It's been a busy week for terror in the news. In Canada, leaders of the three major parties vying for the October 19th general election "debated" foreign policy Monday, with everyone agreeing on all the safe points to be made, while in New York, the United Nations began its annual confab with international terrorism being high on the docket, though neither Canada's ambitious men, nor the UN broached the inconvenient provenance of ISIS, the media's most oft-cited terror group, or the terror inflicted by its paymasters in Western capitals.
Brad Hoff is an author, journalist, educator and Managing Editor of Levant Report.com. The former Marine has taught ancient and modern history at the college and high school levels, and has lived and traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, spending most of his time in Syria prior to the 2011 uprising.
His articles also appear at Antiwar.com and Foreign Policy Journal among other on-line sites. Brad's latest article charts the curious career of ISIS commander, Omar "the Chechen" al-Shishani.
Brad Hoff in the first half.
And; Russian historian, sociologist, and author, Boris Kagarlitsky is currently traveling Canada on a speaking tour sponsored in part by the Socialist Project, the Canada Research Chair in Comparative Politics (at York University), and by UVic's Centre for Global Studies. He'll be speaking here at UVic today at 3:30 in the David Turpin building. Boris is accompanied by Canadian journalist, lecturer, and contributing editor to the website, New Cold War, Roger Annis.
Boris Kagarlitsky and Roger Annis in studio in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of good goings-on going on on our city's streets, and beyond there too, in the upcoming week. But first, Brad Hoff and Omar al-Shishani and the Jihadis fighting under America's umbrella.
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Images of a child, a war refugee washed up dead on a Turkish beach, elicited outrage and condemnation around the globe. Little Aylan Kurdi drown, along with his older brother and mother, when the precariously overloaded boat they bought passage to Greece on foundered and sank. It's an increasingly common story, but the reaction to this particular case was extraordinary.
In Canada, the ill-fated Kurdi's figured in on-going election coverage, with opposition parties using the tragedy to shame and embarrass the government of Canada's immigration policy regarding the Syrian diaspora. But did the media miss the mark?
Canada's immigration policy is indeed shameful, and worthy of condemnation, but how much has that to do with Syria, or the wars various parties in Parliament support?
Sozan is with No One Is Illegal, Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories the quote: "[G]rassroots anti-colonial migrant justice group... a movement for self-determination that challenges ideology of immigration controls...[and] combat[s] racial profiling, detention and deportation, the national security apparatus, law enforcement brutality, and exploitative working conditions of migrants." She's one of the volunteers working on NOII's newly launched, Never Home: Legislating Discrimination in Canadian Immigration, project.
Sozan in the first segment.
And; Clayoquot Sound, site of the legendary War in the Woods of the early 1990's is again up in figurative arms over an accelerated foreign invasion of fish farms. The Japanese trans-national, Mitsubishi is the latest to claim a spot within the iconic, United Nations declared Biosphere Reserve, to turn a buck running a penned-Atlantic salmon feedlot. If established, it would the 16th former Cermaq feedlot in the Sound run by the Japanese industrial giant, but members of the First Nations Ahousaht band say, "No more."
Earlier this month, a so-called "table blockade" was set up to prevent operations, now there are indications Mitsubishi will rethink its plans.
"Bonny Glambeck is a peace activist and ecotourism operator who has worked for the protection of Clayoquot Sound since her first arrest in Sulphur Pass in 1988. She was one of the principal organizers of the Clayoquot Summer 1993 mass protests, and currently works for Clayoquot Action."
Bonny Glambeck and drawing lines in the Sound in the second segment.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us newz of good goings on from our city's streets and beyond for the coming week. But first, Sozan and Never Home finding a home in Canada.
Little more than a year after Mt. Polley, the greatest mine tailing disaster ever recorded, government enthusiasm for similar mining projects in British Columbia is undiminished. Despite Imperial Metals' failure to ameliorate the environmental damage they've caused, and the unlikelihood that damage can or will ever be ameliorated, the government of BC is pushing our neighbours north to accept Memoranda of Understanding on proposals to develop mines within the Taku, Stikine and Unuk River watersheds.
It's a process of intense interest to some of our neighbours south in Montana, who have watched the extractive industries run rough-shod over the province's environmental stewardship, and are sounding warnings to their Alaskan compatriots to steer well clear of BC's dangerous schemes.
Dr. Jack A. Stanford is a professor of ecology at the University of Montana and director of the Flathead Lake Biological Station. He recently wrote the open letter to Alaskans titled, 'A Cautionary "Tail"' warning, quote.
"The proposed mines in the BC-Alaska transboundary region will pollute Alaskan waters. It is not a question of when, but rather by how much, and to what extent the billion-dollar per year Alaska salmon fishery in the Taku, Stikine and Unuk watersheds will be damaged, and the livelihoods and way of life of tens of thousands of people degraded."
Jack Stanford in the first half.
And; since Pasteur's isolation of the rabies virus dozens of human disease vectors have been isolated with antitoxins and vaccines developed to guard human health from diphtheria, tetanus, anthrax, cholera, plague, typhoid, and tuberculosis among others. But do vaccines, and vaccination, perform the miracles their proponents claim? Today, there are questions that need answers; answers beyond fear mongering and rhetoric.
Edda West is co-founder and President of Vaccine Choice Canada, a not-for-profit educational society advocating for voluntary and informed consent prior to any and all vaccinations in Canada. Her interest in vaccine safety began with her daughter's severe reaction to the MMR vaccine. Her research was lent greater urgency with the passage of Ontario's Immunization of School Pupils Act in 1982. And Nelle Maxey is a parent and grandparent who says she refused to vaccinate her children, and advised against the same with her grandchildren, due to the influence of her husband, a bio-geneticist who knew vaccination was unsafe. Nelle currently serves as Secretary Treasurer of Vaccine Choice Canada.
Edda West and Nelle Maxey taking a jab at vaccination orthodoxy in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft has been called away on a vital mission the precludes her usual calendar updates for the coming week. But first, Jack A. Stanford and stopping BC's cross-border polluting industries.
Fourteen years after the infamous date to be commemorated later this week, everything and little has changed. The toddlers of 2001 are now readying to begin college and university studies, never having known a World without a War on Terror.
And what has been accomplished, save the annihilation of several middle eastern countries, and the rendering of those country's citizens by their millions into a desperate diaspora the likes of which has not been seen since the last century's greatest war? Is the World a better place for any but the ethnic cleansers and war profiteers?
While watching the refugee crisis unfold in Europe, blowback, a term steeped in spook-speak comes to mind. Describing the unintended consequence of actions or policies, 'Blowback' is also the title of the late former CIA analyst, University of California, San Diego professor emeritus, and author Chalmers Johnson's tour de force trilogy on American empire.
I spoke to Chalmers half-way back to the day "that changed everything" in 2001.
Chalmers Johnson in the first half.
And; betrayal, disloyalty, faithlessness, infidelity, duplicity, dirty tricks, deception, chicanery, backstabbing, double-dealing, and untrustworthiness; yes, it's poll time again! As well as perfect descriptors of every election season, that string of invective is also Google's partial list, (and who better would know?) of synonyms for treachery, and what could be more treacherous than falsely leading the people to believe the law is protecting the environment they live in from catastrophic harm? But that is just the case here in British Columbia, where successive governments have perpetuated the myth of an oil tanker moratorium in the Salish Sea.
Ingmar Lee is a long-time ecology defender whose latest campaign is to stop the "Treacherous Traffic of the 10,000 Ton Texas Tankers" currently endangering the entirety of BC's coastal environment. Ingmar will be in Victoria speaking to the secretive oil trafficker's activities and the dangers they pose. He'll be at the Sitka Café, at 570 Yates St. tonight at 5pm.
Ingmar Lee, red-lighting the 10,000 Ton Texas Tanker in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what's good to do in and around our town, and beyond, in the coming week. But first, Chalmers Johnson and empire's blowback.
Just what's wrong with the police? In recent years, on both sides of the border, we've seen the "boys in blue" come to resemble more a menacing occupier than your grandfather's friendly beat-walker. Maybe it's television, or the age we live in, but there's definitely been an attitudinal sea change.
My first guest can attest, and has attested in his LA Times political cartoon column, to the blue-to-black approach to "community" policing. It's a strange coincidence perhaps, that a personal account he wrote of abuse at the hands of the LAPD nearly fifteen years ago has escalated into a career threatening smear campaign against the vociferous critic of the "zero-tolerance" age we live in.
Ted Rall is the Pulitzer Prize-finalist; a journalist who having done his job at the LA Times calling out hypocrisy on both sides of American politics so well, now finds himself kicked off that venerable broadsheet with few allies.
Rall is more though than just a cartoonist in the LA Times' syndication stable, he's also a political cartoonist at ANewDomain.net, editor-in-chief of SkewedNews.net, and a prolific graphic artist and author, whose books include: 'After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You As Honored Guests: Unembedded in Afghanistan,' 'To Afghanistan and Back: A Graphic Travelogue,' 'The Book of Obama: From Hope and Change to the Age of Revolt,' and many more. His latest, just released title, 'Snowden,' is an illustrated biography of America's most wanted man, whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Ted Rall in the first half.
And; last month, Haiti made, according to the Organization of American States, a great "step forward" in holding long-delayed parliamentary elections. But was it the forward step the OAS would like the World to believe? Amid calls for investigations for massive vote suppression, ballot stealing and ballot-box stuffing, intimidation, violence and even murder it seems, if Haiti is moving it is in a direction leading down its well-worn path to despotism dressed as democracy in the service of trans-national capital as overseen by a ruthless local elite.
Kevin Pina is an American filmmaker, journalist, educator, and broadcaster with Pacifica Radio's public affairs program, Flashpoints. Pina's film credits include: 'El Salvador: In the Name of Democracy,' 'Berkeley in the Sixties,' 'Amazonia: Voices from the Rainforest,' 'Haiti: Harvest of Hope,' 'Haiti: The UNtold Story,' and 'HAITI: We Must Kill the Bandits.' Kevin has lived in and reported from Haiti, and was jailed by the infamous Baby Doc Duvalier for reporting on the abuses of that nefarious regime.
Kevin Pina and a faux democracy deja vu in Haiti in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what's good going on on our streets and beyond there too. But first, Ted Rall and the life and death of an LA Times column.
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