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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Ape Goes to Mazin Qumsiyeh Camosun College Apr 6, 2014

Date 2014-04-07

Palestine Today and In the Future - A Talk by Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh of Bethlehem University

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Wendy Mendez, Calvin Cook, Janine Bandcroft Mar. 24, 2014

Date 2014-03-25

The horrors we daily see meted out by the World's most powerful against the most vulnerable may be difficult to understand without the benefit of historical context. The grim truth is: Today's death squad mercenaries, and the junta regimes they both foment and support, are the fruit of dragon's teeth sown long ago. This was perhaps nowhere more evident than in Iraq, where the so-called "Salvador Option" was resurrected by its mastermind, John Negroponte. During America's terror campaign in El Salvador in the 1970's, gangs of specially-trained soldiers were sent into the countryside to capture, torture, and kill civilians. The stated goal then was to deter communists taking hold of the tiny country and providing a beach-head for a Russian invasion of the U.S. The secretive program was revealed to the American public following the slaying of Archbishop Oscar Romero in his church in 1980, and more graphically by the subsequent brutal rape and murder of three American nuns, and Jean Donovan, a lay missioner. Less known however was a similar terror campaign conducted throughout most of the 1980's in El Salvador's neighbour to the north, Guatemala. Wendy Mendez is a Vancouver-based human rights defender and founder of H.I.J.O.S.Guatemala, or Sons and Daughters for Identity and Justice Against Forgetting and Silence. H.I.J.O.S. uses public education, political art and murals, and demonstration to both articulate and strengthen Guatemala's justice movement. The organization is made of students, workers, professionals, and includes the children of Guatemala's disappeared and murdered. Mendez is herself a survivor of the Guatemalan genocide, she and her family fleeing the country following the disappearing of her mother, Luz Haydee Mendez in 1984. Wendy Mendez will be in Victoria this Friday, presenting at the Central America Support Committee's monthly Cafe Sympatico at 1923 Fernwood Rd., in the heart of the Fernwood community. Wendy Mendez in the first half. And; last year, the Shawnigan Residents Association discovered plans by the local gravel quarry, South Island Aggregates to fill their sun-setted open pit mine with 5 million tonnes of "contaminated soil" on the slopes above Shawnigan Lake. They protested, beseeched, and appealed to every body involved in the process, but in the finish, the BC Ministry of the Environment approved the dump. A final appeal of the ministry's permit was heard earlier this month, and the last ditch effort commences today, scheduled to conclude April 4th. Calvin Cook has lived along the lake for nearly thirty years, and is Vice President of the Shawnigan Residents Association. Calvin Cook and a dump too much 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 the city, and beyond it too, in the coming week. But first, Wendy Mendez and Guatemala's Sons and Daughters for Identity and Justice Against Forgetting and Silence. 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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