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“Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's organs are failing and he remains in critical condition Thursday, ...” (CNN.com, 01/02/2014).For six years, Ariel Sharon, former Prime Minister of the State of Israel from 2000-2006, has been kept alive, though he has been in a comatose state, unable to talk or communicate naturally. The Times of Israel, the Huffington Post, Haaretz, and Britain’s Guardian have recognized his impending death. Perhaps it is time to bring closure to this man, known as the “butcher of Beirut” for his massacre at the refugee camps in that city, Sabra and Shatila:
“The massacre lasted for three days (16, 17 and 18 of September 1982), approximately 3500-8000 persons, including children, infants, women and elderly were slaughtered and murdered in this horrific and gruesome massacre perpetrated by the Israeli army and its allied criminal militia.” (Global Research)
by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com
This week marks the twelfth anniversary for Camp X-Ray at the illegal American military base located at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. On January 11th, 2002, four months after the 9/11 attacks in the United States, Gitmo was opened for business.That business, according to my first guest, was to act as an experimental extraordinary rendition facility where methods of torture new and old would be practiced and perfected, and deployed around the world as part of the George W. Bush regime's Global War on Terror.Though "Dubya" Bush is long gone, the camp, and many of its unhappy inhabitants, remain.Andy Worthington is a long-time peace and justice advocate for the inmates of Guantánamo. He's a journalist and author whose book titles include: 'Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo,' 'Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion,' 'The Battle of the BeanField,' and his latest is, 'The Guantánamo Files: Stories of 774 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison.' Worthington is also co-director of the film, 'Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo.'
As he has since 2011, Andy Worthington will again be in the U.S. to mark Gitmo's infamous anniversary with a cross-country speaking tour. Starting January 8th and running through the 21st, Andy will visit New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Los Angeles with Debra Sweet, National Director of the World Can't Wait campaign to close Guantánamo. Andy Worthington in the first half.And; closer to home, our own infamous Harper regime last year allowed that the Enbridge Northern Gateway, and presumably any other project the offshore carbon industries wish developed, will go ahead; this despite the near unanimous opposition of those people living in the proposed path of pipelines, or along the wild and treacherous coast these projects threaten.
Though these projects have few supporters west of the Rockies, and diminishing numbers east of the mountains as well, coordinating a unified front against them has proven difficult. Divisions fostered within First Nations, and environmental groups and organizations is a key component to ensuring the profits flow with the heavy tar, but now moves to push the plan through are too promising a push by opponents to mend their fences.Ingmar Lee is a long-time environmental activist who, from his fights to protect Nanaimo's watershed from pollution masquerading as fertilizer dumped there by forest companies, and lengthy tree-sits to save the iconic Cathedral Grove from the axe, to bearing witness to the controversial Joint Review Panel process that rubber-stamped the Enbridge Northern Gateway scheme, has braved the powers-that-be to try and preserve what remains of this region's wild lands and biodiverse habitats. Ingmar lives within the range of the so-called Great Bear Rainforest, in a coastal community directly in the path of proposed Asia-bound mega-tankers. Ingmar Lee and diagnosing and treating B.C.'s environmentalist schism before it's too late.And; Victoria Street Newz publisher 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 to do in and around our town, Victoria and beyond, in the coming week and weeks to come. But first, Andy Worthington on the road, campaigning to close Gitmo.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/
- Created on Sunday, 05 January 2014 12:05
- Written by Creative CommonsSyria's Hospitals Targeted by NATO-Backed Armed Groupsby Prof. Tim Anderson - Global Research
Since 2011 NATO-backed armed groups have systematically attacked more than two thirds of Syria’s public hospitals, and have murdered, kidnapped or injured more than 300 health workers.The most recent example of this was the destruction of Aleppo’s specialist Al-Kindi hospital.Syria’s Health Minister Dr Sa’ad al Nayef told a visiting Australian solidarity delegation on 22 December that foreign backed terrorists had detonated two truck bombs, completely destroying the hospital. All health workers inside were killed in the blast. Dr Malek Ali, Syria’s Minister for Higher Education told Syria’s SANA news agency that Al-Kindi, was a functioning educational hospital co-managed by his ministry.In an Orwellian revision of events the BBC (21 December) reported the destruction of Al-Kindi with the headline: 'Syria rebels take back strategic hospital in Aleppo'. The introduction claimed the “massive suicide lorry bomb” had managed “to seize back a strategic ruined hospital occupied by Assad loyalists.” Al-Kindi was said to have been “a disused building” and “according to an unconfirmed report, 35 rebels died in the attack”.The BBC double-speak needs a little translation.
- Created on Sunday, 05 January 2014 11:26
- Written by Francis A. Boyle1914/2014: Centenary of the First World War as Prelude to the Third?by Francis A. BoyleI commenced my formal study of International Relations with the late, great Hans Morgenthau in the first week of January 1970 as a 19 year old college sophomore at the University of Chicago by taking his basic introductory course on that subject. At the time, Morgenthau was leading the academic forces of opposition to the detested Vietnam War, which is precisely why I chose to study with him.
During ten years of higher education at the University of Chicago and Harvard, I refused to study with openly pro-Vietnam-War professors as a matter of principle and also on the quite pragmatic ground that they had nothing to teach me.After almost a decade of working personally with him, Morgenthau provided me with enough inspiration, guidance, and knowledge to last now almost half a lifetime.Add a comment Add a comment Read more: Before and After: Commemorating an American Century of Warfare
- Created on Sunday, 05 January 2014 10:45
- Written by Walter BraschDelayed Deliveries Are Not a Crisisby Walter Brasch - www.walterbrasch.com
It’s been about two weeks since the news media began smothering the nation with stories about UPS and FedEx delivering packages late during the holiday season.
A short shopping season of less than 30 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, combined with extraordinary numbers of deliveries and extreme weather problems caused thousands of packages not to be delivered by Christmas. For some media, this was the top story.FedEx says it delivered more than 275 million packages in that one month period. UPS doesn’t say how many it delivered or how many were late. But it does say that if customers sent their packages by ground and hoped they would arrive by Christmas, the cut-off date was December 11. For air service, UPS temporarily added 29 planes to its fleet.Understandably, there are several hundred thousand senders and receivers who are unhappy their packages were not delivered by Christmas. However, people got their gifts, even if a day or two late.Add a comment Add a comment Read more: Crisis of Mediocrity: Late Christmas Delivery Does Not A Media Emergency Make
- Created on Saturday, 04 January 2014 21:40
- Written by Chris FloydThe One Percent Solution: Oligarchs to the Rescue!by Chris Floyd - Empire Burlesque
Last month, 500 famous authors signed a petition protesting the encroachments of the all-pervasive, techno-surveillance culture that is covering the earth with hidden eyes and ears, like a metastasized Stasi run amok. We’re talking heavy literary lumber here: Nobel Prize-winners, critic list-toppers, best-sellers – big names calling on the UN to create “an international bill of digital rights.”
The authors state the indisputable truth: the "fundamental human right" of personal privacy "has been rendered null and void through abuse of technological developments by states and corporations.” They rightly declare that “a person under surveillance is no longer free; a society under surveillance is no longer a democracy. To maintain any validity, our democratic rights must apply in virtual as in real space."Of course, one might like to see those “democratic rights in real space” applied a bit more vigorously in these days of airport x-rays, mandatory drug tests, “indefinite detention,” “extrajudicial execution,” “free speech zones,” etc. The accelerating degradation of “real space” liberties hardly inspires hope for preserving freedom in the virtual realm. Still, no sensible person would dispute the very worthy goals espoused in the petition.
And yet, a cankerous old worm of skepticism keeps creeping in. Especially when the petitioners declare that this assemblage of Tolstoyan speakers of truth to power is not actually “against government.” Good gracious no! As Danish writer Janne Teller told the Guardian: "This initiative must be seen as helping governments, who like to preserve democracy in the western world."
[Below is my most recent column for CounterPunch Magazine.]
Add a comment Add a comment Read more: Hallelujah, I'm An Oligarch: One Percent Solution to Our Stasi Conundrum
- Created on Saturday, 04 January 2014 21:26
- Written by Keith Harmon SnowDiscussing Western NGO's and Africaby Keith Harmon SnowHuman rights investigator and award-winning journalist Keith Harmon Snow, detailing the corrupt NGOs and their portrayal of Africa in order to illicit funds. Snow must be considered one of our finest Western reporters for obtaining true independent grassroots news from the continent of Africa.Within the lecture, Snow discusses the psyops/propaganda strategically orchestrated behind the "Save Darfur" campaigns/movements which, in 2004, began to saturate the populace. At the helm of this "movement" was "The Center for American Progress".The Center for American Progress, is closely connected with the same players that founded and financed Avaaz. Today, with Avaaz at the forefront, the non-profit industrial complex has been appointed trusted messenger of a grotesque and disturbing ideology; nothing less than a complete reflection and validation of the U.S. administration's rhetoric intended to justify the annihilation and occupation of sovereign states under the false pretense of "humanitarian intervention" and "responsibility to protect".
- Created on Friday, 03 January 2014 17:20
- Written by Dr. Franklin LambWill Lebanon survive 2014? Should it?by Franklin LambBeirut - Another week, another terrorist bombing. It’s beginning to look a lot like that here in Lebanon these days. Another apparent suicide bomber detonated a car rigged with explosives in the southern suburbs yesterday killing at least five people and injuring at least 77.The health ministry released a statement just a short while ago reporting that an additional 67 people were treated in hospitals for wounds and released, while 10 people remained hospitalized with more severe injuries.Many who thought their team and its local and international supporters were invincible appear to be rethinking recent events. More are realizing that their enemies are also skilled and fearless fighters and not at all afraid to die for their religion, or related causes, and may well be growing in number as they view the results of their handiwork.