Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dan Kovalik, Dimitri Lascaris June 12, 2024

Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded June 12th, 2024.

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The 76th anniversary of the Nakba was commemorated last month. “Nakba” is roughly translated from Arabic as “the catastrophe” and refers to the campaign of murder and destruction that drove the native Palestinian population from their towns, villages, and lands to make way for the nascent Zionist state now known as ‘Israel’. That entity celebrates every May 15th its 1948 “independence”, sharing the infamous date forever with the commemoration of Palestinian determination to be joined again with that which was stolen.

As terrible as the initial ethnic cleansing of the last century was – seeing as many as 800,000 people killed, injured, or made homeless – what is happening today is by magnitudes worse; and though it’s been called the second Nakba, (or Nakba 2.0 in triumphalist graffiti scrawls found among the ruins of Gaza) another word being invoked to describe the current horror is: Holocaust.

Dan Kovalik’s a lawyer, educator, labour, peace, and justice activist, democracy defender, journalist, author, and filmmaker. His book titles include: ‘Cancel This Book: The Progressive Case Against Cancel Culture’ the “Plot to” series on American efforts to undermine the governments and economies of Iran, Venezuela, and Russia, ‘No More War: How the West Violates International Law by Using ‘Humanitarian’ Intervention to Advance Economic and Strategic Interest’, and ‘Nicaragua: A History of US Intervention & Resistance’. He was in Palestine last December, meeting Palestinians and researching his recently released book, ‘The Case for Palestine: Why It Matters and Why You Should Care’.

Dan Kovalik in the first half.

And; Israel’s martial bellicosity is no revelation to its neighbours, all of whom have been attacked, or experience still: regular bombing by its air force, assassinations, and acts of either direct, or sponsored terrorism. None arguably moreso than Lebanon. As Gaza burns, and the West Bank and East Jerusalem are assailed by settler fanatics and their government allies, a broader war between Israel and Lebanon smoulders.

Dimitri Lascaris is an activist, journalist, and lawyer. Dimitri too served as Justice Critic for both the Quebec provincial Greens and the Green Party of Canada, narrowly missing leadership of the latter in 2020. He’s been traveling extensively in and reporting from West Asia for several months, most recently in Lebanon. His video reports and articles from the Middle East are available at his site, DimitriLascaris.org, where I found his recent piece, ‘Israel’s War Against Nature‘.

Dimitri Lascaris and the fires of war burning across the border in the second half.

But first, Dan Kovalik making The Case for Palestine.

 

Song: ‘Once the Last Palestinian’s Killed’

Artist: David Rovics – Songs from a Holocaust

 

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, broad/webcasting since 1999. Check out the Archive at Gorilla-Radio.com, GRadio.Substack.com, and the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.com/

Ape Goes to Victoria Gaza Solidarity March and Rally Day 245 June 8, 2024

Went down to join between 2-300 Victorians voicing their collective outrage at the ongoing horror being perpetrated in Palestine, and dismay at the woeful reaction to it by this Canadian government.

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Injured Palestinians, including women and children, are brought to Al Aqsa Martyrs Hospital for treatment after Israeli attacks on Nuseirat, Al Maghazi, Az Zawayda and Al Bureij camps, in Deir al Balah, Gaza on June 08, 2024. At least 210 were killed and hundreds others injured in the attacks that also saw the rescue of four Israeli captives. Mondoweiss

As stories of atrocities routinely committed within the Sde Temain prison being aired finally in major media, Israel and its sponsor/accomplice, America killed hundreds of civilians and injured many hundreds more today in a raid to free hostages taken in October. Part of that raid employed the “Aid Pier” and aid trucks used as Trojan Horses to carry soldiers in to the Nuseirat refugee camp.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, John Helmer June 5, 2024

Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded June 5th, 2024

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Britain’s political-military nexus has been on full display in recent weeks, as past and prospective prime ministers assail media, their sabre din adding now to the sound and fury of the country’s newly-called general election Kabuki. Former Tory bosses, Boris Johnson and David Cameron, along with unelected prime minister, Rishi Sunak are now enjoined by Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer in doing their collective utmost to hasten nuclear winter through the fomenting of World War Next with Russia.

The former porcus amorató and current UK Foreign Secretary, Lord Cameron led the charge to Armageddon in early May, opining to the press the appropriateness of Kyiv’s use of British weaponry against Russia in any manner it sees fitting saying Ukraine, “…absolutely has the right to strike back at Russia“.

Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, better known as BoJo, in a private London club speech honouring the “heroes of the Azov Brigade” reiterated over the weekend, allowing Ukraine a free hand was, “…the single best investment we can make in the defense of the whole Euro-Atlantic area…
Not to be outdone, Labour Pretender, Sir Keir Monday insisted “security will always come first“, reassuring the electorate he was ready to push the nuclear button saying, “This is a changed Labour party and the most important thing is I voted in favour of a nuclear deterrent.”

For its part, the target intended, Russia warned again, “This is a direct escalation of tension around the Ukrainian conflict, which would potentially pose a threat to European security.

John Helmer’s a journalist and author who’s spent decades living in and reporting from Russia. He’s the principle behind the web news site, Dances with Bears, and has too been a professor of political science, sociology, and journalism and served as advisor to governments at the highest levels.
Among his many book titles are: ‘Skripal in Prison,’ ‘The Man Who Knows Too Much About Russia,’ ‘The Lie That Shot Down MH-17’, ‘SOVCOMPLOT: How Pirates Tried to Capture the Treasure of the Russian Seas, and Were Caught Out’, and his lately released autobiography, ‘Dunce Upon a Time: A Life of Mistakes’.

Today, John Helmer and Life During (Hybrid) Wartime.

Song: The Ballad of the USS Liberty

Artist: David Rovics

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, broad/webcasting since 1999. Check out the Archive at Gorilla-Radio.com, GRadio.Substack.com, and the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.com/

Ape Goes to Victoria Gaza Solidarity March and Rally Day 239 June 1, 2024

Went down to join between 2-300 Victorians to mark the 35th week of continuous genocide perpetrated upon the Palestinian people by Israel, aided and abetted by its allies, Canada among them.

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Jabalia Refugee Camp, Gaza May 2024 – photo: AJE

 

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Yves Engler, Andy Worthington May 29th, 2024

Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded May 29th, 2024

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Israel answered last Friday’s International Court of Justice order it “halt its military assault on the Rafah Governorate in the southern Gaza Strip and reopen the Rafah border” with scores of aerial bombings over the weekend, one of which immolating refugees in one of the myriad tent encampments surrounding the besieged city of Rafah.

Hellscape phone images of the aftermath of that horror have spurred hope Western sponsors and suppliers of scofflaw Israel will either voluntarily, or through the political force of their democratic constituents, quit their material support, without which the carnage cannot continue long.

Yves Engler is a Montreal-based political activist and the author of thirteen books, including ‘Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid’. His latest, co-authored with Owen Schalk, is ‘Canada’s Long Fight Against Democracy’, which he’s currently touring across the country. Yves’ also a prolific essayist, whose writing appears across the internet and at his website, YvesEngler.com, where I found his recent piece, ‘Ironically, genuine internationalism must be nationalistic‘.

Yves Engler in the first half.

And; “We go to bed in horror and awake to horror” is how Al Jazeera journalist, Laila Al-Arian describes the churning, directed catastrophe inflicted on Palestinians. Though she refers here to reports of Israeli bulldozers desecrating the cemeteries of Jabalia refugee camp in the north the day after the Lag B’omer massacre in Rafah, she could say the same any day, every day in these long months and years of death and cruelty in Gaza; and in the Occupied Territories beyond the wall.

But, essential journalist, Jonathan Cook transcends the banality of the Occupation’s everyday brutality in describing Israel’s “Bagram”, Sde Teiman. Cook’s article, ‘The message of Israel’s torture chambers is directed at us all, not just Palestinians’ is a portrait immediately familiar to any who have studied the Nazi camps, and especially students of the medical atrocities of Dr. Joseph Mengele.

Andy Worthington is an English journalist, activist, author, photo-historian, filmmaker, musician, song-writer and principle of The Four Fathers band. His book titles include: ‘The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison’, ‘Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion’, and ‘The Battle of the Beanfield’. Andy’s articles appear at his website, AndyWorthington.co.uk, where I found his latest, ‘Ending Israel’s Impunity for Genocide in Gaza, and the Threat to Those, Like Joe Biden, Who Are Most Complicit‘.

Andy Worthington and Nuremberg’s to come in the second half.

But first, Yves Engler and Canada’s time to stand finally strong and free.

Song: Forever Prisoner

Artists: The Four Fathers

 

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, broad/webcasting since 1999. Check out the Archive at Gorilla-Radio.com, GRadio.Substack.com, and the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.com/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Christopher Black, Salam Hamdan May 22, 2024

Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded May 17th and 22nd, 2024

Nearly eighty years after D-Day, the World seems no nearer peace. Serial wars since, none of them arguably “good” have come and come again, in a pattern of what the Declaration of the Soviet Government on General and Complete Disarmament of 1959 described as a ‘chronicle of sanguinary wars’. But is the concept of disarmament, in a time of heightened martial bellicosity, where belligerents race to develop new and terrifying technologies and in every quarter are seen practicing and preparing for war, possible; can there be finally peace in our time?

Christopher Black is a Toronto-based criminal lawyer specializing in international war crimes cases. He’s also an executive member of the Canadian Peace Congress. Black’s writings on international law, politics, and World events appear at New Eastern Outlook among other places, it’s where I found his recent article, ‘Peace In Our Time: Complete And General Disarmament‘. Christopher Black’s novel, ‘Beneath the Clouds’, “a story of how people, acting collectively, can defeat tyranny” is published by Badak Merah.

Chris Black in the first half.

And; overshadowed by the horrors in Gaza, in Palestine’s West Bank a modern day pogrom is being carried out by both the Israeli government and its “settlers” against the indigenous Palestinian population. Hundreds have been killed, and thousands summarily arrested and imprisoned through so-called ‘administrative detention’ measures; denied charge, trial dates, access to either lawyers or legal remedy, all while suffering grotesque abuses at the hands of their captors.

The Palestinian Prisoners Society says nearly 8,000 from the West Bank and Jerusalem are held in Israeli custody of one sort or another, including women and children, with reports of physical and sexual abuse cited by Amnesty International and the United Nations Human Rights Council, who says,

“…[T]hese alleged acts may constitute grave violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, and amount to serious crimes under international criminal law that could be prosecuted under the Rome Statute.”

Salam Hamdan is a Palestinian political activist and Social-Feminist from Ramallah in the West Bank. She recently spoke at UVic with Prof Martin Bunton about Palestine on ‘Two States in Palestine: Solution or Fantasy?’

https://blog.ricksteves.com/blog/ramallah-palestines-de-facto-capital/

Salam Hamdan and Palestine’s other humanitarian disaster in the second half.

But first, Christopher Black and tolling the Peace Bell in the face of World War Next.

Artists: David Rovics

Songs: ‘The Last Time the U.S. Invaded Russia’

 

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, broad/webcasting since 1999. Check out the Archive at Gorilla-Radio.com, GRadio.Substack.com, and the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.com/

Ape Goes to Victoria Gaza Solidarity March and Rally Day 225 May 18, 2024

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Went down to join people gathered to express outrage at continued genocide being perpetrated by Israel in Palestine, with the collusion of Western governments, in defiance of international law.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dave Lindorff, Viviana Herrera May 15, 2024

Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded May 15th, 2024

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The Gaza genocide is accelerated. Now at the gates of the southern city of Rafah, heavy bombing over the weekend, described by refugees of Israel’s seven-plus months-long razing of the walled enclave as the most intense experienced yet. As hundreds of America’s largest bombs rained on the estimated one and a half million Palestinians driven into Rafah, the Israeli military bombed too areas in north and central Gaza, where many have returned to the ruins of their homes, after finding no safety in the south. Protest against Israel’s blatant criminality has come from every quarter of international governance, and on the streets of cities and college campuses around the World; and yet the slaughter continues.

Dave Lindorff is an Izzy Award-winning investigative journalist, author, founder of the web news site, This Can’t Be Happening, and co-producer of the documentary, ‘A Compassionate Spy’. The film tells the tale of Ted Hall, wunderkind physicist and spy who may well have saved Russia and the World from nuclear conflagration, and it’s the subject of Lindorff’s companion book for the film, ‘Spy for No Country’. Dave’s latest article at This Can’t Be Happening covering America’s reaction to the Gaza Genocide is, ‘The Protesters on the Nation’s Campuses are Winning!’

Dave Lindorff in the first half.

And; the late American poet, Maya Angelou famously said, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” In Canada’s case, behind its liberal-humanist rhetoric what it has shown time and again is a ruthless devotion to capitalist ventures at home and abroad. Whether bankrolling the laying of pipelines over the lands and bodies of indigenous resistance in British Columbia, or vouchsafing the corporate plunder of Asia, Africa, South America, and the Caribbean, Canada consistently reveals itself; and you can believe the people in those places trod underfoot know what they’re looking at, even if Canadians largely don’t see it.

Viviana Herrera is Latin America Program Coordinator for MiningWatch Canada, and what they’re looking at right now is the “Surging violence surrounding Canadian mining projects in Ecuador“, and ongoing free trade talks between the two countries underway.

Viviana Herrera and watching Canada’s efforts to set up a new Investor State Dispute Settlements with Ecuador in the second half.

But first, Dave Lindorff and the “draconian tactics of corrupt and gutless college leaders to try and shut down protests against Israeli genocide in Gaza”.

 

Artists: David Rovics; Macklemore

Songs: ‘Once the Last Palestinian is Killed’; ‘Hind’s Hall’

 

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, broad/webcasting since 1999. Check out the Archive at Gorilla-Radio.com, GRadio.Substack.com, and the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.com/