Saturday, October 03, 2020

PressTV Remembers Andre Vltchek

Press TV’s eulogy for our friend and colleague Andre Vltchek

by Ramin Mazaheri - PressTV

September 29, 2020

PressTV Editor’s note: The untimely passing of journalist Andre Vltchek, from natural causes at age 57, is being grieved by his many friends here at Press TV. For many years Andre regularly offered Press TV viewers his incredibly intelligent analyses on an impressive range of international subjects. One of his very last interviews, on the situation in Belarus, was with Press TV. 

Andre was a devoted internationalist, a passionate and staunch defender of modern Iran and a truly tireless champion of the many billions of people who suffer under the yoke of Western imperialism, which Andre truly and courageously despised. He will be deeply missed.

 

Thursday, October 01, 2020

Being One-Eye Blind on "One China"

Questioning Canada’s “One China” policy is not progressive

by Yves Engler

October 1, 2020

In a recent commentary Georgia Straight editor Charlie Smith suggested Green Party candidates’ path to victory was to question Canada’s “One China” policy. According to Smith, the candidates “missed an opportunity to win over the large number of Canadians who trace their roots back to Hong Kong and Taiwan and who are thoroughly disgusted with the behaviour of the Chinese government.”

Smith went on to say that if Green Party candidates’ had spoken out against the “Sinofascists in charge in China,” some of the large Hong Kong expat community in Canada “would have come out in force for any Green Party of Canada candidate who declared on their website that our country needs to respect the democratic desires of the former colony’s brave, democracy-loving residents.”


Watching the Neo-Reichstag Arson Squadies

"Avocadolf" and Gandhi slogans: the Querdenken initiative brings together neo-Nazis, anti-vaxxers, and Qanon believers with confused center/left proponents

by FOIA Research

 August 30, 2020 (Updated Sept. 3)

August 29, 2020 will be remembered by Berliners as the day when a bizarre crowd of almost 40000 Corona deniers came together from all over the country, among them hardcore neo-Nazis, Reich Citizens (Reichsb├╝rger), Identitarians, anti-vaxxers, adherents to the QAnon conspiracy theory, and other proponents lured into the "crossfront" under an anti-scientific and conspiracist umbrella. 

 

Under the loose slogan of "Demonstration for Freedom and Liberty" the rally was directed against the current Corona measures in Germany, but ultimately ended in some hundreds of neo-Nazis trying to storm the Reichstag building, home of the German parliament.  

 

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

As Assange Waits: There Still Remain Principled Journalists

Australian journalist Mary Kostakidis: Assange is a “highly principled individual with enormous courage”

by Oscar Grenfell - WSWS

29 September 2020

In comments to the World Socialist Web Site this week, well-known Australian journalist Mary Kostakidis condemned the abuses being perpetrated against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and stated that he had only been able to survive years of arbitrary detention because of his “conviction that truth should prevail.”

Kostakidis has been viewing the resumed British court hearings for Assange’s extradition to the US each day, and has been live-tweeting about the proceedings. 

 

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Steve Poikonen, Garth Mullins, Janine Bandcroft October 1, 2020

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com

October 1, 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 ... studios on this date, September 25, 2020.

 

Wikileaks has allowed us to see raw, naked power before it puts on a suit and tie, slicks back its hair and conceals the knife.       

 Jonathan Cook                     

     

The travesty masquerading as an extradition hearing for WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange continues at London's Old Bailey. 

Steve Poikonen is a columnist, broadcaster, and host of the 'Slow News Day' podcast available on Patreon.com. He's also an organizer with Action4Assange, and co-host of the #FreeAssange Vigil. 

Steve and a retinue of activist have returned to Washington, D.C. to make again as public as possible in the Capitol the miscarriage of justice being perpetrated in England at the bequest of the U.S. government.


Steve Poikonen in the first half.

 

Listen. Hear.

And; the provincial NDP government announced a snap-election Monday, three years into their minority mandate. Premier Horgan said one of the reasons for the early call was his party's failure to get the BC Greens to go along with Bill 22, or the Mental Health Amendment Act, 2020. 

The Act provides for the involuntary detention of youth presenting to hospital emergency rooms for toxic poisoning, something BC Greens MLA Adam Olsen says might benefit some, but he believes, "the unintended consequences of the bill also pose significant risk to young people, Indigenous youth in particular."

Garth Mullins is a Vancouver-based activist, writer, broadcaster. Mullins is too a trade unionist, community organizer, recipient of the Carole Geller Human Rights Award, and guitarist and singer with the bands, Legally Blind, Work to Rule, and the Lumpin Proletariat. He's also the principal behind the mic of CRACKDOWN, the podcast that is, "The Drug War, Covered by Drug Users as War Correspondents."

Garth Mullins on CRACKDOWN, Covid, and life in a time of craven electioneering in the second half.

And, CFUV Radio broadcaster, and host of Plant Powered Radio, 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.

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

 

Monday, September 28, 2020

Revealed: The Lie That Shot Down MH17

The Lie That Shot Down MH17

by John Helmer, Moscow

  @bears_with

September 27, 2020

The first book to prove the Dutch Government is running a show trial, with Dutch judges, prosecutors, lawyers, and police serving as soldiers in the Kiev regime’s and the NATO war against Russia. Every one of them is making more money than they were before MH17 was shot down — €35 million more for the judges; €13 million more for the prosecutors; €221 million for the police.

712 pages, 758 references, maps, illustrations, index

An encyclopaedic demonstration of Ukrainian evidence tampering, US satellite faking, and witness lying under SBU torture and bribery to demonstrate that the Russians accused have no case to answer; that the judge’s guilty verdict has been rigged, and that the defence lawyers should now walk out of the court.

 

John Horgan's "Priceless" Blunder: Site C Future Uncertainty Rife as Costs Escalate Out of Sight

The Site C Dam is now Priceless

by Ken Boon  - Peace Valley Landowners Association

August 3, 2020

On Friday July 31st, the BC Government finally revealed just how bad things are with the Site C dam. Of course you had to look through the usual spin and a smoke screen of blaming Covid 19, First Nation legal battles, and the previous Liberal government, to see the real problems for this mega project.

BC Hydro had withheld the two last quarterly reports on the project, and while unfortunately it was no surprise that bad news was being kept from the public, what we heard on Friday was shocking. Basically, the status of the Site C project could not be any worse, and it was left to a shaken Energy Minister Bruce Ralston to deliver the news.

 

Stop Site C: Open Letter to John Horgan

Open Letter to John Horgan

by The Undersigned

September 28, 2020

We write you today to express our profound concerns about your government’s decision to allow continued construction work at the problem-plagued Site C dam project.

The Site C project is years away from completion, is mired in problems that may be unfixable, and confronts new, potentially horrendous cost over-runs.

 

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Do Liberals HATE Leftists? Oh, Yes They Do, They Do, They Do!

Why Liberals Hate Leftists

by Caitlin Johnstone - Rogue Journalist

September 27, 2020

Liberals hate leftists. Hate them, hate them, hate them.

 

They don’t often admit it of course. Admitting you hate those to your left at least as much as you hate those to your right would cause a lot of cognitive dissonance for those who think of themselves as being on the left, and it would weaken their arguments considerably.