This week on GR; Bruce Wallace of VIPIRG and Victoria's seasonal cruise ship blues; Shawn Hlookoff Standing for Peace; and Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed with some of the good things we can get up to in and around Victoria this week.
Jean Davison is a professor of anthropology, lecturer, and international development consultant whose work in Africa spans nearly three decades. Some of her numerous book titles include: 'Agriculture, Women and Land: The African Experience;' 'Voices from Mutira: Change in the Lives of Rural Gikuyu Women, 1910 to 1995;' and 'Gender, Lineage and Ethnicity in Southern Africa.' Her latest book is, 'The Ostrich Wakes: Struggles for Change in Highland Kenya.' Jean Davison in the first half.
And; last weekend was Earth Day, and I took the opportunity to catch up to a few of the local heroes trying to create change here. Can there be a free country without a free press? Today, Canada's media has become so concentrated, the bulk of it controlled by only a few corporate hands, that it threatens the survival of the country's democracy. Jack Etkin is a Victoria-based media activist working to regain the "public airwaves" for the people. And, Ken Wu of the Western Canada Wilderness Committee joined the march and rally for the planet, and has a few suggestions to help the newly minted "Environmental Premier" Gordon Campbell can make his walk more closely resemble his talk. Jack Etkin, Ken Wu, and more in the second half.
And; Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of the good things you can get up to in and around Victoria in the coming week. But first, Jean Davison and highlighting Africa.
Talking about media with Jack Etkin – April 21, 2007
This week: Reporting investigator, Greg Palast and taking the Armed Madhouse on the road;
Elizabeth de la Vega and Alberto Gonzales’ desperate danse macabre ;
and Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed with all the good things going in and around Victoria this week.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and streaming live on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com, where you can find GR podcasts.
You can also check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com
War and rumours of war continue this week as the never blood sated Bush administration, with faithful ally Britain in tow, attempt to spin the latest episode with Iran into a full-blown nuclear confrontation. Last month, 15 British sailors and marines were intercepted by the Iranian navy and taken prisoner. The stand-off seemed destined to lead to a broader conflict in the already war-plagued region, until Iran's surprise release of their captives. But the story for war doesn't end there… Heather Wokusch is a freelance journalist and author of, in two volumes, 'The Progressives' Handbook: Get the Facts and Make a Difference Now.' Her prolific journalistic works can also be found at Dissident Voice.org. Heather Wolkusch and the facts on the ground in Iran in the first half.
And; before Iraq, before Afghanistan, before the degradation of the United States, and its willing accomplices to the crimes against humanity now regarded as the norm, there was Palestine. Suffering under the boot of a ruthless, fascist regime, the people there are well-used to the shocking inhumanity revealed in America's invasions and occupations. Before the current president abandoned all notions of law and simple human decency there were the few who fell into the widening cracks in the constitution; but it wasn't this time German Jewry who were the first to fall, but America's Muslims. Sami al-Arian was an early victim of George Bush's homeland warriors; arrested and cast into the Magna Carta defying, legal limbo made too familiar in these last years, al-Arian languishes yet in an American prison near death with little recourse to justice. Charlotte Kates is a lawyer, organizer, and activist with NJ Solidarity – Activists for the Liberation of Palestine, and Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition. She's followed the al-Arian case, and will join us in the second half.
And; Janine Bandcroft will be here to bring us up to speed with some of the good things to do in and around Victoria in the coming week. But first, Heather Wokusch, getting the facts on Iran.
Trey Arrow is an American environmental activist currently held in prison in Victoria, B.C., Canada while he awaits an extradition process promising to send him to prison in the United States for the rest of his life, based on spurious "evidence" he committed acts of "eco-terrorism there. To learn more, check out www.trearrow.org
It's been almost fifty years since the popular revolution toppled the Batiste regime in Cuba; and, it's been almost as many years that the island nation has suffered an American led embargo, the longest siege in recorded history. Canada has so far refused to enjoin the starvation campaign against the revolution, but recent political developments here could well threaten the friendly relations enjoyed between Cuba and Canada. Fernando Gomez represents the Cuban Institute in Friendship with the People, and its outreach effort, the Che Guevera Work Brigade. He'll be speaking tonight at the BCGEU building tonight at 7pm. Fernando Gomez and the Canada's working relationship with Cuba in the first half.
And; Canada's foreign policy is altering its hue. Fighting its first "insurgency" war from the distant garrisons of Afghanistan is just one of the radical changes to what Canadian's would regard as the country's traditional role in world polity. Not the nation of Pierre Trudeau, hero to a generation of American asylum-seekers fleeing the war against Vietnam, today's conscientious objectors to the extra-legal occupation of Iraq fleeing to Canada face arrest, and expensive legal entaglements, likely ending in extradition rather than refuge; for others, the treatment is of a more sinister nature. Lee Zaslofsky is with the Toronto chapter of Canada's War Resisters Support Campaign, and he'll be here on a disturbing trend in Canadian policing that questions this nation's autonomy. Lee Zaslofsky and Resisting War: A Canadian tradition, in the second half.
And; Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of the good things to get up to in and around Victoria this week.
And; Canada's foreign policy too is altering its hue almost as quickly as sprouting-green Springtemp. Fighting its first "insurgency" war from distant garrisons in the Afghani wilderness is just one of the radical changes to what Canadian's would regard the country's traditional role in world polity. Not the nation of Pierre Trudeau, hero to a generation of American asylum-seekers fleeing America's war in Vietnam, today's military conscientious objectors to the extra-legal occupation of Iraq face arrest, and expensive legal entaglements likely ending in extradition rather than refuge; for others, the treatment is of a more sinister nature. Lee Zaslofsky is with the Toronto chapter of Canada's War Resisters Support Campaign, and he'll be here on a disturbing trend in Canadian policing that questions this nation's autonomy. Lee Zaslofsky and Resisting: A Canadian tradition, in the second half.
And; Janine Bandcroft will join us to bring us up to speed with all that's good to do in and around Victoria in the coming week
Like the prairie in Springtime, Canada's political spectrum approaching the imminent election is decidedly shifting green. But where there are those whose transformation coincides only with the prevailing winds of the politcal seasons, there are too evergreens; environmentalists first, seeking now to enjoin the fight from within the electoral arena. Briony Penn is an environmental scientist, illustrator, author, geographer, cartographer, and educator. She's perhaps best-known locally for hosting the award-winning television program, Enviro/Mental. Her natural history columns appear in Canadian Geographic, and Explore magazines, and her 'Wild Side' column for Monday Magazine has educated Victorians as to the nature of the treasures their environment provides for years. Briony Penn, and taking Ottawa in the first segment.
While both the federal and British Columbia governments are falling over themselves to hook Canada's wagon to America's star, the economy in that benighted country is set to crash. Last month, the Dow Jones Index took a precipitous dive, (the steepest since the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks), following a meltdown on the Chinese market; and it's just the beginning. Lila Rajiva is a freelance journalist and the author of 'The Language of Empire: Abu Ghraib and the American Media,' and the soon to be released 'Mobs, Messiahs and Markets,' co-written with Bill Bonner. She's also a contributor to 'One of the Guys,' an anthology collection of essays regarding women as torturers, and the book, 'The Third World – Opposing Viewpoints.' Lila Rajiva and crashing markets in the first half.
And; April Fool's British Columbia! As the Free Trade Agreement, and the subsequent NAFTA deal did for Canada, the soon to be implemented TILMA deal between Alberta and B.C. promises to do for our respective provinces; that is: Eviscerate local governance, removing protections for the environment, labour, and all those other tedious restrictions placed upon the unfettered pursuit of corporate profits at the expense of the quality of life Canadians have become accustomed. April First is the day the deal signed by Premiers Campbell and Klein is set to go into effect. Murray Dobbin is a Vancouver-based journalist and political commentator whose work is featured primarily at the local B.C. web news site TheTyee.ca, and he'll be here in the second segment on T-I-L-M-A spelling the end of municipal government in British Columbia.
And; Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with all the good things to do in and around Victoria this week. But first, Lila Rajiva and charting capital's impending disaster.
Gorilla Radio's FunDrive 2007 with Chris Cook, J9 and Rico!
Went down to the demonstration…
As old as the war in Iraq, the case of "outed" CIA operative, Valerie Plame has dragged on. In the meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of lives have forever been altered. I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby is the former White House staffer left holding the bag in L' Affair du Plame, and his trial is ready to wrap up.
Elizabeth de la Vega is a former federal prosecutor, journalist, and author. Her articles appear in the Nation Magazine, L.S. Times, and Salon.com, among other places, and her book, 'United States v. George W. Bush et al' is a theoretical prosecution of President Bush, and his cadre of extra-legal help-meets. Elizabeth de la Vega and bringing Justice to a jaundiced White House in the first half.
And; it's the lie that launched, not a thousand ships, but countless conveyances of war; the explanation of the attacks of September eleventh, 2001 has been used to, among other things, "justify" Canada's current entanglement in the Afghanistan fiasco. Beyond the roughly three thousand killed on that fateful day, many hundreds of thousands of other lives have been effected.
But what really happened on 9/11? Hal Sisson is a
Victoria-based novelist, former reporter and lawyer, and world-ranked croquet player. The latest of his nine novels is Modus Operandi: 9/11 a no-less fictional account of that day than has been so far produced as fact by the powers that believe the official narrative. Hal Sisson and the ways and means behind "the day that changed everything" in the second half.
It may be a new war for America, but for the people of Central Asia it’s simply more of the same. Over the past two decades there have been wars in: Iran, Iraq. Kuwait, and From 19, November 2001 — Afghanistan. While media attention has focussed on technological gee wizardry and to a lesser extent, the geopolitical context of the region, the real story is being ignored. Thousands of Afghanis have been displaced by two decades of war. Those numbers have been dramatically increased, thanks to America’s “New War” and there are indications that even when the Taliban do fall many Afghanis have nothing to go home to.
Gorilla Radio for Monday February 26, 2007
by C. L. Cook
How, after five and a half years, is it possible that the truth behind the greatest criminal act of the young 21st Century, the 9/11 attacks, could still remain shrouded in doubt and mystery? How is it, that the greatest nation the world has ever known, with all its mighty resources at hand, has done no better at answering the myriad questions that lay still unresolved than to reiterate the original narrative of what happened on that fateful day in September: The hijackings were the work of a handful of Osama bin Laden devotees, that somehow managed to plan and pull off their scheme entirely undetected?