Saturday, May 15, 2021

Take-Down Shakedown: Novichok Sarge Threatens to Spill If He Don't Get His Fill


by John Helmer - Dances with Bears 

May 13, 2021
Nicholas Bailey (lead image), the Wiltshire county police sergeant who was a support player in the British Government’s first Novichok attack on the Kremlin, has demanded money for himself with the threat that if he doesn’t get it, and soon, he will go to the High Court in London. 

There, he is threatening to tell everything he knows about the alleged poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal on March 4, 2018. That was one of the makings of the promotion of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and the fattening of the pockets of the MI6 intelligence agency and the Cabinet Office. It was the prequel of the second Novichok attack on the Kremlin, staged by Alexei Navalny last August, in which he demanded to become president of Russia.


Friday, May 14, 2021

The Ugly Face of Canada's Extractivist Policies Abroad

Ugly Canadian’ mining policies continue with Trudeau 

May 9, 2021
The Liberal government continues to promote an often-controversial industry across our planet.

Canada is home to 75% of the world’s mining companies. Present in most countries, Canadian-based or listed firms operate about 4,000 mineral projects abroad, which works out to over 20 per UN member state.


Wednesday, May 12, 2021

An Inquiry to Canadian Media Re: The Continued Imprisonment of Journalist Julian Assange

An Inquiry to Canadian Media Re: The Continued Imprisonment of Journalist Julian Assange

May 12, 2021

As a new member of the Canadian Association of Journalists, I'd like to briefly introduce myself by asking a question of both members of this august body, and those others across the media in this country.

Julian Assange being forcibly removed from Ecuador's London Embassy, 
April 11, 2019

I'd like to address the general and glaring omission in Canada of expressions of support for an imprisoned colleague. Julian Assange is currently being tortured in London's maximum security Belmarsh Prison. He's been in that Hell hole for more than two years, ostensibly for jumping bail, (though that claim demands surrendering accepted notions of asylum).  

Sheikh Jarrah and the Banality of Ethnic Cleansing

Muna is Palestine, Yakub is Israel: The Untold Story of Sheikh Jarrah

by Ramzy Baroud  -

May 12, 2021

There are two separate Sheikh Jarrah stories - one read and watched in the news and another that receives little media coverage or due analysis.

Muna: “You are stealing my house.”
Yakub: “And if I don’t steal it, someone else is going to steal it.”

The obvious story is that of the nightly raids and violence meted out by Israeli police and Jewish extremists against Palestinians in the devastated East Jerusalem neighborhood.


Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Drones over New York: Bringing the Art of War Home

Art Against Drones

by Kathy Kelly - The Progressive

May 11, 2021

At the High Line, a popular tourist attraction in New York City, visitors to the West side of Lower Manhattan ascend above street level to what was once an elevated freight train line and is now a tranquil and architecturally intriguing promenade. Here walkers enjoy a park-like openness; with fellow strollers they experience urban beauty, art and the wonder of comradeship.
Proposal for the High Line Plinth. Commissioned by High Line Art

In late May, a Predator drone replica, appearing suddenly above the High Line promenade at 30th Street, might seem to scrutinize people below. The “gaze” of the sleek, white sculpture by Sam Durant, called “Untitled, (drone),” in the shape of the U.S. military’s Predator killer drone, will sweep unpredictably over the people below, rotating atop its 25-foot-high steel pole, its direction guided by the wind.


Monday, May 10, 2021

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Jeremy Kuzmarov, Dan Kovalik May 13th, 2021

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook -

May 13, 2021

Welcome back to Gorilla Radio’s Home Edition, recorded on the dates, May 7th and 10th, 2021.

War and rumours of it quickened yesterday, as Biden Secretary of State, Antony Blinken’s whirlwind Sabre Rattling Tour touched down in Kiev. Blinken, freshly arrived from G-7 meetings in London, picked up where he left off chastening “authoritarian states” around the World he claimed were, “trying to play us against each other”. Presumably addressed to China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea, countries who in another time might constitute an “Axis of Evil”, Blinken pointedly reminded, “… we hold our values of democracy, state of law, human rights and a global order based on rules against them, united and credibly.”

But is it all credible; does the new president and his energetic secretary really mean to marshal the troops for a new war of empire? A new series by the Intercept’s Jeremy Scahill attempts to plumb the depths of the new President’s character and divine his intentions; an attempt my first guest says, while “impressive and informative…ignores certain unflattering historical facts and perpetuates a few popular misperceptions.”

Jeremy Kuzmarov is a journalist and author who serves too as Managing Editor of CovertAction Magazine. He’s the author of four books on U.S. foreign policy, including: ‘Obama’s Unending Wars’, and ‘The Russians Are Coming, Again’ co-authored with John Marciano. His latest at CovertAction is ‘Did Jeremy Scahill’s Analysis Fumble the Ball in Its Indictment of Joe Biden as an “Empire Politician”?’

Jeremy Kuzmarov in the first half.

And; the so-called “cancel culture” was a common invocation of right-wing American politicos and Trump supporters who claimed their left wing and progressive opponents were using “cancellation” to silence legitimate debate and rights to free speech guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Now, those voices of concern have been joined from the progressive side of the political spectrum by labour lawyer, human rights activist, author, and essayist, Dan Kovalik.

Dan is too a recipient of the David W. Mills Mentoring Fellowship from Stanford Law School, a frequent lecturer, oft sought television and radio political commentator, and his articles appear online at Counterpunch and Gorilla Radio Blog, among other places. His latest book is, ‘Cancel This Book: The Progressive Case Against Cancel Culture‘.

Dan Kovalik and turning the worm on Cancel Culture in the second half.

But first, Jeremy Kuzmarov and, Joe Biden: Tool of Empire, or merely tool?

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:

Sunday, May 09, 2021

Dan Kovalik Receives Serena Shim Award

Dan Kovalik Receives Serena Shim Award for Uncompromising Integrity in Journalism

by Juliana Medeiros - RĂ¡dio Cultura FM - 100,9

May 8, 2021

US lawyer Dan Kovalik, professor of international law at the University of Pittsburgh, writer, documentarian, articulist and political analyst of media like TeleSur, CounterPunch, Huffington Post and - to our honor - also from Free Journalists, has just received this one who may be considered one of the greatest recognitions to a journalist the Serena Shim Award for Uncompromised Integrity in Journalism that awards those who ′′ use their voice to tell challenging truths in difficult times ".

Get to know some of the story of Dan Kovalik and journalist Serena Shim, whose story inspired this award.