Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Ted Smith, Jordan Reichert, Janine Bandcroft Oct. 11th, 2018

With this year’s Fall in BC comes the municipal elections. October 20th is your chance – if you’re a citizen of “majority” age, and possess the requisite identification and are registrated, or registrable – to cast votes for Mayors and council, Capital Region District directors, and School Board trustees.

Unlike the larger provincial and federal elections, candidates in these polls are not generally professional politicians, but citizen peers interested in the issues governing the way our communities run, and how the place where we live will evolve and develop in the near term. These are issues, amid the accelerated pace of change around here, of unprecedented importance.

Ted Smith is a long-time justice activist and co-founder of the Victoria Cannabis Buyer’s Club, which provides cannabis-based products to people with terminal and incurable medical conditions. Ted broke the legal trail in the medical marijuana struggle, persevering repeated harassment and arrest, and taking the case all the way to Canada’s Supreme Court – and winning!

Ted Smith in the first half.

And; Jordan Reichert is no stranger to politicking, the mental health and addictions professional, animal advocate, community organizer, and Victoria local, ran in the last federal election, and has too put himself forward for a seat on Victoria City Council this time around.

Jordan Reichert and seeking, “Public policy that reflects the values, needs, and diversity of Victoria” in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to around here in the coming week. But first, Ted Smith and “a campaign to make government more accountable and accessible to citizens.”

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, Jonathan Kattab, Alison Bodine, Janine Bandcroft October 4, 2018

The meagre Western media coverage afforded The Great March of Return’s beginnings in March has now all but disappeared, so those in Canada relying on the CBC and other corporate-interested news sources may be surprised to learn, the Great March trudges on; just as does the wanton murder of its defenseless, civilian participants.

Over the weekend, Israel’s military killed seven more Palestinians, while injuring hundreds; at least 90 of those being wounded by live-bullet fire.

Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman for the Gaza Health Ministry says, 163 Gazans have died, with more than 20,000 being treated for injuries in Gaza’s threadbare hospitals.

But, it’s not only the Canadian media derelict in its duty; when it comes to Gaza, Canada’s government, including opposition parties in the House of Commons, remains almost entirely silent.

Jonathan Kuttab is a human rights lawyer practicing in East Jerusalem. He is the co-founder of the organizations: Al Haq, the first international human rights legal organization in Palestine; The Palestinian Center for the Study of Non-Violence (now Non-Violence International); and The Mandela Institute for Prisoners. He is also a founding director of Just Peace Advocates/Mouvement pour une Paix Juste, a Canadian-based international law/human rights not-for-profit organization.

Jonathan is currently on a cross-Canada speaking tour. He spoke last night in Comox, and will be in Victoria tonight at 7pm presenting, ‘The future of Jerusalem in the time of Trump’ at UVic’s David Turpin Building.

Jonathan Kuttab in the first half.

And; though Canada daily abrogates its international treaty-mandated duty to protect the human rights of Gazans, it has not exited the World stage altogether. The country boasting, “a consistently strong voice for the protection of human rights and the advancement of democratic values…” has adopted, along with its trade partners, the modern siege method, imposing economic sanctions against the democratically elected government of Venezuela.

Most Canadians would doubtless blanch at the hypocrisy of their nation’s position, if only they knew the depth of its profundity. But, there again is where the CBC and its corporate media cohorts come in – or fail to do so.

Alison Bodine is Coordinator of the Fire This Time Movement for Social Justice’s Venezuela Solidarity Campaign. The long-time antiwar and social justice activist is too a researcher and writer for the Fire This Time! monthly newspaper.

Alison Bodine and Canada as democracy’s arsonist in Venezuela in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin for some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Jonathan Kuttab and the future of Palestine at a crossroads.

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, Yves Engler, Michael J. Carpenter, Janine Bandcroft September 27, 2018

When Canada became a war-making nation, its elite worried about public reaction. They fretted a cover story; something clever and convincing, along the lines of a national mythos to quiet the conscience of citizens made uncomfortable by the truth of horrors and suffering being inflicted on distant others. As it turned out, those troubled nights were wasted.

It seems no damning deed done can shake Canadians’ indomitable self-congratulation, nor dim their ineffably lofty self-regard. Though the richest nation in Africa be destroyed, creating a chaos the likes of which has not been writ since the time of Pharaoh, Canada and its paragons bray of their part played – as if heroes.

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

Yves’ new book, ‘Left, Right: Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada‘ is freshly off the press and tries, as reviewer David Swanson notes, “to provide 10% of the explanation for why many Canadians suffer under the delusion that their nation’s government is a benevolent force in the world…”

Yves Engler in the first half.

And; Canada’s complicity in international criminality is not limited to the destruction, with NATO compatriots, of countries like Libya or the Former Yugoslavia, it too works diligently to undermine democracy in countries like Haiti, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Honduras. And, even as it vociferously champions human rights best practices, Canada tacitly supports the oppressive military occupations conducted by friends America, Britain, and Israel.

Michael J. Carpenter is a post-doctoral fellow with the Borders in Globalization project at the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria whose dissertation explored the theory and practice of civic struggle – struggle also known as “nonviolent direct action”, “civil resistance”, and “people power.” His work is focused especially in the context of the Middle East, and Palestine in particular.

He recently presented, with retired trial lawyer, William Geimer and Adrian Fine of Independent Jewish Voices ‘Israel: Canada’s Human Rights Exception‘ to audiences in Comox, Duncan, and Victoria.

Micheal J. Carpenter and taking exception to human rights exceptionalism in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Yves Engler and the dark underside of the Great White North.

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, Terry Wolfwood, Jon Valentine, Christina Nikolic Sept. 20th, 2018

With neo-colonialism’s second wave currently rolling across Africa, it serves well to remember, for one People the first wave never crested.

Western Sahara is home to the Saharawi, who have fought, and continue to fight for their independence, first from Spanish, then Moroccan occupiers.

Their self-declared Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic is recognized by more than fifty of nations, and yet they still suffer the most extreme deprivations, unable to profit from the wealth stolen from their ancestral lands.

Sirocco: Winds of Resistance is a Canadian-made film about the role Canada plays in the colonization of Western Sahara and how that effects the lives of two Saharawi women and their grandmothers. The BC premier will screen next Friday, September 28th at Cafe Simpatico, 1923 Fernwood Rd.

Terry Wolfwood is Director and co-founder of the Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation, and a writer, photographer, and long-time activist who has traveled to Western Sahara, and documented the plight of the people there. Her articles and pictures have appeared at Briarpatch, Peace News, and Third World Resurgence among other places, and at the BBCF.ca website.


Terry Wolfwood in the first half.

And; whether the Panic of 1907, Wall Street Crash of 1929, or the recently remembered, Financial Crisis of 2008, Autumn has historically been unkind to market capitalists. While those cyclical reversals, or “haircuts”, visited through the vagaries of the stock market on investors may be mere “bumps in the road” for the monied class, for the rest of us those crashes can mean life-altering disaster. So why then do we abide this financial catastrophe creating system continue; is there no other way!?

The folk behind the 13th Annual Victoria Anarchist Bookfair think there is, and as ever their Bookfair presents workshops and speakers on a wide range of topics. The collective says, “We seek to challenge colonial attitudes, introduce anarchism to the public, foster dialogue between various political traditions, and create radical, inclusive, anti-oppressive spaces.”

Jon Valentine is a long-time volunteer with the Victoria chapter of Food Not Bombs, members of the 13th Anarchist Bookfair collective, kicking off this weekend in Fernwood at 1240 Gladstone. Jon is too a dedicated social activist and two-time Victoria candidate for City Council.

Jon Valentine and a festival of anarchy in Fernwood in the second half.

And; Victoria horticulturalist and greentrepreneur extraordinaire, Christina Nikolic at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to get up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Terry Wolfwood and Western Sahara’s winds of resistance.

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 the Camp Namegans II Eviction at Regina Park in Saanich

For the second time in less than a week, the residents of ‘Camp Namegans’ have been uprooted and moved along from their latest “home” in Regina Park.  Pro bono lawyer for the residents, John Heaney said the BC provincial government ordered Saanich Police clear ‘Namegans Nation’ from the B.C.’s transportation ministry land.

The ministry insists the eviction is a safety issue, and argued that before a judge when seeking a ruling for an interim injunction to be put in place while the status of the encampment was argued in a separate case. The judge allowed a ten month injunction, making a provision that the point of Charter rights in the case could be argued further at that time.

Heaney says,

“An injunction of this type…is essentially a final order, because once you’ve dispersed people, you don’t anticipate that they’re gonna wait for the time it takes to have a court case, and if they’re victorious, come back to the same place; they need somewhere to live now.”

Heaney called the decision an “unfortunate contrast” to how the courts had handled similar requests for injunctions against the so-called, ‘Super Intent City’ behind the Provincial Court a few years ago. In that instance, Heaney says,

“The court initially denied the injunction, and said, ‘We’re gonna go to trial on these issues.’ Including: Is your constitutional right a defense to being trespassers?, or said, ‘We’re gonna have a trial of whether there’s a Section 7 right to be encamped in the daytime.’

It’s not clear just where the 40+ campers at Namegans Nation, many who consider themselves a community, are to go to next. Victoria CBC radio quotes camp resident and homelessness activist, Chrissy Brett saying,

“At the end of the day, there weren’t housing options that were made available to people who were at [the previous site].”

The original Namegans provided a sheltering place for more than 100 people.

The housing situation in Greater Victoria mirrors that of other cities, where booming real estate and building markets by turns raise rents, while renovating and demolishing affordable housing spaces across the region.

Brett says,

“This is a provincial problem, this is a national problem and people really need to start changing the way that they look at one-size-fits all model of housing.”

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Roger Annis, David Swanson, Janine Bandcroft September 13th, 2018

Fears of a broader, perhaps global, war spreading from the fires of Syria’s seven-plus year conflict are currently being fanned by western media.

The focus of its interest this time is in Idlib province, where previously defeated fighters were allowed by the Syrian Arab Army to flee.

As it has in the past, the press is propagating an “Assad chemical weapons attack” narrative, used once in East Ghouta to unsuccessfully fool president Obama into escalation, and again in Khan Sheikoun, prompting president Trump into a retaliatory cruise missile barrage, (ostensibly to protect Syrian civilians).

The truth though is, the war fomented and fueled by Trump’s predecessor has always been about regime change, and that failed effort remains the impetus behind all the American coalition’s actions so far, and whichever others are to come.

Roger Annis is a longtime socialist and trade union activist. He’s a prolific essayist, whose website, A Socialist in Canada covers a broad swath of topics and issues from a social justice and peace perspective. He’s followed western regime change efforts in Ukraine, Venezuela, and Syria and contends, when it comes to foreign affairs, whether Trudeau, or Trump, May or Macron, the policies are indistinguishable.

Roger Annis in the first half.

And; those following the career of Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor, John Bolton will be unsurprised by his recent threats against and disparagement of the International Criminal Court. But the vitriol of his attack, with its denial of allowing US soldiers answer for alleged torture and other war crimes committed in Afghanistan, and denunciation of efforts by Palestine to get the ICC to indict Israel for its crimes against civilians is instructive; touching as it does the rawest of the New American Century’s nerves, exceptionalism.

David Swanson is a peace and political justice activist, journalist, radio host, and author. He’s also director of WorldBeyondWar.org whose annual confab Designing a World Beyond War: Legalizing Peace kicks off this week in Toronto. David’s book titles include: ‘War No More: The Case for Abolition,’ ‘When the World Outlawed War,’ ‘War Is a Lie,’ and ‘The Military Industrial complex at 50’ among others.

You can find out more at: #NoWar2018. David also blogs at Let’s Try Democracy (DavidSwanson.org), WarIsACrime.org, and hosts the public affairs program, Talk Nation Radio.

David Swanson and designing a World beyond war in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Roger Annis and the accelerating pressures on regimes still resisting “change.”

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, Denis Halliday September 18, 2000

Digging through some of my old show tapes, I came across an interview I did with Denis Halliday in September of 2000. Before the next Iraq War, before 9/11, a prescient look at the “natural” progression of events culminating the “genocidal” ‘U.N. Oil for Food Program’ for Iraq. The script from back in the day is included below.

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For more than ten years, the United Nations Security Council has enforced an embargo against Iraq. In that time, by the U.N.’s own estimates, more than a million Iraqi citizens have died as a result. Iraq is a defeated country; its infrastructure is destroyed, the economy in ruins, and its oil revenues strictly controlled.

Yet, the ‘victorious’ alliance of western nations, including Canada, refuse to take their collective boot from the necks of the people. On today’s show, Former UN Assistant Secretary-General and resigned Head of the UN Oil for Food Programme in Iraq, Denis Halliday on the continuation of a policy he’s described as genocidal…

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Daniel Kovalik, John Helmer, Janine Bandcroft Sept. 6th, 2018

The American coup machine has taken its efforts to topple Nicaraguan democracy to a higher level. Addressing the UN Security Council yesterday, US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley said, “With each passing day Nicaragua travels further down a familiar path. It is a path that Syria has taken. It is a path that Venezuela has taken.”

That “path” to which the Ambassador refers in other quarters is called national sovereignty and self-determination; something anathema to the United States now in Nicaragua, as it has been, as Haley reminds, in Venezuela, a country currently suffering a vicious financial sanctions attack, and in Syria, a place America has done its utmost to destroy, and even now occupies militarily.

But it’s not just hawks like Nikki Haley gunning for Nicaragua; in a cunning bit of wordplay, Leila Swan of Human Rights Watch slays two recalcitrant Latin American birds in one sentence saying, “It’s hard not to think about the early stages of Venezuela’s crisis while watching the brutal crackdown unfolding in Nicaragua.” So what’s really going on?

Daniel Kovalik is a human rights lawyer, essayist, and author who’s new book, ‘The Plot to Attack Iran: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Iran’ joins last year’s ‘The Plot to Scapegoat Russia: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Putin’ in what could become a franchised chronicle of perfidy in high places.

Dan Kovalik in the first half.

And; Britain’s prime minister addressed the nation’s Parliament yesterday saying she had solved the Skripal poisoning case. Her accompanying presentation featured photos and maps and other visual aids, but contained little a prosecutor could use to justify charges being brought, let alone the actual evidence needed in court to secure a conviction. But no matter, the case is meant to tried in the court of public opinion, an arena Theresa May is desperate to “court” these days.

John Helmer is a long-time, Moscow-based journalist, author, and essayist whose website, Dances with Bears is the only Russian-based news bureau “independent of single national or commercial ties.” He’s also a former political science professor who’s served as advisor to governments on three continents, and regularly lectures on Russian topics.

Helmer’s book titles include: ‘Uncovering Russia,’ ‘Urbanman: The Psychology of Urban Survival,’ ‘Bringing the War Home: The American Soldier in Vietnam and After,’ and ‘Drugs and Minority Oppression’, among others. His latest article, ‘The New Allegations in the Skripal Case and the Standard of Proof‘ takes aim at the latest media muddling of the Skripal case.

John Helmer and trying days for England’s Queen of Hearts in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Daniel Kovalik and the plot to attack Nicaragua and vilify Daniel Ortega.

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, Dahr Jamail, Ingmar Lee, Janine Bandcroft August 30th, 2018

Today, Canada’s Federal Court of Appeals is to release its decision on a First Nations’ suit against the National Energy Board’s green-lighting of the pipeline formerly known as Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion.

They and their co-litigants argue, not only did the government of Canada fail to fulfill its mandated duty to provide ‘meaningful consultation’ before allowing a major project affecting First Nations lands and/or the Peoples’ ability to pursue their treaty guaranteed way of life, but the project too threatens Pacific Salmon and the endangered Southern Resident Orca.

It’s an “important decision” that will be “watched very closely” says Will George, of the (Slay-wah-tuth) Tsleil-Waututh First Nation; but the fact the federal government bought out Kinder Morgan, and the Prime Minister has promised the pipeline will be completed leaves little drama as to which way the Federal Court’s decision is likely to go; in case there ever was a doubt.

Dahr Jamail is a Truthout staff reporter and author of the books, ‘The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan’, ‘Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches From an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq’, and, with William Rivers Pitt, ‘The Mass Destruction of Iraq: Why It Is Happening, and Who Is Responsible’. Dahr’s latest article at Truthout is, ‘For Native Americans, History Continues to Repeat Itself‘.

Dahr Jamail in the first half.

And; it’s the Summer of Fire here in BC; just like last year, and the year before, and next year we can expect the same. Because of these fires, my second guest reminds, British Columbia has become a larger emitter of green house gases than our Mordor-like neighbour, Alberta. Think on that a moment.

Ingmar Lee is a long-time, BC-based environment defender. From the Nanaimo watershed and first-growth valley bottoms of Vancouver Island, to Cathedral Grove and the threatened Sandhill Crane nesting grounds of British Columbia’s mid-coast, Ingmar has advocated for and stood between an increasingly fragile ecosystem and big business and its government enablers.

He says, like in Alberta where “thou shalt not criticize, nor recognize the tar sands guest contribution to the global climate change emergency”, here in BC the mantra is, “thou shalt not criticize, nor recognize the significant and direct responsibility of voracious industrial logging to rampant, cataclysmic forest fires.”

Ingmar Lee and BC: Land of Smoke and Gases in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Dahr Jamail and past as present and prologue for First Nations across Turtle Island.

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/