Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, William Blum, Joe Foy, Janine Bandcroft Feb. 3, 2016

Date 2016-02-04

Welcome to the official beginnings of America's full on hurly-burly, hurdy gurdy, election season. In case you're just returned from your extraterrestrial vacation, the Iowa caucus kicked off the 2016 democracy pageant Monday, and despite the escalating insanity of American political life since the first era of hope in the 1960's, this year seems by orders of magnitude the zaniest poll in living memory; really one for the books. William Blum has been writing books chronicling the progress of his native America through the World for more than four decades. Leaving his State Department job with the Johnson administration, Bill became a founding editor of the Washington Free Press, the Capitol's first "alternative newspaper." He's also worked as a freelance journalist, filing stories from Europe, (notably collaborating with former CIA operative, Philip Agee) and in the Americas, with an extended stay in post-Allende Chile. William Blum's book, Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II, from which his website, KillingHope.org takes its name, was first published in 1995 and is cited by Noam Chomsky as “far and away the best book on the topic.” Blum's other titles include: 'West-Bloc Dissident: A Cold War Memoir,' 'America’s Deadliest Export: Democracy – The Truth About U.S. Foreign Policy and Everything Else,' 'Freeing the World to Death: Essays on the American Empire,' and 'Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower.' William Blum in the first half. And; last week, the environmental organization, Wilderness Committee won in BC's Supreme Court a ruling throwing out a defamation suit brought by extractive industry heavy weight, Taseko Mines. In what the CBC reported as a "strongly worded" decision, Supreme court Justice Gordon Funt ordered Taseko pay "special costs." Wilderness Committee National Policy Director, Gwen Barlee expressed relief over the court win, saying “It’s time for British Columbia to enact anti-SLAPP legislation to prevent this from happening again.” Joe Foy is the Wilderness Committee's National Campaign Director, and joins us in the second half. And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio braodcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us newz of the coming week from our city's streets, and beyond there too. But first, William Blum and the American election crucible fires lit.

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Joyce Nelson, Andy Worthington, Janine Bandcroft January 27, 2016

Date 2016-01-28

Despite decades of abuse, and now the daily revelations of the criminal mismanagement of Flint, Michigan's water supply, the Great Lakes and its tributaries are still viewed by industry, government, and sadly the citizenry at large, as a vast toilet, ready and able to handle all our societal effluence. The latest to offer up its downstream product for the Lakes' biosphere is Ontario Power Generation, who hope to make for eternal inclusion there a nuclear waste dump next to Lake Huron. And, bad news: in the waning days of the unlamented Stephen Harper regime past, the project was approved. But that's just the beginning of the story. Joyce Nelson is an award-winning Canadian freelance writer/researcher whose articles appear in the Watershed Sentinel and at CounterPunch.org. Nelson is also an author, some of whose book titles include: 'The Perfect Machine: TV in the Nuclear Age,' 'Sultans of Sleaze: Public Relations and the Media,' 'Sign Crimes/Road Kill: From Mediascape to Landscape,' and the poetry chapbook, 'Battlefronts.' Her recent article at CounterPunch.org, 'Great Lakes Nuclear Waste Dump: The Battle Continues' examines the combatants in the far from done deal to dump nuclear waste within a stone's skip of Lake Huron. Joyce Nelson in the first half. And; as Barak Obama winds down his second and last term the inmates at the prison he promised to close down on day one of his presidency languish at Guantánamo Bay yet. And, as he has since 2011, Andy Worthington again crossed the Atlantic this year to mark still another anniversary of America's Gitmo gulag. He was joined in New York by legendary musician and long-time justice advocate, Roger Waters in calling for the release of those remaining in the prison and to kick off the US leg of the Close Guantánamo Campaign. 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 is too co-director of the film, 'Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo.' Andy Worthington and an end in sight finally for Camp X-Ray's remaining prisoners 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 newz of good goings on for the coming week upon the streets of our town, and beyond there too. But first, enjoining Joyce Nelson and the Great Lakes nuclear battle at the Lake called Huron.

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, John LaForge, Matt Peppe, Janine Bandcroft Jan 20, 2016

Date 2016-01-21

Last week, international sanctions against Iran's civilian nuclear program were finally dropped. Despite no evidence of nuclear weapons development, the embattled country's agreement to stringent International Atomic Energy Agency conditions allows it join - in a still limited way - the World economy. It all goes a long way in ensuring the IAEA's mission of "Atoms for Peace." But, what about those other atoms in other countries that are clearly not devoted to peace? The United States of America, chief amongst Iran's prosecutors, is the planet's single-largest repository of veritable nuclear weaponry, yet it suffers no sanction, or onerous inspection requirements. And why, a quarter century after the fall of its Cold War nemesis, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, is America still pursuing a policy of nuclear weapons development anyway? John LaForge is a long-time staffer at Nukewatch, the Wisconsin-based nuclear watchdog and environmental justice group, whose countless articles on the topic have appeared in Nukewatch's quarterly and at online sites like: New Internationalist, Z Magazine, The Progressive, Earth Island Journal and at CounterPunch.org. He's also co-editor, with Arianne S. Peterson, of the revised edition of the book, 'Nuclear Heartland: A Guide to the 450 Land-Based Missiles of the the United States.' A lot has changed since the first edition, issued in 1987 when Ronald Reagan's steely resolve rallied America, and Mikhail Gorbachov's Soviets promised imminent and total destruction, and yet America's nuclear arms program remains. John LaForge in the first half. And; President Obama delivered his final State of the Union Speech last week. It's the first step in America's transfer of power pageant, scheduled to culminate this time next year with the inauguration of Hillary Clinton, (or coronation of Donald Trump). From Honest Abe Lincoln, to Tricky Dick Nixon, the President IS for a time We the People; but how much real power does a president have in the modern context, and can that person's character exercise a moral authority potent enough to move America one way or the other? Matt Peppe's analyses of U.S. foreign policy and Latin America appear on his blog, Just the Facts, and across the internet at prominent news sites like: MintPress News, Counterpunch, Latino Rebels, Countercurrents, Global Research, Dissident Voice, and others. His recent update to the article, 'Jimmy Carter's Blood-Soaked Legacy' takes on the elder statesman's real role in a brutal period of American history, questioning both the notion of Carter as, and the practical possibility of, a "good" American president. Matte Peppe and Jimmy Carter, good president, or just another bad peanut? 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 goings on going on in and around our streets, and beyond, in the coming week. But first, John LaForge and the Nuclear Heartland, an answer to "Where have all the missiles gone...?"

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Matt Peppe Jan. 16, 2016

Date 2016-01-17

President Obama delivered his final State of the Union Speech last week. It's the first step in America's transfer of power pageant, scheduled to culminate this time next year with the inauguration of Hillary Clinton, (or coronation of Donald Trump). Despite constitutional checks and balances, for most the Executive Branch symbolizes the entirety of the World's most powerful country; and rightly or not, the individual occupying the Oval Office singly personfies that all-mighty nation. From Honest Abe Lincoln, to Tricky Dick Nixon, the President IS for a time We the People; but how much real power does a president have in the modern context, and can that person's character exercise a moral authority potent enough to move America one way or the other? Matt Peppe's analyses of U.S. foreign policy and Latin America appear on his blog, Just the Facts, and across the internet at prominent news sites like: MintPress News, Counterpunch, Latino Rebels, Countercurrents, Global Research, Dissident Voice, and others. His recent update to the article, 'Jimmy Carter's Blood-Soaked Legacy' takes on the elder statesman's real role in a brutal period of American history, questioning both the notion of Carter as, or the practical possibility of, a "good" American president. Matte Peppe and "Jimmy Carter, good president, or just another bad peanut?"

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dave Lindorff, Ken Boon, Janine Bandcroft Jan. 13, 2016

Date 2016-01-14

2016 marks incarceration year 35 for jail yard journalist, Mumia Abu-Jamal, and regardless of what anyone may think about his guilt or innocence, or the spurious nature of the State's case, or despicable way in which American Justice is generally conducted, the fact remains: Jailers are responsible for the health and well-being of those jailed. This tenet holds as true for the most clearly, undeniably guilty as for the most blatantly obvious political prisoner; as true in Nuremberg, Germany as it is in Guantanamo Bay's Camp X-Ray. In this, the State of Pennsylvania has failed Abu-Jamal, as it fails untold others imprisoned within a diseased environment that can only be described as an enforced epidemic. Dave Lindorff is an award-winning print journalist, broadcaster, and founder of the web news site, This Can't Be Happening.net, (a website that has, since 2004 taken on the task of filling some of the vast investigative journalism vacuum in American media today). He is too an author, whose titles include: 'This Can't Be Happening! Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy,' 'Marketplace Medicine: The Rise of the For Profit Hospital Chains,' and 'Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal.' Dave Lindorff in the first half. And; the local fight against the Site-C dam project precedes even Mumia Abu-Jamal's long struggle. Generations have opposed the imposition of a plan the entity called British Columbia has proposed for the area it calls the Peace River Valley. That plan would see the lives of thousands submerged by the ambitions of a few; it would see a People's history erased, and a way of life for its descendants destroyed. It is a plan that would, in effect, continue an unacceptable, unviable, and unconscionable way of thinking and acting and being on this land whose time is done. It is a dam too far, and is now more than a site, but a symbol where a line, The Line, has been drawn. Ken Boon is a farmer in the Peace, and President of the Peace Valley Landowner Association. He is currently at Rocky Mountain Fort Camp as part of the blockade to stop the crews sent there to clear a path for the Site-C dam. Ken Boon standing against the dam 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 goings on planned for the streets of our city, and beyond, in the coming week. But first; Dave Lindorff and Pennsylvania's penal system failing the humanity test.

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