Left Coast Events Bulletin with Janine Bandcroft August 16th, 2018

The week’s events for Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland, Aug. 16-23, 2018.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Will Tuttle, Kevin Zeese, Janine Bandcroft August 9th, 2018

War, war, and rumours of more wars; God knows it’s long past time for peace. But Peace, as the great Gil Scott Herron reminds, is not merely the absence of War. “It is the time when we will all bring ourselves closer to each other; closer to building a structure that is unique within ourselves, because we have finally come to Peace within ourselves.”

Dr. Will Tuttle is a visionary speaker, educator, musician, editor of Circles of Compassion, and author of the books, ‘Your Inner Islands’ and ‘The World Peace Diet’, which the former Zen monk and long-time vegan says provides an approach to life that, “blends mindfulness with kindness and respect for each other and all expressions of life.”

Dr. Tuttle will be in Victoria for a number of events beginning August 20th, including presenting workshops based on his book that address and, “make explicit the hidden connections between our culture, our food, and the source of our broad range of problems…”

Will Tuttle in the first half.

And; the peace enjoyed by the people of Nicaragua since the overthrow of dictator and tyrant Anastasio “Tachito” Somoza was hard-won, and not without reversals. In the last months, an attempt to unseat the elected government of leftist, Daniel Ortega however has seen what many fear could be the beginning of the end of that peace, and revival of the dark forces of fascism once buried, perhaps too shallowly, there.

Kevin Zeese is an American lawyer, political activist, essayist, and author. He’s also co-founder of the Drug Policy Foundation and current co-director of Popular Resistance.org, from where his and colleague, Dr. Margaret Flowers’ weekly podcast, Clearing The Fog emanates.

His frequent essays and articles on social justice issues in America and abroad appear at Popular Resistance, CounterPunch, and Gorilla Radio Blog among other places, and his book titles include: ‘Drug Law: Strategies and Tactics’, ‘Drug Prohibition an the Conscience of Nations’, and ‘The Great Issues of Drug Policy’.

Kevin Zeese and the Lessons Learned from the Failed Violent Coup in Nicaragua in the second half.

And; Victoria activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here 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, Will Tuttle and a World of Peace on your plate.

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 August 9, 2018

Events in and around Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland for the week August 9-16, 2018.

Ape Goes to Victoria’s 2018 Women in Black Silent Vigil for Nagasaki and Hiroshima August 7, 2018

Went down to join the Women in Black’s annual commemoration of the victims of Nagasaki and Hiroshima and the call for nuclear disarmament and a World without violence.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Jon Elmer, Terry Wolfwood, Janine Bandcroft August 2nd, 2018

Over the weekend, Israel’s military boarded and seized the Gaza Freedom Flotilla vessel, Al Awda, arresting its crew and confiscating its cargo of medical supplies bound for besieged Gaza.

Injuries are reported, but nothing like the murderous assault suffered by the Turkish flagged, Mavi Marmara, engaged in a similar attempt at penetrating Israel’s naval blockade in 2010.

Then, ten of the activist aboard were murdered by commandos. I spoke to Canadian photo-journalist, Jon Elmer the day of the Mavi Marmara attack*; he was in the West Bank.

Jon Elmer in the first half.

And; George Orwell famously described the battle for a remembering of crimes committed by society’s overlords as the Memory War. Today, the reality of wars occurring around the planet seem too removed from the consciousness of the World’s most powerful and belligerent nations to illicit the universal outrage and action required of their citizens to end them. We have it seems lost the memory war, and perhaps too surrendered our collective conscience.

This week coming offers another chance; it marks the annual remembrance of the 1945 atomic destruction of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Women in Black will hold their annual vigil in remembrance of Hiroshima-Nagasaki this Tuesday, August 7 at high noon below the tourist information office across from the Empress Hotel.

Terry 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.

Terry Wolfwood and the power of remembering 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 for the coming week. But first, Jon Elmer and the deadly 2010 taking of the humanitarian relief ship, Mavi Marmara.

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, Jon Elmer – Mavi Marmara Raid May 31, 2010

Over the weekend, (July 30, 2018) Israel’s military boarded and seized the Gaza Freedom Flotilla vessel, Al Awda, arresting its crew and confiscating its cargo of medical supplies bound for besieged Gaza. Injuries are reported, but nothing like the murderous assault suffered by the Turkish flagged, Mavi Marmara, engaged in a similar attempt at penetrating the naval blockade of coastal strip of Palestine in 2010. Then, ten of the activist aboard were murdered by commandos. I spoke to Canadian photo-journalist, Jon Elmer the day of the Mavi Marmara attack. He was in the West Bank.

Left Coast Events Bulletin with Janine Bandcroft August 2, 2018

Left Coast Events Bulletin for Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland week of August 2-9th, 2018.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Eva Bartlett, David Swanson, Janine Bandcroft July 26th, 2018

Last week the Trudeau government announced Canada would provide refuge for members of the White Helmets and their families. The announcement came as a still unknown number of the group were evacuating southern Syria via the Occupied Golan and Israel.

Though Canada’s minister of foreign affairs says she supports the group whole-heartedly, critics charge the Syria Civil Defence or White Helmets “humanitarian workers” work with and are intrinsically allied to al Qaeda, primarily through its Syria-based spin-off Jabhat Al-Nusra.

Eva Bartlett is an independent Canadian journalist and activist who has lived in and reported from Gaza and Syria over the last decade.

She has been one of the few Western witnesses of the destruction of war from where Western missiles and bombs land, and one of even fewer to fix properly the responsibility on those firing and dropping them. Eva is recently returned from her eighth foray into Syria.

Eva Bartlett in the first half.

And; buoyed perhaps by his early days North Korean diplomatic success, Donald Trump has again resorted to Twitter to launch a bellicose attack against Iran, making, as he did against Kim Jong Un, thinly veiled threats of nuclear annihilation. But, Iran is not Korea, and in the context of a middle east already aflame, the American president may be painting himself into a corner leading to yet another war.

David Swanson is a peace and political justice activist, journalist, radio host, and author whose book titles include: ‘War No More: The Case for Abolition,’ ‘When the World Outlawed War,’ ‘War Is a Lie,’ and ‘The Military Industrial Complex at 50’ among others. He’s director of WorldBeyondWar.org whose annual confab Designing a World Beyond War: Legalizing Peace takes place in Toronto this September. Find out more at: #NoWar2018. David also blogs at Let’s Try Democracy (DavidSwanson.org), WarIsACrime.org, and hosts the public affairs program, Talk Nation Radio.

David Swanson and getting beyond war 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, Eva Bartlett and the White Helmets Canada-bound.

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 26th, 2018

Left Coast Events for Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland for the week July 26-August 2nd, 2018

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Robert Massoud, Yves Engler, Janine Bandcroft July 19, 2018

These last years have been momentous ones in the Middle East. While wars and rumours of war abound and millions flee their homes, scattered to the winds in search of safe haven, the need for peace and reconciliation has never been greater.

In times of yore the olive branch was extended to ones enemy as a sign of good faith; and today, Palestine Peace Awareness Inc, the Canadian non-profit organization known colloquially as “Zatoun” is doing just that.

Zatoun hopes, they say, to transcend the abstract, geopolitical context of the Palestine-Israel situation, focusing instead on people and the ordinary, everyday lives they must lead.

Robert Massoud is a Palestinian-Canadian whose family immigrated to Canada when he was a child. He is the founder of Zatoun, an organization which imports fair trade Olive Oil from the West Bank to provide market opportunities for Palestinian goods, and works to bring a more accurate representation of life in Palestine.

Robert Massoud in the first half.

And; last week Justin Trudeau announced more Canadian troops would be sent to war ravaged Iraq. This adds to a growing global Canadian military presence. Whether “training” missions in Ukraine, or participating in Joint Task Forces like the one in Iraq, Canadian Forces are no longer the Pearsonian Peacekeepers of old. Today there are myriad “operations” in theatres from Fiji to Latvia, and now too a return to Africa with Operation PRESENCE in Mali.

Yves Engler is a Montréal-based activist, essayist, and author. His articles appear at Dissident Voice, The Palestine Chronicle, Rabble.ca, and Pacific Free Press among other places. Some of his nine book titles include: ‘A Propaganda System—How Canada’s Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation’, ‘Canada in Africa — 300 Years of Aid and Exploitation’, and ‘The Ugly Canadian — Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy’.

Yves Engler 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 highlighting some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Robert Massoud and olives for peace in Palestine.

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, 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/