Ape Goes to the CAIA Rally Feat. D. Rovics Jan 24, 2015

Date 2015-01-25

Went down to check out David Rovics and the CAIA crew in Victoria demonstrating against the sustained abuse of the rights of Palestinians and impunity of the Israeli state.

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dave Lindorff, Ingmar Lee, Andy Worthington Jan. 21, 2015

Date 2015-01-23

Though the Kouachi brothers, suspected of carrying out the January 7th Charlie Hebdo newspaper attack in Paris, are in the headlines now it is another attack by a pair of brothers that will get the front pages in coming weeks. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who along with his brother, Tamerlan is accused of placing bombs at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon is readying for trial. Separated by almost two years, and thousands of miles, the Boston and Paris cases share eerie similarities. Dave Lindorff is an award-winning investigative reporter, long-time muckraker, and founder of the online news site, ThisCan'tBeHappening.net. He's also author of the books, '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 segment. And; frequently perception trumps reality. This is just the case in British Columbia, where most of the province's environmentally concerned citizens believe the coast is protected from disasters like Alaska's Exxon Valdez oil spill by a moratorium on tanker traffic. Not so. Most are too unaware of a regularly scheduled route plied along the inside passage by the Nathan E. Stewart, a 10,000-ton pusher tug/tanker; that's oil tanker. Ingmar Lee is a resident of BC's central coast. He's a long-time environmental defender from Vancouver Island who has taken on forestry practices, water safety issues in the Nanaimo watershed, and the oil extraction industry among other issues. He and a group of intrepids too maintained a tree-sit at Cathedral Grove for two years; the only thing standing between the ancient stand and Macmillan Bloedel's plan to make a parking lot of much of it. Ingmar Lee and getting to the bottom of the Nathan E. Stewart before its cargo makes it into the Salish Sea in the second segment. And; as he has since 2011, Andy Worthington again crossed the U.S. in 2015, marking another infamous anniversary of America's gulag at Guantánamo Bay with a speaking tour. A long-time justice advocate for the inmates of Guantánamo Bay, Worthington is also a journalist and author whose book titles include: 'Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo,' and 'The Guantánamo Files: Stories of 774 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison.' He also co-directed the film, 'Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo.' Andy Worthington advocating for the release of all Camp X-Ray's remaining prisoners in the final segment. And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus, Janine Bandcroft is away on business so won't join us today. So first up, Dave Lindorff and the strange case of the Tsarnaev brothers.

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, David Rovics, Kim Ives, Janine Bandcroft Jan. 14, 2105

Date 2015-01-15

Though the 2016 election in the US is still a long ways off, it's never too soon to start campaigning. In fact, some would argue campaigning has all but replaced the grinding, tedious task of actually governing altogether. With an eye firmly fixed on the electoral horizon, America's next president-elect will be holding forth next week, bringing his message right here to Victoria! That's correct, inveterate American activist singer/songwriter in the tradition of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger David Rovics is breaking new electoral ground by taking the highly unusual, (and strategically questionable) step of beginning his run for president in a foreign country. Top that Obama!!! Over the years, David has played at demos too numerous to count for myriad issues both universal and circumstantial, and he'll be at the famed Norway House a week Friday playing his stump speech and other current samplings from his considerable songbook. Troubadour and presidential hopeful, David Rovics in the first half. And; Monday marked the fifth anniversary of the earthquake that devastated much of Haiti. This week, the people are in the streets, facing the guns and batons of both the thuggish, RCMP-trained police, and the infamous UN Blue Helmets, remembered locally for shooting up Cite Soleil and aiding the equally thuggish "dictator" president Michel "Sweet Micky" Martelly. If the January 12th, 2010 7.0 magnitude quake was disastrous, worse was in store for the Haitian people; and their suffering continues yet. Five years later, thousands have died due to disease and exposure, while hundreds of thousands more remain essentially homeless, and the entire population exists beneath the shadow of a foreign occupier whose soldiers are responsible for an ongoing litany of crimes committed with effective impunity. Kim Ives is founder of, and contributing editor to, Haiti Liberté, a newspaper with offices in Haiti and New York, has more than twenty years experience reporting with the paper, Haiti Progrès and hosts the weekly WBAI New York radio program, 'Haiti: The Struggle Continues.' Ives is also a filmmaker who has collaborated on many films documenting human rights abuses, trade struggle, and conflicts between the island's peasant farmers and corrupt State enterprises, and has contributed to the books, 'Dangerous Crossroads,' 'The Haiti Files,' and Haiti: A Slave Revolution.' Kim has appeared on international news programs promoting the cause of Haiti's disenfranchised, and traveled Canada and the U.S delivering lectures on the situation there. He flew out of Haiti just this morning. Kim Ives fresh out of Haiti and live from Miami 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 some of the good things going on in and around our city in the coming week and beyond. But first, Running with the next president of the United States, David Rovics.

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Kathy Kelly, Kelly Carson, Joan Russow Jan. 7, 2015

Date 2015-01-08

Welcome to 2015! Christmas Day past, American president Obama announced the cessation of the US "combat mission" in Afghanistan, saying, "the longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion." Part of that "responsible conclusion" is the inclusion of thousands of American forces who will, the president reassures: "[M]aintain a limited military presence in Afghanistan to train, advise and assist Afghan forces and to conduct counterterrorism operations against the remnants of al Qaeda." Those "counterterrorism operations" will doubtless include the continuation of aerial drone attacks, those anonymous assassinations from above responsible by some estimates for more than 28 innocents killed for every "terrorist" targeted; points left out of the president's press release. Two week prior to Mr. Obama's Hawaiian Christmas address, Kathy Kelly was sentenced by a federal magistrate in a Jefferson City, Missouri court to three months in federal penitentiary for her trespasses against Whitman Air Force Base, but one home to the US military's drone program. Kelly is a long-time peace and justice activist, who has braved America's notorious judicial system many times before. She has lived amongst the people in Afghanistan too, feeling first hand the brunt of poverty and war there, and says of her conviction, "I’m educated and humbled by experiences talking with people who’ve been trapped and impoverished by U.S. warfare." Adding, "The U.S. prison system also traps and impoverishes people. In coming months, I’ll surely learn more about who goes to prison and why." Kathy Kelly is recipient of numerous awards for her peace service, including: Three nominations for the Nobel Peace prize; the Bradford-O'Neill Medallion for Social Justice; Oscar Romero Award; War Resisters League Peace Award; The Chomsky Award of the Justice Studies Association, and more. She's also co-founder of Voices in the Wilderness and Voices for Creative Nonviolence, has written too many essays and articles to relate, co-authored the book, 'Prisoners on Purpose: a Peacemakers Guide to Jails and Prison,' and wrote the book, 'Other Lands Have Dreams: from Baghdad to Pekin Prison.' Kathy Kelly in the first half. And; over the weekend, citizens concerned about the decision by Oak Bay mayor and council to begin a deer cull marched to its leafy municipal hall to voice their collective objection to the scheme that would see more than twenty of the animals trapped and killed. The decision to carry out the controversial program was made late in 2013, designed to be enacted any time after January, 2015. Kelly Carson is spokesperson for DeerSafe Victoria, and says the Oak Bay plan is merely the beginning of a larger plan to eradicate deer across municipalities on the lower island. Kelly Carson and collapsing the clover trap on Oak Bay's deer population cullers in the second half. And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft is called away so will not be joining us at the bottom of the hour today, but vows she will return! So first up, Kathy Kelly, guilty of "criminal trespass to a military installation," preparing her return to prison.

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Ape Goes to the DeerSafeVictoria Rally Jan. 3, 2015

Date 2015-01-04

Went down to the DeerSafeVictoria rally in Oak Bay. The leafy municipality is set to begin a cull of the endemic deer population. Here's what opponents say; "We know that Oak Bay is going ahead with a clover trap/bolt gun kill of 25 deer in January 2015. Naturally they will not be announcing when the killing will take place. DeerSafe will be holding a rally at City Hall on Oak Bay Avenue on Saturday, January 3, 2015 between 1 pm and 3 pm. Some signs will be provided, but please feel free to bring a heartfelt sign of your own. It is not too late for Oak Bay to do the right thing. They could ask the CRD to renew the Regional Deer Management Strategy, with meaningful research into non-lethal management. The council recently agreed to a few more deer crossing signs, but stopped short of implementing lower speed limits. "Public education" included linking to two awareness pamphlets on the CRD website to Oak Bay's website! A $300 fine for feeding deer and raised fence heights were the only other conflict mitigation measures that the council undertook. The price tag is $1000 per deer, and we should be asking the Oak Bay council why that was a prohibitive price when the topic was immunocontraception. "

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