Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Joe Emersberger November 14, 2019

Extractivist industries and their proponents are too rumoured behind the violent ouster this past week of the duly elected president of Bolivia, Evo Morales. Canada’s government, in concert with its U.S. counterpart have voiced support for the extrajudicial undermining of the president there, as they both have supported anti-democratic campaigns in Honduras, Venezuela, and Brazil in recent years.

Joe Emersberger is a Canada-based writer whose work, primarily focused on media distortion and confabulation, appears at FAIR.org, VenezuelAnalysis, The Canary, and Counterpunch.org.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Ellen Moore, Joe Emersberger, Janine Bandcroft November 14th, 2019

The fight against neo-colonism, exemplified by extractivist industry policies everywhere, continues. In Canada, and throughout jurisdictions in both North and South, resource interests and their allies in government have invoked and enacted “consultation” measures. Presented as a means of inclusion for local, primarily indigenous, community participation in the mining, logging, and fossil fuel exploration and extraction decision-making process, in reality consultation only matters when the answer to development is “Yes”.

The Xinka people of Guatemala know this too well. They’ve been struggling for more than a decade to resist transnational capital’s plans for the Escobal Mine in their community, where corruption, intimidation, violence and murder have been the response of proponents.

Mining Watch Canada and American Non-Profit organization Earthworks are currently travelling Canada on a speaking and actions tour, and they’ll be in Victoria this coming Monday, November 18th.

All are invited to hear Xinka Parliament community organizer and paralegal activist, Luis Fernando Garcia Monroy and my first guest, Earthworks’ International Mining Coordinator, Ellen Moore presenting UnderMining Indigenous Rights: Pan American Silver in Guatemala at the Cadboro Bay United Church, 2625 Arbutus Road.

Ellen Moore in the first half.

And; extractivist industries and their proponents are too rumoured behind the violent ouster this past week of the duly elected president of Bolivia, Evo Morales. Canada’s government, in concert with its U.S. counterpart have voiced support for the extrajudicial undermining of the president there, as they both have supported anti-democratic campaigns in Honduras, Venezuela, and Brazil in recent years.

Joe Emersberger is a Canada-based writer whose work, primarily focused on media distortion and confabulation, appears at FAIR.org, VenezuelAnalysis, The Canary, and Counterpunch.org.

Joe Emersberger and opening the hood of the well-worn mechanism of regime change in Latin America 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, Ellen Moore and UnderMining Indigenous Rights: Pan American Silver in Guatemala.

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.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, Mathew Legge, Larry Hannant, Janine Bandcroft November 7th, 2019

More than a century and half after Dickens’ observation of living in the “best and worst of times“, we living now on the verge of transformative technologies promising to make of our existence the paradise on Earth so long promised are, instead of grasping the best of all times, stuck in an Iron Age paradigm of endless war and violence. And worse yet, according to my first guest, things are getting worse yet.

Mathew Legge is Peace Program Coordinator for the Canadian Friends Services Committee, the peace and social justice agency of Quakers in Canada. He’s also a researcher in the fields of neuroscience, social psychology, and behavioral economics whose blog, Are We Done Fighting? appears at the Psychology Today website.

Matthew will be on the island next week to speak on the issues presented in his newly released book, ‘Are We Done Fighting? Building Understanding in a World of Hate and Division‘.

Mathew Legge in the first half.

And; Canadians seem never to tire of making connections with native sons and daughters who have achieved great things abroad. Just one such person is Dr. Norman Bethune. A national hero in China, Bethune’s communist sympathies though has long presented government of Canada propagandists with a dilemma; so, while his humanitarian contributions are undeniable, Norman Bethune may just be, 80 years after his death, the most famous Canadian hero most Canadians have never heard of!

Larry Hannant is a writer, historian, educator, social justice advocate and activist. He’s author of the Robert S. Kenny Prize-winning book, ‘The Politics of Passion: Norman Bethune’s Writing and Art‘, the soon to be released, ‘Bucking Conservatism: Alternative Stories of Alberta in the 1960s and 1970s’, ‘The Infernal Machine: Investigating the Loyalty of Canada’s Citizens‘, and the just out, ‘All My Politics Are Poetry’. Hannant and fellow speakers, Eric Zhao, Parneyan Weera, and Florian Castle will be presenting a commemoration of the life and times of Norman Bethune and simultaneous launch of Larry’s book tonight at the Victoria Event Centre on Broad Street at 7pm sharp.

Larry Hannant, Norman Bethune and the politics of poetry 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, Mathew Legge and strategizing responses to the current wave of hate and divisiveness.

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.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, David Boudinot, Daniel Kovalik, Janine Bandcroft October 31st, 2019

Everyone knows plastic, the stuff almost all of us use daily, as the greatest bane modern civilization has bestowed upon the natural environment. Destined by design to outlive both humanity and the rest of biological life, it seems hardly a day goes by without a new and more destructive facet of this ubiquitous material being unearthed.

My first guest discovered this firsthand when he found “nurdles” while taking part in a Surfrider beach cleanup at Victoria’s picturesque Willow’s Beach.

David Boudinot is the lead Plastic Pellet Researcher at the Surfrider Foundation Vancouver Island Chapter.

David Boudinot in the first half.

And; those believing the Bolivarian Revolution down for the count following the death of its most emblematic spokesperson, Hugo Chavez will just have to keep counting.

Though it looked for a while in Latin America, with the wave of corporate cadres and military strongmen brought into power, that the Pink Tide had ebbed, perhaps forever, but the people long benighted by death squad dictators and their Yankee bank backers are risen again.

From Mexico to Argentina, Atlantic to Pacific, there is a groundswell of activism determined to throw off again the yolk of tyranny.

Daniel Kovalik is a lawyer, educator, labour, peace, and justice activist, democracy defender, journalist and author. He teaches international human rights law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and was until recently Senior Associate General Counsel for the United Steel Workers Union. Kovalik has observed elections in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Colombia, where he too witnessed the 2016 peace plebiscite promising an end to the generational war there.

Dan’s also served as an attorney for Colombian plaintiffs in cases alleging corporate human rights violations, and is co-recipient of a Project Censored Award for chronicling the murder of trade unionists in Colombia. Some of his many book titles include: ‘The Plot to Scapegoat Russia: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Putin’, ‘The Plot to Attack Iran: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Iran’, ‘The Plot to Control the World: How the US Spent Billions to Change the Outcome of Elections Around the World, and his latest, ‘The Plot to Overthrow Venezuela: How the US Is Orchestrating a Coup for Oil.’

Dan Kovalik and the rising waters of justice south 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, David Boudinot and the trouble with nurdles.

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.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, Pablo Ouziel, John Helmer, Janine Bandcroft October 24th, 2019

Barcelona has seen street protests, police violence, and property damage for more than a week and half, since the sentencing of separatist leaders to lengthy prison terms for their part in the 2017 unsanctioned Catalonia independence referendum.

Thousands have nightly filled the streets, while an estimated 2 million came out in protest in Barcelona to demonstrate against the court’s heavy-handed rulings. Hong Kong-style disruption tactics have spread too to Barcelona’s El Prat airport, while last Friday a general strike paralyzed the heart of Spain’s richest region.

All this comes as Madrid’s failed federal government readies for a November election; the second this year.

Dr. Pablo Ouziel is Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Victoria’s Political Science Department and Centre for Global Studies. He’s also a native of Barcelona whose Fellowship project at UVic is, ‘Democracy Here and Now: The Exemplary Case of Spain’.

Pablo Ouziel from Barcelona in the first half.

And; two weeks into Turkey’s Syria incursion another mass exodus of civilians from Syria has rendered tens of thousands homeless. It has also forced a veritable blitz of diplomatic efforts from West Asia to Sochi, Russia. Earlier this week, American vice-president, Mike Pence met with Turkish president, Recep Erdogan to negotiate a cessation of hostilities. Tuesday, Erdogan and Russian president, Vladimir Putin agreed a deal that would divide policing of the territory of concern to Turkey, actually halting its military offensive; for now.

John Helmer is a journalist, author, broadcaster, former political advisor to governments, and principal behind the news website, Dances with Bears. Some of Helmer’s book titles include: ‘The Deadly Simple Mechanics of Society’, ‘The Jackal’s Wedding – American Power, Arab Revolt’, (co-authored with Claudia Wright) and his latest is the political memoir, ‘The Man Who Knows Too Much About Russia’. His latest article at Dances with Bears is, ‘THE SULTAN BLINKED, THE TSAR AGREED TO CLOSE HIS EYES – THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE EXPANDS BY 118 KILOMETRES OF SYRIA’

John Helmer and Russia’s hand in the Grand Syria Game 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, Pablo Ouziel and Catalonia’s lengthening winter of discontent.

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.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, Bo Filter, Caitlyn Vernon*, Vanessa Beeley, Janine Bandcroft October 17, 2019

Turkey’s illegal invasion of Syria last week is the latest fracture in NATO’s fragile facade as World peacekeeper and self-professed desire to “live in peace with all peoples and all governments.” And it’s also a blow to NATO’s origin story of being founded on “the principles of democracy, individual liberty and the rule of law.”

But then few familiar with international realpolitik believed that fable. So, why do nice countries like Denmark and the Netherlands, Iceland and Norway still participate in the alliance? Why does Canada?

Bo Filter is a long-time peace activist, military veteran, and author of the book, ‘The Cause of Wars and Aggression‘. He’s also a co-sponsor of the petition to remove Canada from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Bo Filter in the first half.

And; escalating climate actions around the World have elicited the predictable response from governments owing allegiance to the economic order millions believe threatens the survival of humanity; arrests, and lots of them.

But some countries are more proactive when it comes to fighting environmental rebellion. A 2015 court case revealed Canada’s intelligence services spied on climate activists opposed to the proposed Enbridge Gateway pipeline. Environmental organizations taking part in the investigation of the investigators were forced to agree to gag orders, but that hasn’t set well, so the Sierra Club of BC et al, in partnership with the BC Civil Liberties Association, are “seeking accountability and an end to unconstitutional spying on Canadians” in the courts.

Caitlyn Vernon is Campaigns Director at the Sierra Club. She’s spent years working for climate solutions that will provide green jobs, while keeping fossil fuels “in the ground”. Caitlyn launched the Pull Together initiative, that raised more than a million dollars for Indigenous legal challenges to Enbridge and Kinder Morgan pipeline approvals, and hosts the podcast, ‘Mission Transition: Powering BC’s Clean Energy Economy’. She’s also the author of Nowhere Else on Earth: Standing Tall for the Great Bear Rainforest.

Caitlyn Vernon and making The Protest Papers 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 going on in and around our town in the coming week.

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.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, David Swanson, Joyce Nelson, Janine Bandcroft October 10th, 2019

Wars and rumours of same abound still throughout West Asia, where last week demonstrations for a more inclusive economy in Iraq were met with extreme state violence and the emergence of “mysterious sniper teams” reportedly killing protesters and police alike.

Meanwhile, American military manoeuvres in Syria stoked fears of a renewed Turkish incursion against Kurdish forces long at war there fighting those infamous agents of transnational mayhem for hire, Islamic State.

It’s clear in 2019, the New World Order promised by George H. Bush thirty years ago is but a mire of perpetual warfare.

David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, broadcaster, and executive director of WorldBeyondWar.org.

Some of his many book titles include: ‘War Is A Lie’, ‘When the World Outlawed War’, and ‘War No More: The Case for Abolition’. David blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org, and is also the host of Talk Nation Radio.

David Swanson in the first half.

And; while the burning question in Canada’s looming election is vital to the nation, what else might we voters still undecided on “who looks best in a canoe?” want to consider before casting our franchise into the polling pot? How about something more prosaic like the privatization of Canada’s water supply and sewage management systems?

The Canada Infrastructure Bank‘s recent announcement it would provide “innovative funding” for just such a scheme is an issue currently left undebated by all federal parties, and entirely ignored by all in the press save, according to my second guest, the lonely alternative media site, Press Progress.

Joyce Nelson is an award-winning Canadian freelance writer, researcher, and author whose articles appear in the Watershed Sentinel and at CounterPunch.org. Some of her seven book titles include: ‘The Perfect Machine: TV in the Nuclear Age,’ ‘Sultans of Sleaze: Public Relations and the Media,’ ‘Beyond Banksters: Resisting the New Feudalism’ and its newly released sequel, ‘Bypassing Dystopia: Hope-filled Challenges to Corporate Rule.’

Joyce Nelson and ‘Privatizing Canada’s Water Infrastructure Should be an Election Issue‘ 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, David Swanson and wars past not passed, and finding peace in a World Beyond War.

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.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, Robert Hunziker, Dave Lindorff, Janine Bandcroft October 3rd, 2019

September 11th past marked more than the eighteenth anniversary of the day western democracy died, it also commemorated the eight and a half years passed since a tsunami slammed into Japan’s Fukushima prefecture.

Today, though not as intended, Tokyo Electric Power’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station chugs on, still creating the byproducts if not the benefits of the atomic revolution.

Till now, most of the contaminated water used to continually cool the melted-down cores of the wrecked plant has been stored in a massive tank field, stretching as far as the eye can see. But after eight and a half years, Tokyo Electric, aka TEPCO says they’re running out of storage room. Fortunately however, TEPCO’s got a plan.

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 electronic media to talk about global climate change, penned numerous articles on the ever-quickening polar ice melt, and written extensively about the ongoing aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. His latest article on that near-forgotten catastrophe, ‘Fukushima’s Radioactive Water Crisis‘ appears at CounterPunch.org.

Robert Hunziker in the first half.

And; those who reveal unwelcome truths are seldom rewarded. Whether receiving the punishment of whistleblower Julian Assange, languishing yet in British solitary confinement, or threats of similar treatment made by the government of Japan should any journalist there for example have the temerity to dig up dirt on the corruption at the core of its nuclear power industry, these are indeed dangerous times for truth-tellers. Now, America has deployed another answer for troublesome pests in the press and other cage rattlers.

Dave Lindorff is a publisher, investigative journalist, and author. The former Los Angeles Daily News government bureau chief and freelance reporter now writes for and publishes the multiple Project Censored award-winning online news website, This Can’t Be Happening, where a transcript of his recent NPR interview, ‘Dave Lindorff Tells about Finding Himself on the US Government’s Terrorist Watch List’ appears. Lindorff’s 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.’

Dave Lindorff and what it takes to make the US Terror Watchlist 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.

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.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/