Kourosh Ziabari Interview with Canadian Professor Denis Rancourt – Fars News Agency


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Editor’s Note: The following interview with Professor Rancourt is undoubtedly one of the finest contributions toward a greater understanding of how the West has been slowly taken over by the Zionist agenda. Whether we wish to view it (as Professor Rancourt appears to), as the American Empire using Israel for its own greater hegemonic agenda or whether we tend to see it as World Jewry’s take-over of the American government via stealth in order to commandeer its resources and exploit them for Zionism’s global conquest, Rancourt’s analysis of how this process has unfolded to the ongoing detriment of the Palestinian people is superlative.
The interview also succinctly explains the depth and degree of collusion which the various Zionist forces and their sycophants here in Canada went to in order to illegally remove Professor Rancourt from his academic position at the University of Ottawa and then to further exacerbate his unjust treatment by pursuing him with a defamation suit that basically bankrupt the man. Such extremely vexatious acts on the part of Allan Rock and the University of Ottawa, aided and abetted by Canada’s Zionist-controlled media, border on sadism and are a vivid reminder of just how cruel and criminal the Zionist cartel can be when it comes to protecting its own racket of death and destruction at any cost should Canadians have the audacity to exhibit their lawful constitutional right to freedom of expression. In this case Professor Rancourt’s only “crime” was to question the right of Israel’s ongoing genocide of the Palestinian people.
I suppose Denis Rancourt might be expected to consider himself lucky that he wasn’t also slapped with a sec. 319(2) Criminal Code of Canada “Hate Propaganda” charge on top of all the other woes he’s been subjected to by the Zionist-controlled judiciary here in Canada. I’m sure that they would love to send him to jail for a couple of years just as they are trying to do to me in order to reinforce their intimidation and threats to all of Canada’s academia never to question their authority or their evil designs.
Professor Rancourt has taken a courageous stand and like myself he needs your help in order to defend himself against all of these spurious charges that have resulted from his expressing his opinions on matters relevant to Canada’s democratic principles. For further information and contact please see:
Email contact: denis.rancourt@gmail.com

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Kourosh Ziabari – Fars News Agency: A Canadian scholar and academic, who was fired from the university where he was teaching because of his pro-Palestinian viewpoints, believes the US government is funding and supporting Israel for its continued bloodletting in the Middle East.

According to Prof. Denis Rancourt, Israel’s plan in the Middle East is ethnic cleansing and the total obliteration of Palestine and its citizens in order to realize a colonial, imperial agenda backed by the US military, economic and finance empire.

“Israel’s program is to eradicate or neutralize all Palestinians who make claim to a home in Palestine. This is exactly what Israel has been doing since before its artificial creation,” said Prof. Rancourt in an exclusive interview with Fars News Agency.

“Israel’s program is planned incremental dispossession and an ongoing attempted genocide. This has been repeatedly and explicitly expressed by the Zionist architects and executioners,” he noted.

Prof. Denis Rancourt has also praised the resistance movement in the Gaza Strip for its steadfastness against the Israeli aggression during the past two months, maintaining that it was awe-inspiring that Hamas could kill some 70 invading Israeli soldiers.

Denis Rancourt is a former professor of physics at the University of Ottawa. In the fall of 2008, he was removed from all teaching duties under the pretext that he had granted A+ grades to 23 students in one course during the winter 2008 semester; however, it’s quite clear to everybody that his outspoken criticism of Israel and his pro-Palestinian activism had triggered his dismissal from the university. Prof. Rancourt’s classes were always attended by tens of students and he was considered as one of the popular university professors at the Faculty of Science.

Rancourt has published more than 100 academic papers. He was a member of Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Physics and the Ottawa-Carleton Geoscience Centre. He is the author of the book “Hierarchy and Free Expression in the Fight Against Racism.”

During the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip that just ended on August 26 following the victory of Hamas and the declaration of ceasefire between the Israeli regime and the resistance movement, FNA did an interview with Prof. Denis Rancourt on the influence of the Israeli lobby over the media, politicians and universities in the West, the history of Israel-Canada relations and the international reactions to the recent Israeli war on Gaza. The following is the text of this in-depth interview.

Q: What’s your viewpoint regarding the influence of the Israeli lobby on the universities and academic unions in the West, especially in the North America? The case of your dismissal from your position as a professor at the University of Ottawa was simply one of numerous instances showing that the Israeli lobby can easily manipulate the university officials in the West into making illegal decisions and expelling the disobedient academicians, just like the Prof. Steven Salaita who has been recently fired from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for his comments criticizing the Israeli massacre in the Gaza Strip. How has Israel gained such an influence over the academic institutions in the West?

A: The Israel Lobby has the role of chief-whip for the US military-economic-finance empire; Empire, for short. That is, the Lobby ensures doctrinal discipline among Western, that is, US-aligned politicians, intellectuals, and the media, regarding the Empire’s Middle East policy. I mean “intellectual” in the broad sense of any professional who has influence, and “media” in the broad sense of anyone who communicates to others.

The Empire’s main geopolitical focus presently is the Middle East, where the Empire is dedicated to actively and continuously prevent liberation and coalescence of Arab nations, so as to keep control of the territory and the energy resources. To achieve this, the Empire’s main policy in the Middle East is Israel, which is charged with continual war and sabotage against all Middle Eastern entities that would vie for independence from the Empire.

Thus, the Empire, via Israel, is embarked on a vicious and murderous project without an end in the Middle East, and this unsavory project must be sold to the Empire’s home populations, including both managers and ordinary citizens. That is the role of the Israel Lobby; to sell Israel and the continuous and deliberate carnage as acceptable and unavoidable.

That is why the Israel Lobby is actively engaged is creating Islamophobia, in exaggerating anti-Semitism, in constructing Nazi-holocaust remembrance, in suppressing academic freedom, in suppressing freedom of the press, in “finding” and pursuing alleged “terrorists”, in developing anti-speech [or] “anti-hate” laws, in promoting cultural ties with Israel, in attacking Muslim associations, and so on.

As such, the work of the Israel Lobby includes hundreds of ongoing campaigns to intimidate, discipline, fire, and vilify academics who dare to be critical of Israel or of US Middle East policy. The list of shut-out and targeted academics is a long one and includes the well-known cases of Joel Kovel, Ward Churchill, Norman Finkelstein, James Petras, Terri Ginsberg, William Robinson, David F. Noble, Steven Salaita, Iymen Chehade, and many others. The more an academic is threatening to the Lobby, the more aggressively that academic is attacked.

My own case is also an example. I was a tenured Full Professor of physics at the University of Ottawa in Canada’s capital city. I am an internationally recognized researcher and I taught in both the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Arts. I was publicly critical of the university president’s paid trip to Israel. I invited Palestinian speakers into my classrooms to talk about Gaza, and geopolitical analysts who were critical of Israel. These moves led to condemnation of me in the Zionist mainstream media, and to discipline, which was overturned. In 2008, a new university president – Allan Rock – who is a staunch and unconditional supporter of Israel and who had been Canada’s Zionist ambassador to the UN, became immediately motivated to fire me, tenure or not, and irrespective of my popular courses and my large science research funding.


With the help of an entire team using specially-hired union-busting lawyers, after contriving for years including intensive covert surveillance of me using a hired-student spy to monitor my every spoken and written word and my every activity on campus and at other university campuses, the university finally settled on the false pretext for dismissal of alleging that I had improperly assigned high grades to all 23 students in an advanced physics course. They needed a “clean” pretext that they hoped would be supported by public opinion and that would not bring out all of their dirt. When public opinion and some mainstream media sided with me instead, a high-profile Zionist columnist at the New York Times suddenly wrote not-one but two articles to discredit me, and was invited to Canada to falsely defame me, regarding my teaching, on a trend-setting Canadian TV talk show whose producers are Zionists.

Even after I was fired, as I continued to be publicly critical of the institution, the university funded a large defamation lawsuit against me which, after almost four years, has entirely washed-out my personal savings, and over which I was ordered to pay a total of legal costs and damages in excess of one million dollars, that I can never pay. I am presently struggling to generate the funds to pay the costs of court-transcripts for the appeal that has been filed. My funding campaign is endorsed by the Ontario Civil Liberties Association, which also has a campaign that condemns the university’s unlimited funding of the lawsuit against me using public money.

Although the university had many and mixed unstated and illegitimate reasons for wanting to fire me – such as my defiance and outspokenness in several areas, my popular courses and public events, and my support of student and community activism, I have no doubt that I was fired because the new Zionist university president Allan Rock – former Ambassador to the UN, and former Canadian federal government minister – wanted me out and silenced at any cost, and knew that he could count on support from the Zionist establishment. Under cross-examination, the dean testified that the pre-dismissal lockout of my graduate students and I from our laboratory was directed from above by Allan Rock. This president knew my firing would be seen as a good deed by the powerful Zionist establishment that he is part of. Years before I was ultimately fired, it had already been pronounced in the media that my firing was necessary and was desirable because of the “anti-Semitic” nature of my courses, to the great dismay and protests of many of my students.

After I was escorted off campus in handcuffs by police and charged with “trespassing” while I was still a tenured professor, and since my firing in 2009, Allan Rock has been systematically transforming the University of Ottawa into an institutional instrument at the service of Canada’s accelerating “globalist” agenda, and at the service of legitimizing Israel’s role in that agenda — rather than actually prioritizing the learning environment for students in Ottawa, an environment that is in dire need of an overhaul.

Allan Rock needed me out of the way. The Empire needs critics of the Empire out of the way. And the Israel Lobby needs anyone who threatens the acceptance of Israel’s crimes out of the way.

Q: Why has the criticism of Israel become so costly in the West? Why are the academicians, media personalities and other public figures who dare to question the policies and practices of Israel being immediately vilified and denigrated as anti-Semitist? Moreover, why don’t the mainstream media in the West ever give coverage to the viewpoints critical of Israel or exposing its violations of international law?

A: The mainstream media is a highly perfected arm of the Empire’s propaganda apparatus, as are Hollywood, the music industry, video games, and so on. The barely-maintained illusions of freedom of the press and of artistic freedom only make the propaganda more effective.

The propaganda apparatus is an integral part of the Empire’s military structure. The Israel Lobby is an added structure for direct and forceful control of politicians and intellectuals concerning the role of Israel as the Empire’s main thug in the Middle East.

The Empire’s Israel-based violent control in the Middle East, in turn, gives control over energy and wealth, via both the energy itself and energy transportation routes, and helps to ensure that the US-dollar remains the petro-dollar and, thus, the World currency, which the US prints at will.

In this way, the Empire both maintains its main instrument of global exploitation, namely finance-extortion based on the US-dollar and enforced with military might, and suppresses the development of its main competitors by strategically controlling the energy market via sanctions, pricing, and directed profits. That is the Empire’s working theory, which is realistically achievable thanks to absolute military dominance.

Within this scheme, the Israel Lobby at home is in a symbiotic relation with the Empire. The two are inseparable as long as the Empire’s main geopolitical focus is the Middle East, and as long as the Empire’s main policy in the Middle East is Israel. This is why one finds a strong and visible Israel Lobby satellite in every Western nation that is aligned with the Empire: Canada, France, Australia, and so on.

The two elements that give the Israel Lobby its raison d’etre – namely, the Empire’s main geopolitical focus on the Middle East, and Israel as the Empire’s main policy in the Middle East – are not necessarily good for the Empire. But the Israel Lobby has gotten too powerful; to the point of being able to largely dictate the Empire’s geopolitical priorities, and the Empire’s goals.

Thus, the Israel Lobby has to a large extent overrun the US democracy. It is not presently possible for US politicians to objectively and freely discuss Israel’s role and the Empire’s foreign policy. Virtually no US politician has the backbone to do so. US critics of Israel who are sufficiently threatening are crushed, and the US establishment fully participates in these mobbings.

When the stakes are so high, it is impossible for the Israel Lobby to relax its aggressive stance against all ideological threats. The Lobby considers its intimidation campaigns to be necessary for its own survival. It uses bribery, extortion, and propaganda at every level to discipline all who need to be reminded of which peoples most need to be killed on the planet.

Q: Canada has usually been one of the major advocates and supporters of the Tel Aviv regime since its establishment in 1948, either financially, politically or militarily and has always justified its racist policies in the Occupied Territories publicly. Somewhere in a 2011 article, you noted that Canada does not have much significant trade ties with Israel, and is a net exporter of oil and gas itself. So, why do you think the Canadian politicians continue to offer their “unwavering support” to Israel and rationalize its atrocities against the besieged people of Gaza? Why does Canada always lobby to dissuade world countries from voting against Israel in the UN resolutions? In what ways does Canada benefit from backing Israel?

A: Interestingly, it was Allan Rock – the same man who engineered my firing from the University of Ottawa – who, in 2004, under Paul Martin’s Liberal government and as Canada’s Ambassador to the UN, changed Canada’s longstanding position on Israel from abstaining on human rights resolutions for Palestine to being one of the few countries in the World that vote with the US and Israel against UN human rights resolutions for Palestine.

The complete selling of Canada to the US started prior to Martin, notably at the hands of Conservative Prime Minister Brian “free trade” Mulroney who thereby destroyed the Conservative party for more than a decade. Martin continued the job of selling Canada. Paul Martin engineered a takeover of the Liberal Party of Canada from the last Prime Minister Jean Chrétien who was moderately independent, or wanted to appear to be, and Martin proceeded to wreck that party into oblivion, with the help of other Zionists such as Rock and Harvard-based import Michael Ignatieff who also wrote academic arguments to legitimize torture “in an age of terror”, and others. At present, all three major parties [of] Conservative, NDP, and Liberal are led by ultra-Zionists, which is no accident. Harper, in particular, vehemently demonizes Iran, in what can only be understood as a criminally irresponsible call for a war of aggression, in line with a well-known Israeli desire.

The reason that Canada gives unconditional diplomatic support to Israel is the same as with all states aligned with the Empire. There is no choice on that issue because Israel is a major component of the Empire’s World-domination apparatus. The Israel Lobby is existentially committed to keeping things that way. The widespread tolerance and political adoration of the anti-democratic Israel Lobby in the US suggests that it is now not unreasonable to entertain an analysis of the Empire as a US-Israel Empire, as though the elite-bosses that run the global military-finance exploitation enterprise had effectively merged across US-Israel lines.

The other main Western states vie to align themselves in order to be on the receiving side of the Empire’s global exploitation project. This alignment is the most disgusting and vicious enactment of global racism in human history – largely surpassing its immediate predecessor that was the British Empire – that directly targets indigenous populations in the developing and emerging world, whether or not these populations support resistance movements. In this regard, a color-coded world map of diplomatic stance regarding Israel is identical to a world map of the global exploitation by the states aligned with the Empire.

Canada, in particular, is more than aligned. Canada is truly a vassal state of the US, with virtually complete integration in the political, corporate, security, military, cultural, and intelligentsia spheres. It is not uncommon for high-ranking “Canadian” politicos to have been trained at Harvard. The entertainment and sports enterprises are seamlessly the same, except for Quebec to some degree. This deepening integration has been accompanied by a loss of Canadian nationalism, a dramatically increased Israel Lobby presence, a dumbing down of the provincial education systems, an abandonment of natural-resources ownership, a near-total loss of resistance to foreign corporate ownership, frightening mimicry in the cultural, political, statutory, military, police, etc., fields, and so on.

Years ago, as one personal anecdote, I was shocked to find that the airport security in Ottawa, for an internal flight in Canada, was being managed by a US firm, that the security employees were US citizens, spoke with heavy US accents, and did not speak French – Canada is bilingual, and Ottawa is its capital. I was on stolen Canadian soil being processed by US security personnel. That is now the norm. Canadian citizens have a lot of work to do if they want to effectively oppose US and Israeli crimes against humanity.

Of course the local Canadian establishment needs to benefit from Canada being a vassal state of the Empire. So your question of how does Canada benefit is a fair one. The first answer is that Canada is allowed to share in the plunder practiced by the Empire, to a limited and controlled degree. In addition, Canada is given a share of the Empire’s military economy, in terms of military manufacturing contracts, and is temporarily allowed to have a First World standard of living, even though it must permit its natural resources to be plundered.

Also, Canada is a major producer of oil from tar sands that are relatively expensive to exploit. Wars and imposed sanctions in the Middle East increase the price of oil, which serves the Canadian energy sector well, in terms of political benefits. The price of gas is also increased, which inadvertently serves Russia. Thus, Russia must be sanctioned and cut off from the European market. Enter Ukraine, etc. Energy is geopolitics and Canada, as a major energy producer, “chooses” to be on the side of the big guns.

Q: What do the ordinary Canadian citizens, and the young generation of Canadian people think about Israel and its ongoing campaign of carnage and genocide in the besieged Gaza Strip? Do they sympathize with the major Canadian parties, including the Conservatives, Liberals and the NDP in their unwarranted support for Israel?

A: Political participation in Canada is a farce. By statute – thanks to former Liberal Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau – all local political candidates must be approved and certified by the party leader. Therefore, unlike in the UK where local party members can choose their representatives and where parliamentary rule actually means something, there is no representative democracy whatsoever in Canada. It does not take a PhD in political science to understand this. The employment and career of each Member of Parliament depends on obeying party discipline, and the party bosses are selected and positioned by powerful private interests predominantly represented by the Israel Lobby.

Ordinary Canadians, young and old, understand that politics does not include them. Consequently, political participation is low. The smaller the citizen’s possible influence, the less [they] participate, logically. In Canada – like in most places where citizens do not feel overly threatened by their governments or by foreign influences or by war – effective political allegiance is hired directly using widespread partisan employment, by the government, the public institutions, the private corporations, the hired lobbies, and the non-government organizations. In addition, superficial popular acceptance of fake agendas is bought via disguised propaganda projected by the “educational” system, the media, and the hired “experts” from all sectors. This works brilliantly because most professional workers are fully indoctrinated into the system.

Among aware Canadians, however, there is great concern about Israel’s crimes in Gaza. This concern and resulting outrage are significant, as is evident from the massive media and public-relations counter campaigns to legitimize Israel’s war crimes.

Canadian civil society is recognizing and organizing against the Israel genocide that continues to unfold. There has been a significant backlash against the public positions of the leaders of the three major parties, and this backlash has caused the NDP in particular to do some damage-control. A Member of Parliament even resigned from the NDP over the issue, which is a first in Canada. Furthermore, in reporting the carnage in Gaza, the mainstream media was feeling the pressure to not completely follow the most absurd dictates of the Israel Lobby regarding media strategy.

The recent public demonstrations in support of Gaza, held in every major Canadian city, were massive, by Canadian standards. The pro-Palestine demonstrations that I attended in Ottawa had hundreds and thousands of participants and were among the largest that I have ever witnessed. More importantly, the demonstrators were from across Canadian society and were profoundly moved and committed, more than I have ever seen for any broad Canadian foreign policy matter. Consequently, the mainstream media was forced to report these demonstrations in a somewhat balanced fashion, under the threat of losing credibility.

Thus, there is a significant enough gap, between the extreme Zionism of the political party leaders and public opinion on Gaza, that it is possible that there could be a large and lasting popular backlash that would change the public political discourse and force the Lobby to be less overt. I more than hope that this backlash will be of formidable magnitude and that it will occur at an accelerated pace, in order to create and recover the dignity of Canadians, to bring Canadians into the World, and to bring maximum support to the Palestinian resistance.

Q: During its more than 50 days of incursion into the Gaza Strip, Israel continually bombed the civilian areas, hospitals, mosques and schools. The deliberate targeting of the civilians is a crime under international law. Why is Israel persistent on violating international law while its leaders know what they’re doing is not humane and defendable? Is it because Israel has been enjoying immunity from accountability thanks to the public diplomatic, political and financial support it receives from the United States?

A: It is criminally and morally disgusting that Israel continued to bomb Gaza during the negotiations for the agreement that led to a halt to further Israeli attacks for an “unlimited period”. It is utterly disgusting that Israel murdered the wife and a daughter and a son of the Hamas military commander Mohammed Deif during negotiations. Israel continued to murder Hamas opponents during negotiations. This is abominable. It is difficult to comprehend this degree of disregard by Israel for basic human decency, not to mention international law. This tells us that Israel never negotiated in good faith, and that the “negotiated” agreement cannot possibly represent any measure of interim justice.

The Palestinian resistance in Gaza is awe-inspiring, having killed some 70 invading soldiers that were part of one of the most technologically advanced militaries in the World, and Gazans having sustained unspeakable civilian death, displacement, and destruction. However, Israel is in fact mainly contained by the global political and popular reactions to its crimes. The US cannot afford to convince the World that it is a genocidal-maniac nation, whether it is or not. This would seriously impair the Empire, domestically, with allies, and in its arenas of exploitation.

This is why the Empire funds and supports Israel for the constant bloodletting in the Middle East, and covertly trains and funds proxy thugs wherever it cannot sell a direct intervention, such as in Syria. Make no mistake, the US runs a global empire, with over 1,000 military bases spread in every corner of the globe, but it cannot be perceived in Western circles as an outright purveyor of ruthless and unlimited terror. Just don’t ask Latin Americans what they know from lived experience.

In this regard, a reality that protects the world from US-Israeli ravages is the fact that, more and more, there are Muslim, Latin American, etc., populations in the US and in the aligned countries, such as the Muslim citizens of the UK, and the Latin Americans in the US. This, in turn, explains the growing government fixations on preventing immigration and systemically targeting profiled refugees for deportation. It also explains the police-state occupation and incarceration in the US of the Black and Hispanic less-integrated social classes.

Basically, all the survival, self-defense, and liberation struggles against and from-within the Empire share a common oppressor. These struggles can greatly benefit from Western middle class allies, and from Western middle class indignation. The elite management class has connections to the professional class, which is largely from the middle class, and so on. In this way, “public opinion”, beyond simply most members of the public having some superficial opinion, can pressure towards rejecting the most egregious abuses of the Empire.

Q: In response to Israel’s deadly military operation against the Gaza Strip, the United States simply said that Israel has a right to defend itself, and a right to exist. Are these rights, including a right to exist, contingent upon the destruction of the entire civilian infrastructure in a coastal territory that has been under siege for some 7 years, and the blowing up of its unarmed citizens? Do the US politicians really think this way or are pretending that they’re not aware of the realities of Gaza on the ground?

A: The “right to exist” and “right to defend itself” postures of Israel are ridiculous sophistries that a child can recognize as such. Israelis have a right to not be displaced arbitrarily without a just process. That process must weigh all the facts related to Israel’s long-term genocidal policies and actions of population cleansing and annexing of territory. It must also respect international law, and respect unrescinded UN resolutions. And, it cannot reward continued violations by Israel of the said UN resolutions regarding territorial lines.

The Israeli spin concocted to justify Israel’s gruesome crimes of war is so insulting to the intellect that in itself it could be considered a crime, a crime of language, if it made any sense to have such a category of crimes. Indeed, if it were advisable to condone the development of a criminal law for “hate speech”, then Israel’s spin, uttered in the context of its massacres in Gaza, should certainly qualify as “hate speech”.

As usual, Israel turns everything on its head. The Israel Lobby seeks “hate speech” laws to be enacted in all the aligned states, to prevent criticism of Israel, as being “anti-Semitic” speech of course. This explicitly exists in France, and persists in Canada, where one elderly Canadian citizen was sent to jail in Germany for years for printed publications denying “the” holocaust. Here, the Lobby finds allies in well-meaning middle-class advocates of purified language who wrongly and self-servingly believe that racism can and should be reduced by strict language and social behaviour codes.

If it were serious about discussing rights, Israel would admit the Palestinian rights of return and of self-determination. It would respect the right to life and liberty enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It would respect the Geneva Conventions on military occupation. It would release all of its Palestinian prisoners. It would stop using its mass-killing machine against civilians, and so on. After that, it would also agree to be judged independently in making substantial reparations to all Palestinians, especially those occupied and the refugees.

Q: The United Nations has just appointed a fact-finding committee to probe into Israel’s possible war crimes during its recent military operation against the Gaza Strip. Do you see the political will and determination in the United Nations to really hold Israel accountable and investigate its criminal conduct in an impartial and fair way?

A: We’ll see. The more interesting question is whether citizens will provide a significant backlash if the commissioners do not properly do what must be done. And, will Israel and the Empire succeed in derailing this UN commission of inquiry into Israel’s war crimes?

Will this commission allow the UN to salvage some credibility? Will the Lobby succeed in its personal attacks against the commission’s chairman? Will anything significant on the ground come from the legalistic exercise?

Nothing significant has come from the UN in the past. This Gaza massacre was as criminal and as evil as the previous one. The only evolution has been the development of the remarkable Gazan military resistance, from killing three invading soldiers in the previous land incursion, to some 70 Israeli soldiers this time. We can only hope that this progression will continue, enough to deter Israel.

Q: What do you think is the reason for Israel’s obduracy in keeping the blockade of Gaza Strip in place and its continued refusal to lift it? Is the siege going to serve certain purposes, such as the demonization of Hamas and turning the residents of Gaza against it?

A: Israel’s program is to eradicate or neutralize all Palestinians who make claim to a home in Palestine. This is exactly what Israel has been doing since before its artificial creation. Israel’s program is planned incremental dispossession and an ongoing attempted genocide. This has been repeatedly and explicitly expressed by the Zionist architects and executioners.

Over 300 Nazi Holocaust survivors and their descendants recently signed an open letter, published as an advertisement in the New York Times, calling what Israel is doing what it is, genocide. Israel’s attempted genocide of Palestinians is also expressly cheered-on by many Israeli citizens and by members of the Zionist diaspora of all religions.

Therefore, the Israeli apartheid is not meant as a sustained apartheid. It is an increment in the attempted genocide that accompanies the racist pillaging of land and resources. The massacres in Gaza and the collective punishments against Gazans can be understood only in this context.

As such, Israel will continue the gruesome intimidations of all sorts, which are Israel’s history, and which are intended to cause Palestinians to flee from Palestine. Israel wants Gaza. And, Israel wants all Palestinians out of the greater Israel that it is creating.

The US accepts Israel’s crimes against Palestinians because the US “accepts” Israel’s conviction that this is necessary for Israel’s “security”. The US acceptance of the Zionist genocide is part of the negotiated understanding between the Empire and Israel. The US propaganda about seeking restraint is purely deflection and risk management for the Empire.

Furthermore, Israel knows that a real impediment to its greater design, its final solution, is Palestinian armed resistance, presently limited to Gaza. Israel, therefore, has an illegitimate military objective to strangle the armed resistance and to murder its leaders and closest enablers, and the Zionists willfully disregard international law to pursue this aim. It is a classic dirty war of extermination of popular armed resistance. If Israel cannot kill the armed resistance, then it plans to expel and kill the population that supports the resistance. In any case, it wants Gaza.

Within this criminal mentality, there is no way that Israel will voluntarily relax the blockade. The fight to dissolve the blockade, and even just to have Israel respect the general language of the ceasefire agreement to ease restrictions at the Gaza border crossings, will be continuous and arduous.

This is what Israel does. It strangles Palestinians. Only real pressures can slow Israel and, one day soon, turn it around. Things can happen. Populations can enforce democratic rule. Leaders can side with popular movements. Anything is possible when resisters everywhere become committed and determined. It happened in the recent past with liberation struggles everywhere when the British Empire was forced to retract, and with civil rights and democratized institutions in the 1960s. It’s happening in Latin America now. It’s happening on the streets. It can happen again and everywhere.

This interview was originally published on Fars News Agency.


Fascism and Contemporary Canada: Police, Government & Corporations. by Robin Mathews

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The common definition of fascism involves the marriage of government and private corporations to exploit all available resources and – in pursuit of private profit – to repress populations.  Long gone is the old (and brief) definition of fascism as ‘corporatism’ – meaning the concentration of all community powers to benefit “the nation”.

Repression of populations usually requires – at some point in the process – the use of police forces. They are transformed from being organizations of citizen protection – “keeping the peace” – to instruments of repression in the hands of the government/corporations alliance.

“RCMP hid cost of gun registry destruction from press” (Globe and Mail, Tues. Sept. 17, A10). Why?  The Conservative government ordered the destruction of the federal gun registry data. The RCMP undertook the task, refused to report on it, refused to provide figures for eleven months, still refuses to speak on the matter … as a lap-dog taking orders from the Stephen Harper cabinet, renouncing even an appearance of independence. The role of police and policing in Canada is being politicized, militarized, deregulated and brutalized.

Concerned observers see politicization and militarization of police evident in large public events like the G20 brutality and the repression of Quebec students in the Maple Spring.  But police actions against individual ordinary people on behalf of private corporations or as “biker gang brutality” also grows. As does the “deregulation” of police violence.

The nation itself is now under full-scale attack through assaults on (a) the rule of law, (b) the supremacy of parliament, (c) the sanctity of the individual, (d) the validity of Canada’s independent democracy and, therefore, the legitimacy of Canadians to decide – through their representatives – the primary policies of their country.

The attack is wide open. The present Conservative government led by Stephen Harper (a) destroys regulation, regulatory bodies, and information necessary to shape law. At the same time, it misinforms the public on legal matters.  Stephen Harper himself declared the recent Robocall misuse undertaken to influence the Saskatchewan public against electoral boundary change …  perfectly acceptable practice. (CP, Feb 6, 13)


He personally reviewed Senator Pamela Wallin’s Senate account and declared her spending appropriate. Elected Conservative MPs are bound and gagged.  Appointed actors (cabinet, Senate, Conservative Party, and PMO) gibber rehearsed lines to surround repressive measures with distracting noise.

The present Conservative government undertakes (b) sovereignty-robbing foreign treaties executed without any relation to parliament and its members. In addition, it bulldozes through the House of Commons foreign corporation-serving bills of such magnitude and complexity the bills cannot receive democratic scrutiny. It loaded the Senate with political hacks, using taxpayers’ money to reward partisan work and to pervert the proper function of Senators and the institution.

The Conservative government destroys and/or vitiates entities protecting justice and the sanctity of the individual: the courts, the police, whistle-blower organizations, unions, and other citizen-protection groups.  On two occasions of major importance – the BC Rail Scandal and the case taken in Alberta by Jessica Ernst against Encana Corporation and the Alberta government regulator for Fracking damage (still being fought) – the Conservative Minister of Justice promoted effective judges off the cases – in mid-legal process – to prevent, many believe, justice being done. Out of the BC Rail Scandal Stephen Harper appointed the man believed by many to be most central to the issue, former premier Gordon Campbell, to the position of Canadian High Commissioner in London, whisking him out of the province.


In both cases the role of the RCMP has been called seriously into question – as being less than impartial. The tip of the iceberg doesn’t show in cases that attract major public attention because they involve governments and large corporations.  The tip of the iceberg is seen in what might be called small, individual cases where police wrong-doing and/or brutality is almost inexplicable.

In 2007 an innocent, unilingual, slightly confused Polish immigrant arriving at Vancouver International Airport, Robert Dziekanskli, was set upon by four RCMP officers, tasered five times, and died with police officers “restraining” him as he lay on the floor.


The RCMP as a body is alleged to have attempted cover-up and falsification of the facts.  The Commissioner in Ottawa telephoned to sympathize with the officers involved.  The premier of B.C., Gordon Campbell, expressed his sympathy to the top RCMP officer in B.C.

A witness film to the police action revealed the brutality of the police officers and the serious misreporting of the event.  Much of the general public who watched the film believed a murder had been committed. A former RCMP and CSIS officer told me he expected criminal charges to be laid within days after the event.

The tip of the iceberg reveals the solidarity of the RCMP (and government), from the perpetrators of the act on up, to prevent full and fair legal action in a case generally believed to be a criminal case.

Going on seven years later, after millions of dollars have been spent on denials, and reports, and a Commission of Inquiry, and the appointment of a Special Crown Prosecutor who took almost a year to read the Commission Report, and a series of what I believe are pretend trials of the men involved in the death of Robert Dziekanski for … perjury (?) … the matter drags on and on and on, a hopeless mess and a travesty of law and justice.  A disgrace to Canada ….

Many believe the RCMP proved it can violate the rule of law for years and years with impunity. Reform that has been demanded publicly is all but ignored in the RCMP head offices in Ottawa.  At the same time the present Conservative government demands more and more control of the Force, insisting, for instance, that all statements by the Commissioner are first vetted by cabinet.

RCMP violence and violation of the kind observed in the Robert Dziekanski case is not rare. Rather, actions go unobserved because of the “unimportance” of the people violated or because of hasty, effective cover-up. In the Kelly Marie Richard Alberta dental malpractice case, the Lonnie Lundrud case in Quesnel, B.C., the Robert Erickson case in McBride, B.C., the Frank and Helen case in Chilliwack, B.C. and the RCMP “interference” in the Wiebo Ludwig case the Canadian public can see in only those small number of instances cited that the RCMP works against ordinary citizens dramatically and – in highest probability – criminally as well.

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What of the larger picture – the one made up of public protests against corporate government, globalized repression, attacks on basic freedoms and the rule of law, and the growing movement to impoverish whole populations on behalf of the one per cent?

Carefully gathered, chilling information is present in a recent book published in Quebec.  It is edited by Francis Dupuis-Deri and is entitled A qui la rue? or in English Who Owns The Street?

The reality behind the question of the title appears to be that action in the streets by citizens is more and more relevant and even necessary. That is so because of the consolidation of government and the private corporations and because of the sell-out of formerly independent bodies: press and media, the courts, and the Opposition political parties.  Together, they join in the repression of public freedoms: freedom of assembly, freedom of expression, freedom of the individual, as well as the common responsibility of all citizens to the rule of law.

The book out of Quebec covers police behavior from the anti-globalization action in Seattle (Sept. 2001) to the student actions against educational inequality in Quebec in 2012 (“the Maple Spring”). Three Canadian matters are dealt with: the G20 summit debacle of 2010, the Quebec Maple Spring of 2012, and the annual March 15 demonstration against police brutality in Montreal, since 1997.

The astonishing figures for the last event, held annually, tell the story.  Though the demonstration is never large compared to many others, from 2005 until 2013 the number of people arrested at the demonstration has risen from 5 in 2005 to 297 in 2013.

One might well conclude that the Montreal police – supported by “the law” in Quebec – wish to erase public criticism of Montreal police brutality.

The book edited by political science professor from the University of Quebec at Montreal, Frances Dupuis-Deri, demonstrates a dangerous and disturbing trend in Canada.  Police actions – more and more – are becoming politicized.  That means police do not appear at demonstrations “to keep the peace”.  They arrive with political orders to target selected groups – however peaceable – to foment violence, and to make arrests.  They deliberately break the law, knowing they will be protected by government, corporations, the press, and the courts.

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Faking the need for police intervention, the police now engage in arrests of mass groups – all the members of which cannot, by any stretch of the imagination – be guilty of law breaking.  In addition, the police engage in so-called “preventative arrests” – arrests of people the police claim might commit criminal acts.  Law experts consulted have declared such arrests lawless and unconstitutional.

Individual police officers often use foul and insulting language in dealing with demonstrators – revealing open political prejudice.  Example of Quebec, French-language, “street” (joual’ist) expressions may be linguistically amusing but they are, in fact, vicious and offensive.

The political intention of Canadian police is marked by their attempt in Quebec to charge (often) innocent demonstrators, to give them the chance of immediate release if they admit guilt and pay a municipal fine of (most recently) $637.00.

Many innocent demonstrators believe an arrest means an infraction of the law. It doesn’t.  And long court trials often reveal that many, many people charged are innocent of wrong-doing.

The ruse of getting on-the-spot admissions of guilt from the innocent and levying fines against them has been put in place.  Alexander Popovic, activist against police brutality, spent years fighting the ruse.  He writes about the long campaign in A qui la rue?

His advice to demonstrators is to refuse admission of guilt and an on-the-spot fine.  Demonstrators must fight for their innocence in large numbers, must crowd the punitive jails set up, and then self-defend in the courts – forcing them to observe the rule of law and just courtroom procedure.

If the court system becomes bankrupt as a result of lawless police action against large numbers of well-meaning citizens concerned for the good of Canadian society, then the bankruptcy of the courts might point to the bankrupt democracy in which such police behavior is permitted.

The history of government/corporate/police brutality revealed in A qui la rue/ Who Owns the Street? must teach additional lessons.  Demonstrations against government/corporate/police oppression must grow in number and size.  Demonstrators must self-educate about law and the courts.  They must organize filming and other witnessing of police brutality.  They must write immediate accounts of police lawlessness.  They must gain political party, union, NGO, etc. support (or refusal of support) to make public.

Opposition party support for lawless police action must be exposed and attacked in order to protect the innocent.

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In the largest sense, Canadians must realize they face police forces in Canada that are changing for the worse, that – apparently – welcome direction from above to engage in violent and lawless activity.

The name we give to such collaboration is “fascism”.  That collaboration must be fought by Canadians with increasing awareness and increasing determination.  Canadians must prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the Canadian people own the street– not the police and not governments locked in the ugly embrace of private corporations.


Contact Robin at: Robin Mathews rmathews@telus.net

Anthem For Dissent by Splitting the sky



A poem by Splitting The Sky, critical of the social/political state in the world today, eloquently orated by STS, and set to music performed by guitarist Ron Bankley, with variety of related imagery. The mp3 can be downloaded for free at www.splittingthesky.net

By Ann Onimus, John Boncore/Splitting The Sky and Ron Bankley

United in fear we trade freedom, our prize for the Patriot Act as united we securitize
United in power over patriarchy, we misogynize
United in self-righteous arrogance, we imperialise
United in degenerate genital mutilation, we circumcise
United we consume and spend, and, united, we capitalize
United in greed we exploit, as united we multinationalize
United we commit economic suicide as, united, we globalise
United in beligerent violence, we waste trillions as, united, we militarize
United we massacre millions and think we’re so brave, united we fantasize
United we bomb, destroy, maim, mass murder, slaughter and terrorize
United in massive denial we look the other way, as united, we atrocitize
United in ‘might makes right’, we dominate and, united, we hegemonize
United we pillage the third world and then, united, we moralize
United we covet their resources and, united, we monopolize
United in total denial we deny that, united, we brutalize
United we believe without question the star spangled propaganda our leaders so unceasingly televise
United we, so very obediently, swallow the many fabricated red white and blue lies
United we’re so blind, with closed eyes except wide-eyed Ashcroft spies
And in the many resource rich countries that, united, we occupy and we colonize, and united we impoverish and victimize
Yet another corporate billion is pried and yet another heart broken mother cries and yet another star spangled bomb drops
And yet another innocent child heinously dies
Yet another example of united we collateralize
Just U.S. business as usual, as united we privatize
United we stand completely deranged
Global terrorist in our ‘freedom and democracy’ disguise
As united we stand apathetic and complicit in American terrorism
As united we turn on TV to de-sensitise
As united we stand in massive denial
As united we ignore the innocent pleas of the innocent ones we exterminate
As united we stand inanely pledging allegiance to the flag of facist terrorism
As their blood on it dries
As united we stand, surrendering our freedom to the real ‘axis of evil’ Corporation, CIA, and Military guise
As united we stand with our heads in the sand, as the American Fourth Reich is born
And freedom dies
As united we stand so comfortably numb and deniably dumb
That united we don’t have sense to realise
That united we stand on the brink of the New World Order totalitarian police state
United we are so……Blind


Psychopaths in Power: The Fight for Democracy in Canada by Robin Mathews


Psychopaths in Power: The Fight for Democracy in Canada

by Robin Mathews

April 22nd, 2012

It may not be ‘poetic license’ or science fiction to say the core group in the Stephen Harper cabinet is made up of psychopaths.

Lisa Raitt can argue with passion that destroying the democratic bargaining rights of employees in Canada is an act of virtue.  She seems to have convinced herself that by making it possible for twenty-year olds to fly to a Florida beach in Spring Break she is up-holding the most basic freedom of Canadians – which must come before all else. She seems to be showing us, also, that the lies of psychopaths know no limits.

And she is showing, as well, that the Harper Conservatives will appeal to the sleaziest self-interest of Canadians in order to erode the rule of law in the country …  and move it towards the condition of a police state.

Whatever else, we must realize the total strategy of the Harper government is a strategy of lies … as I shall attempt to show. Members of cabinet don’t just use a lie here and there to cover a blunder here and there.  Rather, the goals sought are governed by an over-arching policy of lies – planned, prepared, and executed. Policy is followed to invalidate Canadian freedom, to see it as obstructive of efficiency, and, ultimately, to repress any Canadian resistance to what is in fact a growing fascist state.   Such a state unites private corporations and a governing elite into a ruling class supported by police and military forces ready and eager to erase violently any public resistance to elite policy.

Increasingly that kind of structure is multi-national.  The sell-out of the democracy of Canadians is pursued on behalf of so-called “global” interests. The Harper forces assist in the destruction of Canadian industrial operations like Stelco and Electro Motive Diesel to serve U.S. masters.  And the Conservative Party employs – more and more – U.S. masters of deceit to assist in its determination to win elections by any kind of dishonesty, fraud, or malpractice.

The Conservative Party strategy of lies is supported with depressing consistency by the Mainstream Press and Media which actively supports it or overlooks it as a silly fault of a government trying to do its best for Canadians.

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Wiebo’s Final Battle by Byron Christopher


Dear Radical Reader,

I have known the Ludwig’s and their Christian Community known as Trickle Creek for a long period of time having covered their adventures and misadventures with the Alberta oil & gas industry since the turn of century in my former newspaper, The Radical.  Wiebo’s life, like the lives of all those present-day warriors who fight for truth and justice and ecological sanity in a world gone mad from greed, power and a lack of spiritual direction, is one that will assuredly carry on to inspire the newer generations of young people who will undoubtedly be receptive to the lessons and the inspiration that this group of dedicated people have given to the world.

RadicalPress.com is appreciative of the fact that Byron Christopher has sent his articles for publication here. I have worked with Byron in the past as well and his efforts to present an unbiased and fair appraisal of what the people of Trickle Creek have been doing over the years is most laudable.

 Wiebo’s Final Battle

By Byron Christopher

March 12, 2012

Hythe, Alberta — It’s not if, but when. Eco-warrior Wiebo Ludwig is preparing for death. With his weight now under 150 pounds, he predicts he’ll be gone in just weeks, a victim of cancer of the esophagus. Ludwig has battled the disease for the past year.

The Dutch-born patriarch of a Christian clan “living off the land” in Alberta’s Peace River country is in palliative care.

Ludwig, who turned 70 in December, takes pain medication to get through the night. “I’m trying to stay off pain killers as much as possible,” he reveals. To reduce their father’s pain, Charity, Salome and Mamie ‘Junior’ apply medical herbs wrapped in heated cloths to his chest and legs, now noticeably thin.

Ludwig’s sons recently built him a sauna. Their hope is that the wet heat will help him.

In January, surgeons in Grande Prairie placed a stent in Ludwig’s throat so he could swallow. Two weeks ago, Ludwig was rushed to hospital to have the stent lengthened after food became lodged in his throat.

For decades, Ludwig has stood as an outspoken, implacable, media-savvy foe of the oil and gas industry, as evidence by Toronto filmmaker David York’s 2011 National Film Board documentary, Wiebo’s War.

Instead of battling energy companies, Ludwig plans to spend his final days with his family. “I feel there’s a time when you have to sign off,” he says, “you have to stop at some point.”

Ludwig’s eyes still penetrate, but he sounds exhausted.

Reverend Ludwig says he’s looking forward to ‘crossing over.’ “[Death] doesn’t bother me,” he says. “It is apparent to everyone there is an afterlife, even though we repress that in our anxieties. I am eager for redemption, eager to see what’s there. I just hope I die without too much pain …”

“I’m quite grateful about my life, in many ways a concentrated series of battles. I enjoyed the battles. They were difficult times, but meaningful. I was seldom bored, put it that way.”

Ludwig, described by his many foes as an eco-terrorist, says, “I have been somewhat persistent. I guess that’s been my one quality that’s been admired, not to give in and compromise with the BS … not to complain all day long either but to work at something that is commendable, a solution to some of our problems, hopefully.”

A carpenter and drywaller by trade, last month Ludwig completed his final project: his coffin. The simple wooden casket now rests on two metal stands in one of the modern chalet-type homes, part of a sprawling complex of industrial shops and barns known as Trickle Creek Farm.

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His casket will be placed in a concrete crypt, above ground, in woods close by.

The outspoken critic of the oil and gas industry initially joked the government may go after him if he goes underground, then rationalizes why the crypt should be above ground: “in case we have to move again.”

“It’s not normal for people to build their own coffin,” I offered. Ludwig shot back,

“what is normal out there, tell me?”

According to family members, their leader’s funeral will be a private affair, not open to the public or reporters. Ludwig says he wants his people to ‘retreat’ for a while after his death and “not engage much with the public.” “Not so much to mourn my dying,” he says, “but to give them some time to work their way through it.”

“I’m glad this is a bit of a process,” he offers, “I can spend time saying goodbye to the family and give them some direction on different issues. Everybody has a chance to face it … rather than ‘boom, he’s gone.’ We’ve had some beautiful conversations about the reality of us having to give up mortality,” he adds.

Ludwig spends a lot of time resting. He’s either in bed, lying on the couch or sitting in a recliner chair near a wood-burning stove. He says he’ll die at his log cabin, not in a hospital.

When he’s up to it, Ludwig and his wife of 43-years, Mamie, walk arm-in-arm on paths in the forest.

Ludwig reflected on his move to northwestern Alberta in the mid-1980s. “Many people thought I was nuts taking a family out here in the boondocks,” he says. “It wasn’t easy, but I sensed it was worth it. The alternatives looked disastrous … tasted them myself as a young man.”

“I found in the gospel a sense of realism,” he says, steering the topic to religion.

“I know people fuss with that, but I found the gospel more realistic than anything else. Today it’s almost frightening to say you’re a Christian because there’s so much bullshit attached to it, in the public’s mind. Fortunately, I’ve had some very beautiful insights into the Word of God.”

The Trickle Creek Farm, home to nearly 60 people, many of them children and teenagers, is centerpiece of a 324-hectare parcel of land northwest of Hythe.

“I’ve seen men and women here really taking hold of this vision. They’ve come through. Many talks, many plans … they’ve come to see the beauty of withdrawing from all the riff-raft the world wants you to chase. They’ve pursued something quite steadily that has some character; has some sense again when it comes to practical issues, like raising your own food. That is almost critical.”

Son Josh Ludwig estimates they’re nearly 80 percent self-sufficient. With the addition of a windmill and solar panels, residents can now generate their own power. A large computer-controlled boiler creates heat for the houses.

As it turned out, the farm was smack in the middle of a large oil and gas field.

The people of Trickle Creek discovered that more than water trickled through their property. Sour gas leaks were followed by allegations of poisoned water, stillbirths and dead animals. “We didn’t want to be known for being environmentalists,” Ludwig says.

“We didn’t want to piss around with all their games. We wanted a place to live where they wouldn’t be puking on us … just let us be and allow us to live our lives.”

The Ludwigs complained to the authorities about the toxic leaks. After police did nothing, they say, they took matters into their own hands. Wiebo Ludwig ended up eating prison food for a year and a half after an Edmonton judge found him guilty of using explosives to destroy and vandalize oilfield equipment.

“This started with the industry ‘fumigating‘ us,” Ludwig says of the conflict that vaulted him to national media attention. “How can you vilify people who object to that, and holler to authorities who don’t do anything to help them?”

It’s surprising perhaps, but Wiebo Ludwig does not blame his terminal disease on sour gas emissions. “It’s often hard to trace,” he says of his esophageal cancer, “because it’s everywhere — polluting waters, dirt and food. The oil and gas industry certainly caused a lot of trouble — including cancerous troubles — but who’s to know where we got cancer from?”

The public remains angry about the death of 16-year-old Karman Willis, a local shot in June 1999 while a passenger in a pick-up truck tearing around Trickle Creek in the middle of the night. According to police, the bullet that struck the teen ricocheted off the frame of the truck. Officers couldn’t find the shooter or his or her weapon.

People at Trickle Creek say the intruders sped around, doing doughnuts and throwing empty beer cans out the window. They point out that one of the trucks came to within a meter of running down four girls sleeping in a tent. One described it as “sheer terror” as a pick-up roared by them in the dark.

No one was charged with the shooting. Neither was anyone charged with trespassing at night, causing a disturbance or impaired or dangerous driving.

In January 2010, the RCMP swooped down on Trickle Creek, telling reporters that Wiebo Ludwig was responsible for pipeline bombings in the Tom’s Lake, BC area. Ludwig was held for a day but never charged.

Ludwig shared his thoughts about the news media. “I see the media as much the same shape as the public is in,” he offers. “Despite all of their writings and their efforts to tell us the truth, they can’t do it … they’re caught in a net of all kinds of pressures. The media is about making money and they’re scrambling to keep some clout, sacrificing all kinds of principles.”

In what may be his final advice to the oil and gas industry, Ludwig says, “get rid of this stuff and replace it as soon as possible with alternatives, and stop being so stubborn and stupid about it. My advice is, why don’t you just go for it? — do the right thing.”

“You can tell the oil and gas industry,” Ludwig says, “we knew we were right all along,” adding, “but I’ve come to see they also knew that.”

“In the end,” the reverend predicts, “good will win out over evil.”

Who takes over after Wiebo Ludwig is gone? Ludwig reveals that one of his younger sons — he refused to provide a name — has already been chosen to take the reigns. “He has a good rapport with the next generation,” Ludwig says. “He has shown wonderful qualities and an excellent commitment.”

On his hope for society, Ludwig doesn’t pull any punches. “I hope it ends very soon,” he says. “I yearn for the age to come … I have for many years. I think society is definitely on a suicidal trip.” “It’s been prophesied,” he says, “the end of times are clearly with us today. Just when it all ends, is another question …”

“It’s gone that wild out there. Our social life is in shambles … family, marital … all these things are just busted up. Individualism has wrecked us terribly, made us lonely and isolated.”

Richard Boonstra, Ludwig’s right-hand man, says he’s inspired by how his old friend is handling death. “We’ve made death such a terrible thing in our society,” he says. “We’re scared to death of it, so to speak,” adding, “death has lost its sting, but that doesn’t mean there’s not a sadness around it.”

The last word goes to the dying eco-activist: “I feel very reconciled,” Ludwig says.

“My life has had some sordid chapters, especially my youthful life. But I feel a peace with the Lord and with man in terms of having dealt with those things in my soul, my spirit.”

“I’m not a person who has had small prayers,” Ludwig concludes. “I’ve asked for major things to change my life and the lives of those I’m with. I’m not disappointed.”


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*Editor’s note:  Journalist Byron Christopher, best known for his award-winning investigative journalism with CBC, is the only journalist Ludwig would speak to in his final days. Christopher was called to the compound near Hythe to do an interview with Ludwig, and upon completing the story he allowed it to break within the pages of the Toronto Star.  He has selected the Vegreville Observer to run the follow-up article, with information he did not release to the Star in the previous draft of his most recent encounter with Ludwig. This is not the first time Christopher has been the only reporter that a man in crisis would contact. His previous exclusive interviews with infamous public figures – whether they be infamous because of their actions or due to mishandled reporting on the part of mainstream media – include David Milgaard, Colin Thatcher, Michael White and Richard Lee McNair.  At present, Christopher is completing a book on McNair based on personal interviews and letters from the US fugitive who escaped several prisons over a period of years before being captured in Canada. The publisher is Coastal West Publishing Inc. of Vancouver.




by Arthur Topham
February 27, 2012

“And I won’t be laughing at the lies when I’m gone
And the sands will be shifting from my sight when I’m gone
Can’t add my name to the fight while I’m gone
So I guess I’ll have to do it while I’m here”

~Phil Ochs, When I’m Gone circa 1960’s

Jim Townsend has spent most of his lifetime fighting for peace and freedom, both within Canada and globally. Like many of us from the 60’s Generation he was able to see the future for the simple reason that he spend his time living in the now. And ‘now’, because of his beliefs, in his country and in life itself, and in his knowing that freedom means the God given right and duty to speak one’s truth, he has been pursued and harassed and hunted down like a dog by those forces within our nation who, for vested and criminal reasons, have set out to silence one of Canada’s great and patriotic citizens.

One might, if they wished to find a comparison to Jim’s voice of reason and common sense, find his equal in that great English patriot and hero of the American War of Independence, Thomas Paine. It was Paine’s ideas; the fruit of his discerning and independent spirit, that tipped the balance of both opinion and history itself, during a period of history when the early American colonies, fast waxing in freedom and prosperity thanks to an abundance of natural resources and space, were faced with the prospect of having to make an ultimate decision; one that would decide their fate as a nation.

The British Crown in 1776 was determined to go to war against the newly founded colonies in the new found world where so many Europeans had fled in vast numbers to escape the endless maelstrom of wars, tyranny, taxation, wage slavery and religious persecution that was then order of the day. Men like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin all were influenced and impressed into action by the rational arguments made by Paine; arguments as old as dawn’s history and as cold and tangible as the chains that bind every free born human forced to bow down before another’s will.

The fact that today Jim Townsend is in jail in Kamloops, British Columbia, attests not only to what Thomas Paine warned the American people of but also speaks volumes in terms of just how much (or little) humanity has actually progressed over the past 236 years of living in what purports to be a “democratic” country.

Jim, like myself, and many other seekers after truth and justice of the 60s generation, has gone through the mentally challenging incremental stages of growth and learning that are a prerequisite to the actual gaining of a broad, encompassing knowledge of how the world of politics and religion actually works. He began his journey to awareness, not by gazing out idealistically from the hallowed halls of academia and studying college text books in comfort but by entering the real world of common man; a world where freedom depended upon how much money was in your pocket not how many certificates hung from your office wall.

When it comes to understanding how a person’s country is ran politically and economically and who the players are that tend to shape its destiny such degrees of understanding, no different than the academic credentials that adorn the intellectual classes of today’s world, demand a willful, determined effort; one continuously accosted by the conditioned customs of the day.

Jim met these challenges and as a result accomplished what most people today still yearn for: an all encompassing realization and a lucid comprehension of how our world actually is organized when it comes to the basic mechanisms that permit the wheels of both industry and intellect to revolve in harmonious fashion. It is due to his understanding of these principles as well as his cognizance of how they have been usurped and perverted and the fact that he has used his verbal and technical skills via the Internet to transmit his truth that he and his family have been threatened, accosted, literally shot at and prevented from living their lives in peace and comfort.

Jim’s initial book that reveals what he learned about how Canada has been set up can be read at on RadicalPress.com. The title is FREEDOM! CANADA and can be found in the right column on the home page.

Jim’s story is much too long and way too interesting for me to tell it in a short introductory essay. My purpose in writing these lines is to hopefully convey to Canadians the urgency of Jim and his family’s plight. The police forces, the judicial forces, the msm forces, and assorted government ministries (both provincial and federal) have determined to destroy Jim’s character and his ability to support his family all because of what Jim has learned about how the “system” works and because he had the courage and integrity to risk his personal freedom in order to convey his truth to other Canadians.

The state is doing its damnedest to stop Jim’s ideas from gaining any traction on the Internet and thus they have arrested him and forced him to remove his websites that contain the incriminating evidence of their own malfeasance. What remains though and what I would encourage anyone reading these words to do is go try and watch Jim’s YouTube productions that still remain in cyberspace and are the essence of what his life’s work has taught him. If you Google “Jim Townsend – videos” you will still be able to find numerous short 10 minute presentations that cover a number of core topics dealing with how our country has been shaped and manipulated into the conditions that presently prevail. I will be posting the titles and urls to a number of them below.

I have been associated both with Jim’s his work and his valiant efforts to support his family for over a dozen years now. His situation, not that unlike my own, is symbolic to other Canadians who are also struggling to shed light on our collective plight as a nation and who find themselves up against a common, conditioned wall of prejudice and idiosyncratic ignorance coupled with a form of self-imposed bigotry that is as daunting as it is delusional.

As the line from another of Phil Ochs’ famous songs goes; one that applies to not only Jim Townsend but to all who strive for freedom and justice, “there but for fortune, go you or I.”

Back in November of 2011 I posted on my website the following message and plea for Jim. If you haven’t signed that petition request yet please try to do so.

Jim’s case is urgent. He was supposed to go to court for a trial and instead they just grabbed him and put him in jail. His health has been compromised due to an unfortunate tractor accident that crushed his body a few years ago. His condition has forced upon him and his family a scenario where finding the wherewithal to survive financially has been an ongoing challenge. As such I would ask you, dear reader, to look into your heart and try to imagine yourself in Jim’s situation and from there extrapolate to whether or not you might be able to help him and his family out. If you are able to please consider sending some much needed funds to Jim’s wife using the only means available to them which is a PayPal account.

Alexis Elixirs at jim@jim-townsend.com

Jim’s courage, tenacity, advocacy and imaginative, creative spirit throughout this period is a living testament to the fact that all he has done now exposes the corruption of the police state we’re all living in.

I will be posting more information on my website regarding Jim’s situation. PLEASE TRY TO FORWARD THIS MESSAGE TO OTHERS. Also, I have the Poster “FREE JIM TOWNSEND” in a higher resolution for anyone who might wish to print copies for distribution. Please contact me via email and I will send you a larger copy.

Anyone wishing further information on Jim or to contact Jim via his wife Judith is asked to write to: Judith Townsend judithtownsend@hotmail.com

As far as I know these two urls are still operating. Please advise if you find they are not working.








































On behalf of Jim and his family and his supporter,

Shine your Light for Love, Peace & Justice for All,

Arthur Topham
The Radical Press
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Vancouver’s Communist ‘People’s Voice’ Attacks Radical Press


PEOPLE’S VOICE FEBRUARY 1-14, 2012 (pdf)

Vancouver’s Communist ‘People’s Voice’ Attacks Radical Press

by Arthur Topham

February 9th, 2012


Greetings Kimball,

Long time since your name has come up on my screen. Good to know that you’re still at the helm piloting that old antiquated boat “Communism” into the as yet uncharted waters of 2012.

When I read your little critique of my RadicalPress.com site my initial reaction, prior to checking you site, was that it had been penned by none other than the master deceiver himself Will Offley and you were quoting that other Zionist rag, Canadian Dimensia magazine. You will recall that it too attempted to slur and slander the Radical Press back in 2001. But, lo and behold, it turned out to be you comrade Kimball (or so it would appear).

I must say though that if you are still suffering under the misconception that I and my site are pretending to be “progressive” then you truly need to give your head a shake. Every self-respecting journalist and truth-seeker, at this stage of the game Kimball, knows full well that anything even remotely related to that term, is connected to the commies and by clear association the Zionist Ashkenazim Jews. You know, the ones who orchestrated the downfall of the Russian monarchy and then slaughtered 66 million Christians and other non-commie-zionist human beings.

One thing that I did find a bit astounding when I revisit your site Kimball is this evident delusion that somehow you commies are leading the “resistance” against the Zionist juggernaut (you can call it Communism or Talmudic Jew or whatever name you prefer). It’s as if you’re caught still in some bygone, anachronistic time warp and clinging to an outworn dogma that died along with Commissar Stalin and his Jewish overlords.

Now I also find it just a bit hypocritical on your part calling my publishing company Radical Press “badly misnamed.” Why do you do that Kimball? Do you feel that the commies have a special right to use the word “radical” and no one else is allowed to? Do remember please that its root meaning comes from the Latin “radix” which means, as my longstanding RP signature attests, “digging to the root of the issue.”

That is what I have been doing since June of 1998 Kimball, digging up all the weeds that I can find growing in God’s green pastures and exposing their nefarious, noxious roots to the bright and beautiful sunlight of truth so that those planted by the synagogue of Satan (aka the Rothschild Talmudic Zionist Jew criminal cartel that owns and operates an assorted medley of “Marxist” “Communist” publications and other slithering, serpentine seditious scams) will whither and die and this wonderful and marvelous creation that God has provided for us will continue to wax in wonder and joy and not be dragged down into that collective hell on earth called Communism (or, Zionism as it rightly is).

I must say though that I do love that one line:

“One example in Canada is the badly misnamed “Radical Press” website, which presents a mix of left analyses with a deadly dose of hate propaganda. Under the rubric of “defending free speech,” this site posts the viciously anti-Semitic forgery Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the fascist rantings of Eustance [sic] Mullins, and similar gutter trash. Not surprisingly, the Radical Press gives coverage to the hate campaigns led by Kari Simpson and “Culture Guard”.”

I note in your editorial that you are now calling Kari Simpson of RoadKill Radio a “hatemonger” as well and attempting to pull the old “guilt by association” card out of your sleeve. It’s soooo old hat Kimball. I’m always surprised by the incredible lack of imagination that you Zionist-Communist Jews display when it comes to attacking your perceived enemies.

“Hate” is a big thing with you Jews eh Kimball? It’s like pablum for hungry babies or gruel for the famished. Sorta like what the 7 to 14 million Ukrainians that your commie hero Stalin slaughtered and starved to death during the early 1930s would likely have relished had the Bolsheviks not used every diabolical means to insure that they couldn’t access their own food crops.

It’s truly amazing though to find just how versatile that term “hate” really is. Anyone who exposes evil and moral infamy and wrongdoing is automatically called a “hatemonger.” Anyone who tries to show that subjecting little children to blatant brainwashing by blasphemous bumfuckers within the present Zionist-controlled cultural/educational milieu here in Canada must, to any rational, secular-minded, atheistic sycophant of the Zionist-Communist agenda, automatically be a “hatemonger.” How clever indeed Kimball!

Your mental reasoning is akin to calling a person who is health conscious and environmentally aware and who protests over the use of GMO foods and adulterants in their food supply a “hatemonger” due to the simple fact that those pushing these damned products are the same folks who are bankrolling your rag and if someone complains then they too are tarred with the same “hate” brush. Yes indeed Kimball, you and your ilk definitely have an elastic term here that you can quickly draw, like one of your condoms, over the head of any decent, respectable, law-abiding soul who might try and resist your overall agenda of dragging humanity down to the lowest and vilest depths of depravity possible in order to kill the spirit of the individual and turn us all into mindless, sexless, heartless wage-slaves of the Zionist Jew cartel whose storm winds are now blowing your battered little ship of Marxist-Leninist fools toward the rocky reefs of “world revolution” as foretold by your Trotskyite forebears.

It appears, in your mind at least, Kimball, that Ron Paul also ought to be considered an opponent of the Zionist-Communist agenda for a one world totalitarian slave state because he too appears to suffer from “homophobia” and doesn’t want the bumfuckers and commies controlling and running the world. If that be so I must say that I am honored to be included in with the likes of Mr. Paul and his countless supporters.

Your final pithy closing comment again employs that expansive word “hatred.” Neat eh how a simple word like that can nullify any further need to explain your own devious plans for the world and just dismiss with your slight of hand the true freedom fighters who are on to your dark and evil project for global subjugation and an endless hell on earth. True, the Zionists have displayed “patient efforts” over the past century and longer while awaiting their Protocols poison to take effect upon the unwary minds of the proles or masses but thank God that He sent His children a fiery sword to deal with those who now endanger all life itself. The internet will be your demise Kimball. You will be exposed and your sad, false troglodyte prophets driven out from the fields of the Lord back into the existential and nihilistic wastelands from whence you first slithered forth.


Kimball, your pro-Zionist one world government rag asks the following question, “What’s Left?” Well, it’s pretty clear that what’s left is all that is right and decent and ethical and morally poignant in this dear old world; one that’s been under continuous, relentless attack since your Rothschild Jewish commie destruction of the Russian monarchy in 1917. Communism, as the world is now realizing, is but another Zionist euphemism for the powerful, vested and diabolic entity that hides in the shadows and strikes out at the innocent and unsuspecting like a viper in the grass. Jesus Christ referred to your dark power as the “synagogue of Satan.” You and the likes of you are but the Devil’s spawn out to wreak endless slaughter, misery and destruction upon any and all who don’t bend over in obeisance to your deceptive and deadly demands.

Your time draweth nigh….

Take it easy Comrade Cariou and remember to…

Shine your Light for Love, Peace & Justice for All,

Arthur Topham
The Radical Press
Canada’s Radical News Network
“Digging to the root of the issues since 1998”

JB Campbell: Anti-American


Monday, December 13th, 2010 |
Posted by J. Bruce Campbell

JB Campbell: Anti-American


The leakers are being called “anti-American.”

What decent person, anywhere in the world today, is not anti-American? Is there anyone more dangerous than our typical ignorant, arrogant American “citizen,” who very likely couldn’t find America on a marked map of the world? Well, yes: the American military man, who is the most dangerous son of a bitch on the planet. And I don’t mean that in a good way.

I’m anti-American. I really wasn’t until I returned to Rhodesia in January, ’73 to join up and help in their struggle against Communist terrorists. I’d been down there in ’71 for discussions with the government on bringing Americans and others wanting to be part of a new country project based on a book by my boss, Michael Oliver, called A New Constitution for a New Country. The plan was to have a minimum of a hundred square miles with no taxes and no draft, replacing the former tax-haven in Freeport, Bahamas. Thousands of productive Americans and others were ready to relocate.

Mike’s real name was Olitsky and he was a Lithuanian Jew who’d fled into Germany to escape Stalin’s Red Army. He wound up in Dachau for four years. He introduced me to Holocaust Revisionism when I ventured to ask him about his experience. He shrugged and said, “It was a factory. We worked during the day and stayed in a dormitory at night.”

“But what about the, uh, the—”

“The what?”

“You know, the killings.”

“I never saw any of that.”

Four years in Dachau, never saw any of that. Okay. He did see the US Army “liberate” the camp in April, ’45. The SS and Alpine troops recuperating there had negotiated a surrender to the Americans, who entered the camp and started shooting the guys who thought they were surrendering. Then the Americans marched the surviving soldiers (all the prison guards had fled days earlier) up to a wall near the hospital and set up a machine gun. Three hundred forty-six German soldiers on R&R were slaughtered in a few minutes, five hundred twenty in all that morning. George Patton handled the cover-up and protected the war criminals. The army doctor on the scene, Col. Howard Buechner, described it in his book, Dachau: Hour of the Avenger. Of the 32,000 inmates freed, about 1,200 were Jews, including Mike.

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No No Keshagesh by Buffy St. Marie




No No Keshagesh

by Buffy Sainte-Marie

Keshagesh means Greedy Guts. It’s what you call a little puppy who eats his own and then wants everybody else’s.

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I never saw so many business suits
Never knew a dollar sign could look so cute
Never knew a junkie with a money jones
Who’s buying Park Place? Who’s buying Boardwalk?

These old men they make their dirty deals
Go in the back room and see what they can steal
Talk about your beautiful for spacious skies
It’s about uranium. It’s about the water rights

Got Mother Nature on a luncheon plate
They carve her up and call it real estate
Want all the resources and all of the land
They make a war over it; they blow things up for it

The reservation out at Poverty Row
The cookin’s cookin and the lights are low
Somebody tryin to save our Mother Earth I’m gonna
Help em to Save it and Sing it and Pray it singin

No No Keshagesh you can’t do that no more.

Ol Columbus he was lookin good
When he got lost in our neighborhood
Garden of Eden right before his eyes
Now it’s all spyware Now it’s all income tax

Ol Brother Midas lookin hungry today
What he can’t buy he’ll get some other way
Send in the troopers if the Natives resist
Same old story, boys; that’s how ya do it , boys

Look at these people Lord they’re on a roll
Got to have it all; gotta have complete control
Want all the resources and all of the land
They break the law over it; blow things up for it

While all our champions are off in the war
Their final rippoff here at home is on
Mister Greed I think your time has come I’m gonna
Sing it and Say it and Live it and Pray it singin

No No Keshagesh you can’t do that no more.


Have “Occupy” Groups Been Split by Social Engineering?

Have “Occupy” Groups Been Split by Social Engineering?

By Alex Hunter,
Victoria, BC, Canada
October 4, 2011

Instead of “Occupy Victoria” they should have called last night’s ridiculous gathering at Centennial Square “Preoccupy Victoria”. Most of this group come from a position of advantage the majority of “Occupy” protesters do not. The Preoccupy organisers used the weakest politically correct language to describe the outrage the true “Occupy” protesters around the world are trying to express. One of them can be heard on last night’s 11 o’clock CTV ‘news’ (see clip below) saying things like “… none of us are exactly pleased and tickety boo.”

The globalists’ covert agenda (global domination, population reduction and WWIII) were never mentioned, nor was the urgency of the global crisis. At no time during the interview or the gathering did we hear mention of the engineered collapse of World Trade Center Towers 1, 2 & 7 on 9/11, the engineered economic collapse and the great global warming swindle – the most atrocious Rothschild banking cartel scams in the history of the world. These are issues that We Are Change (WAC) Victoria have raised in the community for years.

The quasi Preoccupy organisers had their followers making pathetic hand signals to “block” motions and to express their “likes”, “dislikes” and “so – so” feelings about the name of the group – for almost three hours. Seasoned activists watching novice and naive protesters standing there waving their arms about in unison as if they were in a kindergarten class was cause for concern.

In stark contrast to the “Occupy Wall Street” group in New York and to all the legitimate “Occupy” groups sprouting up all over the world the Preoccupy Victoria democratic name voting process was a complete NY Shell game perpetrated by what can best be described as an astroturf movement. While they were still trying to decide on a name a couple of the We Are Change Victoria members and First Nations representatives tried to articulate the urgency of the most significant issues facing us today – in under 30 seconds. Most of those in attendance felt we should have used those three hours to discuss strategy and issues rather than a politically correct name for their group. Not surprisingly most of the crowd left before they had even decided on one.

It is groups like We Are Change that are desperately trying to defend our women, children, clan, country folk and uphold our respective Charter & Constitutional Rights and the principles for which so many died fighting in the Rothschild’s last two World Wars. We are still living in the intergenerational ‘elite’ bloodlines’ master – slave society.

Clearly the cunningly contrived ‘democratic’ paradigm/charade and synthetic reality the ‘elites’ engineered in their secret societies and well funded non governmental organisations (NGO’s), agencies and think tanks of social control and pimped out to us via the philanthropists, universities, administrations, ‘experts’, the political puppets, media muppets and left wing gate keepers have heavy influence over groups like the one that attempted to hijack the “Occupy Victoria” movement last night.

Clearly they have been too busy with their ‘education’ and geo political indoctrination to pursue the brutal truth about the most critical issues and it is hopelessly late in the game to deprogram them. The We Are Change Victoria group is made up of dedicated individuals who don’t trust the completely controlled media, watch television or allow well paid ‘experts’ to tell us how to think. We research the most critical injustices and issues facing the civilian population of Victoria and the world at large – from credible, non biased sources. It is because we are rocking the boat so hard that most of us are being classified and in some cases targeted.

Although we go to incredible lengths (at great personal sacrifice) to alert and inform the global community we were denied a voice at the Preoccupy Victoria meet up led by these anonymous yet authoritative figures who lead “the People’s Assembly of Victoria” (PAV). To be clear, we are not and never were a part of their movement and we had nothing to do with picking a municipal location to organise a rally to protest provincial, federal and international issues.
“Divide and Conquer” is a tried and true technique to create marginalisation and opposition in every group with potential and in many cases the establishment has created the group itself. It is very likely that the PAV may be playing that role unwittingly but it is omnipotent WAC states our position on the astroturf and “Preoccupy” movements and the differences between us and that we keep our distance from them.

– Alex Hunter,
We Are Change Victoria
President & Co Founder,
The Canadian Coalition of the Walking Wounded (CCWW)
The American Coalition of the Walking Wounded (ACWW)

Alex Hunter ahunter100@shaw.ca





On October 15th people from all over the world will take to the streets and squares. From America to Asia, from Africa to Europe, people are rising up to claim their rights and demand a true democracy. Now it is time for all of us to join in a global non violent protest.

The ruling powers work for the benefit of just a few, ignoring the will of the vast majority and the human and environmental price we all have to pay. This intolerable situation must end.

United in one voice, we will let politicians, and the financial elites they serve, know it is up to us, the people, to decide our future.

We are not goods in the hands of politicians and bankers who do not represent us.

On October 15th, we will meet on the streets to initiate the global change we want. We will peacefully demonstrate, talk and organize until we make it happen.

It’s time for us to unite. It’s time for them to listen.

People of the world, rise up on October 15th!


Stand Up or Stand Down by Betty Krawczyk


Stand Up or Stand Down

January 10th, 2011
By Betty Krawczyk


Presently residing in the Comox Valley, I was struck by a letter to the editor by Mr. Rick James in the Comox Valley Record (Jan. 7, 2011).  Mr. James believes in his own perceptions instead of the lies we are persuaded to believe by government and logging corporations and his letter is a harbinger of hope. Political life has reached the point where many of us are numbed down and dumbed down to the point of no return. And in my opinion there will be no return unless we listen to people like Rick James.

Mr. James suggests that the recent threatened flooding in Courtenay was not due to “natural uncontrolled impacts” as pronounced by Stephen Watson, spokesperson for BC Hydro, but was instead, caused by the incredible amount of logging going on “up along the headwaters of the Valley’s rivers and streams over the past 10 or twelve years”.  Mr. James goes on to say the logging is essentially stripping the higher-elevation forests down into a “barren, lunar landscape”.  And in turn, is responsible for the huge inflows of water into the Comox Lake reservoir which seriously threatened Courtenay with flooding.

We have to recognize that the courts and the present Liberal government of British Columbia (and their apologists i.e. Stephen Watson) will protect the rights of logging companies to cut forests on hill and mountain sides to the bone even though it will bring massive flooding in the future to the towns below.  Consider the flooding of Bella Coola last September and the massive clear cutting around and above the town.  Ditto the BC towns and settlements of Port Hardy, Holberg, Kingcome Inlet, and Port Alice who were also terrorized by massive flooding; all were surrounded by clear cuts. In the book COLLAPSE by Jared Diamond (New York Times bestseller) Diamond details the total deforestation of Haiti as the reason Haiti is now a failed state and an occupied state (by US personnel). There is nothing left on Haitian hillsides to catch the rains; their towns and cities are virtual mud holes.  Can’t happen here?

It’s happening as we speak.  What can stop it?  Anger.  Enough anger to prompt citizens to start thinking about peaceful civil disobedience, to learn about it, to acknowledge it as part and parcel of the evolution of the law and the Charter and an equitable society.  Either we stand up, or stand down.  If we stand down our children will inherit scrub grasses, mud holes, ill health and few jobs instead of forests and fish and reasonable economic stability. As a people, we have to make some serious decisions.  Our government officials including the courts are too incompetent or corrupt to make decisions for the greater good.  It really is up to us. Thank you, Mr. James.

I personally am sick of the highjacking of our resources of BC by privatizing-mad governments and gutless Supreme Court judges who give out injunctions to every pillaging, polluting, privatizing logging or construction company that asks for one.  However, the disobeying of a court injunction hauls one before the same court which gave it out in the first place (judges protect each others orders, right or wrong) which means instead of being allowed to plead your case for the environment, the judge will declare you in contempt of the court and the environment is of no consequence to the court.

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Books: www.schiverrhodespublishing.com



Editor’s Note: For those who have been following or are presently interested in the ongoing controversy surrounding the North American Free Trade Agreement this news breaking story should be of prime interest.

I have know Shelley Ann Clark for close to 15 years now and can vouch for her integrity, indefatigable energy and dedication to our nation.

Shelley Ann Clark desperately needs our help. Please lend your assistance to one of Canada’s foremost whistle blowers by passing this Press Release on to as many associates that you can. Let’s do our utmost to bring this story to the attention of the msm and Canadians in general.

Shelley Ann’s efforts cannot be left to die in vain along with our sovereignty.


Arthur Topham
The Radical Press
Canada’s Radical News Network
“Digging to the root of the issues since 1998”





The “mainstream” national media won’t touch her and lawyers and politicians will not sue her.

Shelley Ann Clark is the Federal Civil servant with 30 years experience who worked in the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Negotiations Office as an Executive Assistant to the third highest ranking negotiator on Mulroney’s team.
Between 1986 and 1988 Clark was ordered to falsify and eventually shred briefing papers designed to mislead provincial premiers as to what was really being given away in the Free Trade Agreement (FTA).  In March 1988 she was ordered by her boss to secretly remove key documents from the Free Trade Office to the trunk of his car.   While screening the material to be removed, Clark came across a “Step-by-Step Implementation Scheme” that would eventually lead to the merger of Canada and the U.S.A.  We are now in 2010, and even though there was no media fanfare announcing this event, IT HAS OCCURRED.  You are seeing evidence everywhere as more and more American owned businesses are moving into Canada and forcing Canadian businesses to shut down. You can see it in the privileges that American businessmen are receiving when investing in Canada. Favoritism towards American investors is in evidence. Speak to Canadians who are trying to invest and assume they will receive the same privileges as their American counterparts.  Listen to Paul Hellyer’s speech that he gave to his audience when he launched his Canadian Action Party in 1997.

In June, 1993, Clark went public with her explosive story. She ran for political office in the Federal elections.  At the invitation of Canadians she traveled across Canada as a guest speaker in order to inform Canadians that their country had been sold to the Americans.

In April, 1995, the harassment she suffered at the hands of the federal government and its agents finally took its toll and she collapsed for the first time.

After a four year absence, in the fall of 1999 she returned to the Department of Foreign Affairs.  Since then, Clark’s career went into a downward spiral.

In December, 2000, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade declared her a “surplus” employee. In January, 2001, she was offered a position at the Public Service Commission of Canada (PSC) NOT as an Executive Assistant or Administrator that are her areas of expertise, but as a data entry clerk and part-time receptionist.  Having a family to support she accepted the offer.

From January 2001 to April 2004, the PSC treated Shelley Ann in an inequitable, disrespectful, unjust and differential manner. She was ridiculed by Human Resources Managers when she brought them her Curriculum Vitae.  They laughed and told her “you are asking me to take one huge leap of faith to believe anything that you have put down in your CV”. No one at the PSC would consider her for any job that would have been commensurate with her experience and qualifications.  She was ostracized by everyone.    Staff meetings were held without including her. After each one of these staff meetings she was called in to her immediate supervisor’s office and told that the staff was complaining about her because she could not do the job.  All of these irregular activities by the PSC led to her second collapse in January of 2004.

On January 21, 2005, Shelley Ann was forced into an early retirement when the Public Service Commission would not allow her to return to the workplace on a gradual return to work program. She was even refused to take on the duties of a Receptionist who was a Temp Agency person.

On February 28, 2006, after a lengthy battle with health problems caused by the stress inflicted on her by 11 years of harassment by the Federal Government, Shelley Ann filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC).

On March 6, 2008, the Canadian Human Rights Commission submitted  their Investigation Report.  The decision was made to proceed to a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) Hearing.

On September 14, 2009, a five day hearing began at Canadian the Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT). Shelley Ann, with no legal experience, stood alone and represented herself against a Federal Government Legal Team of five people.  She did not have the funds to pay for a lawyer.  Shelley Ann approached a list of lawyers from Ottawa law firms begging them to represent her on “contingency”.  They all refused.

In the Hearing Room Shelley Ann was obstructed from presenting her case at every turn, while the Department of Justice lawyers were allowed to say and do anything they wanted.

On February 3, 2010, the Chairman of the CHRT rendered his decision in favour of the federal government.
However, the Chairman did arrive at the conclusion that the Public Service Commission’s behavior towards Shelley Ann had been so outrageous that he made note of this in his report.

Here are some of the statements made by the CHRT’s Chairman, Mr. Rejean Belanger in his report “Reasons for Decision”:

•     Point # 166 – “It seems to us that this six-week period the Complainant spent alone in an empty office, that none of the witnesses, including the Chief of Human Resource Operations for the Public Service Commission, were able to explain, represents an aberrant and unimaginable situation”.

•     Point # 167 – “However, it is a neglectful and/or an unpardonable oversight by Human Resources.  Given everything we have learned about the Complainant, we are of the opinion that she certainly did not deserve to be treated in such a way.”

•     Point # 168 – “We can easily imagine the anguish and the depression that the Complainant might have felt or experienced during this extended period.  If an employer wanted to discourage or destroy an employee, there is no better way to do so.”

In February, 2010, Shelley Ann filed an application with the Federal Court to appeal the decision rendered by the CHRT.

On March 22, 2010, Shelley Ann filed her 37 page SWORN AFFIDAVIT with the Federal Court along with over 300 pages of Exhibits that she prepared without any legal assistance.

On December 14, 2010, Shelley Ann received a Court Order by e-mail signed by Chief Justice, Allan Lutfy. The Court Order states: “Point #1: This proceeding shall continue as a specially managed proceeding.”

When Shelley Ann put the question to a clerk at the Federal Court Public Counter what Point # 1 meant she was advised that the usual standard practice for persons bringing a case to the Federal Court is that they never know in advance what Judge will be assigned to their case. It’s like playing Russian Roulette.  Which Judge a person gets is not pre-determined.  It all depends on who is on duty on that particular day.  However, in Shelley Ann Clark’s case a Judge had already been pre-determined and specially assigned to her case ahead of time.

In Shelley Ann’s case, Chief Justice, Allan Lutfy has been specially assigned to be the Judge overseeing the trial.  Prothonotary, Roza Aronovitch has been assigned as the Case Management Judge.  WE ask that everyone who reads this “Proposed” Press Release goes onto their GOOGLE SEARCH ENGINE and enters the name “Alan Lutfy” as well as linking to the following website: http://www.waterwarcrimes.com/contact-us—privately.html.

These two sources will clearly demonstrate to you who Shelley Ann Clark is up against when she goes into the Federal Court Room sometime in the new year.   The information that you will read from the above-mentioned links will make it clear to you why it is imperative that Shelley Ann, at this point, needs legal representation to ensure her well being.  This lawyer must  a) be willing to take her case on contingency; b) come from outside the province of Ontario and especially Ottawa and c) have the stones to go up against Chief Justice Allan Lutfy.

Because her case is being heard in a Federal Court, a lawyer from any province can represent her. WE are appealing to everyone to help her find legal representation.

As of the date of this Press Release, January 6, 2011, the Federal Court has not yet set a date for her case to be heard.  We, who support Shelley Ann, believe that she is being denied her human rights by not having a lawyer to represent her in the court room to settle this issue once and for all. This case does not bode well for Canada whose Constitution claims to respect Human Rights and boasts that we live in a democratic nation.

For further information please contact:Margaret R. Bowlby
Public Relations Agent and Researcher for Shelley Ann Clark

e-mail at: fb847@ncf.ca


Deepwater Poster by Carl Chaplin


For a larger sized copy of this poster Contact Carl at: CarlChaplin@shaw.ca

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) Decision on Fish Lake Recommends Project be Stopped!

Dear Radical Reader,

Some welcome news for all those who’ve been fighting to preserve the sacred lands of the Tsilhqot’in people. Whether or not the recommendations of CEAA are taken to heart by the politicians in Ottawa is, of course, a horse of another colour. Time will reveal all. For now though folks ought to celebrate and enjoy the fruits of their long and arduous efforts.

Shine your Light for Love, Peace & Justice for All,

Arthur Topham
The Radical Press
Canada’s Radical News Network
“Digging to the root of the issues since 1998”

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) Decision on Fish Lake Recommends Project be Stopped!

JULY 2, 2010


I would like to forward FONV’s email regarding the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency’s decision from today.

Today the federal review Panel of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) made their long, and anxiously awaited, recommendations to the federal government re Taseko Mines proposed open pit gold and copper mine: the mine that would destroy Fish Lake/Teztan Biny.

We are very pleased to say that the Panel made the best decision we could have hoped for!

Here is an excerpt from the Summary Review (availble here: http://www.ceaa.gc.ca/050/documents/43937/43937E.pdf )

The Panel concludes that the Project would result in significant adverse environmental effects on fish and fish habitat, on navigation, on the current use of lands and resources for traditional purposes by First Nations and on cultural heritage, and on certain potential or established Aboriginal rights or title.

The Panel also concludes that the Project, in combination with past, present and reasonably foreseeable future projects would result in a significant adverse cumulative effect on grizzly bears in the South Chilcotin region and on fish and fish habitat.

The Panel notes that Taseko’s propsoed “replacement” lake would not meet DFO’s “No Net Loss” policy and that Taseko could not provide assurances that the fish in such a lake would be safe to consume.

The Panel cites the effects on navigation would be “high magnitude and irreversible” as presented by Transport Canada’s submission.

The Panel places significant and detailed emphasis on the presentations and teachings from the First Nations witnesses who appeared before them, saying their “overall conclusion is that the Project would have a high magnitude, long term, irreversible effect on the Tsilqhot’in”. They also note that, “the effects of the Project on the potential Tsilhqot’in title would be significant as the value of the claim would be reduced substantially due to changes in the landscape and the loss of the area for current use for traditional purposes”.

In regard to grizzlies, the Panel says that Taseko’s proposal to mitigate the effects of increased traffic (through speed limits, etc.) are not suffiecient to compensate for loss of habitat or landscape fragmentation.

Reference to negative impacts on local use of meadows and trap lines is also included.

FONV would like to congratulate everyone who wrote letters to the panel and who appeared before them. For many, this was a difficult and upsetting process to go through and it was done with great dignity and integrity. Thanks to you all.

Now, it’s up to the federal government to decide how they will proceed.

Pat Swift

Canada: A Chance to Begin National Rebirth – Now by Robin Mathews

Canada: A Chance to Begin National Rebirth – Now.


By Robin Mathews

May 15, 2010

A chance has come to Canadians, in a courtroom of the British Columbia Supreme Court … now … to begin undoing the disastrous sell-out of public wealth that has been the major policy of the Gordon Campbell (and – less visibly but determinedly – the Stephen Harper) regime.

Let me repeat – the chance to take real action, within the law, and with the chance of major effect, is present in the BC Supreme Court right NOW. The history of major resource and infrastructure sell-out over the last ten years has produced a moment for action … and it is now.

The policy of extravagant sell-out has just been taken on by Ontario – through an almost unbelievable Goldman Sachs-Ontario government agreement to dump into private hands 49% of “Crown assets, including public power, liquor stores, and the lottery commission”.  (The 49% will stay that amount for the shortest time you may imagine.)

Ish Theilheimer of Global Research and Straight Goods News quotes Ontario NDP environment critic Peter Tabuns.  Staggered at the use of Goldman Sachs “after their role in destabilizing Greece and the world economy”, Tabuns says: “We are talking about the sale of the most lucrative and amongst the most strategic of Ontario’s assets.”

Jay Spark writes: “Transport, security, energy, and WATER are all essential parts….  (In) 5-10 years, Sir John A’s Canada will be only a vaguely remembered entre-temps to ‘manifest destiny’.”

Those items are precisely what the Campbell group has sold off and is selling off in British Columbia – and is working on selling off more.

The opportunity to fight back, now, arises out of the B.C., Campbell group’s corrupt transfer of (publicly owned) BC Rail to (U.S. privately-owned) CNR.  Out of that contorted (and I allege criminally effected – but resolutely RCMP uninvestigated) transfer a single set of accusations against lower order cabinet aides has made its pre-trial, years-long march (from 2004) to trial – to start on May 17, 2010.

But there is a HUGE hitch in the validity of the trial.

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A Monstrous Canadian Miscarriage Of Justice About To Unfold

El DiktatorHarper
A Monstrous Canadian Miscarriage Of Justice About To Unfold

    by Robin Mathews


May 7, 2010

Part Four in the series on the Gordon Campbell BC Rail Scandal.

The miscarriage of justice about to unfold is what I call “the staged trial” about to begin (May 17) as a result of the corrupt transfer of publicly-owned BC Rail to privately (in fact) U.S.-owned CNR.

Canadians sleep-walk through the takeover of their society by thugs and political adventurists.  The signs are clear.  In Ottawa the cynical Stephen Harper attacks the Supremacy of Parliament [the fundamental safeguard against undemocratic takeover]. His power grab is debated as a question of the need to “compromise” on solutions to the denial of essential information to elected representatives. Those men and women,  elected by Canadians, stand embarrassingly naked, (simply) stripped of their power to represent the people who elect them. (And their condition is blurred, misrepresented, and misreported by the “bought” mainstream press and media.)

In Alberta, government allies itself with corporations to produce a (planned) almost unsupervised looting of community and environment – in the tar sands rape.  The whole world notices what Canadians shut their  eyes to. The April (Paris, France) ‘Le Monde diplomatique’ features a huge spread on the subject.  [translation] “The conservatives in power in Alberta have transformed, with the aid of Ottawa, the north of the province into a supermarket of dirty oil for the profit of multinationals and their U.S. neighbour.  The boreal forest is being sacrificed as are the first nations of the region.” The story concentrates on the cynical erasure of native rights –which in recent decades have been a symbol that Canadian democracy was alive and demanding universal equality.

In British Columbia I allege that the Gordon Campbell government – aided by a depressingly servile journalism (mainstream and other) – is engaged in an almost incredible collaboration with RCMP, the higher courts, and the formal political Opposition (poster-group for the failure of Opposition in Canada) – asleep, bribed, or stupid – to hand the province to thugs and political adventurists.

That involves, as we will see, the calculated destruction of law and the administration of justice in the province.

Public wealth is being gifted to private corporations by sleight-of-hand, often in secret contracts, and – I allege – by criminal activity (elaborately uninvestigated by the RCMP).  The tax burden is being lifted from the corporations-in-close-cooperation with the Campbell group and laid on an increasingly impoverished population.  Education is being attacked.  Protection of children is being slashed by calculated legislation. The new Clean Energy Act is a simple ruse to destroy the publicly accountable B.C. Utilities Commission. A slow, continuous undermining of universal health care is – to the observing – a calculated, continuous government policy.

In short, all levels of accountability to the public for the use (and misuse) of government and corporate power are being undermined or destroyed outright in British Columbia.

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Open Letter to Taseko Mines Limited: Destruction of Fish Lake in Tsilqot’in Territory


[Editor’s Note: The following letter was sent to the Editor of the Quesnel Cariboo Observer by myself after reading the front page article in their March 18, 2010 edition headed: “Public support key to mine project’s success.” (See article below as well)

The story covered an “appeal” given to the Quesnel Chamber of Commerce by Taseko Mines Limited vice president Brian Battison concerning Taseko’s controversial “Prosperity” copper-gold mine slated for development in what is known as Tsilhqot’in Traditional territory, aka the Chilcotin area of B.C. located south west of Williams Lake, B.C.

The one major monkey wrench which Taseko Mines attempts to downplay while waxing eloquent to Quesnel Chamber of Commerce members about money and jobs and progress is the blatant fact that in order to build their mine they would have to destroy a lake (Fish Lake, also known as Tetzan Biny in the native tongue), held sacred by the indigenous residents in an area of B.C. still as yet unceded to the provincial or federal governments in any title settlement.

The letter, to date, has not been published by the Observer and considering its length may not appear in full should it actually be published. As such I decided to make it an Open Letter to Taseko Mines Limited so that the general public would have online access to its contents.

Interested and concerned supporters of the Tsilhqot’in people are asked to pass it along to their friends and associates.

***Further note as of March 25th: The Quesnel Cariboo Observer published the letter in full in their March 25th edition. It can be found at http://www.bclocalnews.com/bc_cariboo/quesnelobserver/opinion/letters/89209507.html “The only true way to prosperity for everyone.”

I am most appreciative of the fact that this mainstream newspaper has given my pro-Tsilhqot’in perspective coverage in their pages. Big thanks to Editor Autumn MacDonald.]


Open Letter to Taseko Mines Limited: Destruction of Fish Lake in Tsilqot’in Territory

By Arthur Topham

March 19, 2010


Russell Hallbauer
President, CEO and Director

Ronald Thiessen
Chairman of the Board and Director


Investor Relations
Brian Bergot
Direct: (778) 373-4545
Email: BrianBergot@tasekomines.com

Taseko Mines Limited
#300 – 905 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada
V6C 1L6


Arthur Topham
4633 Barkerville Hwy
Quesnel, B.C.
V2J 6T8

Phone: 250-992-3479
Email: radical@radicalpress.com

March 19, 2010

Quesnel Cariboo Observer


Re: Public support key to mine project’s success, Observer, March 18/10

Your article states that Taseko Mines Limited vice president spoke of many things but he might as well, as the Walrus in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, have spoke of “shoes – and ships – and sealing wax – of cabbages – and kings – And why the sea is boiling hot – and whether pigs have wings.”

All Battison’s talk of “employment” and “millions in capital investment” and “sustainability” and “relationships” sounds no different than what the Walrus stated to the Oysters prior to gobbling them up for lunch.

The “key,” unlike what Taseko is proposing, is not “public support” for a flawed project but the realization, by all the players in this deceptive deal, that the land in question is legally in the hands of the Chilcotin people and that they, and they alone in the final analysis, have the last word in whether or not a mine will manifest within their traditional, unceded territories. Anything else is subterfuge and within the same realm of fantasy as the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland.

Taseko is saying, “Essentially we’re building another Gibralter in the Cariboo,” but my response to that disingenuous statement would be: Actually, no. Due to the manner in which this process is being steam-rollered through the negotiations process what Taseko is laying the foundations for is another Oka Uprising or, an example more close to home, another Gustafsen Lake stand-off, like what we witnessed back in 1995 out of 100 Mile House when the former NDP government and the Canadian military attempted to lie to the public via the media and violently remove a small group of native Sundancers from off of their traditional territory.

For Prosperity the sacrifice of a relatively small lake, Fish Lake (Tetzan Biny in the native language), is not a big deal compared to their gargantuan plans for the future. This may seem quite normal to them seeing as they don’t live in the area or have any historic or spiritual ties to the land there, but for the people of the Tsilhqot’in Nation this small, unassuming and placid lake symbolizes the essence of all that composes their culture, history and way of life.

When Battison stated that, “some First Nation chiefs have expressed ‘strong and inflexible’ positions on Prosperity. Opinions, he said, they are ‘entitled to hold,'” we come to the crux of the issue; one that Battison and others would rather not acknowledge and deal with.

When he speaks of “some” First Nations chiefs he is referring to ALL the First Nations chiefs within the surrounding, unceded territories where the proposed Prosperity mine would be located if it were to ever materialize.

Fish Lake is located deep within the Tsilhqot’in Nation’s traditional, unceded territory. As Black’s Law Dictionary clearly states, unceded means the land has never been yielded or assigned or granted by the Tsilhqot’in government to either the federal or provincial governments in any legal and binding treaty. As such it is still legally in possession by the people who have lived in the area for thousands of years.

While this is, admittedly, a rather inconvenient truth for both levels of government and for the corporation that is desperately attempting to circumvent these established facts in order to build their mine it nonetheless is the actual reality rather than what all the rhetoric coming from Taseko’s vice president Brian Battison would have the gullible public believe.

It would be a grave error on Battison’s part to think that the adamant position of all of these chief’s is merely “opinion” that they are “entitled to hold.” Far from it. Their position is backed by history, tradition and legal precedent and for all of the public relations scamming that’s occurring in the media the facts still remain: the land belongs to the Tsilhqot’in Nation and it is up to them whether they wish to allow corporate interests to destroy what they claim is a sacred lake. No outsiders have the legal or moral right to question the position taken by the chiefs. Taseko knows this. The Campbell government knows this. The Federal Conservative government knows this. And you can be bloody sure that the mainstream media also knows it yet refuses, as is their duty and responsibility to the public, to inform readers of this fact of life.

The Campbell government giving Prosperity the “go-ahead” is meaningless within the context of treaty rights and traditional ownership of the land in question.

Another fact, not mentioned, is that no outside body thus far has been able to buy off any of the chiefs and thus create the typical “divide and conquer” scenario among the local chiefs. This is a great problem for both government and Taseko as it’s normally par for the course that they manage to produce a red apple here or there to complete the signing and give-away process regardless of what the people themselves desire.

The abject failure by government, Taseko, the media and the dumbed-down public to concede the fact that the land is still owned and controlled by the Tsilhqot’in people and that they are fully within their legal rights to oppose this massive deception called “Prosperity,” will ultimately result in a clash if blindly pursued; one bound to explode into hatred and violence and potential bloodshed if these government and corporate entities don’t get a grip on the actual gravity of the situation.

The people of the Chilcotin territory are peace-loving and fair-minded but they are also extremely cognizant of the history of their people and past attempts by government to deceive them and exploit their territories. They have proven themselves to be a people strong enough and courageous enough to stand up for their land, their culture and their spiritual values. It would therefore, as I’ve already stated, be a remarkably foolish error to try and force this project upon a people who have stood in defiance of subjugation since the European settlers first set foot in their territory.

All the talk therefore about “working with” First Nations; providing “employment” and “partnerships” and “opportunities” for “training” and “advancement” is nothing but smoke and mirrors that the chiefs and the people they represent see through.

It’s time we stopped promoting all the feverish pitch for Taseko along with the selfishness and greed and lying and started respecting the wishes of our first people. That is the only true way to prosperity for everyone.

Arthur Topham

Cottonwood, B.C.


Quesnel Cariboo Observer
Public support key to mine project’s success

By Autumn MacDonald – Quesnel Cariboo Observer

Published: March 18, 2010 

He spoke of employment, hundreds of millions in capital investment, sustainability and relationships.

“And the key to it all is public support,” he said.

“Let your voice be heard.”

Taseko Mines Limited vice president Brian Battison appealed to Chamber of Commerce members Wednesday, first running through the company’s operations at Gibralter, then moving onto one of the most talked-about mining opportunities in the country: Prosperity, one of the largest undeveloped copper-gold deposits in Canada.

“Essentially we’re building another Gibralter in the Cariboo,” he said.

To do so, the company needs manpower – and a lot of it.

“Seven hundred construction jobs over a two-year period [to build it],” Battison said, using point-form to highlight economic benefits.

“Operating jobs, as many as 500 for 20 years, 1,200 additional indirect jobs.”

The operation also requires $800 million in capital investment and $200 million in spending every year, totaling $5 billion over the 20 plus life-span of the mine.

“All of this effort, all of this spending, all of this employment, all of this opportunity will contribute significantly to the future and sustainability of regional communities in the Cariboo-Chilcotin and the central interior,” he said.

Of course, he said, it comes at a cost.

Developing Prosperity means the draining of Fish Lake, average depth of 12-feet and home to rainbow trout.

“We wish it were otherwise,” he said.

“We searched hard for a different way, a way to retain the lake and have the mine. But there is no viable alternative.”

Because the deposit and the lake sit side-by-side.

“It is not possible to have one without the loss of the other,” he added.

However, he said, they can compensate for the loss by building a new lake and creating new fish habitat.

“The Cariboo-Chilcotin region covers an area of 80,262 kilometres or 20 million acres” Battison said.

“The area directly impacted by Prosperity totals 5,420 acres.”

Battison explained some First Nation chiefs have expressed “strong and inflexible” positions on Prosperity. Opinions, he said, they are “entitled to hold.”

“Our belief is that many First Nations people themselves hold other views, views that are more flexible, thoughts that are more progressive, ideas that look to the future with hope and optimism,” he said.

“They believe that not all change is bad.”

Battison said the company believes there exists the ability to combine the historic First Nation traditions and ancient practices with the benefits of full participation in modern society.

Recently, the provincial government gave the go-ahead to Prosperity, stating the project has no adverse environmental impacts, except that of Fish Lake.

The provincial environmental assessment certificate also outlines a number of commitments Taseko must fulfill.

These include working with First Nations, providing opportunities for employment, promoting partnerships with First Nation neighbours and providing opportunities for training and career advancement for employees.

Starting Monday the federal evaluation begins. A three-member panel is flying into Williams Lake. The process includes a 29-day review, 17 of those will be spent in First Nation communities.

“The public needs to make their views known,” Battison said.

“The key to this project’s success is community impact. The first meeting we had in the provincial process, more than 500 people attended. It had an impact.”

Because the reality of resource development today, he said is “people need to fight for it.”

Public hearings begin March 22 in Williams Lake, 10 a.m.

Those wishing to present to the panel are requested to register by contacting the panel manager Colette Spagnuolo, 1-866-582-1884 or e-mail, prosperity.review@ceaa-acee.gc.ca .

Residents can also outline their comments on the project at the above e-mail address.


Three Letters On the BC Rail Scandal By Robin Mathews

Three Letters On the BC Rail Scandal

By Robin Mathews
RadicalPress Contributor


This is the first part of a four part series.  Three letters are to “officials” I believe are in dereliction of their responsibility to law and the administration of justice.  The fourth part is an overview placing the BC Rail Scandal and the Gordon Campbell government in relation to the present, persistent attack on democratic accountability across the Western World.

The first – to Gary Bass, RCMP Deputy Commissioner (BC) and Commanding Officer of “E” Division. Copies sent by surface mail and e-mail to Gary Bass.

Dear Deputy Commissioner Bass:

Earlier I wrote to you to ask you to undertake criminal investigation of the actions of Gordon Campbell and his associates in the corrupt transfer of BC Rail to the CNR.

I pointed out to you that a mass of evidence has been brought forward to the Supreme Court of B.C. by the disclosure applications of Defence counsel, and that they – in open court – have repeatedly claimed that evidence exists that the accused in the Basi, Virk, and Basi case were following the policy of their seniors, and/or were acting as mandated to do, and/or were directly instructed by seniors.

In the material I have referred to – and more that would be available to your organization – I believe evidence rests to allege criminal breach of trust and perhaps more, by the Gordon Campbell group.

Further, reasonable investigation by the RCMP of BC Rail matters would almost certainly bring to light more evidence – despite the destruction of key materials by the Gordon Campbell structure – almost two years of key e-mail materials – without satisfactory explanation or any investigation by the RCMP, your Force.

An investigation, moreover, into the dessication of BC Hydro would, I believe, also reveal criminal behaviour by Gordon Campbell and his associates.  I formally ask you for an investigation of the separation of BC Hydro into parts, the move to prevent it from expanding energy generation,  the agreements involving the participation of Accenture in formerly BC Hydro work, and all other aspects of the de facto privatization of what were traditionally BC Hydro activities.

Beyond making here a formal request for criminal investigation of the BC Hydro matters, I will confine the subject of this letter to the BC Rail Scandal.

You have refused to conduct the criminal investigation I have asked for in the BC Rail Scandal matter – the corrupt transfer of BC Rail to CNR.

I remind you that the B.C. RCMP – at the instigation of people connected to the Gordon Campbell constituency office [you being a highly placed BC RCMP officer at the time] – undertook a criminal investigation of long duration and at high cost to determine if then-B.C. premier Glen Clark had criminally received benefit from eight to twelve thousand dollars worth of sun-deck work he had done at his private residence in Vancouver’s East End. [But you will not investigate Gordon Campbell and his associates in the corrupt billion dollar transfer of BC Rail to the CNR.]

After 136 days of expensive Supreme Court trial presided over by Madam Justice Elizabeth Bennett – despite the concentrated efforts of your B.C. Force -  Glen Clark was acquitted of all suspicion of wrong doing.  Madam Justice Elizabeth Bennett would grant no considerations of false or faulty procedure though the whole case bristled with suspicious activity.

You will, of course, remember well some of the suspicions aroused by the case against Glen Clark.  I refer you, for instance, to the Globe and Mail, January 7, 2002 – front page.  The story there reminds us that the chief investigating RCMP officer on the Glen Clark case was a political ally of Gordon Campbell and was asked by Campbell – on more than one occasion – to run for office.  Peter Montague played out his role while you were, at least, a senior RCMP officer.

You will know, too, that the investigation I requested into the (generally accepted) dubious investigation techniques of the RCMP in the Glen Clark matter was shut down by experienced RCMP officers. The Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP reported the investigation I requested was wrongfully shut down.  I wonder if you ordered the wrongful closing of that investigation?

Peter Montague was a bizarre choice as chief investigating officer in the Glen Clark case.  In the earlier “Gustafsen Lake stand-off” in 1995, he was deeply involved in what has been (with mountains of supporting evidence) repeatedly alleged to have been an RCMP, B.C. government, Canadian Army, B.C. Supreme Court, and Mainstream Press and Media “operation” in defiance of all Canadian law to subdue some twenty or more Native people attending and attempting peaceably to protect a Sun Dance celebration.

Peter Montague is alleged to have lied to CBC in order to get special radio time.  He is alleged to have taken part in the falsification of documents to the Department of National Defence in order to justify a military presence at Gustafsen Lake.  In the Vancouver Province of January 21, 1997, Holly Horwood refers to the RCMP’s “disinformation and smear campaign” at Gustafsen Lake.  Sgt. Dennis Ryan admits to using the terms.  Horwood goes on: “On the tape, parts of which are missing, RCMP information officer Peter Montague says with a smile that : “Smear campaigns are our specialty”.

In an interview with Arthur Topham of The Radical in November 2000, John (“Splitting the Sky”) Boncore, deeply involved in the events, tells of the false story about armed Natives.   Boncore says “they [RCMP] had forgot to shut the camera off and so we had the footage which showed that the statements make by Peter Montague of the RCMP and subsequently reiterated by Attorney General Ujjal Dosanjh, that the two men jumped out of the truck with AK-47s and were shooting at the police and which precipitated the whole shooting incident where thousands of rounds were fired into the [Native] camp was nothing but fabricated lies”.

[One has to ask if that kind of behaviour is not echoed in the Globe and Mail Editorial of December 9, 2009.  The Editorial reads, concerning Robert Dziekanski: “The RCMP brutally killed a new-comer to Canada, put out fake information into the public sphere while investigating themselves, then refused to correct the record….” That was done with you as top RCMP officer in the Province, and one has to ask if you sanctioned the false information provided to the public, referred to in the Globe editorial?]

The Basi, Virk, and Basi case, I believe, is a cover-up action – whatever the guilt or innocence of the accused – bleeding attention away from the alleged criminal activity of Gordon Campbell and his associates in the corrupt transfer of BC Rail to the CNR.

Defence counsel repeatedly has claimed that the RCMP was delaying, stalling, responding inadequately, providing chaotic materials … and more in the Basi, Virk, and Basi pre-trial hearings.  A reasonable Canadian watching that process, as I did, might well believe your officer Force, the B.C. RCMP, was deliberately attempting to confuse and obstruct the administration of justice.

The trial of the three accused cabinet aides which is to begin on May 3 cannot have, I insist, credibility.  The Special Crown Prosecutor was appointed, I allege, in violation of the prosecutor legislation.  The RCMP responded to disclosure requests, I believe, in a way which casts suspicion on their intentions.  And – of key importance – from the beginning of investigation, RCMP appears to have (and is alleged by Defence counsel to have) carefully cut and fitted the investigation activities, “targetted” them, in order to avoid charges being laid against anyone senior to the aides accused.

When I suggested in my last letter to you that racism may have been involved in the charges against the accused, you expressed alarm and consternation.  If, however, as many believe, some “White” people were protected in the investigation and three Sikhs were charged … who can dictate what conclusions will be drawn?

All of those anomalies can only be corrected by a full, publicly announced criminal investigation of Gordon Campbell and his associates in the corrupt transfer of BC Rail to the CNR. I formally request you to undertake that investigation without any further delay.


Robin Mathews


Robin Mathews is a Vancouver based writer and researcher and a regular biweekly columnist with vivelecanada.ca.

To view Robin’s extensive articles on corruption in B.C. politics please go here.

Robin can be reached at rmathews@sfu.ca

Zionist-controlled Calgary Court shuts down Splitting the Sky v. War Criminal G.W. Bush proceedings in day two of trial

Calgary Police “taking down” Splitting the Sky while attempting to make a citizen’s arrest of War Criminal George W. Bush in Calgary, Alberta on September 17, 2009.

Arthur Topham RP Publisher

March 10, 2010

Editor’s Note:

It’s fairly evident from the manner in which this case was handled that the Zionist-controlled media in Canada and elsewhere doesn’t want the issue of Bush the Barbarous brought to the attention of the general public. A protracted trial in which credible authorities might offer evidence in the defense of the accused and, God forbid, Splitting the Sky is given an opportunity to actually voice his convictions, is not the Zionist way of doing business. Better to just quash the whole damn thing and once the issue has filtered out of the public’s mind then bring in a ruling further down the road to tyranny and censorship.

Splitting the Sky

It’s my humble, yet considered opinion, that Canada’s judiciary, like the msm, is so infiltrated, permeated and manipulated by these Zionist/Jew lobbyists and their lawyer henchmen and women, that our courts today are as likely to spawn honest and just decisions as the Zionist-controlled msm is likely to present information that hasn’t first been run through the Orwellian Double Speak wringer prior to general publication.

Both these institutions (and others) bear witness to the fact that our civil and legal infrastructures are firmly in the hands of foreign, seditious entities who are using them for power and control and manipulation of the collective mindset of the Canadian public while their subsidiary organs of control, i.e. the multinational corporations, be they oil or ag or pharma or cult or whatever, drain this country of its natural resource wealth and human potential.

Due to the Zionist’s inordinate and immoral power via their financial and media influences men like Anthony J. Hall are forced to equate the machinations of the courts and the police and media to secondary and tertiary linguistic labels such as “oil conglomerates” all in order to escape the deadly-poisoned arrows of the Zionists who let fly their “anti-Semitic,” “racist,” and “hate”-tipped barbs at anyone who comes near to calling a spade a spade or a Zionist a Zionist.

War Criminal psychopath G.W. Bush, like his War Criminal psychopathic partner in crime, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, are mere puppets to the Israeli Jew lobby; flunkies and lackeys and cretins of the most despicable type who, under their false pretense of being “Christians,” carry out the dirty work of slaughtering the sons and daughters of American and Canadian citizens in imperialist wars of aggression against innocent foreign nations all for the benefit of these Zionist interlopers who haunt and invade our very lives via their omnipresence throughout the media and Canada’s judiciary.

More than just a touch of levity as War Criminal Harper reaches out to G.W. Bush

Well, these traitorous intruders have been releasing their bolts of vituperative lightning at me, my family and my publishing business for over two years in a relentless attempt to silence my voice and the voices of countless others whose opinions and views I carry via RadicalPress.com and the Yahoo group site known as Anti-Zionist Canada. For the Full Monty on the complaint case involving RadicalPress.com and B’nai Brith Canada please see: http://www.radicalpress.com/?page_id=995 . They literally hate to see views and opinions and ideas and truths that conflict with their own morbid, draconian and hate-filled mission of destroying every nation state on the face of this globe in order to replace them with their “International” aka Zionist New World Order template of global governance.

What should have been a media bonus for the 911 Truth movement and the supporters of Palestinian sovereignty and a solid, direct hit on the forces of darkness that now control the global political and financial marketplace of ideas and opinion has once again been nullified and thwarted thanks to the machinations of those within the system as it now exists.

If we are ever to gain ground in this protracted battle with the Zionist forces we’re going to have to sooner than later face the fact that we must call these misfits by their real name and publicly identify them and the organizations through whom they operate in order to infiltrate our governmental, civic and social/cultural structures. Pussy-footing around this salient and critical factor because of fear and doubt will only prolong the time when the shyte must inevitably hit the proverbial fan and all fecal hell breaks loose.

Let us try our best in the interim time period to keep Splitting the Sky’s courageous efforts alive.

Shine your Light for Love, Peace & Justice for All,

Arthur Topham
The Radical Press
Canada’s Radical News Network
“Digging to the root of the issues since 1998”



Cynthia McKinney Meets Splitting the Sky at University of Calgary’s Peace Consortium (Part 1)


Cynthia McKinney Meets Splitting the Sky at University of Calgary’s Peace Consortium (Part 2)



Catch my live interview with Splitting-the-Sky, Cynthia McKinney, and Anthony Hall coming up at 2 pm Central!  http://www.noliesradio.org

Kevin Barrett
Author, Questioning the War on Terror: A Primer for Obama Voters: http://www.questioningthewaronterror.com

Bush League Justice in Judge Manfred Delong’s Calgary Court

Anthony J. Hall
Professor of Globalization Studies
University of Lethbridge
10 March, 2010

Judge Manfred Delong shut down the trial of Splitting The Sky versus George W. Bush on the second day of proceedings. The court denied STS his frequently emphasized request to have two witnesses give evidence in his defense. Those witnesses were myself and Cynthia McKinney. The trial came to an end just as Ms. McKinney arrived in Calgary from London. The US-based oil conglomerates active throughout Alberta form the core business constituency of the Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who represents a Calgary riding in Parliament.

The court accepted two documents as evidence for the defense. One is Gail Davidson’s widely disseminated legal opinion for Lawyer’s Against the War. STS and I studied this document closely in the days leading up to my friend being arrested for his arrest attempt. LAW’s legal opinion highlighted some of the evidence, statutes and treaties to brand Bush as a “credibly accused war criminal” that should not be allowed into Canada. Prior to Bush’s touching down in Calgary to address an audience of oil executives, Davidson’s documentation was distributed widely to officials of the Harper government and Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The other exhibit for the defense was my own paper that I originally presented at an invited academic venue at the University of Winnipeg. It has been published under a variety of titles on the Internet, including at Global Research.ca, 911 Blogger.com, 9/11 Truth.org and Voltairenet in both French and English. My initial title for it is “Bush League Justice: Should George W. Bush Be Arrested in Calgary Alberta and Tried for International Crimes?”

Delong will deliver his ruling on June 7. The case for the prosecution both revealed and obscured much about the new police strategies being employed throughout North America to monitor, manage, divide and spin doctor demonstrators seeking to call attention to their political dissent. In my opinion the Crown’s chief agent of prosecution, Tracy Davis, acted more as an advocate and defender of the police rather than as a representative of the Canadian people through Her Majesty as she is required to do according the constitutional tradition of the British Commonwealth.

Anthony J. Hall can be contacted at raprockprof@gmail.com

Arthur Topham is a writer and the Publisher and Editor of RadicalPress.com living in the wilds of central British Columbia, Canada. He is currently involved in a sec. 13(1) free speech battle with Agent Z and the League for Human Rights of B’nai Brith Canada.

Due to the nature of these sec. 13 “hate crime” complaints Arthur is under constant pressure to produce legal documents and maintain a livelihood at the same time. As such he is always in need of financial support to sustain this battle with the forces of repression and censorship involving both the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the CHR Tribunal. Any donations therefore would be most welcome. Please see the following url on the Home Page (upper right hand corner) http://www.radicalpress.com/?page_id=657 regarding donations. Also there is a “DONATE” button there for Paypal or here at https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=4466120 . Feel free to use any of them if you can help out. Thanks.

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The Articles of Tyranny by Pastor Eli James

Arthur Topham
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Dear Radical Reader,

It’s been awhile since I’ve sent out any of Pastor Eli James’s writings. This article though is one which deserves the utmost attention by anyone concerned about their loss of freedoms whether they’re christian, pagan, atheist, buddhist, muslim, taoist or none of the aforementioned. The message crosses all boundaries and borders and will ring true to anyone who’s been paying attention to global events and the erosion of our cherished rights and freedoms, especially the right to express one’s opinions without fear of the Orwellian thought police busting down your door and hauling you away to some Stalinist Bolshevik “Show Trial.”

Freedom of Speech is the penultimate and quintessential right for without it we become but slaves to the state and to anyone wielding power for control over others.

Pastor Eli James pulls no punches in his heart-felt effort to alert his fellow Americans to the dangers posed by the Zionist Beast that now stalks the planet in search of more and more victims to feed its frenzied appetite for MORE control of our bodies, minds and spirits. His efforts and words apply just as much to Canada and every other nation of the world that’s been infiltrated and had their Constitutions abducted and usurped by this megalomaniacal psychopathic entity that’s out to fulfill its self-chosen agenda of world domination and one world “international” government.

It’s methods are systematic and once realized as predictable as one’s yearly tax notice or the waxing and waning of the moon. It’s greatest tactic of course is to create FEAR in whatever manner that it can, be it 9/11 or Hiroshima or Dresden or the Gulag Archipelago. Tyranny always has feasted upon fear and used fear to enhance the breadth and scope of its menacing and grasping tentacles. It knows how starved the world is for peace and love and it uses the mentally and spiritually emaciated masses and manipulates them via its news agencies into feeling insecure and afraid, for its then that they are most vulnerable to giving up their rights and freedoms.

The forces of Darkness by any other name still reek to high heaven. They do their utmost to force the faithful of any religion to take up arms against those who worship the one God under a different name. They’ve expended millions if not billions of the people’s money and wealth to create wars where innocents are led to sacrifice their lives for principles that ultimately become meaningless when the wars cease and the only winners are the Zionist elite who’ve fomented and feasted upon them and in the end acquired even greater riches and wealth while the blood of innocents soaks the planet and democracy reels and falters from the death blows dealt to it by the greed of a small number of psychopaths.

Everyone has a right to worship God in their own way. There is only one divine Presence, one divine Cosmos, one divine Purpose and that is LOVE AND PEACE AND BROTHERHOOD AND SISTERHOOD and a reverence for this garden given to us by the ONE CREATOR for the use of ALL.

We need to think about these things and start putting the pieces of the puzzle together. Pastor Eli James has done just that with his expose of the Zionist cartel that’s now ruling the world via subterfuge and ill-gained power and wealth.

Without these three cherished Freedoms it’s highly unlikely that we will ever, as a race of human beings, achieve the fourth freedom which Norman Rockwell illustrated so beautifully and aptly in the illustrations that I’m using. The last freedom is freedom from want. Freedom from having to live on the streets, homeless and starving and existing hand to mouth because of a few power-crazed groups who want to rule the resources of the world. Freedom to feed our children and our families and enjoy the fruits of this holy garden we call the Earth Mother.

Like the four directions of the native American spiritual teachers these four freedoms are the pillars that hold up the temple of LIFE. They are now threatened by an alien force. It has to be first recognized and then resisted and stopped. God willing that will happen with the courage and conviction of all who value these four noble truths.

Please pass this article to everyone you can. The fate of freedom depends on each and every one of us doing something to ensure it carries on to our children and grandchildren.

Shine your Light for Love & Peace & Justice for All,

Arthur Topham
The Radical Press

The Articles of Tyranny

by Pastor Eli James

Church of the Restoration of True Israel

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“In my distress I cried unto Yahweh, and He heard me. Deliver my soul, O Yahweh, from lying lips and a deceitful tongue. What shall be given unto thee, or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue? Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper. Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar! My soul hath long dwelt with him that hateth peace. I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war.” (Psalm 120)

“Beware the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.” (Luke 12:1)


This essay is about lying tongues that hate peace. May our Father, Yahweh, grant to His Children, Israel (not to be confused with the Jews), the Great Awakening, which will open their eyes to truth that will set them free.

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The Harold Wallace Rosenthal Interview: The Hidden Tyranny (1976) Part 2


The Harold Wallace Rosenthal Interview: The Hidden Tyranny (1976) Part 2


The Hidden Tyranny
Part Two

“Most Jews do not like to admit it, but our god is Lucifer.”

The above is an exact quote of Harold Wallace Rosenthal, former top Administrative Aide to the then Senator Jacob Jayits, who was since defeated in the 1980 election.

I, Walter White, Jr., for the past 17 years Director and Editor of the monthly conservative publication WESTERN FRONT, was told about Mr. Rosenthal’s boastings around Washington, D.C., and I was encouraged to meet with him and to interview him (for a fee).

Mr. Rosenthal had stated publicly that the Jews will completely dominate throughout the entire world — and that they control every facet of political life in America and every aspect of the communication media. (Mr. R’s emphasis).

Eventually Mr. Rosenthal and l were brought together, at which time I interviewed him privately and taped said interview with Mr. Rosenthal’s knowledge and consent. During the lengthy meeting Mr. Rosenthal became impatient, rude and vulgar (all of which is recorded on the tape) and he sought the balance of his fee before I had concluded my questioning.

Since the entire interview was so lengthy, in 1977 we released and published only the first portion under the same title as above “THE HIDDEN TYRANNY.” Copies of this manuscript (Part I) have been sought by people from all around the globe. We now release the balance of the taped interview as Part Two. Although I do not wish to digress, an Eastern analyst has told me that “The Hidden Tyranny” manuscript (Part I) has had a pass-on readership of 3.5%. Thus, if true, the manuscript (Part I) has been read by more than 7 MILLION people. When this final portion (Part Two) begins circulating, its impact may be even greater. It depends upon you, the reader.

Before any agreement was reached between us, I had established with Mr. Rosenthal that he would answer an unlimited number of questions with complete honesty and to the best of his ability. It was because of this understanding that I took issue with Mr. Rosenthal during the final stages of the interview and accused him of not being honest with me as it related to his response to my question: “Do you have knowledge of WHEN and WHY the story began about the Jews being God’s chosen people?” That is when he said in part: “Most Jews do not like to admit it, but our god is Lucifer — so I wasn’t lying — and we are his chosen people. Lucifer is very much alive.”

As this goes to press, we still seek a governmental body to investigate Harold Rosenthal’s allegations. My dictionary conveys such allegations as “TREASON.”

We now pick up after a dispute during which the tape recorder has been turned off.

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The Harold Wallace Rosenthal Interview: The Hidden Tyranny (1976) Part 1

The Harold Wallace Rosenthal Interview: The Hidden Tyranny (1976) Part 1




This article contains the text of a most revealing and shocking interview of a Jew by the name of Harold Rosenthal, which was conducted in 1976, by a concerned patriot, a Walter White, Jr.. Mr. Rosenthal, an influential Jew learned in the Jewish ways and involved in the workings of government in Washington, D.C., explained the Jewish involvement and cause of the major problems we face today.

Rosenthal, in exposing certain aspects of the ‘inner invisible world of Jewry’, revealed the modes and tactics Jews have used in destroying Christian civilization and covertly attaining control over our lives and governments. The result has been a ‘hidden tyranny’ upon us like the tyranny waged against the Saints by the red beast system of Revelation referred to as ‘Mystery Babylon’.

But how could such a small number of Jews enslave so many people and gain such an overwhelming control over their governments, especially without their being aware of it? The answer to this may be found in Christ’s parable of the unjust steward, which represents Jewry. They are able to prevail in the world despite their ungodly ways because of their cunning and shrewd ways. As Christ said “For the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.” (Luke 16:8)

In other words, the Jew, with his worldly mind set, is wiser than God’s Christian people. When you read the words of Mr. Rosenthal the reality of this statement will come to light. This problem was so prevalent and important for us to overcome that Christ had instructed us to “be wise as serpents“. (Matthew 10:16)

America and the world is now covered in political, economic, moral and social problems which need to be acted upon by Christian people. As Edmund Burke stated: “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” But before we can properly act we need a proper (not just a superficial) understanding of the problem. This article will help provide the reader with that understanding.

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Thoughts on Vitamin “T” and Mainstream Media Mendacity by Arthur Topham


Thoughts on Vitamin “T” and Mainstream Media Mendacity
A Sunday Sermon from Cyberia – With Love

By Arthur Topham

May 10, 2009

What occurs in a society starved of truthful information for decades upon decades is that earnest seekers eventually become like ravenous, hunger-driven beasts. Having been, so to speak, intentionally malnourished with adulterated, depleted mental foodstuffs for so long their minds become like human bodies suffering from maladies such as scurvy. Just as the body needs and therefore craves Vitamin C in order to resist falling prey to a disease that will ultimately force it into a condition of prostration so too the mind needs and craves what we might call Vitamin “T”. The ““T” symbolizing Truthful information required in order to forestall a similar, mental condition that can and does lead to eventual mental weakness, confusion and final submission.

Such a condition – one I suggest which has been intentionally brought about by a mendacious, controlled media that deliberately induces such a fractured, debilitating state of mind in its audience of readers, listeners and viewers knowing all the while from human experience the public’s need for wholesome, balanced information – the architects of this conscious collusion to weaken and manipulate human understanding know in advance that anything they toss out to the emaciated, malnourished, mind-controlled mob of information-deficient multitudes will be fiercely lunged at and voraciously devoured with all the fervor and intensity of a starving animal.

This, I maintain, is the underlying premise upon which an unhealthy dose of disinformation is combined with a token amount of factual truth to create a pot-pourri of news and opinions that tends to invariably and momentarily assuage the audience’s immediate hunger but ultimately gives no lasting, nourishing sustenance or substance upon which to build any type of firm cognitive base from which to construct a mental or intellectual paradigm that can lead to healthy discernment and practicability in terms of future decision-making and/or present understanding of world events.

We see this as a matter of course in the mainstream media where it’s taken for granted as standard practice and this also has a great deal to do with the fact that such a medium is now beginning to falter and crumble. But we are also now seeing it occur with greater regularity on the net as more of the former disgruntled mainstream readers of controlled content are shifting to the freer, open, anarchistic digital medium of cyberspace in search of the vital sustenance necessary for proper mental (and emotional) growth. Increasingly, a greater and greater audience of cyber-seeking souls are continuing ever onward and outward in their questing for whole grains of information that stem from reliable, organic sources; ones which they can comfortably and safely feast upon, knowing that the subsequent assimilation of information is not going to leave them bloated, gaseous and suffering from mental indigestion and ennui.

But, as in the former case with the dying off of these disingenuous, controlled media giants, their waning print and television influence is now shape-shifting and embedding itself into the still nascent, fertile soils of Cyberia with similar plans to take firm root there and carry on with their nefarious program of purposeful propaganda; one designed to confuse and misinform the masses while they finalize and fulfill the single agenda they’ve been conspiring to accomplish for well over a century, that being the creation of a monotonous, monopolized, mind-controlling, body-enslaving one world government directly under control of those who now own and use their present media monopoly to create the lies and confusion that have supported their fictitious pretense of a New World Order for the last hundred years and more.

It is with this ever-present and imminent danger that the new Cyberians must always be cognizant if we are to transform the old paradigm of power over people to that of power within the individual and resist once and for all succumbing to the external control of the universal or super-state that we all intuitively perceive as the danger known as the NWO.

So take your daily dose of Vitamin “T” and be aware of the manipulation of the controlled media. Shut off your televisions and turn on your computer and begin your searching.

Happy trails!

Arthur Topham is the Publisher/Editor of www.RadicalPress.com an alternative News and Opinion site located in B.C. Canada. He can be reached at radical@radicalpress.com .

BC’s Rivers: Is Anyone Listening? by Arthur Topham


Photo credit: WCWC

BC’s Rivers: Is Anyone Listening?

by Arthur Topham

May 1, 2009

The Royal Canadian Legion in downtown Quesnel was likely the most popular spot in town on Thursday evening, April 30th and considering that the Canucks were playing at the same time it was little short of a miracle that so many local citizens would have taken the time to leave their homes.

What could possible draw a near full house of hockey enthusiasts away from the tube on a week day evening other than a national emergency? Well, as Joe Foy of the Western Canada Wilderness Committee so aptly put it, there’s another emergency happening right here in B.C. that may be as critical and important to all British Columbians as any other crisis that the nation as a whole has ever faced.

And what on earth could be so important? As Foy went on to explain to a rapt audience of concerned listeners, that biggest scam being pulled off on the people of the province; one engineered by the very people elected to represents the interests of electors of British Columbia, was what the Save Our Rivers Society was here to explain to people.

That “scam”, as former Social Credit Environment Minister, author and renowned Vancouver radio broadcaster Rafe Mair told the audience (in no uncertain terms), is the total selling off by the Liberal government of Premier Gordon Campbell of BC’s public ownership of the streams and rivers that are the lifeblood and, as Rafe summed up in his provocative talk, the “soul” of this province’s geographic and ecological treasures; ones which make British Columbia the most beautiful and prized piece of real estate on the face of the planet and upon which all our other economic and social assets, as well as the free flowing vitality of the natural ecosystems, depend for their existence.


The Save Our Rivers crew from Left: Joe Foy – Western Canada Wilderness Committee, Melissa Davis – B.C. Citizens for Public Power, Rafe Mair – Save Our Rivers Society, Mike Bruce, Union Rep & MC
Photo credit: Radical Press

Rafe Mair, now retired from politics and broadcasting and into the 78th year of his earthly sojourn, sporting a light beard, a jolly belly and a trusty cane, has been leading a a series of public awareness meetings throughout the province to try and drum up public awareness and interest in what he feels is an upcoming provincial election whose outcome could have a devastatingly negative impact on all future generations in the province should the Liberal Campbell government be returned to power and be given free reign to fulfill their self-chosen, hidden mandate to sell off BC’s rivers to foreign corporate interests.

Over a decade ago Mair published a book called Canada: Is Anyone Listening? in which he presented his views on the state of the country. Today, he could just as easily write another one, were there enough time, titled “BC: Is Anyone Listening?” On this night in Quesnel there were people listening and to put it mildly they weren’t impressed with what they were hearing.

Representing a non-profit, publicly funded organization called the Save Our Rivers Society, see http://www.SaveOurRivers.org , the former politician and broadcaster and now elder environmentalist and contributing writer to the online news site http://www.thetyee.ca , has been traveling around the province with an entourage of other public figures in a somewhat desperate attempt to alert voters to the real situation that exists regarding the state of our publicly owned utility known as BC Hydro and how it’s being hijacked by corporate interests and aided and abetted by the Campbell Liberal government in Victoria.

Accompanying Rafe with his traveling salvation show in favour of the salmon, the streams and the environment was Joe Foy, spokesperson for the BC based Western Canada Wilderness Committee, BC’s longstanding, dedicated and trusted environmental organization noted for numerous accomplishments in the way of protecting British Columbia’s eco systems and wildlife habitat from the devastating effects of overly zealous industrial logging and mining interests who tend, at times, to put the dollar and the interests of the corporate boardroom above the natural environment.

Also included in the list of speakers was Melissa Davis from BC Citizens for Public Power see http://www.citizensforpublicpower.ca who began the evening’s discussion with an introduction to her organization’s efforts over the past few years to draw public attention to the urgency of what has been taking place behind closed doors in Victoria with respect to the Liberal agenda for privatizing BC’s publicly owned natural resources.

Of particular note were Melissa’s comments regarding the broken Liberal promise in 2001 to “not sell or privatize BC Hydro’s dams, transmission lines, water resources, or other core assets” followed by a grim reminder that Bill 30 was brought in by the Liberals to usurp any democratic rights of local regional governments to enact rules for safeguarding their resources thus allowing foreign, corporate interests to prevail over indigenous decisions of local governments in their bid to gain control of all provincial rivers and streams.

Melissa Davis’s third point, one which the audience appeared to understand almost intuitively, was that the Liberal’s willing compromises to BC’s environment and its citizens by the relinquishment of the rights of public ownership of BC Hydro and introducing a private sector model of corporate control of public assets for stockholder’s profits over and above anything else, would automatically ensure that the price people are paying for their electrical needs would dramatically increase in the years ahead. Predictions went as high as a 25% increase in one’s power bill over the next 3 years, this on top of already substantial increases. Rather shocking to say the least! Melissa recommended going to the following website to view a map showing the rivers and proposed projects: http://www.ippwatch.com .

Rafe took to the podium after Melissa’s enlightening talk and opened his remarks with a rather choice anecdote. He had served as a cabinet minister in the Bill Bennett government of the 1970s, along with the Cariboo’s own Socred MLA of the time, the well respected Alex Fraser who had been Minister of Highways for many years and after whom the Alex Fraser bridge in the lower mainland is now named in fond remembrance.

Rafe told a little story about how when in cabinet meetings theywould try to guage public approval of their policies by media comments but that when Bill Bennett really wanted to know how the public were taking to their policies he’d always turn to Alex Fraser and say, “Alex, now what are the folks in “Queznelly” saying about all of this?” Alex would then inform them that they thought if was just a “bunch of bs” and that would settle the question then and there.

In some respects that is how Rafe proceeded in describing the selling out of the province’s rivers and streams and the people’s collective ownership of public utilities such as BC Hydro. He dispensed with all the bs that CanWest media, the Liberal government and the pseudo-”green” organizations are telling the people of the province and got down to the nuts and bolts of what is really taking place. It wasn’t a pretty picture.

“The massive destruction of our environment and the slow but sure death of BC Hydro have been planned and are being implemented without any opportunity for the public to be heard.”

“Why the lack of real consultation?”

“Where’s the proof that we need more power and, if we do, are there alternatives?”

“Experts tell us — so does BC Hydro, for that matter — that with conservation, upgrading present facilities and adding generators on existing dams plus taking back the power we’re entitled to under the Columbia River Treaty, we have no need for many years for more power. So why are going down the privatization route?”

“Why is BC Hydro not permitted to create any new power?”

“Why are we giving away to large corporations the hundreds of millions of dollars BC Hydro puts into the public purse every year to help with schools, hospitals and the like?”

“Why is BC Hydro forced by the government to enter contracts for energy with private producers which cost Hydro more than they can sell it for — buy high, sell low is a strange policy especially for a capitalist government!”

“Why are we approving intermittent power, which only can be produced during the spring run-off?”

“What will be the effect of NAFTA? Will it mean that any American company with rights on a river has all rights, including the right to export it?”

“Will it mean that as long as the American company uses the river, it can ignore the time limit in the lease? The answer to each is probably “yes.””

“Why are we disabling BC Hydro so that it must go broke under the proposed policy?”

All these explosive questions and more were given to the crowd of listeners who sat attentive throughout the whole presentation.


Photo credit: WCWC

The final speaker was Joe Foy of WCWC and he proceeded to pull the plug on privatization plans of the Liberal government. Speaking clearly and forcefully and with extreme knowledge and awareness of the various projects already on the go throughout the province, Joe assured the audience that these so-called “little mom and pop” power projects as the government likes to label them are anything but little and anything but benign when it comes to the extreme destruction of the natural environment and the fish and wildlife that will result from their construction. Using examples such as the Pitt River Project in the lower mainland Foy went on to explain how this environmentally friendly little private power venture would entail constructing close to 40 kilometers of pipelines and river and stream diversions which would reduce the levels of the free flowing waterways by up to 90% and that coupled with power lines and roadways criss-crossing throughout what is now virtually pristine wilderness areas.

In graphic detail and in cogent, convincing arguments Joe went on to expose the absolute insanity and irresponsibility of the Liberal government in determining in secret, private discussions with corporate interests this monumental scheme to steal from under the nose of an otherwise ill- and mis-informed public, the fundamental sources of the province’s wealth and future. When he was finished speaking the audience acknowledged his efforts with a rousing round of sustained applause.

Following the speakers’ presentations there was ample time given over to questions from the audience. One of the first persons to speak was a Chief from the Chilcotin who used the occasion of the meeting to further enlighten listeners as to the problems the First Nations people of the Nemaiah Valley were facing with a similar project by Taseko Mines which was threatening to destroy Fish Lake one of the water bodies the water in their indigenous territories. While it was slightly off topic in terms of the purpose of the meeting the speakers listened attentively to what the Chief had to say and were in full support of his position. To the credit of the Western Canada Wilderness Committee Joe Foy publicly stated, “We’d love to join you at Fish Lake.” He told the Chief that all they had to do was invite WCWC to lend their support and the environmental group would be there within days fully committed to helping the Chilcotin people in any way possible.

Another inquisitive listen asked Rafe Mair why it was that so many of the public were unaware of the issue and how come the mainstream media wasn’t drawing more attention to the subject. That brought a rather grimaced grin to the face of the elder Mair and he proceeded to give the Asper-controlled CanWest corporation a well-deserved tongue lashing pointing out that they have done nothing in terms of bringing this issue to the public’s attention and in fact everything to keep it hush hush or else misinformed by only presenting the government and corporate propaganda and those so-called “green” environmental lobbyists who have sold out and are now capitalizing on the issue by giving their tacit consent to the Liberal’s scheme. With the Province, the Vancouver Sun and the Victoria Times-Colonist all mum on the subject of selling off BCs public resources there’s little way for the public to know what is truly being implemented. That said, Rafe went on to tell the audience that they should visit the websites of those non-profit groups who were giving the rest of the story on this issue and also that they should write letters to their editors and to their MLAs and send information out to whatever lists and groups that people might be connected to on the internet. If the mainstream wasn’t going to cover the whole story then the alternative media and the people themselves could spread the word via the net.

The meeting ended at 9 pm as scheduled and the audience gave the presenters a long and hearty round of applause for having empowered them with new and vital information with which to deal with the problem. The final bonus of course for all of those who had sacrificed their time and left their televisions to attend the meeting was the announcement that the Canucks had been victorious!

Such is life in the Cariboo!

Arthur Topham is the publisher and editor of http://www.radicalpress.com an alternative, online news site located in central BC and in operation since 1998. He can be reached at radical@radicalpress.com .