Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Stuart Herzog, Ken Boon, Patrick Henningsen, Janine Bandcroft April 6, 2016

Looking around the City of Victoria, it doesn’t take a lot of insight to conclude: This place is humming! Old houses in the suburbs, and once venerable buildings in the city proper, are turning into holes in the ground; nesting pots for steel and glass condos sprouting uptown and down.

The increasing human population, both resident and transient, requires more room too; room to move into and room to get around.

Making room for those people’s in-migration is, naturally, just what made this place desirable in the first place; the remnant “natural elements” within the city – that would be developer-speak for trees.

According to a Habitat Acquisition Trust report of 2013, Victoria lost the equivalent of 12 Beacon Hill Parks between 2005 and 2011; and that was before things got seriously crazy around here.

Now, another stand of trees is slated for the axe to accommodate the ever more, more, more of a Garden City in full boom…

Stuart Herzog is the long-time, Victoria-based environmental and social justice advocate currently coordinating the Victoria Citizens Action Network, a coalition of groups and individuals coming together to work on issues effecting our city and region. Right now they’re focused on BC Transit’s proposal to clearcut the west side of Douglas Street between Hillside and Tolmie.

Stuart Herzog in the first segment.

And; Ken Boon is a farmer in the Peace Valley, and President of the Peace Valley Landowner Association. He’s in court today in Vancouver, trying to get in the path of Christy Clark’s Site-C dam.

Ken Boon taking Site-C to court in the second segment.

And; host to untold hundreds of thousands of refugees from Middle East wars waged by the West, tiny Lebanon is straining at the brink of national viability; and yet somehow it’s managing to cope. But, that may not last, as it increasingly appears Lebanon will be next on the ISIS hit-list.

Patrick Henningsen is a freelance journalist and co-founder of the online news site, 21st Century wire, launched during the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Summit. Patrick’s geopolitical analyses and commentaries are featured online at RT and Al Jazeera, and of course at 21Wire. I spoke to Patrick last in the wake of the Paris attacks; he’s in Beirut now, and we’ll try reach him to get a sense of life today in what was once called “The Paris of the Middle East.”

Patrick Henningsen 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 what’s good to do in and around our town in the coming week, and beyond. But first, Stuart Herzog and a bus lane too far for one Victoria neighbourhood.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Heider Abu Ghosh, Michael Parenti March 30, 2016

Welcome to the Gentle Season. Spring has indeed sprung here in our green and pleasant land, and what marks change so profoundly as this season of rebirth and growth? It’s no surprise that political movements of liberation invariably make a symbol of this season.

Conversely, what could rival the cruel despair of changelessness; the bone-chilling, soul killing absence of Hope that withers the human soul, rendering life itself into frozen meaninglessness? Even so, in Palestine, where an Arab Spring never blossomed, and the people are caught in the relentless, merciless, implacable onslaught of Israeli atrocity; atrocities visited daily, year in and year out; atrocities sanctioned overtly, or through the omission of censure, by close and powerful allies like America, and to a lesser degree Canada, even so, Hope lives on.

Listen. Hear.

Heidar Abu Ghosh hails from the now disappeared village of Imwas, Palestine and has for more than a quarter century represented his people, those dispossessed by Israel following its victory in the 1967 Six-Day War in every non-violent venue available, including serving a five-year term as President of the Imwas People’s Committee. Mr. Abu Ghosh is currently touring Canada to educate us about ‘Canada Park’, the Canadian-sponsored project that effectively buried his home village; and, he’s scheduled to speak here at the University of Victoria Thursday, April 7 in the David Turpin Building.

Heidar Abu Ghosh in the first half.

And; Michael Parenti is an American educator, lecturer, social justice activist, and author of 23 books, including: ‘The Assassination of Julius Caesar,’ ‘Superpatriotism,’ The Culture Struggle,’ ‘Democracy for the Few,’ ‘ God and His Demons,’ and his latest, ‘The Face of Imperialism.’ Parenti is also recipient of awards from Project Censored, the Caucus for a New Political Science, the Social Science Research Council and many others organizations, including being awarded the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition. He now serves various advisory boards and sits as a judge for Project Censored.

Michael Parenti in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus, Janine Bandcroft won’t join us today, but will return with news of local goings on locally and beyond another time. So first up, Heidar Abu Ghosh and ‘Uncovering Canada Park: A Dispossessed Palestinian Speaks Out.’

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Franz Gigl, Ingmar Lee, Janine Bandcroft Mar. 24, 2016

The plans have been in place for a long time, but looking across any of southern Vancouver Island’s straits now, it’s clear to see the industrialization of the Salish Sea has arrived.

The sharp increase in tanker and freighter traffic though is not only effecting Victoria and Sidney, gateway to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the open Pacific beyond; up the island, between Gabriola and the Sunshine Coast, there’s a scheme in play to make of the foreshore there an overflow parking lot of sorts to relieve Vancouver’s lengthening line of backed-up freighters.

Franz Gigl is with Gabriolans Against Freighter Anchorage, or (GAFA), an Island-based group behind the AnchorRage campaign opposing Pacific Pilotage Authority plans to create five anchorages for coal and other commodities freighters off the picturesque Gulf Island.

Franz Gigl in the first half.

And; it’s not only the straits of the southern end of the island experiencing the negative effects of industry’s hyperactivity; just off Campbell River, in the Johnstone Strait, the Ocean Eagle, a barge-hauling tug ran aground last week. It seems so far, yet another fortunate near-miss for the northern reaches of the island, with the Ocean Eagle reportedly not spilling its load of fuel and/or “general cargo” into the environment. Last August a fuel barge was run aground in Surge Narrows, its 60,000 litre load of fuel narrowly avoiding being spilled into the straits.

Ingmar Lee created and maintains the Facebook site, 10,000 Ton Tanker, the only sustained media effort to bring attention to regular foreign oil tanker traffic within BC’s supposed tanker moratorium area. A long-time BC-based environmental activist, Lee is campaigning to address the maritime risks going unaddressed along the province’s Inside Passage.

Ingmar Lee and what the Ocean Eagle’s hard landing at Chatham Point tells us about the way BC manages its waterways 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 coming to the streets of our town, and beyond, in the coming week. But first, Franz Gigl and Gabriola’s rage against the maritime machine.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Janine Bandcroft, Christina Nikolic – FunDrive – Mar. 16, 2016

Welcome to Gorilla Radio’s 17th FunDrive show! Yes, hard to believe…17 years of doom und gloom; and to think; when I started, I thought the World would be all sorted out by now! Well, as ever we do, today’s show will differ from the usual format. I’ll feature some of the music played over the last year and more, and palaver a little about the aims of the show. Janine is joining me too to talk up the station and inspire youse in the community to get involved with your station here and help us help you.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Gearóid Ó Colmáin, Greg Palast, Janine Bandcroft Mar. 9, 2016

Last month, the first of some the expected 250 Syrian families seeking refuge from the war in their homeland began arriving in Victoria; a veritable drop in the ocean of the estimated six million Syrians displaced both internally, and scattered to the World’s four corners.

This great diaspora tsunami is called a crisis as it arrives in Europe, while across the Atlantic, the ongoing US election has politicized the exodus, making of the people a hot potato no-one seeking office wants to catch hold of.

But seldom discussed either here or over there is the root cause of this human disaster, and why it was engineered in the first place.

Gearóid Ó Colmáin is Paris correspondent for the American Herald Tribune and is a political analyst whose work focuses on globalization, geopolitics and class struggle. He’s a regular contributor to Global Research, Russia Today International, Press TV, Sputnik Radio France, Sputnik English, and Dissident Voice, where he’s published an eleven-part examination of what he calls “coercive migration.”

Gearóid Ó Colmáin in the first half.

And; America’s presidential election has evolved into an unparalleled epic pageant costing billions of dollars and running non-stop across media for years before the event. But for all it’s sound and fury, the millions upon millions of dollars spent on advertising, the hundreds of thousands of miles traveled by candidates, and rivers of ink and forests of paper press coverage, the actual poll is only as true as the machinery used to count the votes, and honest as the people using them. And according to reporting investigator, Greg Palast, those vote counters ain’t straight.

Greg Palast and America’s democracy Stripped and Flipped 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 things happening on our city’s streets, and beyond there too, in the week coming. But first, Gearóid Ó Colmáin and examining the ramifications of a “policy of artificial mass migrations” on Europe.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Roger Annis, Bruce Livesey Mar. 2, 2016

John Lennon famously sang, “Give Peace a Chance,” but the Western Axis Powers and their media are clearly not sharing the chorus where Syria is concerned.

Despite the recently agreed Cessation of Hostilities, to listen to the CBC and America’s corporate news disseminators, the tentative steps towards peace made by Russia are false, doomed to fail, and appear in fact designed to do so.

A cynical observer might think the whole exercise is just a pretext to further NATO warmaking in its years-long efforts to either effect regime change over there, or create a smoking ruin of Syria in the attempt.

Roger Annis is a longtime socialist, trade union activist, and prolific essayist in the cause of social justice and peace both in Canada and abroad. He’s a contributing editor at the website New Cold War, where he’s written extensively on Ukraine, and his articles can also be found at his website, A Socialist in Canada, and at Rabble.ca, and Counterpunch.org. His latest article, ‘Syria Ceasefire a Triumph of Diplomacy, But Militarism Still Rules in Ottawa and Other Western Capitals’ examines the recent Cessation of Hostilities agreement for Syria.

Roger Annis in the first half.

And; they’re two of the World’s richest men, yet outside their native America the Koch brothers are barely known. In fact, even within the United States, the Koch’s have managed to keep an extraordinarily low media profile; and in Canada, where they happen to own a good portion of Alberta’s Tar Sands, they’ve achieved as close to teevee invisibility as a pair of billionaires can.

My second half guest hopes to remedy that. His documentary film, ‘How the Kochs and the Rich Buy Elections’ will expose the brothers’ “controversial practices,” addressing just how they’ve insinuated themselves into the heart of American democracy – if he can only get it made, again.

Bruce Livesey is a multiple award-winning investigative journalist and author who’s worked in print, radio, and television. He currently serves as the National Observer’s lead investigative reporter, and has written for most major publications in Canada, including: The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, The Gazette, The Walrus, amongst others, and his book, ‘The Thieves of Bay Street’ was a best-selling Arthur Ellis Award nominee in Canada. Livesey’s been a producer for CBC’s The Fifth Estate, The National, and CBC News Sunday, and Global TV in Canada, while working with PBS’s Frontline and the New York Times in the States, and directing documentaries for Al Jazeera English.

Bruce Livesey and smoking out the Koch’s in the second half.

But first, Roger Annis and winning the ceasefire battle, but not stopping the Syria war.

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/

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

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Terry Wolfwood, Gary Charbonneau, Janine Bandcroft Feb. 24, 2016

Far from the media spotlight, nestled on the western reaches of Africa, a bitter drama is daily enacted. For more than forty years, the Saharawi people have lived in desperation, caught in an enforced limbo, imprisoned by circumstance.

Worse perhaps than the stunted existence imposed upon them is the relative obscurity of their plight; while other causes gain celebrity spokespeople and benefit concerts, the Saharawi struggle for liberation is largely forgotten.

Documentary film director, Lara Lee hopes her newly released film, ‘Life is Waiting: Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara’ will prove some remedy to that; as do the folks hosting this week’s Café Simpatico at 1923 Fernwood Road.

Long-time Victoria-based activist and organizer, Terry Wolfwood will present the Western Canadian premier of ‘Life is Waiting’ this Friday evening. As well as being a writer, photographer, and intrepid world traveler, covering ground from the highlands of Mexico to the apartheid walls of the West Bank, Western Sahara, and beyond in pursuit of peace, social justice, and women’s rights, Terry is also the Director and co-founder of the Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation. Her articles have featured in Briarpatch, Peace News, and Third World Resurgence amongst other places, and she serves as the local coordinator for Victoria’s Women in Black.

Terry Wolfwood in the first half.

And; people are not the only creatures wrongly imprisoned for the benefit of others. Though we like to think of ourselves out here on the shores of the majestic Pacific as being capable of appreciating both the immeasurable beauty of the place we live in, and the sanctity of the creatures who share this great privilege with us, there is still here in 2016 a place here where it’s possible to go and see whales kept in swimming pools. What history will make of this we can only guess, but for now there is an effort to bring this practice to an end.

Gary Charbonneau is a Vancouver-based independent filmmaker and entrepreneur. He made news recently for being sued by the Vancouver Aquarium. The people running the Aquarium are seeking an injunction in BC court to have Charbonneau’s film, ‘Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered’ pulled from YouTube, Vimeo and at Charbonneau’s website, claiming he violated their copyright by using materials found on their website.

Gary Charbonneau and the Vancouver Aquarium’s attempts to put the covers on Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered 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 the coming week from our city’s streets, and beyond there too. But first, Terry Wolfwood and ‘Life is Waiting: Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara.’

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dan Lewis, Walter M. Brasch, Janine Bandcroft Feb. 17, 2016

Last summer, First Nations activists turned around the installation of a new salmon farm in Clayoquot Sound, and while that battle won is a victory worth celebrating, it’s not nearly the end, nor even the beginning of the end of the war to reclaim the Sound’s environmental integrity for Wild Salmon.

Clayoquot Action has been taking local action to save Clayoquot Sound’s magnificent natural environment for years. It recently broadened its scope, taking a trip to Norway, Ground Zero of the international salmon farming industry, to speak directly to both representatives of that industry, and the Norwegian people.

Dan Lewis joined Clayoquot Action’s Bonny Glambeck and John Rampanen from the Ahousaht and Kelsemaht First Nations as members of the Wild Salmon Delegation to Norway, and she’s back in Canada now with exciting news from her travels to the other side.

Dan Lewis in the first half.

And; despite its pernicious impact on local environments, the fracking industry, or LNG as its known in these parts, has proven as resilient as pacific salmon, returning again and again despite the odds against it. In BC, neither international market disinterest, nor environmental logic can kill it; and it seems the will of the people too is incapable of deterring an industry no-one wants around. Recent events within the Cowichan Valley attest to “LNG’s” deleterious effects on democracy, while the provincial government’s embarrassing budget inclusion yesterday of its so-called ‘Prosperity Fund,’ (promised to be predicated upon “LNG” royalties) lends an “Emperor’s New Clothes” element to an industry that hasn’t yet, and may never, materialize here. Talk about “natural gas”!

Walter M. Brasch is an award-winning newspaper reporter and editor, syndicated columnist, broadcaster, educator, activist, and prolific author whose book titles include: ‘Before the First Snow,’ ‘America’s Unpatriotic Acts,’ ‘Sex and the Single Beer Can,’ ‘The Press and the State,’ ‘Social Foundations of Mass Media.’ His latest book, ‘Fracking Pennsylvania: Flirting with Disaster’ is a detailed investigation of that industry, and what its activity means for the people and landscapes where it takes place.

Walter M. Brasch and fracking America 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 the coming week from our city’s street, and beyond there too. But first, Bonny Glambeck and a salmon farming sea change beginning.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Ingmar Lee, Ken Boon Feb. 10, 2016

Last week, the Clark government announced a new policy concerning mining, logging, and the recreational use of the Great Bear Rainforest.

The so-called GBR agreement follows a pattern of inviting selected Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations and First Nations representatives into the backrooms where resource allocation decisions between industry and government are crafted.

The deal has divided environmentalists, as did the first of its kind that created what’s now known as the Great Bear Rainforest, prompting praise and criticism on both the front and editorial pages.

Ingmar Lee lives along British Columbia’s mid-coast, in an area the GBR encompasses. He’s a long-time, BC-based environment defender whose past efforts to save the forests and watershed ecosystems of Vancouver Island include being among the few who took to the trees in the iconic Cathedral Grove, (and remaining for two years) fighting the destruction of the suburban forest for highways in Langford, scaling the BC Legislature flag pole to garner press in opposition to the Enbridge pipeline scheme, and dismantling seismic explosives in the heart of Sandhill Crane nesting grounds on Denny Island. Ingmar also created and maintains the Facebook site, 10,000 Ton Tanker, the only sustained media effort to bring attention to regular foreign oil tanker traffic within BC’s supposed tanker moratorium area.

Ingmar Lee in the first half.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, William Blum, Joe Foy, Janine Bandcroft Feb. 3, 2016

Welcome to the official beginnings of America’s full on hurly-burly, hurdy gurdy, election season. In case you’re just returned from your extraterrestrial vacation, the Iowa caucus kicked off the 2016 democracy pageant Monday, and despite the escalating insanity of American political life since the first era of hope in the 1960’s, this year seems by orders of magnitude the zaniest poll in living memory; really one for the books.

William Blum has been writing books chronicling the progress of his native America through the World for more than four decades. Leaving his State Department job with the Johnson administration, Bill became a founding editor of the Washington Free Press, the Capitol’s first “alternative newspaper.”

He’s also worked as a freelance journalist, filing stories from Europe, (notably collaborating with former CIA operative, Philip Agee) and in the Americas, with an extended stay in post-Allende Chile.

William Blum’s book, Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II, from which his website, KillingHope.org takes its name, was first published in 1995 and is cited by Noam Chomsky as “far and away the best book on the topic.” Blum’s other titles include: ‘West-Bloc Dissident: A Cold War Memoir,’ ‘America’s Deadliest Export: Democracy – The Truth About U.S. Foreign Policy and Everything Else,’ ‘Freeing the World to Death: Essays on the American Empire,’ and ‘Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower.’

William Blum in the first half.

And; last week, the environmental organization, Wilderness Committee won in BC’s Supreme Court a ruling throwing out a defamation suit brought by extractive industry heavy weight, Taseko Mines. In what the CBC reported as a “strongly worded” decision, Supreme court Justice Gordon Funt ordered Taseko pay “special costs.” Wilderness Committee National Policy Director, Gwen Barlee expressed relief over the court win, saying “It’s time for British Columbia to enact anti-SLAPP legislation to prevent this from happening again.”

Joe Foy is the Wilderness Committee’s National Campaign Director, and joins us in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio braodcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us newz of the coming week from our city’s streets, and beyond there too. But first, William Blum and the American election crucible fires lit.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Joyce Nelson, Andy Worthington, Janine Bandcroft January 27, 2016

Despite decades of abuse, and now the daily revelations of the criminal mismanagement of Flint, Michigan’s water supply, the Great Lakes and its tributaries are still viewed by industry, government, and sadly the citizenry at large, as a vast toilet, ready and able to handle all our societal effluence.

The latest to offer up its downstream product for the Lakes’ biosphere is Ontario Power Generation, who hope to make for eternal inclusion there a nuclear waste dump next to Lake Huron. And, bad news: in the waning days of the unlamented Stephen Harper regime past, the project was approved.

But that’s just the beginning of the story.

Joyce Nelson is an award-winning Canadian freelance writer/researcher whose articles appear in the Watershed Sentinel and at CounterPunch.org. Nelson is also an author, some of whose book titles include: ‘The Perfect Machine: TV in the Nuclear Age,’ ‘Sultans of Sleaze: Public Relations and the Media,’ ‘Sign Crimes/Road Kill: From Mediascape to Landscape,’ and the poetry chapbook, ‘Battlefronts.’ Her recent article at CounterPunch.org, ‘Great Lakes Nuclear Waste Dump: The Battle Continues’ examines the combatants in the far from done deal to dump nuclear waste within a stone’s skip of Lake Huron.

Joyce Nelson in the first half.

And; as Barak Obama winds down his second and last term the inmates at the prison he promised to close down on day one of his presidency languish at Guantánamo Bay yet. And, as he has since 2011, Andy Worthington again crossed the Atlantic this year to mark still another anniversary of America’s Gitmo gulag.

He was joined in New York by legendary musician and long-time justice advocate, Roger Waters in calling for the release of those remaining in the prison and to kick off the US leg of the Close Guantánamo Campaign. Worthington is also a journalist and author whose book titles include: ‘Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo,’ and ‘The Guantánamo Files: Stories of 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison.’ He is too co-director of the film, ‘Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo.’

Andy Worthington and an end in sight finally for Camp X-Ray’s remaining prisoners 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 good goings on for the coming week upon the streets of our town, and beyond there too. But first, enjoining Joyce Nelson and the Great Lakes nuclear battle at the Lake called Huron.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, John LaForge, Matt Peppe, Janine Bandcroft Jan 20, 2016

Last week, international sanctions against Iran’s civilian nuclear program were finally dropped. Despite no evidence of nuclear weapons development, the embattled country’s agreement to stringent International Atomic Energy Agency conditions allows it join – in a still limited way – the World economy.

It all goes a long way in ensuring the IAEA’s mission of “Atoms for Peace.” But, what about those other atoms in other countries that are clearly not devoted to peace? The United States of America, chief amongst Iran’s prosecutors, is the planet’s single-largest repository of veritable nuclear weaponry, yet it suffers no sanction, or onerous inspection requirements.

And why, a quarter century after the fall of its Cold War nemesis, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, is America still pursuing a policy of nuclear weapons development anyway?

John LaForge is a long-time staffer at Nukewatch, the Wisconsin-based nuclear watchdog and environmental justice group, whose countless articles on the topic have appeared in Nukewatch’s quarterly and at online sites like: New Internationalist, Z Magazine, The Progressive, Earth Island Journal and at CounterPunch.org.

He’s also co-editor, with Arianne S. Peterson, of the revised edition of the book, ‘Nuclear Heartland: A Guide to the 450 Land-Based Missiles of the the United States.’ A lot has changed since the first edition, issued in 1987 when Ronald Reagan’s steely resolve rallied America, and Mikhail Gorbachov’s Soviets promised imminent and total destruction, and yet America’s nuclear arms program remains.

John LaForge in the first half.

And; President Obama delivered his final State of the Union Speech last week. It’s the first step in America’s transfer of power pageant, scheduled to culminate this time next year with the inauguration of Hillary Clinton, (or coronation of Donald Trump). From Honest Abe Lincoln, to Tricky Dick Nixon, the President IS for a time We the People; but how much real power does a president have in the modern context, and can that person’s character exercise a moral authority potent enough to move America one way or the other?

Matt Peppe’s analyses of U.S. foreign policy and Latin America appear on his blog, Just the Facts, and across the internet at prominent news sites like: MintPress News, Counterpunch, Latino Rebels, Countercurrents, Global Research, Dissident Voice, and others. His recent update to the article, ‘Jimmy Carter’s Blood-Soaked Legacy’ takes on the elder statesman’s real role in a brutal period of American history, questioning both the notion of Carter as, and the practical possibility of, a “good” American president.

Matte Peppe and Jimmy Carter, good president, or just another bad peanut? 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 good goings on going on in and around our streets, and beyond, in the coming week. But first, John LaForge and the Nuclear Heartland, an answer to “Where have all the missiles gone…?”

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Matt Peppe Jan. 16, 2016

President Obama delivered his final State of the Union Speech last week. It’s the first step in America’s transfer of power pageant, scheduled to culminate this time next year with the inauguration of Hillary Clinton, (or coronation of Donald Trump). Despite constitutional checks and balances, for most the Executive Branch symbolizes the entirety of the World’s most powerful country; and rightly or not, the individual occupying the Oval Office singly personfies that all-mighty nation. From Honest Abe Lincoln, to Tricky Dick Nixon, the President IS for a time We the People; but how much real power does a president have in the modern context, and can that person’s character exercise a moral authority potent enough to move America one way or the other?

Matt Peppe’s analyses of U.S. foreign policy and Latin America appear on his blog, Just the Facts, and across the internet at prominent news sites like: MintPress News, Counterpunch, Latino Rebels, Countercurrents, Global Research, Dissident Voice, and others. His recent update to the article, ‘Jimmy Carter’s Blood-Soaked Legacy’ takes on the elder statesman’s real role in a brutal period of American history, questioning both the notion of Carter as, or the practical possibility of, a “good” American president.

Matte Peppe and “Jimmy Carter, good president, or just another bad peanut?”

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dave Lindorff, Ken Boon, Janine Bandcroft Jan. 13, 2016

2016 marks incarceration year 35 for jail yard journalist, Mumia Abu-Jamal, and regardless of what anyone may think about his guilt or innocence, or the spurious nature of the State’s case, or despicable way in which American Justice is generally conducted, the fact remains: Jailers are responsible for the health and well-being of those jailed.

This tenet holds as true for the most clearly, undeniably guilty as for the most blatantly obvious political prisoner; as true in Nuremberg, Germany as it is in Guantanamo Bay’s Camp X-Ray.

In this, the State of Pennsylvania has failed Abu-Jamal, as it fails untold others imprisoned within a diseased environment that can only be described as an enforced epidemic.

Dave Lindorff is an award-winning print journalist, broadcaster, and founder of the web news site, This Can’t Be Happening.net, (a website that has, since 2004 taken on the task of filling some of the vast investigative journalism vacuum in American media today). He is too an author, whose 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.’

Dave Lindorff in the first half.

And; the local fight against the Site-C dam project precedes even Mumia Abu-Jamal’s long struggle. Generations have opposed the imposition of a plan the entity called British Columbia has proposed for the area it calls the Peace River Valley. That plan would see the lives of thousands submerged by the ambitions of a few; it would see a People’s history erased, and a way of life for its descendants destroyed. It is a plan that would, in effect, continue an unacceptable, unviable, and unconscionable way of thinking and acting and being on this land whose time is done. It is a dam too far, and is now more than a site, but a symbol where a line, The Line, has been drawn.

Ken Boon is a farmer in the Peace, and President of the Peace Valley Landowner Association. He is currently at Rocky Mountain Fort Camp as part of the blockade to stop the crews sent there to clear a path for the Site-C dam.

Ken Boon standing against the dam 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 good goings on planned for the streets of our city, and beyond, in the coming week. But first; Dave Lindorff and Pennsylvania’s penal system failing the humanity test.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Derrick Broze, Tim Anderson, Janine Bandcroft Jan. 6, 2016

Welcome to our first show of the new year. Beginnings, even arbitrarily designated calendrical ones, offer opportunities for self-reflection and change-making both in our personal lives and in the life of the greater society.

And, looking back at the year just past, it’s easy to see there’s plenty of change needed in not only the way the World is run, but also in the way we great primates think about our place in it. But what are we to do?

A good start, my first guest suggests, is becoming a little more conscious of the preconceptions and biases limiting our understanding.

Derrick Broze is a freelance journalist, community activist, gardener, promoter from Houston, Texas, and co-author of the book, ‘The Conscious Resistance: Reflections on Anarchy and Spirituality.’ He’s founder of both the Houston Free Thinkers, and The Conscious Resistance Network, and hosts the weekly podcast, The Conscious Resistance Live.

According to Broze, consciously resisting means, “being willing to engage in self reflection, and pursuing knowledge of the self.” The goal is freedom; freedom from the linear patterns of thought and action taught and reinforced by a society with an apparent death wish; or, as Derrick puts it, “Without knowing our own doubts, hopes, fears, dreams, insecurities and strengths we can not truly know what freedom means to us as an individual.”

Derrick Broze in the first half.

And; there’s no doubt, who informs us about the world effects how we live in it. Currently, Big M media within the Anglo-American power configuration is struggling to maintain the structural integrity of its narrative surrounding the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, and the great refugee exodus that conflict has created. Crucial to any good yarn of course is the villain; in this case the Black Hats are IS. Known variously as ISIS, ISIL, Daesh, and the Islamic State, these are the actors whose dastardliness makes anything done by us, naturally the heroes of this epic, just OK, (if not actually justified).

But what if ISIL, ISIS, Daesh, and/or the Islamic State is not who, or what the storytellers say it is? What if the story is just that, a story invented to cover the real motives behind the nightmare unleashed on Syria, and the whole of the middle east?

Tim Anderson is an Australian solidarity activist and academic at the University of Sydney. He has degrees in economics and international politics, and a doctorate in the political economy of economic liberalization in Australia. While his scholarly studies focus on economic development, human rights and self-determination within the Asia-Pacific region and Latin America, his latest articles, published at Global Research, explore the complex web of local and international interests at play in Syria and Iraq conflict. His latest is, ‘The Dirty War in Syria: Washington Supports Islamic State -The Evidence’.

Tim Anderson and the role frenemies play in Washington’s great Middle East game in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emertius and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of the coming week from our city’s streets, and beyond there too. But first, Derrick Broze, actively raising the consciousness level of alternative journalism.