Saturday, December 12, 2020

Covid-19 by the Numbers

Nineteen Tragic Facts About COVID-19 

by Bill Quigley - CounterPunch

December 11, 2020 

87 million. 87 million workers will lose federally mandated COVID sick leave at the end of December unless Congress acts to extend the law.

Photograph by Nathaniel St. Clair 

50 million. 50 million people are now facing hunger at least once a month, including 1 in 4 children. The rate of adults who sometimes or often do not have enough to eat is double in Black and Latino homes, according to the Associated Press


Ghosts of Afghanistan: Canada's Military Conduct in Light of Australian War Crimes Revelations

Canada’s military seeks to cover its tracks following damning report on Australian war crimes in Afghanistan

by Penny Smith - WSWS

December 11, 2020

In response to the release of a report exposing Australian military atrocities in Afghanistan, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) has doubled down on its long-running efforts to cover up its own war crimes in the region.

Upon the report’s public release, the Canadian military immediately sought to distance itself from its Australian allies. When pressed by the media on the nature of its collaboration and joint actions with Australian Special Forces units mentioned in the report, the CAF Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) conceded that its members did conduct missions with Australian Special Forces in Afghanistan.

Before the War: How Ethiopia's Unelected Leader Was Groomed to Destroy the Country

Nobel-winning Ethiopian PM has overseen country’s descent into barbarity and madness

by Finian Cunningham - RT

November 6, 2020

 The Western media have hailed Ethiopia’s Premier Abiy Ahmed as a “liberal reformer” ever since he rose to power in the East African country nearly two years ago.

Remarkably, despite the chaos and conflict that has accompanied his leadership, the same media tend to portray the mayhem as somehow due to opposition to his benign reforms.

Same As It Ever Was Wars: The Trump-Biden Endless War Baton Exchange

Trump Didn’t End Endless Wars, He Extended the Carnage

by Finian Cunningham - Strategic Culture

December 9, 2020

Fans and apologists of U.S. President Donald Trump like to point out that he is the first president since Jimmy Carter (1977-81) who didn’t start a new foreign war. Hardly a commendable claim. Nevertheless, while it is narrowly true about not starting a war, it belies Trump’s record in office as a relentless warmonger. 

A new study out this week reports a massive increase in civilian deaths in Afghanistan from U.S.-led air strikes under Trump’s watch. The death toll leapt by 330 per cent since he took office in early 2017, attributed to Trump and his cabinet loosening the “rules of engagement” for U.S. forces.


Wednesday, December 09, 2020

In Search of British Intelligence: 10 Easy Lessons in Profiting from the Spy Business


by John Helmer - Dances with Bears


December 9, 2020

Even as the British Empire was collapsing, and its army was defeated by the Germans, Japanese, Israelis, Egyptians, Indians, Cypriots, and the Kenyan Mau Mau, British intelligence officers were unshaken in their confidence that they were cleverer than their adversaries; their espionage and deception operations an uninterrupted success despite the loss of men, materiel, territory, terms of trade, and the pound. 


“We have the brains. [The Americans] have the money,” remarks one of these officers, Sir David Omand (lead image). 


Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Diana Johnstone, Randy Caravaggio, Janine Bandcroft December 10th, 2020

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook -

December 10, 2020

Welcome back to Gorilla Radio’s home edition, recorded on this date, December 7th, 2020.

A year into this pandemic and amazingly, there are fundamental questions about the origins and nature of the SARS-CoV-2, or Covid-19 virus still unanswered. 

Uncertainty, mistrust, and disinformation abound, and every day that goes by provides new opportunities for scammers, mountebanks, and scoundrels to dream up ways to turn the chaos to their advantage. 

But, there’s much more than PPE price gouging and toilet paper riots going on here. Over at the World Economic Forum, founders Klaus Schwab and Thierry Malleret see the pandemic as accelerant for the World Order paradigm change they’ve promoted in recent years. 


 Listen. Hear. 

Diana Johnstone is an author whose books include: ‘Fool’s Crusade: Yugoslavia, NATO, and Western Delusions’, ‘Queen of Chaos: The Misadventures of Hillary Clinton’, and her latest, ‘Circle in the Darkness: Memoirs of a World Watcher’. Her essays feature online at Consortium News, where her latest piece, ‘The Great Pretext…for Dystopia’ appears.

Diana Johnstone in the first half.

And; the Trump administration’s hard line on Cuba undid the diplomatic and economic advances of the Obama years. There’s hope in the long-besieged Caribbean island nation the inauguration of the 44th president’s vice-president, Joe Biden will signal a return to political rapprochement and removal of trade restrictions imposed by the departing Republicans. But, it’s no sure thing. Though the president-elect promised a return to Obama era policies while campaigning, specifics are uncertain, and media and Senate pressures are already being applied.

Randy Caravaggio is a social justice defender and organizer with the Victoria Goods for Cuba campaign, and co-ordinator with Victoria’s contribution to the Pastor’s for Peace Caravan to Cuba. He’s also been a constant champion of the revolutions in Venezuela and Bolivia, and long-time supporter of Palestinian sovereignty.

Randy Caravaggio and cautiously watching the tides of change in Cuba and Latin America 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, and virtually too, in the coming week.

But first, Diana Johnstone and Covid as pretext for a dystopic Great Reset.

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:

Bharat Bandh: This Is What a General Strike Looks Like

Modi maneuvers as support for Indian farmers’ protest swells

by Wasantha Rupasinghe - WSWS

December 8, 2020

Indian farmers have called for a four-hour Bharat bandh (all-India shutdown) from 11 AM to 3 PM today to press their demand that the country’s far-right Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government rescind a series of recently-adopted laws that put them at the mercy of domestic and international agribusiness.

photo via: ZEEBIZ

Bharat Bandh News 8 Dec 2020: The railway union, which has around 9 lakh members, is the latest to show solidarity with the agitating farmers, who have found support from transport unions and the joint forum of trade unions.

Several hundred thousand farmers, some with their wives and children, are currently camped at Singhu and other entry points to India’s Delhi National Capital Territory. Many have been there since Nov. 27, when police, acting on the orders of the BJP government, used tear gas, water cannons and barbed wire barricades to block them from entering Delhi.

Monday, December 07, 2020

Canada Ignoring Political Reality in Latin America

Canadian government is wrong to interfere in Venezuela's election process 

by Canadian Latin America Alliance

December 7, 2020

When Luis Arce and his MAS party swept to victory in Bolivia’s general election this past October, it took Canada several days to recognize the results. 

Canada’s Foreign Minister Fran├žois-Philippe Champagne didn’t even wait until counting ended to tweet out that his government would not accept the results of Venezuela’s legislative elections on Dec. 6.