Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Gregory Shupak, Site C Action & Accountability, Janine Bandcroft July 12th, 2018

Israel announced Monday it will seal the Kerem Shalom commercial border crossing between Gaza and Egypt. This means Gazans, already suffering a health emergency due to the dozen years-long siege of the refugee enclave, will be subject to even greater privations. Israel’s actions fly in the face of World opinion, and repeated rulings by the United Nations, who released a report last year saying conditions in Gaza are degrading at a rate to make the Strip “unlivable” by 2020.

Benjamin Netanyahu’s proclamation comes following four months of weekly Palestinian protest at the barbed wire and earthen berm barrier near Khan Younis, where Israel has responded with a live bullet, open fire policy killing so far more than a hundred and fifty people, (including children, medics, and journalists) and maiming thousands.

The Israeli prime minister said the Kerem Shalom closure was part of a promise to redouble his efforts to “deal with Hamas with a heavier hand.”

Professor Gregory Shupak is an educator, author, and essayist. Holding a doctorate in Literary Studies, Greg teaches Media Studies at the University of Guelph in Toronto. His analyses of politics and media appear across a variety of outlets online, including: Jacobin Magazine, Electronic Intifada, In These Times, Middle East Eye, TeleSUR, and at Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting among other places.

His first book, ‘The Wrong Story: Palestine, Israel, and the Media‘ is newly released by OR books, who say it, “[L]ays bare the flaws in the way large media organizations present the Palestine–Israel issue… [revealing] …major fallacies in the fundamental conceptions that underpin their coverage…”

Greg Shupak in the first half.

And; as British Columbia’s Site C Dam project bungles along, critics who fought against it, and who’s hopes the incoming government would kill it were cruelly dashed by John Horgan’s NDP, have not yet begun to give up fighting. They are legion, and their arguments against Site C cite its environmental, economic, constitutional, and geological failures.

Site C Action & Accountability for a dam site too far in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, 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, Greg Shupak and getting the Wrong Story on Palestine right.

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/

Left Coast Events Bulletin with Janine Bandcroft July 12th, 2018

Here’s what’s going on around Victoria, the Lower Mainland, and beyond for the week July 12-19.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Joel Gregory Hayes, Nathalie Chambers , Janine Bandcroft July 5th, 2018

Crisis and opportunity are, as the ancient Chinese philosophers knew, opposite sides of the same koan. It is, they say, the attitude governing our reaction to the matter at hand ultimately determining the path we choose and outcomes that follow.

By those calculations, right now we are at a very opportune moment in history; a moment that will determine not just what kind of future we’ll have, but if there is to be a future at all.

It seems our species’ irresistible cleverness has at last met the immovable environmental reality of existence within the finite context of living on a small orb in space, and how we deal with this imminent crisis/opportunity is the question of the age.

Joel Gregory Hayes is scientific technician and adventurer currently embarked on a journey to create and prove a new solar charged Electric Vehicle, or SEV. It is his and his partners’ plan to engineer and pilot their vehicle between the north tip and southern reaches of the Americas.

Joel Gregory Hayes in the first half.

And; as the small informs the large, so too the way we live our little lives can have great effects on the broader World. Here in our green and pleasant Victoria we are seeing a drastic diminishment of not only what little remains of the wild spaces once surrounding us, but the parks, urban forest, and rural spaces closer to home too; all sacrificed for industry, and a real estate business booming out of control.

Nowhere is the loss more evident than in Saanich, a jurisdiction blessed with all these attributes, and where the latest facing the developer’s axe is the as yet unrecognized, Kings Road Park.

Nathalie Chambers is an organic farmer, business owner, progressive community leader, fundraiser, project manager, public speaker on biodiversity and local food security, author of the book, ‘Saving Farmland: The Fight for Real Food,’ and past candidate for Saanich council.

Nathalie Chambers and the fight of our lives; saving Saanich, one green space at a time in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, 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 around our town in the coming week. But first, Joel Gregory Hayes and SEV for the Americas.

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 28, 2018 Live Cover Show

This week a special show; that is to say, I’m on vacation. Yes, apes take vakays too. What follows are a few of the demonstrations and events I’ve attended in Victoria over the last month or so…

Music is: Radio Unfree Europe by Transglobal Underground from their album, ‘Impossible Broadcasting’ and

The Dinner is Ruined by Funk Asylum from the compilation disk, ‘GasCD’

 

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Nova Ami, Velcrow Ripper, Wendy Mendez, Janine Bandcroft June 21, 2018

With due respect to Mr. Dylan, sometimes you do need a weatherman to see which way the wind blows; or at least a climatologist to confirm, it ain’t you, babe, the climes they really are a-changin’. And if climate change is a train, it’s not coming slow or fast, but is already in the station!

Metamorphosis‘ is the newly released documentary film by collaborators Velcrow Ripper and Nova Ami. Innovative and artistic, beautiful and terrifying, the film navigates the current of climate change as it ebbs and flows, creating new realities across the planet.

Metamorphosis opens across Canada this month, and its Victoria debut is at UVic’s Cinecenta theatre this Sunday and Monday, June 24th and 25th.

Nova Ami and Velcrow Ripper in the first half.

And; even as immigration policies create a political furore in the United States, nightly newscasts rarely explore the roots of the Central American refugee crisis. Whether in Honduras, El Salvador, or Guatemala, the situation is so dire people are willing to risk everything; their lives, and their children’s lives, to escape.

Wendy Mendez is a human rights activist, educator, petitioner in Guatemala’s Military Diary case, and co-founder of HIJOS Guatemala, Sons and Daughters of the Disappeared.

Wendy joins a special Cafe Simpatico evening next Wednesday, June 27th to screen filmmaker, Claudio Zulian’s documentary, ‘Sin Miedo‘.


Wendy Mendez and the persistent struggle for justice in Guatemala in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to get up to in and around our town in the coming week.

But first, Velcrow Ripper and Nova Ami confronting a global Metamorphosis.

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 BC Government Fish Farm Tenure Extension Announcement June 20, 2018

The BC provincial government announced today it would allow contentious fish farm tenures be renewed, subject to monthly review, through 2022. A determined group of salmon proponents gathered on the Legislature grounds to voice their rejection of the NDP position.

Voices featured:

Kwakwaka’wakw grandmother, TsastilqualusAmbers

Salmon protector, James Smith

Former fisher, Joan Lemmers

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, John Helmer, Kees van der Pijl, Janine Bandcroft June 14th, 2018

O! Canada, what have you done NOW? Apparently, the Make America Great Again crowd’s unhappy and up and declared war on the Great White North. Incredibly, the fully prostrate boot-licking of Canada’s immaculately coiffured Justin Trudeau hasn’t proven enough to spare us the wrath of the MAGA Khan!!!

The proverbial poo hit the Twitter fan Saturday as Donald Trump departed the Charlevoix, Quebec G7 fiasco, bound for greater glory in Singapore.

It was left for Trump economic acolytes Larry Kudlow and Peter Navarro to shovel the load the leader left in the bilateral trade commode upon his allies’ heads, and across America’s myriad Sunday political talk shows.

The strain of the effort apparently triggering a “very mild heart attack” in the former, and a brain fart from the latter that ripped across the mediasphere as a miasmic and unprecedented damnation to Hell’s foul and sulphured core for our Prime Minister.

John Helmer is a long-time, Moscow-based journalist, author, and essayist whose website, Dances with Bears is the only Russian-based news bureau “independent of single national or commercial ties.” He’s also a former political science professor who’s served as advisor to governments on three continents, and regularly lectures on Russian topics.

Helmer’s 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.

His latest article, ‘Defecation in Public – Was It Soft or Hard When White House Officials Did It On the Canadian Prime Minister? Is Chrystia Freeland Also Aiming at Justin Trudeau?‘ gets to the bottom of the sewering Canada/US relationship.

John Helmer in the first half.

And; last month, the Dutch Joint Investigation Team tasked to look into the MH17 disaster came down with an opinion of how the Malaysian airliner came to be shot down over Ukraine in 2014, and who it believes is responsible.

The JIT report unsurprisingly concludes Russia is the culprit, as it argued from the beginning, but is there another possibility? The impartiality of the panel in charge of the nearly four years-long probe has been questioned, with criticism coming mainly from Russia and the separatists of Eastern Ukraine who have fought a bitter war against the NATO-sponsored coup regime in Kyiv.

Kees van der Pijl is emeritus professor of international relations at the University of Sussex and Fellow of the Centre for Global Political Economy. The Dutch political scientist is known for his critical approach to global political economy as found in his trilogy ‘Modes of Foreign Relations and Political Economy’.

Kees’ other works include; ‘Global Rivalries from the Cold War to Iraq’, ‘Transnational Classes and International Relations’, and ‘The Making of an Atlantic Ruling Class’. Pijl’s also known as one of the World’s foremost authorities on the MH17 crash, and the fate of his book dealing with the crash, due out later this month, is now in question.

Kees van der Pijl and getting to the truth of MH17 in the second half.

And, Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to get up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, John Helmer and a really very sh*tty week for Justin Trudeau and Canada/US trade relations.

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 World Oceans Day in Victoria June 10, 2018

June 10th is World Oceans Day. I went down to the festivities at Victoria’s Fisherman’s Wharf to find out what that means for several people working to protect the seas.

Featured voices:

Gregg McElroy – Canadian Orca Rescue Society – www.orcarescue.com

Al “Nashuratwani” – Greater Victoria Harbour Authority

“Benoit” Sea Shepherd Conservation Society – SSCS.org

Octavio “Cruze” – Georgia Strait Alliance – georgiastrait.org

 

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Betty Krawczyk, Pablo Ouziel, Christina Nikolic June 7th, 2018

Prime Minister Trudeau has enjoined the Great Canadian Petroleum War. Announcing the purchase, and promise of completion, of the contentious Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Extension pipeline project, the federal government effectively sided-up with Alberta’s “blue-eyed sheiks” and their allies in the transnational oil trade against the province of British Columbia, Canada’s gateway to the Pacific, and the entirety of the World’s environmental community.

But, even before Justin “Crudeau” made his Faustian bargain, federal agencies were already deployed at the service of the now outgoing Texans, arresting scores of citizens standing in the way of its pipeline’s progress using “injunctions” granted by BC’s own judiciary.

Betty Krawczyk knows more than most about being arrested. The activist, essayist, Green and Work Less Party candidate, and author renowned in BC as the “Environmental Grandmother”, has proven sand in the machine of social injustice and ecological destruction for more than fifty years.

From the front lines of the anti-segregation movement in her native Louisiana and resisting America’s war against Vietnam, to the forests of Clayoquot Sound and highway expansion through Eagleridge Bluffs, Betty has stood defiant in the face of bad laws and the systems perpetuating them.

Her book titles include: ‘Clayoquot: The Sound of My Heart’, ‘Lock Me Up Or Let Me Go: The Protests, Arrest and Trial of an Environmental Activist’, ‘Open Living Confidential: From Inside the Joint.’, ‘This Dangerous Place: My Journey Between the Passions of the Living and the Dead’, and ‘Betty, Blue Belle and Bitch’, and she blogs from her site, Betty’s Early Edition.Blogspot.com

Betty Krawczyk in the first half.

And; last week Mariano Rajoy, Spain’s controversial, and confrontational, Prime Minister was unceremoniously drubbed from office in a vote of no confidence. The leader of the People’s Party had taken a hard line against separatists in Catalonia, but corruption, more than Rajoy’s ham-handed response to the Catalan constitutional crisis, is responsible for his sudden and dramatic fall from grace.

Dr. Pablo Ouziel is a Post-Doctoral fellow at UVic whose project in progress is, ‘Towards Democratic Responses to the Crisis of Democracy in Spain: Forms of Participatory and Representative Civic Engagement.’

Pablo Ouziel and an upside down Spain in the second segment.

And; Victoria greentrepreneur and horticulturalist extraordinaire, Christina Nikolic will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to get up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Betty Krawczyk and girding our legal loins for B.C.’s Great Pipeline 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.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, Diana Johnstone Aug 2, 2004

Unlike most GR interviews, this discussion with Diana Johnstone was prerecorded, so there wasn’t a script. Here we talk about here article, Clinton, Kerry and Kosovo: The Lie of a “Good War”

by DIANA JOHNSTONE – CounterPunch.org

For U.S. politicians, if all wars are good, some are better than others. Democrats prefer Clinton wars and Republicans prefer Bush wars. But in the end, they almost unanimously come together to support all wars. The differences concern the choice of official rationale.

To suggest subtle criticism of the Republican war against Iraq, while making it clear that they are by no means opposed to war as such, the 2004 Democratic election campaigners can be expected to glorify the Kosovo war. The prominence of General Wesley Clark in the Democratic camp makes that quite clear.

John Kerry’s foreign policy adviser Will Marshall of the Progressive Policy Institute, author of “Democratic Realism: the Third Way”, points to the exemplary nature of the 1999 “U.S.-led intervention in Kosovo”. It was “a policy consciously based on a mix of moral values and security interests with the parallel goals of halting a humanitarian tragedy and ensuring NATO’s credibility as an effective force for regional stability”.

The “humanitarian” rationale sounds better than the “weapons of mass destruction” or the “links to Al Qaeda” which never existed. But then, the “genocide” from which the NATO war allegedly saved the Albanians of Kosovo never existed either.

But while the WMD deception has been exposed, the founding lie behind the Kosovo war is still widely believed. It effectively distracts from the very existence of what Marshall calls the “parallel goal” of strengthening NATO. Aside from the crippling material damage inflicted on the targeted country, the Kosovo lie has caused even more irreparable damage to relations between the Serb and Albanian inhabitants of Kosovo.

Diana Johnstone is the author of The Politics of Euromissiles: Europe’s Role in America’s World and FOOLS’ CRUSADE Yugoslavia, NATO, and Western Delusions. She can be reached at: DianaJohnstone@compuserve.com

Ape Goes to the Victoria ‘No Pipeline Bailout!’ Manifestation May 31, 2018

“No Pipeline Bailout!” is the rallying cry in British Columbia. On May 29th, Canada’s Finance Minister announced the federal government would buy out Kinder Morgan’s troubled Trans Mountain Pipeline. Land and sea defenders are mobilizing across B.C., and today, May 31st 2018, they’ve manifested here in the provincial capital, Victoria.

The event was put together by the Salish Sea Organizing Collective in conjunction with several social justice and environmental organizations.

Voices featured:

1.”Laloya”
2. Gregg McElroy
3. Ted Smith
4. Bobby Arbess (from the microphone)