Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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I'll be taking an 'unpaid leave of absence' from my job at the Global Network from December 15-March 15, 2020 in order to help my friend Lisa Savage on her campaign for the US Senate in Maine. She's running as a Maine Green Independent Party member and needs to gather 2,000 petition signatures of registered Greens during that period. I'll be back to GN after March 15.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Unfolding crisis of the capitalist system



During our spring Russia Study Tour, while in Moscow, we heard from former TV reporter, documentary film maker, and rock band leader Konstantin Syomin.

He had alot to say about Russia and I think you will like listening to his voice and thoughts.

When I made my first trip to Russia in October 2018 Konstantin interviewed me on his TV show that is quite popular on YouTube - see it here.

Bruce 

Friday, July 19, 2019

The Long Range Plan for space....



Bruce Gagnon, coordinator of the Global Network, interviewed by RT News speaking about the history of the US maintaining the goal of dominating space.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Arrested protecting Mauna Kea in Hawaii



On day three of the scheduled start of construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), police made their move to clear the Mauna Kea Access Road in Hawaii.

People gathered at Hawaii's tallest mountain to protest the construction of a massive telescope on land that Native Hawaiians consider sacred. A group of kupuna, or elders, tied themselves together with rope at the road to the summit of Mauna Kea.

A resolute group of kupuna, many of them well known Hawaiian cultural practitioners and dedicated aloha ʻāina, once again sat in the path of police, as they had on Monday and Tuesday. This time, however, police did not stand down. Officers from various law enforcement agencies took the kupuna into custody, one by one.

The Mauna Kea Kiaʻi and police agreed to conduct the arrests with respect. The hundreds of TMT opponents who lined the road sat, off-to-the-side on the lava rock, and quietly observed hamau kāleo, as the kupuna were respectfully guided to the police trucks for processing. Some of the elders were overcome with emotion as they were led away. Many onlookers cried at the sight. Officers were seen hugging kiaʻi.

“Our kupuna are being arrested,” wrote OHA Trustee Dan Ahuna in an urgent message. “Fellow OHA Trustee Hulu Lindsey was taken into custody. Our voices are being ignored. I implore the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to immediately file an injunction to halt any further efforts by the State of Hawaii, University of Hawaii and the Thirty Meter Telescope until the matters in our lawsuit are resolved.”

Canada's link to Nazis in Ukraine



July 18, 1943

Nazi collaborators of 14th SS "Galizien" division march through the streets of Lvov, Ukraine under the watch of top ranking German officers during WW II.

Just a reminder that there are monuments to these collaborators in Canada in Oakville, ON and Edmonton, AB. How is it possible to erect monuments to Nazis in Canada which lost more than 40 thousands solders fighting the Nazis?

Lvov in western Ukraine today still remains a stronghold for the latest generation of Nazi sympathizers who worship Stephan Bandera, a Nazi collaborator who welcomed Nazi Germany's invasion of Ukraine and whose forces murdered 60,0000 members of the Polish minority in Ukraine. (See video just below for more details.)

The current government in Kiev recently honored Bandera by declaring a national day in his honor.  

Do you still wonder why the folks in the Donbass (eastern Ukraine near the Russian border) are critical of the US imposed regime in Kiev that has many Nazis inside the government?





#StopNazism #Holocaust #NeverForget

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Ukraine fascists wanted to kill Italian politician



Ukraine reached the headlines in Italy today. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, Matteo Salvini, said that a group of Ukrainian terrorists was preparing an assassination attempt on him.

They were detained with weapons from machine guns to missiles.

Salvini's nationalist party has close ties with Moscow and thus he was on the Nazi hit list.

CNN journalists rushed to say that they're rebels from Donbass (eastern Ukraine near the Russian border). However, the police have completely different data. They said that the Italian police detained Ukrainian Neo-Nazis - fighters from punitive battalions.

This story is a clear indication how much of the western media works overtime to protect the truth from getting out to the public.  The fascists (who worship the WW II Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera) in Ukraine are indeed the ones who have been leading the attacks on the peaceful people of eastern Ukraine since the successful Washington orchestrated coup d'etat in Kiev in 2014.

They don't want the public to understand this reality because it would blow a gigantic hole in the USA's public relations campaign about 'truth, freedom and democracy'.  The ugly truth is that the US government is the world's leading terrorist.  If you doubt that just ask anyone on the receiving end of western directed attacks in multiple countries.

Every now and then we get a video like this one that gives us some truth.  But oh, that is a Russian TV station, some say.

Who cares if this station is from Mars.  I want to know what is actually going on in the world and sometimes I find it on Russian media.  I thank them - it's more than we are getting from CNN, MSNBC, NPR, Washington Post or the NY Times!

See other coverage here

Bruce 

No love for Macron



Bastille Day celebrations didn't go as planned for French President Emmanuel Macron. He was met with boos and calls for him to resign. Numerous arrests also took place as the 35th consecutive Yellow Vest protests continued on Saturday in France.

Former UK MP George Galloway weighs in on the chaos.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Only his dogs remain on his street



"Uncle Semen" from Zaitseve (Donbass in eastern Ukraine) in his very unique and straight forward way tells what he thinks about ceasefire and makes unexpected comment about Nadezhda Savchenko, running for people's deputy.

His house was shelled and burnt by incendiary munitions more than once. After his home became unlivable, Semen had to move to another village. However, every day he returns to Brusilova Street under the sniper's fire to feed his dogs.

His only hope is that Ukrainian sniper will feel pity for an old man and won't shoot...

If you are so moved please sign the petition opposing US-Canada weapons sales/gifts to the puppet government in Ukraine.  Anyone can sign this petition, no matter where you live.  The petition was initiated by a labor union leader in the Donbass.

Sign here

Will anyone be held accountable for these crimes?



MB and I have been following the story about the Epstein 'girl sex slave' operation he and other big wigs have been running for years.  He was always protected by the legal system, politicians, the media and dirty money. 

Now suddenly, miraculously, Epstein is caught in the net.  Will the story go away like in the past or will it lead to other disclosures and finally, real justice for the many victims of these evil doers?

Some have speculated that Epstein works for the CIA and Mossad.  Just resigned US Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta (formerly the federal prosecutor in southern Florida) went before a congressional committee in 2017 after Trump nominated him for Secretary of Labor. During questioning Acosta swore he was told from 'higher up' that Epstein was an intelligence asset and was to be left alone.

I'm a curious sort so I began reading other media outside the mainstream about this case.  Allegations are made that Epstein's sex slave operation is global - particularly in Kosovo.  Blackmail, money laundering, human trafficking, slavery, moral repugnance all come to mind. 

These are the daily workings of the corporate mobsters that are international and evil.  I call them Mr. Big just to shorten it up a bit.  But we must also see the faces of these criminals - they must all be exposed.  Epstein is one, a key operator, but I want to know those he is working for as well.  They are the real Mr. Big and need to be taken down.

I've got a pretty good idea who they are: both mainstream political parties are loaded with their agents; Wall St. and Hollywood moguls; media stars and celebs; military industrial warmongers; corporate drug pushers; allied fascist operators in Israel, Saudi Arabia and beyond.

But who will expose the big story? In my lifetime we've watched the so-called hearings about the Red scare in the 1950's; Vietnam war hearings; Watergate hearings; Iran-Contra 'affair' in 1987; Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas Supreme Court hearings in 1991; Bill Clinton's impeachment hearings; and presently we have RussiaGate.  None of them were chasing justice - they were public relations productions to distract and cover up existing criminal activities. Few were ever held accountable.

 Philip Giraldi, former counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer, in writing about the current Epstein story, wonders:


With an election year coming up, the Democrats would hardly want the public to be reminded of Bill’s [Clinton] exploits, but one has to wonder where and how deep the investigation might go. There is also a possible Donald Trump angle.....

Selective inquiries into wrongdoing to include intense finger pointing are the name of the game in Washington, and the affaire Epstein also has all the hallmarks of a major espionage case, possibly tied to Israel. Unless Epstein is an extremely sick pedophile who enjoys watching films of other men screwing twelve-year-old girls the whole filming procedure smacks of a sophisticated intelligence service compiling material to blackmail prominent politicians and other public figures. Those blackmailed would undoubtedly in most cases cooperate with the foreign government involved to avoid a major scandal. It is called recruiting “agents of influence.” That is how intelligence agencies work and it is what they do.

The New York Times reported yesterday that:

Investigators discovered a safe in Jeffrey Epstein’s Manhattan mansion that held “piles of cash,” diamonds and an expired passport from a foreign country which had Mr. Epstein’s photo but a fake name and said he lived in Saudi Arabia.
Prosecutors revealed the safe’s contents as they argued on Monday in Federal District Court in Manhattan that Mr. Epstein should be denied bail before his sex-trafficking and conspiracy trial because he was a flight risk and a danger to the community.

Obviously Epstein is indeed a flight risk if the court allows him to post bail.  This case has all the makings of a real summer blockbuster.  One can imagine that behind the scenes big wheels are turning hard and fast in order to attempt to keep this story from blowing sky high.

It is up to the public to demand truth and justice for the young women who have long suffered at the ugly hands of fat cats like Epstein and the other names in his little black book.

Bruce

Monday, July 15, 2019

Growing disgust with endless wars

A recent opinion poll shows the majority of American veterans think foreign wars were not worth fighting. RT spoke to one such person, who says his tours in Iraq and Afghanistan served weapons manufacturers and not people.

“These wars were unjust, illegal, immoral, should never have happened,” Will Griffin, who is now an anti-war activist and organizer, told RT. He said that would be true regardless of any poll.

America’s growing disillusionment with endless military deployments on foreign soil was highlighted in a Pew Research Center report on Wednesday. The polling agency said 64 percent of veterans in the US thought the war in Iraq was not worth fighting. The same answer was given about Afghanistan, the longest war in America’s history, by 58 percent of those polled.

Griffin said one didn’t need to look deep to see that engagements in the Middle East were reprehensible and senseless.

“More civilians have died than enemy combatants. Veteran suicides are at all-time high. There are no schools or hospitals being built in these countries. More bombs are being dropped. And terrorist organizations have risen exponentially since 2011. So every goal that we had going in to Iraq and Afghanistan have failed by every single measure,” he explained.

As a veteran, he knows well the feeling of guilt that one can bring back from a deployment.

“The things that we did were very bad and evil things. I spent two years in combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan,” he said. “As a mechanic I most certainly worked on vehicles that killed people over there. Who they killed I do not know.”

He said after returning home and educating himself he realized that he was basically cheated into believing that his military service was justified.

“I never served or provided service to the American people or the people of Iraq or the people of Afghanistan. Who I did serve were the corporations, the weapons manufacturers and the politicians, who benefited their careers off of these wars and off of the lives of my fellow soldiers and innocent civilians,” he said.

~ Will Griffin is a Global Network board member and lives in Philadelphia, PA.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Cracking down on Stone



The office of a Ukrainian TV channel, which has been complaining about threats coming from nationalists [fascists] over its editorial policy, was attacked overnight with a grenade launcher.

Now just ask yourself, who is directing this operation to suppress Stone's film about the US-NATO orchestrated coup in Kiev in 2014?

Russiagate is the public relations answer to this desperate empire's disastrous chess move in Ukraine.
Sadly both parties in Washington have their dirty hands in the Kiev cookie jar.  Getting them out will be a challenge and a huge necessity.

Bruce

PS Thanks to those signing the stop funding of weapons to Ukraine petition that was initiated by a Lugansk labor leader.  The numbers are steadily climbing but most important is that people are seeing this issue (many for the first time) and deciding to give it some time and energy.  Here is one example at Gar Smith's (former editor of Earth Island Journal) site called Environmentalists Against War.

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