Saturday, November 09, 2019

Trying Roger Stone, Trying Julian Assange

Roger Stone Trial: Randy Credico for the Prosecution

by Greg Palast - Greg Palast Investigative Journalism 

November 8, 2019

The key witness for the prosecution in the Roger Stone trial is my friend, comic and journalist Randy Credico. I’ve been in constant contact with Credico for three years as Stone tried to bully him into perjury.

Here’s just one threat to dissuade Credico from speaking with Special Prosecutor Mueller:

The feds have charged Stone with witness tampering for the threats against Credico. Stone can get 20 years. Randy is taking his life, and the life of his famous therapy dog, Bianca, in his hands because he’s facing death threats from the violent, right-wing fruitcakes that have rallied around Stone.

New Attacks on Iranian Oil Tankers, Deems Red Sea "Unsafe"

Iran Informs Global Maritime Body of Two New Attacks on Its Tankers, Calls Red Sea 'Unsafe' – Report

by Tim Korso - Sputnik

November 7, 2019

Tehran had previously only reported a single attack on one of its tankers, which took place in the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia on 11 October. The country promised to conduct a full investigation of the incident before pointing the finger at those responsible, but noted that the incident must have been organised by "one or more" states.

Iranian authorities have notified the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) that a total of three of its oil tankers have been attacked over the course of six months, all in the same region – in the Red Sea, off the Saudi coast, The Wall Street Journal reported. In its letter to the international body, Tehran indicated that the attacks, which it argues were likely "organised by one or more states", had impacted regional maritime security in a negative way.

"A major concern in this respect is that the organised and directed pattern of these attacks within a short time and similar locations have rendered the Red Sea as an unsafe route for ships to adopt for their voyages", the Iranian letter reportedly stated.

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Are We Done Fighting?

Are We Done Fighting Video Trailer

by Mathew Legge

November 2019

Matthew Legge loves exploring the evidence and sharing interesting stories. He’s particularly passionate about making communication honest, simple, and accessible.

Matthew’s fascination with how diverse cultures organize themselves to address different challenges led him to get a degree in Anthropology from the University of Toronto. He served for six years on the board of directors of the Ontario Council for International Cooperation. This is his first book. He writes the popular blog Are We Done Fighting? for Psychology Today.

As CFSC’s Peace Program Coordinator, Matthew has had the opportunity to learn from Quakers across Canada and in the US, Europe, and Africa. Are We Done Fighting? is written for a general audience as part of Matthew’s work for CFSC, and proceeds go toward CFSC’s peace and justice work.

Bethune 'Wounds'


by Norman Bethune


The following article, "Wounds" is by the Canadian communist and medical doctor, Norman Bethune, who died in China serving the revolution. It is a scathing critique of imperialist war. written 1939, published 1940.

The kerosene lamp overhead makes a steady buzzing sound like an incandescent hive of bees. Mud walls. Mud floor. Mud bed. White paper windows. Smell of blood and chloroform. Cold. Three o'clock in the morning, December 1, North China, near Lin Chu, with the 8th Route Army. Men with wounds. Wounds like little dried pools, caked with blackbrown earth; wounds with torn edges frilled with black gangrene; neat wounds, concealing beneath the abscess in their depths, burrowing into and around the great firm muscles like a dammed-back river, running around and between the muscles like a hot stream; wounds, expanding outward, decaying orchids or crushed carnations, terrible flowers of flesh; wounds from which the dark blood is spewed out in clots, mixed with the ominous gas bubbles, floating on the fresh flood of the still-continuing secondary haemorrhage.

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Mathew Legge, Larry Hannant, Janine Bandcroft November 7, 2019

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook -

November 7, 2019

More than a century and half after Dickens' observation of living in the "best and worst of times", we living now on the verge of transformative technologies promising to make of our existence the paradise on Earth so long promised are, instead of grasping the best of all times, stuck in an Iron Age paradigm of endless war and violence.

And worse yet, according to my first guest, things are getting worse yet.

Mathew Legge is Peace Program Coordinator for the Canadian Friends Services Committee, the peace and social justice agency of Quakers in Canada. He's also a researcher in the fields of neuroscience, social psychology, and behavioral economics whose blog, Are We Done Fighting? appears at the Psychology Today website.

Listen. Hear.

Matthew will be on the island next week to speak on the issues presented in his newly released book, 'Are We Done Fighting? Building Understanding in a World of Hate and Division'.

Mathew Legge in the first half.

And; Canadians seem never to tire of making connections with native sons and daughters who have achieved great things abroad. Just one such person is Dr. Norman Bethune. A national hero in China, Bethune's communist sympathies though has long presented government of Canada propagandists with a dilemma; so, while his humanitarian contributions are undeniable, Norman Bethune may just be, 80 years after his death, the most famous Canadian hero most Canadians have never heard of!  

Larry Hannant is a writer, historian, educator, social justice advocate and activist. He's author of the Robert S. Kenny Prize-winning book, 'The Politics of Passion: Norman Bethune's Writing and Art', the soon to be released, 'Bucking Conservatism: Alternative Stories of Alberta in the 1960s and 1970s', 'The Infernal Machine: Investigating the Loyalty of Canada's Citizens', and the just out, 'All My Politics Are Poetry'. Hannant and fellow speakers, Eric Zhao, Parneyan Weera, and Florian Castle will be presenting a commemoration of the life and times of Norman Bethune and simultaneous launch of Larry's book tonight at the Victoria Event Centre on Broad Street at 7pm sharp.

Larry Hannant, Norman Bethune and the politics of poetry in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, 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, Mathew Legge and strategizing responses to the current wave of hate and divisiveness.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at:  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, Check out the GR blog at: