Israel Extends Gaza Wall into the Sea

Revealed: first images of Israel’s sea barrier blockading Gaza

by Middle East Monitor


August 6, 2018

 

Israel’s underwater barrier designed to further blockade the besieged Gaza Strip

 

Israel’s Ministry of Defence yesterday released the first images of its sea barrier designed to further blockade the besieged Gaza Strip. The barrier is located on Zikim beach, approximately three kilometres from Gaza’s northern frontier.

The project is slated to be completed by the end of 2018 and is likely to cost an estimated 25 million shekels ($6.7 million). When completed, the structure will stretch 200 metres out into the Mediterranean Sea, further cutting off the Gaza Strip from Israel.

The barrier will consist of three layers: an underwater base level; a 50-metre-wide sea-level platform made of armoured stone, and a six-metre-high barbed wire fence.

A further fence will also surround the barrier itself as “an additional security measure.” The barrier has been praised by Defence Minister, Avigdor Liebermann. “The construction of the barrier around the Gaza Strip, both on land at sea, is progressing at a rapid and impressive pace,” said the extreme right-winger.

“Every day that passes, our counterterrorism capabilities around the Gaza Strip are growing stronger.”
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Jon Elmer*, Terry Wolfwood, Janine Bandcroft August 2nd, 2018

This Week on GR

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


August 2, 2018

Over the weekend, Israel's military boarded and seized the Gaza Freedom Flotilla vessel, Al Awda, arresting its crew and confiscating its cargo of medical supplies bound for besieged Gaza.

Injuries are reported, but nothing like the murderous assault suffered by the Turkish flagged, Mavi Marmara, engaged in a similar attempt at penetrating Israel's naval blockade in 2010. Then, ten of the activist aboard were murdered by commandos. I spoke to Canadian photo-journalist, Jon Elmer the day of the Mavi Marmara attack*; he was in the West Bank.

 

Listen. Hear.

Jon Elmer in the first half.

And; George Orwell famously described the battle for a remembering of crimes committed by society's overlords as the Memory War. Today, the reality of wars occurring around the planet seem too removed from the consciousness of the World's most powerful and belligerent nations to illicit the universal outrage and action required of their citizens to end them. We have it seems lost the memory war, and perhaps too surrendered our collective conscience.

This week coming offers another chance; it marks the annual remembrance of the 1945 atomic destruction of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Women in Black will hold their annual vigil in remembrance of Hiroshima-Nagasaki this Tuesday, August 7 at high noon below the tourist information office across from the Empress Hotel.

Terry Wolfwood is Director and co-founder of the Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation, and a writer, photographer, and long-time activist who has traveled from the highlands of Mexico to the gates of Gaza and beyond in pursuit of peace, social justice, and women’s rights. Her articles have appeared at Briarpatch, Peace News, and Third World Resurgence among other places, and she's the local coordinator for Victoria’s Women in Black.

Terry Wolfwood and the power of remembering in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to get up to in and around our town for the coming week. But first, Jon Elmer and the deadly 2010 taking of the humanitarian relief ship, Mavi Marmara.

 

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon 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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Capitalism's Moral Cul de Sac

A New World Order: That Possible Dream

by Christopher Black - NEO


24/7, 2018

 
Well, my friends, I started to write an essay about the Brussels Declaration issued by NATO at the end of the American shakedown meeting with its allies on July 11, that, beneath the platitudes about “democracy” and “shared values” “defensive alliance,” “respect for international law” and layer upon layer of lies about “Russian aggression” is nothing less than a declaration of war. For that is what that document amounts to. Those interested can go to the NATO website and read it for themselves as paragraph after paragraph of fantasy and distortions are set out in that smug tone the war crowd likes to use to fool the rest of us.

But be prepared for your mind to be polluted with every word.

So I stopped writing that piece, tore it up; and I stopped because how often can any reasonable person write about the same thing, the same war propaganda dished out with breakfast, lunch and dinner on every TV channel, every radio channel, every newspaper, time after time, without being numbed by it all.


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“Humanitarian” White Helmet Rescue

Israel Evacuated Alleged Mossad-Linked Rebel Commanders During “Humanitarian” White Helmet Rescue
by Whitney Webb  - MintPress News

 

July 23, 2018


Given that Israel had spent over $60,000 a year supporting Syrian rebel group Fursan al-Golan financially, it would make sense for Tel Aviv not only to develop and maintain ties with their commanders, but to rescue those commanders as the Syrian government continues its advance.
 

Over the weekend, and as MintPress predicted last Tuesday, the controversial Western government-funded “humanitarian” group, the Syrian Civil Defense — popularly known as the White Helmets — were evacuated from southern Syria as the Syrian government continues to gain ground in its offensive throughout the country’s southwest.

However, sources from within the Syrian opposition have revealed that the White Helmets were not the only ones evacuated from Syrian territory, as four top “rebel” commanders were also among the evacuees, undermining the heavily promoted narrative that the evacuation was purely “humanitarian” in nature.

According to Al Masdar News, four rebel commanders were evacuated by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), which oversaw the evacuation operation: Moaz Nassar and Abu Rateb, of Fursan al-Golan (the Knights of Golan); Ahmad Nahs, of Alwiyat Saif al-Sham (Sword of al-Sham); and Alaa al-Halaki; of Jaish Ababeel. Al Masdar’s sources also stated that those same four commanders had previously been recruited by Israeli intelligence early in the conflict and had maintained ties with the Mossad over the years.

 

White Helmets evacuation from Occupied

Golan to Jordan - IDF video screen grab
 

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Eva Bartlett, David Swanson, Janine Bandcroft July 26th, 2018

This Week on GR

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


July 26, 2018

Last week the Trudeau government announced Canada would provide refuge for members of the White Helmets and their families. The announcement came as a still unknown number of the group were evacuating southern Syria via the Occupied Golan and Israel.

Though Canada's minister of foreign affairs says she supports the group whole-heartedly, critics charge the Syria Civil Defence or White Helmets "humanitarian workers" work with and are intrinsically allied to al Qaeda, primarily through its Syria-based spin-off Jabhat Al-Nusra.

Listen. Hear.

Eva Bartlett is an independent Canadian journalist and activist who has lived in and reported from Gaza and Syria over the last decade.

She has been one of the few Western witnesses of the destruction of war from where Western missiles and bombs land, and one of even fewer to fix properly the responsibility on those firing and dropping them. Eva is recently returned from her seventh foray into Syria.

Eva Bartlett in the first half.

And; buoyed perhaps by his early days North Korean diplomatic success, Donald Trump has again resorted to Twitter to launch a bellicose attack against Iran, making, as he did against Kim Jong Un, thinly veiled threats of nuclear annihilation. But, Iran is not Korea, and in the context of a middle east already aflame, the American president may be painting himself into a corner leading to yet another war. 

David Swanson is a peace and political justice activist, journalist, radio host, and author whose book titles include: ‘War No More: The Case for Abolition,’ ‘When the World Outlawed War,’ ‘War Is a Lie,’ and ‘The Military Industrial Complex at 50’ among others. He’s director of WorldBeyondWar.org whose annual confab Designing a World Beyond War: Legalizing Peace takes place in Toronto this September. Find out more at: #NoWar2018. David also blogs at Let’s Try Democracy (DavidSwanson.org), WarIsACrime.org, and hosts the public affairs program, Talk Nation Radio.

David Swanson and getting beyond war in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to get up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Eva Bartlett and the White Helmets Canada-bound.

 

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon 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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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Robert Massoud, Yves Engler, Janine Bandcroft July 19, 2018

This Week on GR

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


July 19, 2018

These last years have been momentous ones in the Middle East. While wars and rumours of war abound and millions flee their homes, scattered to the winds in search of safe haven, the need for peace and reconciliation has never been greater.

In times of yore the olive branch was extended to ones enemy as a sign of good faith; and today, Palestine Peace Awareness Inc, the Canadian non-profit organization known colloquially as "Zatoun" is doing just that.

Zatoun hopes, they say, to transcend the abstract, geopolitical context of the Palestine-Israel situation, focusing instead on people and the ordinary, everyday lives they must lead.

Listen. Hear.

Robert Massoud is a Palestinian-Canadian whose family immigrated to Canada when he was a child. He is the founder of Zatoun, an organization which imports fair trade Olive Oil from the West Bank to provide market opportunities for Palestinian goods, and works to bring a more accurate representation of life in Palestine.

Robert Massoud in the first half.

And; last week Justin Trudeau announced more Canadian troops would be sent to war ravaged Iraq. This adds to a growing global Canadian military presence. Whether "training" missions in Ukraine, or participating in Joint Task Forces like the one in Iraq, Canadian Forces are no longer the Pearsonian Peacekeepers of old. Today there are myriad "operations" in theatres from Fiji to Latvia, and now too a return to Africa with Operation PRESENCE in Mali.

Yves Engler is a Montréal-based activist, essayist, and author. His articles appear at Dissident Voice, The Palestine Chronicle, Rabble.ca, and Pacific Free Press among other places. Some of his nine book titles include: 'A Propaganda System—How Canada’s Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation', 'Canada in Africa — 300 Years of Aid and Exploitation', and 'The Ugly Canadian — Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy'.

Yves Engler in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin highlighting some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Robert Massoud and olives for peace in Palestine.

 

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon 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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The NDP Find a Cause in Ukraine

NDP Flirts with Anti-Russian Extreme Right

by Yves Engler

 
July 7, 2018
 

In response to Ukrainian Canadian Congress campaigning, two NDP MLAs recently convinced the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission to withdraw a brand of Russian vodka from its stores.

Alberta MLAs Deron Bilous and Jessica Littlewood argued that a hammer and sickle logo on a bottle of vodka was “offensive“.

Articulating a growing rightist effort to equate communism with Nazism in Eastern Europe, Ukrainian Canadian Congress Alberta chapter president, Olesia Luciw-Andryjowycz, told the Edmonton Journal that the hammer and sickle was akin to “having a swastika on a bottle of cognac.”

This is not the first attempt by a provincial NDP to ban Russian vodka. In response to the 2014 upheaval in the Ukraine, a minister in the NDP government in Manitoba discussed a provincial ban on Russian vodka.

At the same time, NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo tabled a motion at the Ontario Legislature calling on government-run liquor stores to suspend sales of Russian Standard vodka.

 

 

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Four Years and Still Seeking Answers in MH17 Shootdown

July 17 is the Fourth Anniversary of the MH17 Attack – Time and Reason to Doubt the Allegations

by Eric van de Beek and Max van der Werff

via Dances with Bears

July 18, 2018

Amsterdam* Max, a year ago we looked back extensively on three years of MH17. Which are for you the most important events and developments over the past year?

Without doubt, liability of the Russian Federation claimed by the Netherlands and Australia and the first firm denial by President Putin. The positions on what really happened can no longer be reconciled and neither party can go back.

Has your view on the disaster changed since last year? Are there any scenarios that you have ticked off? Or maybe there is a scenario that you want to defend?

Everyone seems to know exactly what has happened. But on the basis of what has been disclosed publicly as evidence, I still cannot draw any definitive conclusions.

 

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Greg Shupak, Site C Action & Accountability, Janine Bandcroft July 12, 2018

This Week on GR

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


July 12th, 2018

Israel announced Monday it will seal the Kerem Shalom commercial border crossing between Gaza and Egypt. This means Gazans, already suffering a health emergency due to the dozen years-long siege of the refugee enclave, will be subject to even greater privations.

Israel's actions fly in the face of World opinion, and repeated rulings by the United Nations, who released a report last year saying conditions in Gaza are degrading at a rate to make the Strip "unlivable" by 2020.

Benjamin Netanyahu's proclamation comes following four months of weekly Palestinian protest at the barbed wire and earthen berm barrier near Khan Younis, where Israel has responded with a live bullet, open fire policy killing so far more than a hundred and fifty people, (including children, medics, and journalists) and maiming thousands.

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The Israeli prime minister said the Kerem Shalom closure was part of a promise to redouble his efforts to "deal with Hamas with a heavier hand."Professor Gregory Shupak is an educator, author, and essayist. Holding a doctorate in Literary Studies, Greg teaches Media Studies at the University of Guelph in Toronto. His analyses of politics and media appear across a variety of outlets online, including: Electronic Intifada, In These Times, Middle East Eye, TeleSUR, and at Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting among other places.

His first book, 'The Wrong Story: Palestine, Israel, and the Media' is newly released by OR books, who say it, "[L]ays bare the flaws in the way large media organizations present the Palestine–Israel issue... [revealing] ...major fallacies in the fundamental conceptions that underpin their coverage..."

Greg Shupak in the first half.

And; as British Columbia's Site C Dam project bungles along, critics who fought against it, and who's hopes the incoming government would kill it were cruelly dashed by John Horgan's NDP, have not yet begun to give up fighting. They are legion, and their arguments against Site C cite its environmental, economic, constitutional, and geological failures.

Site C Action & Accountability for a dam site too far in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Greg Shupak and getting the Wrong Story on Palestine right.

 

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon 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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Crisis for Refugees Deepens in Divided Europe

Europe’s Iron Curtain: The Refugee Crisis is about to Worsen

by Ramzy Baroud - ramzybaroud.net


July 10, 2018

A recent European Council summit in Brussels was meant to articulate a united policy on the burgeoning refugees and migrant crisis. Instead, it served to highlight the bitter divisions among various European countries.

Considering the gravity of the matter, Europe’s self-serving policies are set to worsen an already tragic situation.

True, several European leaders, including Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, went home to speak triumphantly of a ‘great victory’, achieved through a supposedly united European position.

Italy’s Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, used more derogatory terms in explaining his country’s new policy on refugees and migrants.

“They will only see Italy on a postcard”, he said, referring to refugees who have been arriving in Italy with the help of humanitarian rescue boats.

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Joel Gregory Hayes, Nathalie Chambers, Janine Bandcroft July 5th, 2018

This Week on GR

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


July 5, 2018

Crisis and opportunity are, as the ancient Chinese philosophers knew, opposite sides of the same koan. It is, they say, the attitude governing our reaction to the matter at hand ultimately determining the path we choose and outcomes that follow.

By those calculations, right now we are at a very opportune moment in history; a moment that will determine not just what kind of future we'll have, but if there is to be a future at all.

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It seems our species' irresistible cleverness has at last met the immovable environmental reality of existence within the finite context of living on a small orb in space, and how we deal with this imminent crisis/opportunity is the question of the age.

Joel Gregory Hayes is scientific technician and adventurer currently embarked on a journey to create and prove a new solar charged Electric Vehicle, or SEV. It is his and his partners' plan to engineer and pilot their vehicle between the north tip and southern reaches of the Americas.

Joel Gregory Hayes in the first half.

And; as the small informs the large, so too the way we live our little lives can have great effects on the broader World. Here in our green and pleasant Victoria we are seeing a drastic diminishment of not only what little remains of the wild spaces once surrounding us, but the parks, urban forest, and rural spaces closer to home too; all sacrificed for industry, and a real estate business booming out of control.

Nowhere is the loss more evident than in Saanich, a jurisdiction blessed with all these attributes, and where the latest facing the developer's axe is the as yet unrecognized, Kings Road Park.

Nathalie Chambers is an organic farmer, business owner, progressive community leader, fundraiser, project manager, public speaker on biodiversity and local food security, author of the book, 'Saving Farmland: The Fight for Real Food,' and past candidate for Saanich council.

Nathalie Chambers and the fight of our lives; saving Saanich, one green space at a time in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in around our town in the coming week. But first, Joel Gregory Hayes and SEV for the Americas.

 

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon 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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Re: Alliances - American Finding Friends Hard to Find in New Middle East

Is the US-Kurdish Alliance Over? New Agreement Between Kurds and Assad Could Spell End for U.S. Role in Syria

by Whitney Webb - MintPress News

July 2, 2018



The agreement came as a result of recent negotiations between Kurdish and Syrian government officials in both Damascus and Qamishli.
 

For over a year, much of northeastern Syria has found itself under de facto occupation by the United States and its military proxy, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The occupied territory, accounting for nearly a third of Syria’s total landmass and including large portions of the al-Hasakah, al-Raqqa and Deir Ez-Zor regions, has largely been overseen by the SDF, an umbrella group of militias dominated by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which allied with the U.S. early in the conflict.

While the SDF has seemingly had complete control of the occupied territory — which boasts most of Syria’s oil, gas, freshwater and agricultural resources — it seems that increased local resistance to the SDF’s control of the region, as well as the U.S.’ failure to protect its allies elsewhere in Syria, has now pushed the YPG to reconsider its alliance with the United States and instead consider allying with the Syrian government, led by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

 

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