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Despair the Whirlwind: Reaping Violence in the Extreme

The Age of Despair: Reaping the Whirlwind of Western Support for Extremist Violence
by Chris Floyd - Empire Burlesque
November 13, 2015

We, the West, overthrew Saddam by violence. We overthrew Gaddafi by violence. We are trying to overthrow Assad by violence. Harsh regimes all — but far less draconian than our Saudi allies, and other tyrannies around the world. What has been the result of these interventions? A hell on earth, one that grows wider and more virulent year after year.
Without the American crime of aggressive war against Iraq — which, by the measurements used by Western governments themselves, left more than a million innocent people dead — there would be no ISIS, no “Al Qaeda in Iraq.”
Without the Saudi and Western funding and arming of an amalgam of extremist Sunni groups across the Middle East, used as proxies to strike at Iran and its allies, there would be no ISIS.
Let’s go back further. Without the direct, extensive and deliberate creation by the United States and its Saudi ally of a world-wide movement of armed Sunni extremists during the Carter and Reagan administrations, there would have been no “War on Terror” — and no terrorist attacks in Paris tonight.

The Prince and the Hippo-Sized Suitcase Full of Drugs

The Saudi Prince and Two Tons of Narcotics
by Andre Vtlchek - CounterPunch

Saudi Prince Abdulmohsen bin Walid bin Abdulmohsen bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was obviously not fully satisfied with his life.

A private jet, several luxury cars and a mansion were not enough to make him feel a truly fulfilled and respected member of the Gulf ruling “elites”.

Others had more, like those double-decker Airbus 380’s, or tremendous duplexes overlooking Karbala.

Perhaps that was the reason why he tried so hard to catch up, by smuggling from Beirut, Lebanon to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (KSA), some 40 suitcases and boxes neatly packed with Captagon pills, with some cocaine thrown in for good measure.

Beating Sam At His Own Game

Grandmaster Putin Beats Uncle Sam at His Own Game
by Mike Whitney - CounterPunch

November 13, 2015
Imagine that you despised your brother-in-law and wanted to kill him. But you didn’t have the guts to do it yourself so you hired a hit-man to do the job for you.
Would you still be guilty of murder?
You’re darn right, you would be. So let’s apply this same rule to US foreign policy: Would it be just as wrong to invade a country, kill its people and topple its government with militants that you funded, armed and trained as it would be with your own US troops?
Yep, it sure would be. So while some people might think that it was smarter for Obama to use a proxy-army in Syria instead of US soldiers, morally or legally speaking, there’s really no difference between what he did and what Bush did in Iraq. A US invasion is a US invasion. Period. It doesn’t matter if you use for-hire killers or your own guys. It’s all the same. Obama is just as guilty as Bush.

Johnny Got Gunned: A Timely Trumbo Reminder of War 's True Meaning

A Stunning Anti-War Polemic
by Stephen Lendman - ICH

November 13, 2015

Years ago, I read author, screenwriter Dalton Trumbo’s 1939 classic novel “Johnny Got His Gun” - one of the most stunning ever fictional indictments of war, impossible to read his chilling account of its barbarity in human terms without being deeply affected.

Joe Bonham is the protagonist, a US WW I soldier, a war during which my father served in France, thankfully coming home in one piece, mind and body intact, no signs of what he may have seen or endured with one exception. He shunned discussing the war.

I and my brother never pressed him. 

Making the Hebron Ghetto

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Some of Tel Rumeida’s residents could be seen silently queuing at the local checkpoint to register their ID cards. Anyone not from the neighbourhood and not on the military’s list will be barred from entering.
Their response differed starkly from the reaction 21 years ago, when residents faced a similar order. Then, the entire neighbourhood refused to register. Israel punished them with a curfew for six months, allowing the families out for a few hours a week to buy food.

"Out-foxed" Balsillie on TPP

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November 12, 2015
Jim Balsillie, former co-director of the high tech firm Research In Motion (RIM), has issued some stinging words regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal which the Harper government signed on to before being voted out of office.
According to Balsillie, signing the TPP will be “the worst public policy decision in the country’s history” and result in Canada losing hundreds of billions of dollars. The TPP enshrines bad and discriminatory rules for Canada regarding intellectual property, and will stifle innovation in the country, making Canada a “permanent underclass in the selling of ideas” (1).
In particular, if the new Liberal government decides to go ahead with the TPP, Canadian innovators will be forced to play by U.S. defined rules, giving U.S. companies an edge and costing Canadian companies “more money because they would have to pay for someone else’s ideas instead of their own.”

Clear-Cut Greed: Destroying Vancouver Island's Remnant Ancient Forests

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VICTORIAA long-simmering dispute over logging old-growth forests in the Walbran Valley on southwest Vancouver Island has begun to boil over this week.

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A camp was established in the Central Walbran in late September and has been inhabited since then by protesters not connected to the Wilderness Committee.

$camway! American War in the Twenty-First Century

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Let’s begin with the $12 billion in shrink-wrapped $100 bills, Iraqi oil money held in the U.S. The Bush administration began flying it into Baghdad on C-130s soon after U.S. troops entered that city in April 2003. Essentially dumped into the void that had once been the Iraqi state, at least $1.2 to $1.6 billionof it was stolen and ended up years later in a mysterious bunker in Lebanon. 
And that’s just what happened as the starting gun went off.

It’s never ended. In 2011, the final report of the congressionally mandated Commission on Wartime Contracting estimated that somewhere between $31 billion and $60 billion taxpayer dollars had been lost to fraud and waste in the American “reconstruction” of Iraq and Afghanistan. 
In Iraq, for instance, there was that $75 million police academy, initially hailed “as crucial to U.S. efforts to prepare Iraqis to take control of the country's security.” It was, however, so poorly constructed that it proved a health hazard. In 2006, “feces and urine rained from the ceilings in [its] student barracks” and that was only the beginning of its problems.

Weary US Mid-East Policy Challenges Relevancy

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US Secretary of State, John Kerry, is often perceived as one of the ‘good ones’ - the less hawkish of top American officials, who does not simply promote and defend his country’s military adventurism but reaches out to others, beyond polarizing rhetoric.
His unremitting efforts culminated partly in the Iran nuclear framework agreement in April, followed by a final deal, a few months later. Now, he is reportedly hard at work again to find some sort of consensus on a way out of the Syria war, a multi-party conflict that has killed over 300,000 people.
His admirers see him as the diplomatic executor of a malleable and friendly US foreign policy agenda under President Obama. In reality, this perception is misleading; not that Kerry is the warmonger as were George W. Bush’s top staff, such as Vice-President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld.

Terror Play: Tahoe Mines in Guatemala

State of Fear and Terror Deliberately Created to Force Tahoe Resources’ Mine on Guatemalan Communities – Report
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Wednesday, November 11, 2015  

(Ottawa) A new report reveals the dramatic extent of the militarized security strategy that Canadian-US mining company Tahoe Resources developed to quash community opposition to its Escobal project in southeastern Guatemala.

In ‘Under Siege: Peaceful Resistance to Tahoe Resources and Militarization in Guatemala’, Guatemalan investigative journalist Luis Solano untangles the web of relationships and tactics that led to the militarization of farming communities in the area of the company’s operations.

“From the outset, Tahoe Resources hired a US security and defence contractor that boasts experience with corporations working in war zones like Iraq and Afghanistan to develop a security plan that treated peaceful protest and community leaders as if they were armed insurgents,” remarks Solano.
“Working hand in hand with a military government in Guatemala and other strategic players at the local and national level, a state of fear and terror was created at the local level to divide and weaken broad opposition to this company’s mine project.”
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, David Swanson, Ezili Dantò, Janine Bandcroft Nov. 11, 2015

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook -

Twitter's recent teapot tempest in Canada over a petition to rename Calgary airport after Stephen Harper illuminates a point pertinent to the comin' round again Remembrance Day pageantry. As with the proposed christening of 'Stephen Harper International,' shouldn't we put a proper end to first, and wait some respectful period of time after, to be sure what's passing is indeed past before rushing to ribbon-cutting ceremonies and military parades, or consigning historical dates and plaques?

If Armistice, now Remembrance and/or Veterans Day is meant to mark the end of war, and that great accomplishment via the War to End All Wars, isn't it premature, or just plain rude, to begin the celebration without the guest of honour?

It seems to me, getting out to celebrate the end of War while there's still so much of it around is more than bad manners; it begs bad luck.
David Swanson is a most active peace and political justice activist, journalist, radio host, and author whose book titles include: 'War No More: The Case for Abolition,' 'When the World Outlawed War,' 'War Is a Lie,' and 'The Military Industrial Complex at 50,' among others. He's director of, campaign coordinator for, and blogs at and He too hosts Talk Nation Radio, and is a 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.
David Swanson in the first segment.
And; Haiti held its first round presidential and parliamentary elections in late October, and as with everything political in Haiti, there's much more going on there than meets the media eye here. Ezili Dantò is a New York City-based human rights attorney dedicated to "correcting the media lies and colonial narratives about Haiti." She's a performance poet, founder of the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network, and runs the website, listserve, and eyewitness project, FreeHaitiMovement, and the on-line journal, Haitian Perspectives, and author of 'Vodun Woman: A Performance Poetry Collection,' and the 'Kenbe La' books.

Ezili Dantò and who the West chosen for Haiti's future this time 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 newz from our city's streets in the coming weeks, and beyond there too. But first, David Swanson and Armistice Day at 97.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm 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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