Saturday, June 06, 2020

Australien Government Releases Economic Recovery Plan

Honest Government Ad - Economic Recovery

June 4, 2020
The Australien Government has made an ad about its Economic Recovery Plan, and it’s surprisingly honest and informative. 

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Queen's Treason: Freeing the Proofs of Australia's Betrayal

The Coup Against ‘The Most Loyal Ally’ 

by John Pilger - CounterPunch

June 3, 2020
The Australian High Court has ruled that correspondence between the Queen and the Governor-General of Australia, her viceroy in the former British colony, is no longer “personal” and the property of Buckingham Palace. Why does this matter?

Secret letters written in 1975 by the Queen and her man in Canberra, Sir John Kerr, can now be released by the National Archives. On November 11, 1975, Kerr infamously sacked the reformist government of prime minister Gough Whitlam, and delivered Australia into the hands of the United States. 

Friday, June 05, 2020

Woeful on Venezuela: "Left-Wing" Tanking in Media

WOLA: Media’s ‘Left’ Source for Pro-Coup Propaganda in Venezuela

by Lucas Koerner - FAIR

June 4, 2020
The mass media, as Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman documented decades ago, are structurally dependent on pre-ordained “experts,” who play a decisive role in filtering the information reaching the public.

When it comes to Venezuela, one DC-based think tank has become the Western media’s go-to source for confirming the US elite’s regime change groupthink (, 4/30/19): the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA).

Targeted Medicos Join Demonstration Wave

Thousands of US medical workers join protests against police violence

by Clara Weiss  - WSWS

5 June 2020
Thousands of health care workers have joined the protests against police violence that have swept the United States and other countries in recent days.

This weekend, videos showed hundreds of nurses cheering protesters in Manhattan in New York City, and on Tuesday, hundreds again joined a protest in Times Square. Protests have also taken place in Boston, Chicago, and Oakland, California.

Roll Over Columbia: Woody Guthrie, the Dam, and 'Dead Injuns'

Dam Nation and Woody Guthrie 

by David Yearsley - CounterPunch

June 5, 2020 
It is a miracle—even if not as great as the natural one it describes—that a song so simple, so welcoming, so resolute, so reassuring, so optimistic as Woody Guthrie’s “Roll on, Columbia” is not dragged down by the ironies that eddy around it. 
Tribal fishing site at Dalles Dam, Columbia River. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair.

The song springs from a clever musical pun. Guthrie re-used the music of Lead Belly’s “Goodnight, Irene” to deliver the message that the Columbia River’s “power is turning the darkness to dawn.” Human advance could now hold back the night—whether good or bad.

Thursday, June 04, 2020

Loosing the 'Warrior Wolves': China Moves in US Middle East Vacuum

‘Wolf Warrior Diplomacy’: Israel’s China Strategy in Peril

by Ramzy Baroud - MEMO

June 3, 2020
Israel’s balancing act that allowed it to reap America’s unconditional and, often, blind support, while slowly benefiting from China’s growing economic influence and political prestige, is already floundering.

Thanks to the heated cold war between the US and Chinese economic superpowers, the Israeli strategy of playing both sides is unlikely to pay dividends in the long run.

Meanwhile in Palestine: Darkening Skies, Storm or Nightfall?

The Darkening Sky over Palestine: Storm Clouds or Nightfall?

by Richard Falk - Palestine Chronicle

June 4, 2020
Looking upward, the sky above Palestine has darkened, but whether portending a storm or nightfall is uncertain.

If de jure annexation will go forward, then the sky is likely to emit thunder and lightning. When the storm passes, nothing will seem changed. Annexation is being discussed as if a game changer yet ‘annexation’ has already taken place in the form of settlements, the separation wall, denial of building and residence permits to Palestinians living in Area C, and long-affirmed Israeli sentiments of biblical entitlement solidified by continued tradition of affirming ‘Palestine’ as ‘the promised land’ of the Jewish people. 

Police Low Down in Mile High

Attorney Resigns From Use of Force Committee After Being Shot, Gassed by Denver Police

by Alan MacLeod  - MintPress News

June 4, 2020
While police nationwide have been escalating violence against protesters, Denver law enforcement appear to be some of the worst offenders.

Elisabeth Epps, a Colorado-based attorney and bail activist, publicly resigned from the Denver Police Department’s Use of Force Committee last night after being shot and tear gassed by the same force she was trying to regulate. “Plenty of Black folks will shuck & jive for ya, it just can’t be me anymore,” Epps said via Twitter, sharing pictures of the welts across her body and legs from police gunshots.

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

A Proud Day for Democracy: "America, Your Reality is Showing!"

We Are Watching The Story Of America Crash Headlong Into The Reality Of America

by Caitlin Johnstone - via Medium

June 3, 2020

I have a bedtime story for you.

Once upon a time a brave nation liberated itself from the tyranny of the British empire and birthed freedom and democracy into the world. With the help of heroes like the abolitionists, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X it overcame systemic racial inequality, and now it is a shining exemplar of human rights, the respected friend of free democracies around the world and the hated foe of all tyrannical regimes. It is not without its faults and its past mistakes, but it is the best leader and protector of the liberal world order that we could possibly hope to have.

I also have a waking up story for you.

Transcending Incompetence: Britain's Judiciary Breaks Bad on Skripals Case


by John Helmer, Moscow


June 3, 2020

The Wiltshire county coroner investigating British Government allegations that Russian military agents using a Russian-made poison called Novichok caused the death of a woman, Dawn Sturgess, on July 8, 2018, has lied in his report of the inquest into her death. This has been revealed by evidence gathered by the Wiltshire police two years ago, and recovered this week.

Senior Coroner David Ridley (lead image, right) has also concealed evidence from the coroner’s court inquest file and withheld it from the Russian Government after promising “to assist with the Russian Federation’s investigation of Ms Sturgess’ death…if the Russian Federation were to be supplied with a copy of the coronial investigation file which focuses on Ms Sturgess’ death.”

Neither Fake, Nor Real: Microsoft News Opts for Robot Reporters

Microsoft to replace MSN news production workers with artificial intelligence

by Mike Ingram  - WSWS

3 June 2020

Microsoft is firing dozens of news contractors after June 30 and replacing them with artificial intelligence (AI). Around 50 journalists and editors in the US contracted though Aquent IFG and MAQ Consulting and 27 in the UK contracted through PA Media (formerly the Press Association) will lose their jobs. These workers operate MSN news pages, curating content and in some cases rewriting headlines and editing content to fit the format.

MSN was launched as Microsoft’s news portal in 1995. At its launch, MSN published original content as well as links to news, weather and sports updates. In 2014, the site was relaunched as a partner with other news sites, paying them to redistribute their content.

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

"You Will Be Fired Upon"

LAPD: “You will be fired upon” & Floyd Eyewitness

by Greg Palast for Buzzflash

June 1, 2020

[Los Angeles; Minneapolis. Saturday.] The cop raised his weapon shouting, “Forty millimeter up! Curfew! YOU WILL BE FIRED UPON.”

Olympic Street near LA Police headquarters in downtown LA was lit up by a bright blue and purple disco light-show from about 40 police cars, all with sirens braying. It was just past the 8pm curfew meant to stop the riot.

America's Other Pandemic: Why We're Responsible for Yemen's Humanitarian Crisis

Our Disaster - Why the United States bears responsibility for Yemen’s humanitarian crisis

by Kathy Kelly -

June 1, 2020
An entire generation of Yemeni children has suffered the traumas of war, many of them orphaned, maimed, malnourished, or displaced. The United Nations reports a death toll of 100,000 people in that nation’s ongoing war, with an additional 131,000 people dying from hunger, disease, and a lack of medical care.

A report from Save the Children, issued in November 2018, estimated at least 85,000 children had died from extreme hunger since the war began in 2015.

From Gap to Chasm: America's Failing Cred

How the Credibility Gap Became a Chasm in the Age of Trump... And a New Generation Gap Grew Wider

by Rebecca Gordon - TomDispatch

June 2, 2020
These days, teaching graduating college seniors has me, as the Brits would say in the London Underground, “minding the gap.” In my case, however, it’s not the gap between the platform and the train I’m thinking of, but a couple of others: those between U.S. citizens and our government, as well as between different generations of Americans. The Covid-19 crisis has made some of those gaps far more visible than usual, just as my students leave school with many of their personal expectations in tatters.

The chasms illuminated by the coronavirus are many: the gender pay gap; the wealth gap between African Americans and Latinos on one side and white Americans on the other, not to speak of the gap in their healthcare access and health outcomes; the gap in the amount of domestic work and childcare done by women and men; and that’s just to start down a longer list. Covid-19 has exacerbated all of these gaps in very concrete ways. To take just one example, the children of families with the fewest resources will be the ones most affected by missing almost half a school year or more.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Pablo Ouziel, Elisabeth Tova Bailey, Janine Bandcroft June 4, 2020

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook -

June 4, 2020
 Welcome to GR. We are as yet NOT broadcasting live from the basement of the Student Union Building at the University of Victoria, but instead recording live-to-Skype this day, May 13th, 2020.
Fitting it’s been a late Spring here; Winter’s intransigence keeping us indoors longer than we’d like, confined to leaving the greeting rituals of the new season overlong under wraps. But nature won’t be denied, and sure as God made green apples and bright flowers, our deliverance from the power of the pestilence that’s held much of the World at bay is waning. Or, so we’re told.

The green lamp is lit – sort of – with Spain, one of the countries worse-effected by Covid, announcing last month its “deconfinement plan” roll out, beginning in earnest Monday, May 11. It’s the first stage of a phased emergence from the virus, and as elsewhere it’s a policy fraught with doubt and controversy.
Listen. Hear.

Pablo Ouziel is a Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Victoria’s Political Science Department and Centre for Global Studies whose Fellowship Project at UVic, ‘Democracy Here and Now: The Exemplary Case of Spain’ was interrupted by the Covid-19 closure of the University. He is currently in his native Barcelona.

Dr. Pablo Ouziel in the first half.

And; what can we take away from this weird moment when the World stood uncertainly on its axis? Perhaps from our time in collective isolation we can understand better what it means for others forcibly removed by circumstance from their lives and an agency taken as granted, until just taken?

Elisabeth Tova Bailey is an intimate acquaintance of solitude, having experienced years of patient recuperation from a randomly encountered debilitating disease. The product of her long estivation is the book, ‘The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating’. The multi-award garnering chronicle of her bed-side companion and its special history has now metamorphosed too as the short film of the same title.

Elisabeth Tova Bailey and life at a snail’s pace in the second half.

And; long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with this week’s Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things you can get up to in and around our town – both real and virtual – in the coming week. But first, Pablo Ouziel and Spain’s planned emergence from crisis.

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:

One Beautiful Law (and Order): Trump Declares Abstraction "Domestic Terrorists"

Coup d’รฉtat in Washington: Trump declares war on the Constitution

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US)

 via WSWS

2 June 2020
In an act unprecedented in American history, Donald Trump has repudiated the Constitution and is attempting to establish a presidential dictatorship, supported by the military, police and far-right fascistic militia acting under his command. The Socialist Equality Party appeals to the working class and all those committed to the defense of democratic rights to oppose this criminal action.

Speaking on national television, Trump proclaimed: “I am your president of law and order… Our nation has been gripped by professional anarchists, arsonists, looters, criminals, Antifa and others.”

Monday, June 01, 2020

Continuing Education? Campus Life and Class Actions

US universities and colleges appeal for legal immunity from coronavirus lawsuits as campuses plan to reopen in fall

by Anthony del Olmo - WSWS

1 June 2020
In a letter to Congress, the American Council on Education, a policy group for universities and colleges in the US, pleaded on Thursday for legal liability protections ahead of potential lawsuits brought by students, faculty and staff as campuses plan to reopen in the fall in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The letter was co-signed by 70 other higher education associations.

The move comes as over a dozen campuses currently face class action lawsuits from students demanding a partial reimbursement in tuition costs as schools moved instruction online due to campus closures in response to the pandemic.

Shooting the Medico: America's War Against Cuba's Medical Brigades

US Campaign Against Cuba’s Medical Brigades Targets Healthcare, Not ‘Forced Labor’

by Joe Emersberger - FAIR

May 31, 2020

For decades, Cuba has sent tens of thousands of its medical professionals abroad to work in countries where natural disasters or poverty have left people without healthcare.

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the catastrophic US response to it, the absurdity of a propaganda war against Cuban medical missions has become more obvious than ever. But you can’t rely on corporate media to explain why. 

Sunday, May 31, 2020

America's Disintegration in Pictures

George Floyd Protests: Police Escalating Violence Across America

by Alan Macleod  - MintPress News

May 31, 2020

While some in media have condemned the protests as violent “looters” imposing “tyranny” upon the country, much of the violence is being deliberately instigated and propagated by an out of control police force that appears to have gone berserk over the widespread public challenge to their authority and their impunity to act as they wish.
A policeman aims a shotgun at protesters during a demonstration  next 
to the city of Miami Police Department, May 30, 2020, downtown in Miami.

Six days after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd, asphyxiating him by keeping his knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes, America is still burning with outrage. Violent clashes have broken out across the nation as the killing has proven to be a catalyst for protests against a racist justice system.

America on Fire: New York Times' "Duck Reporters" Quack Back with Another "Russia Did It" Story


by John Helmer, Moscow


May 30, 2020

Just over a year ago, five New York Times reporters published lies about the dead ducks they were told had been killed by Russian assassins running amok in the English town of Salisbury with a poison they called Novichok.
Two of the reporters, called Julian Barnes (lead image, centre) and 
Adam Goldman (right), refused to explain, retract or apologise for 
repeating Haspel’s lie as if it was the truth. 

This was a lie which came from the deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Gina Haspel. She told her lie to President Donald Trump, who promoted her to head the CIA a few days later. She then handed the lie to the reporters to print as proof of how much the President trusted her.

Recovering A Lost Future

Oligarchy, Xenophobia, & Soul-Crushing Surveillance

by Yanis Varoufakis - Project Syndicate

May 27, 2020
To exorcise my worst fears about the coming decade, I chose to write a bleak chronicle of it. If, by December 2030, developments have invalidated it, I hope such dreary prognoses will have played a part by spurring us to appropriate action.

Before our pandemic-induced lockdowns, politics seemed to be a game. Political parties behaved like sports teams having good or bad days, scoring points that propelled them up a league table that, at season’s end, determined who would form a government and then do next to nothing.