Ape Goes to Jeb Sprague and Roger Annis on Haiti at UVic Sept. 15, 2012

Date 2012-09-16

Went down to see journalist and author, Jeb Sprague on his book, Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti' at the University of Victoria Saturday.

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Sandy Smith-Nonini, Jeb Sprague, Janine Bandcroft, Sept. 10, 2012

Date 2012-09-11

This week: It's been said, "Behind every great fortune there is a crime." but Balzac never knew Mitt Romney, the mega-rich Republican candidate who would be president, for if he had he may have said, "Behind every fortune there are a great number of crimes." Mitt has yet to answer for that great number of crimes he's complicit in committing; yet to be brought to book for the bloody profits he and Bain Capital reaped to the cost of thousands of lives. Few of the flag-wavers at the recent Republican National Convention in Florida recall, or care to remember, Reagan's Dirty Wars in Central America in the 1980's and '90's, but the most fervent in their willful forgetting must be Romney's camp followers, the ones with the most to lose should the truth of their leader's character become more broadly known. Sandy Smith-Nonini is adjunct assistant professor in the Departments of Anthropology and the Curriculum in Global Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In those terrible days of Reagans reign of terror in Latin America, Sandy worked as a freelance news reporter for the New York Times, and served as a field contributor to the American Medical News. Sandy Smith-Nonini is also author of the book 'Healing the Body Politic: El Salvador's Popular Struggle for Health Rights from Civil War to Neoliberal Peace,' and recently contributed the article, 'Romney's Blood Money' to the web news site, Counterpunch. Sandy Smith-Nonini in the first half. And; in 1994, Haitian democracy was the envy of the world. The populist president of the country, former priest, Jean-Bertrand Aristide enjoyed a 92% approval rating, and was beginning to reform the profound corruption at all levels of government left in the wake of the despotic father and son Duvalier regimes. After two centuries of social turmoil, things were finally looking up for Haiti. And then things changed. Jeb Sprague is a journalist, and PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Jeb is the recipient of a Project Censored Award for a 2008 article, co-authored with Haitian journalist Wadner Pierre and he's written for the Inter Press Service, TeleSUR, Al Jazeera, Z Magazine, NACLA, Haiti Liberté, Haiti Progrès, among numerous journals. His first book, 'Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti' is now out. Jeb Sprague will be appearing here at the University of Victoria this Saturday at 4pm in the David Strong building to talk about his book and the situation in Haiti. Jeb Sprague and the paramilitarists assault on Haiti's democracy. And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of the newz unfolding on our city's streets and beyond. But first, Sandy Smith-Nonini and following Romney's Blood Money. Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, 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.com

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Kevin Pina, Steven Starr, Janine Bandcroft Sept. 3, 2012

Date 2012-09-04

As we ready to welcome Fall and the 2012 school year here at UVic, the Occupy movement is readying itself for a second year of mobilization against the gross disparities of the economic system. From ground zero at Wall Street in New York, and financial districts around the United States, (and in Canada too) last year's explosion of dissent and demonstration leaves behind hundreds of stories. Many of these stories went viral on the internet as they happened, as they revealed police state styled repression and brutality most Americans haven't seen since the Vietnam War protests of the 1960's. Arguably, the worst of that repression was witnessed at Occupy Oakland. Kevin Pina is an American journalist and filmmaker who has reported from Haiti on and off for more than twenty years, and who lived in the capital for more than seven years. From his early days as a KPFA radio reporter documenting the human rights abuses in Port au Prince's poorest neighbourhoods, to covering the initial 1991 coup d'état against populist president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide to his own imprisonment there in 2005, Pina has borne witness in a way few foreign correspondents can equal. His film titles include: 'El Salvador: In the Name of Democracy,' 'Amazonia: Voices from the Rainforest,' 'Haiti: Harvest of Hope,' 'Haiti: The UNtold Story,' and 'HAITI: We Must Kill the Bandits.' Kevin's latest effort produced the documentary, 'Occupy the Bay.' Directed by Jonathan Riley, Occupy the Bay chronicles the Occupy Wall Street Movement in the San Francisco Bay Area. Kevin Pina in the first half. And; nearly eighteen months have passed since the earthquake and tsunami disaster that killed tens of thousands in Japan, and rendered Fukushima's Daiichi nuclear facility a smoldering wreckage. Though you would be hard-pressed to find the story in your local paper, or covered on the nightly newscasts; a year and a half later, the smashed plant spews radiation still into the sea and atmosphere with no near end to it in sight. Worse yet, there is tonnes of spent nuclear rods in cooling pools at Daiichi, pools that could fail catastrophically in another earthquake. Steven Starr is a senior scientist at Physicians for Social Responsibility and an associate member of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. He is the Director of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program at the University of Missouri, and a medical technologist who has spent years detailing the real and possible effects of the nuclear weapons issue from his site, www.NuclearDarkness.org. Appearing at the UN and other fora to give expert testimony on the environmental consquences of waging, and readying for, nuclear war, Starr has, since the Fukushima calamity, collaborated with renowned Japanese diplomat Akio Matsumura, founder and Secretary General of the Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders on Human Survival, who famously warned recently of the precarious situation at Daiichi's reactor #4. Steven Starr and Fukushima's present and continuing danger in the second half. And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us newz from the city's streets and beyond. But first, Kevin Pina, welcoming the Fall and rise of Occupy the Bay. Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, 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.com

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Bill Carroll, Kevin Pina, Janine Bandcroft Feb. 27, 2012

Date 2012-02-28

William K. Carroll is a political researcher, educator, author, and professor in the Sociology Department here at the University of Victoria's Interdisciplinary Minor/Diploma Program in Social Justice Studies. He's the author of more than a hundred articles, chapters and reports, and his book titles include: 'Corporate Power and Canadian Capitalism,' 'Corporate Power in a Globalizing World,' and his latest, 'The Making of a Transnational Capitalist Class.' William K. Carroll in the first half. Kevin Pina is an American journalist and filmmaker who has reported from Haiti on and off for more than twenty years, and who lived in the capital for more than seven years. From his early days as a KPFA radio reporter documenting the human rights abuses in Port au Prince's poorest neighbourhoods, to covering the initial 1991 coup d'état against populist president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, (and subsequent coups and ongoing police state horrors) to his own imprisonment there in 2005, Pina has borne witness in a way few foreign correspondents can equal. Kevin Pina and Haiti's continuing struggle in the second half. And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with events going on on the streets of Victoria and beyond. Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, 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.com

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Ape Goes to Kim Ives Jan 27, 2012 Pt 3

Date 2012-02-09

Kim was in Victoria recently at UVic. Here's what we produced. Kim Ives is one of the founders of the weekly newspaper Haiti Liberté, where he is a writer and editor. The paper has offices in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and Brooklyn, NY. Previously, he wrote and photographed for Haïti Progrès newspaper for 23 years. Mr. Ives was the lead writer and editor of a series of articles published in Haiti Liberté and The Nation magazine based on U.S. diplomatic cables on Haiti from 2003 until 2010. The cables were entrusted to the two publications by the Wikileaks organization.

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