Friday, December 04, 2020

Good Assassins: When "We" Murder Scientists

When an Official Enemy Is Assassinated, Corporate Media Roll Out the Pretexts

by Joshua Cho - FAIR

December 2, 2020

If an empire or one of its proxies were to assassinate a citizen of an official enemy state, what kind of pretexts would one expect their propagandists to come up with to justify the murder?

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh (cc photo: Tasnim News via Wikimedia)

It’s a useful thought experiment when examining how corporate media covered the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, evidently by Israeli forces, on November 27.

Thursday, December 03, 2020

Killing Iran's Vaccine Program: Assassination of Fakhrizadeh Bigger Than Nuclear Program

The Assassination of a Nuclear Scientist and the War against Iran’s COVID-19 Vaccine

by Mnar Muhawesh Adley - MintPress News

December 3, 2020

After Iran’s most senior nuclear scientist Mohsin Fakhrizadeh was assassinated last week the media has been abuzz about a non-existent nuclear weapons program, justifying a killing that masks a broader campaign to target Iran’s COVID vaccine program led by Fakhrizadeh.

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, one of Iran’s most senior nuclear scientists, was assassinated in his car last week on the outskirts of Tehran. State sources in the Islamic Republic are claiming he was killed with a remote-controlled machine gun.

Venezuelan Poll Another Opportunity for 'Regime Change' Challengers from the North

Venezuela Wins Simply by Holding an Election 

by Vijay Prashad / Carlos Ron - CounterPunch

December 3, 2020

On December 6, the Venezuelan people will vote for a new National Assembly. Ordinarily, there is nothing unusual about this, nor would this be newsworthy outside Venezuela. 


Photograph: Eneas De Troya – CC BY 2.0

Ever since the election of Hugo Ch├ívez to the presidency in 1998, the Venezuelan people have been used to more than one national election each year (this legislative election is the 25th in 21 years); these have been the presidential elections, the legislative elections, and the referendums to strengthen the 1999 Constitution. 

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Kathy Kelly, Pete Rockwell, Janine Bandcroft December 3, 2020

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook -

December 3, 2020

Donald Trump has ordered a reduction in numbers of American soldiers currently in Afghanistan. This fulfills some conditions of a so-called “peace” deal signed with Taliban representatives in February. 

But, peace has proven elusive, with ever more deadly attacks taking place in the country, and as ever, civilians paying the greatest price.

Kathy Kelly is a long-time peace and justice activist, essayist, author, and recipient of numerous awards for her peace service, including multiple nominations for the Nobel Peace prize. 

Kelly’s also a founding member of Voices in the Wilderness and Voices for Creative Nonviolence, co-authored the book, ‘Prisoners on Purpose: a Peacemakers Guide to Jails and Prison,’ and wrote, ‘Other Lands Have Dreams: from Baghdad to Pekin Prison.’

Listen. Hear.

Her recent article, ‘Like a Rocket in the Garden: The Unending War in Afghanistan’ chronicles the legacy of twenty years of America’s forever war in Afghanistan; an effort she describes as, “illegal and immoral”, bankrupt[ing] our economy and our society…”

Kathy Kelly in the first half.

And; in early November, Victoria City police enforced an order to tear down public showers installed by citizens concerned for the health and well-being of unhoused people living in tents in Beacon Hill Park.

Pete Rockwell is a Victoria-based photographer who began recording the city’s burgeoning unhoused residents in 2005. His pictures have featured in local publications like Focus on Victoria and the now defunct Victoria Street Newz and B-Channel News collective, among other places.

Pete Rockwell’s hard look at a prosperous city’s people in crisis in the second half.

And; CFUV broadcaster and host of Plant Powered Radio, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what’s good going on in and around our town, and virtually too, in the coming week.

But first, Kathy Kelly and Afghanistan at the end of America’s occupation.

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:

A Thousand and Some Sites: Celebrating the State of London

Celebrating 1,300 Days of My Photo-Journalism Project ‘The State of London’

by Andy Worthington

December 2, 2020

Sunday marked 1,300 days — over three and a half years — since I first began posting a photo a day (plus an accompanying essay) on my Facebook page ‘The State of London.’ 

Photos from Worthington's The State of London photo-journalism project

The Facebook project began on May 11, 2017, the fifth anniversary of the day I first consciously began cycling around the 120 postcodes of the London Postal District (the postcodes beginning  E, EC, N, NW, SE, SW, W and WC), intending to capture, in photos, the changing face of the city, and its different manifestations based on the weather and the seasons.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Them Ain't Us: Canadian Government Determined to Follow Foreign Wars Path

The people versus war profiteers and their propaganda machine

by Yves Engler

November 27, 2020

Despite polls that suggest most Canadians do not support warplanes used to kill and destroy things around the world, the federal government seems determined to spend tens of billions of dollars to expand that capability. While there is a growing movement afoot to block the Liberals’ fighter jet purchase, it will require significant mobilization to overcome the powerful forces seeking cutting edge new warplanes.


At the end of July Boeing (Super Hornet), Saab (Gripen) and Lockheed Martin (F-35) submitted bids to manufacture fighter jets for the Canadian Air Force. The sticker price for 88 new warplanes is $19 billion, but the full lifecycle cost of purchasing the jets will likely top $40 billion.