Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dahr Jamail, Nader Hasan, Apr. 22, 2015

Date 2015-04-23

Happy Earth Day! Hard to believe, but it's been five Earth Days since the Deepwater Horizon exploded, rupturing the pipeline to millions of gallons of sub-seabed oil. The subsequent fouling of the Gulf of Mexico killed unknowable numbers of creatures across the biome, and virtually destroyed a way of life for those in the region making their living from the sea. Even today, years after the fact, the region still bears the scars of the "spill", as do the thousands who worked cleaning up the Deepwater Horizon's aftermath. Dahr Jamail is an Olympic peninsula-based freelance journalist and author, whose book titles include: 'The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan,' 'Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Iraq,' and the contributed chapter, "Killing the Intellectual Class" for the anthology, 'Cultural Cleansing in Iraq: Why Museums Were Looted, Libraries Burned and Academics Murdered.' Jamail is also a Truthout staff reporter, and his latest book, 'The Mass Destruction of Iraq: Why It Is Happening, and Who Is Responsible' is co-written with Truthout founding editor, William Rivers Pitt. Among Dahr’s many journalism awards are: the 2008 Martha Gellhorn Award for Journalism, The Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship, the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, the Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage, and four Project Censored awards. His work has appeared at Truthout, The Guardian, Foreign Policy in Focus, Le Monde, and the Inter Press Service, among many others, and at his website, DahrJamail.net. In 2010, Dahr applied the same rigorous determination to reveal the truth of the Iraq War to the global environmental crisis, focusing on anthropogenic climate disruption, including the emblematic Deepwater Horizon disaster. Dahr Jamail in the first half. And; from the Gulf of Mexico to the eastern Pacific, to the Beaufort Sea, and Hibernia, North America is ringed from coast to coast to coast with offshore oil interests determined to have their way come Hell or deep water. The latest target of Big Oil's interest is Baffin Bay's Davis Strait, where the Norwegian company, Petroleum Geo-Services Inc. has received the blessing of Canada's National Energy Board, or NEB, to begin seismic testing for oil and gas believed to lay beneath the ocean bottom there. But there is a small problem; the Inuit community of Clyde River is opposed to Petroleum Geo-Services' plan to deploy high-decibel sound blasting equipment in their fishing grounds. They believe the testing will harm the wildlife they depend on for their livelihood, and they've taken the NEB to Canada's courts to prove it. For its part, the NEB says it initiated, quote: "[A] lengthy, detailed, open process that was well designed to share and gather information to hear and take into account the concerns put forward by the applicants." Hearings began Monday in Toronto. Nader Hasan is lead attorney for the plaintiffs of Clyde River. Hasan specializes in constitutional and human rights cases brought against government and police and has acted for victims of police abuse, the wrongfully convicted and asylum seekers. A partner with the prestigious Toronto law firm, Ruby Shiller Chan Hasan, Nader also maintains an active appellate practice. He's also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the U. of Toronto's Faculty of Law, where he teaches on crime and punishment, and lectures on civil liberties issues. An associate editor of the Canadian Rights Reporter, Nader Hasan is also co-author, with Clayton Ruby and Gerald Chan of the book 'Sentencing,' and co-authored with Chan a forthcoming book on privacy rights and digital technology. Nader Hasan and the village of Clyde River taking a stand against the petro-giants in the second half. And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus Janine Bandcroft has been called away on a vital mission, and won't be joining us at the bottom of the hour. So first up, Dahr Jamail on Earth Days past, and those to come.

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Gorilla Radio Flashbacks with Chris Cook, Chalmers Johnson May 28, 2007

Date 2015-04-20

Is America at the end of its imperial road? - Chalmers Johnson, author and former agent of the government of the United States of America thinks so. Johnson's newly released book, 'Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic,' completes his trilogy chronicling the end days of America's Century, accompanying 'Blowback,' and 'The Sorrows of Empire.' Chalmers Johnson and 'Evil Empire: Is Imperial Liquidation Possible for America?'

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Ape Goes to the Stop Bill C-51 Rally in Victoria Apr. 18, 2015

Date 2015-04-19

Went down to the demonstration...Here's the local organizer's release on today's march against the Police-State policies the Harper government will likely sign into law before May Day 2015. - Ape Bill C-51 is coming up for its third and final vote in the House of Commons when Parliament resumes on April 20th. We're having another Canada-wide Day of Action on April 18th, with the Victoria event beginning in Millie's Lane, right next to Odeon Alley, on Yates St. (between Douglas and Blanshard). We will meet here at Noon and from there we will be going to Centennial Square where we will have a Block (C-51) Party! Join us for speakers, updates and rallying! Last month saw a beautiful day of solidarity across the entire country. Victoria's turnout was well over 2000 people - a massive accomplishment for a city its size. In the wake of the Day of Action, amendments started being made, as people hit the streets and stood in solidarity with each other against the government's proposed "Anti-Terrorism" legislation - which threatens the rights and freedoms of all in Canada. Politicians were forced to listen up. Liberal support for the Bill started wavering. We are so close! United, we can defeat this. On April 18th, join in solidarity with people across Canada in a family-friendly, peaceful demonstration for our democratic rights. For further information, contact us: Visit http://www.stopbillc51.ca/ Email: stop.c51.victoria@gmail.com Twitter: @StopC51Victoria

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dave Lindorff, Ramona de Graaf, Janine Bandcroft Apr. 15, 2015

Date 2015-04-16

Seems the hits are coming one a minute in the Home of the Brave. Following months of protests over the police killings of unarmed men of colour, last week revealed another inexplicable use of deadly force by a policeman in North Charlston, who shot dead a fifty year old man fleeing a traffic stop. As with the Eric Garner case - remember the "I Can't Breathe" demonstrations? - a bystander captured Walter Scott's violent death on a cell phone. Different this time though was the murder charge leveled against the officer who shot Scott five times. These too numerous tragedies, and the reaching critical point of the country's mass incarceration prison system, is prompting many in the US to question the state of American Justice. Dave Lindorff is a long-time, muckraking journalist, author, broadcaster, and founder of ThisCantBeHappening.net, a website that has, since 2004 taken on the task of filling some of the vast investigative vacuum in what passes sadly today for journalism. As Dave says, he realized, "[I]t would take more than one journalist to cause any significant degree of affliction" so he approached, and has now been joined by three "long-time friends, political comrades and colleagues" John Grant, Linn Washington and Charles M. Young. Dave's book titles include: 'This Can't Be Happening! Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy,' 'Marketplace Medicine: The Rise of the For Profit Hospital Chains,' 'Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal,' and co-authored with Barbara Olshansky 'The Case for Impeachment: Legal Arguments for Removing President George W. Bush'. Dave Lindorff in the first half. And; for years disparate voices on Canada's west coast have warned of the dangers of increasing oil tanker traffic here. But it wasn't the feared Exxon Valdez II mega-spill that struck last week, just the banal refueling of a brand new freighter by an inexperienced crew that fouled Vancouver's crown jewel, English Bay with thousands of litres of bunker oil. The Keystone Kops-like response to the spill by the agencies presumably responsible, and the turgid media performance by the federal government in its dismal aftermath have reinforced fears of what is truly at stake for the environment, as petro-state Canada ramps up industrialization here in the Salish Sea. Ramona de Graaf is a marine biologist specializing in forage fish. She earned her Bachelors of Science degree right here at UVic, and her Masters at UBC. She now serves as Executive Director and Coordinator of the Sea Watch Society, adjunct to the BC Shore Spawners Alliance, and is the Principal of Emerald Sea Biological. She's focused her studies these last years on the population genetics of bay pipefish, their eelgrass habitat, and is Primary researcher for other marine intertidal spawning forage fish, like the surf smelt and Pacific sand lance. Queen of the Smelts, Ramona de Graaf and the effects of introduced petroleum products on marine life in the second segment. And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of good goings-on from our city's streets and beyond for the coming week. But first, Dave Lindorff and American Justice's burgeoning crisis of confidence. Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. And now heard at Simon Fraser University's http://www.cjsf.ca . He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Anthony Fenton, Gail Davidson, Janine Bandcroft Apr. 8, 2015

Date 2015-04-09

As wars and rumours of war continue, the so-called Obama Doctrine requires a level-eyed assessment. That "doctrine," as experienced in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, consists of arming everyone you believe an enemy of your enemy, and hoping for the best! The result is disaster multiplied everywhere it is applied. Chaos, destruction, and death outright, with homelessness, hunger, and disease waiting in the wings. The ideals and best intentions of the project Washington and its allies intone mean nothing to the people caught in the maelstrom; their only hope is for the fighting to stop. But thousands of miles removed from the suffering, the Pentagon, as announced yesterday in the Wall Street Journal, is readying for more war, "expediting" arms shipments to Saudi Arabia and its allies in the GCC to replenish their depleted stocks. Anthony Fenton is an independent researcher, former journalist, author, and PhD candidate studying the political economy of Canada-Gulf Cooperation Council, or GCC relations. Anothony co-authored, with Yves Engler, 'Canada in Haiti: Waging War on the Poor Majority,' and his many articles have been featured by the Asia Times Online, The Dominion, Foreign Policy in Focus, Inter Press Service News, Mother Jones, and Upside Down World. Anthony Fenton in the first half. And; were he an independent actor, perhaps Canada's prime minister would have a doctrine named for him too; but as it stands, quisling Stephen Harper's foreign policy is dictated to him from Washington, and elsewhere. What Mr. Harper's handlers are telling him to do is entangle Canada in war-fighting in the Middle East, regardless of the consequences, and in spite of the damage that does to both the locals living beneath the barrage, and Canada's international reputation. Gail Davidson is a Member of the Law Society of British Columbia and founder of 'Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada.' An outspoken critic of the war against Afghanistan and those that have followed, Gail, and the international organization, Lawyers Against War, have argued against the legal "justifications" of the so-called Global War on Terror, and call for the arrest of the criminals waging them. Gail Davidson examining the thin ice beneath Stephen Harper's assumptions of war-making legitimacy in the second half. And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of good things to do on our city's streets, and beyond there too, in the coming week. But first, Anthony Fenton and Yemen; next in The Long War's crucible. Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. And now heard at Simon Fraser University's http://www.cjsf.ca . He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

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