Saturday, July 25, 2020

Media Helpfully Putting Novichok in the OPCW's Mouth


by John Helmer, Moscow


July 15, 2020
The editor of the Financial Times of London, and four of the Japanese-owned newspaper’s employees have been caught out fabricating a new story about a Russian-made and Russian- named nerve agent allegedly used to attack Sergei and Yulia Skripal, Dawn Sturgess and Charles Rowley in England two years ago.

In a report published on July 9, the newspaper claims it has “reviewed” four classified reports from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) which were obtained from an Austrian fraudster named Jan Marsalek. His source for the documents, the newspaper suggests, was a Russian intelligence agency. Austrian press investigations say Marsalek’s source was the Austrian government.

75 Years After Trinity: Talk of a Nuclear Test Revival

The Human Cost Of Nuclear Tests

by John Letman, The Diplomat

via Popular Resistance

July 19, 2020
July 16 – Seventy-five years ago today, the United States conducted the Trinity test, the world’s first nuclear detonation. In the ensuing years, the U.S. ultimately conducted more than 1,000 nuclear tests, half of all known tests conducted by the world’s nine nuclear nations since 1945. Now, on the 75th anniversary of the nuclear age, the United States is contemplating the resumption of live testing for the first time in nearly three decades. 
Above: The landscape at the former Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site 
in northeastern Kazakhstan where more than 450 nuclear tests were conducted. 
The Center for International Security and Policy.

75 Years After Trinity. Talk of new U.S. testing deeply concerns those who have first-hand knowledge of nuclear devastation.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Erdogan Faces Push-Back over Sub-Aegean Gas Field Grab

Greek, Turkish warships nearly clash in Aegean over Mediterranean gas fields

by Alex Lantier  - WSWS

24 July 2020
A Turkish naval expedition to escort oil-drilling vessels in the Aegean Sea off the Greek island of Kastellórizo this week nearly escalated into war between NATO allies Turkey and Greece.

This came amid mounting divisions inside the imperialist alliance over the civil war in Libya triggered by the 2011 NATO war that toppled Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s regime. Backed by France, Egypt voted to approve military deployments into Libya against Turkish-backed forces, only weeks after Turkish intelligence officers were wounded in a bombing of Libya’s Watiya airbase. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Amy Miller, Kevin Pina/Frantz Jerome, Janine Bandcroft July 23, 2020

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook -

July 23, 2020
Welcome back 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 … studio on this date, July 20th, 2020.
This month marks the tenth anniversary of the infamous police riots that rocked the Toronto G20 manifestations. As Portland, Oregon suffers police ministrations reminiscent of the tactics deployed against citizens in Toronto back then.

Amy Miller in the first half.

And; while the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States gains support, actions of the government there make clear, “some black lives matter more than others.”

Despite wide-spread global travel bans, the US continues to deport foreign nationals, in many cases to countries whose health care systems are already challenged.

Listen. Hear.

Kevin Pina is a filmmaker, journalist, lecturer and media consultant. His documentary film credits include: ‘Haiti: Harvest of Hope,’ and ‘HAITI: We Must Kill the Bandits.’ And, Frantz Jerome is a Haitian-American political and human rights activist who has worked for democracy in Haiti since the seventies and the first Duvalier dictatorship. The retired college professor now serves as country expert for Pacifica Radio’s Flashpoints program.

Kevin Pina and Frantz Jerome on Haitians coping with Covid and more in the second half.

And; long-time Gorilla Radio contributor and Green Vegan Grandma Youtuber, Janine Bandcroft will be there at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, revisiting 2010 and the G20 with independent journalist and documentary filmmaker, Amy Miller.
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:

Trump's Declaration of Sovereignty over America's Democrat-Controlled Cities

President Trump sending federal police agents into major American cities

by Kevin Reed  - WSWS

21 July 2020
Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office on Monday, President Trump praised the kidnapping of protesters by unidentified federal agents in Portland, Oregon as a “fantastic job” and vowed to send similar law enforcement groups into New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore and Oakland.
President Donald Trump considers a Bible June 1, 2020

Responding to questions regarding reports that the White House was sending 175 federal troops to multiple cities, Trump said, “Well, it depends on what your definition of ‘troops’ is. I mean, we’re sending law enforcement.”