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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Ted Rall, Kevin Pina, Janine Bandcroft Sept. 2nd, 2015

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com

 
Just what's wrong with the police? In recent years, on both sides of the border, we've seen the "boys in blue" come to resemble more a menacing occupier than your grandfather's friendly beat-walker. Maybe it's television, or the age we live in, but there's definitely been an attitudinal sea change.

My first guest can attest, and has attested in his LA Times political cartoon column, to the blue-to-black approach to "community" policing. It's a strange coincidence perhaps, that a personal account he wrote of abuse at the hands of the LAPD nearly fifteen years ago has escalated into a career threatening smear campaign against the vociferous critic of the "zero-tolerance" age we live in.
 
Ted Rall is the Pulitzer Prize-finalist; a journalist who having done his job at the LA Times calling out hypocrisy on both sides of American politics so well, now finds himself kicked off that venerable broadsheet with few allies.

Rall is more though than just a cartoonist in the LA Times' syndication stable, he's also a political cartoonist at ANewDomain.net, editor-in-chief of SkewedNews.net, and a prolific graphic artist and author, whose books include: 'After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You As Honored Guests: Unembedded in Afghanistan,' 'To Afghanistan and Back: A Graphic Travelogue,' 'The Book of Obama: From Hope and Change to the Age of Revolt,' and many more. His latest, just released title, 'Snowden,' is an illustrated biography of America's most wanted man, whistleblower Edward Snowden.
 
Ted Rall in the first half.
 
And; last month, Haiti made, according to the Organization of American States, a great "step forward" in holding long-delayed parliamentary elections. But was it the forward step the OAS would like the World to believe? Amid calls for investigations for massive vote suppression, ballot stealing and ballot-box stuffing, intimidation, violence and even murder it seems, if Haiti is moving it is in a direction leading down its well-worn path to despotism dressed as democracy in the service of trans-national capital as overseen by a ruthless local elite.
 
Kevin Pina is an American filmmaker, journalist, educator, and broadcaster with Pacifica Radio's public affairs program, Flashpoints. Pina's film credits include: 'El Salvador: In the Name of Democracy,' 'Berkeley in the Sixties,' 'Amazonia: Voices from the Rainforest,' 'Haiti: Harvest of Hope,' 'Haiti: The UNtold Story,' and 'HAITI: We Must Kill the Bandits.' Kevin has lived in and reported from Haiti, and was jailed by the infamous Baby Doc Duvalier for reporting on the abuses of that nefarious regime.
 
Kevin Pina and a faux democracy deja vu in Haiti 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 what's good going on on our streets and beyond there too. But first, Ted Rall and the life and death of an LA Times column.

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/
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An Explanation for Everything in New Yuk Times: "Putin Did It"

Ukraine Rightists Kill Police; Putin Blamed
by Robert Parry - Consortium News

September 1, 2015
 
As I read the latest example of The New York Times’ propagandistic coverage of the Ukraine crisis on Tuesday, it struck me that if these same reporters and editors were around in 1953, they would have cheered the coup against Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh as a popular “revolution” putting the beloved and benevolent Shah back on the Peacock Throne.
 
Similarly in 1954, these credulous journalists would have written about another people’s “revolution” in Guatemala removing President Jacobo Arbenz and restoring law and order behind well-regarded military commanders. The Times would have airily dismissed any suggestions of U.S. manipulation of events.
 
And, for decades, that was how the Central Intelligence Agency wanted American journalists to write those stories – and the current crop of Times’ journalists would have fallen neatly into line. Of course, we know historically that the CIA organized and financed the disorders in Tehran that preceded Mossadegh’s removal and pulled together the rebel force that drove Arbenz from office.
 
And, the evidence is even clearer that U.S. government operatives, particularly Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt, helped orchestrate the 2014 coup that overthrew Ukraine’s elected President Viktor Yanukovych. Indeed, journalists knew more about the coup-plotting in Ukraine in real-time than we did about the coups in Iran and Guatemala six decades ago.
 

Crisis Not Managed: A Bigger, Badder 2008 Meltdown

Return to Crisis: Things Keep Getting Worse
by Mike Whitney - CounterPunch

“Had the economy been fundamentally sound in 1929 the effect of the great stock market crash might have been small…. But business in 1929 was not sound; on the contrary it was exceedingly fragile. It was vulnerable to the kind of blow it received from Wall Street. Those who have emphasized this vulnerability are obviously on strong ground. Yet when a greenhouse succumbs to a hailstorm something more than a purely passive role is normally attributed to the storm. One must accord similar significance to the typhoon which blew out of lower Manhattan in October 1929.”  - Extracts from The Great Crash: 1929, John Kenneth Galbraith, First Published 1955, Chapter 10: “Cause and Consequence”, Page 204.

The virus that spread to stock markets around the world and nearly destroyed the global financial system in 2008 has reemerged with a vengeance sending global equities deep into the red and wiping out more than $5 trillion in market capitalization in less than two weeks.
 
On Tuesday, before the opening bell, major market index futures in the US plunged more than 400 points signaling another violent day of selling ahead. Worries that a slowdown in China will impact global growth pushed Asian and European markets deep into negative territory while US futures indicate that the Dow Jones is headed for its ninth triple-digit day in ten sessions.
 
The deluge of bad news has battered confidence in the Fed and “sent global equities to their worst monthly slump in more than three years”.
 
Millions of Mom and Pop investors have sold out already and are headed for the exits.
 

Prisons, Missing/Murdered Women Among UN Human Rights Committee Criticisms of Canada

UN Human Rights Committee Criticizes Harper Government
by Edward C. Corrigan - Rabble.ca

 On July 20, 2015 the United Nations Human Rights Committee, in its seven-page Concluding Observations Report, adopted a number of critical observations of Canada's human right practices, treatment of Indigenous people and criticized Harper's policies on immigration and treatment of refugees.
 
The Report was termed "A wake up call" on Canada's human rights performance.
 
The Committee composed of 17 International Experts conducted the first review of Canada's human rights record in nearly a decade.

The committee heard representations from the Canadian government and also from Canadian non-governmental organizations like Amnesty International and the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. They had to review thousands of pages of documentation.
 
Overall, the Harper Conservative government was subjected to severe criticism over its short comings.
 

Colombia's Killing Fields Going Strong After All These Bloody Years

Colombia’s Killing Fields: Peace is War
by James Petras - Dissident Voice

August 30th, 2015

Colombia has received more US military aid — over $6 billion dollars in the past decade — than any country in the Western Hemisphere. For its part, Colombia allowed the Pentagon to build seven military bases, more than all the other countries in the region combined.
 
There are over 2,000 US military officers and private US ‘mercenary’ contractors engaged in military activities in Colombia – more than any other country in Latin America.
 
During the decade-long (2001-2010) regime of President Alvaro Uribe, (a drug trafficker and death squad jefe in his own right), more than one-thousand trade union leaders and activists were murdered — over one hundred a year.
 
Nevertheless, the ‘Colombian killing field’ regime under Uribe was described in glowing terms by all the major respectable Anglo-American newspapers, including the Financial Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post for having brought “stability and peace” (of the graveyard) to the country and making Colombia “safe for investors”.
 
Eventually Uribe’s excesses, his policy of ‘peace through terror’ policies frightened and appalled many Colombians and (most important for the oligarchs) he failed to defeat the armed insurgency When the regime’s new extractive export growth strategy called for massive expansion of foreign investment in guerrilla-controlled mineral and oil-rich regions tactics and key political leaders had to change.
 
After two terms in office, President Uribe’s former Defense Minister Juan Santos was elected on the promise of renewed peace negotiations with the principal guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.
 

Buried in a Grave Called Guantánamo

Yemeni Prisoner Zaher Hamdoun Says He Is “Buried in a Grave Called Guantánamo”

Aug. 30, 2015
 
Guantanamo prisoner Zaher Hamdoun (aka Zaher bin Hamdoun) in a photo included in the classified military files released by WikiLeaks in 2011.On Friday, the Guardian published words from Guantánamo written by Zaher Hamdoun (ISN 576), also identified as Zaher bin Hamdoun (or Zahir bin Hamdoun), a Yemeni held at the prison since May 2002. Hamdoun’s words were interspersed with commentary by his lawyer, Pardiss Kebriaei, a Senior Staff Attorney at the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights.
 
I’m cross-posting the article below, which is worth reading not only for Hamdoun’s own words about his long ordeal, but also for Pardiss Kebriaei’s frustration with the review process — the Periodic Review Boards — established by President Obama in 2013 to examine the cases of all the prisoners still held when he took office who were not subsequently approved for release in 2010 by the high-level, inter-agency Guantánamo Review Task Force he appointed (44 of the 116 men still held) or who have not been put forward for trials (just ten of the men still held).
 
Hamdoun is one of 47 men awaiting a chance to pitch for his release through a Periodic Review Board, a process that, as Kebriaei notes, is appallingly slow. “At the rate prisoners’ reviews are going,” she writes, “the administration will not finish by the time Obama leaves office.”
 
Just 17 reviews have taken place since November 2013, and, as a result, ten men have been approved for release (but just two have been freed), four others have had their ongoing detention approved (but two are awaiting the results of a second review), and three others are awaiting the results of their reviews.
 

California North: Hot, Dry Summer for Rain-Starved Northwest

Burning: A Summer of Fire, Smoke, Ash and Change
by Ray Grigg - Shades of Green
Wildfires are ripping across California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska during this summer of 2015, the result of unprecedented droughts and record temperatures.
 
Millions of hectares are being burned along with hundreds of homes. Fire-fighting costs are multiplying, the economic damage is soaring and the environmental consequences are foreboding.
 
The old ecologies of the Pacific Northwest are being reshaped as climate change begins the long and disruptive process of altering the weather and remaking the biological structure of the region.
 

What the Disappearance of the Nathan E. Stewart Means for Oil Transshipments Along BC's Inside Passage

Mystery Disappearance of the Nathan E. Stewart
by Ingmar Lee - 10,000 Ton Tanker

So we are now able to confirm that the Nathan E Stewart is no longer in service since its mysterious turnaround off Kitkatla on August 7, when it was escorted back to Ketchikan by the tug, Ethan B. 

It is very important to know what sort of difficulty caused the Texas Tanker to reverse course in Canadian waters, and then require an escort. 

Here's the Nokea off Cape Mudge
this morning, (Aug. 30, 2015).

I have contacted the local Ketchikan newspaper regarding this issue and am awaiting a response.

The barge, DBL 55, which is usually " mated" to Nathan E Stewart is now loaded, at Seymour Narrows, northbound and being towed by the Texas-based tug, " Nokea."
 

Soldier's Abduction Attempt Thwarted by Child's Family

Kidnapper Caught on Tape: Soldier's Abduction Attempt Thwarted by Child's Family
by Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh
Nabi Saleh on Friday saw a remarkable confrontation when an Israeli occupation soldier tried to kidnap a child (with arm in cast after an earlier attack on him ended up with a broken arm) but his family came to his aid and freed him.
 
 
 
Watch this remarkable video: 
 

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Rumours and Unist'ot'en Camp "High Alert"

Unist'ot'en Camp on "high alert" under rumours of police raid
by Elizabeth McSheffrey 
 
 RCMP say recent discussion on social media concerning 
the Unist'ot'en Camp doesn't reflect "the situation."
 
Aug 27th, 2015
 
ACCESS DENIED: A still from video footage shows Houston RCMP officers requesting Unist’ot’en Camp spokesperson Freda Huson for access on July 15. When that failed, Chevron American officials tried on July 23 and got the same response.

Policers officers have not directly confirmed or denied rumours of an impending raid of the Unist'ot'en Camp in northwestern B.C., which has long been on their radar for repeatedly denying the oil and gas industry access to its territory.
 
Corporal Janelle Shoihet, a media relations officer in Surrey, said a press release issued by the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) outlining the "mass arrest operation" is currently under review and no police action has been taken yet.
 
"We understand that there has been some discussions on social media that don't accurately reflect the RCMP's action or the situation," she told Vancouver Observer in an email statement.
"To date, there has been no police action. It is our understanding that discussions between industry and the Wet'suwet'en are still possible."

Rumours of the "mass arrest operation" outlined in the UBCIC release quickly gained traction among local leaders and activists, who discouraged police action against the peaceful residents of the Unist'ot'en Camp in any form.
 

Gladio's Return in Europe?

Has Gladio Returned to Europe?
by Wayne Madsen - SCF
 
 Aug. 29, 2015 
 
The recent shooting of the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul by two women who were claimed by Turkish authorities to be members of a far-left terrorist group, the Revolutionary People's Liberation Army-Front (DHKP-C), as well as a suspicious incident on a Thalys high-speed train bound for Paris from Amsterdam, indicate that the false flag operations conducted by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s Cold War-era «stay behind network» known as Gladio may be back in full operation.
 
The DHKP-C is claimed to have carried out a suicide bombing of the U.S. embassy in Ankara in 2013, an attack that killed a Turkish security guard. 
 
In that attack, a website called «The People's Cry», supposedly operated by DHKP-C, claimed that one of its members, Ecevit Sanli, carried out the suicide bombing at the embassy, which killed both Sanli and the Turkish guard. 
 

Nanaimo Regional Directors Seek ot Bar Writers' Gathering in District

Nanaimo Regional District Tries to Banish Writers
by Kim Goldberg

Thistledown Farm - Just two days before our Sharing the Fire gathering of writers is scheduled to begin at Thistledown Farm B&B in Cedar, BC, bureaucrats from the Regional District of Nanaimo have threatened to shut it down.

The event involves about a dozen writers and artists gathering for three days (August 28-30) to discuss creative approaches to ecological and societal problems.

Five of us have been planning this event for a year. Some participants are travelling from as far away as Whitehorse, Toronto, and the United States to participate.
 
Regional District employees seem to think that a dozen writers getting together for a creative think-tank on private property is illegal. They have threatened to seek an injunction to bar the pre-registered guests from gathering this weekend at Thistledown Farm.

What will these bureaucrats next decide is illegal, dinner parties in one’s own home?
 
The gathering will, of course, proceed. It is not illegal for writers to meet in Canada. Perhaps the RDN bureaucrats are thinking they exist in some other era or some other country. If the RDN bureaucrats wish to dress up as jack-booted fascists and come kick the door down and haul away a dozen authors, perhaps they should wait until Halloween so we can give them some candy and send them on their way.
 
Kim Goldberg
August 26, 2015
 
The following media release was issued today by the owners of Thistledown Farm B&B, Laurie Gourlay and Jackie Moad:
For Immediate Release: August 26, 2015
 

What's Wrong with American Policing: Putting Peace Back in the Officer

What’s Wrong with Police in America - We need peace officers, not Pinkertons 
by Dave Lindorff  - This Can't Be Happening
 
Aug. 29, 2015
 
NYPD White Shirt - OccupyAmericans got a glimpse of what policing is like in a more humane and civilized society last year when four young Swedish cops, on vacation in New York City and riding on a subway, found themselves faced with a bloody fight in the aisle by two angry black men.
 
A subway car full of New Yorkers watched in stunned disbelief as the four Scandinavian cops, all in civvies and unarmed, leapt into action [1]. They used non-lethal techniques to pin the two combatants without hurting either one and then began trying to talk them down, calmly, never raising their voices, and avoiding any swearing or verbal abuse.
 
New York's Finest busting up a legally protected
protest during the 2011 Occupy Wall Street Movement
 
Neither man was hit by any of the officers despite their struggling. As the Swedish cops waited for New York’s Finest to arrive, they gently rubbed and patted the distressed captives and spoke to them reassuringly.
 
It was not the way that situation would likely have gone down had it been four off-duty New York cops in that car.
 

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