Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Brian Davey, Jeb Sprague, Janine Bandcroft May 23, 2019

Isolated from one other by walls made of media-induced mistrust, rather than considering the issues of the day in nuanced terms political discourse has increasingly become an identitarian, black and white battle between entrenched camps. From our sheltered thought silos, it’s possible to forgo the difficult task of thinking through problems, choosing instead to hurl abusive missives, (and more substantive missiles) at one another.

Despite this spreading plague of self-satisfied, diametric certitude, there still exists a middle ground. It’s shaky, dangerous territory few would choose to make a stand on, but between the derision and scorn suffered from both extremities, it’s in the grey zone between our only hope of collective salvation lay.

Brian Davey is an economist who’s spent most of his working life in the community and voluntary sector in Nottingham, England, particularly in health promotion, mental health and environmental fields. He is a co-founder of Ecoworks, a community garden and environmental project for people with mental health problems, member of the Feasta Climate Working Group, and former co-ordinator of the Cap and Share Campaign.

Davey is also editor of the Feasta book, ‘Sharing for Survival: Restoring the Climate, the Commons and Society’, and author of ‘Credo: Economic Beliefs in a World in Crisis‘. Brian recently posted at FEASTA.org the article, ‘Greta Thunberg, PR and the “Climate Emergency”’, an attempt to find common ground in the current climate crisis debate.

Brian Davey in the first half.

And; last week, officers of the US Secret Service Uniformed Division assisted US Department of State Diplomatic Security Service Special Agents in extracting from the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, four remaining protesters, barricaded inside. It was the culmination of a six weeks-long stand-off, seeing noisome, and sometimes violent, confrontation between pro-government and counter-government supporters of Juan Guaido, the man recognized by the United States and some of its allies as the legitimate representative of democracy in that country.

Jeb Sprague is an educator, author, essayist and journalist whose articles can be found at the Grayzone Project, and The Canary, among other places. He lectures at the University of Virginia and is author of the books: ‘Globalizing the Caribbean: Political Economy, Social Change, and the Transnational Capitalist Class’, and ‘Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti’. Sprague is also editor of the book, ‘Globalization and Transnational Capitalism in Asia and Oceania’, and is a founding member of the Network for Critical Studies of Global Capitalism (NCSGC).

Jeb Sprague and the death of diplomacy in DC in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what’s good going on in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Brian Davey and finding the middle ground in the middle of a climate emergency.

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 CAIA Victoria Nakba Commemoration May 18, 2019

CAIA Victoria Nakba Commemoration May 18, 2019

Featuring Randy Caravaggio, Larry Hannant, and music by Sharon and Alan.

Gorilla Radio with Christopher Black, J Ocean Dennie, Janine Bandcroft May 16th, 2019

It’s difficult to believe we didn’t see this coming. Everywhere Bellum Americana is in force today, the “rule of law” is no more. And, despite Trudeau’s, or Chrystia Freeland’s repeated invocations, that parrot is neither sleeping, nor getting back on its perch! It is dead: dead as the Magna Carta; dead as the Treaty of Westphalia; dead as the Nuremberg Charter. The sad truth is, we really are, finally, on our own.

Christopher Black is a Toronto-based criminal lawyer specializing in international war crimes cases, and executive member of the Canadian Peace Congress.

Black’s articles on international law, politics and World events appear at New Eastern Outlook among other places, where a perusal of his latest efforts reveals the relentless assault by the empire and its satraps against international jurisprudence and nations in all quarters of the globe.

Christopher Black in the first half.

And; what worth a tree? How much for a forest? The inexorable mastication and digestion of British Columbia ‘s forests by timber interests and their servants in various governments is an old story – in human terms.

For the last century and half, a mere fraction of the lives of the giant cedars routinely ground down for consumer products, nature has been regarded here as resource; merely an instrument to be used to secure the wealth, comfort, and ease of the settler caste. Now though, as with so many other systems, the coastal rainforest ecosystem has reached a tipping-point, one from which once crossed reclamation will never be possible.

J Ocean Dennie is with Friends of the Sooke Hills Wilderness, a grassroots group of concerned citizens advocating for the continued protection of wilderness areas threatened on southern Vancouver Island. His decolonizing advocacy work and environmental activism over the past few years includes: involvement with the Social Environmental Alliance, Indigenous Solidarity Working Group and Fish Farms Out Now!

J Ocean Dennie and stopping the road to ruin in the Sooke Hills Wilderness in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Christopher Black and an international rule of law run amok.

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 Janine Bandcroft, David Rovics May 9th, 2019

Readers of Marx, Karl not Groucho, remember the term, “Après moi, le déluge!” It was meant by Marx to indicate the contempt in which all capitalists must hold the life of the lowly labourer. How else can captains of industry masticate and disgorge the legions required to maximize profit, and relentlessly grow the economy? But, endless progress demands a certain, strategic short-sightedness, a disregard for the consequences of one’s actions. It’s a wilful blindness increasingly difficult to maintain today, where King Louis XV’s phrase, “After me, the deluge” now belongs to us all and encompasses the whole of the World: “Après nous le déluge!” After US, the flood.

Inveterate American activist and singer/songwriter, David Rovics has for decades toured the World bringing his message of revolution and evolution for and to the masses. He’s shared the stage with the greats of the age: Pete Seeger, Anne Feeney, Joan Baez, Chumbawamba, Billy Bragg, Attila the Stockbroker, and countless others. David is too a frequent essayist, and now a regular columnist at Dissident Voice, a podcaster, and Danish barista… Safe to say he’s done a lot of things, but now David Rovics is set to enter the least illuminated of all Canada’s dark corners, Ottawa, Ontario, (beatless heart of a heartless, beaten nation) for an evening of music, fun, and class struggle.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, T.J. Coles, David Rovics, Janine Bandcroft May 9, 2019

True to this time of lies, “free” is the name given to the attempt to capture and enslave the people of the World, while the word “trade” serves as a wry misnomer, meant to convince us the artful deals of the masters of capital are both consensual, and somehow mutually beneficial.

Together, ‘Free Trade’ is a concept Orwell would recognize, and cry laughing at the bitter predictability of.

Dr. T.J. Coles is an Associate Researcher at the Organisation for Propaganda Studies, a columnist for AxisOfLogic.com, and author.

Coles’ articles too appear online at CounterPunch, Truthout and Z Magazine, among other places, and his many book titles include: ‘Real Fake News’, Britain’s Secret Wars’, ‘The Great Brexit Swindle’, ‘Manufacturing Terrorism: When Governments Use Fear to Justify Foreign Wars and Control Society’, and his latest, ‘Privatized Planet: ‘Free Trade’ as a Weapon Against Healthcare, Democracy and the Environment’.

Journalist and filmmaker, John Pilger says, “In this meticulously sourced book, T.J. Coles breaks down the facade of “free trade” and its army of acronyms, spelling out the threat from an extremism that wants your healthcare, wages, pensions and much more. You have been warned.”

T.J. Coles in the first half.

And; readers of Marx, Karl not Groucho, remember the term, “Après moi, le déluge!” It was meant by Marx to indicate the contempt in which all capitalists must hold the life of the lowly labourer. How else can captains of industry masticate and disgorge the legions required to maximize profit, and relentlessly grow the economy? But, endless progress demands a certain, strategic short-sightedness, a disregard for the consequences of one’s actions. It’s a wilful blindness increasingly difficult to maintain today, where King Louis XV’s phrase, “After me, the deluge” now belongs to us all and encompasses the whole of the World: “Après nous le déluge!” After US, the flood.

Inveterate American activist and singer/songwriter, David Rovics has for decades toured the World bringing his message of revolution and evolution for and to the masses. He’s shared the stage with the greats of the age: Pete Seeger, Anne Feeney, Joan Baez, Chumbawamba, Billy Bragg, Attila the Stockbroker, and countless others. David is too a frequent essayist, and now a regular columnist at Dissident Voice, a podcaster, and Danish barista… Safe to say he’s done a lot of things, but now David Rovics is set to enter the least illuminated of all Canada’s dark corners, Ottawa, Ontario, (beatless heart of a heartless, beaten nation) for an evening of music, fun, and class struggle.

David Rovics, before the flood in the second half.

And Victoria-based activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, T. J. Coles and Privatized Planet: Free Trade As a Weapon Against Democracy, Healthcare and the Environment.

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, Andy Worthington, Pablo Ouziel, Janine Bandcroft May 2, 2019

Last week marked the eighth anniversary of the WikiLeaks release of ‘The Guantánamo Files‘. A lot has changed since their original airing, and a lot hasn’t.

Obama has come and gone, the immediate closure of “Gitmo” now just another of his hoped for but unkept promises, while both the publisher of the files revealing the horrors of the camp, and the person Obama pardoned for leaking them are themselves now imprisoned; Julian Assange held in solitary at London’s infamous Belmarsh Prison, and Chelsea Manning, after a month of solitary confinement, facing “indefinite detention” for refusing a Virginia Grand Jury’s subpoena to testify in its investigation of Assange and WikiLeaks.

Andy Worthington is an investigative journalist, author, campaigner, commentator and public speaker. A recognized authority on Guantánamo and the “war on terror”, Andy is co-founder of the Close Guantánamo and We Stand With Shaker campaigns, both dedicated to bringing justice for inmates of that place past and present.

The London-based Worthington is also a singer, songwriter, founding member of the band, The Four Fathers, (currently searching for a new bass player) and urban photographer whose State of London series is a seven years-long daily chronicle of that great city.

Andy Worthington in the first half.

And; despite the rightward trend in European politics, Spain’s Socialist Party, the PSOE, held power in Sunday’s elections there, though again with a minority. While the government’s renewal, and seat increase gives Pedro Sánchez’ party a strong mandate to govern, the admission to Parliament of 24 members of the ultra-right VOX party is grabbing the headlines. It’s the first far-right party to gain seats since democracy replaced the dictatorship of Generalissimo Francisco Franco more than 40 years ago.

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


Pablo Ouziel and political breathing space for Spain’s left in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Andy Worthington and eight years later, the Guantánamo Files then and now.

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 Carole Cadwalladr – Brexit, Facebook and Cambridge Analytica UVic April 30, 2019

Brexit, Facebook and Cambridge Analytica: The reporting and investigation of a scandal

6:00pm – 7:30pm PDT
Fraser Building, Room 159
A public talk about privacy issues and the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal with Carole Cadwalladr, UK journalist and Michael McEvoy, Information and Privacy Commissioner for BC.

Hosted by the Department of Political Science and the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Susan Power, Maximilian C. Forte, Janine Bandcroft April 25, 2019

After a year and a month of bloody conflict at the barriers separating Gaza from the World, The Great Return March continues yet.

Every Friday Palestinians demanding an end to their dispossession and forced isolation have faced Israel’s military, for the most peaceably, and suffered mightily for it.

And though hundreds have been killed, shot down bare-handed by soldiers with sniper rifles, and thousands more gassed and wounded in other ways, the “international community” of nations has largely remained silent.

The run-up to Israel’s recent elections occasioned harder lines on the “Palestine Problem” in Gaza by politicians on all sides, while one prominent among them even promised, should he be elected, he would too annex the settlements, bringing a Gaza of sorts to the West Bank.

Dr. Susan Power is Head of the Legal Research and Advocacy Department at Al-Haq, a Palestinian human rights NGO based in Ramallah. Established in 1979, Al-Haq’s mission is to protect human rights and promote the rule of law in the Occupied Territories both individually and collectively, while seeking to end breaches of international law “irrespective of the identity of the perpetrator.”

Susan Power in the first half.

And; April 11th, a date that will for many live in infamy, Ecuador’s president, Lenin Moreno delivered from its embassy in London into the hands of the British government, political asylee and WikiLeaks publisher, Julian Assange. Miles of newsprint, and terabytes of misinformation has been produced regarding Assange and the nature of the case manufactured against him, but at its heart are some basic facts vital for both his just treatment and the future fairness of the planet the rest of us will inhabit.

Dr. Maximilian C. Forte is a scholar, educator, author, and creator of the Zero Anthropology Project, a “Canadian anthropological approach to the study of empire and the human condition” and its website, ZeroAnthropology.net.

Max Forte teaches full time in Anthropology and Sociology at Concordia University in Montréal, at the rank of full Professor, and is a member of the Concordia University Faculty Association, the trade union body for full-time faculty, and the Canadian Association of University Teachers.

Forte also publishes The New Imperialism series, which features research by students in his advanced seminar in the field, and his own research. Max is too a past finalist for the Quebec Writers Federation Mavis Gallant Prize for Nonfiction, and his book titles include: ‘Ruins of Absence, Presence of Caribs: (Post)Colonial Representations of Aboriginality in Trinidad and Tobago’, and ‘Slouching Towards Sirte: NATO’s War on Libya and Africa’.

Max Forte and untying the media tangle to find a coherent explanation of what the Assange arrest says about the state of the Empire and fate of democracy in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Susan Power and Palestine’s prospects in an extended Netanyahu era.

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, John Helmer, Antony C. Black, Janine Bandcroft April 18th, 2019

With the surrendering of Julian Assange by Ecuador to London’s Metropolitan police, the WikiLeaks publisher’s long embassy asylum ends, and a new phase of his persecution begins.

But is that a bad thing? Assange is in poor health, and his erstwhile “protectors” proved unable, or unwilling, to provide proper medical attention. The British prison system should be capable of better.

Moreover, his arrest pushes the case so far made against Assange past the pages of a curiously unsympathetic press and into the English courts, where claims of fact must meet the test of proof.

John Helmer is a journalist, former academic, government policy advisor, author, broadcaster and principal behind the news website, Dances with Bears, where his recent article, ‘The Julian Assange Case Now Puts the US on Trial in a British Court: Is There a GET-OUT-OF-JAIL Card for Assange?‘ explores the likely tangled path to justice Julian Assange and his lawyers must now navigate.

Some of John Helmer’s book titles include: ‘The Deadly Simple Mechanics of Society’, ‘Drugs and Minority Oppression’, (with Claudia Wright) ‘The Jackal’s Wedding – American Power, Arab Revolt’, ‘Grand Strategy for Small Countries, Case Studies in Transforming Weakness into Power,’ and his latest is the newly out political and personal memoir, ‘The Man Who Knows Too Much About Russia’.

John Helmer in the first half.

And; murderous criminality is not the sole purview of the American state; its friends and allies are remorseless killers too. In the 1990’s, details of Operation Gladio emerged from the testimony of former Italian prime minister, Giulio Andreotti during a special investigation into the 1980’s terrorist bombings initially blamed on that country’s infamous Red Brigades.

What was revealed next as chronicled in Paul L. Williams’ book, Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance Between The Vatican, The CIA, and the Mafia, should have provoked outrage fervid enough to tear out root and branch the fascist tendrils permeating Europe, and America’s power structures. Should have.

Antony C. Black is a long-time freelance essayist devoted to, among other topics, “debunking one aspect or another of US and Western imperialism”. His efforts have found purchase in print in the past at the Toronto Star, Hamilton Spectator, and Canadian Dimension Magazine, as well as online at Z Mag, Swans, ICH, and Global Research. Antony’s latest, a review of Williams’ Operation Gladio, ‘Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance‘ I found at Off-Guardian.org. Black is too a former steelworker, psychotherapist, and retired school teacher.

Antony C. Black and the “far-right figures in the intelligence, military, government, media, Church and corporate sectors … [and] motley assortment of unreconstructed WW2 fascists, psychopaths and criminal underworld types” also known as, “Gladio” in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will join us 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, John Helmer and putting the United States in a British dock, courtesy of… Julian Assange.

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, Molly Wickham, Steph Glanzmann, Janine Bandcroft April 11, 2019

Last month, the provincial NDP sent for second reading its bill that would provide subsidies of some six billion dollars for a proposed LNG mega-project in B.C.’s north.

The proffered subsidies are on top of provincial sales tax breaks and “preferred industrial electricity rates” already doled over.

Though BC Premier, John Horgan says the province can have this massive fossil fuel project and keep its climate target commitments too, the BC Greens disagree, saying the bill amounts to “subsidization of climate change.”

Likewise, First Nations along the proposed pipeline route for the “largest private sector investment in Canada’s history” say it would be disastrous for their communities, destroying any hopes of maintaining traditional livelihoods, and ruining the environment.

April 1st, UVic hosted ‘Voices from the Sacrifice Zone: Fracking in BC’s North‘. LNG means fracking, and the “ushering in [of] dramatic changes to the health of … lands, waters and peoples” that necessarily entails. Residents effected by the industry went on a province-wide tour, telling their experiences of fracking, and warning about the consequences to come should Mr. Horgan’s bill be passed.

Molly Wickham is spokesperson of Gidimt’en Clan of Wet’suwet’en Nation, and she talked about the massive and myriad negative effects of the fracking industry.


Molly Wickham in the first half.

And; from the #Enough gun control demonstrations and demands for an economic paradigm shift in the United States, to Greta Thunberg’s devastating J’accuse at last year’s COP24 UN Climate Conference, and school strikes for climate everywhere, it’s clear; global leadership is being challenged in ways unseen since the 1960’s. A new generational divide is becoming increasingly evident, as so-called Millennials, (and their children) sharpen the focus of the political debate from the uncertainty of our times to the future viability of human civilization and survival of the biosphere itself.

Stephanie Glanzmann is Campus Organizer for Future Majority, a newly formed “national nonpartisan non-profit” organization, grassroots mobilizing young Canadians ahead of the October federal elections here. Steph’s a UBC grad who’s been organizing around climate justice issues and fossil fuel divestment campaigning for the past 5 years on unceded Coast Salish territory.

Steph Glanzmann and entraining the next generation of social change leaders for their future majority in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Event Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, voice from the Sacrifice Zone, Molly Wickham and opposition to fracking and the proposed Coastal GasLink fracked gas pipeline. 

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/