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Calling Out the GWOT: The True Goals of the Terror War

A Matter of Principle: The True Aims of the Terror War
by Chris Floyd - Empire Burlesque
The moral insanity of the Terror War continues to spawn more violence, more extremism, more repression, more injustice, and the total subversion of the "Western values," all of which it is ostensibly designed to defend.
A new piece by Patrick Cockburn in the Independent provides a grimly illuminating look at this insanity in action on a specific front: Syria. It's worth reading in full, but here is an excerpt:
The Syrian war has turned into a Syrian version of the Thirty Years War in Germany four centuries ago. Too many conflicts and too many players have become involved for any peace terms to be acceptable to all.. … It has become increasingly obvious over the past year that al-Qa’ida type movements, notably Isis, Jabhat al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham, have come to dominate or can operate freely in a great swathe of territory across northern Iraq and northern Syria. This gives Isis a vast hinterland in which it can manoeuvre and fight on both sides of what is a largely nominal Syrian-Iraqi border. …

Europeans have not yet woken up to the significance of these anarchic zones opening up on the shores of the Mediterranean in Syria and Libya. This is because the threat has been largely abstract but it is getting less so with the attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels by a French jihadi who had been in Syria. US and European politicians do not want to explain why, 13 years after 9/11, when the “war on terror” was supposedly launched, thousands of al-Qa’ida militants have been able to carve out enclaves so close to Europe.

US and European politicians won't explain it because any honest explanation would expose the emptiness at the core of all their proffered reasons for the Terror War. They can't explain it because the Terror War system -- including the increasing militarization and repression in their own countries -- has now become organizing principle of Western society. Or rather, it is the latest incarnation of what has been the guiding principle of Western society since World War II: organizing society and the economy around war, either active war or the ever-present "threat" of war (assiduously exaggerated -- or even manufactured -- at every turn).

Fighting Rather than Switching: The American Way Means Perpetual War

Don’t Walk Away from War: It’s Not the American Way
by Tom Engelhardt  - TomDispatch
The United States has been at war -- major boots-on-the-ground conflicts and minor interventions, firefights, air strikes, drone assassination campaigns, occupations, special ops raids, proxy conflicts, and covert actions -- nearly nonstop since the Vietnam War began. That’s more than half a century of experience with war, American-style, and yet few in our world bother to draw the obvious conclusions.

Given the historical record, those conclusions should be staring us in the face. They are, however, the words that can’t be said in a country committed to a military-first approach to the world, a continual build-up of its forces, an emphasis on pioneering work in the development and deployment of the latest destructive technology, and a repetitious cycling through styles of war from full-scale invasions and occupations to counterinsurgency, proxy wars, and back again.

So here are five straightforward lessons -- none acceptable in what passes for discussion and debate in this country -- that could be drawn from that last half century of every kind of American warfare.

Hamas-Fatah Deal Far From Unity

What Palestinian Unity Is All About - The Real Task Ahead
by Ramzy Baroud  -
Palestinians are yet to achieve national unity despite the elation over the ‘national unity government’ now in operation in Ramallah.
One has to be clear in the distinction between a Hamas-Fatah political arrangement necessitated by regional and international circumstances, and Palestinian unity. What has been agreed upon in the Shati’ (Beach) refugee camp in April, which lead to the formation of a transitional government in the West Bank in June, has little to do with Palestinian unity. The latter is a much more comprehensive and indispensable notion. Without it, the Palestinian people risk losing more than a unified political platform, but their ability to identify with a common set of national aspirations wherever they are in the world.
Thus, a hurried agreement in Gaza that left many points of contention to be discussed and settled by various sub-committees with uncertain chances of succeeding is hardly the prerequisite to true and lasting national unity.

Facts, Fabrication, Calumny: Responding to Serial Smear Artist Greenwald

Facts and Fabrications: Responding to a Greenwald Smear
by Chris Floyd - Empire Burlesque
Oh well, once more into the breach with matters Greenwaldian. Word comes that I've been subjected to a personal smear by Glenn. Some of this has played out in the comments on the previous post, but I thought I'd bring it out here for an airing, and to expand on a few points.
It began with this from a commenter, Semanticleo:
Chris; GG replied to you from the flank: "Of course, Chris spent years heaping praise on me and privately seeking opportunities to write in my space. He must have had a sudden epiphany that I’m really just a pro-imperial militarist. I wonder how he explains to himself how he remained fooled for so long."

This was my initial response (lightly edited here):
Did he really say that? How amusing. However, I'm afraid that young Glenn is being economical with the truth if he says I spent years "privately seeking opportunities to write in [his] space." This simply did not happen. It is true that he asked me (and others) to fill in for him for a week at Salon in 2007 while he was off, which I did quite happily. He also asked me to participate in a Talking Points Memo Book Club discussion, based on his new book at the time, which I also did. This too was in 2007. In 2008, he asked me -- again, as before, on his own initiative -- to do a podcast discussion with him on his blog. (I wasn't able to do it due to scheduling problems.) But I cannot recall -- nor can I find any evidence in the still-extant record of our email contacts going back seven years -- any time when I asked Greenwald for an opportunity to "write in his space" or even hinted at such a thing.
And yes, I've praised many of Greenwald's pieces over the years (as he has done with mine); why not? I often found myself in agreement with him on many issues, found many of his insights and information useful, and linked and praised accordingly. We also disagreed at times, in a friendly way, sometimes in comments he contributed to my blog, or in blog posts.

Vancouver Police Department's "Guns-Drawn" Graffiti Raid Draws Fire

Vancouver Police Department's "Guns-Drawn" Graffiti Raid Draws Fire
by C.L. Cook -

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On June 3rd, Vancouver Police staged a "guns-drawn" raid against a house of known indigenous and anarchist opponents to the energy policies of the central government and its corporate sponsors.

The ostensible reason for the raid was given as the search for graffiti materials believed to be tied to an ongoing "no pipelines" tagging campaign. Warrior Publications publisher, Gord Hill was one of those arrested and released.

As his computers and communications devices were seized by police, I conducted an e-mail interview with him over the course of the four days following the raid.

Beauty and the Beast: Money Can't Kill the Beautiful Game

“The World Turns Around a Spinning Ball”: Choreographed War and Other Aspects of the World’s Greatest Game
soccer sun and shadowHave you ever entered an empty stadium? Try it. Stand in the middle of the field and listen. There is nothing less empty than an empty stadium. There is nothing less mute than stands bereft of spectators.
At Wembley, shouts from the 1966 World Cup, which England won, still resound, and if you listen very closely you can hear groans from 1953 when England fell to the Hungarians. Montevideo’s Centenario Stadium sighs with nostalgia for the glory days of Uruguayan soccer. Maracanã is still crying over Brazil’s 1950 World Cup defeat. At Bombonera in Buenos Aires, drums boom from half a century ago. 
From the depths of Azteca Stadium, you can hear the ceremonial chants of the ancient Mexican ball game. The concrete terraces of Camp Nou in Barcelona speak Catalan, and the stands of San Mamés in Bilbao talk in Basque. 
In Milan, the ghost of Giuseppe Meazza scores goals that shake the stadium bearing his name. The final match of the 1974 World Cup, won by Germany, is played day after day and night after night at Munich’s Olympic Stadium. King Fahd Stadium in Saudi Arabia has marble and gold boxes and carpeted stands, but it has no memory or much of anything to say.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Walt McGinnis, David Ellis, Janine Bandcroft Jun 9, 2014

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook -
che kokoJust more than a year into Christy Clark's "surprise government," the future fate of British Columbia is anything but certain.

Mega-projects loom over the lands and waters like great circling carrion birds, their shadows a chilling reminder of the destructive potential of the political process. Meanwhile, a doggedly uncertain economic environment is exerting pressure on BC to ditch its promises to curb carbon emissions policies, climate change or no, and make of the province a fossil fuel super highway, providing transit to the sea for Tar Sands bitumen, and building of our bays and inlets port facilities for massive coal exports to Asia. Then of course, there's fracking.

But, how did it all happen; how did one of British Columbia's most unpopular governments ever, with the mere application of a newly lipsticked leader, manage to snatch Victoria from the jaws of Adrian Dix and the NDP?
Walt McGinnis is a Victoria-based democracy and environmental activist dedicated to protecting the democratic process from corporatism, and co-host of the weekly television public affairs program, Citizen's Forum.
Walt's work with was instrumental in bringing about the 2011 moratorium on Smart Meter installation at the Convention of the Union of B.C. Municipalities. He's also an electrical contractor specializing in "making the built environment safe from the harmful effects of electromagnetic radiation."
Walt McGinnis is too the author of the article, 'TOPP SECRET: Was the 2013 Election in British Columbia Rigged?' which details the sordid background to one of the province's most ignominious political defeats.

Walt McGinnis in the first half.

And; this Friday, June 13th, David Ellis will present evidence of an imminent rupture in the Trans Mountain pipeline to Hope RCMP, and request the force, as per their duty to public safety, order the pipeline shutdown between Portia and Hope, BC. Ellis, a retired scientist who specialized in Natural Resource Management and was key author on the seminal report, 'Net Loss' for the David Suzuki Foundation says the current state of the six decades-old pipeline promises a spill he believes will destroy the Fraser River salmon run. Ellis' past experience in British Columbia include work as an Independent Fisheries Consultant, Commercial Fisherman, a stint with B.C. Forest Service as a Forestry Assistant, and as an Ethnographic Researcher in Skidegate and Victoria.

David Ellis and helping "police" the Trans Mountain Pipeline's inevitable crime against nature on the Fraser in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus, and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us newz from our city's streets and beyond. But first, Walt McGinnis and 'Was the 2013 Election in British Columbia Rigged?'

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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Who You Will Serve: An Open Letter to West Point's Class of '14

An Open Letter to the Graduates of West Point: Refuting President Obama’s Lies, Omissions and Distortions
by James Petras
On May 2014 President Obama delivered the commencement address to the graduates of United States Military Academy at West Point. Beyond the easy banter and eulogy to past and present war heroes, Obama outlined a vision of past military successes and present policies, based on a profoundly misleading diagnosis of the current global position of the United States.
His presentation is marked by systematic lies about past wars and current military interventions.

The speech’s glaring failure to acknowledge the millions of civilian killed by US military interventions stands out. He glosses over the growth of NSA, the global police state apparatus. He presents a grossly inflated account of the US role in the world economy.

Worst of all he outlines an extremely dangerous policy of confrontation with rising military and economic powers, in particular Russia and China.

Obama All In on World War? Playing Chicken with the Dragon and Bear

Provoking World War III: Antagonizing the Dragon and Bear
by Andre Vltchek - Dissident Voice
It is not prudent and it is not safe to stick an iron rod into a dragon’s mouth. Whatever they say in the West about dragons… but here in Asia, the dragon is revered as the greatest fabled creature on Earth and in the sky. The dragon is wise and patient, and it hardly ever uses force first. But if treated with disrespect and aggression, it is capable of retaliating in a deadly, determined and powerful way.
It is also thoroughly idiotic to go and start terrorizing a sleeping bear. It is obvious what would follow if one descended into a bear’s den and then started poking a hibernating creature in the head. Nothing good would follow, nothing good at all.
But it appears that those who are ruling the Empire are not obsessed with prudence. They seem to be tired of tiny conflicts, which they are continuously stirring all over the globe. Libya is not enough and Congo is not enough. They need something big, really big; even much bigger than what they had already ‘achieved’ a few decades ago – like the destruction of the entire Indochina or Indonesia.
The Empire needs a mortal fight with mighty opponents.

Vancouver Police Stage Guns-Drawn Raid on Anti-Pipeline Activists on Graffiti Suspicions

Police Raid House in East Vancouver, with Guns Drawn, on Pretext of Anti-Pipeline Graffiti
no-pipelines-graffitiAt around 9am on June 3, 2014, approximately 16 cops from the Vancouver Police Department raided a house in East Vancouver under the pretext of investigating six mischief charges related to graffiti tags dating from June, July, and October of 2013.

The four residents of the house, and one guest, were removed one by one by police aiming pistols at them. One person inside the house looked out their bedroom window and saw a cop pointing his pistol at him.

The house targeted by the raid is comprised of radicals involved in Indigenous resistance as well as anarchist projects in the city (including myself, the editor of the Warrior Publications wordpress site).

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Killing the Monarchs: GMO's the Smoking Gun of Pollinator Extirpation

Genetically Modified Crops Fueling Decline of Monarch Butterflies: Report
Andrea Germanos - CommonDreams
monarchsyriaca-aThe monarch butterflies' numbers have been plummeting in recent years, and a new study has pointed to the likely main culprit: loss of its summer habitat as a result of genetically modified crops.

A monarch sits on milkweed. (Photo: George Bott/cc/flickr)

The findings from researchers with the University of Guelph were published Wednesday in the Journal of Animal Ecology.

A report issued earlier this year from the World Wildlife Fund and Mexico’s National Commission for Protected Areas pointed to three main factors threatening the pollinators: deforestation and forest degradation in monarch reserves that serve as their winter habitat in Mexico, habitat loss due to land use changes and the loss of its larval food plant—milkweed—as a result of the widespread use of the herbicide glyphosate, and weather extremes.

The new study, however, puts the main cause of the crisis squarely on its summer habitat loss in the United States.