Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Su Rynard, Pablo Ouziel, Kathy Kelly, Janine Bandcroft October 12th, 2017

We’re living today in Rachel Carson‘s fabled “tomorrow.”

Fifty-five years after her harbinger book, ‘Silent Spring’ warned of the inevitable end our industrial creation would bring to the natural world around us, the proofs of Carson’s prognostications are clear to all but the most obtuse, or willfully blind observors. But even these may notice the silence where birdsong used to be.

Su Rynard is an artist and filmmaker whose work has screened at festivals and in galleries in Canada, the US, and Europe. She’s the recipient of numerous awards for her documentaries and received the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize for her debut feature film, Kardia.

Her recent documentary, The Messenger is an environmental tour de force that like Rachel Carson’s work implores we see clearly now what we sacrifice before it disappears entirely.

Su Rynard in the first segment.

And; Catalonia president, and Catalan independence leader Carles Puigdemont addressed parliament Tuesday regarding his party’s plans for the future of Spain’s restive Catalunya region. Nearly two weeks after the referendum on separation deemed illegal by Madrid overwhelmingly endorsed leaving Spain Puigdemont, who had threatened to unilaterally declare the wealthiest of the country’s regions a new nation, backpedaled slightly, “suspending” for an unspecified time his promise to unilaterally declare independence to allow for negotiation.

When, where, what, and with whom he plans to negotiate was not made clear; so for now, Catalonia waits for Madrid. Dr. Pablo Ouziel is a Post-Doctoral fellow here at UVic,whose project in progress is, ‘Towards Democratic Responses to the Crisis of Democracy in Spain: Forms of Participatory and Representative Civic Engagement.’ He’s a Spanish national, and more poignantly, Catalan.

Pablo Ouziel and Catalunya waiting to exhale in the second segment.

And; is it possible to live unaware of our fellows’ suffering amid a holocaust? History tells us, not only is it possible, but that ignorance is the necessary condition for a fully-blown human cataclysm to take hold. My third guest asks, how many of us are aware right now of the “terror faced by people in South Sudan, Somalia, northeast Nigeria, northern Kenya and Yemen[?].”

Kathy Kelly is a long-time peace and justice activist, essayist, author, and recipient of numerous awards for her peace service, including multiple nominations for the Nobel Peace prize and many more.

Kelly is 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, ‘Great Hunger‘ Kelly reveals the current holocaust occurring beneath most of our screens.

Kathy Kelly and allowing the voices of the suffering to speak in the final segment.

And; Victoria activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottomish of the hour with the Left Coast Events bulletin. But first, Su Rynard and hearing The Messenger’s song.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live Thursdays, 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and streaming at: cfuv.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Pablo Ouziel, Dimitri Lascaris, Janine Bandcroft October 5, 2017

Spain is undergoing a crisis of democracy not seen since the rise of Generalissimo Francisco Franco’s fascist regime in the 1930’s. Over the weekend a Catalan referendum on separation was conducted, despite being declared illegal by the federal government. Police violence and other attempts to shut down the vote have played very badly abroad, and played right into the hands of regional president, Carles Puigdemont who, rumour has it, will unilaterally declare independence next week.

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

Dr. Pablo Ouziel in the first segment.

And; if any single thing emblemizes our times it is the dizzying pace of change. Just ten days ago the World trembled at the thought of a nuclear conflagration, triggered through the volatile confluence of overblown egomania one the one hand and extreme narcissism on the other. Which of these elementary character flaws describes the leader of America and which North Korea’s is both debatable, (one certainly not precluding the other) and a question wiser minds defer pondering. What’s certain though is: we’re living in mad days indeed.

Dimitri Lascaris is a lawyer, journalist and activist, reporting for The Real News Network. In his recently filed TRNN report, ‘Mad Man vs. Rocket Man: North Korea Crisis Hits Fever Pitch‘ he asks “Can the generals hold the impulsive American president in check?”

Dimitri Lascaris exploring perhaps the planet’s most dangerous territory, that space between the ears of Donald Trump, in the second segment.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottomish of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin update. But first, Yves Engler and Jagmeet Singh; new bottle for old wine, or fresh start for a stale third party?

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.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media.

Fish Farms Out Now! Sit In at BC Ag. Minister Lana Popham’s Office Sept. 28, 2017

Went down to the Sit-In today. The minister was out of town, but her office was a lively place, with about 60-70 First Nations and allies demanding the provincial government revoke ‘Licenses of Occupation’ granted to “fish farm” operators throughout British Columbia. The office occupiers are in sympathy with those currently occupying fish farm platforms in protest on the central coastal region of the province. Below is information sent out by the organizations of the minister’s office occupation. – ape

Stop open-pen Atlantic salmon farms operating on indigenous territories without consent- the time is now! Please invite your friends and allies only to this lunch-hour sit-in at Agriculture Minister Lana Popham’s constituent office, demanding immediate action in solidarity with the Namgis, Mamalilikala, Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw, Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwamis First Nations on-going fish farm occupations of the Marine Harvest Swanson and Midsummer island fish farms in their territories and with all coastal First Nations’ right to defend and continue their wild salmon food fisheries, in the face of collapsing wild salmon runs, from the spread of introduced, Eurpoean pathogens from fish farms located on migratory salmon routes.

The Community Action Bus will be offerring a ride to everyone wanting to participate in the action. We will be departing from the Save On Foods Arena parking lot adjacent to Quadra St at 11 am sharp. Please be there at 1045.

This is a surprise action so please don’t share publicly! Please also try to attend an important logistical meeting and art build at 7 pm on Wednesday September 27 at the Victoria Event Centre. Thia meeting is to discuss specifics of the action and to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible.

As many of you may know there has been a recent call out for support from frontline wild salmon protectors from Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw, Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwamis and Namgis. Currently, these three nations are occupying fish farms that have been operating in their territories for 30 years without their consent. This solidarity action of occupying provincial government offices is specifically to pressure government to act within its powers to cancel the permits on these fish farms, as promised on the election trail.

These actions have been given the blessing of many of the elected and hereditary leadership in the Kingcome inlet territories. Lana Popham’s office is the first of several targets.

Indigenous Solidarity Working Group (ISWG) and many individuals are prepared to respond to this call out as a basic civic duty and responsibility to support indigenous frontline resistance to the threats to wild salmon and on-going colonialism and environmental racism threatening traditional indigenous ways of life on this coast.

This creative action will keep in mind that the new NDP government has made promises to move these fish farms to closed containment on land and that we are hopeful and encouraging them to honour these promises. We are asking all involved to maintain an attitude of friendliness, respect and assertvieness. The action will end at 2:30 and after a list of demands are presented. The action will include music, drumming, a film screening with popcorn, intersaction leafletting and art. Please bring placards, salmon puppets, something to sit on ( if needed) and a bag lunch.

N.b. A diversity of roles can be involved on this action and people are welcome to be present as observers/ picketing and/or leafletting outside or as people involved in taking up space in the actual office space.

The Community Action Bus will be taking people out to the action, leaving Save-on Arena parking lot ( Quadra St. side at 11 am.) Please let us know if you will need a seat on the bus to ensure space availability.

This action will be taking palce on the ancestral lands of the W’sanec and Lekwungen peoples, who have never given up their inherent rigths to self-determination over their lands, territories and waters.

 

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Marion Selfridge, Peter Lee, Don Goodeve, Janine Bandcroft Sept. 28th, 2017

Overdose deaths in British Columbia are a public health emergency according to provincial health officer, Dr. Perry Kendall. Since Kendall’s declaration to that effect in 2016, the number of lives lost has nearly doubled to more than 1400 expected to perish here by year’s end.

And for every one of those departed there are friends, family, front-line social workers, and others affected by that loss.

Marion Selfridge is a PhD student in UVic’s Social Dimensions of Health program. She’s also coordinating the heART space project with an advisory council of street-involved youth. Her dissertation focuses on those youths’ use of social media to deal with grief and loss amid this epidemic.

Marion Selfridge in the first segment.

And; before the desperate PR operation to inveigle the American public into believing Russia’s Evil Emperor, Vladimir Putin was her ultimate presidential campaign opponent, Hillary Clinton and her “crooked” Clinton Foundation was already working furiously to undermine that other Red Menace, China. And, according to my second guest, the fact she failed to gain the White House has not slowed the effort.

Peter Lee is a freelance journalist writing on East and South Asian affairs as they intersect with US global policy. He blogs at the Asian affairs website China Matters, and his China Watch report features at Newsbud.com.

Peter Lee and Chuck Hagel’s Demise…and James Fanell’s Rise…and Australia! in the second segment.

And; full disclosure; as a motorcyclist I feel personally involved when I see another rider injured or killed in a road incident caused by heedless drivers. And, I’m not alone. When fellow rider, Don Goodeve read of Rodger Hargreaves’ death earlier this month he asked, “What do we need to do to actually change the culture of road users so that traffic accidents like this do not occur?” He decided to organize, putting out the word for riders to gather and demonstrate solidarity by making several passes en masse of the place where Hargreaves died.

Don Goodeve and riding to remind in the final segment.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large Janine Bandcroft will be here with the Left Coast Events bulletin at the bottomish of the hour. But first, Marion Selfridge and finding heART space.

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.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Tom Secker, Tim Shorrock, Janine Bandcroft Sept. 21, 2017

You may believe the golden age of spycraft passed with the end of the Cold War, or maybe even with Mata Hari’s firing squad. But, what’s old is gold again, and the game has never been more fully engaged.

Whether fighting commies, evil-doers, drugs dealers, or pernicious foreign ideology we always seem to be at war with something! In fact, we’re reminded of the fact so frequently, it’s beginning to make me think the war going on isn’t “out there” at all, but instead is raging inside our heads, making a virtual battlefield of our collective perceptions.

Tom Secker is a UK-based private researcher, journalist, frequently featured commentator on security and intelligence issues, host of the popular podcast, ClandesTime, and principal behind spyculture.com, “the world’s premier online archive about government involvement in the entertainment industry.” He’s also co-author, with Matthew Alford of the recently released book, ‘National Security Cinema: The Shocking New Evidence of Government Control in Hollywood‘.

Tom Secker in the first half.

And; Donald Trump didn’t disappoint at the UN this week. In an address that still has halls of power around the globe buzzing, the American president used the global bully pulpit to threaten fellow member-nation North Korea with utter destruction. A lapse of diplomatic etiquette and refutation of the Charter of the United Nations’ founding purpose of promoting peace among nations to be sure, but what Mr. Trump, and most of those listening to his sabre-rattling are not aware of is; the United States “totally destroyed North Korea” once before. It’s a salient fact not lost on the “depraved regime” being threatened again, and something the White House might consider when gauging just how Kim “Rocket Man” Jong Un may react.

Tim Shorrock is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist, and author of the book, ‘Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing.’ His articles appear at his website, TimShorrock.com and at The Nation. Tim grew up in Asia, and spent much of the 1980’s in Japan, reporting on the financial intrigues of the then-biggest of the Asian Tiger economies.

Tim Shorrock and taking the measure of the Trump administration’s bombast from an Eastern perspective in the second half.

And; Victoria activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here with the Left Coast Events Newsletter bulletin at the bottom of the hour. But first, Tom Secker and the clandestine war being fought between your ears.

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.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Rod Marining, John Helmer, Janine Bandcroft Sept. 14, 2017

Last month’s Solar Eclipse escape of Atlantic Salmon from concentrated fish lots across the water from us in Washington State brought condemnation and quick action from local authorities in the US. If only it were so here in BC, where repeated escapes of the alien species have met with little more than tut tuts from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans; the organization tasked with protecting Canada’s maritime environment.

The Cooke Aquaculture net failure adds more ammunition to opponents in the ongoing fight against fish farms in our waters.

This Summer has seen two dock occupations by First Nations in two separate jurisdictions, and the return of crusading biologist Alexandra Morton and allies the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, with Operation Virus Hunter II.

The season’s efforts culminated last week with the Rally to End Fish Farms in the Broughton Archipelago manifesting at the heart of Vancouver’s Canada Place, and pressing the new NDP government take action to shut down the industry.

Rod Marining is a long-time BC resident and Ocean defender. He’s a co-founder of Greenpeace, current Director at the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and Chair of the BC Environmental Network, among other things. He’s spent the last few months on board with Sea Shepherd’s Operation Virus Hunter, the second of a two-Summer campaign, trying to get fish farms out of BC’s waters.

Rod Marining in the first half.

And; Canada’s Foreign Minister, Chrystia Freeland is much in the news lately; generally seen in the context of renewed NAFTA negotiations between tripartite partners, Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Though doing trade and investment rule deals is a small part of Freeland’s portfolio, it’s one she’s uniquely qualified for. The former business journalist and author of the award-winning book, ‘Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else’, is well-used to rubbing elbows with some of the most powerful of the Western World’s power elite. But could those ties, while providing welcome free access for an ambitious journalist, later prove costly political encumbrances to a cabinet minister?

John Helmer is a long-time, Moscow-based journalist, author, and essayist whose website, Dances with Bears is the only news bureau “independent of single national or commercial ties.” He’s also a former political science professor who has served as an 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.

John Helmer on the minister and the plutocrat in the second half.

And; activist and broadcaster at large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events update. But first, Rod Marining and getting those fish out of water.

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.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Nathalie Chambers, Ken Boon, Christina Nikolic Sept. 6, 2017

In the last days of last winter, long-time Saanich councillor, Vic Derman died. Derman championed the conservation of the municipality’s dwindling farm lands and agricultural heritage, and one of those he supported was Madrona Farm in the Blenkinsop Valley.

Nathalie Chambers farms at Madrona, and was the first to declare her intentions to run in the by-election to fill Vic’s seat; an election scheduled for Saturday, September 23rd.

Chambers is an organic farmer, business owner, progressive community leader, fundraiser, project manager, public speaker on biodiversity and local food security, and author of the book, ‘Saving Farmland: The Fight for Real Food,‘. She earned a diploma in Restoration Ecology at UVic, and has years of experience in community planning, and issues management.

Nathalie Chambers in the first half.

And; the recent change of government in BC has opened the books on the Site-C project, the 9-plus billion dollar mega-project in the province’s Peace Country. It’s been highly contentious from the start, and the exclusion of the BC Utilities Commission from the assessment process was just one of the project’s many bones of contention. Now, the BCUC is back in the picture, and has announced 11 community input sessions to be held across the province as part of its review process, starting Sept. 23, three days after the release of its preliminary report on the proposed dam.

Ken Boon is a Peace River Valley farmer whose family farm was expropriated by BC Hydro for a Site-C connecting highway scheme. He’s also president of the Peace Valley Landowners Association, and has fought the dam from the beginning.

Ken Boon and the fighting the last dam on the Peace River in the second half.

And; Victoria gardening guru and green entrepreneur, Christina Nikolic will join us at the bottom of the hour with Left Coast Events highlights for the coming week. But first, Nathalie Chambers and a Saanich election at the crossroads.

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.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, William Laurance, Andy Worthington, Christina Nikolic August 30, 2017

we’ve all seen the carnage on the roadside – or at least, seen some of it. Every day millions of creatures are killed and maimed through the happenstance of human activity. Astronomical numbers are obliterated by automobiles alone; it is, according to my second guest, a veritable highway holocaust.

William Laurance is a distinguished research professor and Australian Laureate at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia, director of the Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science, and founder and director of ALERT—the Alliance of Leading Environmental Researchers & Thinkers. In addition to his scientific papers, his popular essays appear at, among other places, CounterPunch.org, The Conversation, and bioGraphic.com, where I found his article ‘Curbing an Onslaught of 2 Billion Cars.’

William Laurance in the first half.

And; if there’s a single defining characteristic of this mad time we’re careening through it is the ceaselessness of it all. Even in the stillest moments the motor hums on, just behind the wallpaper. But, if the prospect of living at the mercy of a mechanistic society unable to find rest seems daunting, how much worse is it when the machinery resides not inside the walls but within our heads, possessing every waking moment, pervading even our dreams? How much worse yet when, not only do we want the omnipresent noise, but can’t live without it?

Andy Worthington is freelance investigative journalist, activist, author, photographer, film-maker, and singer-songwriter. Co-founder of the Close Guantánamo campaign (and the Countdown to Close Guantánamo initiative) and co-director of We Stand With Shaker, which called for the release from Guantánamo of Shaker Aamer, he has made an annual pilgrimage to America from his native Britain to lobby for that infamous prison’s closure.

Andy’s book titles include: ‘Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison, ‘Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion’, and ‘The Battle of the Beanfield.’ He also co-directed (with Polly Nash) the documentary film, ‘Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo,’ and spends an inordinate amount of time online, enmeshed in the virtual wires that constitute the modern-World. His latest article, ‘Switch Off Your Devices and Have a Week Off: Why Headspace, Silence and Human Interaction is Good for Us‘ examines the value of another kind of peace.

Andy Worthington and making room for headspace in the second half.

And; Victoria gardening guru and green entrepreneur, Christina Nikolic will join us at the bottom of the hour with a special Victoria Fringe Festival Left Coast Events feature. But first, William Laurance and curbing the global vehicular onslaught.

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.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Heather Lindsay, John LaForge, Christina Nikolic Aug. 23, 2017

If anything can take the sting out of waning Summer’s shortening days and cooling nights, it’s The Fringe. The last week of August always provides a cornucopia of theatre events, all over Victoria, and this year is no different – or, very different if your idea of theatre is playing in Nora’s Doll House, or a late summer’s evening with Uncle Vanya.

No ills to Ibsen or Anton Chekov, but if you’re gonna Fringe, better get ready to tread wider the boards of the living stage.

Heather Lindsay is Executive Director of Intrepid Theatre, Victoria’s own bold theatre company, and primary presenter of the Fringe from day one. She’s a multiple Leo Award-winning filmmaker and theatre vet, who joined Intrepid in 2012.

Heather Lindsay in the first half.

And; while promising Americans to make its “allies” spend as much on armies and munitions as they themselves do, in his first televised speech before the nation this year, president Trump also lauded the especially heroic cast of the soldiery gathered in his background, and the U-S-A’s “better than anybody’s” conventional and nuclear war-making capabilities. Then he confirmed more war for Afghanistan, that benighted graveyard of presidential promises.

Trump campaigned to end that war, nearly as old now as the century itself, knowing the American people had tired of the Long War. And, that weariness is not confined to the Homeland. In Germany, outside just one of the hundreds of US bases of all sorts, all around the World, near the town of Büchel, a peace camp has shared the summers with the jets screaming overhead, making a protest against them, (and the American nuclear bombs beneath the ground, just beyond the base’s fence).

John LaForge is a long-time staffer at Nukewatch, the Wisconsin-based nuclear watchdog and environmental justice group, whose countless articles on the topic have appeared in Nukewatch’s quarterly and at online sites like: New Internationalist, Z Magazine, The Progressive, Earth Island Journal and at CounterPunch.org. He’s also co-editor, with Arianne S. Peterson, of the revised edition of the book, ‘Nuclear Heartland: A Guide to the 450 Land-Based Missiles of the the United States.’ His latest article at CounterPunch.org, ‘Peace Camp and War Games at Harvest Time‘ tells the story of Büchel.

John LaForge and “Büchel is Everywhere,” in the second half.

And; Victoria gardening guru and green entrepreneur, Christina Nikolic will join us at the bottom of the hour with Left Coast Events highlights for the coming week. But first, Heather Lindsay and setting the table for a veritable Fringe feast!

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.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Whitney Webb, Jacinda Mack, Janine Bandcroft August 16th, 2017

Not content pointing his pistols at North Korea, America’s ‘Loose Cannon-in Chief’ spared a salvo in the press over the weekend to menace Venezuela saying,

“We have many options for Venezuela. This is our neighbor … we’re all over the world, and we have troops all over the world in places that are very, very far away, Venezuela is not very far away, and the people are suffering, and they’re dying. We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option, if necessary.” 

 

Maduro administration reaction to the threat was muted, given its substance, but did include nation-wide civilian and military mobilization drills; a gambit former president, Hugo Chavez pioneered as response to president George W. Bush sabre-rattling. Differing today however from the halcyon days of the Bolivarian Revolution, Venezuela now enjoys neither the inspired leadership of the charismatic Chavez, nor does it benefit from the favourable media coverage he garnered from certain sectors of the foreign media. Important points both, considering American attacks against his embattled successor, Nicolas Maduro are likely to grow more desperate as the buffoonish presidency of Donald Trump nears its inevitable train wreck.

Whitney Webb is a South America-based journalist writing about environmental, political, and economic issues in English and Spanish. She’s a staff writer at MintPress News.com, and her articles have featured at ZeroHedge, the Anti-Media, and 21st Century Wire, among other places. Her recent work for MintPressNews includes the article, ‘Alternative Media Is Ignoring Venezuela’s Regime Change Problem.’

Whitney Webb in the first half.

And; as the third anniversary of the Mount Polley mine tailings spill in BC’s interior passed last week, so too passed the provincial statute of limitations providing for prosecution of the company responsible. Fortunately, employing a rarely used provision of the law, acting Xat’sull Chief at the time of the disaster and Indigenous advocate, Bev Sellars filed private charges against Imperial Metals, because she says,

“I could not bear to witness BC simply stepping aside and giving-up on its own responsibility to protect our shared environment and waters.” 

Sellars is supported in her suit by various environmental groups and cohort, Jacinda Mack of First Nation Women Advocating For Responsible Mining, or FNWARM.


Jacinda Mack in the second half.

And; CFUV Radio broadcaster, 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 scheduled for the coming week. But first, Whitney Webb and whither a word of media support for Venezuela as alternative to the right’s Mighty Wurlitzer?

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.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Terry Wolfwood, Ted Rall, Janine Bandcroft, Christina Nikolic August 2, 2017

Societies are made of stories, and these myths provide the framework for both our individual, and collective lives. Invariably positive, and commemorated as great achievements, our foundational tales, no matter how gruesome, allow we create of horrors past monuments to our heroism, while providing legends future generations can venerate.

In that light, as victors of ‘The Good War’, we on the winning side can celebrate this week the 72nd anniversary of the destruction by atomic bomb of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Or so the story goes.

Theresa Wolfwood is Director and co-founder of the Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation, and a writer, photographer, and long-time activist who has traveled from the highlands of Mexico to the gates of Gaza and beyond in pursuit of peace, social justice, and women’s rights. Her articles have appeared at Briarpatch, Peace News, and Third World Resurgence among other places, and she’s the local coordinator for Victoria’s Women in Black. The Women in Black will hold their annual vigil in remembrance of Hiroshima-Nagasaki this Monday, August 7 at high noon below the tourist information office across from the Empress Hotel.

Terry Wolfwood in the first half.

And; almost as old as the Silver Screen itself is the “gritty reporter takes on corruption” plot line; but, like a lot in Hollywood, the Real World tells a different story. Ted Rall knows it too well. As an LA Times-syndicated political cartoonist, he got too close to an ugly truth of Tinsel Town, and when he wrote about it, got himself an Oscar-sized jam with the LAPD for his trouble. What’s worse, just when he needed his bosses at the Times most, they turned Judas, throwing him to the bulls instead. Now, the Pulitzer nominated journo, prolific graphic artist, and author is in an epic, Ted and Goliath legal fight with his old bosses at the Times, (and he’s the guy with the slingshot!).

Rall’s book titles 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, ‘Trump: A Graphic Biography.’

Ted Rall, out of step with the Times in the second half.

And; CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft and horticultural guru and green entrepreneur, Christina Nikolic both will join me today in studio at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what’s good to do going on in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Terry Wolfwood and the Women in Black standing again vigil for Hiroshima, Nagasaki. But first, Terry Wolfwood and the Women in Black standing again vigil for Hiroshima, Nagasaki.

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.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Marie Aspiazu, Bonny Glambeck, Christina Nikolic July 26, 2017

Last month, as Spring’s last day gave way to Summer, and Canadians from coast to coast to coast assiduously busied themselves with plans to avoid the mundanities of governance and governments, Public Safety Minister, Ralph Goodale, along with Justice Minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould held a twilight press conference to announce, on Parliament’s penultimate day, the birth of ‘Bill C-59: An Act Respecting National Security Matters’.

And, on Parliament’s last sitting day, Justin Trudeau answered opposition party questions about the long-promised undoing of Bill C-51, legislation roundly condemned by social libertarians as invasive to the point of draconian.

The Prime Minister then reminded the ousted Tories of duties incumbent upon leaders; patiently explaining the reasons for the erasure of their contentious, Anti-Terrorism Act of 2015, saying, “Canadians expect their government to do two things: to protect our rights and freedoms and keep our communities safe.”

But is that all they expect, and does C-59 fit the billing?

Marie Aspiazu is the Social Media Specialist at Open Media, a civic engagement organization working to, “keep the Internet open, affordable, and surveillance-free.” The Vancouver-based Aspiazu has worked within the environmental, conservation, and non-profit sectors, while her articles on those topics have appeared at Rabble, Common Ground, and Alternet.org.

Marie Aspiazu in the first half.

And; twenty years after Clayoquot Summer ’93, arguably the peak of environmental activism not only in the Sound, but on Vancouver Island, kayak guides and naturalists Dan Lewis and Bonny Glambeck shifted oars and founded Clayoquot Action, an organization dedicated to keeping “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.”

While they’ve been educating and activating people living in and visiting to Clayoquot for a long time, this Summer they launched Clayoquot 2.0, an “all-new weekly, multi-media journey through the visually stunning landscape, wildlife and culture of Clayoquot Sound.”

Bonny Glambeck and Clayoquot 2.0 in the second half.

And; Victoria-based horticultural guru, Christina Nikolic 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, Marie Aspiazu and Bill C-59; real National Security Act reform, or just an act?”

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.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Tom Secker, Garth Mullins, Janine Bandcroft July 19, 2017

Ubiquitous as camo at a BBQ, the militarization of popular culture is now so prevalent it’s near invisible. Nowhere has the war drum beat more incessantly, and arguably more effectively molded public opinion, as at the movies.

Take a look at the mayhem playing this week in your town and the marshal presence is obvious, but the influence of the Pentagon and its A-lister cohorts in the acronym-ed intelligence agencies is by degrees more subtle, going far beyond the war flicks, first-person shooter adaptations, and super hero franchisees.

Tom Secker is a UK-based private researcher, journalist, frequently featured commentator on security and intelligence issues, host of the popular podcast, ClandesTime, and principal behind spyculture.com, “the world’s premier online archive about government involvement in the entertainment industry.”

He’s also co-author, with Matthew Alford of the newly released book, ‘National Security Cinema: The Shocking New Evidence of Government Control in Hollywood‘.

Tom Secker in the first half.

And; in a tale Kafka would shrink from, the case of Canadian teenager, Omar Khadr resurfaced in the Canadian political and media consciousness recently. On it’s face, the renewed interest in the fate of the former Guantanamo Bay inmate surrounds the recent settlement of millions in damages due, to be paid by Canada for the abrogation of its responsibility to protect Khadr’s rights, and much worse, its collusion with the agents of his torture.

But the apoplexy expressed by, and grandstand political haymaking coming from, the conservative party and their fellow travellers in the press reveals a desperate attempt by the Tories to find purchase against a seemingly Teflon-coated, prime minister Justin Trudeau.

Garth Mullins is a long-time Vancouver-based DTES activist, writer, broadcaster, musician, and trade unionist whose weekly column appears at 24 Hours Vancouver, and a contributor to CBC Radio one’s program ‘Ideas’. He’s also been at the fore, working with VANDU, the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, in responding to the city’s overdose crisis.

Garth’s recent article in 24 Hours Vancouver takes apart the prominently placed Tory “outrage” against the government’s decision to settle rather than fight Khadr further, questioning the motives of both the party and the press.

Garth Mullins on Omar Khadr and Canada, the Torturer’s Apprentice in the second half.

And; CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here with a Left Coast Events update at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with what’s good going in and around here in the coming week.

But first, Tom Secker, raising a curtain on ‘National Security Cinema: The Shocking New Evidence of Government Control in Hollywood’.

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.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Manon Tremblay July 19, 2017

Today, living by design. What does a good life look like? For Master Gardener, landscape horticulturist, environmental educator, communitarian, and businesswoman, Manon Tremblay it’s a matter of balance.

And where she seeks that perfect equilibrium, whether in her landscape design business, as Plant Knowledge instructor for Gaia College, or in her busy life as a parent, partner, and neighbour is in that space where sustainability, simplicity, and aesthetics intersect.

For Manon, supporting the ecology around us is more than an ethereal philosophy, it’s a practice, reinforced by her pragmatic mantra, “Design. Build. Maintain.”

Manon’s work is featured at her website, ManonTremblay.org, and you get more info. on Gaia College here.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, David Robb March 7th, 2005

War is hot in Hollywood these days; perhaps you can remember a time when it wasn’t? But, what’s behind the perennial success in American film of the War genre? David Robb is a three-time Pulitzer nominated investigative journalist whose distinguished career includes writing for The Hollywood Reporter and entertainment industry Bible, Daily Variety and filed stories with The New York Times, Washington Post and other mainstream publishing stalwarts in the U.S. on union, police, and journalistic corruption. He’s also the author of the book, recently made into a documentary film, ‘Operation Hollywood.’ It’s a look behind the Pentagon’s embedding of the movies.