Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Tyler Shipley, Peggy Mason, Christina Nikolic June 14th, 2017

Nearly eight years have passed since the sweltering summer’s night commandos of the Honduran armed forces bent on treason stormed the presidential residence in Tegucigalpa, seizing a pajama-clad President, before whisking him to a waiting plane.

It was, according to conspirator, Colonel Bayardo,

“A fast operation…over in minutes.” And one, he reassures, with “no injuries, no deaths.”

That may have been true for the operation to abduct Manuel “Mel” Zelaya, but injuries perpetrated and deaths suffered at the hands of the coupsters since have proven grievous and numerous.

Tyler Shipley is Professor of Culture, Society and Commerce at Humber College’s Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, and Associate Fellow at the Centre for Research on Latin American and the Caribbean, or CERLAC. His first book, ‘Ottawa and Empire: Canada and the Military Coup in Honduras‘ is fresh off the Between the Lines presses.

Tyler Shipley in the first half.

And; last week, in conjunction with the government’s release of the Defence Policy Review, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland addressed both the House of Parliament, and Canadian households on CBC’s flagship news program, The National, explaining the planned direction of the country’s foreign policy in the foreseeable future. Neither performance was well received by Ceasefire.ca.

The Ottawa-based public policy research and advocacy offshoot of the Rideau Institute blasted the government’s announcement of significant increases in military spending, saying their budget lacks credibility and is not affordable. They also accuse, the move to dramatically increase military spending succumbs to recent statements by, and pressure tactics of, US President, Donald Trump.

Peggy Mason is President of the Rideau Institute, an independent think tank that focuses on bringing a progressive voice to Canada’s foreign and defence policies. Issues of interest for the Institute range from nuclear disarmament to the centrality of UN conflict resolution.

Peggy Mason and a more muscular understanding of Canada’s place in the World in the second half.

And; horticultural guru and intrepid green entrepreneur, Christina Nikolic will join us at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events update, bringing us up to speed with some of the good things planned in and around our town for the coming week. But first, Tyler Shipley and the Ottawa and Empire: Canada and the Military Coup in Honduras.

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, Dave Lindorff, Patrick Henningsen, Christina Nikolic June 8th, 2017

While tomorrow’s date may not live infamous, remembered forever as the beginning of the end of Donald J. Trump, it could well prove the calendrical moment marking the end of the beginning of his short-lived political career.

Tomorrow, June 8th, 2017, James Comey, the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, fired amidst that organization’s most singular investigation ever, one threatening the legitimacy of the administration itself, will testify before a special Senate Intelligence Committee. Certainly, what the committee asks, and how Comey answers will determine the news cycle for weeks and months to come, but tomorrow’s performance may too determine the ultimate fate of the fledgling Trump presidency.

Dave Lindorff is an award-winning journalist, author, broadcaster, and founder of the award-winning web news site, This Can’t Be Happening.net. His book titles include: ‘This Can’t Be Happening! Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy,’ ‘Marketplace Medicine: The Rise of the For Profit Hospital Chains,’ ‘Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal,’ and, with Barbara Olshansky, ‘The Case for Impeachment: The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office.’ You can tune in Dave’s This Can’t Be Happening radio program Wednesdays at 5pm eastern time on PRN, the Progressive Radio Network.

Dave Lindorff in the first segment.

And; Thursday also marks the day Britons go to the polls. Sitting prime minister, Theresa May promised to hold her predecessor, David Cameron’s course, shepherding the UK out of the European Union, while assuring voters she would wait until after the so-called Brexit was initiated before calling an election to test her inherited mandate. Sensing an advantage perhaps, May changed her mind, calling a snap election. She has since watched her party’s seemingly insurmountable poll advantage dissipate in the weeks preceding the vote. Then there was Manchester; and now, the London Bridge terror attacks.

Patrick Henningsen is co-founder and executive editor of the online news site, 21st Century Wire, and host of its radio program, Sunday Wire. Focusing on geopolitical analysis, they provide an essential counter-narrative to a skewed media monolith. Patrick frequently features too as a commentator on RT.

Patrick Henningsen and the nerve-wracking countdown to elections in Britain in the second half.

And; horticultural guru and intrepid green entrepreneur, Christina Nikolic will join us at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events update, bringing us up to speed with some of the good things planned in and around our town for the coming week. But first, Dave Lindorff and Donald Trump’s first congressional test.

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.

Ape Goes to the Walk 4 the Salish Sea! Kick-Off in Victoria

May 25 @ 8:00 amMay 28 @ 6:00 pm

Event Navigation

[Music by Luke Wallace – ‘The Non-Violent Anti-Petroleum Blues’ and ‘I Will Hold On, I Am Not Lost’]

“This is a global movement and not just a fight against another dirty pipeline… This is not simply an indigenous issue; climate change and the catastrophic impacts that we have witnessed to date and the potential impacts that will manifest in the future, are a matter of grave concern of all people around the world.”

-Stewart Phillip, Grand Chief of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs

We are all Coast Protectors and the Salish Sea and all the waters flowing down through the Fraser river basin and surrounding communities are at risk from the Kinder Morgan pipeline/tanker expansion. Now is the time to walk the talk on climate justice/clean energy, indigenous rights, marine protection and local democracy.

That’s why we’re calling on defenders of this coast, its ecosystems, people, communities and economies to join us on the Walk for the Salish Sea: a four day march against Tar Sands, Kinder Morgan and all fossil fuel expansion in the absence of indigenous consent, sound science and ecological balance.

From May 25th-28th, we will march from Songhees territory in Victoria to the Kinder Morgan terminal on Tsleil-Waututh territory in Burnaby to show our support for and solidarity with the 22 municipalities, 59 First Nations and hundreds of thousands of British Columbians who oppose the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion.

Our walk will bear witness to the demise of our planet from on-going capitalist- industrial expansion for corporate profit with its disproportionate impacts on the lives, lands and cultures of indigenous peoples who are on the frontlines of this struggle to curb tar sands expansion from Alberta’s downstream Cree and Chipwyan communities to this coast. We join hearts and hands between First Nations, settlers and peoples world-wide struggling for environmental justice and a safe, sustainable future.

The mobilization will include honouring of traditoinal welcoming protocols, large marine wildlife puppets, roaming bank actions, evening programs, infoworkshops, communal camping and dinners, ceremony, a rally aboard BC Ferries and nightly entertainment.

Route details and maps will be posted shortly. Allies are encouraged to make the entire journey or to join for any portion of the walk they can. Participants are welcome to walk, run, bike, roller-blade, skateboard, paddle or use wheelchairs – any human-powered, ecologically sound mode of transportation is welcome.

Through-walkers, going overnight for any portion fo the trip are welcome to have their belongings carried on our support vehicle and will not have to worry about carrying gear.

Partner organizations and community groups not along our route are also encouraged to mobilize independently from any point of origin, to join in the Walk and/or meet us at ground zero – the Kinder Morgan Terminal – on May 28th, for the mass convergence.

This event is organized by 100% volunteer-activist labour as part of the Walk 4 the Salish Sea! endorsed by the following organizations including: Social Environmental Alliance ( SEA) Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC)- Coast Protectors, Pull Together ( Raven Trust, Sierra Club BC, Force of Nature Alliance) Burnaby Residents Opposed to Kinder Morgan Expansion (BROKE) Greenpeace (Victoria volunteer group), Leap-Victoria, Victoria Council of Canadians, Turning the Tide, KAIROS, BC/Yukon chapter, KAIROS Metro Vancouver chapter, Wilderness Committee, Greenpeace Canada, North Shore No Pipeline Expansion (NSNOPE), Non-violence International Canada, Climate Convergence Vancouver, Georgia Strait Alliance, Quaker Indigenous Rights Committee of the Canadian Friends Service Committee (QIRC-CFSC), Mining Justice Committee, Community Action Bus.

FUNDRAISING

A major objective of the walk is to generate public awareness and direct financial support for Indigenous-led initiates to stop construction of the Kinder Morgan TMX. Proceeds from fundraising will go to UBCIC Coast Protectors and Frontline Indigenous Resistance Initiatives to resist the Kinder Morgan Expansion.

WALK DONATIONS:

Donations to help cover Walk expensies for food, lodging, support vehicles, first aid, gifts/honorariums, art supplies, port-a-potties, sound equipment, insurance etc. can be made directly by interac etrsansfer to walk4salishsea@gmail.com. With thanks!

REGISTRATION

Registration for those who who need overnight lodging or billeting or would like to partake in communal dinners, can now sign up for the Walk on our website at walk4salish sea.ca

PULLING TOGETHER for Indigenous Rights!

Participants are also encouraged to contribute to the Pull Together campaign to support the Coldwater and Tsleil-waututh legal challenges to the Kinder Morgan pipeline/tanker expansion, and to seek online sponsorship for your walk (run, ride etc.) from friends, colleagues, comrades, and family. All you need to do is get on the Pull Together site:

https://fundraise.raventrust.com/campaign/pull-together-against-kinder-morgan/c111605

1. Click Become a Fundraiser
2. Click AS an individual
3. Build your individual profile
4. Click Join a Team
5. Join the Walk 4 the Salish Sea Team
6. Make your donation and recruit family and friends to make donations in support of your efforts.

Donations are tax-deductible, 100% secure and will be matched dollar-for dollar by an anonymous donor.

Together, employing every tool at our disposal, we can defeat this pipeline, protect the Salish Sea, turn the tide on fossil fuels and support a big victory for indigenous rights and climate justice!

ROUTE and PROGRAM INFORMATION ( in progress)

People of all ages and abilities, are welcomed to join The Walk 4 the Salish Sea! for whatever duration and distance best matches your fitness level and plans for the weekend of Thursday May 25-28th.

This mass mobilization against tar sands and Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion for decarbonzation and decolonization and an urgently needed transition from dangerous fossil fuel dependency begins at Mile “0” at the beginning of the Trans Canada Highway in Victoria to the Kinder Morgan terminal in Burnaby.

Route itinerary and program ( further details tba)

NOTE: All times approximate. Walk may travel swifter or slower due to numbers, traffic and weather.

Day 1 Thursday May 25th
Mile “0” (Lekwungen territory) to Island View Beach, up the Lochside trail ( access Ardesier St, off Douglas).
Walking distance: 23 km, ~6 hours.
7:45 am – Registered participants check-in, load support vehicle
8 am – Circle and Traditional welcome and blessing from beloved Lekwungen Elder Joan Morris
9 am – Drummers escort Walkers and Orcas Sounding through downtwon, up Government St, to Douglas, to Ardesier to the Galloping Goose, heading northbound.
12:40 pm – Walk arrives at Lochside Park for lunch
3:30 pm – Walk arrives at Island View Beach ( W̱SÁNEĆ territory)
7 pm – Tsawout First Nations Gathering Strength gymnasium, 7728 Tetayut Rd, Saanichton, Standing with First Nations Against Kinder Morgan: Dinner and fundraiser for Coast Protectors and Pull Together campaign for Coldwater and Tslei-waututh First Nations fighting Kinder Morgan in court. Speakers include: Tsawout Elders Belinda Claxton and Mavis Underwood, Elizabeth May, Tsartlip Chief Don Tom, Adam Olsen, Caitlyn Vernon, former Douglas Treaty co-ordinator Eric Pelkey Tsartlip carver Charles Elliot, Alicia Cormier. Performances by: Phil Vernon, Bill Henderson, Luke Wallace. and Willy Thomas Pow Wow Singers. See the facebook event page here.

Day 2 Friday May 26th
Island View Beach to Ladner United Church (Tsawassen First Nations Territory).
Walking Distance: 30 km, ~7.5 hours.
7 am – Morning circle and breakfast
8 am – Noon, Walk to Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal
1 pm – Ferry departs for Tswawassen
1:30 am – Oil-Free Salish Sea rally aboard BC Ferries including Sisters of Mercy Choir, Raging Grannies, Luke Wallace and speakers
2:45- 5:45 pm – Walk to Ladner, staying at Ladner United Church
-Dinner, talking circle and sleep

Day 3 Saturday May 27th
Ladner- East Van (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm /Musqeaum and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) First Nations Territory).
Walking Distance: 18km, ~5 .5 hours.
7 am – Morning Circle and Breakfast.
8 am – Walk to Ladner Exchange- take bus through Massey Tunnel.
Cross Knight St. Bridge, up Victoria.
12:20-1:20 – Lunch at John Hendry Park in East Van.
3 pm -Arrive at Grandview Cavalry Baptist Church.

Day 4 Sunday May 28th:
RSVP & share on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1842294959356318/
REMEMBER TO PACK A LUNCH & WATER!
Grandview Park to Kinder Morgan Westridge Terminal, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqeaum First Nations territory.
Walking Distance: 10 km, ~4 hours.
9 am – Meet Grandview Park (1657 Charles St, @ Commercial, Vancouver) Ceremony, drumming, short speeches, welcoming of Walkers. Music by Solidarity Notes Choir & others. Large performance art piece by the 100-200 member group: Orca Soundings, highlighting the endangered southern resident orcas.
9:30 am – Walk leaves along E. Hastings to Kinder Morgan Westridge Terminal -səlil̓wətaʔɬ /Tsleil-Waututh and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm /Musqeaum First Nations territory.
Join spots:
11:30am – East Hastings St. @ Ingleton Ave. (3802 Hastings St, Burnaby)
12:45pm – East Hastings St. @ Holdom Ave, Burnaby (Capitol Hill Elementary School, 5697-5801 Hastings St, Burnaby)
1:30pm: Westridge Park (320 Cliff Ave, Burnaby)
1:30 – 2:30 pm – The Walk will proceed to the gates of the Kinder Morgan Westridge Marine Terminal for drumming, decoration of the gates and symbolic blockade
2:30 – 5 pm – FOSSIL FUEL FREEDOM FEST: Celebrate Resistance!! Westridge Park (320 Cliff Ave, Burnaby)
Includes infotables, music/dancing, kid’s activities, Indigenous rights, climate justice, Kinder Morgan pipeline and mass non-violent direct action teach-in. Volunteers needed! Please email: walk4ssvolunteer@gmail.com
Speakers / Music to include:
– co-MC’s: Audrey Siegl & Stephen Collis
– Coast Salish welcome – Cedar George-Parker, Tsleil-Waututh FN
– Grand Chief Stewart & Joan Phillip, UBCIC
– Slam Poets
– Brandon Gabriel & Kachina Bige, Kwantlan First Nation
– Music by Luke Wallace, Emily Kelsall, Buckman Coe, The Racket & other awesome people!
– Kanahus Manuel, Secwepemc First Nation
– Chief Lee Spahan, Coldwater FN
– Elizabeth May MP Saanich-Gulf Islands
– Briony Penn (Orca Soundings)
– Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan
– Kennedy Stewart MP-Burnaby South

CORE MESSAGES

1) Respect for Indigenous laws and rights:
Without free, prior, and informed consent, government approval for pipeline/tanker expansion is a violation of the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, section 35 of the Canadian constitution on Aboriginal Rights and Title, Douglas Treaty rights and principles of Indigenous laws that require indigenous leaders to be ecological stewards of their lands. Consent means the ability to say “no”. We stand against any development which does not have the consent of the sovereign indigenous nations on whose territory it occurs.

2) Climate leaders don’t expand fossil fuel infrastructure:
It makes no sense to fight climate change while increasing infrastructure for some of the planet’s dirtiest oil! We call on the federal and provincial governments to abandon fossil fuel expansion and immediately invest in clean energy infrastructure and job creation that curbs greenhouse gas emissions, not increases them.

3) Water is life:
The risks to rivers, salmon habitat, drinking watersheds, the coast, surrounding communities and local economies from inevitable spills are not acceptable A massive bitumen spill in the Salish sea or anywhere en route, traversing thousands of salmon and orca supporting habitats from Alberta to the coast of BC, cannot be cleaned up, ever!

4) Leave it in the Ground

Indigenous communities downstream from Alberta’s tar sands have been suffering from the impacts of contaminated water, loss of traditional livelihood, hunting and fishing territory and higher than average cancer rates and lower life expectancy, than elsewhere in Canada. The movement for climate justice and opposition to pipelines must include the call to stop all new tar sands and fossil fuel infrastructure at the source.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

This event will be taking place on the territories of the Lekwungen (Songhees and Xwsepsum/Esquimalt), W̱SÁNEĆ, səlil̓wətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Coast and Straits Salish Nations.

We respectfully recognize that Indigenous resistance to the Kinder Morgan pipeline/tanker expansion is one manifestation of Indigenous resistance to colonization that has been happening since first contact and continues today.

For more information call : 778-265-3564

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Alan Burger, Ken Boon, Janine Bandcroft May 24th, 2017

In the waning days of its provincial mandate, outgoing Energy Minister, Bill Bennett announced a BCLiberals plan to create, if re-elected, an “independent wildlife agency” that could make politically unpalatable decisions regarding wildlife “management.” And though couched in the language of conservation, in essence what that “management” means is continued recreational hunts of Grizzly Bear, and expanded culls against the top predator populations of Cougar and Wolves.

In a March 22nd press conference, now-retired East-Kootenay MLA, Bill Bennett proposed a $5 million start-up budget for the “expert and stakeholders” operated agency that would be funded using the near 10 million dollars in hunting licenses and fees collected annually.

Bennett said, the idea is to “get politics out of the way,” but some of the “stakeholders” not invited to participate promise, politics will happen!

Dr. Alan Burger is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Victoria. He’s also professional wildlife consultant, based in the interior town of Merritt, B.C.

Alan Burger in the first half.

And; in the run-up to the provincial poll, BC Hydro Chair, Brad Bennett, grandson to the Grandaddy of dam builders, W.A.C. Bennett warned the electorate to beware of “fake news” when it comes to Site C saying,

“I take issue with the fake news crowd, talking about Site C and whether it’s needed or not. The fact is it’s needed. We know it’s needed. Our forecasting shows that very, very clearly.” 

With all due respect to the Chair, there are many, many for whom that need is not very, very clear.

Ken Boon is a Peace River Valley farmer whose multi-generation family farm is in the way of Site C. He’s long argued Site C is not only not needed, but is too a massive mistake that will prove a white elephant for the province for generations to come. Boon is president of the Peace Valley Landowners Association and a past target of BC Hydro legal actions.

Ken Boon and Site C fakery in the second half.

And; CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us virtually at the bottom of hour to bring us up to speed with some of what’s good going and planned for the coming week around here. But first, Alan Burger and minding the proposed minders in BC’s wilds.

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/

Ape Goes to Social Environmental Alliance (SEA) WHICH DIRECTION FOR THE BC GREEN PARTY?

May 21, 2017

The 2017 BC election results are still up in the air. As citizens await the final vote count, a desperate round of negotiations go on. As BC Green leader Andrew Weaver says, other parties are “crawling over themselves” to offer deals to Greens. The Liberal Party is especially intent on keeping power and has a lot of cards to play.
Today the Green Party has a unique opportunity to advance the popular demand for change that was clearly expressed in the election. Yet it faces considerable danger in the rough-and-tumble political game the Liberals play with such calculation.

At this critical moment, the Social Environmental Alliance welcomes Oak Bay-Gordon Head residents, and others from throughout the Lower Island, to join a public discussion about the way forward for the Green Party.

TUESDAY MAY 23 @ 7:00 PM

CAMOSUN COLLEGE, YOUNG BUILDING, ROOM 215

3100 FOUL BAY ROAD,

OAK BAY-GORDON HEAD

Featuring:

  • Joan Russow, former leader of the Green Party of Canada and Oak Bay resident

  • Sonia Theroux, Director of Mobilizing, Green Party of Canada

  • Andrew MacLeod, Legislative Bureau Chief, TheTyee.ca

Bring your ideas and join the discussion about how the Green Party can preserve its principles in a volatile time and help advance the popular demand for environmental justice and social and economic equality.

Sponsored by the Social Environmental Alliance – SEA

Social Environmental Alliance – SEA:
Community Organization Mobilizing support for ecological and
democratic socialist principles in the governance of our communities
through public education, grassroots coalitions and cultural work.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Mark Lakeman, Amy Lubik, Janine Bandcroft May 17th, 2017

The old saw says, “when every problem looks like a nail, all answers look like hammers.” But when the problem is how people can live in rapidly and radically changing environments, it takes more than a hammer to build solutions. What it takes is insight and thinking outside the familiar, four-walls and a chimney pot picture of what makes our homes and communities work.

Mark Lakeman is a Portland, Oregon-based community activist, architect, and lead hand at Communitecture, an architectural firm with a difference.

Communitecture says, “We design beautiful and sustainable places that bring people together in community…[w]ith an approach that explores new creative territories…”

Mark brought that creativity to Portland City Council in 2001 when dreaming up a design for the city’s now World famous “place-based community,” Dignity Village. Sixteen years on, it’s a model whose relevance and guiding principles has proven resilient and adaptable to a broader population of home seekers.

Mark Lakeman in the first half.

And; in the dying days of BC’s recent election campaign, a group of professionals concerned an issue posing enormous deleterious environmental and human health effects was not getting the media coverage it deserved rallied supporters to make of it an election issue.

Hydraulic fracturing, or Fracking, is a process so detrimental it’s been banned in a growing number of jurisdictions. But here in BC, under the innocuous rubric, “LNG” this clearly present and persistent threat carries on. In fact, expanding the Fracked Gas industry is the cornerstone of the government’s economic plan for the province.

Dr. Amy Lubik mobilized along with the BC chapter of CAPE, or the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, in the operation hoping to deliver a moratorium on Fracking in BC.

Amy Lubik in the second half.

And, CFUV Radio broadcaster and activist, Janine Bandcroft will be at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of the good things planned for the coming week around here, and further afield too. But first, Mark Lakeman and making big community with tiny houses.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Andre Vltchek, Christina Nikolic May 10, 2017

When thinking of war, pictures of soldiers marching, bombs falling, and missiles launching may spring to mind. Less frequently imagined are the destinations of those departed soldiers, dropped bombs, and sent missiles and what they do upon arrival over there.

More rarely contemplated still, by those who do consider the ramifications of the whens and wheres of wars happened and happening, is the long aftermath suffered.

Whose mental picture includes the endless agonies of wounds that cannot be healed; who conjures in the mind’s eye a portrait of the lives and lands irrevocably torn asunder?

Andre Vltchek is an itinerant philosopher, novelist, filmmaker, investigative journalist, poet, playwright, and photographer He is a revolutionary internationalist globetrotter, who fights perpetually the Western Imperialist ethos, and the corrupt regimes it imposes around World.

There are very few war and conflict zones Andre has not covered, or dark corners where economic violence and gross injustice occur he has not dared venture into. Vltchek’s numerous book titles include: ‘Western Terror: From Potosi to Baghdad’, ‘Indonesia: Archipelago of Fear’, ‘Exile’ (with Pramoedya Ananta Toer, and Rossie Indira), ‘Oceania – Neocolonialism, Nukes & Bones’, ‘The World Order and Revolution! – Essays from the Resistance’ (co-written with Christopher Black and Peter Koenig), ‘Liberation Lit’ (edited with Tony Christini), and his latest, ‘Exposing Lies of the Empire’, ‘Fighting Against Western Imperialism’, and ‘On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima to Drone Warfare’ (written with Noam Chomsky).

Andre recently conducted a lengthy interview with trauma surgeon, Dr. Ghassan “Gus” Abu Sitta in Beirut about frontline medicine and his upcoming presentation to the 48th Middle East Medical Assembly, ‘Conflict Medicine and the Ecology of War’.

Andre Vltchek in both segments today.

And; horticultural guru and intrepid green entrepreneur, Christina Nikolic will join us at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events update, bringing us up to speed with some of the good things planned in and around our town for the coming week. But first, Andre Vltchek and the Ecology of War.

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, Andre Vltchek May 10, 2017 (raw)

When thinking of war, pictures of soldiers marching, bombs falling, and missiles launching may spring to mind. Less frequently imagined are the destinations of those departed soldiers, dropped bombs, and sent missiles and what they do upon arrival over there.

More rarely contemplated still, by those who do consider the ramifications of the whens and wheres of wars happened and happening, is the long aftermath suffered.

Whose mental picture includes the endless agonies of wounds that cannot be healed; who conjures in the mind’s eye a portrait of the lives and lands irrevocably torn asunder?

Andre Vltchek is an itinerant philosopher, novelist, filmmaker, investigative journalist, poet, playwright, and photographer He is a revolutionary internationalist globetrotter, who fights perpetually the Western Imperialist ethos, and the corrupt regimes it imposes around World.

There are very few war and conflict zones Andre has not covered, or dark corners where economic violence and gross injustice occur he has not dared venture into. Vltchek’s numerous book titles include: ‘Western Terror: From Potosi to Baghdad’, ‘Indonesia: Archipelago of Fear’, ‘Exile’ (with Pramoedya Ananta Toer, and Rossie Indira), ‘Oceania – Neocolonialism, Nukes & Bones’, ‘The World Order and Revolution! – Essays from the Resistance’ (co-written with Christopher Black and Peter Koenig), ‘Liberation Lit’ (edited with Tony Christini), and his latest, ‘Exposing Lies of the Empire’, ‘Fighting Against Western Imperialism’, and ‘On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima to Drone Warfare’ (written with Noam Chomsky).

Andre recently conducted a lengthy interview with trauma surgeon, Dr. Ghassan “Gus” Abu Sitta in Beirut about frontline medicine and his upcoming presentation to the 48th Middle East Medical Assembly, ‘Conflict Medicine and the Ecology of War‘.

Ape Goes to Victoria March for Science March 22, 2017 Short version

I went down to the March for Science, held today in Victoria in solidarity with other Marches around the World. About 750 Victorians braved the unseasonably cool and rainy weather to show their support for science and the freedom of scientists to communicate their findings, regardless of those findings’ political inconvenience, and to work without fear of losing their jobs, or research grants by making public the conclusions of their studies.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Jamie Swift, Ariel Martz-Oberlander, Janine Bandcroft May 3, 2017

Irregardless of the fireworks and red serge cavalry, the story of Canada’s creation is a total yawner. The essence of this year’s, and every July 1st, celebration is the marking of the day a foreign queen in a faraway capital signed into law the articles of our Confederation.

No “Into the breach, boys” heroics, or tales of gallantry done to share with grandchildren yet unborn; merely a mannered, polite ceremony, presumably with tea and cut sandwiches to follow; and Bob’s your uncle.

For nearly all of our 150 years that’s been good enough. Some of us even take a measure of pride our beginnings are a genteel, dare we say more civilized, affair than that of our flamboyant cousins south.

But, in this new and bloodied century, where the prosecution of warmaking is more perpetual profession than momentous event, circumscribed by neither remorse nor temporality, the warrior ethos requires vigorous reaffirmation, and there our placid foundational trumpet is wanting steel.

Happily, as it happens, Canada’s 2017 sesquicentennial coincides with the hundred year anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Just the blood and guts grist needed to render from the horror and gore of trench warfare a narrative of glory and progress for an overly effete nation; or so our marshal myth-makers would have it. But are Canadians ready to accept militarism as national mantle?

Jamie Swift is an award-winning journalist, activist, educator, and author whose body of work is focused largely on issues of social justice, economy, environment, globalization, and politics. Among his other book titles, he co-authored, with Ian McKay, ‘Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in an Age of Anxiety’ and teamed up again with McKay for the recently released, ‘The Vimy Trap: Or, How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Great War‘. The Michener-Deacon Fellowship for Public Service Journalism awardee is also the keynote speaker for the inaugural, ‘Provincial Peace and Disarmament Summit‘, to be held here at the University of Victoria May 12-13.

Jamie Swift in the first half.

And; with less than a week before the provincial poll, which issues are you focused on? Though it’s difficult to narrow down to just a few the missteps of the current government, there is a single exemplar of all that is wrong with the BCLiberals, regardless of your political bent. Whether fiscal conservative, Libertarian, enviro, anarcho-communist, social democrat, political agnostic, or miscellaneous the Site C Dam project has something to outrage you. And, the folks at Just the Dam Facts argue, there’s a lot more than just one disastrous thing about this white elephant everyone can oppose.

Ariel Martz-Oberlander is with Just the Dam Facts, and she joins us in the second segment.

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 to do planned in and around our town for the coming week. But first, Jamie Swift and The Vimy Trap, a ridge too far.

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, Whitney Webb, Patrick Henningsen, Daniel Kovalik, Christina Nikolic April 26th, 2017

Eleven days have passed, and memory of the horror bombing of the al-Fu’ah and Kafrayah refugees has largely disappeared here, subsumed and roiled beneath the ceaseless, churning news-cycle.

But then, the real story of the fate of those mainly women and children killed while waiting, Checkpoint Charlie-style, for exchange from one side of the Syrian battle front to the other was never fully told; at least not by the big Media guns on our side of that protracted war.

Whitney Webb is a South America-based journalist writing about environmental, political, and economic issues in English and Spanish.

Her articles have featured at ZeroHedge, the Anti-Media, 21st Century Wire, and True Activist among other places. Her recent work for MintPressNews.com includes the article, ‘Al Jazeera, CNN & BBC Cover Up Genocidal Crimes of US – Backed Syrian Rebels‘. It’s the story behind the recent murder of more than 125 al-Fu’ah and Kafrayah refugees.

Whitney Webb in the first segment.

And; Patrick Henningsen of 21st Century Wire is on the ground in Syria. He arrived with Vanessa Beeley just as the al-Fu’ah and Kafrayah refugees were being bombed. Their reports from the scene were subsequently broadcast around the World on 21Wire and the RT network.

Patrick Henningsen, dispatches from Syria’s fluid front in the second segment.

And; Syria is not the only place where faked, phonied, and otherwise distorted news is promulgated. Demonizing Russia is nothing new in the Western press, but since the implosion of America’s Democrats last November, the pitch of anti-Putin vitriol has exceeded shrill, becoming a dog-whistle for disappointed Clintonites and the neo-Liberal claque surrounding her doomed presidential ambition. But, is there more than politics behind the rhetoric?

Daniel Kovalik is a human rights lawyer, essayist, and author who’s book, ‘The Plot to Scapegoat Russia: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Putin’ is fresh off the Skyhorse Publishing press. Dan teaches international human rights law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and is Senior Associate General Counsel for the United Steel Workers union. He’s made numerous trips to Colombia, serving as a witness to last year’s peace plebiscite there. Dan’s a long-time peace and justice activist, focused especially on Colombia and Central America, where he too serves as an attorney for Colombian plaintiffs in cases alleging corporate human rights violations, and co-recipient of a Project Censored Award for chronicling the murder of trade unionists in Colombia.

Dan Kovalik and impaling Vlad in the final segment.

And; horticultural guru and intrepid green entrepreneur, Christina Nikolic will join us at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events update, bringing us up to speed with some of the good things planned in and around our town for the coming week. But first, Whitney Webb and whitewashing war crimes in Syria.

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.

Ape Goes to the Victoria March for Science April 22, 2017

I went down to the March for Science, held today in Victoria in solidarity with other Marches around the World. About 750 Victorians braved the unseasonably cool and rainy weather to show their support for science and the freedom of scientists to communicate their findings, regardless of those findings’ political inconvenience, and to work without fear of losing their jobs, or research grants by making public the conclusions of their studies.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, K.J. Howe, Patrick Henningsen, Diana Beresford-Kroeger, Christina Nikolic April 19, 2017

More than merely an avenue of escape, fiction serves best when elucidating the Truth of our times. And, what times they are! As war and rumours of it fill our screens and front pages it’s fitting perhaps the stories we’re drawn to reflect a chaotic planet, racked by violence and uncertainty.

K.J. Howe is an author and inveterate globe-trotter whose debut novel, ‘The Freedom Broker’ incorporates her exotic adventure-travels and the dark world of kidnap and ransom, where crime, terrorism, and politics blur the lines between ideology and international business.

K.J. Howe in the first segment.

And; Patrick Henningsen is the founding editor of the independent news website, 21st Century Wire. He appeared here last month detailing his plans to travel to Syria to investigate firsthand the situation there, and arrived on the heals of the massacre by Western allies of an estimated 126 refugees from al-Foua and Kfraya, villages outside Aleppo.

The dead and maimed, mostly women and children, were blown to pieces by a bomb disguised in a food truck, and driven up to buses waiting, as agreed in a truce, to ferry the villagers to safety.

Patrick Henningsen from Syria in the second segment.

And; Diana Beresford-Kroeger is a woman with a plan, a Bioplan. The world renowned author, medical biochemist, botanist, and “last child of ancient Ireland” possesses a unique combination of western scientific knowledge and the traditional concepts of the ancient world. Her plan: “encouraging ordinary people to develop a new relationship with nature, to join together to replant the global forest.”

A part of that “encouragement” is the authoring of the books: “The Sweetness of a Simple Life”, “The Global Forest”, “Arboretum Borealis”, “Arboretum America”, and “A Garden for Life.”

Diana has also made a film, chronicling her vision. ‘Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees screens April 25th through 30th at UVic’s Cinecenta theatre.

Diana Beresford-Kroeger and seeing the forest through the trees in the final segment.

And; horticultural guru and green entrepreneur, Christina Nikolic will be here to bring us news of good things planned in and around our town in the coming week. But first, K.J. Howe and when freedom isn’t free.

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, Stephen Gowans, Susanne Lawson, Christina Nikolic April 12th, 2017

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook

The corporate and State news narrative on Donald Trump’s cruise missile salvo remains unchanged nearly a week after the fact.

This despite the logical inconsistency of an Assad government poison gas attack, ample reasons to doubt sources of the charge, and growing evidence from within intelligence ranks, and online news outlets questioning the facts as presented.

Regardless of what happened in Khan Shaykum on April 4th, it certainly isn’t clear enough now to serve as the casus belli for those wanting a broader American involvement in the six years Syrian conflict.

Stephen Gowans is an Ottawa-based writer, political analyst, and author whose book, ‘Washington’s Long War on Syria‘ provides the much needed context behind what we see presented on our nightly newscasts here.

His recent article, ‘Cruise Missile Attacks: A New Step in Washington’s Long Class War on Syria‘ appears at his website, What’s Left.

Stephen Gowans in the first half.

And; after a century and a half of intensive logging, and massive increase in the human population, very little remains of Vancouver Island’s primordial forests. While for years, First Nations and environmental groups have called for the end of both clearcut and old-growth logging, and many still do, now it’s municipalities and loggers are calling for an end to the practice where some First Nations and enviros are condoning it. Meanwhile, the last of the giant trees are daily being taken down and trucked out of Clayoquot Sound.

It harks back to a still raw rift in B.C.’s environmental movement, one my first guest characterizes succinctly, saying back then,

“Vancouver Island was the sacrifice zone, when the Great Bear Rainforest was established, a compromise made in the same way these groups (Friends of Clayoquot Sound, Sierra Club, Greenpeace, and others) sat down and gave away so much of Clayoquot.”

Susanne Lawson is a long-time resident of the island’s wild west coast. The Wickaninnish Island-based artist, environmental activist, and former co-chair of the Canadian Environmental Network has been at the heart of the battles to save Meares Island and Clayoquot Sound from clear-cut logging, fish farming, and a mining industry determined to level mountains if needs be to get at the gold they believe lies beneath the forests of the international recognized UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Susanne reminds, the ecological threat posed by continuing to cut down what remains of the old-growth rainforest is greater than ever, saying, “This logging and removal of the blue print of the forest that was inherited by all should be considered a crime against the planet and future generations.”

Susanne Lawson and threats old and new in and around Clayoquot in the second half.

And; passionate educator, horticultural innovator, and intrepid green business entrepreneur, Christina Nikolic will be here with the Left Coast News and Events update at the bottom of the hour. But first, Steve Gowans and looking down the long length of Washington’s war against Syria.

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, Dahr Jamail, Helen Caldicott, Janine Bandcroft April 5, 2017

Unprecedented seems too trite a term to describe Washington’s new normal. Last week, perched atop the steps of the Environmental Protection Agency, and flanked by a phalanx of coal workers, President Trump signed the death warrant of Obama’s Clean Power Plan.

In an apparent continuation of his unheard of grudge match with the former president, Trump claimed to be taking “historic steps” to “cancel job-killing regulations.” But, Trump’s executive order is actually more than petty spite, or even populist grandstanding, it’s actually just one part of a larger plan determined to annihilate all Obama administration efforts to curb carbon emissions.

Meanwhile, reports from media fringe outfits like the World Meteorlogical Organization announce, after consecutive years of highest-ever mean temperatures, and record low Arctic ice levels, Planet Earth has entered “truly uncharted territory.”

Dahr Jamail is a journalist and author whose books, ‘The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan and, ‘Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq,’ chronicle his intrepid dispatches from America’s war zones, where he spent more than a year in Iraq, as well as filing reports from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Turkey over a 10 year’s span. The Martha Gellhorn Investigative Journalism awardee currently serves as staff reporter at Truthout.org, where his monthly column Climate Disruption Dispatches accompanies his regular articles.

Dahr’s third book, ‘The Mass Destruction of Iraq: Why It Is Happening, and Who Is Responsible’ is co-authored with Truthout editor, William Rivers Pitt, and his latest is the soon to be released, ‘The End of Ice’.

Dahr Jamail in the first half.

And; while climate disruption, terrorism, war, and rumours of it compete for space in our nightmares, the preeminent global horror is being overlooked. ‘Sleepwalking to Armageddon‘ is pioneering antinuclear activist Helen Caldicott’s latest attempt to bring some semblance of sanity to the political stage. In the book, she assembles contributions from the world’s leading nuclear scientists and thought leaders to “assess the political and scientific dimensions of the threat of nuclear war today.”

Dr. Helen Caldicott is a physician, author, and lecturer who has for more than thirty years studied, written, and campaigned against the proliferation of nuclear weapons and their derivatives, delivering impassioned speeches and making imprecations to both the politicians and power-brokers overseeing the precarious atomic tinderbox.

Dr. Caldicott’s book titles include: ‘If You Love This Planet,’ ‘Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer,’The New Nuclear Danger,’ ‘Depleted Uranium: Metal of Dishonour,’ and ‘If You Love This Planet: A Plan to Heal the Earth.’

Dr. Helen Caldicott on rousing a somnambulant polity in the second half.

And; CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour, in a rare in-studio appearance to bring us up to speed with a Left Coast Events update of some of the good things planned in the coming week around here, and beyond too. But first, Dahr Jamail and the Trump denialists going into overdrive, as climate change accelerates 170 times faster than predicted.

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.