Failing to Find Canadian Heroes in Rwanda Tragedy

The Real Rwanda Genocide Story has no Canadian Heroes

by Yves Engler - Dissident Voice


September 21st, 2017

Canadian commentators often claim more Tutsi were killed in the genocide than lived in Rwanda. Since it aligns with Washington, London and Kigali’s interests, as well as liberal nationalist Canadian ideology, the statistical inflation passes with little comment.

A Tyee story last month described the “slaughter of over 800,000 Tutsis in Rwanda” between April–July 1994. An earlier Globe and Mail profile of Roméo Dallaire cited a higher number. It noted, “over the next few months, Hutu activists and militias, supplemented by police officers and military commanders, killed an estimated 800,000 to 1 million Tutsis.”

Even self-declared experts on the subject cite these outlandish statistics.

In the Globe and Mail and Rabble last year Gerald Caplan wrote that, “despite his [Dallaire] best efforts, perhaps a million people of the Tutsi minority were slaughtered in 100 days.”

 

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Social Cleansing in Britain

Social Cleansing and the Destruction of Council Estates Exposed at Screening of ‘Dispossession’ by Endangered New Cross Residents

by Andy Worthington


19.9.17

On Saturday, I went to the New Cross Learning Centre — a community-run former library in New Cross — for a screening of ‘Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle’, a new documentary about Britain’s housing crisis directed by Paul Sng, who is from New Cross (and is the director of ‘Sleaford Mods: Invisible Britain’).

The screening was organised by the residents of the Achilles Street area, whose homes are threatened by Lewisham Council, which wants to knock them all down, and build shiny new replacements.

The area affected runs between New Cross Road and Fordham Park (from south to north), and between Clifton Rise and Pagnell Street (from west to east), and there are 87 homes (with 33 leaseholders), and around 20 businesses (along New Cross Road and down Clifton Rise).

Lewisham Council claims, in its most recent consultation document, from February this year, that “[a]ll current council tenants who wish to stay in the new development will be able to do so with the same rent levels and tenancy conditions that they have today,” and that “[a]ny resident leaseholder who wishes to will be able to remain in home ownership on the new development.”

This sounds reassuring, but the recent history of regeneration projects — both in London and elsewhere in the country — is that councils and developers lie to tenants and leaseholders, to get them to agree to regeneration under terms that are not then honoured. Instead, tenants are evicted and their homes demolished, and they never get to return, and leaseholders are offered derisory amounts for the homes that, ironically, they bought under Margaret Thatcher’s Right to Buy policy, which is insufficient for them to buy a replacement property in the area, leading to their exodus in addition to that of the former tenants.

 

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Tom Secker, Tim Shorrock, Janine Bandcroft Sept. 21st, 2017

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com


September 21, 2017

You may believe the golden age of spycraft passed with the end of the Cold War, or maybe even with Mata Hari's firing squad. But, what's old is gold again, and the game has never been more fully engaged.

Whether fighting commies, evil-doers, drugs dealers, or pernicious foreign ideology we always seem to be at war with something! In fact, we're reminded of the fact so frequently, it's beginning to make me think the war going on isn't "out there" at all, but instead is raging inside our heads, making a virtual battlefield of our collective perceptions.

Listen. Hear.

Tom Secker is a UK-based private researcher, journalist, frequently featured commentator on security and intelligence issues, host of the popular podcast, ClandesTime, and principal behind spyculture.com, “the world’s premier online archive about government involvement in the entertainment industry.” He’s also co-author, with Matthew Alford of the recently released book, 'National Security Cinema: The Shocking New Evidence of Government Control in Hollywood'.

Tom Secker in the first half.

And; Donald Trump didn't disappoint at the UN this week. In an address that still has halls of power around the globe buzzing, the American president used the global bully pulpit to threaten fellow member-nation North Korea with utter destruction. A lapse of diplomatic etiquette and refutation of the Charter of the United Nations' founding purpose of promoting peace among nations to be sure, but what Mr. Trump, and most of those listening to his sabre-rattling are not aware of is; the United States "totally destroyed North Korea" once before. It's a salient fact not lost on the "depraved regime" being threatened again, and something the White House might consider when gauging just how Kim "Rocket Man" Jong Un may react.

Tim Shorrock is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist, and author of the book, ‘Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing.’ His articles appear at his website, TimShorrock.com and at The Nation. Tim grew up in Asia, and spent much of the 1980’s in Japan, reporting on the financial intrigues of the then-biggest of the Asian Tiger economies.

 
Tim Shorrock and taking the measure of the Trump administration's bombast from an Eastern perspective in the second half.

And; Victoria activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here with the Left Coast Events Newsletter bulletin at the bottom of the hour. But first, Tom Secker and the clandestine war being fought between your ears.
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.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Rod Marining, John Helmer, Janine Bandcroft Sept. 14, 2017

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com


September 14, 2017 

Last month's Solar Eclipse escape of Atlantic Salmon from concentrated fish lots across the water from us in Washington State brought condemnation and quick action from local authorities in the US. If only it were so here in BC, where repeated escapes of the alien species have met with little more than tut tuts from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans; the organization tasked with protecting Canada's maritime environment.

The Cooke Aquaculture net failure adds more ammunition to opponents in the ongoing fight against fish farms in our waters.

This Summer has seen two dock occupations by First Nations in two separate jurisdictions, and the return of crusading biologist Alexandra Morton and allies the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, with Operation Virus Hunter II.

 

Listen. Hear.

The season's efforts culminated last week with the Rally to End Fish Farms in the Broughton Archipelago manifesting at the heart of Vancouver's Canada Place, and pressing the new NDP government take action to shut down the industry.

Rod Marining is a long-time BC resident and Ocean defender. He's a co-founder of Greenpeace, current Director at the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and Chair of the BC Environmental Network, among other things. He's spent the last few months on board with Sea Shepherd's Operation Virus Hunter, the second of a two-Summer campaign, trying to get fish farms out of BC's waters.

Rod Marining in the first half.

And; Canada's Foreign Minister, Chrystia Freeland is much in the news lately; generally seen in the context of renewed NAFTA negotiations between tripartite partners, Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Though doing trade and investment rule deals is a small part of Freeland's portfolio, it's one she's uniquely qualified for. The former business journalist and author of the award-winning book, 'Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else', is well-used to rubbing elbows with some of the most powerful of the Western World's power elite. But could those ties, while providing welcome free access for an ambitious journalist, later prove costly political encumbrances to a cabinet minister?

John Helmer is a long-time, Moscow-based journalist, author, and essayist. The Australian says his website, Dances with Bears is the only news bureau “independent of single national or commercial ties.” He’s also a former political science professor who has served as an advisor to governments on three continents and regularly lectures on Russian topics. Helmer's book titles include: ‘Uncovering Russia,’ ‘Urbanman: The Psychology of Urban Survival,’ ‘Bringing the War Home: The American Soldier in Vietnam and After,’ and ‘Drugs and Minority Oppression’ among others.

John Helmer on the minister and the plutocrat in the second half.

And; activist and broadcaster at large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events update. But first, Rod Marining and getting those fish out of water.

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.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

 

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United Nations: Aggressive War Enabler

U.N. Enablers of ‘Aggressive War’

by Robert Parry  - Consortium News


September 8, 2017

 

Special Report: U.N. investigative reports, like a new one condemning Syria for alleged sarin use, are received as impartial and credible, but are often just more war propaganda from compromised bureaucrats, reports Robert Parry.

 

Many still want to believe the U.N. engages in impartial investigations, and is more trustworthy than, self-interested governments, whether Russia or the United States.

But trust in U.N. agencies is not well placed; what independence they may have once had has been broken, a reality relevant to recent “investigations” of Syrian chemical weapons use.

There is also the larger issue of the U.N.’ peculiar silence about one of its primary and original responsibilities, shouldered after the horrors of World War II – to stop wars of aggression, which today include “regime change” wars organized, funded and armed by the US and other Western powers, such as the Iraq invasion in 2003, overthrow of the Libyan government in 2011, and series of proxy wars including the ongoing Syrian conflict.

 

After World War II, the Nuremberg Tribunals declared that a “war of aggression … is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.”


That recognition became a guiding principle of the United Nations Charter, which specifically prohibits aggression or even threats of aggression against sovereign states.

 

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Israel's Stake in Syrian War

The Conflict In Syria Was Always Israel’s War

by Whitney Webb - MintPress News


September 04th, 2017

 

Because Israel has staked first its survival and ultimately its growth into a dominant regional power on the disunity of its neighboring nations, it comes as no surprise that, faced with a winding-down of the Syrian conflict, it is now moving sharply against that development.


Bibi worried podiumAfter years of fomenting the Syrian conflict from the shadows, the U.S. has recently seemed to back away from its push to militarily intervene in the embattled nation, instead choosing to focus its saber-rattling and destabilization efforts on other theaters. The consequence of this has seemingly been the winding down of the long-running conflict, now entering its seventh year.

Buoyed by Russia, Iran and Lebanon, the Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad has managed to retake vast swaths of territory, all while surviving and growing stronger over the course of a largely foreign-funded onslaught. As a result, many of the governments that were instrumental in funding and arming the so-called “moderate” opposition have begun to extricate themselves, unwilling to further test the resilience of Assad or the Syrian people.

With some anticipating the long-awaited conclusion of the Syrian conflict, recent threats from Israel’s government to assassinate Assad by bombing his residence seemed to appear out of the blue.

 

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Boxing Kim: The Rest of the Story

What the Media isn’t Telling You About North Korea’s Missile Tests

by Mike Whitney  - CounterPunch


September 4, 2017

Here’s what the media isn’t telling you about North Korea’s recent missile tests.

Last Monday, the DPRK fired a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan’s Hokkaido Island. The missile landed in the waters beyond the island harming neither people nor property.

The media immediately condemned the test as a “bold and provocative act” that showed the North’s defiance of UN resolutions and “contempt for its neighbors.”

President Trump sharply criticized the missile test saying:

“Threatening and destabilizing actions only increase the North Korean regime’s isolation in the region and among all nations of the world. All options are on the table.”

 

Photo Stefan Krasowski | CC BY 2.0


What the media failed to mention was that, for the last three weeks, Japan, South Korea and the US have been engaged in large-scale joint-military drills on Hokkaido Island and in South Korea. These needlessly provocative war games are designed to simulate an invasion of North Korea and a “decapitation” operation to remove (Re: Kill) the regime.

 

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Be Appalled: Meet the Pottingers

The Appalling Pottingers

by Craig Murray


6 Sep, 2017

One wealthy family through generations has been a pillar of the British establishment, and at the same time responsible for an astonishing amount of harm. Yet you have probably never heard of the Pottingers.

Their history can almost make you believe in Grand Guginol stories that a capacity for evil can be genetically inherited.

The Bell Pottinger scandal in South Africa, where the PR firm has been found to have deliberately exacerbated racial tension in collusion with corrupt billionaires, is only the latest episode. Here is a glimpse into the astonishing story of the Pottingers.

Purely by chance I have stumbled in three entirely different ways on the activities of the Pottingers in different generations, which is how I can tell this story, and nobody else can.

 

 

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Nathalie Chambers, Ken Boon, Christina Nikolic Sept. 6, 2017

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com


September 6, 2017 

In the last days of last winter, long-time Saanich councillor, Vic Derman died. Derman championed the conservation of the municipality's dwindling farm lands and agricultural heritage, and one of those he supported was Madrona Farm in the Blenkinsop Valley.

Nathalie Chambers farms at Madrona, and was the first to declare her intentions to run in the by-election to fill Vic's seat; an election scheduled for Saturday, September 23rd.

Listen Hear.

Chambers is an organic farmer, business owner, progressive community leader, fundraiser, project manager, public speaker on biodiversity and local food security, and author of the book, 'Saving Farmland: The Fight for Real Food'. She earned a diploma in Restoration Ecology at UVic, and has years of experience in community planning, and issues management.

Nathalie Chambers in the first half.

And; the recent change of government in BC has opened the books on the Site-C project, the 9-plus billion dollar mega-project in the province's Peace Country. It's been highly contentious from the start, and the exclusion of the BC Utilities Commission from the assessment process was just one of the project's many bones of contention. Now, the BCUC is back in the picture, and has announced 11 community input sessions to be held across the province as part of its review process, starting Sept. 23, three days after the release of its preliminary report on the proposed dam.

Ken Boon is a Peace River Valley farmer whose family farm was expropriated by BC Hydro for a Site-C connecting highway scheme. He's also president of the Peace Valley Landowners Association, and has fought the dam from the beginning.

Ken Boon and the fighting the last dam on the Peace River in the second half.

And; Victoria gardening guru and green entrepreneur, Christina Nikolic will join us at the bottom of the hour with Left Coast Events highlights for the coming week. But first, Nathalie Chambers and a Saanich election at the crossroads.

 

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.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/
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Harvey and the Storms to Come

Harvey: Fierce Climate Change at Work

by Robert Hunziker - CounterPunch


September 1, 2017

Is Harvey a force of nature or something more?

Clearly, Harvey is a natural disaster of monstrous proportions. Its destructiveness is the hottest topic on TV coast-to-coast and around the world. Still, cynics of climate change say natural disasters, like hurricanes, are normal and nothing more than nature’s way.

The evidence, however, points in another direction; climate change is no longer simply nature doing its thing. It’s lost purity of the force of nature, only nature.

Similar to the record setting massive meltdown of Arctic ice in a flash of geologic time, fierce storms and zany weather patterns are setting all-time records, hyper-speeding nature’s time clock.

In point of fact, bigger/faster all-time records have become the norm, racing ahead of nature, prompting the question: Why is this happening?

 

 

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Junta Nation: Generals Trump Presidency

Let’s Call “Trump’s Generals” What They Are: A Military Junta 

by Whitney Webb - MintPress News


August 27, 2017

 

Trump is fond of boasting about “his” generals. But over the short course of his presidency’s first months, the possession and control have reversed themselves. Mattis, McMaster, and Kelly have banished all opposition and now pour the neo-con agenda straight into Trump’s ear.


WASHINGTONThe U.S., long known for its meddling in the affairs of other nations, also has a long and sordid history of supporting military juntas abroad, many of which it forced into power through bloody coups or behind-the-scenes power grabs. From Greece in the 1960s to Argentina in the 1980s to the current al-Sisi-led junta in Egypt, Washington has actively and repeatedly supported such undemocratic regimes despite casting itself as the world’s greatest promoter of “democracy.”

Finally in 2017, karma appears to have come back to roost, as the current presidential administration has now effectively morphed into what is, by definition, a military junta. Though the military-industrial complex has long directed U.S. foreign policy, in the administration of President Donald Trump a group of military officers has gathered unprecedented power and, for all intents and purposes, rules the country. 

 

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, William Laurance, Andy Worthington, Christina Nikolic August 30, 2017

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook - GorillaRadio.com


August 30, 2017

We've all seen the carnage on the roadside - or at least, seen some of it. Every day millions of creatures are killed and maimed through the happenstance of human activity. Astronomical numbers are obliterated by automobiles alone; it is, according to my second guest, a veritable highway holocaust.

William Laurance is a distinguished research professor and Australian Laureate at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia, director of the Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science, and founder and director of ALERT—the Alliance of Leading Environmental Researchers & Thinkers. In addition to his scientific papers, his popular essays appear at, among other places, CounterPunch.org, The Conversation, and bioGraphic.com, where I found his article 'Curbing an Onslaught of 2 Billion Cars.'

 

Listen. Hear.


William Laurance in the first half.

And; if there's a single defining characteristic of this mad time we're careening through it is the ceaselessness of it all. Even in the stillest moments the motor hums on, just behind the wallpaper. But, if the prospect of living at the mercy of a mechanistic society unable to find rest seems daunting, how much worse is it when the machinery resides not inside the walls but within our heads, possessing every waking moment, pervading even our dreams? How much worse yet when, not only do we want the omnipresent noise, but can't live without it?

Andy Worthington is freelance investigative journalist, activist, author, photographer, film-maker, and singer-songwriter. Co-founder of the Close Guantánamo campaign (and the Countdown to Close Guantánamo initiative) and co-director of We Stand With Shaker, which called for the release from Guantánamo of Shaker Aamer, he has made an annual pilgrimage to America from his native Britain to lobby for that infamous prison’s closure.

Andy’s book titles include: ‘Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison, ‘Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion’, and ‘The Battle of the Beanfield.’ He also co-directed (with Polly Nash) the documentary film, ‘Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo,’ and spends an inordinate amount of time online, enmeshed in the virtual wires that constitute the modern-World. His latest article, 'Switch Off Your Devices and Have a Week Off: Why Headspace, Silence and Human Interaction is Good for Us' examines the value of another kind of peace.

Andy Worthington and making room for headspace in the second half.

And; Victoria gardening guru and green entrepreneur, Christina Nikolic will join us at the bottom of the hour with a special Victoria Fringe Festival Left Coast Events feature. But first, William Laurance and curbing the global vehicular onslaught.

 

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.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/
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