Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Sandra Finley, Jon Elmer, J9 Cinqo de Mayo

This week, Canadian citizen, Sandra Finley going against the numbers with the Canadian census; Jon Elmer keeping watch on the Palestinian genocide; Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed with all that’s good going-on in and around the south island in the coming week.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Kevin Neish, J9 and music by David Rovics Apr. 28, 2008

This week: Kevin Neish on the Fernwood Community Association’s long struggle with City Hall coming to a head; Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed on good local goings-on in the coming week; and Songs for Mahmud: the music of David Rovics.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Joan Russow Apr. 21, 2008

Joan Russow on watching the Security and Prosperity Partners in New Orleans

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Andrea Licata Apr. 21, 2008i

Andrea Licata is an Italian scholar, author, and campaigner against both Air Base Aviano and the proliferation of American and NATO military bases spreading around the world

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Mordecai Briemberg Apr. 14, 2008

Last summer media activists in Vancouver ran a mock version of CanWest Global organ, The Vancouver Sun. The phony front page was secreted into legitimate mail boxes around the city, and slipped into newstands stacks and onto public meeting info. tables. It’s the second hijacking of the Sun’s masthead, a previous crew pulling off the stunt in 2002 without consequence, but this time around CanWest is determined to see this matter in court.

The national media Goliath filed suits against a group it believes responsible for the faux edition, (and for good measure, they filed too against the small printing house allegedly used to run off the offending copies).

Chiefly named is long-time Vancouver peace and justice activist, radio producer, author, and critic of Israeli policy in Palestine and the Middle East, Mordecai Briemberg.

Mordecai Briemberg and getting serious about free speech in Canada in the second half.

And; Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with all that’s good to do in and around Victoria in the coming week. But first, Howard Zinn and what the classroom fails to teach you about American Empire.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Howard Zinn Apr. 14, 2008

History is ended the orators for America’s new century extolled upon George W. Bush’s assumption of the throne in January 2001. In some ways the notion has proved correct; history will of course continue ’til comeuppance day, but the nature of the nation is changed. Today, America represents not a bastion of individual freedoms and expression, the protector and purveyor of Democracy, but a rapacious agent of corporate greed and criminality around the planet, a law unto itself: An empire.

Howard Zinn is an American historian, educator, playwright, activist and author. Among his more than twenty books published are: ‘Artists in Times of War,’ ‘The Cold War and the University,’ ‘Declarations of Indepedence,’ ‘Disobedience and Democracy,’ the best-selling ‘A People’s History of the United States,’ and his autobiography, ‘You Can’t be Neutral on a Moving Train,’ (also adapted as a documentary film).

Zinn is the recipient of numerous awards, citations, and accolades for his decades-long dedication to the People’s cause, including: the Courage of Conscience Award, the Thomas Merton, Eugene Debs, and Upton Sinclair Awards, the American Historical Association’s Beveridge Prize for best English-language book on American History for his debut title, ‘La Guardia in Congress,’ and the Haven’s Center Award for Lifetime Contribution to Critical Scholarship. His theatrical works include: ‘Daughter of Venus,’ ‘Emma,’ and ‘Marx in Soho.’

Howard Zinn’s newest book release is, ‘A People’s History of American Empire.’ Howard Zinn in the first half.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Raed Jarrar, Justin Podur, J9 – Apr. 7, 2008

This week, Iraqi ex-patriot, Raed Jarrar and the five things you must know to understand Iraq; Toronto-based writer and analyst, Justin Podur and Ontario’s new Injun’ Wars; Janine Bandcroft bringing us up to speed with good goings-on in and around Victoria in the coming week.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook – Mike Palecek, J9 Mar. 31, 2008

This week, American novelist Mike Palecek on his latest release, Iowa Terror, a walk with the Western Canada Wilderness Committee and a couple thousand friends in Victoria, and Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed on good goings-on in and around the lower island in the coming week.

bare mtn. assay mar. 30

Vancouver Island environmental activist Ingmar Lee, chairman of the newly formed, Bare Mountain Bonanza Mining concern conducts his first assaying survey of the contentious lands on and surrounding Spaet “Bear” Mountain. The lands are slated for hyper-development by the LGB9 corporation and its partners.

WCWC rally march 29

A walk through the Western Canada Wilderness Committee march and rally to protect B.C.’s forests and the lumber jobs depending on a healthy and sustainable forestry policy; something sadly lacking in ‘The Best Place on Earth’ today.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook – Roger Annis Mar. 24, 2008

last month, to much fanfare, the Campbell government announced their 2008 budget. Remarkably, that budget contains North America’s first carbon tax. The tax has been well received in some environmental quarters, but is this carbon tax all it pretends to be? Roger Annis is a trade unionist and social activist and member of Vancouver’s Stopwar.ca coalition. He’s looked into the details behind the Liberal’s newly turned green leaf.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Monte Paulsen, Jennifer Andison, Dru Oja Jay, J9 Mar. 17, 2008

This week; journalist and author, Monte Paulsen on Vancouver’s crisis before the Olympics; Jennifer Andison on the controversial Bear Mountain project and Langford City’s attempt to erase Canada’s freedom of speech protections; Dru Oja Jay and taking ‘The Dominion’ on the road; and Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed with good goings-on in and around Victoria in the coming week.

Gorilla Radio's FunDrive '08 with Chris Cook, Chris Genovali, Roger Annis, J9 Mar. 10

Today marks Gorilla Radio's tenth FunDrive. Every one of those ten years, the station met its fundraising goals thanks to you. This year we've set our sights high, but we've got a few more days to go…we'll leave the usual format, etc… Janine Bandcroft is with me in the studio, and Chris Genovali of the Raincoast Conservation Society will be here to discuss the B.C. Liberal's budget and its rich diggings for B.C.'s oil and gas industry, and trade unionist and social activist, Roger Annis on the upcoming Parliamentary vote on Canada's involvement in Afghanistan. And there'll be music and more for Gorilla Radio's 2008 FunDrive show today.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Laura Flanders, Jack Layton, J9 Mar. 3, 2008

Elections and rumours of elections are happening everywhere: Tony Blair despatched to a virtual Suzerainty in the Middle East, to make room for his successor, the Claudius-like Gordon Brown, currently drooling over the tribes of Britain; John Howard, stalwart Washington emissary in the Pacific, gone to be replaced by Howard-Lite “liberal” Labour Party leader, Kevin Rudd in Australia; the sycophantic Conservative Party’s Stephen Harper, whose minority government tongue for now replaces “Liberal” party predecessor, Paul Martin’s on the emperor’s boot; and of course ‘Le Grand Spectacle’ U.S. presidential pageant, running already interminably over-long, and not due to conclude for another eight months time.

Add to these the marginal races of Russia, Africa, South America, Kosovo, et cetera, and it begins to seem we Earthlings are truly living in Democracy’s Golden Age. But, how true the glitter of this gilded cage?

Laura Flanders is a journalist and author whose book titles include: ‘Bush Women: Tales of a Cynical Species,’ ‘Real Majority, Media Minority: The Costs of Sidelining Women in Reporting’ and contributed an essay on Hillary Clinton included in ‘The Contenders;’ she also served as editor of the anthology, ‘The W. Effect: Bush’s War on Women,’ and her latest book is, ‘Blue Grit: Making Impossible, Improbable, and Inspirational Political Change in America.’

Laura Flanders is also the host of Air America Radio’s, Radio Nation, heard around America on the Air America network, and around the world over XM Satellite.

Laura Flanders and getting on your political grit for Mission Improbable in the first half.

And; though they seldom vote, ‘The Homeless’ are the fastest growing constituency in Canada. More than a quarter of a million Canadian citizens are estimated to now have no fixed address. Many thousands occupy shelters, sofas, cars, jails and out-buildings, while thousands more call the cold streets and alleys of the nation home.

It’s a crisis across the country, though besides occassional lip service, and half-assed ameliorative measures, all levels of government are so far failing to adequately come to grips with this crisis.

Jack Layton is a long-time political scholar and social activist, leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, and author, whose titles include: ‘Speaking Out: Ideas That Work For Canadians,’ ‘Speaking Out Louder,’ and his latest, ‘Homelessness: The Making and Unmaking of a Crisis.’

Jack Layton and addressing Canada’s unaddressed in the second half.

And; Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with all that’s good to do in and around Victoria in the coming week. But first, Laura Flanders and blue grit for a rum, red America.