Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Theresa Wolfwood, Jon Elmer, Janine Bandcroft Apr. 21, 2014

Date 2014-04-22

Tucked into the Northwest corner of the African continent, a desperate struggle for national recognition continues, largely overlooked by the outside world. The people of the Western Sahara, the Saharawi, have suffered annexation, colonization, and occupation at the hands of a variety of malefactors, and their decades-long privation continues today. As with other oppressed populations, the Saharawi have the misfortune of living on lands coveted by both their neighbours and marauding trans-national corporations, whose insatiable desire for mineral wealth has condemned the people to multi-generational exile. Theresa Wolfwood is Director and co-founder of the Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation, and is a writer, photographer, and long-time activist who has traveled from the highlands of Mexico to the gates of Gaza and beyond in pursuit of peace, social justice, and women's rights. Wolfwood has written for Briarpatch, Peace News, and Third World Resurgence among others, and is local coordinator for Victoria's Women in Black. Terry is recently returned from a fact-finding trip to Western Sahara and will be presenting an illustrated talk relating her experiences at the Algerian refugee camps of the Saharawi. 'Beyond the Veil of Sand: The Life of the Saharawi People in Exile and Under Occupation' is this month's feature at Cafe Simpatico, taking place this Friday, April 25th at 1923 Fernwood Road, in the heart of the Fernwood community. Terry Wolfwood in the first half. And; Passover in Palestine means even less passing over Israeli checkpoints. The added restriction of the holidays means most to Gaza's captured population, dependent on the passage of goods and vital fuel supplies from Israel. With the hostile coup regime in Egypt tightening the Rafah crossing, and the tunnel economy in tatters, Gaza is more completely at the mercy of Israel than ever. Jon Elmer is a Canadian freelance journalist and photojournalist specializing in the Middle East, and on Canadian foreign and military policy. Elmer has lived in and reported from Occupied Palestine for the better part of the last decade, while reporting too from more than a dozen countries from Nepal and Western Sahara, to the Basque country, and here in Canada. His articles and photographs are featured at the Journal of Palestine Studies, Le Monde diplomatique, The Progressive, and Al Jazeera English among others, and at his web site JonElmer.ca. Jon is also a contributor, with Anthony Fenton, to the book, 'Empire's Ally: Canada in Afghanistan.' Jon Elmer and high holidays in the Holy Land in the second half. And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what's good to do in and around Victoria in the coming week. But first, Terry Wolfwood behind Western Sahara's Veil of Sand. Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm 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/ G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media.

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Christina Goes to South Jubilee Neighbourhood Assoc. Meeting Apr. 14, 2014

Date 2014-04-20

A Garry Oak Meadow or the ‘dozers? South Jubilee Neighbourhood’s small piece of original Garry Oak Meadow, on the north - east corner of Bank Street and Leighton Avenue is in danger. This lot, never developed, has 29 Garry Oaks of various ages around a rocky outcrop that shelters several native species - white fawn lilies, blue camas, shooting star and more. With less than five percent of this lovely, once - dominant ecosystem remaining in BC, it could be a great loss if the bulldozers move in. For several years we have sent regular letters to the Kasapi family, who own the property, and to the city of Victoria to express our interest in acquiring it for a park. Victoria has a Parks Acquisition Fund that could be used for this. Since 2005, when a University of Victoria assessment made us aware of the natural heritage value of the land, we have felt we had a strong case. But now there are credible rumours that the owners are in conversation with the city about building on the lot. South Jubilee has yet to be consulted. Because of our Neighbourhood’s long-expressed interest, and because of the threat to this rare natural gem, we ought to be part of any discussion about development. Therefore, we have sent letters to Mayor and Council and to the City Manager to ask for a discussion. As a result, on April 1st, South Jubilee Coordinator Ron George and Liz Hoar, will meet with Victoria’s City Manager, Mr. Jason Johnson, to talk about our concerns. We trust that we will have a fair hearing. We hope to work with the owners and the City of Victoria so that the Parks Acquisition Fund will be used to add the property to the City Parks system. Once that happens, we can begin the restoration of the land to its natural state, so that the next seven generations of South Jubilee residents can rest in the shade of Garry Oaks and revel in a sea of blue camas on the corner of Bank and Leighton.

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Camilo Cahis, Finian Cunningham, Janine Bandcroft April 14, 14, Venezuela, NDP

Date 2014-04-15

Welcome to Springtime in Victoria! All the signs of a new season are exploding all over the city, reminding us - after a mild, but seeming overlong winter - how lucky we are to live here in this beautiful and bountiful land. Indeed, Canadians from all corners can, even as they shovel April's Maritime snow from the drive, give thanks for their good fortune to abide in peace, carrying out their daily routines secure in the knowledge they will not trod on a landmine, or be indiscriminately targeted for a drone-death dealt from above. It makes it all the more reprehensible then that those purported "leaders," those who claim to be expressing the desires of the Canadian polity, "our" Parliamentarians, can fulminate for war, societal crackdowns, (and other euphemistically expressed oppressive policies) in foreign places enjoying neither the peace, nor prosperity we so casually receive as blessings due us. Listen. Hear. Last month, the People's House, a place usually fraught with acrimony, quieted its bellicose disharmony to come together to condemn Venezuela's response to violent demonstrations and attempts to overthrow the democratically elected government there. Yes, in a rare display of political unanimity, Canada's parties are as one in their support of a nascent coup, and the demonstrably fascist forces behind it. Camilo Cahis is National Spokesperson for the Canadian Hands Off Venezuela campaign, part of an international effort to inform the World community of the achievements of the Bolivarian revolution, that's working to build solidarity with Venezuela's working class, and its chronically impoverished. His recent article for Fightback - the Marxist Voice of Labour and Youth, 'Canadian Parliament passes resolution against Bolivarian government; NDP must support the workers and poor of Venezuela' is a damning indictment of this country's dysfunctional democracy. Camilo Cahis in the first half. And; meanwhile, on the other side of the World, Canada's duly elected representatives are vociferously supporting the overthrow of another democratically elected government, and are too supporting the demonstrably seditious - and fascist - perpetrators of the wanton murders of police and protesters alike. Finian Cunningham is an East Africa-based freelance journalist and columnist for PressTV and the Strategic Culture Foundation. A former editor and writer for the Mirror, Irish Times, and Independent, his reporting on human rights violations is cited widely across the internet, and has earned him the enmity of despots like the government of Bahrain. Cunningham's latest focus has been on the despots closer to home, NATO, and its self-appointed role as spearhead for neo-liberalism's second-wave, trans-global colonial project. Finian Cunningham, and riding the second wave of Washington's new Surrealpolitik in the second half. And; Victoria Street Newz publisher 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 - and otherwise - going on around our city and beyond. But first, Camilo Cahis and the Canadian Parliament's anti-democratic consensus. Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm 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/

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Shawnigan Toxic Dump Rally, Barb Biley Mar. 31, 2014

Date 2014-04-08

Before his 2006 ascent to power in Canada, the current prime minister reportedly told an audience at a right-wing think tank confab: "You won’t recognize Canada when I’m through with it." Whether that is true or apocryphal, taking a quick, cross-country check up proves the point; from warfare to health care, environmental protection to ecological rejection, 'Stephen Harper's New Government of Canada,' has certainly broken the national mold, and none in either the Canadian parliament, or the nation's corporate dominated media seem inclined to pick up the shattered remnants of what once was this country. But, eight years of unprecedented deregulation, and systematic undoing of national institutions later, Mr. Harper and his considerably more hoary "New Government' cohorts are hardly finished their transformative mission. Listen. Hear. Before the last provincial election, everyone believed the toxic waste site planned and approved for the headwaters of Shawnigan Lake would be stopped. It wasn't. From 2013, the Shawnigan community Toxic Dump Rally. And; today marks National Day of Action for a New Health Accord, a cross-country effort, spearheaded by the Council of Canadians, in hopes to draw Canadian's attention to the deleterious state of our nation's health care system - another of the many social "entitlements" targeted for "reform" by the current government in Ottawa. Barb Biley is the Hospital Employees' Union Regional Vice President for Vancouver Island North and she was on the front lines of Campbell River's contribution to today's actions. Barb Biley and rallying for a New Health Accord in the second half. And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what's good to do in and around our city in the coming week. But first, Ingmar Lee and the Canadian government assault on Canada's people and environment. Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm 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/

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Mazin Qumsiyeh, Ingmar Lee, Janine Bandcroft Apr. 7, 2014

Date 2014-04-08

March 30th marks Land Day in Palestine, a commemoration of Israel's 1976 determination to expropriate thousands of hectares of Palestinian territory. Six were killed by the IDF during demonstrations back then; tens of thousands more have died at the hands of Israel since. 2014 marks the United Nations' International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, and though the UN is not a welcome voice within Israeli circles when speaking on the Palestinian issue, it is respected around a World already grown weary of the Jewish State's serial criminality. Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh is a Palestinian writer, activist, and scholar who holds a PhD. in biology and is board certified in medicinal genetics. He also serves as chairman of the board of the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People and coordinator of the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in Beit Sahour. Mazin is recipient of: the 2011 Social Courage Award from the Peace and Justice Studies Association; the American Arab Anti-discrimination Committee's Alex Odeh award; and has been recognized by the American Friends Service Committee Connecticut chapter. Professor Qumsiyeh left the United States and his teaching position at Yale University to return to Occupied Palestine's Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities. In addition to his many articles and papers, Mazin Qumsiyeh's book titles include: 'Sharing The Land Of Canaan: Human Rights and the Israeli-Palestinian Struggle,' 'The Bats of Egypt,' 'Mammals of the Holy Land,' and his latest, 'Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment.' Professor Qumsiyeh was in Victoria last night, at Camosun College as part of his speaking tour: 'Palestine Today and in the Future.' He will be appearing tonight in Vancouver at SFU Downtown, Harbour Centre. Mazin Qumsiyeh in the first half. And; before his 2006 ascent to power in Canada, the current prime minister reportedly told an audience at a right wing think tank confab: "You won’t recognize Canada when I’m through with it." Whether that is true or apocryphal, taking a quick, cross-country check up proves the point; from warfare to health care, environmental protection to ecological rejection, 'Stephen Harper's New Government of Canada,' has certainly broken the national mold, and none in either the Canadian parliament, or the nation's corporate dominated media seem inclined to pick up the shattered remnants of what once was this country. But, eight years of unprecedented deregulation, and systematic undoing of national institutions later, Mr. Harper and his considerably more hoary "New Government' cohorts are hardly finished their transformative mission. Ingmar Lee is a long-time environmental defender, activist, writer, and woodsman. He currently lives with his family in the heart of the 'Great Bear Rainforest,' near Bella Bella, where the forests, wildlife, and marine environment are all threatened by various expansive human activities geared for short-term, and largely offshore profit. Ingmar Lee in the second half. And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us news from our city's streets and beyond for the coming week. But first, professor Mazin Qumsiyeh and Palestine Today and in the Future.

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