Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Walt McGinnis, Pablo Ouziel, Janine Bandcroft November 15th, 2018

A new day’s dawning in the ongoing communications revolution that has, over the last four decades, already transformed our World.

5G, or fifth generation wireless technology will, promises Canada’s Communications Research Centre, “benefit Canadian telecommunications systems, technologies, and applications.” It is, they say, a “game changer” readying us for a near future where online devices vastly outnumber the humans using them, and will enable the coming age of “The Internet of Things”.

Walt McGinnis is a Victoria-based political activist, citizen journalist and co-host of Citizens Forum, a local political affairs program.

He’s also the past president of Stop Smart Meters.ca, a citizen’s coalition to reverse BC Hydro’s imposition of the so-called “Smart Meter” without due consultation, and at great cost to British Columbians.

McGinnis’ work with Stop Smart Meters was instrumental in bringing about the 2011 moratorium on Smart Meter installation at the Convention of the Union of B.C. Municipalities. Walt’s also an electrical contractor specializing in “making the built environment safe from the harmful effects of electromagnetic radiation.”

Walt McGinnis in the first half.

And; a lot has changed in the year since Spain’s central government brought out the Gardia to violently shut down pro-independence activists in restive Catalonia; and a lot hasn’t. As it stands, Spain is still whole, though the leadership on both sides of last year’s contretemps are out of power, but resentment is more than simmering in Barcelona, heart of the Catalan independence movement, where pitched battle was seen again in the streets between old foes last week.

Dr. Pablo Ouziel is a Post-Doctoral fellow at UVic whose project in progress is, ‘Towards Democratic Responses to the Crisis of Democracy in Spain: Forms of Participatory and Representative Civic Engagement.’ He’s freshly returned from a visit to his home city of Barcelona.

Pablo Ouziel and a darkened horizon persisting for both Spain’s and European democracy in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Walt McGinnis and a 5th Generation dawning.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.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/

Ape Goes to the Mackenzie-Papineau Brigade Observance November 11, 2018

very Armistice Day, pacifists and anti-fascists meet at Victoria’s memorial for the MacKenzie-Papineau Brigade. The “Mac-Paps” are those Canadians who defied their government to travel to Spain and fight the fascists during that country’s Civil War.

Here’s what wikipedia says:

“The Mackenzie–Papineau Battalion or Mac-Paps were a battalion of Canadians who fought as part of the XV International Brigade on the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War. Except for France, no other country gave a greater proportion of its population as volunteers in Spain than Canada.[1] The first Canadians in the conflict were dispatched mainly with the U.S. Abraham Lincoln Battalion and later the North American George Washington Battalion, with about forty Canadians serving in each group. The XV International Brigade was involved in the Battle of Jarama in which nine Canadians are known to have been killed.”

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Daniel Kovalik, Ingmar Lee, Janine Bandcroft November 8th, 2018

Plowing a steady course between Washington State and Alaska, the 10,000 ton oil tankers barge through BC’s inside passage. It seems nothing can stop their relentless progress, neither First Nation objection, rumoured moratoriums, nor environmental imprecations.

Even when the predicted disasters come so close, like the sinking of the Nathan E. Stewart in 2016, and near grounding of the Jake Shearer off the Goose Islands in Hecate Strait last year, those tugs just keep chugging along, marking time towards the inevitable Exxon Valdez-sized catastrophe to come.

Ingmar Lee is a long-time, BC-based environment defender. From the Nanaimo watershed and first-growth valley bottoms of Vancouver Island, to Cathedral Grove and the threatened Sandhill Crane nesting grounds of British Columbia’s mid-coast, Ingmar has advocated for and stood between an increasingly fragile ecosystem and its government enabled big business despoilers.

He is also the creator of the 10,000 Ton Tanker Public Group that has, through sheer tenacity, towed a reluctant media and the ENGO community into its effort to have the dangerous tanker transits along this ecologically fragile, and navigationally treacherous coast stopped for good. Ingmar will be appearing at 7:30 tonight at the Roxy Theatre on Gabriola Island to talk about the tankers passing the island every two weeks.

Ingmar Lee in the first half.

And; vilify, sanction, invade and repeat; it’s the imperial routine that seems never to tire. Time and again we’ve seen Western governments focus on one country or another, label its leadership “evil doers”, the government illegitimate, and put all “options on the table” to achieve said “regime’s” necessary changing. All for the welfare of the people there, of course. It’s a game that’s been played for a long time, ‘The Great Game’ as the late British Empire knew it; but a century after the end of the Great War that ended Britannia’s global rule, has the Game of Empire finally run its course?

Daniel Kovalik is a labor and human rights lawyer, essayist, and author of the critically-acclaimed books, ‘The Plot to Scapegoat Russia’, and ‘The Plot to Attack Iran.’ The third in his “plot to” trilogy, ‘The Plot to Control the World: How the US Spent Billions to Change the Outcome of Elections Around the World‘ is fresh off the Skyhorse publishing presses and couldn’t be more timely.

Dan Kovalik and correcting the prevailing myths of Western innocence in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Ingmar Lee and shedding light on the shadowy tanker traffic plying BC’s coast. 

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.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/

Gorilla Radio Flashbacks with Chris Cook, Michael Parenti February 2, 2003

And; from GR’s wayback files, Michael Parenti from February 2003:

All that’s missing from media reports of the long-rumoured Battle of Civilizations, (coming to a TV screen near you) is Reason. Rarely mentioned, and presumably soon to be forgotten, is any information providing a context for the conflict in the middle east. Amid the rabid rhetoric emanating from the Bush administration and its media organs, you may be forgiven your struggle to make sense of it all. Michael Parenti is one of America’s most astute, and persistent critics of U.S. domestic and foreign policy. ‘Democracy for the Few’, ‘Against Empire’, and ‘History as Mystery’, are just a few of his many books.

Michael Parenti provides a bit of context for the coming storm and to discuss his newest book, ‘The Terrorism Trap: September 11 and Beyond’

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Yves Engler, Michael Parenti, Janine Bandcroft November 1st, 2018

Last week saw yet another far right government ascend the World stage. Whether neo, crypto, or proto fascist, Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro represents a further ebbing of Latin America’s so-called Pink Tide movement.

It’s a trend that’s seen political reversals already in Paraguay, Uruguay, Ecuador, Argentina, Chile, and Honduras, and now threatens the Sandinista and Bolivarian revolutions of Nicaragua and Venezuela.

The bitter fruits of this social change can be seen on the faces of the thousands currently fleeing Central America, desperate to escape the counter-revolution regimes put in place, ironically enough, through the agency of El Norte countries like ours, Canada.

Yves Engler is a Montréal-based activist, essayist, and author. His articles appear at Dissident Voice, The Palestine Chronicle, Rabble.ca, and Pacific Free Press among other places. The latest of his ten books, ‘Left, Right: Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada‘ is freshly off the presses and questions, Why, despite all evidence to the contrary, Canadians still suffer under the delusion that they and their nation’s government are “a benevolent force in the world”?

Yves will be at UVic tonight at 7pm in the Hickman Building for a presentation on, and book launch of ‘Left, Right, Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada’.

Yves Engler in the first half.

And; from GR’s wayback files, Michael Parenti from February 2003:

All that’s missing from media reports of the long-rumoured Battle of Civilizations, (coming to a TV screen near you) is Reason. Rarely mentioned, and presumably soon to be forgotten, is any information providing a context for the conflict in the middle east. Amid the rabid rhetoric emanating from the Bush administration and its media organs, you may be forgiven your struggle to make sense of it all. Michael Parenti is one of America’s most astute, and persistent critics of U.S. domestic and foreign policy. ‘Democracy for the Few’, ‘Against Empire’, and ‘History as Mystery’, are just a few of his many books.

Michael Parenti provides a bit of context for the coming storm and to discuss his newest book, ‘The Terrorism Trap: September 11 and Beyond’ in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin with some of the good things to do in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Yves Engler and marching to the Imperial beat.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.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/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Michael C. Klein, Ben Parfitt, Janine Bandcroft October 25th, 2018

Canadians are fortunate to live in a country possessing not only a thoroughly modern health care system, utilizing the best of 21st century technology, but also with legislated universal access to it. But, there’s more to good medicine than universality, or the newest next thing, and as my first guest warns: when it comes to the ultimate primary care – how Canadians come into the World – the very progress we herald in Western medicine is making birth in this country less a natural process to be celebrated than “technological experience” to be endured.

Dr. Michael C. Klein‘s long, illustrious, and varied career in medicine both inside Canada and without includes serving as clinician, administrator, researcher, and educator.

The Professor Emeritus of family practice at the University of British Columbia has practiced too in the United States, and cut his teeth in maternal medicine in exotic locales under surprising circumstances. It would take a book to do the scope of his career justice; so it’s fortunate Michael Klein is also an author. His first book, ‘Dissident Doctor: Catching Babies and Challenging the Medical Status Quo‘ tells his story, and much more besides.

Dr. Michael C. Klein in the first half.

And; last year, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives‘ BC Office reported a subsidiary of Malaysian energy giant Petronas side-stepped the law, constructing at least 16 dams to support its fracking operations without approval of the province’s Environmental Assessment Office. Now, that report’s author has discovered, rather than suffering fine or censure for its breach of the law, Progress Energy asked for, and has had granted, retroactive exemptions from environmental review for two of the dams the EAO described as “illegal works”.

Ben Parfitt is a journalist, author, and CCPA researcher specializing in energy, water, forest resources, and climate change. His just out article, ‘Dangerous Precedent: Petronas subsidiary gets free pass after building unlicensed fracking dams‘ should, more than merely outrage, serve as clarion call to all who care about the future of the province.

Ben Parfitt and a free pass for Petronas frackers in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, dissident Dr. Michael C. Klein, catching babies and challenging the medical status quo.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.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/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, John Helmer, Gregg McElroy, Janine Bandcroft October 18th, 2018

Early last week the Skripal Affair emerged the Memory Hole just long enough to pique viewer curiosity, and reiterate the anti-Russia meme, naturally.

On October 4th, seven months to the day of the now infamous Salisbury poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, Dutch Defence Minister, Ank Bijleveld held a press conference to announce the April 13th arrest of four Russian agents in the Hague, near the offices of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the body investigating the case.

As for why her ministry would make the “highly unusual” announcement, and do so nearly six months after the fact, the minister says it was necessary to:

“[S]end a clear message to the Russian military intelligence service that it must put a stop to its undermining cyber operations.”

John Helmer is a long-time, Moscow-based journalist, author, and essayist whose website, Dances with Bears is the only Russian-based news bureau “independent of single national or commercial ties.” He’s also a former political science professor who’s served as advisor to governments on three continents, and regularly lectures on Russian topics. His book titles include: ‘Uncovering Russia,’ ‘Urbanman: The Psychology of Urban Survival,’ ‘Bringing the War Home: The American Soldier in Vietnam and After,’ and ‘Drugs and Minority Oppression’, among others.

His latest article, ‘Tail Wags Dog – Did the Swiss Spiez Laboratory Report Uncovered by Russian Espionage Expose the OPCW, British Government in Faking Skripal Evidence?‘ questions both the motive and timing of the Dutch announcement.

John Helmer in the first half.

And; the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales are now reduced to only 74 members.

Gregg McElroy is with the Canadian Orca Rescue Society, and the long-time environmental frontline activist says something must be done, and done now to save the Southern Resident Orca and their habitat. With that in mind, he and the Society launched a 17 Day Vigil last week to emphasize the urgency of the situation and marshal support.

Gregg McElroy and standing for the Orca in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with this week’s Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, John Helmer and spinning the Skripal tale in the Netherlands.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.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/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Ted Smith, Jordan Reichert, Janine Bandcroft Oct. 11th, 2018

With this year’s Fall in BC comes the municipal elections. October 20th is your chance – if you’re a citizen of “majority” age, and possess the requisite identification and are registrated, or registrable – to cast votes for Mayors and council, Capital Region District directors, and School Board trustees.

Unlike the larger provincial and federal elections, candidates in these polls are not generally professional politicians, but citizen peers interested in the issues governing the way our communities run, and how the place where we live will evolve and develop in the near term. These are issues, amid the accelerated pace of change around here, of unprecedented importance.

Ted Smith is a long-time justice activist and co-founder of the Victoria Cannabis Buyer’s Club, which provides cannabis-based products to people with terminal and incurable medical conditions. Ted broke the legal trail in the medical marijuana struggle, persevering repeated harassment and arrest, and taking the case all the way to Canada’s Supreme Court – and winning!

Ted Smith in the first half.

And; Jordan Reichert is no stranger to politicking, the mental health and addictions professional, animal advocate, community organizer, and Victoria local, ran in the last federal election, and has too put himself forward for a seat on Victoria City Council this time around.

Jordan Reichert and seeking, “Public policy that reflects the values, needs, and diversity of Victoria” in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to around here in the coming week. But first, Ted Smith and “a campaign to make government more accountable and accessible to citizens.”

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.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/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Jonathan Kattab, Alison Bodine, Janine Bandcroft October 4, 2018

The meagre Western media coverage afforded The Great March of Return’s beginnings in March has now all but disappeared, so those in Canada relying on the CBC and other corporate-interested news sources may be surprised to learn, the Great March trudges on; just as does the wanton murder of its defenseless, civilian participants.

Over the weekend, Israel’s military killed seven more Palestinians, while injuring hundreds; at least 90 of those being wounded by live-bullet fire.

Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman for the Gaza Health Ministry says, 163 Gazans have died, with more than 20,000 being treated for injuries in Gaza’s threadbare hospitals.

But, it’s not only the Canadian media derelict in its duty; when it comes to Gaza, Canada’s government, including opposition parties in the House of Commons, remains almost entirely silent.

Jonathan Kuttab is a human rights lawyer practicing in East Jerusalem. He is the co-founder of the organizations: Al Haq, the first international human rights legal organization in Palestine; The Palestinian Center for the Study of Non-Violence (now Non-Violence International); and The Mandela Institute for Prisoners. He is also a founding director of Just Peace Advocates/Mouvement pour une Paix Juste, a Canadian-based international law/human rights not-for-profit organization.

Jonathan is currently on a cross-Canada speaking tour. He spoke last night in Comox, and will be in Victoria tonight at 7pm presenting, ‘The future of Jerusalem in the time of Trump’ at UVic’s David Turpin Building.

Jonathan Kuttab in the first half.

And; though Canada daily abrogates its international treaty-mandated duty to protect the human rights of Gazans, it has not exited the World stage altogether. The country boasting, “a consistently strong voice for the protection of human rights and the advancement of democratic values…” has adopted, along with its trade partners, the modern siege method, imposing economic sanctions against the democratically elected government of Venezuela.

Most Canadians would doubtless blanch at the hypocrisy of their nation’s position, if only they knew the depth of its profundity. But, there again is where the CBC and its corporate media cohorts come in – or fail to do so.

Alison Bodine is Coordinator of the Fire This Time Movement for Social Justice’s Venezuela Solidarity Campaign. The long-time antiwar and social justice activist is too a researcher and writer for the Fire This Time! monthly newspaper.

Alison Bodine and Canada as democracy’s arsonist in Venezuela in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin for some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Jonathan Kuttab and the future of Palestine at a crossroads.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.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/