Saturday, June 27, 2020

Justice's Last Gleaming: America Throws Another Log on Assange Fire

WikiLeaks Founder Charged in Superseding Indictment

by U.S. Department of Justice

June 24, 2020
New Allegations Assert Assange Conspired With “Anonymous” Affiliated Hackers, Among Others

A federal grand jury returned a second superseding indictment today charging Julian P. Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, with offenses that relate to Assange’s alleged role in one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Green Idols and Other Illusions

The Big Green Lie

by Stephen Corry - CounterPunch

WWF recently released (June 5th, 2020) a short video[1] of British “national treasure” and conservation icon, Sir David Attenborough, telling us that “suddenly” saving the world is within reach. 

He says they know what to do and have a plan to build a stable, healthy world that we can benefit from forever. What’s not to like? Well, a lot! WWF’s plan regurgitates a 19th century racist assumption: That too many of the wrong kind of people threaten us all.

Living in America: Call the Police, Maybe Get Someone Killed; Call an Ambulance, Maybe Bankrupt Someone

Journalist Blinded By Cops Speaks Out

by Alan Macleod - Mintpress News 

June 26, 2020
“It will take me just under 25 years to pay off the first surgery.”
Photo: A police officer prepares to shoot tear gas Friday, 
May 29, 2020, in Minneapolis. John Minchillo | AP. 

“The only reason I’m dealing with this so well is I think poverty and low wage work is just as brutal and visceral as losing an eye to a police bullet.” – Linda Tirado

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Paint It Black: America's "Colored Revolutionaries" & BLM Appropriate Black Rage

America’s Own Color Revolution

by F. William Engdahl - Global Research

June 17, 2020
Color Revolution is the term used to describe a series of remarkably effective CIA-led regime change operations using techniques developed by the RAND Corporation, “democracy” NGOs and other groups since the 1980’s.

For anyone who has studied those models closely, it is clear that the protests against police violence led by amorphous organizations with names like Black Lives Matter or Antifa are more than purely spontaneous moral outrage. Hundreds of thousands of young Americans are being used as a battering ram to not only topple a US President, but in the process, the very structures of the US Constitutional order.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Arnold August, Ross Crockford, Janine Bandcroft June 25, 2020

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook -

June 25, 2020

Welcome again to Gorilla Radio’s continuing efforts, NOT broadcast live from CFUV Radio in the basement of the Student Union Building at the University of Victoria, but emanating live-to-tape via Skype from our home-based … studios on this date, June 1st, 2020.

A World on fire; as our southern neighbour’s cities roil, the citizenry outraged again by the great gulf between the professed and practiced ethos of America, can Canadians afford smug superiority?

There is too racism and injustice at the heart and in the marrow of our society. The great difference is only one of scope and news coverage.

Though Canada still enjoys a reputation as a good and fair country, the Trudeau government’s embrace of neo-liberal internationalism has both diminished the country’s independence and necessitated increasingly brutal domestic policies, especially where global capital is threatened by indigenous resistance.

Listen. Hear.

Arnold August is a Canadian journalist, lecturer and author whose titles include: ‘Democracy in Cuba and the 1997–98 Elections’, ‘Cuba and Its Neighbours: Democracy in Motion’ and, ‘Cuba–U.S. Relations: Obama and Beyond’. His essays appear at websites in Latin America, Europe, North America and the Middle East, and at the Orinoco Tribune, where I found his recent article, ‘Trudeau in Pre-, Current and Post-Covid-19: Colonialism at Home, Imperialism Abroad – Need for Change’.

Arnold August in the first half.

And; while midwest Machiavelli, Rahm Emanuel is credited with saying, “you never want a serious crisis to go to waste” it’s a concept as old as politics; and a nonpartisan one too. Donald Trump’s political hero, (no, the other one) Winston Churchill also expressed the value of leveraging crises to do, as Emanuel helpfully reminds, “things that you think you could not do before.” Our Covid-19 moment is just such an opportunity, and not just for Chicago operators, or D.C. pols.

From every crevice it seems, snake-oil salesmen and politicians of all stripes are breaking cover to get things done while everyone is looking the other way. And even here in Victoria – or near here anyway. The City of Langford has decided to ditch for the lockdown duration the encumbrance of public hearings, at least where it comes to trivialities like tax and spend, and development issues. That’s right. Due to social distancing concerns, council members are good for now with phoning in their proxies in the form of voice-tallied aye ayes for Mayor Young’s boundless building ambitions.

Ross Crockford is an award-winning journalist, editor, author, civic activist and co-founder of the watchdog website, He’s the recipient of a Western Magazine Award for business writing, the Jack Webster Award of Distinction for investigative reporting, and is a National Magazine Awardee for sports writing. Ross’ book, ‘Victoria: The Unknown City’ is THE alt. guidebook to both the seemly and less so sides of town both past and present, and he is too a regular contributor to Victoria’s finest publication, Focus Magazine where his latest article, ‘Is public input on developments a potential casualty of COVID-19?’ appears.

Ross Crockford and local democracy as Coronavirus victim in the second half.

And; long-time Gorilla Radio contributor and ‘Green Vegan Grandma’ YouTuber, 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 Victoria in the coming week. But first, Arnold August and observing Canada under Covid: A Flagrant Fusion of Colonialism and Imperialism.

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:

Terminus Approach

‘Six Months To Avert Climate Crisis’: Climate Breakdown And The Corporate Media

by Media Lens

23rd June 2020
In his classic science fiction novel, ‘Foundation’, Isaac Asimov posited a future in which ‘psychohistorians’ could predict outcomes based on past history and the large-scale behaviour of human populations by combining psychology and the mathematics of probability. 

Using ‘psychohistory’, the protagonist Hari Seldon discovers that the 12,000-year-old Galactic Empire will collapse in 500 years. He warns the galactic rulers of this likely fate, while explaining that an alternative future in which human knowledge is preserved can be attained. For his trouble, he is exiled to the remote planet of Terminus.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Democracy, Fascist Regimes, Riots and Burnt Sticks

US riots and the Bolivian coup

by George Galloway - Sputnik

June 20, 2020

Not a day goes by without a new video emerging from the United States of some horrific atrocity, a murder or a lynching: a homeless man attacked, another shot as he runs away from the police, sparking more riots and demonstrations across the country. But riots can be like fireworks; they go up as exploding skyrockets but come down like a burnt stick. 

So, what exactly is going on in America? The riots go on unabated, triggered by the killing of George Floyd at the hands of the police on May 25 in Minneapolis. But are they a series of firework displays or is something more profound happening? Professor Gerald Horne is Chair of History at the University of Houston, so we asked him whether the riots could be a precursor to revolution.


President Evo Morales was probably one of the most popular Latin-American political figures in recent history; however, he was, unfortunately, not popular in Washington. After a comparatively rare success, the US-backed regime change in Bolivia overthrew Morales with accusations of electoral fraud, heralded loudly on the pages of the New York Times. Seven months on, that newspaper now admits that data and analysis from the US-led Organisation of American States was flawed. This admission comes too late for President Morales as a witch hunt has ensued and his supporters are systematically hunted down. It also appears to be too late for the Bolivian people, as the new far-right government rolls back reforms and postpones scheduled elections. Ollie Vargas is a journalist based in Bolivia and has been covering events there on behalf of Mint Press; he spoke with Sputnik about what is happening on the ground.

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Sanctioned into the Stone Age: Has America's Favoured Hammer Run Out of Nails?

Why is the US Still Sanctioning Syria?

by Tony Cartalucci - NEO

June 18, 2020
Chinese media highlighted a recent plea by Beijing to the US to lift sanctions against Syria. 
Aleppo, Syria on October 2016 (Jawad al Rifai - Anadolu Agency)

China’s CGTN in an article titled, “Chinese envoy asks US to lift unilateral sanctions on Syria,” would report: A Chinese envoy on Tuesday asked the United States to immediately lift unilateral sanctions against Syria.