Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Alexandra Morton, Jon Elmer, Janine Bandcroft Jan. 28, 2013

This week: Much has been written about the demise of Canada’s fisheries, on both coasts. Accusations of gross incompetence on the part of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, greed on the part of local fishers and canneries, and foreign over-fishing are all cited as reasons contributing to the crash of the cod down East. A familiar, confused casting of blame exists here too to explain away the fading of the Pacific salmon and herring.

While not precluding the role rampant corporate greed, or the insurmountable ignorance and consistent incompetence of the DFO has played, long-time West Coast marine research scientist and ecology defender, Alexandra Morton wants to make one thing perfectly clear: The undoing of the Pacific wild salmon was no mistake. In her recent article, ‘Salmon Feedlots – this was not a mistake,’ Morton revisits the chronicles of the wild salmon’s betrayal kept by the United Fisherman’s and Allied Workers Union in their newspaper, ‘The Fisherman.’

What’s revealed there is a corporate and government conspiracy amounting to a genus-cide and undoing of a way of life for both First Nations and settler fishing communities dependent on salmon, and an infinitely greater crime committed against an entire ecosystem.

Alexandra Morton in the first half.

And; Israel held elections last week. The results surprised many, but more surprising yet perhaps is analysis of what the elections mean for Israel’s, and the Middle East’s future. Jon Elmer is a Canadian freelance photo-journalist who has lived in and reported from Occupied Palestine for more than a decade. His work appears at Al Jazeera, the Inter Press Service, and Electronic Intifada among others. He’s also appeared in myriad magazines and contributed chapters to several books covering the middle east.
Jon Elmer and what future for Israel/Palestine 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 what’s going on on the streets of our city and beyond. But first, Alexandra Morton and the Great Fish Lot Plot’s killing of the ocean commons in Canada.

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, Nick Turse, Janine Bandcroft Jan 21, 2013

American Army general, Norman Schwarzkopf’s death last month provides perfect illustration of the perfidy of today’s press and the ‘memory hole’ culture it promotes. Orwell would certainly recognize the irony of Mr. Obama’s televised lament for an “American original” lost.

The president assured the Schwarzkopfs, Stormin’ Norman’s legacy would “endure in a nation that is more secure because of his patriotic service” and the press faithfully toed that Obama line, uniformly forgetting to mention the vast and bloody train following the general’s “service,” or acknowledge what that service reveals about the nation’s true nature.

From the fields of Vietnam, with a hop-over in Grenada, Norman rode the Anglo-American tide of conquest, his career cresting as a five-star pitchman for the storming of Hussein’s Iraq, (the first time around). More important though than the somewhat vanquishment of Saddam, the general’s real service to the nation, according to President George H.W. Bush, was the instrumental role he played in defeating “Vietnam Syndrome,” the dread disease manifesting as fits of public conscience, slowing progress for America’s military century.

Regarding the American people’s acceptance of a largely defenseless Iraq being pounded into rubble in 1991, H.W. Bush observed; “The specter of Vietnam has been buried forever in the desert sands of the Arabian peninsula.” There too, America’s conscience is apparently buried.

Nick Turse is a journalist, editor, and author whose investigations of American war crimes in Vietnam garnered him the Ridenhour Prize for Reportorial Distinction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a fellowship at Harvard. He’s published in the LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and at The Nation, among other places, and currently serves as managing editor at TomDispatch.com.

Turse’s book titles include: ‘The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Life,’ ‘The Changing Face of Empire: Special Ops, Drones, Spies, Proxy Fighters, Secret Bases, and Cyber Warfare,’ ‘The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan,’ and his latest, ‘Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam.’

Nick Turse in the first segment.

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 town’s streets, and beyond. And, if you’ve listened these last couple Mondays, you’ll know I’ve been in Cuba, and Janine minded Gorilla Radio.We’ll talk about what I missed here, impressions freshly made in Cuba, and music just found out there in the second half.

But first, journalist and author, Nick Turse on the real America in Vietnam.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook and Janine Bandcroft Zero 12 Year-Ender

Welcome to GR’s annual Year-Ender show. 2012 has come and nearly gone in record fashion. There were earth shaking events, sea and sky raking tempests, and e’er the sound of the pipes O’ war heard ‘cross t’ hill and dale in many a-land and yonder.

End of year updates, countdowns, and lists upon lists are surely found aplenty elsewhere, so this year, just here, we’d rather than look back at the year’s top repeated stories, peer instead, a la Project Censored at deserving stories that received less, little, or no coverage.

And, we’ll feature music and nonsense.

Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will too pop by at the bottom of the hour to ring in and wave out the new and old years. But first, a little music to set the calendrical tone from the Red Hot Chilli Pipers with Robbie Burns’ annual paean to the passing year, Auld Lang Syne.

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/

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