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“Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's organs are failing and he remains in critical condition Thursday, ...” (CNN.com, 01/02/2014).For six years, Ariel Sharon, former Prime Minister of the State of Israel from 2000-2006, has been kept alive, though he has been in a comatose state, unable to talk or communicate naturally. The Times of Israel, the Huffington Post, Haaretz, and Britain’s Guardian have recognized his impending death. Perhaps it is time to bring closure to this man, known as the “butcher of Beirut” for his massacre at the refugee camps in that city, Sabra and Shatila:
“The massacre lasted for three days (16, 17 and 18 of September 1982), approximately 3500-8000 persons, including children, infants, women and elderly were slaughtered and murdered in this horrific and gruesome massacre perpetrated by the Israeli army and its allied criminal militia.” (Global Research)
by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com
This week marks the twelfth anniversary for Camp X-Ray at the illegal American military base located at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. On January 11th, 2002, four months after the 9/11 attacks in the United States, Gitmo was opened for business.That business, according to my first guest, was to act as an experimental extraordinary rendition facility where methods of torture new and old would be practiced and perfected, and deployed around the world as part of the George W. Bush regime's Global War on Terror.Though "Dubya" Bush is long gone, the camp, and many of its unhappy inhabitants, remain.Andy Worthington is a long-time peace and justice advocate for the inmates of Guantánamo. He's a journalist and author whose book titles include: 'Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo,' 'Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion,' 'The Battle of the BeanField,' and his latest is, 'The Guantánamo Files: Stories of 774 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison.' Worthington is also co-director of the film, 'Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo.'
As he has since 2011, Andy Worthington will again be in the U.S. to mark Gitmo's infamous anniversary with a cross-country speaking tour. Starting January 8th and running through the 21st, Andy will visit New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Los Angeles with Debra Sweet, National Director of the World Can't Wait campaign to close Guantánamo. Andy Worthington in the first half.And; closer to home, our own infamous Harper regime last year allowed that the Enbridge Northern Gateway, and presumably any other project the offshore carbon industries wish developed, will go ahead; this despite the near unanimous opposition of those people living in the proposed path of pipelines, or along the wild and treacherous coast these projects threaten.
Though these projects have few supporters west of the Rockies, and diminishing numbers east of the mountains as well, coordinating a unified front against them has proven difficult. Divisions fostered within First Nations, and environmental groups and organizations is a key component to ensuring the profits flow with the heavy tar, but now moves to push the plan through are too promising a push by opponents to mend their fences.Ingmar Lee is a long-time environmental activist who, from his fights to protect Nanaimo's watershed from pollution masquerading as fertilizer dumped there by forest companies, and lengthy tree-sits to save the iconic Cathedral Grove from the axe, to bearing witness to the controversial Joint Review Panel process that rubber-stamped the Enbridge Northern Gateway scheme, has braved the powers-that-be to try and preserve what remains of this region's wild lands and biodiverse habitats. Ingmar lives within the range of the so-called Great Bear Rainforest, in a coastal community directly in the path of proposed Asia-bound mega-tankers. Ingmar Lee and diagnosing and treating B.C.'s environmentalist schism before it's too late.And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what's good to do in and around our town, Victoria and beyond, in the coming week and weeks to come. But first, Andy Worthington on the road, campaigning to close Gitmo.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 Sunday, 05 January 2014 12:05
- Written by Creative CommonsSyria's Hospitals Targeted by NATO-Backed Armed Groupsby Prof. Tim Anderson - Global Research
Since 2011 NATO-backed armed groups have systematically attacked more than two thirds of Syria’s public hospitals, and have murdered, kidnapped or injured more than 300 health workers.The most recent example of this was the destruction of Aleppo’s specialist Al-Kindi hospital.Syria’s Health Minister Dr Sa’ad al Nayef told a visiting Australian solidarity delegation on 22 December that foreign backed terrorists had detonated two truck bombs, completely destroying the hospital. All health workers inside were killed in the blast. Dr Malek Ali, Syria’s Minister for Higher Education told Syria’s SANA news agency that Al-Kindi, was a functioning educational hospital co-managed by his ministry.In an Orwellian revision of events the BBC (21 December) reported the destruction of Al-Kindi with the headline: 'Syria rebels take back strategic hospital in Aleppo'. The introduction claimed the “massive suicide lorry bomb” had managed “to seize back a strategic ruined hospital occupied by Assad loyalists.” Al-Kindi was said to have been “a disused building” and “according to an unconfirmed report, 35 rebels died in the attack”.The BBC double-speak needs a little translation.
- Created on Sunday, 05 January 2014 11:26
- Written by Francis A. Boyle1914/2014: Centenary of the First World War as Prelude to the Third?by Francis A. BoyleI commenced my formal study of International Relations with the late, great Hans Morgenthau in the first week of January 1970 as a 19 year old college sophomore at the University of Chicago by taking his basic introductory course on that subject. At the time, Morgenthau was leading the academic forces of opposition to the detested Vietnam War, which is precisely why I chose to study with him.
During ten years of higher education at the University of Chicago and Harvard, I refused to study with openly pro-Vietnam-War professors as a matter of principle and also on the quite pragmatic ground that they had nothing to teach me.After almost a decade of working personally with him, Morgenthau provided me with enough inspiration, guidance, and knowledge to last now almost half a lifetime.