Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Finian Cunningham, Douglas Jack, Janine Bandcroft July 23, 2012

This week: Piggy-backing the so-called Arab Spring of 2011, the Western press has consistently painted attacks against the Syrian state as an indigenous liberation struggle, ignoring evidence of third country involvement.

Therefore, consumers of corporate and state media are largely unaware of the role Western actors play in planning, arming, and directing those attacks – attacks that would, in any other context, be considered terrorism.

But what about those following the alternative press; are they being better served on Syria?

Finian Cunningham is a Belfast-based freelance journalist whose reports for Bahrain’s Gulf Daily News were cut short at the height of the citizen uprising there last year. He now writes a column for the Canadian-based alternative internet news source, Global Research, where he recently published an article challenging the ‘alternative” media take on the Syria conflict, specifically questioning progressive flagship program Democracy Now’s coverage.

Finian Cunningham in the first half.

And; until very recently, Canada enjoyed a reputation as a concerned global citizen, and champion for humane domestic and international policies. The ascension of Stephen Harper, and the behaviour of the late and unlamented Liberals, put finally an end to that perception, but the fact Canada’s reputation was more myth than reality is a subject rarely broached in polite Canadian society.

Douglas Ou-ee-ii-jay-ii Jack is a long-time environmental and social activist, whose work is now focused on establishing systems to provide for abundant ecological livelihoods for all. To that end, Jack founded the Sustainable Development Corporation, and created the website, Indigene Community.info.

Douglas Jack recently wrote the article, ‘Friendly Peaceful Canada Actually the Worst Place on Earth?’ offering a pointed critique of the way this country Canada operates in the world. Douglas Ou-ee-ii-jay-ii Jack and Canada punching above its weight.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour from her secret island redoubt to bring us newz from Victoria’s streetz and beyond. But first, Finian Cunningham and ‘Democracy Now and the “Progressive” Alternative Media: Valued Cheerleaders for Imperialism and War’.

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, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com

Chris Cook

Author: Chris Cook

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, on the internet at: cfuv.uvic.ca, and archived at: www.gorilla-radio.com. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/ G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media. Some past guests include: M. Shahid Alam, Joel Bakan, Maude Barlow, Ramzy Baroud, David Barsamian, Eva Bartlett, William Blum, Luciana Bohne, Helen Caldicott, Noam Chomsky, Michel Chossudovsky, Paul Cienfuegos, Jon Elmer, Yves Engler, Laura Flanders, Eva Golinger, Amy Goodman, Glenn Greenwald, Denis Halliday, Chris Hedges, Patrick Henningsen, Julia Butterfly Hill, Robert Jensen, Dahr Jamail, Chalmers Johnson, Diana Johnstone, Malalai Joya, Kathy Kelly, Naomi Klein, Frances Moore Lappe, Ingmar Lee, Dave Lindorff, Andrew Gavin Marshall, Janos Maté, Jennifer Moore, Alexandra Morton, Sharmine Narwani, Andrew Nikiforuk, Ken O'Keefe, Greg Palast, Dawn Paley, Michael Parenti, Robert Parry, John Pilger, Kevin Pina, Ted Rall, Paul Craig Roberts, John Ross, David Rovics, Danny Schechter, David Schindler, Vandana Shiva, Tim Shorrock, Norman Solomon, David Swanson, Linn Washington, Jr., Andy Worthington, Mickey Z., Howard Zinn and many others.