We here in the West, that first among worlds, like to believe ourselves, if not the perfection of creation, then the next thing to it. We are, in our rosy self-imaginings, the smartest, strongest, bravest, and most morally advanced people of not only our time, but of all times. Pity it's all delusion; and worse, a pack of lies designed to "protect" us from the awful truth of our colonial provenance.
The unspoken fact is; we are not a benevolent, progressive, democratic force for good in the World, but are instead, my first guest argues, an avaricious empire, practicing a ruthless form of capitalist fundamentalism that is both battering the poorest of humanity, while destroying the planet's ecology.
Andre Vltchek is a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist who has covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries, and lived amongst the humblest people, bearing witness to their daily struggles.
In addition to his countless articles and essays, Some of Andre's book titles include: 'Oceania: Neocolonialism, Nukes, and Bones,' 'Indonesia: Archipelago of Fear,' 'On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima to Drone Warfare,' 'Fighting Against Western Imperialism,' and his latest 'Exposing Lies of the Empire.'
Andre Vltchek in the first half.
And; Canada's prime minister announced an intensification of the country's warmaking Monday to include bombing inside Syria and unspecified "elsewheres" to be named later. When questioned about the legality of this course of action in the parliament, the bellicose Mr. Harper said he wasn't worried about "lawyers from ISIL taking the government of Canada to court and winning." While the prime minister's little joke brought his side of the House down, it also betrayed a breath-taking ignorance, an astounding callousness and lack of imagination as to what war means for the people in those distant lands where Canada's bombs are scheduled now to fall.
David Swanson is an activist, blogger, labor activist, and former press secretary for Dennis Kucinich's 2003-2004 Presidential campaign. He's also founder of numerous websites, including WarIsACrime.org, and has spearheaded many campaigns against war and warmaking. He also hosts Talk Nation Radio, airing on several Pacifica radio stations and their affiliates, and is the author of several books, including: 'War is a Lie,' 'The Military Industrial Complex at 50,' 'Iraq War Among World's Worst Events,' 'War No More: The Case for Abolition,' and his latest, 'Killing Is Not a Way of Life.'
David Swanson and ending war 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 to do in and around our town, and beyond there too in the coming week. But first, Andre Vltchek and seeing ourselves in the face of the beast.
Went down to the demo in solidarity with the Heiltsuk in front of the Fort and Foul Bay Save on Foods. Save On is owned by Canada's richest man, Jim Pattison. The demo is about the Jim Pattison group's fishing arm, Canfisco and the herring roe "kill" fishery going on in Heiltsuk territory. The band, who have their own herring roe fishery that does not kill the fish, have repeatedly told the Canadian government's Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) herring numbers are not strong enough to allow a fishery this year. They themselves are holding boats at the docks, but the government of Canada refuses to either listen, or respect the wishes of the natives. Demonstrations at the DFO offices in Vancouver and at the offices of Pattison's Canfisco are ongoing, as was today's action in Victoria.
Though they seldom vote, 'The Homeless' are the fastest growing constituency in Canada. More than a quarter of a million Canadian citizens are estimated to now have no fixed address. Many thousands occupy shelters, sofas, cars, jails and out-buildings, while thousands more call the cold streets and alleys of the nation home. It's a crisis across the country, though besides occasional lip service, and half-assed ameliorative measures, all levels of government are so far failing to adequately come to grips with this crisis. Jack Layton is a long-time political scholar and social activist, leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, and author, whose titles include: 'Speaking Out: Ideas That Work For Canadians,' 'Speaking Out Louder,' and his latest, 'Homelessness: The Making and Unmaking of a Crisis.'
Jack Layton and addressing Canada's unaddressed
Stephen Harper stood before Canada's parliament yesterday to present a motion to both extend the duration of the country's "mission" in Iraq beyond the six months previously promised, and to expand the scope of Canadian Forces war-making beyond the borders of Iraq into Syria, belying a second promise previously made when seeking the House's blessings last year.
The prime minister explained the turnaround, saying; “ISIL’s fighters and much of its heavier equipment are moving freely across the Iraqi border into Syria, in part for better protection against our airstrikes.”
Among the many things left out of Mr. Harper's motion was the provenance of that equipment.
Last month, Iraq's government announced the shoot down of British planes full of military gear; gear destined not for "our" allies but for the same "ISIL" Harper would have us dedicate more blood and treasure to defeat.
It's a complex situation, made moreso for parliamentarians on both sides of the aisle, and Canadians generally, because they and we don't have the information needed to make rational decisions. But, faith trumps knowledge every time for the current government.
Tim Anderson is a an Australian solidarity activist and academic at the University of Sydney. He studied economic development, human rights, and self-determination in the Asia-Pacific region and in Latin America. He studied in Cuba, publishes essays, produces videos, and works on solidarity campaigns with the people of Cuba. His latest articles, published at Global Research, explore the complex web of local and international interests at play in Syria and Iraq conflict.
Tim Anderson in the first half.
And; many British Columbians remember the 'War in the Woods,' a watershed moment in the long struggle to protect the province's ecological viability. Today, in Area 7, the Department of Oceans and Fisheries designation for the waters off the Great Bear Rainforest, in Heiltsuk territory, another such moment may be taking place, with a Tribal Council order to halt the commercial herring roe kill-fishery.
Krista Rossingh is media liaison with PacificWild.org, the Denny Island-based environmental organization dedicated to, "Defend wildlife and their habitat on Canada's Pacific coast."
Taking to the water to protect herring stocks 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 to do in and around our town, and beyond there too, in the coming week. But first, Tim Anderson and getting behind the "official truth" of the Syria/Iraq conflict.
While the ruling elite met in Davos, Switzerland to map out the next phase of global conquest, the first World Social forum drew activists, solidarity coalitions, NGO's, and a smattering of international press to Porto Alegre, Brazil. The issue: moving from reactive activism, to action. Naomi Klein is the author of 'No Logo', the book Canada's Secret Service reviewed as "the protester's Bible." She also writes for the Toronto Globe and Mail, attended the forum, and will be appearing later this week at UVic for an evening billed, 'From Protest to Power- Seattle, Community Organizing, and Local Democracy'.
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