Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Theresa Wolfwood, Barbara Hay, Jon Elmer, Janine Bandcroft Oct. 21, 2013

War and Peace: In our modern world, the black and white prospect of these seemingly diametrically opposed states of being is often convoluted and obscured into a grey area we’re assured we can’t come to grips with.

We’re told, nuance and complexity has transited War far from the Hell of our conventional understanding into a condition of Grace; a place where “police actions” and “interventions” are not War at all, but responsibilities more properly to be regarded as a kind of Peace. So it is, in these last years where one “humane” military attack has followed the other, Peace itself has become a long, killing train procession paid at a bloody, if regrettable, price that promises no end.

Theresa Wolfwood and Barbara Hay are members of Women in Black Victoria, B.C., the local chapter of an international collective of women who stand silent vigil throughout the year in remembrance of the victims of human rights abuses. First formed by Arab and Israeli women in response to the violent oppression of Palestinians during the 1988 Intifada, Women in Black are now found throughout the world bearing witness to injustice, and working together as activists for real Peace.

A part of that work here is the White Poppy for Peace initiative, started by the legions of widows of that Great War, and continued nearly a century after the end of the “War to End All War.”

Theresa Wolfwood and Barbara Hay in the first half.

And; last week, Canadian prisoners of Egypt’s Junta regime, Dr. Tarek Loubani and documentary filmmaker, John Greyson landed safely at Pearson International having endured 50 days in captivity. Held without charge, upon their release the pair related tales of beatings and routine mistreatment. As bad as that treatment was, it can be safely assumed; as high-profile foreigners they got off easier than their Egyptian cell-mates. The Loubani/Greyson case highlights the sea change in Egyptian life since the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood and its controversial president Mohamed Morsi; he still being held incommunicado and awaiting trial. The tumult in Egypt is merely the latest development in the fast-moving transformation of the political dynamic of the entire region; a transformation whose full effect is a matter of intense speculation both there and on this side of the Atlantic.

Jon Elmer is a Canadian writer and photojournalist specializing in the Middle East, and on Canadian foreign and military policy. He’s lived in and reported from Occupied Palestine for the better part of the last decade, (based primarily in Jenin, Bethlehem, and Gaza City) and has also reported from more than a dozen countries from Nepal and Western Sahara, to the Basque country, and here in Canada. His articles and photographs are featured at the Journal of Palestine Studies, Le Monde diplomatique, The Progressive, and Al Jazeera English among others, and he contributed, with Anthony Fenton, to the book, ‘Empire’s Ally: Canada in Afghanistan.’

Jon Elmer and seasons of change in the Middle East in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what’s going on on the streets of our city, and beyond. But first, Theresa Wolfwood and Barbara Hay and the Women in Black’s White Poppy for Peace initiative.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm 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/

G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media.

GR Goes to Diplomat of the Revolution Oct. 17-13

Consul General of Cuba in Toronto, Javier Domokos Ruiz spoke in Victoria last week on the Int’l Day to Eradicate Poverty at an event titled, Diplomats of the Revolution. Though Ruiz’ Venezuelan and El Salvadoran counterparts failed to show, the intrepid Cuban carried the day. Thanks to Randy and the BCGEU for helping make the event possible. – Christina

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Darlene Anderson, Kevin Neish, Janine Bandcroft Oct. 14, 2013

With considerably less fanfare than deployed announcing the awarding of warship contracts to Vancouver and Victoria Shipyards last week, in March of this year the “Harper Government’s” Ministry of Public Works and Government Services Canada quietly inked a near $40 million deal with Tervita Corporation for the remediation of the Esquimalt Graving Docks.

The Graving Dock has, for more than 85 years now, dumped all manner of industrial pollution into the harbour, with scant attention paid to either the environmental damage they were doing then, or the price to be paid by future generations. Well, the bill is coming due now, and the clean-up is commencing. It could be a news story, but – and, it’s an enormous but – there’s a problem: Just where does one dispose of a near-century’s worth of toxic sludge?

If you live in the Highlands, the community nestled high above the western reaches of Victoria you likely already know; the hundreds of dump trucks transiting the narrow and barely graded roads winding through the normally tranquil woods there is the answer. And the issue goes much deeper than the surface traffic.

Darlene Sanderson is a Highlands resident who, along with the Victoria chapter of the Council of Canadians is trying to put a stop to the dumping before what they fear will be irreversible damage is done to their local ecology, and to the water table it sits above.

Darlene Sanderson in the first half.

And; intrepid local peace and justice activist, Kevin Neish has just returned from his latest sojourn into dangerous territory. Kevin has over last few decades served as a human shield and human rights observer in some of the most dangerous places, in their most dangerous times.

In the late 1980’s he was in Guatemala, protecting the opposition group RUOG and Nobel Peace laureate to be, Rigoberta Menchu as they returned from exile for peace talks. In the 90’s Kevin watched the polls as El Salvador achingly moved towards democracy; and, more recently he travelled to Colombia to make the Colombian government aware the world was watching its treatment of union and peasant leaders held within that country’s squalid prison system.

But it is Kevin Neish’s long dedication to the cause of the Palestinian people over the last dozen years, travelling to Bethlehem and Gaza to brave the brutality of the Israeli Occupation Forces, and surviving its harrowing and lethal May 31, 2010 attack against the Turkish aid ship, Mavi Marmara, (and participation on a subsequent aid flotilla sailing) that may inspire most.

Kevin’s has spent the most of this year in Gaza, his return delayed this last time by the turmoil in neighbouring Egypt that brought the profoundly anti-Palestine military Junta into power.

Kevin Neish home from Gaza in the second half.

And Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news from our city’s streets and beyond. But first, Darlene Sanderson and a toxic dump too near and too far in the Highlands.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm 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 Victoria’s 2nd March Against Monsanto Oct 12, 2013

The news corporate bio-engineering giant, Monsanto shared a Nobel prize this year did nothing to diminish the enthusiasm of the global campaign to bring down the company millions see as a malevolent force in the world. Several hundreds of those came out in Victoria to March Against Monsanto for the second time this year.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Layla AbdelRahim, Maude Barlow, Janine Bandcroft Oct. 7, 2013

Autumn is truly upon us as, along with shorter days, longer rains, and the falling leaves, that other of the Season's sure harbingers here at the University is evidenced by the lengthening processions of students, chattering to and fro between classes.

It's often said by well-meaning defenders of education, "the young are our future," as if those studious youngsters possessed neither their own present, nor could they expect to enjoy the agency of present in times to come. It's merely a turn of phrase, some might say; but how else do we understand the world and human society within the greater world if not through turns of phrases; phrases drummed into us relentlessly; tattoo-like schooled incantations marking the shared indoctrination we call education?

Layla AbdelRahim is an academic, philosopher, and activist lecturer. A comparatist anthropologist, her study of the narratives of civilization and wilderness contribute to both the fields of literary and cultural studies, and to animal studies, philosophy, sociology, anarcho-primitivist thought, epistemology, and the critique of civilization and education. AbdelRahim views the quickening collapse of diversity within the Earth's bio-systems, and environmental degradation as functions of monoculturalism and anthropocentric utilitarian exploitation; an exploitation necessarily effecting first how we humans view the world.

She is also the author of the books, 'Children’s Literature, Domestication, and Social Foundation: Narratives of Civilization and Wilderness,' and 'Wild Children – Domesticated Dreams: Civilization and the Birth of Education,' studies of the "civilized need for the domestication of children as resources."

Layla AbdelRahim will be here in Victoria next Tuesday, October 15th at Camas Books presenting 'What’s in a Class? On Reproduction of Gender, Species, and Ethnicity as Categories for Labour and Consumption,' a discussion examining how we learn to know and relate to the natural world, and just what the nature, method and purpose of that learning is.

Layla AbdelRahim in the first half.

And; activist, national chairperson for the Council of Canadians and best-selling author, Maude Barlow was in Victoria over the weekend, taking part in the PowerShift environmental confab. Maude also took the opportunity while here to present 'Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever,' the newly released third in her Blue trilogy of books looking into the global water crisis.

Maude Barlow and a stage being set for unprecedented drought, mass starvation, and the migration of millions leaving parched lands in search of water in the second half.

And; Victoria Street News publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster in her own right, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of the good things going on in and around the city, and further afield too.

But first, Layla AbdelRahim and "What's in a Class?"

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm 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/

G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media.

Ape Goes to Maude Barlow Blue Future Oct. 7, 13

Went down to see Maude in Victoria talking about her latest, ‘Blue Future.’ Sadly, technical difficulties prevented me from getting the whole show, but here’s a bit of what Maude had to say. Below is the blurb for her book tour. – Ape
New book by Maude Barlow on global water crisis solutions to be published this month
Media Release
September 9, 2013

The final book in Maude Barlow’s Blue trilogy, Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever is a powerful, penetrating, and timely look at the global water crisis — and what we can do to prevent it. Barlow will be speaking at events from coast to coast in a series of book launches in October.

The global water crisis has dramatically deepened. The stage is being set for drought on an unprecedented scale, mass starvation, and the migration of millions of refugees leaving parched lands in search of water. The story does not need to end in tragedy.

In Blue Future (to be published on September 28), international bestselling author Maude Barlow offers solutions to the global water crisis based on four simple principles:

Principle One: Water Is a Human Right chronicles the long fight to have the human right to water recognized and the powerful players still impeding this progress.
Principle Two: Water Is a Common Heritage and Public Trust argues that water must not become a commodity to be bought and sold on the open market.
Principle Three: Water Has Rights Too makes the case for the protection of source water and the need to make our human laws compatible with those of nature.
Principle Four: Water Will Teach Us How to Live Together urges us to come together around a common threat — the end of water — and find a way to live more lightly on this planet.

The final installment in Barlow’s Blue trilogy, Blue Future includes inspiring stories of struggle and resistance from marginalized communities, as well as examples of government policies that work for people and the planet. A call to action to create a water-secure world, it is, in the end, a book of hope.

About the Author:

Maude BarlowMaude Barlow is the author of sixteen books, including the international bestsellers Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Threat of the World’s Water (co-written with Tony Clarke) and Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water. She is currently the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians. She served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly and was a leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right by the UN. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

Advance praise for Blue Future:

“We are water — it inflates our cells, dissolves nutrients, transports materials, and enables metabolism. Once again, Maude Barlow delivers an urgent warning that we are treating this priceless liquid in ways that are unjust, unhealthy, unsustainable, and suicidal.” — David Suzuki, Scientist, Environmentalist, and Broadcaster.

“As clear as a pristine mountain stream, Maude Barlow lays out a practical and inspiring vision for how we can defend water — the source of all life — from the forces of death. For decades Barlow has been on the front lines of this critical battle and her insights on how water can serve as our guide to a more just, sustainable world are a gift to us all.” — Naomi Klein, Author of The Shock Doctrine

“Maude Barlow first establishes water as a human right, and then takes us through the titanic struggle, country by country, to make that right come alive. It’s jolting, compelling, astonishingly comprehensive, and beautifully organized. No one but Maude could have written this tour de force.” — Stephen Lewis, Author of Race Against Time

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Carol Linnitt, Steve Anderson, Janine Bandcroft S30, 2013

If J.R.R. Tolkien’s Mordor, with its fantastical population of Ringwraiths, Orcs, and Trolls strikes a chord in the popular imagination today, it may be due to a recognition, however unconscious, of the transcendence of greed and selfishness as the motif governing our modern world, and the ever ratcheting up of social and environmental injustice needed to sustain it.

But for British Columbians, Mordor, Land of Shadows is much more than metaphor, it is the very real prospect of a great fouling of our lands, air, and waters by the distant, Alberta-Across-the Mountain’s Tar Sands project.

Carol Linnitt is a research fellow and Site Manager and Director of Research for DeSmogBlog Canada, an organization dedicated to: “clear[ing] the PR pollution that is preventing us from having sensible public conversations about critical issues around the environment, social justice and the economy.”

With a core team of on-line news and opinion producers, and a broad spectrum of guest contributors, DeSmogBlog focuses on analysis of what they see as a deterioration of public discourse on issues of science and the environment in this country, in order to: “[E]xplore solutions for cleaning up Canada’s polluted public square.” Carol is also a doctoral student, right here at UVic, in the English, and Cultural, Social and Political Thought programs.

Carol Linnitt in the first half.

And; approaching the fourteenth anniversary of the Battle of Seattle, that famed convergence of the Orcs, Ringwraiths, and Trolls of international capital gathered to ratify the Multilateral Agreement on Investment, or MAI, arrayed against the forces of civil society, organized labour, student unions, and a variety of unaligned anarchist collectives determined to stop them, little has changed. The TPP, or Trans-Pacific Partnership is the latest manifestation of that creeping effort to undermine social governance in favour of an international Corporatocracy, and as with its MAI predecessor, the deal-making going on behind closed doors is barely known to most of those whose lives it promises to radically effect.

Steve Anderson is founder and Executive Director of OpenMedia.ca, the award-winning civic engagement organization behind some of the most successful internet and emerging communications technology campaigns. Steve is an open Internet advocate and commentator, whose writing has appeared in print outlets like The Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, and National Post, and in a variety of on-line publications too. Steve is a contributing author to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives book, ‘The Internet Tree,’ and publishes his blog at OpenMedia.ca.

Steve Anderson and what the Trans-Pacific Partnership could mean for how you access and use the Internet in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of the good things going on on the streets of our city, and beyond. But first, Carol Linnitt and B.C. looking east to Mordor coming.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm 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, Jay Hartling, Heather, Marsh, Janine Bandcroft Sept 23, 2013

If there's anything good to say about America's foreign policy focus on the Middle East in recent years it is the relative absence of its meddling presence in Latin America. Though still referred to in Washington as its "back yard," countries like Venezuela, Bolivia, and Nicaragua have had a chance to flourish in the absence of their northern gardeners, whose grounds-keeping in the 1980's is still remembered there, if not here, as a dark age of death squad terrors and hopelessness.

Nowhere perhaps was that more true than in the tiny Central American nation of El Salvador, where the infamous killing of Archbishop Oscar Romero and brutal murder of four nuns focused the world's appalled attention.

Yes, it's been a halcyon period this last decade or so without Tio Gringo around, but as the coup in Honduras, and repeated attempts to overthrow the Bolivarians in Venezuela instruct: America's attention is never too far from turning back to its "back yard."

Jay Hartling is an independent journalist, broadcaster, and community development volunteer with the UN Development Program and International Labor Organization, where she advises on indigenous rights and natural resource conflicts. She's a graduate of SFU's Latin American Studies program, and has a Master's Degree in Public Policy garnered right here at UVic. Jay is currently working in El Salvador with the Vice-President’s Commission on Social Justice, but will be here in Victoria this week for an event hosted by the Central America Support Committee, or CASC, to kick off the first of this season's Cafe Simpatico meetings, speaking on 'Change in Latin America.'

Jay Hartling in the first half.

And; it's been a dozen years since America unleashed its fury upon the impoverished nation of Afghanistan. In that time, uncounted thousands have perished, been mangled, orphaned, and rendered homeless. More than 150 Canadians have died too fighting there, with many more than we know being wounded. But, one Canadian casualty case is unique. Omar Khadr was a child of 15 when U.S. Special Forces descended on the mountain compound where he happened to be living. They came after a barrage, guns blazing, killing everyone, everything that moved. When the dust settled, Omar was found, grievously wounded and begging to be put out of his misery. It was those pleas, made in perfect, Canadian English that spared his life. His life since though has been a Kafkaesque nightmare of torture and imprisonment in two of the world's most notorious prisons; and his ordeal persists still, more than eleven years after it began.

Heather Marsh is a journalist, human rights activist, and author of the book, 'Binding Chaos,' an examination of mass collaboration. She served as editor-in-chief of WL Central when that Wikileaks site first released the Guantánamo files, and is currently the national spokesperson for the Free Omar Khadr group in Canada, spending her time writing, speaking, and advocating for Omar's release.

Heather Marsh and the ongoing case of Omar Khadr, an injustice festering yet at the heart of Canadian Justice in the second half.
[Omar Khadr is scheduled to make his first public court appearance Monday]

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what's good to do in and around the city.

But first; Jay Hartling and changes good and not so much so in Latin America.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm 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 Gold Fever – Q and A

Gold, an obsession of men and nations; a symbol of wealth and power. But for Diodora, Gregoria, Crisanta and the people living near the Marlin Mine in Guatemala’s highlands, gold represents oppression, intimidation, pollution and even murder. With the rising price of gold, the mine’s owner, Goldcorp, posts record profits, while these courageous women live in resistance to the mine’s unstoppable hunger.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Jamie Kneen, Saul Landau, Janine Bandcroft Sept. 16, 2013

What happens when a gold rush is rejected? That’s what’s happening in countries around the world, where the people living near, or on top of prized resources are choosing to leave the minerals in the ground, preferring to preserve the waters, wildlands, and agricultural heritage trans-national capital would undermine.

Just one such instance is the resistance to a Canadian-listed mining corporation’s proposed operation in the Apuseni Mountains of western Romania.

According to ROARMAG.org, Toronto Stock Exchange-listed Gabriel Resources’ plans to open the biggest open-pit mining project in Europe which would, quote:

“[E]rase the village of RoÅŸia Montană and four mountain tops, only to be replaced by a lake full of cyanide. […] What will be next is a regional environmental catastrophe, with extremely high chances of toxic contamination across Romania, Hungary, the Danube River and even the Black Sea.”

Jamie Kneen is Communications and Outreach Coordinator with MiningWatch Canada, a quote:

“pan-Canadian initiative supported by environmental, social justice, Aboriginal and labour organizations from across the country.” There he provides “strategic support and advice for campaigns, consultation and negotiation efforts for MiningWatch members and partners.” Jamie has more than twenty years experience in environmental impact assessment, mining, and indigenous rights work.

Jamie Kneen in the first half.

And; in 2001 five Cuban nationals risked their lives infiltrating US-based terrorist networks mounting operations against Cuba from Miami, where Cuban exiles boasted of attacks targeting hotels, airliners, and merchant shipping. When details of these plots was revealed to the FBI by the Cuban government, the Americans responding by arresting not the suspected terrorists, but the Cuban agents watching them!

Saul Landau died last week, but not before leaving a legacy of more than 40 films in a career most concerned with human dignity and the rights of the downtrodden. He was in Victoria last in 2011 to screen his last film, ‘Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up,’ which, quote:

“Chronicles half a century of hostile US-Cuba relations by telling the story of the Cuban Five, intelligence agents sent to penetrate Cuban exile terrorist groups in Miami and now serving long prison sentences.”

Saul was an emeritus senior fellow at Berkeley, and is sadly missed by Cuba and all those his work touched over the decades. I spoke to Saul just prior to his appearance at UVic. Presente! Saul Landau in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us from a remote location at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what’s good going on on Victoria’s streets and beyond. But first, Jamie Kneen and all that doesn’t glitter; Romania’s gold rush discontent.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm 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, Zoe Blunt, David Ellis, Janine Bandcroft Sept 9, 2013

Autumn comes again to Victoria, and as well as the changing colours in the trees, the Fall also marks the traditional move indoors where people can again get together and get active. But where some of us take the Summer to recharge our batteries, others work all year round to protect our wild places, ’cause the rusting souls scheming to take it never sleep. Just such a group are the ever-vigilant Victoria Forest Action Network, who have worked for years to keep the wild lands wild. As their website, forestaction.wikidot.com reminds:

“In 2012 and 2013, VIC FAN sponsored the Caravan to Unis’tot’en Camp to help block tar sands and fracking pipelines. Surveying and clearing on the pipeline route has been delayed for a year. In 2011 we defeated a massive (and illegal) vacation-home subdivision near China Beach.”

And it goes on… Vic Fan is getting ready to host a fundraising bash this coming Saturday, September 14th right here in the Student Union Building of the University of Victoria to further fund their efforts to stand before the bulldozers and those behind them. VIC FAN says it is;

“100% volunteer, autonomous, anti-racist, feminist and fierce” and they promise, “[a]ll of the proceeds raised go directly to our projects.”

Zoe Blunt is a long-time South Island-based environmental defender and activist/organizer. Zoe’s past campaigns with Wild Coast, VicFAN and other organized manifestations include: an attempt to forestall the so-called Bear Mountain development, (a failed effort that culminated spectacularly in a massive SWAT team assault on three tree-sitters at the site of the long-derelict but soon-to-be-revived Spencer Road overpass); the successful turn-around of mega-developer at large, Ender Ilkay’s Marine Trail Resort; conducting activist and non-violent resistance workshops; and participation with the Caravan to Wet-suwet-‘en, an annual congregation at the planned site of the pipeline confluence for the controversial Pacific Trail Pipeline project. Blunt was also instrumental in convincing VanCity’s ethical investments arm to disinvest itself of Enbridge-related investment vehicles.

Zoe Blunt and an Untamed Cabaret for the Wild Coast in the first half.

And; itinerant book dealer, David Ellis has spent most of the last twenty years travelling from town to town selling rare books. When a sixty year old book detailing the construction of the first trans-mountain oil pipeline spanning the Rockies came into his hands, he says; “It opened my eyes.” The book piqued his curiosity, so he hiked along the route of the pipeline, and what he found there shocked. Since, Ellis has been a man a-fire, warning all who would listen of the impending disaster the Trans Mountain poses to the environment. And he’s already been proven right.

David Ellis and selling the oily pipeline snake with snake oil in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher editor and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with what’s going on in and around Victoria, and beyond, in the coming week. But first, Zoe Blunt and an Untamed night for Vic FAN and Wild Coast.ca.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm 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 Out of Syria II Demo Sept. 8, 2013

Went down to the second Out of Syria demo. at the BC Legislature lawns. It was more organized than the previous, with songs by the Raging Grannies and Art Farqueson, and speakers representing various groups presenting.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Kevin M. Gallagher, Georgia Collins, Dr. Bruce Fraser, Janine Bandcroft Sept2, 2013

It’s been almost a year since the American muckraking journalist, Barrett Brown’s arrest by the FBI. As well as his articles, published at mainstream sites like Vanity Fair, the Guardian, and The Huffington Post, Brown was too for a time an information conduit for the online hacktivist collective, Anonymous. It was likely this connection that raised his profile with the feds; that and his role in creating Project PM, an independent think-tank and wiki set up to dissect and disseminate the thousands of files retrieved from the private security contractor HBGary. Brown is still held in federal custody, waiting without bail for the commencement of his trial on charges that could see him put away for more than a century.

Kevin M. Gallagher is a Massachusetts-based writer, musician, and systems administrator. He’s also the director and founder of Free Barrett Brown, a coalition of concerned citizens who see in Brown’s case an imminent danger to the freedom of us all, and threat to all our freedoms. Free Barrett Brown.org is currently trying to raise funds for Barrett’s legal defense, and working to keep his case in the media spotlight.

Kevin M. Gallagher and the strange case of Barrett Brown in the first half.

And; residents of Shawnigan Lake and the surrounding area have fought the proposed use of South Island Aggregate’s former gravel pit as a toxic waste receptacle since the scheme was first announced. It seemed the project was sure to fail, given the overwhelming opposition to it from all sides, but BC’s Environment Ministry okay-ed the plan last month anyway. It’s a multi-generational deal that will direct millions of tons of Victoria’s toxic waste stream up and over the Malahat for the next 50 years or so. But as any school child can tell you: “What goes up must come down.”

Georgia Collins is Executive Director of the Shawnigan Basin Society and Co-Chairs the Shawnigan Watershed Roundtable. She and a hundreds of her neighbours have campaigned against the proposed dump site for months and are now regrouping to see what can be done about the Ministry of Environment’s imprimatur on this dangerous plan.

Georgia Collins in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of the good things, and otherwise, we can get up to in and around the city and beyond in the coming week. But first, Georgia Collins and greenlighting a toxic dump site in the Shawnigan Lake headwaters.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm 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 Out of Syria, Falun Gong, Sacred Headwaters Rallies Aug 31, 13

Went down to the Legislature to kick off the beginning of the Activist Season here in Victoria. First with the call is the Canadian Peace Coalition, (CPA) demanding there be no “humanitarian” intervention in Syria. Also at the Ledge were Falun Gong devotees, many from Vancouver, demonstrating their practice and leafleting passers-by with info on China’s persecution of practitioners there. And, Zoe Blunt and her friends from Weildcoast were there too, talking up the Tahtlan opposition to fracking and pipelines being driven through their lands without permission. It’s a hot-button issue here that seems destined to end badly soon.

I spoke to CPAer Dr. Joan Russow, another Joan from the Falun Gong supporters, and got a bit of tape of the Tahtlan presentation brought south by Wildcoast.ca

Here’s a bit of the CPA’s blurb.

Once again, a report about the use of Weapons of Mass Destruction is being used to justify an intervention. We are always opposed to the use of any weapons on civilians, but as was the case with the last
reports of an alleged attack, there is no conclusive proof that the attack came from the Syrian government.
Undaunted by the lack of evidence, US Secretary of State John Kerry has nevertheless declared that the US and its NATO allies will strike Syria. Any intervention by a new “coalition of the willing” will be
against international law and must be opposed.

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has said that Canada will be in “lock-step” with its NATO allies. Canadian officials are currently meeting with counterparts from France, the UK and the US to devise strategies for an intervention.
Regardless of what one thinks of either the Syrian government or of the opposition forces, we know from recent experience that:
– NATO and its allies have and will continue to lie about the use of Weapons of Mass Destruction to justify “humanitarian” intervention.
– NATO-led attacks, justified as a “responsibility to protect” (R2P) civilians, have resulted in tens of thousands of civilian deaths. The death toll from military attacks in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya can be counted in the hundreds of thousands.
– The geopolitical calculations of the NATO powers, and not the interests of ordinary people, are always the main considerations for any intervention.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Bailey Lamon, Mike Roy, Jon Elmer, Janine Bandcroft Aug. 19, 2013

It was sweltering in London, Ontario the day of their arrest. The city had issued a humidex advisory warning for the vulnerable; people very young, very old, and those with medical conditions told to stay indoors.

Mike Roy, Bailey Lamon, and Bailey’s boyfriend Dan were cooling it at home when the knock came. Opening the door, they were met by police, who presented a search warrant for someone’s alleged involvement in the painting of a single brick in a wall in an alleyway with the graffiti message:

“I’m not just another brick in the wall.”

The subsequent search turned up a bit of pot and the three were charged with possession and hustled downtown.

It would seem an extraordinary bit of policing; but, the fact Mike and Bailey were known to police already – known to them as activists and citizen journalists and the authors of the alt. news website, Indignants.org – makes this case more ominous than curious.

And, the court issued conditions demanded for their release, and what followed their arrest seems to confirm: the takedown of Mike Roy and Bailey Lamon was more about the growing movement to block the proposed eastern routing of Tar Sands-sourced diluted bitumen, or dilbit, from Alberta through Ontario and Quebec than a message scrawled on a brick in an alleyway in London.

Mike Roy and Bailey Lamon in the first half.

And; last week Egypt’s military government moved in with force to break up sit-ins that had paralyzed parts of Cairo for weeks. The blockades at strategic points in the city were initiated by members of the Muslim Brotherhood, those that had until very recently formed the first freely elected post-revolution government. The MB, as it’s popularly referred, had demonstrated outrage since the removal and arrest of its president, Mohammed Morsi by the military in June, a scant year after his electoral triumph. Last Friday, the MB put out the call for a national ‘Day of Rage’ to force the military to release Morsi and other party leaders still held incommunicado. A blood-bath ensued, immediately followed by allegations and blame coming from all quarters. Now, the many actors involved with Egyptian intrigues are attempting to forward their positions as the country seems teetering towards protracted civil conflict.

Jon Elmer is a Canadian writer and photojournalist specializing in the Middle East and Canadian foreign and military policy. He has lived in and reported from Occupied Palestine for the better part of the last decade, based primarily in Jenin, Bethlehem, and Gaza City. Jon’s also reported from more than a dozen countries, from the middle east and Nepal, to Western Sahara, the Basque country, and right here in Canada. His articles and photographs are featured in the Journal of Palestine Studies, Le Monde diplomatique, The Progressive, and Al Jazeera English among others. He is also a contributor, with Anthony Fenton, to the book, ‘Empire’s Ally: Canada in Afghanistan.’

Jon Elmer and following Egypt’s divergent lines in the sand in the second half.

And, Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what’s good to do in and around our city in the coming week. But first, Mike Roy and Bailey Lamon out of stir and more indignant than ever.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm 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/