Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Conn Hallinan, John Ross, Janine Bandcroft Aug. 29, 2011

This week: Conn Hallinan is an American educator and independent journalist. He ran the journalism program at the University of California at Santa Cruz for 23 years, and received the UCSC Alumni Association’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and the UCSC’s Innovations in Teaching Award. He is also a winner of the prestigious Project Censored “Real News Award.”

Hallinan is a columnist at Foreign Policy in Focus, and is author of the news analysis site, ‘Dispatches from the Edge, where his latest piece, ‘Juan Cole: Ten Myths About Libya?’ takes on the University of Michigan professor’s support of NATO intervention in Libya.

Conn Hallinan and getting behind the myths of the destruction of the Gaddafi regime in the first half.

And; last January, legendary journalist and author, John Ross died in Mexico. Ross had reported with a rare ferocity injustice wherever he found it, never relenting. And, he had the scars to prove it. I had John on the show a couple of times over the last years, and in the second half will pay him his overdue dues. John Ross, rebel to the roots in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news from the city’s streets and beyond. But first, Conn Hallinan and a Libyan regime change rejoinder.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, 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.com

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Jon Elmer, Janine Bandcroft, David Cobb Aug. 22, 2011

This week: Crowds in the Egyptian capital reacted to Israel’s encroachment of their territory and the killing of five Egyptian soldiers by surrounding the Israeli Embassy, with one intrepid scaling the highrise housing it and pulling down the Israeli flag. Typically, there was no international condemnation of the Israeli attacks in Gaza, or the killing of civilians there. In fact, Israel has lobbied the United Nations to draw up a Security Council Presidential Statement condemning the attack in Eilat.

Saturday, Israel issued an apology to Egypt for the attack, but the press, and most notably the Jerusalem Post, is condemning the Egyptians for allowing terrorists passage across the Sinai. Now, the Israeli regime and its allies in the press are calling into question the Sinai agreement with Egypt, hinting at a re-annexation of the so-called ‘Peninsula of Peace.’

Jon Elmer is a Canadian journalist and photographer living in and reporting from Occupied Palestine. Jon’s reports are carried by Al Jazeera, the InterPress Service, and are featured at other online forums. His work can also be found at his website, JonElmer.com. Jon Elmer and Israel under attack in the first half.

And; over the weekend, the Vancouver Sun featured the leaked “minutes” of an internal BC Hydro conference call, where Hydro CEO, David Cobb reportedly criticized the government’s IPP, or Independent Power Producers policy. Also known as the Run of Rivers program, or “Ruin of Rivers” to its many opponents, the controversial plan was rammed through the Legislature by the former Campbell government and effectively divided what exists of an “environmental activist community” in British Columbia. I spoke to David Cobb in July, asking directly about contracting out power production in the province. Me and David Cobb in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher, and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft is back from her foray into the wilds of Vancouver Island’s retirement country, and will join us with harrowing tales of her survival at the bottom of the hour. But first, Jon Elmer and Assassins Across the Sinai.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, 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.com

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Erik Grafe, David Swanson, Janine Bandcroft Aug. 15, 2011

This Week: Erik Grafe is an attorney with Earthjustice, a non-profit, public interest law organization that is, quote: "[D]edicated to protecting the magnificent place, natural resources, and wildlife of this Earth, and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment."

Earthjustice evolved from the Sierra Legal Defense Fund, and is the largest environmental law organization in the world. Erik Grafe works out of the Earthjustice Anchorage office, and is especially focused on issues related to the expansion of offshore oil and gas leasing and exploration in the American-claimed Chukchi and Beaufort Seas.

Erik Grafe and the looming conservation fight at the top of the world in the first half.

And; David Swanson is a long-time peace and social justice activist, journalist, and the author of the books, 'Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union,' and 'War is a Lie.' He's also founder and co-founder of numerous political organizations and campaigns, including: ConvictBushCheney.org, AfterDowningStreet.org, andWarisaCrime.org, an organization that believes, quote: "Exposing fraudulent basis for war, [is] key to ending it."

David Swanson and The Military: Closer to You Than Your Family in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be joining us from not far from CFB Nanoose at the bottom of the hour to bring us news from Victoria's streets and beyond. but first, Erik Grafe and fighting to spare the Arctic from the next great oil spill disaster.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, 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.com

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Janine Bandcroft, and No Guests Monday Aug. 8, 2011

This Week: Welcome to Summer! Summer is always a tough time to get interviews lined up, and this week, for the first time in a long time, I came up with zilch, zero, nada, not a thing. But, and it’s a big but, the world keeps turning, and while our Canadian senators and members of Parliament have been holidaying, earth shaking, and largely unreported, issues and stories abound.

So, for the next hour, I’ll fart, AND tapdance, and try to cover some of this wide, wide world’s pertinent stories.

Bejoining me in this endeavor, as is often the case, will be Victoria Street Newz publisher, and CFUV broadcaster in her own right, Janine Bandcroft. She’ll be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us news from our fair city’s streets and beyond.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, 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.com

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Carlos Flores, Zac Braciszewicz, Janine Bandcroft Aug. 1, 2011

This week: La Esmerelda, the Chilean navy’s tall ship, sailed into Victoria yesterday despite protests that its presence here is an affront to the unknown numbers of men and women taken aboard her during Augusto Pinochet’s rule of terror to be tortured and in some cases killed by his fascist thugs.

The current government in Chile has never acknowledged properly the role La Esmerelda played in the vicious oppression of the Pinochet regime, nor has it apologized to the victims or their surviving family members.

Today, down at Ogden Point, a group of Victorians determined they would not let the occasion of the visit go unobserved. Marking the Torture Ship’s stay in Victoria. And, Victorian activist Zac Braciszewicz was at the demo. Zac is a Buddhist practitioner on a hunger strike in protest because, as he put it;

“I got tired of the state of resource distribution, and how everything is organized into private profits. All we see are the same politicians making the same cuts to the same programs, and this isn’t just Victoria or Canada-wide — this is global.” Zac Braciszewicz too in the first half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with what’s going on on the streets of our fair city and beyond.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, 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.com

Ape Goes to the La Esmerelda Protest Aug 1, 2011

Welcome to GR, etc. The word on the global street is: Canada is a planetary energy super power. As long as the tar digging continues in Alberta, and presumably spreads across the rest of the north, our exalted place in the pantheon of “super” nations will be secure. Well, isn’t that special? There’s just a couple problems with that little scenario Stephen Harper and his media messengers would have you believe: Firstly, the country ‘Canada,’ reigned over by the fictitious “New Government of Same,” in the service of the phony Queen of England, does not in reality exist. Canada is a corporate entity, created by the sons and daughters of pirates who usurped this land, and who were then themselves in turn usurped by foreign, pin-stripped pirates. This so-called country, and all the wealth lying beneath it, is exploited primarily for the benefit of distant others, absentee landlords you will never see promenading the streets of make-believe Canada. Second, and more importantly, the energy rendering this fictional Canada so super is not ecologically viable; that is, it cannot coexist with what we recognize as actual, non-fictional, life. So, what else can we still living here do to keep the lights burning, without committing ecocide?

This weekend, the Cowichan Biodiesel Co-op is hosting the Collective Biofuels 2011 Conference. It’s a gathering of biodiesel “moonshiners” dedicated to turning local food waste oils into a viable, environmentally benign energy source. The event features the premier of author Joshua Tickell’s new film, based on his seminal book, ‘From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank’.

Brian Roberts, the President of the Cowichan Bio-Diesel Co-op and will join us with food for fuel and thought in the first half.

And; La Esmerelda, the Chilean navy’s tall ship, sailed into Victoria yesterday despite protests that its presence here is an affront to the unknown numbers of men and women taken aboard her during Augusto Pinochet’s rule of terror to be tortured and in some cases killed by his fascist thugs. The current government in Chile has never acknowledged properly the role La Esmerelda played in the vicious oppression of the Pinochet regime, nor has it apologized to the victims or their surviving family members. Today, down at Ogden Point, a group of Victorians determined they would not let the occasion of the visit go unobserved. Marking the Torture Ship’s stay in Victoria. And, Victorian activist Zac Braciszewicz was at the demo. Zac is a buddist practitioner on a hunger strike in protest because, as he put it;

“I got tired of the state of resource distribution, and how everything is organized into private profits. All we see are the same politicians making the same cuts to the same programs, and this isn’t just Victoria or Canada-wide — this is global.” Zac Braciszewicz too in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with what’s going on on the streets of our fair city and beyond. But first Jessy Bradish and putting a french fry in your tank.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Charles Marohn, Roger Annis, Janine Bandcroft July 25, 2011

Charles Marohn is a Professional Engineer, Civil Engineer, Certified Planner, and holds a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the U. of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute. He is also the Executive Director of Strong Towns, a non-profit organization advocating for, quote: "changes in our pattern of development, and a complete understanding of the full costs of our methods of growth."

Charles Marohn and conserving the strength of America's towns in the first half.

And; it's been more than a year and half since the unprecedented 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti. Roger Annis is a coordinator with the Canada Haiti Action Network, and he's just returned from a fact finding delegation mission to Haiti.

Roger Annis and benighted Haiti's dark days continuing in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher, and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to brings us up to speed with current goings on going on on Victoria's streets, and news from beyond there. But first, Charles Marohn and finding strength in times of trouble for America's towns.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, 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.com

Smart Meter Objection Presented to Victoria City Council Jul 21, 2011

Resistance to the so-called Smart Meter project foisted upon the citizens of British Columbia without the benefit of public input, and through a special disqualification of the B.C. Utilities Commission, the governmental body that would normally oversee such a broad project, is spreading. Activists have taken their objections to municipal bodies, asking that they ask the provincial government exercise the Precautionary Principle, and heed their local jurisdictional duty to protect the health of the polity.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Jon Elmer, Sylvain Henry, Janine Bandcroft July 18, 2011b

This week: Jon Elmer is a freelance Canadian photojournalist, living in and reporting from Occupied Palestine. Elmer has, over the last decade, published scores of pictures and filed numerous stories from Palestine for the Interpress News Service, Al Jazeera, and other, online publications, and is the author of the site, JonElmer.com. Jon is also this program’s singlemost appearing authority on the Middle East.

Jon Elmer and Palestine in the heat of Summer in the first half.

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Sylvain Henry is long-time, Montreal-based activist for peace, health, and social justice. He is the founder of the online networked groups, ‘The Purpose of Nations,’ and ‘Canadian Spartacus,’ Henry says the networks are for all who are, quote: “interested in achieving social progress by peaceful, intelligent, and the most effective means.”

Sylvain Henry and looking to the skies above in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us live from the winding down of the Vancouver Folk Festival at the bottom of the hour to bring us newz of that and other things. But first, Jon Elmer and strange days under the Dog Star in the Middle East.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, 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. You can check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Andy Kroll, Kevin Neish, janine Bandcroft July 11, 2011

This week: Andy Kroll is a reporter in the Washington, D.C. bureau of Mother Jones magazine. He’s also been a featured guest on MSNBC, Al Jazzeera English, Current TV, and Democracy Now! commenting on the state of the nation’s economy. Andy Kroll too serves as an associate editor at the online public affairs site TomDispatch, where his latest article, ‘What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Jobs: How Racism, Global Economics, and the New Jim Crow Fuel Black America’s Crippling Jobs Crisis.’

Andy Kroll and the black and white of joblessness in America in the first half.

And; last week, Gaza Freedom Flotilla II attempted to sail into the “liberated” Gaza Strip to deliver aid and messages of good will from the world beyond Israel’s unofficial blockade. Victoria’s Kevin Neish traveled again across the world to participate, planning to make a second journey on the Turkish cruise ship, Mavi Marmara.

Kevin is back in Victoria, and will join us in the second half to discuss his second encounter with the Israeli embargo in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with the goings on on Victoria’s streets and beyond. But first, Andy Kroll and the jobless behind America’s jobless recovery.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, 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.com

Ape Goes to BC Hydro Open House July 9, 2011

I went down to BC Hydro's open house, held at Hydro's West Saanich Rd. offices expecting a serious-minded attempt by the publicly-owned Crown Corporation to explain some of the serious concerns British Columbians have about the state of the Corporation regarding increased outsourcing, Run of River schemes gone bad, the controversial Site C dam, and the nearly billion dollars estimated to be spent on the extremely controversial SmartMeters program. What I found instead was hot dog stands, games for the kids, and a half-dozen booths full of feel good pamphlets and various other bits of corporate communications PR materials. Hydro president David Cobb did show up, and I managed a few words with him, and some more with the few demonstrating outside the event. – Ape.

[[Note: Reference to BC Electricity Commission (BCEC) should read "BC Utility Commission (BCUC). -ed]

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Patrick Henningsen, Janine Bandcroft July 4, 2011

This week: Patrick Henningsen is a UK-based pundit, commentator, online editor, journalist, and founder of 21st Century Wire, a news service launched during the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Summit.

According to them, The 21st Century Wire is an attempt to, quote; “deliver content that looks squarely at power, its architecture, as well as the seeds of corruption.”

Henningsen is in the United States today, following the burgeoning story of twin nuclear disasters in the making in the heartland that aren’t making the headlines.

Patrick Henningsen in the first half.

And; the Annual Pastor’s for Peace Caravan to Cuba embarked on its 22nd trans-continental pilgrimage to bring goods sanctioned by the United States to that embargoed Caribbean island.

Our own two-time Caravanista, CFUV broadcaster, and Victoria Street Newz publisher, Janine Bandcroft accompanied the Canadian contingent from our neck of the woods here in the Pacific Northwest to the Peace Arch at Blaine, Washington to see this year’s crew safely across the border.

Janine Bandcroft reporting from the crossing with the Pastor’s for Peace Caravan in the second half.

And; Janine will join us live at the bottom of the hour to bring us other news from Victoria and beyond. But first, Patrick Henningsen from the waters rising around America’s Midwest nuclear facilities.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the website, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Janine Bandcroft, Canada Gaza Boat Rally June 27, 2011

Today, a tale of two sieges: Over the weekend, supporters of the Canada Gaza Boat came out to the Tourist Information Centre at the heart of Victoria, B.C.’s Inner Harbour to give voice to bring to an end the years-long blockade of Palestine, and most severely, the Gaza Strip. Randy Caravaggio leads the speechifying in the first half.

And; the 22nd annual Pastor’s for Peace Caravan to Cuba is set to cross the continent with goods and necessities of life denied the Cuban people these many decades past due to the U.S. embargo of the Caribbean island nation. Sarah Allwell will be heading down Cuba way with this year’s Caravan for the second year in a row. Sarah Allwell in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news from the city’s streets and beyond. But first, Canada’s contribution to the international effort to stop finally Israel’s brutal and illegal blockade of Palestine and the Gaza Strip.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, 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.com

Ape Goes to the Canada Gaza Boat Rally June 25, 2011

Supporters of the Canada Gaza Boat came out to the Tourist Information Centre at the heart of Victoria, B.C.’s Inner Harbour June 25th to give local voice to the attempt to bring to an end the years-long blocade of Palestine, and most severely, the Gaza Strip. Randy Caravaggio leads the speechifying.

And; the 22nd annual Pastor’s for Peace Caravan to Cuba is set to cross the continent with goods and necessities of life denied the Cuban people these many decades past due to the U.S. embargo of the Caribbean island nation. Sarah Allwell will be heading down Cuba way with this year’s Caravan for the second year in a row.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, 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.com

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Janine Bandcroft, Smart Meter Rally June 20, 2011

This week: B.C. Hydro’s big plan, the (estimated) billion dollar installation of so-called Smart Meters is underway, but not everyone thinks it’s so smart. The devices will eliminate the need for meter readers, and purportedly make your energy use more efficient. What could be wrong with that?

Well, despite the many meter readers who must pound the pavement for new work, people with electro-magnetic sensitivities, and those concerned about the proliferation of WiFi signals in our environment, say these machines pose a real health threat. There is also the little matter of privacy and security.

A few weeks ago, activists gathered at the B.C. Legislature buildings to voice their concerns about the Smart Meter plan.

Smart and less so schemes for B.C.’s electricity consumers in both segments today.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news from the city’s streets and beyond.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, 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.com