This week: According to the Palestine Liberation Organization, Israel killed more than 180 Palestinians last year, and dispossessed thousands more. The PLO also credits the Israel Occupation Authority with green lighting the construction of 26,837 new settlement units on Palestinian lands, while confiscating thousands of acres of land, and razing to the ground nearly 500 homes.
Those sobering figures will set the stage this week for meetings between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Amman, where they hope to set an agenda for peace talks. Meanwhile, the Israeli daily, Ha’aretz reports the Israeli Defense Force is planning a successor to 2008’s infamous Operation Cast Lead, where as many as fifteen hundred Palestinians perished.
Jon Elmer is a Canadian writer and photojournalist specializing in the Middle East and Canadian foreign and military policy. He’s reported from more than a dozen countries throughout the Arab world, and has lived in and reported from Bethlehem, Occupied Palestine for the better part of the last decade. His writing and photographs can be found at his site, JonElmer.ca.
Jon Elmer in the first half.
And; while the collapse of the world’s banking system made headlines last year, little is reported about the state of Canada’s banks, or the role played in banking by the Canadian State. Shortly before the holidays, the Committee for Monetary and Economic Reform, or COMER, filed suit in Federal Court, charging the government of Canada restore the role of the Bank of Canada to its intended purpose, and challenging the federal government’s accounting methods and calculations as pertains to the tabling of the budget and issuing of “tax credits” to big business and other select taxpayers.
Ann Emmett is named as a co-plaintiff with COMER. Confronting global finance in the Canadian courts with Ann Emmett in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us to bring newz from the City’s streets and beyond. But first, Jon Elmer and a very New Year in an ancient land.
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, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com