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“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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Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/
November 4, 2015
Government officials who pushed the Iraq War in 2002-2003 are fond of claiming that they were simply deceived by “bad intelligence,” but the process was not that simple. In reality, there was a mutually reinforcing scheme to flood the U.S. intelligence community with false data and then to pressure the analysts not to show professional skepticism.
In other words, in the capital of the most powerful nation on earth, a system had evolved that was immune to the normal rules of evidence and respect for reality. Propaganda had become the name of the game, a dangerous process that remains in force to this day.President George W. Bushannouncing the start of hisinvasion of Iraq March 19, 2003.
Regarding the Iraq War case, one of the principal culprits fueling this disinformation machine was Iraqi exile Ahmed Chalabi, who died on Nov. 3 at the age of 71 from a heart attack. Chalabi, head of the U.S./neocon-backed Iraqi National Congress (INC), not only pumped intentionally false data into this process but later congratulated his organization as “heroes in error” for rationalizing the invasion of Iraq.
Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dave Lindorff, Christopher Ketcham, Janine Bandcroft November 4th, 2015
- Created on Wednesday, 04 November 2015 04:37
- Written by Chris CookThis Week on GRby C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com
As spies go, the 600,000 cubic foot, eye-in-the-sky blimp floating at 16,000 feet outside Washington, D.C. is hardly discreet, but until it went rogue, breaking its tether and hieing for the coast, most Americans knew nothing about it, or its mission. Similarly, despite the ubiquitous presence of law enforcers of every description ceaselessly broadcast into the living rooms of the nation, few understand how and upon who their force is fully exercised.Dave Lindorff is an award-winning, long-time print journalist, and founder of the web news site, This Can't Be Happening. His recent articles about the wayward spy in the sky, and of West Palm Beach, musician, Corey Jones' recent fatal encounter with an undercover policeman while waiting for a tow on the side of a Florida highway are illustrative of both the misuse and increased use of secret policing in America.Dave Lindorff in the first half.And; in a recent CounterPunch article, Brooklyn-based freelance writer, Christopher Ketcham quotes biologist E.O. Wilson's dire assessment for life as we've known it on good old Planet Earth. Wilson predicts, "Extinction is now proceeding thousands of times faster than the production of new species," which means, "Between 30 and 50 percent of all known species are expected to go extinct by 2050, if current trends hold." Consider that the next time you see a still wild animal cavorting across the sky, or lying dead on the side of the road.Ketcham's work has appeared in most of America's finer magazines: Vanity Fair, Mother Jones, National Geographic, and Hustler among others. He was selected as a Livingston Awards finalist for his Salon.com coverage of the 9/11 attacks in New York in 2002, and published 'Notes from 9/11 Poems and Stories' based on his observation of that attack's aftermath. His article revealing the plundering of the public lands of the American West by the livestock industry featured on the cover of Harper’s February issue this year.Christopher Ketcham and 'Extinction, the New Environmentalism, and the Cancer in the Wilderness' 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 news of what's happening on our city's streets in the coming week, and beyond there too. But first, Dave Lindorff and as above, so below; keeping an unblinking eye on America.Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/
- Created on Monday, 02 November 2015 22:20
- Written by WSWSErdoğan’s AKP wins surprise fourth term amid escalating violence in Turkeyby Halil Celik and Alex Lantier - WSWS.org
2 November 2015According to initial returns, Sunday’s snap election in Turkey was won by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, giving it a solid parliamentary majority. The AKP had lost its majority in the June 7 election, which resulted in a hung parliament.According to official figures, with 99 percent of the vote counted, the AKP obtained 49.4 percent of the vote and a comfortable majority of at least 316 seats in Turkey’s 550-seat parliament. Voter turnout was 87.3 percent, up from 85.8 percent in June.With 25.4 percent of the vote and approximately 134 seats, the Kemalist Republican People’s Party (CHP) failed to make expected gains over its result in the June elections. The CHP, long the Turkish bourgeoisie’s preferred party of rule, came in first in only six of Turkey’s 81 provinces.
- Created on Sunday, 01 November 2015 22:29
- Written by Andy WorthingtonShaker Aamer’s Statement on His Release from Guantánamoby Andy Worthington
At lunchtime on October 30, 2015, a plane carrying Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in Guantánamo, back to the UK as a free man, to be reunited with his family after nearly 14 years without charge or trial in US custody, landed at Biggin Hill airfield. Soon after, Shaker was whisked away by his UK lawyers to receive medical care and to be reunited with his family, and, I am led to believe, he is doing remarking well considering his long ordeal.
The following statement was issued by his UK lawyers and I’m delighted to post it below. It reveals the eloquence, generosity and concern for others that has been a hallmark of Shaker’s words from Guantánamo over the years.
All his many supporters should take heart from the fact that he says, “I feel obliged to every individual who fought for justice not just for me but to bring an end to Guantánamo,” adding, “Without knowing of their fight I might have given up more than once; I am overwhelmed by what people have done by their actions, their thoughts and their prayers and without their devotion to justice I would not be here in Britain now.”
- Created on Sunday, 01 November 2015 22:18
- Written by Chris Genovali'Pack It Out' Plan for Grizzly Hunt Doesn't Workby Raincoast.org
October 31, 2015
Trophy hunting of grizzly bears is opposed by 90 per cent of British Columbians, including scientists, environmentalists, First Nations and most hunters. Although the provincial government has steadfastly defended the hunt, a new policy is being proposed as a potential solution, one that has the backing of trophy hunters.
It smells fishier than a grizzly’s breath in the fall.
Oak Bay-Gordon Head MLA Andrew Weaver’s private member’s bill would require hunters to “pack out” the meat of killed grizzlies. Grizzly bears are one of the few so-called big-game animals in B.C. for which no such requirements exist.
Depending on which argument is tabled, this new policy could somehow eliminate the “trophy” element from the hunt or reduce grizzly hunting. We disagree with both of these claims.