Roger Waters Confronts the Occupation of the Canadian Mind

For The Real News Network, I talk to Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters about his recent concert tour in Canada.

Since performing in Israel in 2006, Roger has become a globally renowned advocate for the freedom and dignity of the Palestinian people, but his calls for peaceful economic sanctions on Israel have attracted the ire of Israel’s apologists. Their hostility was on full display during Roger’s recent concert tour in Canada.

In this interview, Roger responds to their attacks:

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Toronto’s City Council Takes Advice About Stopping Hate Speech from a Hate-Monger – Part 1

If the residents of Toronto believe that City Hall’s chicanery ended with the departure of Rob Ford, they are sadly mistaken. This past Tuesday, a spectacle unfolded at City Hall that was as surreal and as morally bankrupt as anything we witnessed during the Ford administration.

The occasion for Mayor John Tory’s ethical nose-dive was an administrative inquiry submitted by right-wing Councillor James Pasternak. Pasternak’s dubious distinctions include his crusade against Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, a Toronto-based grassroots LGBT group. In his latest attempt to stifle critics of an apartheid regime, Pasternak took aim at Al Quds Day rallies held on city property. Specifically, Pasternak alleges that:

There has been a growing trend of hate-infested rallies being held in public spaces such as the anti-Semitic Al Quds Day rally in Toronto and there have been threats to host white supremacist and neo-Nazi rallies in Toronto similar to those in the United States.

For the past several years there has been an Al Quds Day rally held in Toronto outside Queen’s Park featuring speakers making anti-Semitic and anti-Christian remarks, spreading hatred, inciting violence and supporting of terrorist organizations such as Hamas. Al Quds Day was originally created to call for the destruction of the state of Israel. The rally in 2017 did not receive a permit to hold the event at Queen’s Park or from the City of Toronto, however the event proceeded.

Based on his unsubstantiated allegations, Pasternak requested that Council be provided information in response to the question “do the Toronto Police Service or City of Toronto have ability and what resources could they utilize to prohibit a rally that is inciting hatred and violence, such as Al Quds Day, white supremacist or neo-Nazi rallies, from taking place on city or provincial property in Toronto?”

Upon learning of Pasternak’s attack, the Al Quds Committee wrote to Mayor Tory, stating:

These are extraordinarily serious allegations for which Councillor Pasternak fails to cite an iota of evidence. We reject and object to these allegations in the strongest possible terms. In fact, the Al-Quds committee unequivocally condemns anti-Semitism, white supremacy and Nazism in all of their insidious forms. The mandate of our committee is profoundly anti-racist and is diametrically opposed to the goals of white supremacists, Nazis and other anti-Semites.

It is quite true that we are highly critical of the inhumane policies of the state of Israel, but so too is virtually the entire international community. The Canadian government itself recognizes on its Global Affairs website that Israel’s settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory violate the Fourth Geneva Convention and are a “serious obstacle” to peace… In 2004, the International Court of Justice ruled unanimously, and with the concurrence of the United States judge, that Israel’s settlements violate the Fourth Geneva Convention. Even worse, Amnesty International and the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem, among other human rights groups, have documented Israeli forces’ torture of Palestinian adults and even Palestinian children, and Israel’s use of collective punishment and extra-judicial assassination in violation of international law.

There is nothing remotely anti-Semitic about condemning these appalling human rights abuses and calling for sanctions to be imposed upon the state of Israel to bring these abuses to an end. On the contrary, based upon our extensive interactions with our brothers and sisters in the Jewish community, we believe that Israel’s conduct is an affront to Jewish values and in no way represents the Jewish people, despite the Netanyahu government’s claims to the contrary.

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Dangerous Climate Change is Here and Worse is to Come, Report Warns

For The Real News, I speak to Dr. Radley Horton, a professor of climate science at Columbia University and a co-author of a new, congressionally mandated report on climate change.

As Dr. Horton explains, humanity has now pumped so much CO2 into the atmosphere that a temperature increase exceeding 1.5 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels is virtually inevitable.

Moreover, if CO2 emissions remain flat, we must achieve a zero carbon economy within 25 years in order to avoid a temperature increase in excess of 2 degrees celsius.

My discussion with Dr. Horton can be seen here:

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Keystone XL: The ‘Zombie Pipeline’ That Refuses to Die

For the Real News, I talk to indigenous rights activist Dallas Goldtooth about the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. As Dallas explains, despite Donald Trump’s support for Keystone XL, there are many ways in which this ‘Zombie pipeline’ might finally be finished off by the environmental movement.

My interview of Dallas Goldtooth can be seen here:

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Is Trudeau ready for a Middle East war?

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The world is now at the mercy of a coalition of three of the most dangerous autocrats on the planet:  Donald Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Arabia’s new absolute ruler Mohammad bin Salman, a name that will become increasingly familiar as the months go by. These three “leaders” are now collaborating in an incredibly reckless plan to permanently reshape the Middle East.

The final outcome will unfold no matter what Canada does. But unless the government of Justin Trudeau gets a grip on reality, Canada will be drawn into this potential catastrophe by virtue of foreign policy positions it has already taken. Geopolitics is getting incredibly complex and there is little evidence that the Liberal government has a clue how to navigate through the dangers. The problem is that despite all the hype about “being back”, Canada’s foreign policy under Trudeau and minister of foreign affairs Chrystia Freeland is still…

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Young Activists Crash Press Conference to Confront Justin Trudeau on Climate Policy

On November 15, 2017, Hayley Zacks and Jake Hubley, two young climate campaigners from Vancouver, peacefully approached Justin Trudeau at a press conference and were promptly arrested. Their offence was daring to tell the Prime Minister that, after voting for him in 2015, they felt betrayed by his pro-tar sands policies. As the two campaigners were removed from the press conference, Trudeau complimented them for their climate activism.

For The Real News, I talk to Hayley and Jake about their arrest and their reasons for deciding to oppose Justin Trudeau’s climate policies. The interview can be seen here:

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20521:Activists-Crash-Press-Conference-to-Challenge-Trudeau-on-Climate-Policy

From Argentina to Greece: The Legacy of Che Guevara

Che Guevara once said “If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine.”

Last month, while attending a conference commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Russian revolution in Corinthos, Greece, I had the pleasure of meeting one of Che’s comrades, Calica Ferrer. Calica was a childhood friend of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara.

In 1953, when Calica was 24 – one year younger than Che – both of them traveled through Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador, surviving on very little money. These experiences are recounted in Calica’s book “De Ernesto al Che” (From Ernesto to Che).

As Calica explains in this interview for The Real News Network, the dictatorships, poverty and anti-indigenous bigotry that he and Che witnessed during their travels molded Che’s revolutionary character.

Calica and Che separated in Ecuador when Calica was offered a job with a local football team, and Che carried on toward the north, along a path that would finally lead him to Fidel Castro. Fifty years ago, Che was executed in Bolivia by the Bolivian army.

My interview of Calica can be seen here:

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20500:From-Argentina-to-Greece%3A-The-Legacy-of-Che-Guevera