Left Coast Events: Janine Goes to Amy Soranno at Victoria’s Vegtoria July 20, 2019

From the mainstage at the 3rd annual Vegtoria held July 20th 2019 in Victoria BC, on the unceded traditional lands of the Coast Salish Peoples, Amy Soranno spoke about her personal journey with chronic illness and her fight for animal liberation since becoming vegan in 2014.  Amy works with Okanagan Animal Save organizing and facilitating slaughterhouse vigils, she participates in underground investigations and rescues, and she does street outreach with Anonymous for the Voiceless.  Most recently, Amy was arrested during a “Meat the Victims” action which exposed inhumane conditions inside the Excelsior Hog Farm in Abbotsford BC.  This action was documented, including video taken inside the hog farm, at The Intercept

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Caitlin Manning, Christopher Black, Janine Bandcroft July 18, 2019

It was all going to be so good. The new man promised, he had a plan: No more would they bow to outsiders; no more allow nature be subsumed by industry; and no more would they be left to watch as the best of everything was taken. It would be a shining new day.

Thus Mexicans received Andrés Manuel López Obrador, (or “AMLO” as he’s colloquially known) into the presidency. But that was last year.

Caitlin Manning is an American filmmaker and active participant in the movements against patriarchy, racism and capitalism. She’s currently working on Resistant Mexico, a series of films documenting resistance to neoliberal economic expansion, and retention of cultural modes, methods, and memory in Mexico.

Caitlin’s articles, and links to her films appear at CaitlinManningfilms.com, and at ROAR Magazine, where I found her article, ‘AMLO in office: from megaprojects to militarization‘.

Caitlin Manning in the first half.

And; last week Britain dispatched its navy to take into custody, at its still contentious Gibraltar sinecure on the Iberian peninsula, the Panamanian-flagged Iranian oil tanker Grace I. The Grace was, allegedly, Syria-bound when intercepted, something the UK says violates European Union sanctions. Iran denies it, but the bigger question bearing begging is, “Does the EU, America, or Britannia have the right to rule the waves?”

Christopher Black is a Toronto-based criminal lawyer specializing in international war crimes cases. He’s also an executive member of the Canadian Peace Congress. Black’s articles on international law, politics and World events appear at New Eastern Outlook among other places, where his latest, ‘A League of Perpetual Peace: An Impossible Dream?‘ reveals the West’s relentless chicanery that would, in its audacity, risk another global war.

Christopher Black and pyrates again off Barbary’s Coast in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and long-time CFUV 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, Caitlin Manning and the AMLO change Mexico did not hope for.

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, June Ross, Joe Emersberger, Janine Bandcroft July 11, 2019

We all know water means life; so why then do we treat it like dirt? Whether by using our streams and rivers as open sewers, or permitting construction and other industrial activities in watersheds, we’ve allowed clean, pure water, lifeblood of both ecosystems and human civilization become just something running freely from a tap. But this easy attitude toward that most essential element imperils us all.

June Ross is a community, political, and environmental activist. As well as a member of the Nanaimo River Watershed Roundtable, June serves as both Chair of the Vancouver Island Water Watch Coalition and editor of it’s web page which, seeks to unite, inform and educate communities on Vancouver Island on the status of water and wastewater affecting the environment and our way of life.

June Ross in the first half.

And; the embattled government of Venezuela was dealt an especially stinging blow last week; stinging because it didn’t come from the United States, or one of its suspect coalitions of willing regime changers, but from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet. The former leftist President of Chile made a number of controversial statements about both President Nicolás Maduro and his government in her report to the United Nations, most damning perhaps being allegations of mass killings of political opponents. The Commissioner’s report is a boon to the foreign press, who’ve latched on to both embellish the findings, and further demonize Maduro.

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 a “fundamentally flawed and disappointing” UN report on Venezuela 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, June Ross and stemming threats to the Island’s water resources.

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, Danny Haiphong, Esteban Servat, Janine Bandcroft July 4, 2019

And a Happy Fourth to our friends south. You know, the Greatest American, (besides the official title-holder, Ronald Reagan) once wrote of the founding of America,  

“1492. As children we were taught to memorize this year with pride and joy as the year people began living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America. Actually, people had been living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America for hundreds of years before that. 1492 was simply the year sea pirates began to rob, cheat, and kill them.”

Kurt Vonnegut’s words are as true today as when he wrote them, sometime in the last century. But, the winds driving Big H “history” seldom blow in the direction of objective truth; which is why marginal chroniclers, or more properly, chroniclers of the marginalized, like Kurt Vonnegut, Mark Twain, and Howard Zinn are vital if we are to remember who we are and where we came from.

If, that is, we care to do so.

Danny Haiphong is a journalist and regular contributor to Black Agenda Report. He’s co-author with Roberto Servent of the new book, ‘American Exceptionalism and American Innocence: A Peoples History of Fake News From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror‘, the text of which no less a luminary than, Dr. Cornell West says, “lay bare the hidden realities and concealed miseries of poor and working peoples even as revolutionary fire remains strong!”

Danny Haiphong in the first half.

And; inspired by WikiLeaks, an American journalist and an Argentine biologist founded EcoLeaks, an organization with the same goals and principles Julian Assange adopted for his groundbreaking efforts. And, it didn’t take long for the upstart muckrakers to find trouble, taking on Argentina’s frackers. Having beaten back harassment and bogus criminal charges in a fiasco court case litigants failed to show up for, it took good old-fashioned death threats to chase EcoLeaks from the fields of battle, Argentina’s agricultural heartland.

Esteban Servat, is an environmental-activist refugee, running for his life for daring to serve biology 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 Event Bulletin of some of the good things to get up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Danny Haiphong and America, still exceptional after all these years.

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, Bonny Glambeck, Greg Palast, Janine Bandcroft June 27th, 2019

It’s difficult to accept news of the epidemic-sized outbreak of sea lice at fish farms in Clayoquot Sound with anything but a weary sigh of unsurprise; afterall, why would Cermaq’s much contested operations there differ from everywhere else concentrated fish feed lots operate?

Cermaq, the formerly Norwegian company newly acquired by Japanese behemoth, Mitsubishi Corporation issued an apology, published in the local Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News, admitting their inability to manage operations in the Sound safely, saying, “we were unable to effectively manage sea lice populations for a variety of reasons including unusually hot and dry weather…”. 

For those long chronicling the damage the industry does on a good day, and long predicting just such “unmanageable” outbreak scenarios, Mitsubishi’s “so sorry’s” arrive dead in the water.

Bonny Glambeck is director of Clayoquot Action, an organization dedicated, they say: “to keep Clayoquot Sound clean and green for future generations, to preserve the diversity and integrity of the ecosystems, and to maintain and develop community and cultural richness.”

Bonny Glambeck in the first half.

And; journalism is in crisis, and it’s not the good kind! Beyond the bane of “fake news” and journotainment upchucked by network television and the marquee legacy presses, whether in shooting wars, or digging through the muck of corrupt politicos and their big business patrons, real journalists are now considered fair game targets. From the remote reaches of Russia and the Middle and Far East, to the marbled capitals of Britain and America, the new contempt for them has made an always difficult and precarious profession almost impossible. Just as intended.

Greg Palast is an investigator, journalist, author, and filmmaker. He’s reported the news from both sides of the Atlantic for the better part of two decades, breaking stories for BBC flagship news program, Newsnight and The Guardian newspaper in Britain, and filing with The Nation magazine and Rolling Stone stateside. He’s the recipient of plaudits, laudatory recognition, and numerous awards for his work; the most recent being The Association of Mexican Journalists’ 2019 prize for International Reporter for his exclusive exposés of the theft of elections from Georgia to Mexico and corporate media ban-busting reportage from Venezuela.

Greg’s books, ‘Billionaires & Ballot Bandits’, ‘Armed Madhouse’, and ‘The Best Democracy Money Can Buy’ have all resided on the New York Times’ bestseller list, while his ‘Vultures’ Picnic’ was named Book of the Year by BBC Newsnight Review. His latest documentary film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires & Ballot Bandits is recut, and available at Gregpalast.com.

Greg Palast and the media’s crisis of stenography 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, Bonny Glambeck and Clayoquot Sound plague of sea lice.  

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, Dimitri Lascaris June 20, 2019

Ten years after pajama-clad Honduran center-left president Mel Zelaya was whisked from his bed and into exile by military coupsters the country is a basket case. For the vast majority, the past decade has seen economic collapse and the erosion of the meagre human rights and agrarian reforms Zelaya had initiated in his final year in office. It has also become the most dangerous place on Earth to live, with police, gangs, and government-sponsored death squads providing impetus for the main component of the Central American refugee crisis.

Dimitri Lascaris is a Canadian lawyer, human rights activist, and reporter for the Real News Network. He’s just returned from Honduras where he joined a tri-national delegation of University academics and members of the Central American Alliance Against Mining on a Human Rights fact-finding mission to investigate local opposition to an iron-ore mine in the Botaderos National Park in northern Honduras.

Dimitri Lascaris and Honduras, ten years after democracy died.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Stefan Goebel, Dimitri Lascaris, Janine Bandcroft June 20, 2019

A century past the end of the War to End All Wars humankind has experienced unrelenting conflicts both large and small, roiling the length and breadth of the World. A look across media platforms at the headlines today reinforces the calamitous political state of the planet, but what is rarely explored or explained is the role it, the media, plays and has played in our seeming perpetual state of war and its ever-rumoured coming.

Stefan Goebel is a scholar, educator, author, and Director of the Centre for the History of War, Media & Society at Kent University. A reader in Modern British History, professor Goebel is too co-editor of the recently published volume, ‘Propaganda and Conflict: War, Media and Shaping the Twentieth Century‘.

Stefan Goebel in the first half.

And; ten years after pajama-clad Honduran center-left president Mel Zelaya was whisked from his bed and into exile by military coupsters the country is a basket case. For the vast majority, the past decade has seen economic collapse and the erosion of the meagre human rights and agrarian reforms Zelaya had initiated in his final year in office. It has also become the most dangerous place on Earth to live, with police, gangs, and government-sponsored death squads providing impetus for the main component of the Central American refugee crisis.

Dimitri Lascaris is a Canadian lawyer, human rights activist, and reporter for the Real News Network. He’s just returned from Honduras where he joined a tri-national delegation of University academics and members of the Central American Alliance Against Mining on a Human Rights fact-finding mission to investigate local opposition to an iron-ore mine in the Botaderos National Park in northern Honduras.

Dimitri Lascaris and Honduras, ten years after democracy died 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, professor Stefan Goebel and media, propaganda and conflict in the post-truth age.

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 John Helmer, World Oceans Day, Gretchen Fitzgerald, Janine Bandcroft June 13, 2019

The rank hypocrisy of Western civilization’s ruling elite, though never really too deeply hidden has, with the recent arrests of journalists and raids against their publishers, broken the surface of the body politic like some septic pustule.

But worse than embarrassment, this sore blooming in the face of much vaunted “rule of law” proclamations made across the once Free World, and elsewhere, is more pox than spot, and not easily vanished by either creams, lotions, or official bromides.

Last week, Australia’s State broadcaster ABC was just one such media outlet to experience the new democratic understanding of press rights and freedoms.

John Helmer is a journalist, former academic, government policy advisor, author, broadcaster and principal behind the news website, Dances with Bears. An Australian national, his recent article, ‘The Julian Assange Case Now Puts the US on Trial in a British Court: Is There a GET-OUT-OF-JAIL Card for Assange?‘ explores security state targeting of journalism, and the unenviable fate of his countryman and all those caught up in the new anti-information dragnets.

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 his latest is the newly out political and personal memoir, ‘The Man Who Knows Too Much About Russia’.

John Helmer in the first half.

And; Canada’s senate has shot down proposed amendments to the new Impact Assessment Act, also known as Bill C-69. This despite what one Senator reports was a veritable “flood” of evidence from fishing organizations, indigenous leaders, and environmental groups concerned that, as it stands, the Bill delivers regulation of seabed oil exploration permits into the hands of petroleum interests.

Gretchen Fitzgerald is the National Programs Director of the Sierra Club Canada Foundation. Her work focuses on environmental impacts of offshore oil and gas, volunteer engagement, and climate change.

Gretchen Fitzgerald and rescuing the New Impact Assessment Act…Before It’s Too Late! 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. But first, John Helmer and journalism under fire.

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 Victoria’s World Oceans Day 2019

From the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (GVHA):

It’s World Oceans Day today #Victoria! We are so excited to see you all today at Fishermans Wharf (1 Dallas Rd.) from 11:00-4:00! We want to remind you of one of our goals that we are trying to achieve through this event, which is raising money for a Seabin! 🌊
The The Seabin project‘s Seabin moves up and down with the range of tide collecting all floating rubbish. The Seabin catches an estimated 1.4 tons of floating debris per year (depending on weather and debris volumes) including micro plastics down to 2 mm small, the catch bag has a capacity of 20kg and can be changed multiple times per day.
We hope you have a great time with us today and learn about our incredible ocean!💙
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