Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Janine Bandcroft CFUV Funding Drive 2019 March 21, 2019

10-06 101.9 FM ‘cfuv.ca’

Funding Drive

 

11:00:00 3:00 Welcome to GR, etc. And welcome to Gorilla Radio’s Funding Drive show! Next month marks the 20th anniversary of this show. That translates to more than a thousand episodes, two thousand studio interviews or so, and an uncounted number of streeters, demos, and assorted event recordings. Why do I do it? It’s a fair question; and I’ll try answer it over the next 57 minutes.

But for now, I’d like to introduce two of the people that make the continuance of the show possible. Janine Bandcroft has been providing Left Coast Events Bulletins, and much more besides, for the show for almost as long as it’s been on the air. And Christina Nikolic has stepped in for the Events Bulletin, appeared as an expert guest on soil health and horticultural issues, and provided administrative, logistical, and moral support for more than a decade. And, both Janine and Christina are here again today for the umpteenth Funding Drive program. Hello Janine and Christina!

11:03:00 1:00 Pitch/How to’s of donating, etc.
11:04:00 4:00 Music – Hawksley Workman – “Teenage Cats” – Old Cheetah (disc)
11:08:00 3:00 20 Years Monkeying Around – (Music – Soma – “Get Thee Behind Me” – The Fire This Time –
background – disc)

Believe it or not, when this show’s first episode aired, way back in 1999, people over here in the Western democracies believed bombing distant countries for the good of the people living there was a legitimate form of international diplomacy. Some people, anyway. This bizarre logic was not limited to the United States alone. Even in places like Canada, the leaders of Parliament said they believed blitzkrieging modern, perfectly functional cities into a pre-industrial state, difficult as it may be for those beneath the barrage, was a case of short-term pain for long-term gain. “They would come to thank us for it, in time”, we were assured.

It was the Former Yugoslavia being destroyed at that moment in the way back, long ago, thanks largely to Bill Clinton’s winning ways, and the eagerness of NATO to prove its continuing usefulness in a post-Cold War World. But, to be fair to Slick Willy, he was merely following the tenor of the times set by his New World Order predecessor, George H. W. Bush, and there would be so much more to come.

The music behind me is from The Fire This Time, a project undertaken by Briton, Grant Wakefield. He produced it as both a historical record of George, the first Bush’s destruction of Iraq, and monument to the inauguration of the Forever War. He says it’s dedicated to, “the estimated 1.5 million Iraqis killed by the US led bombing and sanctions from the years 1990-2001.”

11:11:00 5:30 Transglobal Underground – “Radio Unfree Europe” – Impossible Broadcasting (disc)
11:16:30 2:00 Pitch and Updates with Janine and Christina
11:18:00 1:00 Intro…(Music – Arcade Fire – “Electric Blue” – Everything Now background – stick)

Of course, it’s not all war and rumours of the same here at GR. This year, and every year for the last twenty years, the show has provided a platform for people doing great, positive things singly and in groups locally, regionally, nationally, and around the World: Providing a venue for people and issues not adequately covered in state and corporate media.

11:19:00 5:00 Paolo Nutini – “Iron Sky” – Caustic Love (disc)

11:24:00 7:00 Update/Pitch & Left Coast Events Bulletin… (Music – Arcade Fire – “Electric Blue” – Everything Now – background – stick)


11:31:00 4:00 Music – Macka B – “Wha Me Eat” – More Knowledge (stick)
11:35:00 2:00 Pitch and Such – Music – 2raumwohnung – “Melancholisch Shon” – Putumayo – background – disc)


11:37:00 5:00 Music – Los Lobos with La Marisoul – “Nothing Can Be Done” – Youtube from PBS Joni 75 Live (Twitter feed Mar. 17)


11:42:00 3:00 Pitch & Such (with Jane’s Addiction – “Ted, Just Admit It” – Nothing’s Shocking background (disc)

Imagine, after living somewhere for a long time, even through childhood, discovering a place you’d no idea existed. A place always there, for those with eyes to see, and the ears to hear. CFUV, this great latter day Tower of Babel was erected in 1984 and has since been administered by an ever-changing cadre of acolytes, true believers in the power of radio to change moods and minds. It’s ever been the place where the sounds of an entire World congregate and coagulate, before emanating out to Victoria, (and whichever way the wind blows) through a minuscule, 22-hundred watt transmitter.

That’s how it was for most of the station’s history. Our little signal now hitches a global ride on the world-wide-web, capable of sending back to the far-flung corners of the planet what we’ve for so long taken. But, though the World change some things stay constant. Just so with CFUV, where the passions of programers for beauty and the truth of music and sounds to present to you, dear listener, has and will always remain constant, as long as there be ears to hear it…Whether you’ve been along for the ride from the beginning, or hearing CFUV for the first time, remember: We’re always here for everyone.

11:45:00 1:00 Chris Chandler promo (stick)
11:46:00 3:00 Parry Farrell – “Did You Forget” – Song Yet to Be Sung (Twitter feed Mar. 18)


11:49:00 2:00 Pitch and Such wrapping it up totals, etc.
11:51:00 3:00 The Plugz – “Reel Ten” – Repo Man soundtrack  – background (stick)
11:54:00 4:00 Arcade Fire – “Good God, Damn” – Everything Now (stick)

11:58:00 1:00 Thanks to J9, Christina, Donors, and you, dear listener.
11:59:00 –:– Out with – Tom & Joy – “Meditation” – Putumayo Presents Bossa Nova Around the World (disc)

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Yves Engler, William S. Geimer, Janine Bandcroft March 14th, 2019

Justin Trudeau’s government began the new year much as it left the old; mired in the mess of bad decision-making, and a foreign policy devoid not only of a moral compass, but lacking any coherent direction at all.

The scandale du jour surrounding the Liberals’ blind-eyeing of SNC/Lavalin’s Libya bribes and kickback schemes has Trudeau’s enemies seeing their opportunity to sunset at last the seemingly impervious prime minister; but are they and the hounds of the Ottawa press corps missing the real scandal?

Yves Engler is a Montréal-based activist, essayist, and author. Some of his ten book titles include: ‘A Propaganda System-How Canada’s Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation’, ‘Canada in Africa – 300 Years of Aid and Exploitation’, ‘The Ugly Canadian – Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy’, and his latest is, ‘Left, Right: Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada’.

Yves’ numerous articles appear at his site, YvesEngler.com, Dissident Voice, The Palestine Chronicle, and Pacific Free Press among other places.

Yves Engler in the first half.

And; Wednesday night UVic hosted, Human Rights in Israel and Palestine: Canada’s Response and Responsibility. The expert panel, sponsored by the University’s Social Justice Studies, Independent Jewish Voices, KAIROS Victoria, and the Vancouver Island Peace and Disarmament Network questioned this country’s unquestioning support of Israel as no party in Parliament, or Big Media is willing to do.

William S. Geimer is an author, peace activist, Professor Emeritus of Law at Washington and Lee University, and military veteran who resigned his 82nd Airborne commission in opposition to the war against Vietnam. He’s gone on to represent U.S. conscientious objectors of subsequent wars, and advised peace groups near Fort Bragg, North Carolina, long the focus of peace demonstrations. William serves too as advisor on peace and war policy issues for the Green Party of Canada, and his book, ‘Canada: The Case for Staying Out of Other People’s Wars‘.

William Geimer, arguing for peace in the second half.

And, Victoria activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week.

But first, Yves Engler and SNC/Lavelin bringing Canada’s corrupt foreign policy practices coming home to roost.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon 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 Goes to the Human Rights in Israel and Palestine UVic Panel March 13, 2019

Human Rights in Israel and Palestine: Canada’s Response and Responsibility

by Vancouver Island Peace and Disarmament Network

March 12, 2019

Where: UVic David Turpin Building A102

When: March 13, 7-9 pm

Bring your questions and concerns

An expert panel discussion featuring:

William Geimer, a US army veteran, retired trial lawyer and law professor; author of “Canada:The Case for Staying Out of Other People’s Wars

– Adrian Fine, retired medical specialist: 11 years active member of Independent Jewish Voices(IJV)

– Michael J. Carpenter, a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Global Studies, UVic; author of “Palestinian Popular Struggle: Unarmed and participatory” (Routledte 2019)

Sponsors:
Social Justice Studies UVic
Independent Jewish Voices
Vancouver island Peace and disarmament Network
KAIROS Victoria

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, T.J.Coles, John Henry Clippinger, Janine Bandcroft March 7, 2019

Terrorism didn’t begin on 9/11, but the World did indeed change that day. The United States and its allies, since September 2001, have leveraged the coordinated attack against the World Trade Center and Pentagon to usher in security states at home, and endless war across the globe – or what was initially called the Global War on Terror. In the months preceding America’s retaliatory bombing and invasion of Afghanistan, (the alleged base of operations of the attack’s perpetrators) millions across the planet came out into the streets, imploring the George W. Bush administration stay its hand until a proper investigation provided proof of culpability.

Those demonstrators were ignored, as were subsequent objections to the serial wars to follow.

Dr. T.J. Coles is an Associate Researcher at the Organisation for Propaganda Studies, a columnist for AxisOfLogic.com, and author. Coles’ articles too appear online at CounterPunch, Truthout and Z Magazine, among other places, and his many book titles include: ‘Real Fake News’, ‘Privatized Planet’, Britain’s Secret Wars’, ‘The Great Brexit Swindle’, and the newly released, ‘Manufacturing Terrorism: When Governments Use Fear to Justify Foreign Wars and Control Society’.

T.J. Coles in the first half.

Last month, author, editor, and visionary futurist, Heidi Toffler died. She and husband Alvin were perhaps best-known for the 1970 book, Future Shock which, among other things, envisioned a near-future world where exponentially advancing computer technology combine with communications, mass media, and economic mechanisms to create an unprecedented convergence; the genesis of an integrated, global society. While the Tofflers didn’t live to see the fruition of the modern renaissance they predicted, it seems likely you and I will.

Dr. John Henry Clippinger is, by the reckoning Alvin and Heidi Toffler, just the man for our changing times; holding senior positions in big business, central government, and in the entrepreneurial sector, founding not one, but four technology companies. Dr. Clippinger is too allied with several policy foundations, and academic institutes, most notably at Harvard and Harvard Law School, Brandeis’ Florence Heller School, and the MIT Media Lab, where he works as a research scientist, and co-founded ID3 (cubed) with Sandy Pentland.

John too recently founded the Token Commons Foundation to “develop protocols for decentralized governance and self-sovereign identity”, and serves as advisor to Bancor, Atonomy, Cashaa, Decentralized Pictures, DCP, and Evident Proof. He’s co-editor, with David Bollier of one of the first books, ‘From BitCoin to Burning Man’, attempting to explain the potential of the Blockchain and self-organizing, distributed systems of governance, and author of  ‘A Crowd of One: The Future of Individual Identity’, and ‘The Biology of Business, Natural Laws of Enterprise’.

John Clippinger on the politics of technology, and moving beyond the socialist/capitalist economic dichotomy in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what’s good going on in and around our town in the coming week. But first, T.J. Coles and manufacturing consent, (with terrorism?).

 

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon 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, Halyna Mokrushyna, Mark Worthing, Janine Bandcroft Feb. 28th, 2019

Five years on from the so-called “Euromaidan revolution” none of the reforms, or economic improvements promised by the victorious government of chocolatier, Petro Poroshenko have materialized. The situation in Kiev is not only now worse economically than under the usurped Victor Yanukovych, but also democratically, where according to my first guest there is less freedom and more political violence than ever.

Halyna Mokrushyna, Ph.D., is an independent researcher and journalist whose research interests include: the social and economic inequality and transition challenges of post-Soviet Ukraine, social memory and the politics of memory, Russo/Canadian relations, and the broader context of post-cold war East/West relations.

Her articles appear online at Truthout, Truthdig, New Cold War.org, and CounterPunch, where her recent article, ‘The ‘Peacekeeper’ Vigilante Website and Freedom of Speech in Ukraine’ chronicles disturbing incidents of media suppression, harassment, and violence against those criticizing the Poroshenko regime.

Halyna Mokrushyna in the first half.

And; the rampant development Victoria and environs has seen these last few years is showing no sign of slowing. On the contrary, the momentum is only building, gathering steam as it heads high over the Malahat, and westward towards Sooke. All that stands between the two fingers of this expansive boom is the wild forest and rugged country of the Sooke Hills. But that may not be for long. The Capital Regional District recently announced a plan to punch a highway through the Sooke Hills, ostensibly to provide an alternate up-island route to the Malahat.

Mark Worthing is an activist, naturalist and journalist currently working with Sierra Club BC. He’s a founding member of Tanker Free BC, and has worked with a variety of environmental groups on various campaigns, and led Sierra Club’s Flathead River Basin biodiversity study. Mark cut his journalistic teeth right here at UVic’s Martlet newspaper, and working as a freelance journalist.

Mark Worthing and stopping a road running through the Sooke Hills in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what’s good to get up to in and around our town in the coming week, but first, Halyna Mokrushyna and under the gun and on the run from Ukraine’s “Peacekeepers”.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon 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, Pablo Ouziel, Timothy A. Wise, Janine Bandcroft February 21st, 2019

Last week, Spain’s political path followed its European neighbours into uncertain territory. The young Socialist Party government of Pedro Sánchez, the shortest-lived government since the fall of Franco, lost coalition support over the continued prosecution of Catalan separatists involved with the “illegal” October 1, 2017 independence referendum.

Elections have been called for April 28th.

Saturday, hundreds of thousands came into the streets of Barcelona to demonstrate against the trials, started just more than a week ago, and show support for the twelve defendants, ten former members of the former Puigdumont government and two grassroots activists, they believe are being prosecuted falsely.

The court didn’t help its credibility, ruling testimony from the former president, currently living in exile, would not be allowed.

Dr. Pablo Ouziel is Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Victoria’s Political Science Department and Centre for Global Studies. He’s a native of Barcelona, and his Post-Doctoral Fellowship project at UVic, ‘Democracy Here and Now: The Exemplary Case of Spain’ couldn’t be more timely.

Pablo Ouziel in the first half.

And; were he alive today, Walt Disney might sing, “It’s a small planet afterall.” The World’s population has more than doubled since old Walt’s death in 1966, and the exponential increase in human numbers is the number one reason cited by proponents of the Green Revolution of that era, and reiterated by transnational agribusiness behemoths today, for the continued expansion of industrial scale agriculture and necessity of increasing the scope of genetically modified food crop organisms across the globe. It’s a no-brainer, right?

Timothy A. Wise is senior researcher at the Small Planet Institute and director of its Land and Food Rights Program. He’s also a senior research fellow at Tufts University’s Global Development and Environment Institute and founded its Globalization and Sustainable Development Program.

Wise is too author of the book, ‘Confronting Globalization: Economic Integration and Popular Resistance in Mexico’, and the recently released, ‘Eating Tomorrow: Agribusiness, Family Farmers, and the Battle for the Future of Food‘.

Timothy A. Wise and the politics on your plate in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Pablo Ouziel and Catalans taking to Barcelona’s streets again.  

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon 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, Janine Bandcroft February 14th, 2019

What do any of us really know?

For the most part, our understanding of reality is based on what we’ve been told; told by parents, teachers, friends, and the media. And who told them?

There is though another path to discovery. Go to the places where things are happening; talk to the people making them happen, then decide what’s true.

But, and it’s a vitally big but; be careful what you ask, for you could find out more than it’s safe to know.

As the first cracks of the Soviet Empire’s eroding iron facade opened, Australian-born author, political essayist, professor of political science, and policy advisor to presidents and prime ministers, John Helmer headed for Moscow, determined to establish what was to become the longest continuously operating foreign press bureau in the capital.

From his position as an independent of single-national, or commercial sponsorship reporter, he ventured into the country’s unpredictable, and often precarious economic transition period; a time that would see coup attempts, the undoing of international political superstar, Mikhail Gorbachev, and fall of Russia’s communist system itself. It would too usher in the tempestuous Age of the Oligarchs.

Some of John Helmer’s book titles include: ‘The Deadly Simple Mechanics of Society’, ‘Drugs and Minority Oppression’, (with Claudia Wright) ‘The Jackal’s Wedding – American Power, Arab Revolt’, ‘Grand Strategy for Small Countries, Case Studies in Transforming Weakness into Power,’ (and with Ajay Goyal) ‘Uncovering Russia’. His latest book is the newly out political and personal memoir, ‘The Man Who Knows Too Much About Russia‘.

John Helmer and a special, Gorilla Radio double-yolker, getting to know too much about Russia.

And; Victoria-based activist and long-time contributor to Gorilla Radio, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the three-quarter mark, bringing us up to speed with some of what’s good to do in and around our town in the coming week. But first, the man who knew too much, John Helmer. 

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon 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 Flashbacks with Chris Cook, Harry Rankin May 15th, 2001

The most interesting facet of the gem that is B.C.’s looming election is the fate of the left. With the long awaited pendulum swing away from neo-liberalism, if the paid pollsters are to be believed, at least four years away for British Columbia, the NDP and Greens fighting over the official opposition bone, the poor lefty is left to decide whether to vote with conviction, or sour pragmatism. But why has it come to this? And what can the citizen do. On today’s program, two views of politics British Columbia style. Harry Rankin is no stranger to the politics of the left, and no stranger to the taciturn Premier in waiting, Gordon Campbell. Rankin rankled Vancouver Mayor, Gordon Campbell as a Vancouver City councilor throughout Mr. Campbell’s disastrous tenure as Mayor. In the first half o the show, legendary lefty, Harry Rankin…

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Daniel Kovalik, Denis Halliday, Christopher Black, Janine Bandcroft Feb. 7, 2019

The Lima Group met Monday in Ottawa to make official its determination to overthrow the government of Venezuela, as detailed in its ‘Ottawa Declaration‘.

An offshoot of the Organization of American States, the Lima Group formed following the OAS’s failure to agree on the forced removal of president Nicolas Maduro.

In addition to hosting the meeting, and adding its capital’s name to the Group’s declaration, Canada’s foreign minister promised 53 million Canadian dollars in “humanitarian and development aid” to be delivered to what Chrystia Freeland termed, its “trusted partners” in the embattled South American nation.

Daniel Kovalik is a labor and human rights lawyer, essayist, and author of the critically-acclaimed books, ‘The Plot to Scapegoat Russia’, and ‘The Plot to Attack Iran’. The third in his “plot to” trilogy, ‘The Plot to Control the World: How the US Spent Billions to Change the Outcome of Elections Around the World’ is newly out and couldn’t be more timely. Dan has too served as an election observor multiple times in Venezuela, and other Latin American countries, and is just returned from Caracas.

Dan Kovalik in the first half.

And; despite a gruesome colonial past, and more recent history of supporting dictatorships, Canada still gets a lot of mileage out of its “democracy-loving” reputation. It scores a solid six on The Economist’s annual rating of global democratic performance, and does almost as well on international justice indices. In fact, Canada’s “rule of law” bona fides is wielded more and more by the prime minister, even as the country diverges further and further from it.

Christopher Black is a Toronto-based criminal lawyer specializing in international war crimes cases, and executive member of the Canadian Peace Congress. He’s also an author, poet, and essayist who’s latest book is, ‘Beneath the Clouds’. Black’s articles on international law, politics and World events appear at New Eastern Outlook among other places, and his latest, ‘The Lima Group: International Outlaws’ serves as indictment of a gang of nations gone rogue.

Christopher Black and declaring Ottawa outlaws in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to around our town in the coming week. But first, Dan Kovalik and a kettle of vultures over Caracas.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon 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/