Welcome to Springtime in Victoria! All the signs of a new season are exploding all over the city, reminding us – after a mild, but seeming overlong winter – how lucky we are to live here in this beautiful and bountiful land.
Indeed, Canadians from all corners can, even as they shovel April’s Maritime snow from the drive, give thanks for their good fortune to abide in peace, carrying out their daily routines secure in the knowledge they will not trod on a landmine, or be indiscriminately targeted for a drone-death dealt from above.
It makes it all the more reprehensible then that those purported “leaders,” those who claim to be expressing the desires of the Canadian polity, “our” Parliamentarians, can fulminate for war, societal crackdowns, (and other euphemistically expressed oppressive policies) in foreign places enjoying neither the peace, nor prosperity we so casually receive as blessings due us.
Last month, the People’s House, a place usually fraught with acrimony, quieted its bellicose disharmony to come together to condemn Venezuela’s response to violent demonstrations and attempts to overthrow the democratically elected government there. Yes, in a rare display of political unanimity, Canada’s parties are as one in their support of a nascent coup, and the demonstrably fascist forces behind it.
Camilo Cahis is National Spokesperson for the Canadian Hands Off Venezuela campaign, part of an international effort to inform the World community of the achievements of the Bolivarian revolution, that’s working to build solidarity with Venezuela’s working class, and its chronically impoverished. His recent article for Fightback – the Marxist Voice of Labour and Youth, ‘Canadian Parliament passes resolution against Bolivarian government; NDP must support the workers and poor of Venezuela’ is a damning indictment of this country’s dysfunctional democracy.
Camilo Cahis in the first half.
And; meanwhile, on the other side of the World, Canada’s duly elected representatives are vociferously supporting the overthrow of another democratically elected government, and are too supporting the demonstrably seditious – and fascist – perpetrators of the wanton murders of police and protesters alike.
Finian Cunningham is an East Africa-based freelance journalist and columnist for PressTV and the Strategic Culture Foundation. A former editor and writer for the Mirror, Irish Times, and Independent, his reporting on human rights violations is cited widely across the internet, and has earned him the enmity of despots like the government of Bahrain. Cunningham’s latest focus has been on the despots closer to home, NATO, and its self-appointed role as spearhead for neo-liberalism’s second-wave, trans-global colonial project.
Finian Cunningham, and riding the second wave of Washington’s new Surrealpolitik 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 good – and otherwise – going on around our city and beyond. But first, Camilo Cahis and the Canadian Parliament’s anti-democratic consensus.
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/