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2010

Law or Defiance PDF Print E-mail
Rule by Law or Defiance
by William A. Cook
Unauthorized statements have been made to the effect that the purpose in view is to create a wholly Jewish Palestine. . . His Majesty’s Government regard any such expectation as impracticable and have no such aim in view. Nor have they at any time contemplated . . . the disappearance or the subordination of the Arabic population, language or culture in Palestine. They would draw attention to the fact that the terms of the (Balfour) Declaration referred to do not contemplate that Palestine as a whole should be converted into a Jewish National Home, but that such a Home should be founded IN PALESTINE. . . . His Majesty’s Government therefore now declare unequivocally that it is not part of their policy that Palestine should become a Jewish State.
(Command Paper 1922, from the Avalon Project at Yale Law School, 1996–2000).

The above statement was approved by the Council of the League of Nations, thus establishing the legal charge for the British Mandate government. Together with the Sir Richard C. Catling papers, held in a Top Secret file in the Rhodes House Archives at Oxford University, to be released later this spring from Macmillan in the Introduction of The Plight of the Palestinians, this declaration recorded by the Avalon Project graphically demonstrates how the Zionist-controlled forces within the Jewish community defied the legally established authorities in Palestine. This defiance continues to the present day.

Today’s “spat” between friends, as reflected in the hassle between Obama and Netanyahu, forces reconsideration of America’s support of the defiant Israeli government, not because the halting of the settlements is the crucial issue but because America’s President has lost face, America’s reputation around the world has plummeted, and the dangerous position our military face as a result of Israel’s belligerence threatens the United States’ security as General Petraeus testified before Congress earlier this month.
 

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Lynne Stewart's Love Struggle PDF Print E-mail
Updating Lynne Stewart's Love Struggle
by Stephen Lendman
For millions worldwide, Lynne needs no introduction. For others: She worked selflessly, tirelessly, and heroically for 30 years as a human rights champion, defending America's poor, underprivileged, and unwanted - people never afforded due process and judicial fairness without an advocate like her. She knew the risks, yet took them until bogusly indicted on April 9, 2002 for:

— "conspiring to defraud the United States;
— conspiring to provide and conceal material support to terrorist activity;
— providing and concealing material support to terrorist activity; and
— two counts of making false statements."

The charges related to her alleged violation of Bureau of Prisons Special Administrative Measures (SAMS) that prohibit discussing topics the Justice Department rules outside "legal representation" - to inhibit a proper defense and obstruct justice for anyone DOJ wants to convict.

Her client was Sheik Abdel Rahman, a one-time CIA asset, convicted in 1995 and now serving a life sentence for "seditious conspiracy" for his alleged connection to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing despite convincing evidence of his innocence.
 

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2010

When Aggressors Write the History Books PDF Print E-mail
written by David Swanson
Making Aggressive War OK, for Some
by David Swanson
Blair and Bush were asked about the document at a White House press conference in June 2005 and did not deny its authenticity. But that document is one of the lesser pieces of evidence showing how we were lied into the Iraq War. I have laid out the overwhelming case in my book, Daybreak.

The worst damage done by our continuing to imagine that there's some sort of debate over whether the war was really based on lies, is that we haven't been able to focus on something more important. Whether the war was based on lies (as of course it was) or on gospel truth or on the mistakes of a bunch of morons, has absolutely no bearing on the indisputable fact that the war was a criminal act of aggression.

Of course, lying to Congress or defrauding Congress is a felony, but it is one of the lesser crimes committed during this particular spree. Attacking another country, whether or not it has weapons of any kind, is the most serious crime on the books.
 

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2010

Prying Eyes: Big Gordo Government PDF Print E-mail
written by Press Release
Community Organizations Sound the Alarm on
BC Government’s $180 Million Program to Collect
and Share Personal Information
by PLEA/PIFA
Charities, non-profit groups and privacy advocates have joined forces to issue a critical report on the $180 million Integrated Case Management (ICM) project the BC government announced in February’s Throne Speech.

The planned ICM system will collect comprehensive personal data from hundreds of independent community service organizations which are contracted to provide government services, in order to create a database of unprecedented scope and detail about citizen’s lives, including their participation in health care, education, family services and other government services. The information will be shared across government.

The report, entitled "Culture of Care…or Culture of Surveillance?" took two years to complete and includes written and onsite surveys of service organizations. It highlights serious concerns about the ICM system related to privacy rights and the potential effect of the program on social services and the independent community service organizations themselves.
 

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Jon Elmer, Janine Bandcroft for Monday April 5th, 2010 PDF Print E-mail
written by Chris Cook
This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This Week: Jon Elmer is a Canadian freelance journalist  and photojournalist who has lived in and reported from Palestine on numerous occasions since the beginning of the Second Intifada there. He is the author of the websites, From Occupied Palestine.org and JonElmer.ca.
 
Jon is recently returned to Canada from the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and he joins us today from Toronto.
 
Listen. Hear.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here in the second half to bring us newz from Victoria's street community. But first, Jon Elmer, out of Occupied Palestine for the holidays.  
 
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com.
 
Check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com
 

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Palestinian Christians Blocked in Holy Land PDF Print E-mail
written by Press Release
Happy Easter to all our Christian Brothers
and Sisters (Especially Palestinian Christians)
by Voice of Palestine
Palestinian Christians (as other Palestinians) are suffering from either brutal Israeli occupation or a denial of their right to return to their ancestral homeland by racist Israeli laws.
 
Jerusalem's Holy Sepulcher
 
In solidarity with them we started a campaign to endorse the call of their leaders for free access to Jerusalem see:
 
 
We also sent our request for endorsers to most of the mainstream churches in Canada, none of whom answered us directly. We are aware, however, that the President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops did send a letter to PM Stephen Harper on March 29, 2010, highlighting some of the problems faced by Palestinian Christians that limit their basic freedoms*.
 

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2010

"Managing" Data and Dissent PDF Print E-mail
written by Tom Burghardt
"Managing" Data and Dissent:
Where Big Brother Meets Market Fundamentalism
by Tom Burghardt
Repression doesn't come cheap, just ask the FBI.

As the securitization of daily life increase at near exponential rates (all to keep us "safe," mind you) the dark contours of an American police state, like a pilot's last glimpse of an icy peak before a plane crash, wobbles into view.
 
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In the main, such programs include, but are by no means limited to the following: electronic surveillance (call records, internet usage, social media); covert hacking by state operatives; GPS tracking; CCTV cameras linked-in to state databases; "smart" cards; RFID chipped commodities and the spooky "internet of things;" biometrics, and yes, the Pentagon has just stood up a Biometrics Identity Management Agency (BIMA); data-mining; watch listing; on and on it goes.

Pity our poor political minders, snowed-under by a blizzard of data-sets crying out for proper "management"! Or, as sycophantic armchair warrior and New York Times columnist, Thomas Friedman, would have it, "The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist--McDonald's cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas, the designer of the F-15."
 

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Dirty Money, Fake Science: Manifest Deniers PDF Print E-mail
written by Press Release
Exposing the dirty money behind fake climate science
by Greenpeace USA
Billionaire tycoon David Koch likes to joke that Koch Industries is, “The biggest company you’ve never heard of”. But the nearly US$50 million that he and his brother Charles quietly funneled to front groups which deny that climate change is a problem is no joking matter.
 
Wanted for crimes against the climate:
Charles and David Koch
 
Our new report shows how that cash, between 1997 and 2008, went to groups working to prevent action being taken against climate change.

It's now crystal clear - and every journalist, scientist and politician needs to know - that denial of climate change is not something based on healthy scientific scepticism and debate: it is manufactured and bears the "Koch" brand.

To put their financial commitment into context, from 2005-2008 the Koch brothers pumped in double the amount that even Exxon spent on undermining climate action over the same period.

If you thought Exxon was bad, take a look at these guys.
 

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Keeping the King Dream Alive PDF Print E-mail
Can We Keep the Dream? On Easter, the
42nd Anniversary of Dr. King's Assassination
by Danny Schechter News Dissector
Ordinarily, I don’t post on a Sunday but today is special—the 42nd anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a brave and prophetic voice in the years he became a moral and political leader before he became a martyr for justice.

During his time, he was spied on and defamed, with his own share of personal contradictions, but somehow he rose above it all to set down some universal markers in the struggle for racial and social justice, as an opponent of war and an organizer — “a drum major” in his lingo, ‘It’s a kind of drum major instinct—a desire to be out front, a desire to lead the parade, a desire to be first. And it is something that runs the whole gamut of life,’ in a fight that is more urgent than ever.
 

 

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Take Me Out to the Corporate-Sponsored Entertainment Event, or; As American As Mom's Profit Pie Chart PDF Print E-mail
Root, Root, Root for the Owners…
Is Baseball a Fading Allegory for the Fading American Way of Life?
by Robert Lipsyte
Here in the first post-American century, sports fans, it’s a brand-new ballgame -- and I’m not sure how to watch it. In this opening season of the Post-Steroid Era, I feel like a betrayed spouse determined to make the relationship work, struggling to balance experience against hope. Are my guys really clean now? If not, can I live with it?
 
Pride of the Yankees, Ruth & Gehrig

And I can’t shake the feeling that baseball isn’t baseball anymore, it’s just another fading allegory for everything else.

As you recall, early in that triumphant world series that came to be known as the American Century, our greatest long-range missile-delivery system, Babe Ruth, symbolized American power. We might not show up until the late innings, but then we’d go deep.

That was back in the daze. The Bambino’s home-run statistics, way off the charts in the 1920s, have been routinely overwhelmed by chemically-enhanced contemporary players. And the most unforgivable of them, the former St. Louis slugger Mark McGwire, is now a…. batting coach!
 
What’s he teaching those Cardinals?
 

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"I Am a Free and Sovereign Woman" PDF Print E-mail
written by Press Release
Terrifying Video: "I Don't Need a Warrant, Ma'am, Under Federal Law"
via Rob Kall/Youtube
Six law officers enter and search a woman's Bakersfield CA home without a warrant, saying federal law allows it. The action starts about 45 seconds into the video. Try not to be outraged.

 
All across America, law officers are grabbing powers they never had before, that are not theirs to grab-- bullying, arresting, abusing citizens. At least this woman video taped the perpetrators. If she finds a good lawyer, she should be able to sue.
 
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