Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook – 2016 Year End Show Dec. 28, 2016

Welcome to GR’s Year Ender/Holiday Special. Here’s a look behind the curtain of the award-winning Gorilla Radio program.

Happy New Year’s to one and all!

1:00:00    2:00    (Fire This Time – Grant Wakefield bg) Welcome to GR, etc. Yes it’s that time of year again, wherein we leave the well-worn Gorilla Radio format to celebrate guestless the ending of the long year past, and look forward with hope and trepidation to what the New Year promises. I’ll play music, perhaps read a story, and otherwise fart and tap dance for your amusement and educational edification.

But before getting to any of all that, it’s become a tradition here over the last decade or so to begin the show with our good friend Ini Kamoze, and though the day be passed, all his Christmas wishes. Take it away Ini!

1:02:00    4:00    Ini Kamozie – All I Want for Christmas – Putumayo’s Christmas Around the World

1:06:00    3:00    (Fire this time bg) 2016: A Year So Far

You may have already watched and or listened to year-end wrap up shows. What is immediately apparent, as we approach the New Year, is a sense of doom and foreboding. Though still in the adolescence of the 21st century, there’s a definite fin de siecle vibe going, a sense that we’re at the very ends of a rope with a long drop below us. It’s an epoch’s finish kind of feeling; democracy’s end brought finally in a coup de grace delivered by a reality television clown, replete with face paint. But, and it’s an amazingly large butt, it’s not just in the Trump Republic where the modern democratic experiment is expiring. Take a look across the waters at Britain’s surveillance society where every day approaches nearer England’s greatest dystopian, George Orwell’s vision of a future he illustrated as “a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.” Regard France, the land of liberte, egalite, fraternite, where today freedom of speech is curtailed, equality before the law for the country’s dusky skinned, and Arabic named is a sad joke, while fraternity among its, and all Europe’s enlightened citizenry, becomes a more remote possibility by the day.

And speaking of brotherly love, I read a Christmas-inspired article from America the other day. In Houston, the folks at Antimedia inform, the city police forced homeless people to throw not only food donated by Food not Bombs and other caring Houstonians into a dumpster provided especially by the city for the occasion, but also their blankets, tents, gifts and any other possessions capricious authorities demanded. They did this, those trusted to serve and protect the people and the peace, as the city later explained, because: “[F]eeding the homeless food that has not been cooked in a certified kitchen could spread illness.” Adding, “Feeding the homeless is only enabling homelessness.” Merry Christmas Houston, and Happy New Year to those jurisdictions sharing Houston’s tough love philosophy, and the men and women who enforce it – you know who you are.

1:09:00    5:49    Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra – End of Days – The Blanche Album

1:15:00    3:00    (Fire this time bg) – 2016 GR Recap – Global

No matter how fast a year can pass – as they seem ever more fleetingly to do – they will always contain 52 weeks. Generally speaking, Gorilla Radio airs fifty show a year, most consisting of two interview segments, plus features, (the “features” being a music break and more often than not Janine Bandcroft’s coming events). Looking back over some of the issues covered this year makes for a long list, so I’ll condense to quick: Internationally; the ongoing war in Syria has to be the biggest single issue covered, though the lesser reported and equally egregious destruction of Yemeni society by the “good guys” deserves mention. Those white hats blasting Yemen would be America, Israel, and the Gulf Cooperation Council, or GCC nations. Officially, the GCC consists of; Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman, but the influence these country’s exert is considerably broader than the minuscule area of the planet they occupy. It seems the outraged indignation expressed by the West and their allies over Syria is an inverse ratio to the deathly silence afforded the innocents indiscriminantly slaughtered in Yemen. On the contrary, the United States, Great Britain, and the entire retinue of nations who serve as a beacon of civilization for the World to emulate, are all busy selling the bombs, bullets, missiles and muskets to better facilitate the turkey shoot there.

Meanwhile, in Syria, and recently liberated Aleppo particularly, the true nature of the West’s involvement in fomenting the nearly six year long journey into chaos the people have experienced is becoming clearer. Just last week, news of the capture of a number of GCC military “advisors” within “East” Aleppo, along with at least one Israeli officer and an American offers a glimpse of what the real game being played there is, and who the players moving the pawns on the ground are. And, just in are disturbing new reports of mass graves being unearthed in the so-called “rebel” held enclave of Aleppo, the bodies unearthed bearing signs of torture and execution. Revealed too is a Western press that, either through incompetence or blatant mendacity has mischaracterized almost every aspect of the Syria disaster from the start. Just as they have lied about Afghanistan and Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Ukraine, they are lying now about Iran, Russia and China.

1:18:00    4:00    Trans-Global Underground –  – Community Music

1:22:00    3:00    (Fire this time bg) – 2016 GR Recap – Canada on the Global Stage

Canada is, as Ottawa often reminds, a global player. “Punching beyond our weight” is just one of the tired phrases trundled from an ever-narrowing commentariat stable when regarding the nation’s role in the broader World. But, what does that mean, exactly? For all our public investment in news and information, more than a billion dollars a year to the CBC’s English language service alone, you might expect Canadians to be well informed about both the workings of the government within the country, and its doings abroad. The sad fact though is, Canadians have little more than a self-satisfying illusion of themselves as a universally welcome and widely accepted benevolent actor, roaming the frontiers of interational diplomacy in Dudley Do-Right fashion, just trying to help. As simple-minded and astonishing that kind of delusion is when juxtaposed against the actions of the United States, somehow it seems less obvious when the culprits are Canadian business and government, engaging in the same mercenary practice, in pursuit of the same venal goals.

Canadians were gifted in November of 2015 with the end of Stephen Harper’s ten year Conservative party reign. The decisive ascension of the Liberals then had the air of a second coming, led as it was by Justin Trudeau, heir to the very epitome of liberalism in the person of his father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau. But after a year in parliament, Justin is looking like just another politician, and worse, just another conservative one. On both the national and international fronts, Trudeau has differed so slightly in substance from his hated predecessor, Canada’s centre-left can expect a populist upwelling similar to the Trump surprise down south come the next election go-round. Sensing that reversal, a hoard of political screw-balls and Trumpish wannabes have crowded the Conservative party’s nominating process, making of it a circus necessarily reminiscent of the Republican experience. Front and centre is Canada’s answer to Trump’s reality teevee persona, rightist blow hard, Kevin O’Leary who while denying the parallels to the “make America great again” campaigner in the States, insists Canada is “deeply broken” and vows to “to scrape all the stupid policies out of Ottawa.” With just more than three years before the next scheduled poll it may be premature to think about elections, but considering the endless-campaign model taken hold in America, O’Leary early move may be right on time.

1:25:00    4:00    Funk Asylum –  Dinner is Ruined – GasCD

1:29:00    1:00    Cart(s)

1:30:00    3:00    (Fire this time bg) – 2016 Recap – Canada @ Home

As disappointing as the prime minister’s foreign policy has been, his first year hasn’t been great at home either. In British Columbia, Mr. Trudeau’s pre-election performance had lefties and greenies swooning at the prospect of an eco-friendly administration, ready to address climate change and beat back the threat of the pipelines slithering through the mountain passes east, across rivers and dales to the port of Burnaby. But, no extractive industry dragon slayer is Justin. Instead, it’s coal in the Christmas stockings for Lotus Land; LNG over forests, and oil on the ground and in the Salish Sea. Yes, the Liberals tossed a gnawed bone in the form of Enbridge’s doomed Northern Gateway to assuage the hippies, (an already dead-letter issue, broadly thought to be little more than a stalking horse) the real prizes all got the “good to go.” Site C dam and LNG fracked mining expansion in the northeast, and the so-called “twinning” of Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain, taproot for Alberta’s planet-killing Tar Sands ambitions to supply Asia’s Satanic Mills.

Another depletion of the new PM’s political capital comes on the heels of his star turn in Paris at the COP climate conference. The Liberal turnaround on the country’s stated Greenhouse Gas emission goals has created a glut of the same kind of cynicism that sank Clinton, when the left out left-wing of the party went elsewhere on election day. For Trudeau, upon whose shoulders alone rides the Liberal party mantle, reversals on environment, foreign policy, democratic, (remember promises to end first past the post?) and marijuana law reforms has darkened his image, face-planting his popularity numbers. Good news for the wannabe northern populists of the Conservative party, and great too for a moribund New Democrat Party, who unlike the Tories, can’t fill a phone booth with leadership hopefuls. But, this is Canada afterall and we lumber on…

1:33:00    4:00    Hawksley Workman – We Ain’t Broken Yet – Old Cheetah

1:37:00    3:00    (Fire this time bg) – 2016 Recap – BC

2016 will long be remembered as infamous by environmentalists in B.C., and as bad and potentially catastrophic for the province’s environment the greenlighting of the corrupt and inept Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain pipeline is, the most dastardly betrayal of the public trust and future well-being of both the people and wilds of British Columbia is the forwarding of the Site C megadam project in the Peace River Valley. Over the last few years I’ve hosted several guests from the region, all of whom outline a corrupted process, at best paying lip-service to the stated principles of democracy and the constitutionally guaranteed meaningful inclusion of First Nations in decision-making on projects that effect their lands and treaty rights. Site C has been buffaloed through to the stage where premier Christy Clark says it is “beyond stopping,” but still the battle goes on. Even as BC Hydro clear-cuts riparian zones along the Peace, and boots farm families from their homes, court cases are lining up. Recently, New York Times reporter, Dan Levin took a trip north to see what it was about. His article, ‘Canada’s $7 Billion Dam Tests the Limits of State Power’ lays bare the inproprieties employed by both the provincial and federal governments to take this turkey to market, but the one thing he can’t answer, and in fact no-one who looks at Site C through anything other than a purely political lens can figure out is: “Why is this project happening?” Less than two weeks before Christmas, Peace River farmer and outspoken proponent for keeping the Peace River Valley above water, Ken Boon discovered BC Hydro had taken his home and business, the family farm, into its possession, and he and his family are now merely tenants with a few short months left to pack up and get on down the road. Though his land, the same farmed by his forebears, is not slated to be submerged by the dam, Hydro says it must be mowed down for a highway, planned to accomodate increased heavy truck traffic to the fracked gas fields, and along the suspected power grid meant to service the Tar Sands. That last is supposed to be a secret, like so much of planning for Site C not for the ears of the people who will ultimately be paying for this white elephant for generations to come.

1:41:00    7:28      Deep Dark Woods – The Sun Never Shines – Winter Hours

1:49:00    3:00    (Fire this time) – 2017 Precap

As the year disappears in the mirror, now a look at how the events and trends of 2016 will influence the next year coming. The reality of the Trump presidency will be for many the first shocker of 2017. AS welcome as a cartoon character tattoo after a bender, all the rubbing in the world isn’t gonna get rid of the Donald. He’ll be there every day, relentlessly pounding you senseless, his evil defying even banality.

In the wars and rumours of wars department, Trump will find himself in the early days of his presidency, if not before the inauguration, manoevred into a hard-line position on Syria, one demanding more US boots grounded in far-flung wars, compromising his star-crossed bromance with Vladimir Putin, that sadly to be sacrificed on the altar of realpolitik. It seems the powers behind the Pennsylvania Avenue throne are determined to ratchet up a new Cold War with Russia, (and maybe China too) while continuing the decades-old “long war” rampage in western Asia.

Trump will also have to deal with his recalcitrant Pacific allies in the Philippines and Japan, and throughout a World grown weary of following the diktats of an increasingly violent and erratic America. In light of the current global zeitgeist, the U.S. could not have chosen a new leader more poorly. Trump will quickly find diplomatic bluster and sabre-rattling ill-received, and ultimately ineffective. There will be domestic war too to be dealt with, as environmental, and social justice issues allowed to fester under Obama will come to full boil – so to speak. And, laws drafted to control the internet, through draconian criminalization, and other provisions will to soon be all the news.

All in all, a good year to be a social critic, if not necessarily a comic one.

1:52:00    4:00    Neutral Milk Hotel – On Avery Island – Where You’ll Find Me

1:56:00    1:00    Thanks to J9, Christina, Blayne, and everyone and good night and good luck; upcoming.

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Eric de Place, Ken Boon December 21, 2016

Late last month, the federal Liberals okayed the Kinder Morgan TransMountain Pipeline. The contentious project would see a new pipeline built from the Tar Sands of Alberta, across the Rockies and the breadth of B.C. to Burnaby. From there, diluted bitumen would be shipped to offshore refineries, primarily in Asia.

The TransMountain would be a tough sell anyplace, but in eco-conscious British Columbia, where pipelines promise high risk for little economic return, it’s especially fractious. Then there’s the matter of just who’s behind it. Despite a massive public relations campaign being waged to assuage environmental concerns, disastrous news headlines the Texas-based Kinder Morgan has generated do little to reassure nervous British Columbians.

Eric de Place is policy director with the Washington State-based Sightline Institute, an independent, nonprofit research and communications center. He spearheads Sightline’s work on energy policy, is a leading expert on coal and oil export plans in the Pacific Northwest, and is considered an authority on a range of issues connected to fossil fuel transport, including carbon emissions, local pollution, transportation system impacts, rail policy, and economics.

Eric de Place in the first half.

And; even as Mr. Trudeau’s government throws open British Columbia’s gates to the Tar Sands fossil fuel colossus it has gone one further, allowing the Site C mega dam proceed. Site C, listeners may recall, is the project that defies both rhyme and reason, dedicated as it is to creating power no one needs for prices no one will pay, while destroying some of the finest farm land in the province, thousands of acres of the Peace River Valley. Opposed by local First Nations, farmers, ranchers, and the environmental community, even the chair of the government’s own panel, set up to rubber stamp this multi-generational white elephant, says the deal stinks.

Ken Boon is president of the Peace Valley Landowners Association. He a Peace River Valley farmer, and his family farm was recently expropriated by the BC Hydro project for a connecting highway scheme.

Ken Boon and Site C, running a river to ruin in the Peace Valley in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus, Janine Bandcroft will not be joining us this week with her usual events line up due to lack of activity this holiday week to come. So, first up, Eric de Place and “Law-Breaking, Pollution, Cover-Ups,” taking a longer look at Mr. Trudeau’ favored pipeline company.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Robert Jensen, Robert Parry, Janine Bandcroft Dec. 14, 2016

In case you’re forgetting what to think America, there’s a new nanny in town with her sights firmly set on high falutin‘ higher edjumacators trying to worm their way between the tender ears of the nation’s youth. Professor Watchlist is a wannabe thought-police outfit determined to, “fight for free speech and the right for professors to say whatever they wish” provided they keep well away from that there “radical agenda.”

Sarcasm yes, but accurate. This newly formed Group-Think tank actually hopes by “watching” professors it can wrest control of America’s post-secondary curriculum away from its centuries-old, well-worn course of unbiased, sober, and scientific investigation of knowledge and the nature of the universe – or at least deflect it in the right direction.

Robert Jensen is an author, essayist, social commentator, activist, and professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. His articles are found across the internet, and at his website, RobertWJensen.org. His latest book is, ‘The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men,’ set for publication in the New Year.

Robert Jensen in the first half.

And; though the US election is all but over, the “fake news” scandal marking its last days lives on. You remember? Vladimir Putin ginned the system, while fifth newspaper columnists and “useful idiots” on the internet carried water for the Ruskies. At its outset, the allegations were ludicrous, so much so, few serious commenters paid much mind to it; but from tiny acorns mighty oaks grow, and this little media brush fire, assiduously fanned by America’s Number Two newspaper, the Washington Post, has the potential to create a firestorm the ends of which are terrible to consider.

Robert Parry is an author, journalist, and founding editor of the pioneering online news site, Consortium News, recently named by anonymous web troll outfit, PropOrNot as a Russia stooge. Parry is an old-school investigative reporter, who broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for the Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. His latest book is, ‘America’s Stolen Narrative,’ and is available either in print or as an e-book.

Robert Parry and the ‘Hypocrisy Behind the Russian-Election Frenzy’ in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of what’s good going on on our streets and beyond in the coming week. But first, Robert Jensen and professors watching the professor watchers.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Mel A. Goodman, Dave Lindorff, Janine Bandcroft Dec 7, 2016

If November was the “stepping off” point, then December is the “hurtling towards the hard landing” of January’s Trump presidency. Libertarians, and what remains of the Left who took cold comfort in the candidate’s expressed wish to draw in America’s military talons must today be nervously eyeing Mr. T.’s Manhattan aerie as one after another military man is added to his foreign policy cast of hawks; even as the bellicose Commander-in-Chief to be runs roughshod over diplomatic norms and protocol niceties.

Melvin A. Goodman is an essayist and author whose articles are featured online at such “usefully idiotic” sites as Consortium News, GlobalResearch, and CounterPunch.org, where he serves as in-house national security columnist. Mel is too a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy, and professor of government at Johns Hopkins University.

A former CIA analyst, Goodman’s book titles include: ‘Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA,’ ‘National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism,’ and his latest, ‘A Whistleblower at the CIA: An Insider’s Account of the Politics of Intelligence‘. His recent article at CounterPunch, ‘Trump’s Campaign of Militarization‘ may prove a splash of cold water in the face of hopes for a Trump ebb in America’s militarist tide.

Melvin A. Goodman in the first half.

And; while “fake news” is in the news lately, you may have missed investigative reports on the Secretary of State’s office utilizing the hype over Putin’s alleged mass manipulation of the American electorate to hive off a $160 million amendment to the 2017 National Defense funding Act to “investigate foreign propaganda in US media.” It all adds to a chilling international atmosphere, reminding of those not so good old McCarthyite days.

Dave Lindorff is an award-winning journalist, author, broadcaster, and founder of the award-winning web news site, This Can’t Be Happening.net. His book titles include: ‘This Can’t Be Happening! Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy,’ ‘Marketplace Medicine: The Rise of the For Profit Hospital Chains,’ and ‘Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal.’ You can tune in Dave’s This Can’t Be Happening radio program Wednesdays at 5pm eastern time on PRN, the Progressive Radio Network.

Dave Lindorff and, “Is it just me, or is it getting a little Cold Warish in here?” in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us newz of some of the good things planned in the coming week for our town and beyond. But first, Mel Goodman and Trump’s Campaign of Militarization.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, James Carden, Joan Russow, Janine Bandcroft Nov. 30, 2016

Nearly two weeks ago, America’s House of Representatives passed H.R.5732, or the “Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2016″. Slipped through an almost empty House, using “special” rules that limited normal democratic checks and balances, H.R.5732 promises to be, if it gets past the Senate and is ratified by the next president of the United States, the opening of a gate to broaden the Syria conflagration in the Middle East and perhaps lead to wars beyond there too.

James Carden is a contributing writer at The Nation whose recent article there, ‘The Dangerous and Shortsighted Push to “Contain Iran“‘ outlines what could prove to be president Trump’s first foreign policy crisis. James also serves as editor of eastwestaccord.com, the website for The American Committee for East-West Accord.


James Carden in the first half.

And; you may recall Bill C-51? That was the odious effort of our previous and unlamentedly passed prime minister to create, in emulation of our neighbours south, a Made in Canada Patriot Act. During last year’s federal election, the NDP said C-51 should be scrapped, while the Liberals thought a bit of tinkering would do the trick. Right now, the Liberal’s Public Safety Review on Bill C-51 is ready to retire to the capital to present submissions, BUT you still have two more weeks to get your opinions registered.

Joan Russow is former leader of the Green Party of Canada who, since stepping down from the Greens, has spent her time keeping the United Nations’ feet to fire with the Global Compliance Research Project, worked as reporter and filmmaker recording climate change conferences in Copenhagen and Cancun, and producing the film, ‘Cooperatives: Counterpoint to Capitalism.’ She also serves as an editor and the driving force behind the Peace, Earth, and Justice news site, PEJNews.com.


Joan Russow and C-51 in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of the good goings on planned in the coming week for the streets of our town and further afield. But first, James Carden and the Caesar Syria Civil Protection Act 2016, “Dangerous and Shortsighted Push to ‘Contain Iran.’”

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Ted Rall, Robert Hunziker, Janine Bandcroft Nov. 23, 2016

In Dostoevsky’s The Devils, his doomed characters, Kirillov and Shatov escape to America and are at first rejoicing in “the spiritualism, the lynch mobs, the guns, and the tramps” they find there. Soon however, they come to realize the inbred Russian morality inhibiting their ability to join fully the carnival of violence and depravity the New World offers and lament,

“[O]ne has to be born in America, or at least to live among them for many years, to reach their level.” 

That was in 1872, but could well have been written as Donald Trump seized the sceptre of American power two weeks ago; and, as University of Kansas Slavic studies scholar Ani Kokobobo says,

“I’ve come to realize that it’s never a good sign when real life resembles a Fyodor Dostoevsky novel.”

Ted Rall is a Pulitzer Prize-finalist, journalist, prolific graphic artist and author whose books include: ‘After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You As Honored Guests: Unembedded in Afghanistan,’ ‘To Afghanistan and Back: A Graphic Travelogue,’ ‘The Book of Obama: From Hope and Change to the Age of Revolt,’ ‘Snowden,’ and his latest is, ‘Trump: A Graphic Biography.’

Ted Rall in the first half.

And; in the aftermath of the Mr. T.’s astounding electoral victory a veritable “S” storm of recrimination and finger pointing has ensued. You may have experienced some of that, if having the temerity to voice the woeful moral short-comings of the democrat opposite as an enabling factor in bringing about his imminent, and unholy inauguration. You may even have said, “How much worse could he be?” Well for all her faults on the war and Wall Street, when it comes to global climate change, Trump seems determined to emphasis the “mental” in his environmental approach.

Robert Hunziker is an environmental journalist whose climate clarion calls appear in numerous journals and multiple languages around the World and across the internet. He’s also appeared in a variety of media to talk about global climate change, written extensively about the ongoing aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and his latest article, ‘The Arctic Warms Up For Trump‘ provides a chilling preview of the end of days to come.


Robert Hunziker and warming up to Trump in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us newz of some of the good goings on going in the coming week. But first, Ted Rall and Trump, fascism, and picking up where Obama leaves off.

Ape Goes to Yves Engler’s A Propaganda System Talk November 16, 2016

A Propaganda System — How Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation — Fall 2016Propaganda_cover_v8
A Propaganda System reveals why most Canadians believe their country is a force for good in the world, despite a long history of supporting empire, racism and exploitation. The book details the vast sums Global Affairs Canada, Veterans Affairs and the Department of National Defence spend articulating a one-sided version of Canada’s foreign policy. With the largest PR machine in the country, the Canadian Forces promotes its worldview through a history department, university, journals, war commemorations, think tanks, academic programs and hundreds of public relations officers. A Propaganda System traces the long history of government information control during war, including formal censorship, as well as extreme media bias on topics ranging from Haiti to Palestine, investment agreements to the mining industry. The book also details the corporate elite’s funding for university programs and think tanks. Written for ordinary Canadians interested in the structures impeding understanding of this country’s role in the world, the book should be of interest to journalists curious about the institutions seeking to “spin” them, development workers dependent on government funds and academics interested in the foreign-policy establishment’s influence on campus.

Praise for A Propaganda System

“A must-read for the 21st century.”
— Jooneed Khan, retired La Presse international correspondent

“Engler provides a powerful argument to support his thesis that the Canadian military fields the largest PR apparatus in the nation. This fact runs in stark contrast to Canadians’ popular notion that we are a peace-loving country.”
— Scott Taylor, Esprit de Corps

“Once again, Yves Engler wades into the murky waters of Canada’s foreign policy, courageously going into the depths the mainstream media avoid.”
— Antonia Zerbisias, former Toronto Star media columnist

“The actual policy Engler documents will shock Canadians.”
— James Winter University of Windsor

“Highlights the dark sides of Canada’s real involvement in the world, from helping destabilize Haiti’s democratically elected government to backing human rights-abusing Canadian-based mining companies.”
— Robert Hackett, Simon Fraser University

Order A Propaganda System here. Order Kindle eBook here.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Yves Engler, Dahr Jamail, Janine Bandcroft Nov. 16, 2016

High dudgeon has been the major tenor of the response from the far north to the imminent ascension of Donald J. Trump as next president of the United States of America. How, the doyens across our famously liberal media spectrum wonder, could our good cousins south let it happen?

It goes without saying, (just a year after Stephen Harper’s departure) such a gauche coup could never happen here; Canadians are far too fair and good to allow a low brow, knuckle-dragging orange-haired troglodyte troll like the Donald take the reins of power.

Yes, from climate policy to world peace Canada is, if not the indispensable, then at least an unimpeachable nation; or is it?

Yves Engler is a Canadian author and essayist whose book titles include: ‘The Ugly Canadian — Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy,’ ‘Lester Pearson’s Peacekeeping — The Truth May Hurt,’ ‘Stop Signs — Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay (with Bianca Mugyenyi),’ and the ‘The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy’ (Shortlisted for the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non Fiction in the Quebec Writers’ Federation Literary Awards), among others.

His latest book, ‘A Propaganda System: How Canada’s Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation’ is hot of the press, and Yves will be up here at UVic November 16th at 7pm in the Harry Hickman Building to launch the book and reveal just why “most Canadians believe their country is a force for good in the world, despite a long history of supporting empire, racism and exploitation.”

Yves Engler in the first half.

And; even when war is a game, its weapons aren’t toys. Just off our coast, the American Navy conducts war games and weapons testing using sophisticated and necessarily lethal systems and ordnance. But, some of that ordnance, the bullets, bombs, and shells pose an unintended hazard to life and limb, one the military brass is unwilling to admit.

Dahr Jamail is an Olympic peninsula-based Truthout staff journalist and author, whose book titles include: ‘The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan,’ ‘Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Iraq,’ and the contributed chapter, “Killing the Intellectual Class” for the anthology, ‘Cultural Cleansing in Iraq: Why Museums Were Looted, Libraries Burned and Academics Murdered.’

In his latest article for Truthout, ‘The Navy’s Use of Depleted Uranium in Our Coastal Waters Threatens Humans, Wildlife‘ Jamail uncovers the hidden threat behind the Navy’s war games in our back yard. Dahr is also a Truthout staff reporter, and his latest book, ‘The Mass Destruction of Iraq: Why It Is Happening, and Who Is Responsible’ is co-written with Truthout founding editor, William Rivers Pitt.

Dahr Jamail and deep sixing the Navy’s deadly games in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us newz of some of the good things planned in the coming week for our city’s streets and beyond. But first, Yves Engler and ‘A Propaganda System: How Canada’s Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation.’

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm 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, John Helmer, Paul Spong, Janine Bandcroft Nov. 9, 2016

Despite our fabulously photogenic, and famously well-intentioned new prime minister, the taint on Canada’s international image continues to darken. It’s well-known everywhere but within the country, Canadian-flagged mining operations are the bane of human rights and dignity, and environmental justice on all continents.

As insulting to the conscience and intelligence Canada’s pretense of high-minded moral rectitude to anyone possessing a modicum of incredulity is, particularly egregious are the misrepresented efforts of the government in concert with NGO’s in countries across Africa.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the current campaign against “blood diamonds,” where Canada and its closest ally America are using that good fight to demonize further their diamond producing rival, Russia.

John Helmer is a long-time, Moscow-based journalist, author, and essayist; the only one, his site, Dances with Bears informs “to direct his own bureau independent of single national or commercial ties.” He’s a former political science professor who’s served as an advisor to the governments of Greece, the U.S., and in Asia where he regularly lectures on Russian topics. His book titles include: ‘Uncovering Russia,’ ‘Urbanman: The Psychology of Urban Survival,’ ‘Bringing the War Home: The American Soldier in Vietnam and After,’ and ‘Drugs and Minority Oppression’ among others. John’s recent article, ‘Dudley Do-Right, Dudley Mine-Right: Partnership Africa Canada Is Canadian Camouflage for War Against Russian Diamonds, African Miners, Financed by George Soros’ explores how so-called humanitarian initiatives overlap and become indiscernible from corporate and Deep State interests.

John Helmer in the first half.

And; last week, IWC66 wrapped up in Portoroz, Slovenia. Besides failing to address some of the most urgent threats to cetacean well-being around the planet, this latest iteration of the International Whaling Commission’s annual confab may well be the final nail in the coffin of small whales like the vaquita, who for now are tremulously existing on the very edge of extinction. That’s one of the conclusions reached by my second guest, recently returned from Protoroz.

Dr. Paul Spong is marine researcher, one of the World’s foremost authorities on the Orca, and is the founder of OrcaLab, a land-based obervatory located on Hanson Island. Spong has tracked whale and other marine mammals from the idyllic location since 1970.

Paul Spong and beating the drum against the silence for whale survival in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us newz of good goings on planned for the streets of our town and beyond in the week. But first, John Helmer and Canada: Dudley Do-Right or humanitarian dud?

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm 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 Talks Ocean Protection Plan with Ingmar Lee November 7, 2016

Nearly four weeks after running aground, the 10,000 ton oil tanker pusher/tug, Nathan E Stewart sits at the bottom of the Seaforth Channel, near Bella Bella, off the shores of the much ballyhoo-ed Great Bear Rainforest.

Yesterday, Canada’s federal Transport minister, Marc Garneau paid a visit to Bella Bella to assess the situation and ostensibly offer reassurance to the locals.

Ingmar Lee is a long-time ecology observer and environment defender. He lives near Bella Bella on Denny Island, and is the author of the Facebook activist site, 10,000 Ton Tanker, from whose pages he has warned of the certain disaster to come should the Inside Passage oil transport trade between Anacortes, Washington and Alaska continue.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Kathy Kelly, Peter Lee, Christina Nikolic Nov. 2, 2016

Does anyone remember the “peace dividend,” that wondrous final payoff after the winding down of the long and harrowing Cold War? The theory was, back when the Soviet’s “Evil Empire” expired, America and her allies could tone down some of the tremendous military expenditures the arms race extracted, turning resources instead towards domestic programs of social uplift.

Of course things didn’t work out, and today’s new narrative sees the moribund Soviets resurrected in the person of Vladimir Putin, the neo-Bolshevik bogie man that must be stopped at all costs!

But this time around the lure is not being taken, even by some of the hoariest of old, cold warriors.

 

Kathy Kelly is a long-time peace and justice activist, essayist, and author. She’s the recipient of numerous awards for her peace service, including multiple nominations for the Nobel Peace prize and many more. She’s co-founder of Voices in the Wilderness and Voices for Creative Nonviolence, co-authored the book, ‘Prisoners on Purpose: a Peacemakers Guide to Jails and Prison,’ and wrote, ‘Other Lands Have Dreams: from Baghdad to Pekin Prison.’ In her latest article, ‘A Good Beginning: Toward the End of US Empire‘ Kelly profiles Zbigniew Brzezinski and Thomas Graham, two primary architects of  U.S. global imperialism who now believe the Sun may be setting on America’s belligerent ways.

 

Kathy Kelly in the first half.

And; one place news of an Imperial sunset is welcome is the Philippines, where the island nation’s president, Rodrigo Duterte has proven a loose end and tangling nuisance for the Obama administration’s efforts to “pivot” America’s foreign policy focus back to the Pacific after years of being mired in Central Asia and the Middle East. Duterte’s dissing of Obama made headlines recently, and his insistence America’s military presence in the country be ended entirely within two years, combined with an increasingly cozy relationship with China reveals some Philippine pivot point weaknesses.

Peter Lee is a freelance journalist writing on East and South Asian affairs as they intersect with US global policy. He’s the driving force behind the Asian affairs website China Matters, providing critical updates on China and Asia-Pacific, and his articles also appear at Asia Times, and at CounterPunch.org, among other internet news sites. His latest articles warn, “It’s On Between Duterte and America!”

 

Peter Lee and are reports of the death of the US-Philippine alliance exaggerated? in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of the good things planned for the coming week in, on, and around our town’s streets. But first, Kathy Kelly and good beginnings toward an end to US empire.

 

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm 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, Eric Draitser, Ingmar Lee, Janine Bandcroft October 26, 2016

If watching, listening, or reading media, especially in the era of forever electioneering, feels like being caught in the middle of a Three Stooges slap fest, then I have good news for you: There is at least one alternative to getting your ears boxed, eyes poked, and gut punched every time you attempt to become informed.

Counterpunch.org is a venerable first comer in online news aggregating that has not only weathered the myriad alt. news imitators that followed its last-century D.C. newsletter beginnings, but is too still standing amid the overwhelming corporatization of internet news on both sides of the political spectrum. But, as with all bearers of bad news, its survival is precarious. Right now, Counterpunch is appealing to its millions of readers and listeners to pony up and keep this vital service viable.

Eric Draitser is a New York City-based independent geopolitical analyst whose articles and interviews can be found at his site, StopImperialism.org and at Counterpunch.org. He’s also the host of CounterPunch Radio.

Eric Draitser in the first half.

And; last week Denny Island-based ecology observer, Ingmar Lee reported on the sinking of the Kirby Corporation oil tanker tug, Nathan E Stewart about 20 kilometers north of Bella Bella. Almost two weeks later, the Nathan E Stewart sits yet at the bottom of the Seaforth Channel, its fuel tanks emptying into the environment.

Ingmar Lee and updating the predictable environmental disaster after the fact in the second half.

And, Victoria Street Newz publiser emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of good goings on planned for our streets and beyond in the coming week. But first, Eric Draitser and keeping up the fight at CounterPunch.org.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Ken Boon, Ingmar Lee, Janine Bandcroft October 19, 2016

A year into Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party mandate, Canadians who cheered the departure of Stephen Harper’s Conservatives thinking the country had turned a corner on aggressive foreign policy abroad, regressive social policies at home, and an obstructionist environmental philosophy drawn straight from the American Bible belt, have little to be happy about on any of those fronts.

War and rumour of it is the Canadian Forces mantra, while little has been done to address the skyrocketing real estate costs fueling homelessness and economic diaspora in all the country’s major cities.

But on the environment, and especially where First Nations concerns dove-tail with ecologically threatening mega-projects, like the proposed Site-C dam, the Liberal failure to perform is doubly disappointing.

Ken Boon is a Peace Valley farmer standing to lose his livelihood should Site C be built. He’s also the president of the Peace Valley Landowners Association, and one of six protesters slapped with a BC Hydro lawsuit for, “intentional interference with economic relations by unlawful means.”

Ken Boon in the first half.

And; last week the Nathan E Stewart foundered on rocks in Seaforth Channel and sank. The pusher-tug, well known to locals of British Columbia’s mid-coast for its bi-weekly transits through the province’s Inside Passage, was headed south with its 10,000 ton oil tanker barge when it ran aground, and though the tanker was “empty” the tug itself began disgorging its 200,000 litres of diesel into the waters of the Great Bear Rainforest.

Ingmar Lee is a long-time ecology defender and resident of the mid-coast. He is the author of the Facebook action site, 10,000 Ton Tanker, from where he has campaigned to have the Nathan E Stewart refused passage.

Ingmar Lee and a perfectly predictable disaster in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us newz of some of the good things going on on our city’s streets, and beyond, planned for the coming week. But first, Ken Boon and Justin Trudeau’s Site-C dam nation.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Patrick Henningsen, James Corbett, Janine Bandcroft Oct. 12, 2016

If the pundits are to be believed, Hillary Clinton is on the threshold of successfully fulfilling her marathon presidential campaign. Decades in the waging, Clinton’s dogged pursuit of the Oval Office has possessed both a near-maniacal intensity, and ruthless determination, the depraved depths of which is perhaps best illustrated by her gleeful performance while Secretary of State to the news of Libyan president Muammar Qaddafy’s gruesome undoing. And, just as Libya’s fall was a step in Hillary’s upward progress towards power, the successful destruction of Bashar al-Assad and Syria is the essential prerogative to maintain it.

For those in Hillary’s America hoping for a change in foreign policy it means sore disappointment, but for those in Syria and the other far-flung fronts of the forever war her election is much more dire.

Patrick Henningsen is a freelance journalist, co-founder of the online news site, 21st Century wire and host of its consciousness expanding radio program Sunday Wire. Launched during the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Summit, 21 Century Wire’s geopolitical analyses and commentaries are an essential counterweight to a skewed media monolith. Patrick’s reports are too featured online and on-screen at RT and Al Jazeera.

Patrick Henningsen in the first half.

And; Tom Waites was right when he sang, “It’s a sad and beautiful World”, but he might have included the descriptors “big and baffling” too. As little people, we Lilliputians have small chance of grasping how the great tapestry is woven together. Certainly, the meagre threads offered us by corporate-interested media aren’t sufficient to patch together a coherent picture, so how then can we hope to come to understanding our lives in these modern times?

James Corbett is the author of The Corbett Report, a web-based newsite the Japan-based Canadian expat describes as “an outlet for independent critical analysis of politics, society, history, and economics.” Since its inception in 2007, he’s produced thousands of hours of audio and video, uploading regular podcasts, and recording several, regular online video series for his site, and collaborating with GRTV, and BoilingFrogsPost.com. His editorials also appear at the weekly e-newsletter, The International Forecaster. Corbett’s Youtube videos have garnered millions of views, none more notably than his satirical deconstruction of the official World Trade Center/Pentagon attacks in 2001, ‘9/11: A Conspiracy Theory.’ He recently looked back on 9/11, producing a series of video featuring some of the players behind the World Trade Center/Pentagon attacks,‘9/11 Suspects.’

James Corbett and dealing with the “day that changed everything,” fifteen years later in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us newz of some of the good things going on in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Patrick Henningsen and riding the 21st Century media maelstrom.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm 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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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, John Helmer, Dan Kovalik, Janine Bandcroft October 5, 2016

Last week, the Joint Investigation Team, an internationally composed body looking into the downing over Ukraine of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 more than two years ago released some of their findings, enough to implicate, they say, Russia in the crime. The western press immediately repeated the findings, and its accusations fully, while doing little digging of its own into either the rigor of the JIT’s methods, or resilience of its facts.

The media’s curious incuriousness surrounding the Dutch-led panel’s probity, considering the scope of the story and its possible ramifications for international relations between Russia and the west at this most sensitive historical moment, may be the most telling part of the tragic mystery behind flight MH17.

John Helmer is a long-time, Moscow-based journalist, author, and essayist; the only one, his site, Dances with Bears informs “to direct his own bureau independent of single national or commercial ties” since 1989. He’s a former political science professor who’s served as an advisor to the governments of Greece, the United States, and in Asia who regularly lectures on Russian topics in China, Europe, and the US. His book titles include: ‘Uncovering Russia,’ ‘Urbanman: The Psychology of Urban Survival,’ ‘Bringing the War Home: The American Soldier in Vietnam and After,’ and ‘Drugs and Minority Oppression’ among others.

John Helmer in the first half.

And; there was dancing in the streets last week when a long-sought peace deal between the Colombian government and the FARC, (the leftists guerrilla organization engaged in a multi-generational insurgency) was announced, but Sunday the music stopped as it became apparent the national referendum called to ratify the deal failed to pass. Why the vote failed, and what happens next are the questions burning the wires across Colombia now.

Daniel Kovalik teaches international human rights law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and is Senior Associate General Counsel for the United Steel Workers union. Kovalik is just back from Colombia where he witnessed the peace plebiscite. Dan’s also a long-time peace and justice activist, specializing in that in Colombia and Central America, where he serves as an attorney for Colombian plaintiffs in cases alleging corporate human rights violations. Kovalik is also co-recipient of a Project Censored Award for chronicling the murder of trade unionists in Colombia.

Dan Kovalik and failing peace in Colombia in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of the good things going on in and around our town in the coming week. But first, John Helmer and MH17, a prejudiced verdict verified and delivered two years after the fact.