Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Nils Melzer June 6, 2019

Journalist and publisher, Julian Assange is in dire physical and mental condition. He was to appear for his extradition hearing in London’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court Thursday last, but was deemed too ill to attend either in person or via video link from Belmarsh Prison. Assange has been held in isolation since his forced extraction from the Ecuadorian embassy April 11th, with few visits being allowed for his lawyers and supporters.

On May 9th, United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer and “two medical experts specialised in examining potential victims of torture and other ill-treatment” were granted access and their assessment is a blistering indictment of both his current and would-be jailors.

Nils Melzer and the case for Julian Assange’s immediate release.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Joan Roelofs, Nils Melzer, Janine Bandcroft June 6, 2019

America’s vast military apparatus is much more multi-dimensional than even its most fervent fans realize. Beyond war and readying for war-fighting, America’s Army, Navy, Marines, and Space Force also work hard at preserving wildlands and vital marine habitat, where wildlife and sea creatures alike can take refuge from the increasingly noisome presence of human industry.

REPI, or the Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Program could be described as the Department of Defense’s version of a “New Green Deal”, (if you’re inclined to believe it) or as it says, “a key tool for combating encroachment that can limit or restrict military training, testing, and operations.”

Joan Roelofs is an educator, author translator, prolific academic writer, and essayist with an especial focus on the political power of the nonprofit sector. The Keene State College Political Science Professor Emerita is also author of the books, ‘Foundations and Public Policy: The Mask of Pluralism’, and ‘Greening Cities: Building Just and Sustainable Communities.’ Her recent article at CounterPunch.org, ‘“Get Your Endangered Species Off My Bombing Range!”‘ questions the ways and means of one of the lesser known arms of today’s ubiquitous military octopus.

Joan Roelofs in the first half.

And; journalist and publisher, Julian Assange is in dire physical and mental condition. He was to appear for his extradition hearing in London’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court Thursday last, but was deemed too ill to attend either in person or via video link from Belmarsh Prison. Assange has been held in isolation since his forced extraction from the Ecuadorian embassy April 11th, with few visits being allowed for his lawyers and supporters.

On May 9th, United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer and “two medical experts specialised in examining potential victims of torture and other ill-treatment” were granted access and their assessment is a blistering indictment of both his current and would-be jailors.


Nils Melzer and the case for Julian Assange’s immediate release 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, Joan Roelofs and when nature endangers the Pentagon.

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 Dahr Jamail End of Ice UVic June 5, 2019

In Victoria Wednesday – The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption

The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption

by SJS

June 5, 2019

Please join us tonight for a conversation with Dahr Jamail, celebrated author of: The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption

Dahr Jamail, based in Port Townsend, Washington, is an independent, award-winning journalist and author of four books as well as more than 100 articles on what he prefers to call “climate disruption.”

He was one of a few unembedded journalists in Iraq during the 2003 invasion. His stories have been published in The Guardian, The Nation, Huffington Post, and The Independent and elsewhere, and he is a full-time writer for Truthout.

“My book and my talks provide a full and comprehensive overview of how far along we are on this runaway climate disruption path,” said Jamail. “Then I take a deep dive into answering the question: ‘How, then, shall we live?’”
Jamail’s book tour will also include: Salt Spring Island, Sooke and Duncan. The tour is sponsored by UVic Social Justice Studies, KAIROS Victoria, Council of Canadians Victoria, Sierra Club BC, Transition Sooke, and One Cowichan.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Douglas Gook, Daniel Kovalik, Janine Bandcroft May 30, 2019

Approaching the fifth anniversary of the Mt. Polley tailings spill into Quesnel Lake and beyond little has been done to affect the way mining is conducted in this province. Imperial Metals, the company responsible for that disaster, among other things, has yet to be properly held to account for the damage its negligence caused. And it doesn’t seem likely to be in the future.

With governments’ unwilling to address this long-standing and ongoing failure of oversight a citizen-led initiative has begun. The BC Mining Law Reform Campaign launched a couple of weeks ago, and it is determined to succeed in bringing mining operations in BC to heel.

Douglas Gook is a Quesnel-based ecology activist and farmer who’s focused on Eco forestry alternatives in the woods there and beyond for more than forty years. The former BC and Canadian Green Party candidate is a director of the BC Environmental Network and Spirit Dance Cooperative Community, and leads Forest Protection Allies, one of the many environmental organizations pressuring government to get effective cleanup processes going, and appropriate compensation for those effected five years after the infamous Mt. Polley spill. He’s also one of a growing chorus who do not accept the Site C decision as final.

Douglas Gook in the first half.

And; despite the great hope for peace in Colombia, an announcement by the country’s military of a “new” strategy to deal with what they say is a continuing insurgency, and against organized drugs gangs, has sparked concern of a return to the bad old days of death squads and the “falsos positivos” program of the civil war.

Daniel Kovalik is a lawyer, educator, labour, peace, and justice activist, democracy defender, journalist and author. He teaches international human rights law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and was until recently Senior Associate General Counsel for the United Steel Workers Union. Kovalik has observed elections in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Colombia, where he too witnessed the 2016 peace plebiscite promising an end to the generational war there.

Dan’s also served as an attorney for Colombian plaintiffs in cases alleging corporate human rights violations, and is co-recipient of a Project Censored Award for chronicling the murder of trade unionists in Colombia. Some of his many book titles include the ‘Plot To…’ series: ‘The Plot to Scapegoat Russia: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Putin’, ‘The Plot to Attack Iran: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Iran’, ‘The Plot to Control the World: How the US Spent Billions to Change the Outcome of Elections Around the World, and his latest, ‘The Plot to Overthrow Venezuela: How the US Is Orchestrating a Coup for Oil.’


Dan Kovalik and failing peace in Colombia in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of the good things going on in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Douglas Gook and citizens acting where government won’t with the BC Mining Law Reform Campaign.

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, 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/