"[M]aintain a limited military presence in Afghanistan to train, advise and assist Afghan forces and to conduct counterterrorism operations against the remnants of al Qaeda."
Those "counterterrorism operations" will doubtless include the continuation of aerial drone attacks, those anonymous assassinations from above responsible by some estimates for more than 28 innocents killed for every "terrorist" targeted; points left out of the president's press release.
Two week prior to Mr. Obama's Hawaiian Christmas address, Kathy Kelly was sentenced by a federal magistrate in a Jefferson City, Missouri court to three months in federal penitentiary for her trespasses against Whitman Air Force Base, but one home to the US military's drone program.
Kelly is a long-time peace and justice activist, who has braved America's notorious judicial system many times before. She has lived amongst the people in Afghanistan too, feeling first hand the brunt of poverty and war there, and says of her conviction, "I’m educated and humbled by experiences talking with people who’ve been trapped and impoverished by U.S. warfare." Adding,
"The U.S. prison system also traps and impoverishes people. In coming months, I’ll surely learn more about who goes to prison and why."
Kathy Kelly is recipient of numerous awards for her peace service, including: Three nominations for the Nobel Peace prize; the Bradford-O'Neill Medallion for Social Justice; Oscar Romero Award; War Resisters League Peace Award; The Chomsky Award of the Justice Studies Association, and more. She's also co-founder of Voices in the Wilderness and Voices for Creative Nonviolence
, has written too many essays and articles to relate, co-authored the book, 'Prisoners on Purpose: a Peacemakers Guide to Jails and Prison,' and wrote the book, 'Other Lands Have Dreams: from Baghdad to Pekin Prison.'
Kathy Kelly in the first half.
And; over the weekend, citizens concerned about the decision by Oak Bay mayor and council to begin a deer cull marched to its leafy municipal hall to voice their collective objection to the scheme that would see more than twenty of the animals trapped and killed. The decision to carry out the controversial program was made late in 2013, designed to be enacted any time after January, 2015. Kelly Carson is spokesperson for DeerSafe Victoria
, and says the Oak Bay plan is merely the beginning of a larger plan to eradicate deer across municipalities on the lower island.
Kelly Carson and collapsing the clover trap on Oak Bay's deer population cullers in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft
is called away so will not be joining us at the bottom of the hour today, but vows she will return! So first up, Kathy Kelly, guilty of "criminal trespass to a military installation," preparing her return to prison.
Created on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 08:06
Written by Chris Floyd
Master Class: The Elite School
by Chris Floyd
- Empire BurlesqueA
lthough we live in an age of outrages that keep the mind in a state of continual embogglement, it was still something of a shock to see the brazen hypocrisy displayed by the Lords of the West recently when they "confronted" Vladimir Putin at the five-star freakshow known as the G20.
As the breathless headlines in the entirely free and not-at-all government-influenced Western media related, the paragons of the "Anglosphere" lined up to deliver some stark home truths to the Russian honcho about his wanton "interference" in the sovereign affairs of another country – a heinous crime which, as we all know, automatically casts the perpetrator from the bosom of the international community.
No doubt the Kremlin mountaineer was shaking in his boots from the tongue-lashings ladled out by the pasty-faced PR flack, David Cameron, the gibbering, land-raping woman-hating twit, Tony Abbot, and that oozing mass of bile in a suit, Stephen Harper. (Oh, there were giants in those days, our grandchildren will surely say of the heroes who walk among us.)
But the squeakings of these pips were as sounding brass or tinkling cymbal to the moral thunder of the Prince of Peace his own self, Barack Nobel Obama, when he took his turn at the stern finger-wagging.
Below is my column from the December issue of CounterPunch Magazine.
Created on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 07:47
Written by Dru Oja Jay
n Jonathan Franzen’s bestselling novel Freedom, the main character accepts a dream job from a billionaire philanthropist. He is charged with partnering with coal companies in West Virginia to set aside 100 square miles as pristine habitat for the Cerulean Warbler, an endangered songbird that is further threatened by coal mining operations. There is, however, a catch: first, the coal companies will mine one third of the area using mountaintop removal techniques.
Franzen’s fictional scenario is probably the most widely read critique of the tendency of environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGOs) to seek “win-win” deals with industrial operators, however improbable or destructive. Oprah praised the novel as a “masterpiece,” and Barack Obama called it “fantastic.” One wonders, however, how many readers overlooked the implications of Franzen’s ENGO parody and the reality it depicts.
Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate might not garner praise from Oprah and Obama, but it’s the second book on the New York Times bestseller list in recent years to take aim at the unholy alliance of ENGOs and the fossil fuel industry. And unlike Franzen’s fiction, Klein’s writing presents this reality free of artistic irony and distance.
Created on Monday, 05 January 2015 03:50
Written by Dave Lindorff
Hitting a Journalistic Nadir: Cold-War-Style Propaganda Posing as News at the New York Times
by Dave Lindorff
- This Can't Be Happening A
s shameful a propagandist for Washington’s war machine as the New York Times has been over the years, sometimes I still cannot believe the brazenness of its abandonment of even a pretext of dispassionate journalistic standards. One of those moments came today, when I read the left-column page-one article by Jim Yardley and Jo Becker headlined “How Putin Forged a Pipeline Deal that Derailed.”
In this Putin hit piece, the two journalists write that the pipeline in question, the so-called South Stream, which was intended to deliver Russian natural gas to southern Europe via a route through Bulgaria, was “Mr. Putin’s most important European project, a tool of economic and geopolitical power critical to twin goals: keeping Europe hooked on Russian gas, and further entrenching Russian influence in fragile former Soviet satellite states as part of a broader effort to undermine European unity.”
No suggestion here that laying a pipeline from Russia’s gas fields to directly supply (and sell) natural gas to nations like Italy, Austria, booming southern Germany, the Czech Republic, Rumania, Hungary and the Balkan states might make good business sense!
Created on Monday, 05 January 2015 03:46
Written by Dave Lindorff
The demise of mainstream journalism, Chapter II : Philadelphia Inquirer Pimps for Philly Cop Chief
by Dave Lindorff
- This Can't Be HappeningW
hen I was starting out as a reporter back in 1972, working for a little family-owned daily, the Middletown Press in central Connecticut, I had editors and a publisher who demanded the best from us. If I was covering a story -- whether it was a police blotter report, a town meeting, or a controversial decision by a local zoning board -- and I failed to ask an important question, I inevitably got a call from the editor telling me to get it answered and inserted into my article.
These days, leaving important questions unasked is not just commonplace, it has become the norm. This is particularly true when it comes to not questioning the assertions of government authorities.
Now we have the once-celebrated Philadelphia Inquirer, which in the wake of a spate of police murders of unarmed blacks in Los Angeles, Ferguson, MO, Staten Island, NY and Cleveland, OH, shamelessly pimped for the brutal and murderous Philadelphia Police Department and its complicit Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey.