world: all this is being done with determination and routinely applied precision.
Created on Friday, 25 July 2014 13:09
Written by Chris Floyd
Blockading the Truth: Obama's Big Lie About Gaza
by Chris Floyd
- Empire Burlesque1.I
t is simply a lie that Israel's slaughter in Gaza is a response to an "unprovoked attack" by Hamas. Not only is it a lie, it is a transparent, brazen lie, whose falsehood is glaringly apparent to anyone who had given even a cursory look at coverage of the Israeli government's response to the murder of three Israeli teenagers in June.
At that time, we were told in many news reports about an Israeli "crackdown" in Gaza, including mass arrests, military operations and, finally, the killing of six Hamas members. It was after these operations and these killings -- which were clear breaches of a ceasefire which Hamas had been honoring for 19 months -- that Hamas began its retaliation against Israel's unprovoked attacks.
(And no, the murder of the teenagers was not a "provocation" by Hamas, which disclaimed all connection to the crime. It was almost certainly carried out a rogue clan which has often -- conveniently -- staged provocations whenever it seems that some small movement toward peace might be made, and has been a thorn in Hamas' side for a long time.
What's more, as Max Blumenthal reported, the Israeli government knew the teenagers had been murdered
almost immediately, and who the likely culprits were; but the Netanyahu regime chose to wage a worldwide campaign of mendacity -- and torment the boys' parents -- by claiming they might still be alive, and launching "search" missions for them.)
Created on Thursday, 24 July 2014 18:51
Written by Finian Cunningham
American choice: genocide or justice?
by Finian Cunningham
top diplomat John Kerry says a ceasefire deal in Gaza is close but there is still a way to go for one to be implemented.
What's the hold-up? Men, women and children are being slaughtered in their hundreds. Hospitals, schools, mosques, churches, the wounded are being attacked against all norms of international law and morality.
The main Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, says that any truce must be the basis for further talks on the underlying issues of Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip and by extension on other parts of Palestinian territory in the West Bank. That is inarguably reasonable and common sense.
But the Israeli regime doesn't want to engage in discussions about the bigger issues. It says that a ceasefire should be negotiated first and then, at some unspecified later time, talks about underlying issues can be held. Of course, this seemingly two-part deal from the Israeli side is but a cruel, cynical joke. It will never talk to Hamas. Indeed, the Israeli regime will never seriously talk to any Palestinian faction about the wider issues. A ceasefire for them is just a punctuation mark in a long story of ongoing dispossession of Palestinians from their historic homeland.
This is where the American government and the European allies are exposed as being on the side of the Israeli aggressor and genocidal regime. Apparent expressions of concern and huffing and puffing about "trying to pursue a ceasefire" are contemptible in the present abominable context.