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Quesnel Lake Mine Tailings Spill Forces Emergency Water Use Ban

BC Mine's Tailings Pond Breach Forces Emergency Water Use Ban
by Damien Gillis - The Canadian
The apparent breach of a tailings pond connected Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley Mine, near Likely, BC, has led to an emergency water ban from The Cariboo Regional District. The following update was issued by the district on its Emergency Operations facebook page this morning:

The Cariboo Regional District has received the following information from the Helicopter reconnaissance taken this morning.
A small amount of debris backed into Polley Lake. The main slurry flow went down Hazletine Creek where it meets Quesnel Lake. The slurry and a large debris pile appear to be stationary at this point. Hazleton Creek was originally about 4 feet wide and is now up to 150 ft. wide.

Waterways affected by this event include Quesnel Lake, Polley Lake, Hazeltine Creek and Cariboo Creek. Additionally the Horsefly Likely Forest Service Road (Ditch Road) has been washed out at Hazeltine Creek. The Likely Bridge is not affected at this time.
A water-use ban remains in place and includes recreational water activities, bathing, and drinking etc. Everyone in this area should use bottled water until further notice.
For accurate and up to date information, please visit the Cariboo Regional District’s Emergency Operations Facebook page at or the CRD web site at
A public information line has been established at 250-398-5581.

Further information will be provided as it becomes available.
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Brian Eno's Open Letter to America Re: Israel

Today I saw a weeping Palestinian man holding a plastic bag of meat: it was his son
by Brian Eno  - Stop the War Coalition
brian eno stop warI suddenly found myself thinking that it could have been one of my kids in that bag, says Brian Eno, and that thought upset me more than anything has for a long time.
Brian Eno speaking at the National Demonstration for Gaza, London, 26/07/14


Brian Eno's letter to America: WHY? I just don't get it

Dear All of You:
I sense I'm breaking an unspoken rule with this letter, but I can't keep quiet any more.
Today I saw a picture of a weeping Palestinian man holding a plastic carrier bag of meat. It was his son. He'd been shredded (the hospital's word) by an Israeli missile attack - apparently using their fab new weapon, flechette bombs. You probably know what those are - hundreds of small steel darts packed around explosive which tear the flesh off humans. The boy was Mohammed Khalaf al-Nawasra. He was 4 years old.
I suddenly found myself thinking that it could have been one of my kids in that bag, and that thought upset me more than anything has for a long time.
Then I read that the UN had said that Israel might be guilty of war crimes in Gaza, and they wanted to launch a commission into that. America won't sign up to it.

Carnage Lull Opportunity for "Refreshing" Israel's Armaments

A Nail in Zionism’s Coffin?
by Franklin Lamb - CounterPunch
Shatila camp, Beirut  - No sooner had the latest ceasefire announced on 8/1/14 for 8 a.m. local time, planned to extend for 72 hours began, than it collapsed.
This according to the Gaza health ministry which reported this morning that more than 30 Palestinians were killed and dozens were injured in an Israeli attack near the southern town of Rafah.
If a genuine ceasefire does go into effect, the pause will allow both sides’ fighters to regroup and re-arm.
But what of the civilian population of substantially destroyed Gaza? Presumably many will try to visit their bombed homes to retrieve some belongings as we have seen in Syria and Iraq, and many will try finding a place to hide such an UNWRA school. Others may simply stay in their homes or and wait to die.

Soldier's Tunnel "Kidnapping" and Other Israel-Friendly Media Distortions

Eyeless in Gaza: Israeli deceptions revealed in story of ‘kidnapped’ soldier
by Jonathan Cook in Nazareth
A single incident at the weekend – the reported capture by Hamas on Friday of an Israeli soldier through a tunnel – illustrated in stark fashion the layers of deception Israel has successfully cast over its attack on Gaza.
On Sunday, as the army indicated it would start limited withdrawals, Israel claimed Hadar Goldin was dead, possibly buried in a collapsed tunnel as Israel bombarded the area in which he was seized. His family said he was being left behind.
Israeli officials or media did not view Hamas’ operation dispassionately. Goldin was not “captured” but “kidnapped” – as though he was an innocent seized by opportunistic criminals.
As occurs so often, many western journalists followed Israel’s lead. The London Times’ front page blared:
“Kidnapped in Gaza”, while the Boston Globe called him the “abducted Israeli soldier”.

Tunnel: The Real Underground Resistance

by David Rovics - Songwriter's Notebook
Another day of wanton destruction. Over a hundred Palestinian civilians killed in the past 24 hours. Stories of revenge attacks are coming to light, of Israeli snipers killing civilians as they were searching for buried or dead family members.

Their commanders told the snipers that killing the civilians searching for their dead was a form of therapy, to help them recover from the loss of their IDF comrades.

The loss of their comrades. Over 1,100 Palestinians killed, overwhelmingly women, children and the elderly. Several dozen Israelis killed, almost all of them soldiers. Killed by people coming out of tunnels. Tunnels that the soldiers are bombing and blowing up.

Back in Eretz Israel a small antiwar protest is physically attacked by a much larger, violent mob of rightwing extremists.
We can't call them fascists, they're Jews. Jews can't be fascists, can they? Even when they chant, “kill the Arabs” and “gas the Arabs,” as they're beating up leftists, pacifists and random Palestinian passersby? They're not actually gassing the Arabs. They're just talking about it. Well, aside from using deadly chemical weapons like white phosphorus on civilians hiding in UN compounds.

In my mind I keep coming back to the tunnels.

Diego Garcia: America's Black Hole, Britain's Black Mark

Britain's Latest Counterterrorism Disasters: The truth about renditions and detentions at the island of Diego Garcia has to be revealed
by Andy Worthington - Al Jazeera English
The last few weeks have been challenging for the British government and its counterterrorism policies - and for a good reason. Ever since the war on terror began, in the wake of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the UK has happily embraced the lawless novelties conceived by the Bush administration - including extraordinary rendition and indefinite detention without charge or trial.
One aspect of Britain's complicity in extraordinary rendition involves the island of Diego Garcia, in the Indian Ocean, a British Overseas Territory that has been leased to the US since the 1970s. In December 2002, it was first reported, in the Washington Post, that Diego Garcia was "one of a number of secret detention centers overseas" where the CIA was holding and interrogating prisoners of the "war on terror".

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Fossil Fooling: LNG's Energy Bridge to Nowhere

Wishful Thinking About Natural Gas: Why Fossil Fuels Can’t Solve the Problems Created by Fossil Fuels
by Naomi Oreskes  - TomDispatch
collapse oreskesAlbert 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 oil and gas industryall 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 “greenfuel.

Like most misleading arguments, this one starts from a kernel of truth.

Understanding the "New Realities" on the World Stage

It is Time to Know a Little More About Realities
by Fidel Castro - Granma
In 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.

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Ukraine "Reportage:" Deliberate Lies of the New York Times

Blaming Russia as ‘Flat Fact’
by Robert Parry - Consortium News
putin-crowdAs 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.

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Andrew Gavin Marshall, Mazin Qumsiyeh, Janine Bandcroft Jul 29, 2014

 This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook -
This 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's Global Power Project and the World of Resistance Report.
WoR 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'

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:  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, Check out the GR blog at:
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The Children's Crossing: Exodus from Central America Crisis Meets at Sacred Hearts

Sacred Hearts, Sacred Lives: Children Crossing the Border
by Buddy Bell - Voices for Creative Non-Violence
From 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.