Taylor-Report.com - July 2014

July 2014

July 28th, 2014: - Listen | Download

Gaza - Je me souviens (I remember). A Colonial War: The Israeli settler state against Arab dispossessed.

Featured Guest(s):
Robin Philpot, Stephen Gowans,

Robin Philpot reports on-site from a Montreal protest against Israel's attack on Gaza. Phil and Robin discuss the positions of federal and provincial political parties on the attacks.

Many in Quebec oppose the occupation and support self-determination: they understand colonialism.

Phil also describes the diplomatic spat between Israel and Brazil, and the initiative for a new Freedom Flotilla.

Stephen Gowans of "What's Left" gives the background needed to understand the current Israeli siege against Gaza, including the unbalanced 1947 UN partition plan and the 1948 proclamation of Israel on four-fifths of Palestinian territory.

Gowans explains how Israel violated the last ceasefire agreement and then blamed Hamas. He highlights the goals of the Palestinian majority, and discusses his latest article, "White House Says Obama Culpable in Gaza Massacre."

Gowans uses irony to show that Obama is actually guilty of what he (without evidence) accuses Putin -providing weapons to the side doing the slaughtering."


July 21st, 2014: - Listen | Download

The Pitfalls of Peacekeeping. Cuba's Rebellion Day. Gaza under brutal Israeli Military Attack.

Featured Guest(s):
Peter Robinson, Morteza Gorgzadeh,

Phil interviews Peter Robinson, an American International Criminal Lawyer who has argued cases at the Hague, the ICTY and ICTR. Robinson defended the peace-seeking Joseph Nzirorera, former President of the Rwanda National Assembly, at the ICTR.

Robinson notes the ICTR trials were not legitimate: They were a political process instead of a judicial, legal process. Phil and Peter also discuss the "Genocide Fax."

Morteza Gorgzadeh discusses a Toronto July 26th celebration. The event is dedicated to memory of Nelson Mandela and to the Cuban Five Anti-Terrorist Heroes. The storming of the Moncada barracks gave impetus for the whole country to come together to fight the Revolution under the leadership of Fidel Castro. The celebration reflects the underlying struggle to bring down racist apartheid regimes.

The Cuban Five Gerardo's statement: "It will take a jury of millions to free the Five."

Phil Taylor and Phil Conlon discuss international support for Palestinians in Gaza --Belfast, Scotland, Wales, Chile, Venezuela. Will the support stand strong or waver until the next attack?


July 14th, 2014: - Listen | Download

Israel pounds Gaza mercilessly - where is the world? Common Struggles Bond

Featured Guest(s):
Ehab Lotayef, Andres Soto,

The situation is as bad as any of us can imagine - an indiscriminate attack on civilians that isn't letting go. Four Canadian M.P.s were in Israel, and took shelter during an air raid siren. But have any been in Palestine?

Canadian and US cities unite to fight for environmental, economic and social justice against the oil companies and the railroads that haul increasingly dangerous types of crude. Soto primarily focuses on his area, the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, CA. Money rules in local elections, buying the silence of non-profits and targeting the KPFA Morning Mix (now in the afternoon) which Soto alternately hosts.


July 7th, 2014: - Listen | Download

Lac-Mégantic Rail Tragedy One Year Anniversary. How Quebec bookstores survived. Workers rights, human rights and the responsibility to stop wars

Featured Guest(s):
Robin Philpot,

The Taylor Report remembers a wonderful figure from the international labour movement, Dave Feikert. Feikert was a mine worker official and labour safety expert, and friend of China.

Phil Taylor, Phil Conlon and Robin Philpot discuss the Lac-Mégantic railway tragedy, the increase in carloads of crude oil from 144 carloads in 2007 to 127,924 carloads in 2013, the new Liberal leadership that is considering reversing the current Québec ban against fracking, the export of oil from the tar-sands in Alberta, and privatization/profits trumping people's rights and environmental integrity.

Montreal-based publisher Robin Philpot (Baraka Books) explains that Quebec has survived the bookstore demise due to its regulation (certified publishers, bookstores, distributors) and 100 percent Quebec ownership. Half of Canadian books are sold in Quebec which has only 23 percent of the Canadian population. Regulating the market, which guarantees sales to institutions, and legislating fixed prices are necessary for the survival of bookstores. They also discuss the cultural value of books, as in the example of Mick Lowe's "The Raids."

The two Phils discuss cultural wars, including the censoring of the 1954 film "Salt of the Earth," concerning the struggle of New Mexico miners. Women and children picketed after male miners were banned from picketing.

Conlon and Taylor also discuss Wal-Mart's battle with Quebec's workers, and the disgusting spectacle of Human Rights Watch (HRW) promoting sectarian conflict in the Middle East.

Is Human Rights Watch now joining the Saudi sectarian war in the Middle East?