Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Ted Rall, Robert Hunziker, Janine Bandcroft Nov. 23, 2016

In Dostoevsky’s The Devils, his doomed characters, Kirillov and Shatov escape to America and are at first rejoicing in “the spiritualism, the lynch mobs, the guns, and the tramps” they find there. Soon however, they come to realize the inbred Russian morality inhibiting their ability to join fully the carnival of violence and depravity the New World offers and lament,

“[O]ne has to be born in America, or at least to live among them for many years, to reach their level.” 

That was in 1872, but could well have been written as Donald Trump seized the sceptre of American power two weeks ago; and, as University of Kansas Slavic studies scholar Ani Kokobobo says,

“I’ve come to realize that it’s never a good sign when real life resembles a Fyodor Dostoevsky novel.”

Ted Rall is a Pulitzer Prize-finalist, journalist, prolific graphic artist and author whose books include: ‘After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You As Honored Guests: Unembedded in Afghanistan,’ ‘To Afghanistan and Back: A Graphic Travelogue,’ ‘The Book of Obama: From Hope and Change to the Age of Revolt,’ ‘Snowden,’ and his latest is, ‘Trump: A Graphic Biography.’

Ted Rall in the first half.

And; in the aftermath of the Mr. T.’s astounding electoral victory a veritable “S” storm of recrimination and finger pointing has ensued. You may have experienced some of that, if having the temerity to voice the woeful moral short-comings of the democrat opposite as an enabling factor in bringing about his imminent, and unholy inauguration. You may even have said, “How much worse could he be?” Well for all her faults on the war and Wall Street, when it comes to global climate change, Trump seems determined to emphasis the “mental” in his environmental approach.

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 media to talk about global climate change, written extensively about the ongoing aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and his latest article, ‘The Arctic Warms Up For Trump‘ provides a chilling preview of the end of days to come.


Robert Hunziker and warming up to Trump 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 some of the good goings on going in the coming week. But first, Ted Rall and Trump, fascism, and picking up where Obama leaves off.

Ape Goes to Yves Engler’s A Propaganda System Talk November 16, 2016

A Propaganda System — How Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation — Fall 2016Propaganda_cover_v8
A Propaganda System reveals why most Canadians believe their country is a force for good in the world, despite a long history of supporting empire, racism and exploitation. The book details the vast sums Global Affairs Canada, Veterans Affairs and the Department of National Defence spend articulating a one-sided version of Canada’s foreign policy. With the largest PR machine in the country, the Canadian Forces promotes its worldview through a history department, university, journals, war commemorations, think tanks, academic programs and hundreds of public relations officers. A Propaganda System traces the long history of government information control during war, including formal censorship, as well as extreme media bias on topics ranging from Haiti to Palestine, investment agreements to the mining industry. The book also details the corporate elite’s funding for university programs and think tanks. Written for ordinary Canadians interested in the structures impeding understanding of this country’s role in the world, the book should be of interest to journalists curious about the institutions seeking to “spin” them, development workers dependent on government funds and academics interested in the foreign-policy establishment’s influence on campus.

Praise for A Propaganda System

“A must-read for the 21st century.”
— Jooneed Khan, retired La Presse international correspondent

“Engler provides a powerful argument to support his thesis that the Canadian military fields the largest PR apparatus in the nation. This fact runs in stark contrast to Canadians’ popular notion that we are a peace-loving country.”
— Scott Taylor, Esprit de Corps

“Once again, Yves Engler wades into the murky waters of Canada’s foreign policy, courageously going into the depths the mainstream media avoid.”
— Antonia Zerbisias, former Toronto Star media columnist

“The actual policy Engler documents will shock Canadians.”
— James Winter University of Windsor

“Highlights the dark sides of Canada’s real involvement in the world, from helping destabilize Haiti’s democratically elected government to backing human rights-abusing Canadian-based mining companies.”
— Robert Hackett, Simon Fraser University

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Yves Engler, Dahr Jamail, Janine Bandcroft Nov. 16, 2016

High dudgeon has been the major tenor of the response from the far north to the imminent ascension of Donald J. Trump as next president of the United States of America. How, the doyens across our famously liberal media spectrum wonder, could our good cousins south let it happen?

It goes without saying, (just a year after Stephen Harper’s departure) such a gauche coup could never happen here; Canadians are far too fair and good to allow a low brow, knuckle-dragging orange-haired troglodyte troll like the Donald take the reins of power.

Yes, from climate policy to world peace Canada is, if not the indispensable, then at least an unimpeachable nation; or is it?

Yves Engler is a Canadian author and essayist whose book titles include: ‘The Ugly Canadian — Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy,’ ‘Lester Pearson’s Peacekeeping — The Truth May Hurt,’ ‘Stop Signs — Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay (with Bianca Mugyenyi),’ and the ‘The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy’ (Shortlisted for the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non Fiction in the Quebec Writers’ Federation Literary Awards), among others.

His latest book, ‘A Propaganda System: How Canada’s Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation’ is hot of the press, and Yves will be up here at UVic November 16th at 7pm in the Harry Hickman Building to launch the book and reveal just why “most Canadians believe their country is a force for good in the world, despite a long history of supporting empire, racism and exploitation.”

Yves Engler in the first half.

And; even when war is a game, its weapons aren’t toys. Just off our coast, the American Navy conducts war games and weapons testing using sophisticated and necessarily lethal systems and ordnance. But, some of that ordnance, the bullets, bombs, and shells pose an unintended hazard to life and limb, one the military brass is unwilling to admit.

Dahr Jamail is an Olympic peninsula-based Truthout staff journalist and author, whose book titles include: ‘The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan,’ ‘Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Iraq,’ and the contributed chapter, “Killing the Intellectual Class” for the anthology, ‘Cultural Cleansing in Iraq: Why Museums Were Looted, Libraries Burned and Academics Murdered.’

In his latest article for Truthout, ‘The Navy’s Use of Depleted Uranium in Our Coastal Waters Threatens Humans, Wildlife‘ Jamail uncovers the hidden threat behind the Navy’s war games in our back yard. Dahr is also a Truthout staff reporter, and his latest book, ‘The Mass Destruction of Iraq: Why It Is Happening, and Who Is Responsible’ is co-written with Truthout founding editor, William Rivers Pitt.

Dahr Jamail and deep sixing the Navy’s deadly games 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 newz of some of the good things planned in the coming week for our city’s streets and beyond. But first, Yves Engler and ‘A Propaganda System: How Canada’s Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation.’

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/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, John Helmer, Paul Spong, Janine Bandcroft Nov. 9, 2016

Despite our fabulously photogenic, and famously well-intentioned new prime minister, the taint on Canada’s international image continues to darken. It’s well-known everywhere but within the country, Canadian-flagged mining operations are the bane of human rights and dignity, and environmental justice on all continents.

As insulting to the conscience and intelligence Canada’s pretense of high-minded moral rectitude to anyone possessing a modicum of incredulity is, particularly egregious are the misrepresented efforts of the government in concert with NGO’s in countries across Africa.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the current campaign against “blood diamonds,” where Canada and its closest ally America are using that good fight to demonize further their diamond producing rival, Russia.

John Helmer is a long-time, Moscow-based journalist, author, and essayist; the only one, his site, Dances with Bears informs “to direct his own bureau independent of single national or commercial ties.” He’s a former political science professor who’s served as an advisor to the governments of Greece, the U.S., and in Asia where he regularly lectures on Russian topics. His book titles include: ‘Uncovering Russia,’ ‘Urbanman: The Psychology of Urban Survival,’ ‘Bringing the War Home: The American Soldier in Vietnam and After,’ and ‘Drugs and Minority Oppression’ among others. John’s recent article, ‘Dudley Do-Right, Dudley Mine-Right: Partnership Africa Canada Is Canadian Camouflage for War Against Russian Diamonds, African Miners, Financed by George Soros’ explores how so-called humanitarian initiatives overlap and become indiscernible from corporate and Deep State interests.

John Helmer in the first half.

And; last week, IWC66 wrapped up in Portoroz, Slovenia. Besides failing to address some of the most urgent threats to cetacean well-being around the planet, this latest iteration of the International Whaling Commission’s annual confab may well be the final nail in the coffin of small whales like the vaquita, who for now are tremulously existing on the very edge of extinction. That’s one of the conclusions reached by my second guest, recently returned from Protoroz.

Dr. Paul Spong is marine researcher, one of the World’s foremost authorities on the Orca, and is the founder of OrcaLab, a land-based obervatory located on Hanson Island. Spong has tracked whale and other marine mammals from the idyllic location since 1970.

Paul Spong and beating the drum against the silence for whale survival in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us newz of good goings on planned for the streets of our town and beyond in the week. But first, John Helmer and Canada: Dudley Do-Right or humanitarian dud?

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

Ape Talks Ocean Protection Plan with Ingmar Lee November 7, 2016

Nearly four weeks after running aground, the 10,000 ton oil tanker pusher/tug, Nathan E Stewart sits at the bottom of the Seaforth Channel, near Bella Bella, off the shores of the much ballyhoo-ed Great Bear Rainforest.

Yesterday, Canada’s federal Transport minister, Marc Garneau paid a visit to Bella Bella to assess the situation and ostensibly offer reassurance to the locals.

Ingmar Lee is a long-time ecology observer and environment defender. He lives near Bella Bella on Denny Island, and is the author of the Facebook activist site, 10,000 Ton Tanker, from whose pages he has warned of the certain disaster to come should the Inside Passage oil transport trade between Anacortes, Washington and Alaska continue.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Kathy Kelly, Peter Lee, Christina Nikolic Nov. 2, 2016

Does anyone remember the “peace dividend,” that wondrous final payoff after the winding down of the long and harrowing Cold War? The theory was, back when the Soviet’s “Evil Empire” expired, America and her allies could tone down some of the tremendous military expenditures the arms race extracted, turning resources instead towards domestic programs of social uplift.

Of course things didn’t work out, and today’s new narrative sees the moribund Soviets resurrected in the person of Vladimir Putin, the neo-Bolshevik bogie man that must be stopped at all costs!

But this time around the lure is not being taken, even by some of the hoariest of old, cold warriors.

 

Kathy Kelly is a long-time peace and justice activist, essayist, and author. She’s the recipient of numerous awards for her peace service, including multiple nominations for the Nobel Peace prize and many more. She’s co-founder of Voices in the Wilderness and Voices for Creative Nonviolence, co-authored the book, ‘Prisoners on Purpose: a Peacemakers Guide to Jails and Prison,’ and wrote, ‘Other Lands Have Dreams: from Baghdad to Pekin Prison.’ In her latest article, ‘A Good Beginning: Toward the End of US Empire‘ Kelly profiles Zbigniew Brzezinski and Thomas Graham, two primary architects of  U.S. global imperialism who now believe the Sun may be setting on America’s belligerent ways.

 

Kathy Kelly in the first half.

And; one place news of an Imperial sunset is welcome is the Philippines, where the island nation’s president, Rodrigo Duterte has proven a loose end and tangling nuisance for the Obama administration’s efforts to “pivot” America’s foreign policy focus back to the Pacific after years of being mired in Central Asia and the Middle East. Duterte’s dissing of Obama made headlines recently, and his insistence America’s military presence in the country be ended entirely within two years, combined with an increasingly cozy relationship with China reveals some Philippine pivot point weaknesses.

Peter Lee is a freelance journalist writing on East and South Asian affairs as they intersect with US global policy. He’s the driving force behind the Asian affairs website China Matters, providing critical updates on China and Asia-Pacific, and his articles also appear at Asia Times, and at CounterPunch.org, among other internet news sites. His latest articles warn, “It’s On Between Duterte and America!”

 

Peter Lee and are reports of the death of the US-Philippine alliance exaggerated? 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 the good things planned for the coming week in, on, and around our town’s streets. But first, Kathy Kelly and good beginnings toward an end to US empire.

 

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/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Eric Draitser, Ingmar Lee, Janine Bandcroft October 26, 2016

If watching, listening, or reading media, especially in the era of forever electioneering, feels like being caught in the middle of a Three Stooges slap fest, then I have good news for you: There is at least one alternative to getting your ears boxed, eyes poked, and gut punched every time you attempt to become informed.

Counterpunch.org is a venerable first comer in online news aggregating that has not only weathered the myriad alt. news imitators that followed its last-century D.C. newsletter beginnings, but is too still standing amid the overwhelming corporatization of internet news on both sides of the political spectrum. But, as with all bearers of bad news, its survival is precarious. Right now, Counterpunch is appealing to its millions of readers and listeners to pony up and keep this vital service viable.

Eric Draitser is a New York City-based independent geopolitical analyst whose articles and interviews can be found at his site, StopImperialism.org and at Counterpunch.org. He’s also the host of CounterPunch Radio.

Eric Draitser in the first half.

And; last week Denny Island-based ecology observer, Ingmar Lee reported on the sinking of the Kirby Corporation oil tanker tug, Nathan E Stewart about 20 kilometers north of Bella Bella. Almost two weeks later, the Nathan E Stewart sits yet at the bottom of the Seaforth Channel, its fuel tanks emptying into the environment.

Ingmar Lee and updating the predictable environmental disaster after the fact in the second half.

And, Victoria Street Newz publiser emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of good goings on planned for our streets and beyond in the coming week. But first, Eric Draitser and keeping up the fight at CounterPunch.org.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Ken Boon, Ingmar Lee, Janine Bandcroft October 19, 2016

A year into Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party mandate, Canadians who cheered the departure of Stephen Harper’s Conservatives thinking the country had turned a corner on aggressive foreign policy abroad, regressive social policies at home, and an obstructionist environmental philosophy drawn straight from the American Bible belt, have little to be happy about on any of those fronts.

War and rumour of it is the Canadian Forces mantra, while little has been done to address the skyrocketing real estate costs fueling homelessness and economic diaspora in all the country’s major cities.

But on the environment, and especially where First Nations concerns dove-tail with ecologically threatening mega-projects, like the proposed Site-C dam, the Liberal failure to perform is doubly disappointing.

Ken Boon is a Peace Valley farmer standing to lose his livelihood should Site C be built. He’s also the president of the Peace Valley Landowners Association, and one of six protesters slapped with a BC Hydro lawsuit for, “intentional interference with economic relations by unlawful means.”

Ken Boon in the first half.

And; last week the Nathan E Stewart foundered on rocks in Seaforth Channel and sank. The pusher-tug, well known to locals of British Columbia’s mid-coast for its bi-weekly transits through the province’s Inside Passage, was headed south with its 10,000 ton oil tanker barge when it ran aground, and though the tanker was “empty” the tug itself began disgorging its 200,000 litres of diesel into the waters of the Great Bear Rainforest.

Ingmar Lee is a long-time ecology defender and resident of the mid-coast. He is the author of the Facebook action site, 10,000 Ton Tanker, from where he has campaigned to have the Nathan E Stewart refused passage.

Ingmar Lee and a perfectly predictable disaster 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 some of the good things going on on our city’s streets, and beyond, planned for the coming week. But first, Ken Boon and Justin Trudeau’s Site-C dam nation.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Patrick Henningsen, James Corbett, Janine Bandcroft Oct. 12, 2016

If the pundits are to be believed, Hillary Clinton is on the threshold of successfully fulfilling her marathon presidential campaign. Decades in the waging, Clinton’s dogged pursuit of the Oval Office has possessed both a near-maniacal intensity, and ruthless determination, the depraved depths of which is perhaps best illustrated by her gleeful performance while Secretary of State to the news of Libyan president Muammar Qaddafy’s gruesome undoing. And, just as Libya’s fall was a step in Hillary’s upward progress towards power, the successful destruction of Bashar al-Assad and Syria is the essential prerogative to maintain it.

For those in Hillary’s America hoping for a change in foreign policy it means sore disappointment, but for those in Syria and the other far-flung fronts of the forever war her election is much more dire.

Patrick Henningsen is a freelance journalist, co-founder of the online news site, 21st Century wire and host of its consciousness expanding radio program Sunday Wire. Launched during the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Summit, 21 Century Wire’s geopolitical analyses and commentaries are an essential counterweight to a skewed media monolith. Patrick’s reports are too featured online and on-screen at RT and Al Jazeera.

Patrick Henningsen in the first half.

And; Tom Waites was right when he sang, “It’s a sad and beautiful World”, but he might have included the descriptors “big and baffling” too. As little people, we Lilliputians have small chance of grasping how the great tapestry is woven together. Certainly, the meagre threads offered us by corporate-interested media aren’t sufficient to patch together a coherent picture, so how then can we hope to come to understanding our lives in these modern times?

James Corbett is the author of The Corbett Report, a web-based newsite the Japan-based Canadian expat describes as “an outlet for independent critical analysis of politics, society, history, and economics.” Since its inception in 2007, he’s produced thousands of hours of audio and video, uploading regular podcasts, and recording several, regular online video series for his site, and collaborating with GRTV, and BoilingFrogsPost.com. His editorials also appear at the weekly e-newsletter, The International Forecaster. Corbett’s Youtube videos have garnered millions of views, none more notably than his satirical deconstruction of the official World Trade Center/Pentagon attacks in 2001, ‘9/11: A Conspiracy Theory.’ He recently looked back on 9/11, producing a series of video featuring some of the players behind the World Trade Center/Pentagon attacks,‘9/11 Suspects.’

James Corbett and dealing with the “day that changed everything,” fifteen years later 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 newz of some of the good things going on in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Patrick Henningsen and riding the 21st Century media maelstrom.

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/

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, John Helmer, Dan Kovalik, Janine Bandcroft October 5, 2016

Last week, the Joint Investigation Team, an internationally composed body looking into the downing over Ukraine of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 more than two years ago released some of their findings, enough to implicate, they say, Russia in the crime. The western press immediately repeated the findings, and its accusations fully, while doing little digging of its own into either the rigor of the JIT’s methods, or resilience of its facts.

The media’s curious incuriousness surrounding the Dutch-led panel’s probity, considering the scope of the story and its possible ramifications for international relations between Russia and the west at this most sensitive historical moment, may be the most telling part of the tragic mystery behind flight MH17.

John Helmer is a long-time, Moscow-based journalist, author, and essayist; the only one, his site, Dances with Bears informs “to direct his own bureau independent of single national or commercial ties” since 1989. He’s a former political science professor who’s served as an advisor to the governments of Greece, the United States, and in Asia who regularly lectures on Russian topics in China, Europe, and the US. His book titles include: ‘Uncovering Russia,’ ‘Urbanman: The Psychology of Urban Survival,’ ‘Bringing the War Home: The American Soldier in Vietnam and After,’ and ‘Drugs and Minority Oppression’ among others.

John Helmer in the first half.

And; there was dancing in the streets last week when a long-sought peace deal between the Colombian government and the FARC, (the leftists guerrilla organization engaged in a multi-generational insurgency) was announced, but Sunday the music stopped as it became apparent the national referendum called to ratify the deal failed to pass. Why the vote failed, and what happens next are the questions burning the wires across Colombia now.

Daniel Kovalik teaches international human rights law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and is Senior Associate General Counsel for the United Steel Workers union. Kovalik is just back from Colombia where he witnessed the peace plebiscite. Dan’s also a long-time peace and justice activist, specializing in that in Colombia and Central America, where he serves as an attorney for Colombian plaintiffs in cases alleging corporate human rights violations. Kovalik is also co-recipient of a Project Censored Award for chronicling the murder of trade unionists in Colombia.

Dan Kovalik and failing peace in Colombia 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 going on in and around our town in the coming week. But first, John Helmer and MH17, a prejudiced verdict verified and delivered two years after the fact.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Ben Isitt, Rick Sterling, Janine Bandcroft Sept. 28, 2016

While the election spectacle south sucks most of the political air from the media universe, British Columbia too is poised to begin its own democracy circus, and it’s with an eye to the Spring vote here issues from across the province are being aired at the Union of BC Municipalities meetings currently going on at the Victoria Conference Centre.

Yesterday, Victoria Councillor, Ben Isitt joined Metchosin Councillor Andy MacKinnon, Cowichan Valley Regional District Director, Sonia Furstenau, and Torrance Coste of the Wilderness Committee on the steps of the VCC demonstrating to have MacKinnon’s Vancouver Island old-growth logging moratorium proposal included on the UBCM’s resolutions committee agenda.

It’s a busy time for Isitt, who presented Monday night with Andy MacKinnon ‘The Future of Forests and Communities on Vancouver Island‘ a draft policy statement at the Public Presentation and Discussion on the Future of Forests and Communities on Vancouver Island at the Victoria Event Centre, presenting the findings of the group he’s been working with, Island Forest Futures.

Ben Isitt in the first half.

And; hopes for the tremulous peace agreement in Syria were blown to smithereens last week by a sustained American air attack against Syrian army units protecting the town of Deir ez-Zor from ISIS/Daech. The blitz, which US officials later said was all a case of mistaken identity, killed more than sixty soldiers outright, and was followed by what seemed a coordinated ISIS incursion. The result is an end to the peace deal and ratcheting up of the propaganda battle for the hearts and minds on the home front. To that end, prepare to hear lots more about Syria’s famed ‘White Helmets’ organization. Already recipients of a prestigious Right Livelihood Award, the shadowy group are also being promoted for a Nobel Peace prize.

Rick Sterling is an independent researcher, writer, and member of Syria Solidarity Movement, an organization who has mounted an online campaign to pressure the Right Livelihood Foundation to reverse its award decision. Sterling’s articles can be found online at CounterPunch, ConsortiumNews, Dissident Voice, and at Pacific Free Press. Rick’s also an active member of the Task Force on the Americas at the Mount Diablo Peace and Justice Center.


Rick Sterling and helmets of another colour in the second half.

And, Victoria Street Newz publiser emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of good goings on planned for our streets and beyond in the coming week. But first, Ben Isitt and what future the forests of Vancouver Island?

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Robert Hunziker, Richard Atwell, Janine Bandcroft September 21, 2016

It’s hard to believe, five and a half years have passed since the devastating earthquake and tsunami that rocked Fukushima prefecture. Harder to believe still is the International Olympics Committee buying prime minister Abe’s assertion that Fukushima will be ready to host events at the 2020 games. Or maybe it wasn’t the IOC doing the buying?

That in recent years the Olympic Games, both Winter and Summer, has become less associated with sporting excellence and the upper limits of human achievement than with deceit, base corruption, and unparalleled venality – where the purity of amateur athleticism, and ideal of international cooperation, if only on a playing field and for a short while, is entirely transmogrified by a corporatist, win-at-all-cost ethos – is news to no-one; hardly worth mentioning, but what is interesting is the accelerating sense of doom the five-ringed circus has come to forebode.

Whether the tremendous environmental price of industrial hyper-development, as glimpsed through Beijing’s choking smog shroud, the spectres of Sochi’s ethnically cleansed original inhabitants, or Rio’s erased favelas and emergent Zika contagion, it’s almost as though those rings carry a curse. If that’s so, nothing seen so far can compare with the horror potential currently lurking just below the surface of the next planned Olympics in Japan.

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 media to talk about global climate change and has written extensively about the ongoing aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Robert Hunziker in the first half.

And; now they’ve done it! Last week, Capital Regional District directors voted to fund a new sewage treatment plant to be located at McLoughlin Point in Esquimalt. The controversial issue of how best to handle the region’s effluent has livened council meetings, and the local press for years now, but is the CRD greenlighting of the McLouglin Point plant an end to the contentious project, or just another log on the fire?

Richard Atwell is Mayor of Saanich, the region’s largest municipality, and represents the sole dissenting vote on the CRD board’s “almost unanimous” sewage vote. It was Atwell’s advocacy for an alternative sewage plan for the region that led him into politics, and a stunning political upset rookie win against the near two decades-old administration of incumbent mayor, Frank Leonard in 2014.

Richard Atwell and finding a lasting regional pollution solution in the second segment.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio host, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of good things going on in and around our town and beyond in the coming week. But first, Robert Hunziker and the Fukushima disaster past, present, and forever.

Ape Talks Fukushima with Robert Hunziker Sept. 17, 2016

That in recent years the Olympic Games, both Winter and Summer, has become less associated with excellence and the upper limits of human achievement than with physiological deceit, base corruption, and an unparalleled venality, where the purity of amateur athleticism, and ideal of international cooperation – if only on a playing field and for a short while – is now entirely transmogrified by the corporatist, win-at-all-cost ethos is news to no-one. It’s hardly worth mentioning, but what is interesting in a macabre way is the accelerating sense of global doom, both past and present, the biennial circuses have come to mirror.

Whether the tremendous environmental price of industrial hyper-development, as glimpsed through Beijing’s choking smog shroud, the spectres of Sochi’s ethnically cleansed original inhabitants, or Rio’s erased favelas and emergent Zika contagion, it’s almost as though the five rings have become Karma balls, dread omens for a human civilization that has lost its way.

If so, nothing seen so far can compare with the potential horror lurking just below the surface of the next planned Summer games in Tokyo, Japan.

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 media to talk about global climate change and has written extensively about the ongoing aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Tim Shorrock, Elizabeth Yake, Janine Bandcroft Sept. 14th, 2016

If you follow the news regularly, you can be forgiven for not knowing much other than Trump’s latest harrumph, or Hillary’s health scares, but there is still a World out there spinning, independent of America’s election cycle. Last week, North Korea again tested the nuclear waters with its second weapon test this year. This time they claim to have detonated a Hydrogen bomb.

With a thumb aimed squarely at Uncle Sam’s eye, a Korean Central News Agency release said, “The U.S. will be made to clearly see how the DPRK rises imposingly out of chains of sanctions, blockade and pressure.” (The Obama administration recently responded to a series of North Korean missile tests with promises of more sanctions.) We’re all left to wonder, “What would/will president Trump do?”

Tim Shorrock is a journalist, musician, and author of the web site, Money Doesn’t Talk, It Swears, and the book, ‘Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing.’ Tim’s upbringing in the Far East especially informs his coverage of Japan and South Korea, and he spent much of the 1980’s in Japan, following the financial intrigues of the then-biggest of the Asian Tiger economies. These days he’s based in Washington, D.C.

Tim Shorrock in the first half.

And; living here, at this time, in this still magnificent remnant of creation called British Columbia, the sorrow of what of the wild world here has already been lost, and what is currently risked through unrelenting “resource” extraction may make it easier for we less imaginative, less passionate people to understand Grant Hadwin’s last desperate act. The former logger and backwoodsman disappeared after felling, in a mad act of environmental apotheosis, the singularly majestic Golden Spruce, a tree sacred to all who beheld it.

Hadwin’s life was immortalized in John Vaillant’s book, ‘The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed,’ and now in a film inspired by that book, ‘Hadwin’s Judgement.’

Elizabeth Yake is one of the producers of the film, who will appear with John Vaillant and Ken Wu and TJ Watts at the fundraiser screening for the Ancient Forest Alliance in Victoria Thursday, September 29th at UVic’s Cinecenta theatre.

Elizabeth Yake 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 good things planned for the streets of our city, and beyond there too, in the coming week. But first, Tim Shorrock and a World still restive, beyond the Beltway politics.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, James Corbett September 7, 2016

Tom Waites was right when he sang, “It’s a sad and beautiful World”, but he might have included the descriptors “big and baffling” too. As little people, we Lilliputians have small chance of grasping how the great tapestry is woven together. Certainly, the meagre threads offered us by corporate-interested media aren’t sufficient to patch together a coherent picture, so how then can we hope to come to understanding our lives in these modern times?

James Corbett is the author of the Corbett Report, a web-based newsite the Japan-based Canadian expat describes as “an outlet for independent critical analysis of politics, society, history, and economics.” Since its inception in 2007, he’s produced thousands of hours of audio and video, uploading regular podcasts, and recording several, regular online video series for his site, and collaborating with GRTV, and BoilingFrogsPost.com. His editorials also appear at the weekly e-newsletter, The International Forecaster. Corbett’s Youtube videos have garnered millions of views, none more notably than his satirical deconstruction of the official World Trade Center/Pentagon attacks in 2001, ‘9/11: A Conspiracy Theory.’ His latest production on the 9/11 theme is, ‘9/11 Suspects’