Friday, June 12, 2020

Scrubbing Afghanistan: NYT Makes History (Disappear)

NYT Erases US Occupation’s Role in Prolonging Taliban Insurgency

by Joshua Cho - FAIR

June 12, 2020

The New York Times’ senior correspondent in Afghanistan, Mujib Mashal, somehow managed to write a 3,700+ word article “How the Taliban Outlasted a Superpower: Tenacity and Carnage” (5/26/20) that purported to explain how the Taliban managed to “outlast a superpower through nearly 19 years of grinding war,” without examining at all how the US contributed to reviving and sustaining the Taliban insurgency. 

The Times credited a variety of reasons to explain how the Taliban outlasted the US, ranging from an expansion of an “illicit funding regime built on crimes and drugs,” to a “system of terrorism planning and attacks” that pressured the US-backed Afghan government.

A Word in a Statue's Ear: "Bring Him Down"

Bring Him Down

by Antonia Darder/Dave Rogers - Banner Theatre

June 11, 2020

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Standing Against Canada's Elevation to the UN Security Council

A Letter to UN Ambassadors Re: Canada's Application for Inclusion on UNSC

by C. L. Cook -

June 11, 2020

Dear United Nations Ambassadors,

I can't express fully how it pains me to write in protest of my home country, Canada's inclusion on the United Nations Security Council. But sadly, I cannot in good conscience allow a nation that itself allows arms be sold into the heart of a humanitarian catastrophe, as it does in Yemen; bolsters a serial human rights abuser with moral and financial support as it does with Israel; condones the violent overthrow of democratically elected governments, as it has in Haiti, Honduras, Bolivia, and now hopes to do in Venezuela; uses paramilitary and military forces to hold down the indigenous peoples within its own borders, as Canada has repeatedly done and continues to do across the nation be elevated to such an important international body.

I know it must be galling too to the member states of the General Assembly well aware of these facts to suffer the hypocrisy of my country as it pretends to hold dear values it denies others.

Ambassadors, it is my fervent last hope that pressure from outside the country will make clear to the government of Canada it must change course and truly embrace the principles it publicly promotes, but fails to practice.

Thank you for your consideration.


Chris Cook
Managing Editor
Pacific Free Press

Gorilla Radio,
CFUV Radio, University of Victoria, Canada

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Sons of Different Mothers: Occupational Training Parallels

Parallels between Minneapolis and Jerusalem are more than skin deep

by Jonathan Cook - Middle East Eye

June 11, 2020

In a world of depleting resources and contracting economies, states are preparing for future uprisings by a growing underclass

It is hard to ignore the striking parallels between the recent scenes of police brutality in cities across the United States and decades of violence from Israel’s security forces against Palestinians.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Don't Bother, They're Here - A Bright-Side Assessment of Journey's End

Rapid Fire (UK edition): Send in the Clowns; BoJo in Whiteface; a Glimmer of Hope

by Chris Floyd - Empire Burlesque

June 10, 2020

In Covid Time, the UK government has become an endless freak show of third-rate goobers and bug-eyed extremists trying to hide their actual, unconscionable strategy – "Do as close to nothing as we can get away with and let the pandemic 'cull the herd'" – behind a series of threadbare obfuscations which they don't even try to pretend are true. 

You often hear people declaim in outraged wonder, "They simply *can't* be as stupid as they seem, can they?" My response used to be a shrug and a cynical chuckle, "Oh, yes, they can, and they are!" But I don't really believe that anymore.

Media Eager to Frame Next Wave Covid-19 Outbreak

It Won’t Be Protests That Bring On the Next Big Wave of Covid Infections

by Jim Naureckas - FAIR

June 10, 2020
 As people across the nation and the world came out to protest the police murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, corporate media carried a warning: Demonstrations against police violence risk creating a major upsurge in the spread of the coronavirus.

As ABC (6/3/20) put it: “As thousands of demonstrators continue to protest the killing of George Floyd, health experts are worried that a second wave of Covid-19 infections could be sparked by the mass gatherings.”

Worst at Hitler: The Reluctant Dictator

The Worst Literal Hitler Ever 

by C.J. Hopkins - Consent Factory, Inc

June 10, 2020
So, the GloboCap-Resistance Minneapolis Putsch appears to have not gone exactly to plan. Once again, Trump failed to go full-Hitler, despite their best efforts to goad him into doing so. They gave it quite a good shot, however. It was more or less a textbook regime-change op, or “color revolution,” or whatever you call it. All the essential pieces were in place. All they needed Trump to do was declare himself dictator and impose martial law, so the generals could step in and remove him from office.

Unfortunately for the Resistance, Trump didn’t do that. Instead, he did what he usually does, which is make a total ass of himself on international television. Which … OK, was cringeworthy, but didn’t quite provide the GloboCap gang with the pretext they needed to perp-walk him out of the Oval Office. Which, needless to say, was incredibly frustrating. After four long years of propaganda foreplay, there we were, finally at the moment of truth, and Adolf goes and loses his erection.

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Race, War, Money, and Privilege

Weapons that Protect White Privilege Prevent Sustainable Community Change

by Kathy Kelly -

June 10, 2020
Kathy Kelly reflects on weapons and systems white people use to protect their white privilege, recalling that Dr. King likened U.S. wars to “some demonic destructive suction tube.”

In her poem, “The Revolution Will Rhyme,” Buffalo Black Lives Matter activist Jillian Hanesworth writes about the movement for change we now see sweeping across the world. 

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Yves Engler, Patricio Zamorano, Janine Bandcroft June 11, 2020

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook -

June 11, 2020
Welcome back to GR, where we are NOT reporting live from the CFUV studios in the basement of the Student Union Building at the University of Victoria, but instead are recording live to tape via Skype on this day, May 21st, 2020.

Canada’s prime minister has little to show for his time in office. Over six years, the Liberal party, that began it’s mandate with such sunny prospects, has both failed to fulfill its soaring rhetoric, and revealed itself as little more than a pale reflection of its opposition in the Parliament. Through everything though, Justin Trudeau has kept a vigilant eye on his personal legacy, and for him that glory lay on a larger stage than his parochial, peripheral Canadian homeland.

No, Justin’s destiny is global, and the first step in that direction is conquering the World, in the body of the United Nations Security Council. But, Justin has a small problem. The people unhappy with the country’s human rights and foreign policy record are using Canada’s shameless lobbying and self-promotion to get on the council as opportunity to highlight all the reasons it should be considered unfit for the job.
Listen. Hear.

Yves Engler is a Montréal-based activist, essayist, and author whose articles appear at The Palestine Chronicle, Pacific Free Press, and at his site, among other places. Yves is also a key organizer with Disruption Network Canada, which has mobilized activists to challenge politicians through peaceful, direct action.The latest of Engler’s eleven books, ‘HOU$E of MIRRORS: Justin Trudeau’s Foreign Policy‘ questions the Liberals’ progressive pretense, while challenging the persistent national delusion that Canadians are “a benevolent force in the world” despite ample evidence to the contrary. Yves is also signatory to’s international petition calling for refusal of Canada’s petition to join the UNSC.

Yves Engler in the first half.

And; In the wee hours of May 3rd, a flotilla of lightly armed commandos raced across the Caribbean, headed for landings carefully chosen as beachheads for the invasion and liberation of Venezuela. Their mission though immediately foundered, with eight men being killed outright, and most of the rest captured immediately by local authorities aided by local citizens.

Patricio Zamorano is an academic, political scientist, journalist and television and radio commentator on U.S. foreign and domestic policy.He’s co-Director and Senior Editor at COHA, the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, where I found his recent article, ‘Guaidó and the Failed Military Operation against Venezuela: A Story of Betrayal and Financial Corruption.'”

Patricio Zamorano and the men who would be behind Juan Guaido’s throne 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 – both real and virtual – to ge gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Yves Engler and counting the reasons Canada’s ambition at the UN should be thwarted.

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:

War on Media Closes SouthFront

SouthFront is Censored under Cover of Pandemic

by Rick Sterling - Dissident Voice

June 8th, 2020
Censorship of alternative media is becoming more widespread in the COVID19 era. This article documents the case of SouthFront.

Where do you find daily news, videos, analysis and maps about the conflict in Syria? Detailed reports about the conflicts in Libya, Yemen and Venezuela? News about the rise of ISIS in Mozambique? Original analysis of events in the US and Russia? SouthFront is the place. 

WHO Pile-ON Grows

The World Health Organization comes under new US attack for its relationship to China

by Benjamin Mateus - WSWS

9 June, 2020
Last Wednesday, June 3, the Associated Press provided a detailed account of how China, during the initial critical days in late December and early January, delayed releasing important information on the coronavirus to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Wasting no time, US officials immediately used the AP report for a new round of China-bashing. Senator Rick Scott, Republican from Florida, and Representative Ami Bera, Democrat from California and chairman of a US House Foreign Affairs subcommittee, issued statements to the press effectively condemning the UN agency’s relationship with China and insisting that this may have altered the course of the pandemic.

MH17 Bombshell Evidence Squibs: U.S. Fails to Deliver Touted Satellite Evidence in Airliner Shootdown


by John Helmer, Moscow


June 8, 2020
 The foundation stone of the Dutch prosecution of the Russian state, three Russian soldiers and a Ukrainian from Donbass for shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 is the US satellite imagery of the missile launch, trajectory, and detonation. The US Government publicly laid this foundation within hours of the incident, on July 17, 2014, following the destruction of the 298 people on board.

If the satellite images are not presented in the trial, which began hearings again this week, the prosecution case fails, either because the US refuses to declassify and release the images, or because they don’t exist. If it can be proved that the US has lied about the satellite evidence, and that Dutch prosecutors are repeating this lie in court, then the defence will have the foundation for summary dismissal of the charges.

Monday, June 08, 2020

A Pressman's Style Guide for Reporting "Aggressive Policing"

Top 16 Euphemisms US Headline Writers Used for Police Beating the Shit Out of People 

by Neil deMause - FAIR

June 7, 2020
What NBC (5/31/20) described as “more aggressive tactics” included firing paint ball rounds at residents as they stood on their porches.

“After Curfew, Detroit Police Act Aggressively to Disperse Protesters Who Refused to Leave” (Detroit Free Press, 5/31/20)

“Minneapolis Officers Use More Aggressive Tactics Against Protesters as Rallies Flare Around US” (NBC News, 5/31/20)

Provocateur: Reading the Anti-Insurgents' Handbook

Agents Provocateurs Are Still A Real Threat To Our Movements 


June 8, 2020
Mysterious, all-black-clad white window smashers with umbrellas in Minneapolis. Mysterious, all-black-clad white women tagging businesses with Black Lives Matter and being run off by an actual black woman protestor for their trouble in another city. Mysterious pallets of bricks, allegedly showing up on city streets. Is it Antifa? Is it white supremacists? Is it the police? 

Whoever is behind these curious actions, the issue of agent provocateurs is real and is an ever-present challenge for organizations, movements, and protests.

Thwarting "Canada's" Ambition: Another Israel Proxy at the UNSC Table

Israel Lobby in Canada

by Yves Engler

June 7, 2020
The Trudeau government has been campaigning aggressively for a seat on the Security Council, but its bid to win a place on the UN’s most powerful decision-making body will be hampered by Canada’s decidedly anti-Palestinian voting record. Despite claiming to support the “international rules based order”, the Trudeau government has voted against more than 50 resolutions upholding Palestinian rights. 

The extent to which the Liberals have mimicked the Stephen Harper Conservative’s position regarding General Assembly resolutions, which are little more than symbolic acts of solidarity with the long-beleaguered Palestinians, highlights the power of the Israel lobby in Canada.