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/