What Should Palestinians Expect – Can Trump Be Any Worse?
by Ramzy Baroud
November 23, 2016
Fear and trepidation are slowly building up, as US President-elect, Donald Trump, is fortifying his transitional team with people capable of bringing about a nightmare scenario, not only for Americans but for the rest of the world, as well.
For Palestinians, however, the signs are even more ominous. From former New York mayor, Rudy Giuliani, to Republican leader Newt Gingrich, the Trump team is filling up with dishonorable men who have made careers out of pandering to Israeli interests and unabashedly discounting Palestinian rights.
Trump Israel point person,
While Gingrich had claimed in 2011 that Palestinians are ‘invented’ people, Giuliani, according to Jewish News Service “is fondly remembered in the Jewish community for expelling Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) chief, Yasser Arafat, from a United Nations concert at Lincoln Center in 1995.” Considering earlier statements made by Trump himself last May - that the expansion of illegal Jewish settlements in the Occupied West Bank 'should keep moving forward' - to more recent comments by Trump’s point person in Israel, Jason Greenblatt, that the illegal colonies are 'not an obstacle to peace', it is fairly certain that the Trump administration is decidedly anti-peace and anti-Palestinians.
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US House Seeks Syria-War Escalation
by Rick Sterling - Consortium News
November 22, 2016
Late in the day, on Nov. 15, one week after the U.S. elections, the lame-duck Congress convened in special session with normal rules suspended so the House could pass House Resolution 5732, the “Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act” calling for intensifying the already harsh sanctions on Syria, assessing the imposition of a “no fly zone” inside Syria (to prevent the Syrian government from flying) and escalating efforts to press criminal charges against Syrian officials.
HR5732 claims to promote a negotiated settlement in Syria but, as analyzed by Friends Committee for National Legislation, it imposes preconditions which would actually make a peace agreement more difficult.
There was 40 minutes of “debate” with six representatives (Ed Royce, R-California (left); Eliot Engel, D-New York; Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Florida; Dan Kildee, D-Michigan; Chris Smith, R-New Jersey; and Carlos Curbelo, R-Florida) all speaking in favor of the resolution. There were few other representatives present, but the House Foreign Affairs Committee stated that the resolution was passed “unanimously” without mentioning these special conditions.
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This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com
November 23, 2016
In Dostoevsky's The Devils, his doomed characters, Kirillov and Shatov escape to America and are at first rejoicing in "the spiritualism, the lynch mobs, the guns, and the tramps" they find there. Soon however, they come to realize the inbred Russian morality inhibiting their ability to join fully the carnival of violence and depravity the New World offers and lament,
"[O]ne has to be born in America, or at least to live among them for many years, to reach their level."
That was in 1872, but could well have been written as Donald Trump seized the sceptre of American power two weeks ago; and, as University of Kansas Slavic studies scholar Ani Kokobobo says,
"I’ve come to realize that it’s never a good sign when real life resembles a Fyodor Dostoevsky novel."
Ted Rall is a Pulitzer Prize-finalist, journalist, 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,’ ‘Snowden,’ and his latest is, 'Trump: A Graphic Biography.'
Ted Rall in the first half.
And; in the aftermath of the Mr. T.'s astounding electoral victory a veritable "S" storm of recrimination and finger pointing has ensued. You may have experienced some of that, if having the temerity to voice the woeful moral short-comings of the democrat opposite as an enabling factor in bringing about his imminent, and unholy inauguration. You may even have said, "How much worse could he be?"
Well for all her faults on the war and Wall Street, when it comes to global climate change, Trump seems determined to emphasis the "mental" in his environmental approach.
Robert Hunziker is an environmental journalist whose climate clarion calls appear in numerous journals and multiple languages around the World and across the internet. He's also appeared in a variety of media to talk about global climate change, written extensively about the ongoing aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and his latest article, 'The Arctic Warms Up For Trump' provides a chilling preview of the end of days to come.
Robert Hunziker and warming up to Trump 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 of some of the good goings on going in the coming week. But first, Ted Rall and Trump, fascism, and picking up where Obama leaves off.
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/Add a comment
The Arctic Warms Up For Trump
by Robert Hunziker
November 21, 2016
A little over one week following the presidential election, The Washington Post carried this headline: “The North Pole is an Insane 36 Degrees Warmer Than Normal as Winter Descends,” d/d November 17th, 2016.
That headline is not tomfoolery; it is an actual, real temperature reading.
According to NovaNext, PBS, d/d Nov. 18th, 2016:
“As the Arctic settles into polar night, scientists are noticing that something has gone horribly wrong. Sea ice levels at the North Pole are at a record low- but even more startlingly, air temperatures are 36° F (20° C) higher than normal across the region.”
By any standard, the North Pole commands an all-hands-on-deck emergency alert - a climate catastrophe may be on the way. It’s bloody hot in the Arctic (in wintertime), and the repercussions are outright deadly for humanity, but Trump hasn’t even taken office yet!
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Is Canada in Trump’s Crosshairs Regarding Trade?
by Peter Ewart - 250 News
November 20, 2016
Donald Trump railed and blasted at how the “rest of the world” was getting away with murder in terms of trade with the US, a statement fraught with irony given the US’s long record of bullying other countries. The two countries he mentioned the most were Mexico and China. However, although Trump often brought up NAFTA as an object of scorn, he rarely mentioned Canada, which is odd given that Canada is deeply enmeshed in NAFTA and is America’s largest trading partner.
Does this suggest, as some politicians and pundits claim, that Canada may not be targeted as harshly as Mexico, China and other countries? Far from it. To think that way could prove naïve. Indeed, a leaked memo to CNN apparently from the Trump transition team suggests the opposite (1).
Trump’s Fascism Picks Up Where Obama’s Leaves Off
by Ted Rall
November 17, 2016
Donald Trump wants to deport three million illegal immigrants, and he’s willing to split up families to do it. Expect resistance: street protests, networks of safe houses, American citizens willing to risk prison to hide undocumented workers.
Barack Obama deported two million — more than any other president. Thousands of kids lost their parents. Yet demonstrations were few. Anglo solidarity was nowhere to be found. Same action, different reaction. Why?
As we’ve seen under Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, progressives go to sleep when Democrats are in the White House. Trump will be deplorable. But as the unrest that followed his victory signals, he’ll have a salutary effect on American politics: Liberals will resist the same fascist horrors for which they’ve been making excuses under Obama (and would have continued to tolerate under Hillary Clinton).
Ironically, their struggle will be made all the more challenging due to the fascist moves promulgated by Barack Obama, a president revered by liberals — but whose administration has been characterized by a stream of fascist policies.
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The Senseless Death of Tobeka Daki: Auctioning Health and Life to the Highest Bidders
by Fran Quigley - CounterPunch
November 17, 2016
Tobeka Daki died this week. And she shouldn’t have.
Tobeka lived in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, and was the mother of two sons. Her youngest son, Khanya, is 11 years old. In 2013, she was diagnosed with a strain of breast cancer known as HER2. There is a medicine called Trastuzumab, marketed under the name Herceptin, that is very effective at treating Tobeka’s form of breast cancer.
The groundbreaking research that led to the discovery of Herceptin was funded by U.S. taxpayers. A year’s dose can be manufactured for about $176. But Tobeka was never treated with Herceptin. The corporation that controls the medicine charges about $34,000 in South Africa for a year’s worth of doses. That cost is five times more than Tobeka’s income, which is right around the per capita average in her country. But the corporation enjoys a monopoly patent on the drug, which means they can charge whatever they wish, with no fear of a generic alternative being made available.
That company made $11.6 billion profit in 2015.
Trump’s $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan: Lincoln Had a Bolder Solution
by Ellen Brown - CounterPunch
November 16, 2016 In Donald Trump’s victory speech after the presidential election, he vowed:
We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals.
We’re going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none. And we will put millions of our people to work as we rebuild it.
It sounds great; but as usual, the devil is in the details. Both parties in Congress agree that infrastructure is desperately needed. The roadblock is in where to find the money. Raising taxes and going further into debt are both evidently off the table. The Trump solution is touted as avoiding those options, but according to his economic advisors, it does this by privatizing public goods, imposing high user fees on the citizenry for assets that should have been public utilities.
Raise taxes, add to the federal debt, privatize – there is nothing new here.
I Still Don’t Hear the Voices of American Voters!
by Andre Vltchek - Dissident Voice
November 15th, 2016
Since the results of the latest Presidential elections were announced, I am longing for silence, while the overwhelming cacophony of deafening noises is assaulting my ears, and in fact all my senses.
Suddenly everyone around me wants to speak, to shout, and to declare.
Lately, people who are surrounding me, as well as those who are far away from me are frantically watching the news, reading newspapers and browsing through countless political websites.
My friends and comrades all over the world are poking jokes at the US political establishment, or trembling in anticipation of something terrible, even apocalyptic. Many are just having fun. Even some thoughtful and educated individuals are behaving like obsessive football fans: analyzing, passing judgments, and spending countless hours on the couch, in front of their television screens.
US, British ‘Clean House’ to Delete Syria Terror Links
by Finian Cunningham - SCF
November 15, 2016
US President Barack Obama has just given the Pentagon orders to assassinate commanders of the Al Nusra terror network in Syria. American media reports over the weekend say the new urgency arises from US intelligence fears that al Qaeda-affiliated groups are preparing to mount terror attacks against Western targets from strongholds in Syria.
The purported US «kill list» will be acted on through drone strikes and «intelligence assets». The latter refers, presumably, to US special forces that are already operating in northern Syria alongside Turkish military.
Last week, a similar announcement was carried in the British press, which reported that elite British SAS troops had received orders to kill up to 200 jihadi volunteers from Britain who are suspected to be active in Syria (and Iraq). Again, the same rationale was invoked as in the latest American plan. That the assassination program was to pre-empt terror attacks rebounding on Western states.
A British defense official was quoted as saying that the mission could be the most important ever undertaken by the SAS in its entire 75-year history. «The hunt is on», said the official, «to take out some very bad people».
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This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com
November 16, 2016
High dudgeon has been the major tenor of the response from the far north to the imminent ascension of Donald J. Trump as next president of the United States of America. How, the doyens across our famously liberal media spectrum wonder, could our good cousins south let it happen?
It goes without saying, (just a year after Stephen Harper's departure) such a gauche coup could never happen here; Canadians are far too fair and good to allow a low brow, knuckle-dragging orange-haired troglodyte troll like the Donald take the reins of power.
Yes, from climate policy to world peace Canada is, if not the indispensable, then at least an unimpeachable nation; or is it?
Yves Engler is a Canadian author and essayist whose book titles include: 'The Ugly Canadian — Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy,' 'Lester Pearson’s Peacekeeping — The Truth May Hurt,' 'Stop Signs — Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay (with Bianca Mugyenyi),' and the 'The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy' (Shortlisted for the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non Fiction in the Quebec Writers’ Federation Literary Awards), among others.
His latest book, 'A Propaganda System: How Canada’s Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation' is hot of the press, and Yves will be up here at UVic November 16th at 7pm in the Harry Hickman Building to launch the book and reveal just why "most Canadians believe their country is a force for good in the world, despite a long history of supporting empire, racism and exploitation."
Yves Engler in the first half.
And; even when war is a game, its weapons aren't toys. Just off our coast, the American Navy conducts war games and weapons testing using sophisticated and necessarily lethal systems and ordnance. But, some of that ordnance, the bullets, bombs, and shells pose an unintended hazard to life and limb, one the military brass is unwilling to admit.
Dahr Jamail is an Olympic peninsula-based Truthout staff journalist and author, whose book titles include: 'The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan,' 'Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Iraq,' and the contributed chapter, "Killing the Intellectual Class" for the anthology, 'Cultural Cleansing in Iraq: Why Museums Were Looted, Libraries Burned and Academics Murdered.'
In his latest article for Truthout, 'The Navy's Use of Depleted Uranium in Our Coastal Waters Threatens Humans, Wildlife' Jamail uncovers the hidden threat behind the Navy's war games in our back yard. Dahr is also a Truthout staff reporter, and his latest book, 'The Mass Destruction of Iraq: Why It Is Happening, and Who Is Responsible' is co-written with Truthout founding editor, William Rivers Pitt.
Dahr Jamail and deep sixing the Navy's deadly games in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us newz of some of the good things planned in the coming week for our city's streets and beyond. But first, Yves Engler and 'A Propaganda System: How Canada’s Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation.'
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/
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With Trump En Route to the White House, New Close Guantánamo Video Urges President Obama to Get the Prison Closed
November 11, 2016
I wrote the following article (as “New Close Guantánamo Video Reminds President Obama He Has Just 70 Days Left to Close the Prison Before He Leaves Office”) for the “Close Guantánamo” website, which I established in January 2012, on the 10th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo, with the US attorney Tom Wilner.
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