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July 9, 2015

The Dutch investigation into the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine last July has failed to uncover conclusive proof of precisely who was responsible for the deaths of the 298 passengers and crew but is expected to point suspicions toward the ethnic Russian rebels, fitting with the West’s long-running anti-Russian propaganda campaign.
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My George! UK Ozsterity: Osborne "Emergency Budget" Looks More Like Class Warfare

George Osborne’s Savage Cuts to Some of the UK’s Most Vulnerable People in His ‘Emergency Budget’
July 9, 2015

George Osborne (far left) in a photo taken in Oxford in 1992, of the notorious Bullingdon Club, a drinking club for the university's privileged elite. What a horrible, despicable bunch of vicious bullies the Tories are, obsessed with making the poor poorer and the rich richer, while cynically dressing up their abuse in the language of fairness and aspiration.

Bullingdon Club Boys, Class of '92
In the Tories’ first budget since the electorate bizarrely freed them from the restraints of coalition with the Liberal Democrats, the Chancellor, George Osborne, delivered an ‘emergency budget’ that was, no doubt, supposed to make us feel that we are in a state of emergency, still in need of savage cuts for the health of the economy, even though the false and damaging rationale for austerity has been thoroughly discredited time and again by economists, who understand that it actually stifles economic health.
How Osborne has got away with his cruelty and stupidity for so many years almost beggars belief, as he has not managed to save any money, despite making life miserable for millions, but our bent media urging people to turn on one another — and a sad propensity for British people to revert to Puritan self-flagellation when prompted — seem to be to blame.

And so Osborne’s budget hit poor people hard on a number of fronts, while hiding much of the pain behind one generous gesture inherited from the Lib Dems and another that is nowhere near as good as it sounds. The former is the raising of the threshold at which tax is paid, to to £11,000 a year, while the latter is the surprise announcement of what George Osborne described as a ‘National Living Wage.’

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In Ecuador, Fight for Mankind; In Athens, Fight for Greece!
by Andre Vltchek - CounterPunch
Greece is white, it is European, and therefore eyes of entire Western “progressive” world are now directed towards Athens: will its government dare to default, would Greece leave euro-zone and eventually the European Union? As if the answer to this question could change the world; as if Athens is where the fate of humanity will be decided.
Some 10 thousand kilometers away, Ecuador is predominantly indigenous, and therefore, inhabited by ‘un-people’, to borrow from George Orwell’s colorful terminology. Battered by its own, mainly Euro-centric and pale-skinned ‘elites’ who are enjoying extremely close links with both EU and the United States, Ecuador and its determinedly left-wing government can count very little on international solidarity, especially on the camaraderie from ‘so-called progressive’ movements in the West.
After all, non-white, non-Western people are expected to suffer. Even the left in the West is ‘accustomed to’ their agony.

First Nations Form United Front to Save Herring

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by Damien Gillis - The Common Sense Canadian
Three powerful coastal First Nations are banding together to protect Pacific herring – a marine resource integral to all of their cultures. The Nuu-chah-nulth of West Vancouver Island and the Haida today signed onto a declaration by the Heiltsuk Nation of BC’s central coast to defend herring against unsustainable commercial fisheries.
“Today, we have taken the first step in what will be a long and important journey,” said kil tlaats ’gaa Peter Lantin, President of the Haida Nation.

7/7: The Terror that Begat The Terror

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July 07, 2015

If somebody wishes to be a ghazi, I should much prefer them to do it in Tikrit rather than in Peterborough or Penicuik. To that extent I agree with Bob Quick. The periodic media scares about Sunni families going to Syria to “join ISIS” are very peculiar. We appear, with no public debate, to have adopted a de facto system of exit visas. Ronald Reagan famously said to Mikhail Gorbachev that we never had to lock our people in. It seems that now in the UK we do.
We have companies that recruit and control active armies of mercenaries, which are responsible for thousands of deaths overseas. I detest the violence of “ISIS” but it is not morally different from Executive Outcomes machine gunning villages from helicopters in Angola or from Aegis killing random vehicle occupants in Iraq who happened to be near their convoys. Yet Tony Buckingham and Tim Spicer became extremely rich after founding their careers on the latter killings, and now are respected figures in the London establishment. Apparently killing for money is good; only killing for religion is bad.
Nor is there any official objection to the young Britons who go to Israel to fight with the IDF, and were involved in the war crimes that last year killed hundreds upon hundreds of little Palestinian children.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, David Lavallee, Steve Lawson, Janine Bandcroft Jul 8, 2015

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook -

Where will it all end? When will we finally turn the corner on the Fossil Fuel Age, and begin the long work of repairing the damage we clever apes have wrought against the environment?

No time soon, if the extractive industries have their say; and they're just about the only ones who have the ear of government at all levels in this country, and abroad. Just this week, Seattle's Sightline Institute reports on plans to send more than a million barrels of oil per day through the Pacific Northwest region. Oil coming from shale fracking in North Dakota, and Alberta's Tar Sands and destined for Asia's Satanic Mills.

So, how far will Big Oil and Gas take the Fossil Fuel Age? To the very ends of the Earth.

David Lavallee is a Canadian filmmaker whose first documentary, 'White Water, Black Gold' garnered awards at numerous film festivals, and was broadcast around the World. He's a Pull Focus Film School grad, and a product of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology's Producer Emergence Program. David is now in the process of producing his next film, 'To the Ends of the Earth,' an investigation into the lengths the latter day oil barons will go to keep their energy domination going.
Listen. Hear.

David Lavallee in the first segment.

And, Big Oil is not the only industrial fossil menacing the planet. Big Timber is another reptilian-brained, bottom line obsessed operator determined to profit and all and any costs; as long as those costs are borne by someone else. In this case, those someones are the people, wild things, and environment of Vancouver Island's west coast. Incredibly, more than twenty-five years after the legendary War in the Woods, an environmental stand-off resulting in almost a thousand arrests, the ancient forests of both Clayoquot Sound and the Walbran Valley are abuzz again with the terminal whine of chainsaws.

Steve Lawson is a veteran of the environmental battles to save the old growth forests on the then-named Meares Island, and in Clayoquot Sound. He's a past board member of both the Canadian Environmental and First Nations Environmental Networks, and has participated with many other environmental organization in Canada and internationally. Steve's a boat designer and builder who calls Wickaninnish Island, off Tofino, home.

Steve Lawson and a clear-cut call to arms in Clayoquot and the Walbran 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 the good things to do in and around our town's streets, and beyond there too, in the coming week. But first, David Lavallee and looking at to the ends of the earth.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: And now heard at Simon Fraser University's . He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, Check out the GR blog at:
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Greece Votes "No!" to Slavery, But Keeps EU Chains

GREECE’D: We Voted ‘No’ to slavery, but ‘Yes’ to our chains 
by Greg Palast/Michael Nevradakis  - In Athens

We Greeks have voted ‘No’ to slavery – but ‘Yes’ to our chains.

Not surprisingly, by nearly two-to-one, Greeks have overwhelmingly rejected the cruel, economically bonkers “austerity” program required by the European Central Bank in return for an ECB loan to pay Greece’s creditors.

In doing so, the Greek people overcame an unprecedented campaign of fear from the Greek and international media, the European Union (EU), and most of our political parties.

What’s simply whack-o is that, while voting “No” to austerity, many Greeks wish to remain shackled to the euro, the very cause of our miseries.

Reviewing 'Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley'

Reviewing Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley - A Documentary Film by Jesse Freeston
by C. L. Cook - Pacific Free Press

Translating in English as resistance, "Resistencia" too means "endurance." And, it's the grinding, relentless injustice and violence meted out against the people of Honduras' Aguan Valley that rivets ones attention to Jesse Freeston's slickly made, full-length chronicle of a people fighting for more than mere physical survival, but struggling to maintain a dignified existence.

Here, the peasants took the land back from the barons, and have worked cooperatively since the military coup in 2009 to make for themselves and their families a life connected to the earth.

Here, the children of the campesinos can hope for a future that includes healthcare, education, housing, clean water, and most importantly, that dignified life; if they can endure.

Listen to Jesse Freeston
discuss the film here (@ 35:00).

Stars and Bars: False Flagging History

False Flag Op: Heritage and Hokum in Rebel Banner Row
by Chris Floyd - Empire Burlesque
Dixie ColonelAnd now, an important message from the Hon. Ambrose Calhoun Merriweather, former governor of South Carolina:
“My fellow Americans, as we gather to celebrate the birth of our nation, I am saddened to see how some people are trying to sow dissension and division among us, stirring up needless controversy over the Confederate battle flag that flies at the capital of our great state of South Carolina, and at some of our sister states across the South. How it pains me to see that flag cast down in the dirt as an emblem of dishonor.
This is wrong, my friends. For that flag represents heritage, not hatred. It has flown proudly at our capital since, uh, 1961, when it was first raised during the great Negro tribulation that was stirred up by that King fellow and his outside agitators. It was raised at state capitols by our brethren in Alabama in 1963 and in Georgia in 1965, in response to that same tribulation.
But in truth, the flying of our noble flag is more ancient than that. I remember as a boy in the 1940s, you could hardly see that beautiful banner anywhere. People didn’t even think about it. Why, it was almost as if the Civil War had ended generations before, and that the South had contributed many, many of its sons to fight in two World Wars on behalf of the nation their grandfathers had fought against.
It was as if the same Federal government once led by Abraham Lincoln had spent decades building up the South, with roads, bridges, dams, levees, military bases and a never-ending stream of government contracts and other pork flowing to the states and districts of powerful Southern congressmen.
Back then, you’d see a thousand American flags before you’d run across a Confederate flag anywhere.

How Greece's Fall Can Raise Again Western Civilization

Greece's Downfall and Redemption
by Finian Cunningham - Sputnik
Decades of exorbitant military spending account for Greece’s present downfall under an Olympian-sized debt. European governments and news media portray the problem of Greece’s financial woes as public spending profligacy.

Incompetent ECB Policies Brought Greece to Its Knees – French MediaThe truth is that Greece’s debt mountain has been incurred from years of wasteful military splurging. That is the tragic downfall of the country, which European creditor governments and the mainstream news media tellingly ignore.
But in this understanding of Greece’s modern tragedy, there is hope for democratic renewal and redemption. Because that realisation permits a radically different option to restore Greece’s economy in a way that is rational and achievable, without piling up more debt and misery for the population.
Instead of more austerity imposed on workers and pensioners, the solution is for Greece to embark on a massive disarmament programme to overturn decades of reckless militarism.

Ruling the World - Pentagon Version 20.15

The Pentagon’s “2015 Strategy” For Ruling the World
by Mike Whitney - Counterpunch
On Wednesday, the Pentagon released its 2015 National Military Strategy, a 24-page blueprint for ruling the world through military force. While the language in the report is subtler and less incendiary than similar documents in the past, the determination to unilaterally pursue US interests through extreme violence remains the cornerstone of the new strategy.
Readers will not find even a hint of remorse in the NMS for the vast destruction and loss of life the US caused in countries that posed not the slightest threat to US national security.
Instead, the report reflects the steely resolve of its authors and elite constituents to continue the carnage and bloodletting until all potential rivals have been killed or eliminated and until such time that Washington feels confident that its control over the levers of global power cannot be challenged. 

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