September 29th, 2014 || Listen | Download
Syria solution must involve all parties.
Zafar Bangash discusses the hypocrisy of US policy in Iraq and Syria. He also probes the nature of the Saudi-funded opposition in Syria, who in their extensive brutality and war crimes, violate Islamic law. Turkey's attempt to create a no-fly-zone over Syria is also mentioned.
In the May election, Syrian refugees jammed the highways to vote for President Assad, whom they see as only hope against the terrorist invasion. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia is losing influence as Iraq moves closer to Iran.
Phil Taylor and Zafar Bangash emphasize that the US did not supply Iraq with military airplanes because the US did not want Iraq to be able to defend itself. If Iraq had an effective air force, they would have been able to stop ISIS from occupying parts of Iraq.
They also noted the irony of Israel helping ISIS with military and medical support. Israel prefers ISIS rather than Syrian control of the Golan Heights.
September 22nd, 2014 || Listen | Download
Festival of Hypocrisy: From Ferguson to the NFL. Beyond Victor's Justice
Ishmael Reed explains how the race card is played with violence in all its forms -- from sports, to police, to domestic violence, and to media bias, which literally colours the tone of the violence.
Cases discussed range from the police murdering Michael Brown in Ferguson, and Oscar Grant in Oakland, to the current focus on NFL Black players' violence against their wives and/or children. This wrongly makes domestic violence a solely "Black" American issue. There is media censorship against black journalists who deviate from the corporate line.
Chris Black gives the history of General Augustin Ndindiliyimana, who was falsely charged with genocide in Rwanda during the 1994 conflict. Gen. Ndindiliyimana was one of the most senior military figures tried by the court based in Tanzanian, Arusha.
Ndindiliyimana spent 7 years in trial refuting lies and 14 years imprisoned. The General was not allowed to visit his dying young son in Belgium.
He was acquitted of the major charge of participation in massacres in June of 2011 and acquitted of minor charges related to oversight of personnel in February, 2014. On September 22, 2014, Gen. Ndindliyman was released to Belgium where his family resides.
The trial judges made a very significant statement that charges against Gen. Ndindilyiman were politically motivated. They clarified: When Gen. Ndindiliyimana refused to falsely testify against General Bagosora, false charges were laid against Ndindiliyimana to further pressure him.
September 15th, 2014 || Listen | Download
Obama’s plans indicate the real goal is regime change in Syria. Baird Throwing Canadian Special Operations Regiment into a Bubbling Cesspit in Iraq.
Gowans compares the shoddy rebuilding of Iraq to the huge Gulf State injections of cash to Iraq's ISIS enemies. U.S. 'trainers' for Iraq are really liasons to keep an eye on their weak client.
Meanwhile, U.S.-backed rebels degrade and destroy Syria, a country that is fighting ISIS. Why is it okay in U.S. parlance for 'moderate' Wahabi extremists to cut heads in Syria, but not American heads in Iraq?
Now, we witness U.S. media manufacturing consent for an attack on Syria by obfuscating who is doing the headchopping there. Hint: It's not the Syrian government.
Scott Taylor relies on his extensive experience in Iraq to counter Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird's committing military contingency to the Kurdish region in northern Iraq.
Baird explains that the Canadians are not familiar with the complexity of the conflicts or the tribes in Iraq, Kurdistan, eastern Turkey. They are not ready for the "trip wires" they will encounter. This is not a good guy vs bad guy situation. It is a prison knife fight under blackout conditions.
Baird is committing Canada to Pandora's Box from which the lid has long since been removed.
September 8th, 2014 || Listen | Download
The Fog of Toronto Politics. The US is targeting Syria and trampling on international law: Where is the opposition? Why Catholic Zionist Changed His World View.
Phil Taylor and John Barber discuss Toronto's mayoral candidates, especially frontrunners current Mayor Rob Ford and challenger John Tory, whose SmartTrack subway TIF (Tax Increment Financing) plan would involve borrowing 3 billion dollars on the gamble that it could be repaid from the increased base of property taxes, a plan that failed in New York where the city is still paying on the interest and the debt remains 3 billion.
Barber expects that voters will use "strategic voting" --translation: "lesser evil" voting.
Barber says the major problem is a lack of money for independent political organizations to influence the vote.
In his commentary on Syria, Phil describes US policies:
1. Removing diplomats and closing Syrian embassies to delegitimize Syria and incite violent opposition.
2. Combining with Turkey and Saudi monarchs to weaponize terrorists, while expressing surprise at their deeds, and using the subsequent chaotic conditions as an excuse to bomb inside Syria.
Schmidt grew up in a strong Jewish neighborhood, became a Catholic Zionist and celebrated the birth of Israel. After the trip to Palestine, Schmidt maintained his love for his Jewish friends, but he also wrapped himself around the plight of the Palestinians and listened to their voices.
Schmidt praises some of the new voices within Judaism speaking out for truth and for justice for the Palestinians --writers such as Israeli Gideon Levy, Amira Hass, and Yoram Binur (author of acclaimed My Enemy, Myself).
September 1st, 2014 || Listen | Download
Labor Day -- Before and Now: From Internationalist Unity to Militarism. 'Anti-ISIS campaign' is a Trojan Horse to escalate the war against Syria.
Phil Taylor and Phil Conlon discuss how the meaning and practice of Labour Day has been corrupted: Going from a celebration of internationalism of workers who saw themselves as part of humanity and anti-militarism to celebration of military air shows and a ritual of pretending to care about those who fell in the past.
Phil Conlon reads Joe Fiorito's satirical column, "It's time to end the celebration of death and kill the airshow."
Taylor also praises and summarizes Ishmael Reed's article "Bad Apples in Ferguson," which emphasizes police brutality is not just against blacks, but against a rainbow of minority colors, esp. Native Americans, Latinos and Muslims. Reed says that the statistics in polls should reflect this reality.
The U.S. is hyping ISIS as the greatest terror force imaginable, even though according to the FBI, "there are no credible threats to the U.S. homeland."
The ideology of the Caliphate derives from Qatar and Saudi Arabia. ISIS-style beheadings are an institution in Saudi Arabia.
Yet the Pentagon is discussing airstrikes on Syria instead of the medieval terror kingdoms that it supports in the Middle East.
Stephen Gowans also discusses the NATO buildup over Ukraine. NATO is constantly checking the windows and the doors of countries it doesn't own.
Don't expect the United States to adopt a consistent posture on sovereignty when it comes to Syria or Ukraine.
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