Gorilla Radio X-Mas/Year-Ender Show with Chris Cook, Ken Boon, Christina Nikolic December 28, 2017

Welcome to the Year-ender show, wherein you’ll enjoy seasonally-themed blatherskite, music, and more.

It’s been a pretty strange year past, punctuated with highs and lows that, like the weather, have peaked with extraordinary insistence. I think it’s a trend we’re going to have to learn to adapt to.

As if to echo, the political climate has too been erratic. In British Columbia, our Spring time election witnessed the bizarre, Mugabe-like siege of the Legislature by the Liberals, taking months as it turned out to prise Christy Clark’s death-rip from the reins of power before a Summer swearing in of a government of an entirely new stripe.

Or at least, that’s how it was advertised.

But as Autumn turned, so did hopes the NDP would prove itself an alternative to the crony capitalist, BCLiberals. Just two weeks ago, the new premier announced the government would continue the course set by Clark and carry the Site C dam project forward – a project with more strikes against it than an English coal mine.

I hosted quite a few shows about Site C over the last year, (and previous ones too) most frequently speaking with Peace Valley farmer and president of the Peace Valley Landowners Association, Ken Boon. I’ll talk to Ken again in the second half of the show to get his take on possible next steps in the continued resistance to this disastrous turn of events.

I’ll also talk to long-time Victoria-based green business savant and horticulturalist extraordinaire, Christina Nikolic at the bottom of the hour, taking the pulse of the city and environs with the Left Coast Events bulletin for the X-Mas/New Year’s week.

But before letting go the scruff of Christmas past; in a recent interview John Horgan, as if to underline for any still thinking the NDP would change the province’s political course announced,

“If we’re going to be a government that governs for all British Columbians, we have to set aside our activism and start being better administrators.”

Then he began packing a bag for his January trade mission to Asia; where he’ll undoubtedly get the opportunity to demonstrate that administrative malleability to Site C contract awardee, CCCI, aka the China Communications Construction Company Ltd.

In the same interview, Horgan also said it wasn’t Christmas for him until he’d heard the Pogues song, Fairytale of New York. It seems a fitting companion piece to the beginning of the end of another failed dream of change in BC. Happy Christmas Premier Horgan, this one is for you.

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/

The X-Mas/Year-Ender Programme

 11:01:00 4:00 Ini Kimoze – All I Really Want for Christmas – Putumayo Presents World Christmas
11:05:00 3:00 Blatherskite Intro
11:08:00 4:00 The Pogues (with Kirsty McColl) – Fairytale of New York – If I Should Fall From Grace with God

11:12:00 2:00 Blatherskite (Looking back/forward)

Past as prologue played large in BC in another way in 2017. Late in 2016 long-time environmental defender Ingmar Lee’s fears came to fruition. Ingmar has been on this show many times over the years, blowing the clarion of wise ecological alternatives to the economically-driven choice of policies made by concurrent governments and corporations. Typically, these calls are a whistle in the winds of the mainstream media maelstrom, lost in the veritable monsoon of brain badgering bafflegab and bullshit.

He’s been warning of the oil spill disaster where Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter, 10,000 ton oil tankers barge up and down the harrowing BC coast, pushed by ships designed for the rivers and inland seas of the southern United States. He and his growing number of allies track these potential latter day Exxon Valdez’s, one of which, the Nathan E. Stewart he had written extensively about.

Sure enough, the Nathan E. Stewart grounded and sank, fortunately not bringing its thankfully empty tanker down with it, but still fouling the seas and coastline not twenty miles from Ingmar’s home near Bella Bella. This past November 30th, while the province slept, the Nathan E. Stewart’s replacement, the Jack Shearer, while crossing Hecate Strait in moderately heavy seas, separated from its fully laden oil tanker.

For hours, the crew of the ill-prepared tug frantically, and heroically, saved the barge from running aground and certainly being ripped to shreds on Gosling Rocks. Another narrow escape, but not near enough calamity to alter the course of the trade allowed to continue plying up and down the coast while offering Canada and Canadians nothing but the risk of certain environmental disaster to come. Sadly, the country’s federal government too “set aside activism” on becoming government, and dare not offer resistance to so obvious and grievous a menace.

11:14:00 3:00 Moody Blues – Story in Your Eyes – Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
11:17:00 2:00 Blatherskite Broadly

Naturally, the odious Mr. Trump, (or is that the “Naturally Odious Mr. Trump?”) was my newsmaker, if not person, of the year past. Not only did he feature on the wrong side of every issue of major import, but the media-hogging omnicon president has in his first year set a new highbar for all the low-lifes to follow him into public office everywhere. With his unrepentant mendacity, and unprecedented alacrity at using his trusted position for personal enrichment, Trump has set back the very idea of public service centuries.

Regardless of how much criticism he receives, and you can’t help but admire the breadth of enmity he attracts or the diversity of his detractors, it seems the end of Season One of the Donald Show is just the beginning of a sequel defying tranformational period for the United Empire of America Inc.

“Must watch” hardly does the spectacle justice, and sadly, “watching” is about all the Democrats seem able to do; mired as they are in scandals of their own, infighting, and outright collusion with the administration’s destructive foreign policies.

What this all means for the Season Two debut has me shaking in my slippers, and reaching for the popcorn.

11:19:00 5:00 Gil Scott-Heron – Working for Peace – GasCD (fade to b s-m)
11:24:00 4:00 Buffy Sainte-Marie – The War Racket – Medicine Songs
11:28:00 1:00 Cart(s)
11:29:00 7:00 Christina Nikolic Left Coast Events bulletin
11:36:00 3:00 Poalo Nutini – Cherry Blossom – Caustic Love
11:39:00 19:00 Discussion w/ Ken Boon
Welcome back to GR, etc. This is our Year-ender show. One of the year’s most frequently appearing guests joins us now. Ken Boon is a Peace Valley farmer and president of the Peace Valley Landowners Association. Ken and his family have lived at the heart of the resistance to the Site C dam project from the beginning. It’s a fight that’s cost him personally, but not nearly so much as it will cost all British Columbians should this ill-conceived third major dam on the Peace River be allowed to continue to completion.

“Welcome back to the program, Ken. I had BC Green Party candidate, Douglas Gook on the show last week. he says he’s not through fighting the NDP decision to go ahead on Site C; is there a way to turn this around yet?”

11:58:00 1:00 Thanks to Ken Boon, Christina Nikolic; upcoming.

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Ray Grigg, Douglas Gook, Janine Bandcroft December 21st, 2017

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Jolly Kwanzaa and a very Cosmic Solstice as we enjoy today the great turning of the Sun too! It’s normal at this late date to cast an eye back across the year’s happenings and accomplishments, and it’s been an eventful year here in BC, with a new government brought in – and brought in in such a novel way.

Many on the greener side of the political spectrum hoped the change would bring with it a new way of looking at the way things are done in this province, and my first guest may well be one of those.

Ray Grigg is the author of seven books on Taoism and Zen, and the columnist behind the long-running environmental column, Shades of Green.

He recently released The EcoTrilogy, a compendium of sixteen years worth of his weekly column, comprising the books, Ecologos, Ecopathy, and Ecocide.

Ray Grigg in the first half.

And; where British Columbia’s ecological record during the sixteen-plus years reign of the BCLiberal party was never great, the last years, culminating as they did with the Mount Polley mine tailings disaster, proved particularly destructive. So, hope for change was especially buoyant when the electorate discharged the Liberals in favour of a coalition government featuring, for the first time in the nation’s history, a Green Party component. But those hopes were dealt a cruel blow last week, when John Horgan’s New Democratic Party refused to stop the contentious, and ecologically deleterious, Site C dam project.

Douglas Gook is a Quesnel-based ecology activist and farmer who’s focused on Eco forestry alternatives in the woods there and beyond for more than forty years. The Nechako Lakes Green Party of BC candidate is a director of the BC Environmental Network and Spirit Dance Cooperative Community, and leads Forest Protection Allies, one of the many environmental organizations pressuring government to get effective cleanup processes going, and appropriate compensation for those effected three years after the infamous Mt. Polley spill. He’s also one of a growing chorus who do not accept the Site C decision as final.

Douglas Gook maintaining the fight against Site C in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events bulletin of good things you can get up to around here in the coming week. But first, Ray Grigg and The EcoTrilogy.

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, Ingmar Lee December 12th, 2017

 

It’s been two weeks since the ATB, or Articulated Tanker Barge, Jake Shearer separated from its 10,000 ton tanker load of Alaska-bound crude oil off Hecate Strait along British Columbia’s mid-coast region. Less than a nautical mile from disaster, the stormy weather very nearly dashing the barge onto Gosling Rocks, where the result would surely have been the long-predicted Exxon Valdez-like ruination of one of the World’s most precious natural marine environments. Whether by luck, or some divine intervention, that disaster did not take place November 30th, 2017, but the threat remains, and it’s only a matter of time before it does happen.

Ingmar Lee is a long-time, BC-based environmental defender. From the Nanaimo watershed and first-growth valley bottoms of Vancouver Island, to the nuclear plant-threatened coastline of India, and the threatened shores and Sandhill Crane nesting grounds of British Columbia’s mid-coast, Ingmar has advocated for and stood between an increasingly fragile ecosystem and the rapine destructiveness of big business and its government enablers. For this he’s been arrested and charged in the courts, and had his name traduced and character vilified in the corporate and state media. Yet though he persists in defense of the wild world.

Ingmar Lee and the long fight for the embattled natural world in a special end of year Gorilla Radio presentation.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, John Helmer, Cory Doctorow, Janine Bandcroft Dec. 7th, 2017

It became official this week; the International Olympic Committee says Russia will not be welcome at the upcoming Winter Games. This ostensibly due to what the IOC says was a widespread, and official, policy of performance enhancing drugs using, or doping.

But, is that all there is to this story?

The Russian government denies any such policy, saying the IOC is being used as an extension of Western efforts to isolate them, and to embarrass President Putin in the run-up to elections.

But is there still more going on here?

John Helmer is a long-time, Moscow-based journalist, author, and essayist whose website, Dances with Bears is the only news bureau “independent of single national or commercial ties.” He’s also a former political science professor who has served as an 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.

John Helmer in the first half.

And; the clock is ticking on efforts in the United States to stop again the once-defeated attempt to kill Net Neutrality, the principle deeming Internet service providers treat all data equally. Next week, the Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote whether or not to end the rules protecting that neutrality.

Despite broad-based opposition to the move from public interest advocacy groups, and some of the Internet’s most prominent corporate players, FCC chairman, Ajit Pai is standing pat on his declaration the rules are not necessary to protect users from what critics charge are the monopolistic tendencies of Big Data broadband providers.

Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist, blogger, co-editor of BoingBoing.net, and former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. While still working with EFF, he’s also a MIT Media Lab Research Affiliate, and Visiting Professor of Computer Science at Open University. The Canadian-born Doctorow co-founded the UK Open Rights Group, and currently resides in the United States.

Some of his book titles include: ‘Walkaway’, a novel for adults, the graphic novel, ‘In Real Life’, and ‘Information Doesn’t Want to be Free’, a book about earning a living in the Internet age. His Young Adult novels, ‘Little Brother’ and it’s sequel ‘Homeland’ were New York Times Bestsellers, and join ‘Pirate Cinema’, ‘Rapture of the Nerds’, and ‘Makers’.

Cory Doctorow and once again into the breach for Net Neutrality in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events bulletin of good things to do in and around our town in the coming week. But first, John Helmer and stone cold political Olympic games.

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, James Jeffrey, Dave Lindorff, Janine Bandcroft November 30th, 2017

Twenty people were killed last week in renewed fighting between the ethnic Oromo and Somali people of Ethiopia. Though the groups have lived harmoniously for generations, tensions have been on the rise in recent months, culminated in bloody clashes and a mass exodus of tens of thousands in September. Violence and intimidation in camps set up to shelter displaced members of both Oromo and Somali minorities chased from their respective homes is also reported. But why the fighting; and why now?

James Jeffrey is a freelance journalist who’s worked for various international media outlets, filing stories on business, political unrest, humanitarian crises, and the cultural pursuits of the people of Ethiopia, and throughout the Horn of Africa, since 2013.

James Jeffrey in the first half.

And; earlier this month, legendary academic, economist, author and media critic, Edward S. Herman died. Herman was best-known perhaps for his collaboration with Noam Chomsky on the 1988 book, and source of the tour de force documentary film, ‘Manufacturing Consent’. Herman’s passing comes at a time of unprecedented technological upheaval in America’s mass media, but how much has the corporate ethos driving the newsroom he and Chomsky wrote about changed?

Dave Lindorff is an award-winning journalist, author, broadcaster, and founder of the award-winning web news site, This Can’t Be Happening.net. Lindorff and Edward Herman were friends, and collaborators for a while at Herman’s website, Inkywatch. Dave’s book titles include: ‘This Can’t Be Happening! Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy,’ ‘Marketplace Medicine: The Rise of the For Profit Hospital Chains,’ ‘Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal,’ You can tune in Dave’s This Can’t Be Happening radio program Wednesdays at the Progressive Radio Network.

Dave Lindorff and Edward S. Herman’s accounting for the mass media 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 good things to get up to in and around our town for the coming week. But first, James Jeffrey and Ethnic Violence in Ethiopia Amid Shadowy Politics.

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, Eva Bartlett, Deer Safe Victoria, Janine Bandcroft Nov. 25th, 2013

To say Gaza City and the Gaza Strip, that thin slice of remnant Palestine walled on three sides by Israel and Egypt, patrolled with deadly seriousness from the sea, and whose airspace is entirely controlled by Israel’s air force, is in crisis is labouring the obvious.

Targeted by a ruthless campaign of managed starvation by Israel, the so-called “Gaza Diet” has ensured an entire generation of children will be stunted physically and intellectually, while deliberate and repeated attacks by Israel’s military guarantee emotional trauma.

But, things in Gaza have taken a dramatic turn for the worse since political turmoil in neighbouring Egypt closed the Rafah border, and the military Junta there began a program of systematic destruction of the tunnels that had supplied Gaza with the necessities of life Israel’s illegal embargo routinely denies.

Eva Bartlett landed in Gaza with one of the only Gaza Boats able to break Israel’s blockade in 2008. She stayed on with the International Solidarity Movement, or ISM, as an accompanier in time to suffer the horrific Cast Lead bombardment, and to bear witness daily to Gazans’ tribulations in their homes and streets, in the farmers’ fields, and on the fishers’ boats, subject to the caprices of Israel’s naval forces. Eva will be speaking here this Wednesday November 27th at the University of Victoria as part of ‘Gaza in Crisis: Eyewitness Reports’.

Eva Bartlett in the first half.

And; Oak Bay council recently decided to launch an “experimental” deer culling program aimed at “controlling” urban deer. Predictably, the decision is controversial, and one group opposed to the scheme held demonstrations in Oak Bay over the weekend. DeerSafeVictoria says the cull plan is cruel, and will ultimately prove ineffective. I went down to the demonstration to talk to some of the people involved.

Deer hunting behind the tweed curtain 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’s streets, and beyond too.

But first, Eva Bartlett and an escalating crisis in Gaza.

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, Ken Boon, Whitney Webb, Janine Bandcroft November 23, 2017

The clock is winding down, the moment of truth drawing nearer for the contentious Site C dam mega project in BC’s Peace country. Billions in the hole, and billions more promised to go down it too should it proceed, or be cancelled; now the new government in Victoria has to decide which way it will go.

Ken Boon is a farmer and president of the Peace Valley Landowners Association. His has been nothing short of an epic battle against crown corporation, BC Hydro and the former BC Liberal government.

But, the battle is not his alone, all British Columbians have a stake in what John Horgan and his NDP decide, as do their yet unborn children, and the generations that follow them.

Ken Boon in the first half.

And; perhaps no other entity embodies better all that is wrong and tragic with the corporate dominance of the world today than Monsanto. The “life science” company specializes in creating cancer causing poisons currently killing unknown millions, and yet none seem able to stop the Leviathan’s inexorable progress. As glyphosate, one of the key toxic ingredients of its Roundup weed killer faces a possible ban in Europe, due to a growing body of scientific evidence of carcinogenic effects, the company is pivoting to its newly “improved” product, Dicamba. Problem solved, right? Not quite.

Whitney Webb is a South America-based journalist writing about environmental, political, and economic issues in English and Spanish. She’s a staff writer at MintPress News.com, and her articles have featured at ZeroHedge, the Anti-Media, and 21st Century Wire, among other places. Her recent work for MintPressNews includes the article, ‘With Roundup On The Rocks, Monsanto Hatches New Seeds And A Dangerous New Plan‘.

Whitney Webb 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, bringing us up to speed with some of the good things to get up to around here in the coming week. But first, Ken Boon and the last dinosaur, the Site C dam.

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, Pablo Ouziel, David Rovics, Janine Bandcroft Nov. 16, 2017

More than six weeks have passed since the president of Catalonia defied the federal government, holding an independence referendum. The reaction by Spain’s prime minister, Mariano Rajoy was swift and definitive; declaring the upstart region’s government null and void and Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, (along with several of his party’s key ministers) criminals; and by decree rendering the independence movement itself effectively illegal.

Today, Puigdemont is in exile, out on bail in Brussels after being arrested on an EU warrant, and prime minister Rajoy has scheduled elections for a replacement government in Catalan for December 21st, Señor Puigdemont’s participation being expressly unwelcome.

Dr. Pablo Ouziel is a Post-Doctoral fellow at UVic whose project in progress is, ‘Towards Democratic Responses to the Crisis of Democracy in Spain: Forms of Participatory and Representative Civic Engagement.’

Pablo Ouziel in the first half.

And; next week Victoria will host inveterate American activist and singer/songwriter in the tradition of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, David Rovics to town. It will be the first time I get a chance to talk to David since he dramatically dropped out of the US presidential race in 2015. We can now just wonder, if only he had stayed in the running, “What might have been?”

David Rovics bringing a world of politics and music to Victoria’s doorstep 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 update of good things to do in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Pablo Ouziel and an increasingly darkening horizon for both Spain’s and European democracy.

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/

Christina Goes to the MacKenzie-Papineau Remembrance November 11, 2017

Every Armistice Day, pacifists and anti-fascists meet at Victoria’s memorial for the MacKenzie-Papineau Brigade. The “Mac-Paps” are those Canadians who defied their government to travel to Spain and fight the fascists during that country’s Civil War.

This year, Christina Nikolic went down to record the event for Gorilla Radio.

Here’s what wikipedia says:

“The Mackenzie–Papineau Battalion or Mac-Paps were a battalion of Canadians who fought as part of the XV International Brigade on the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War. Except for France, no other country gave a greater proportion of its population as volunteers in Spain than Canada.[1] The first Canadians in the conflict were dispatched mainly with the U.S. Abraham Lincoln Battalion and later the North American George Washington Battalion, with about forty Canadians serving in each group. The XV International Brigade was involved in the Battle of Jarama in which nine Canadians are known to have been killed.”

 

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dahr Jamail, Andre Vltchek, Janine Bandcroft Nov. 9th, 2017

If popular culture is good for anything it’s for providing a window on the zeitgeist; that ineffable yet immediately recognizable “spirit of the times.” Following my TV’s guidance then, the pervading essence defining us in this moment seems to be… the zombie. Brainless and soulless, devoid of imagination or self-awareness, though the maelstrom may rage about it, our zombie looks neither up nor down, but gazes directly ahead, able only to pounce on whatever happens to cross the narrow focus of its fixed eye.

Is it apathy, a feeling of powerlessness, or just the desperate need to ignore the impending catastrophe fueling our denial; making us now identify with the blissfully oblivious walking dead?

Dahr Jamail is a Truthout staff reporter and author of 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’. His much anticipated forthcoming title is, ‘The End of Ice.’

Jamail’s column, Climate Disruption Dispatches features at Truthout.org, where his latest article, ‘Scientists Warn of “Ecological Armageddon” Amid Waves of Heat and Climate Refugees‘ paints a picture of a climate calamity not merely coming but arrived.

Dahr Jamail in the first half.

And; this past week marked the centennial of Red October, Russia’s socialist revolution that not only shook the world, but shaped the 20th Century.

Andre Vltchek is a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist who’s covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. Vltchek’s numerous book titles include: ‘Western Terror: From Potosi to Baghdad’, ‘Indonesia: Archipelago of Fear’, ‘Exposing Lies of the Empire’, and ‘Aurora’. His latest book is the freshly released, ‘The Great October Socialist Revolution: Impact on the World and the Birth of Internationalism.’

Andre Vltchek and revolutions remembered and those to come in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here with the Left Coast Events listing for good things to do in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Dahr Jamail and collective ADHD in the age of ACD.

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/

Chris Cook with Andre Vltchek November 7, 2017 (RAW)

Sat down to talk with Andre Vltchek about his newly released book, ‘The Great October Socialist Revolution: Impact on the World and the Birth of Internationalism’ (please see blurb below).

On 25 October (7 November, New Style) 1917, the day the battleship “Aurora” fired its symbolic  salvo at the Winter Palace in Petrograd (now St. Petersburg), the entire world was awakened to an absolutely new reality.

“So, with the crash of artillery, in the dark, with hatred, and fear, and reckless daring, new Russia was being born.” Wrote John Reed, an American author and journalist, who witnessed first-hand this amazing event that he then almost immediately celebrated in his immortal book “Ten Days that Shook the World”.

John Reed came to a simple and powerful conclusion: “Imagine this struggle being repeated in every barracks of the city, the district, the whole front, all Russia.

Imagine the sleepless Krylenkos, watching the regiments, hurrying from place to place, arguing, threatening, entreating. And then imagine the same in all the locals of every labour union, in the factories, the villages, on the battle-­ships of the far-­ flung Russian  fleets; think of the hundreds of thousands of Russian men staring up at speakers all over the vast country, workmen, peasants, soldiers, sailors, trying so hard to understand and to choose, thinking so intensely-­and The Great October Socialist Revolution deciding so unanimously at the end.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Pablo Ouziel, Chrissy Brett, Camille Labchuk, Janine Bandcroft Nov. 2, 2017

Spain’s constitutional crisis geared up last week with the unilateral declaration of independence issued from the separatist Catalonia government of Carles Puigdumont.

Predictably, Madrid made good on it’s threat to turf out the regional government, and went further: arresting those in the pro- Independence leadership that hadn’t already slipped out of the country, banning the independence movement outright, and taking over Catalunya’s media, police, and government bureaucracy.

The lament going up today in Spain is for the death of democracy, a haunting reminder of the country’s not so distant fascist past.

Dr. Pablo Ouziel is a Post-Doctoral fellow at UVic whose project in progress is, ‘Towards Democratic Responses to the Crisis of Democracy in Spain: Forms of Participatory and Representative Civic Engagement.’

Pablo Ouziel in the first half.

And; the Pop-Up Prayer Vigil encampment has moved along to Saanich. The ongoing homelessness camp and protest site has been on the move weekly, spending the last few weeks at various locations in Oak Bay; much to the consternation of local authorities, residents, and an increasingly hostile local media. Chrissy Brett is spokesperson, and self-described “head cat herder” for the Vigil/Protest movement. I spoke with her a few days ago about what they hope to accomplish.

Chrissy Brett keeping a vigil for homelessness in the second segment.

And; activist efforts to ban the capture and incarceration of whales and dolphins scored a major victory in Vancouver earlier this year when City Council voted to ban the practice, despite intense lobbying by the Vancouver Aquarium and its industry allies. That victory wasn’t the end of the struggle, nor even the beginning of the end; but perhaps it was, as Winston ‘the Whale’ Churchill would say, “the end of beginning” of the campaign to stop world-wide the obviously barbarous practice of cetacean imprisonment.

Camille Labchuk is Executive Director of Animal Justice, an organization dedicated to looking out for the legal interests of animals, exposing cruel and systemic practices creating animal suffering both in the wild and in agriculture, and seeking meaningful policy changes to redress those practices.

Camille Labchuk and whales (and dolphins) for the saving in the final segment.

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. But first, Pablo Ouziel and Spanish democracy’s dark night of the soul breaking on an uncertain morning.

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, Pablo Ouziel, Robert Hunziker, Janine Bandcroft October 26th, 2017

 

Right now, as night falls in Spain the future of the country is shrouded in uncertainty. The referendum on independence that began October, and deemed “illegal” by the federal government, has predictably proven divisive, with each of the main players involved, Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy, and Catalonia’s regional president, Carles Puigdemont showing little appetite for compromise. Rajoy promises to dissolve Catalonia’s parliament, and reschedule elections, while unilateral secession is Puigdemont’s only arrow in the quiver.

Dr. Pablo Ouziel is a Post-Doctoral fellow at UVic whose project in progress is, ‘Towards Democratic Responses to the Crisis of Democracy in Spain: Forms of Participatory and Representative Civic Engagement.’

Pablo Ouziel in the first half.

And; beyond the partisan barbs, it’s safe to say Donald Trump is no ecology defender. Surrounded already by climate change deniers and petroleum industry insiders in hiring Scott Pruitt as head of the EPA however, the former real estate tycoon and media phenomenon sent a particularly loud and clear message to businesses big and small: “Damn the enviros, full

speed ahead!”

Robert Hunziker is an environmental journalist whose climate clarion calls appear in numerous journals and multiple languages around the World and across the internet. He’s also appeared in a variety of electronic media to talk about global climate change, written extensively about the ongoing aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and penned numerous articles on the ever-quickening polar ice melt.

In his recent article, ‘Mr. Toxicity Zaps America‘ Hunziker reports Environmental Protection Agency head, Scott Pruitt “nixed his own agency’s proposal of 2015 to ban the toxic chemical chlorpyrifos, an insecticide that attacks the nervous system of pesky insects, as well as pesky and non-pesky people…”

Robert Hunziker and the EPA’s number one “toxics defender” in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will bring us the Left Coast Events bulletin at the bottom of the hour. But first, Pablo Ouziel, perched atop the peak of Spain’s tipping point.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Greg Palast, Amy Lubik, Christina Nikolic October 19th, 2017

“They saw it coming!” and yet the masters of Puerto Rico’s debt allowed the island’s infrastructure to deteriorate so far, Hurricane Maria merely provided the coup de grace. Now, a month after that devastating storm, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, “unincorporated territory of the United States,” shattered in every sense, is ripe for the vulture’s picking.

It’s ‘disaster capitalism’ in its purest form, leveraging catastrophe to privatize and monopolize essential services, while gorging on aid money provided ostensibly to ease the people’s suffering. And it’s those people, says my first guest, the ones who’s needs are most dire, who’ll pay dearest.

Investigator, journalist, author, and filmmaker, Greg Palast has reported from the jagged edge of the news on both sides of the Atlantic for the better part of two decades, breaking stories for BBC flagship news program, Newsnight and The Guardian newspaper in Britain, and filing stories with the Nation Magazine and Rolling Stone stateside.

His books, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits, Armed Madhouse, and The Best Democracy Money Can Buy have all resided on the New York Times’ bestseller list, while Vultures’ Picnic was named Book of the Year by BBC Newsnight Review. His latest documentary film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires & Ballot Bandits is newly recut, and can be got through his website, Gregpalast.com.

Greg Palast in the first half.

And; the election of a new government in British Columbia hasn’t eased fears of expanded Liquid Natural Gas, or LNG, mining in the province. LNG means “fracking”, or hydraulic fracturing, the environmentally detrimental method currently used to extract hydrocarbons locked in rock formations beneath the surface; and, the newly ensconced NDP government is curiously quiet about the future of this most fractious industry.

In the dying days of BC’s recent elections, a group of health professionals concerned an issue posing such deleterious environmental and human health effects was not getting the media coverage it deserved rallied supporters to make of it an election issue.

Amy Lubik holds a PhD in cancer research, and is a member for the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, the Public Health Association of BC and Bridge for Health Coop. Amy mobilized along with the BC chapter of CAPE, or the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment last April in an operation hoping to deliver a moratorium on Fracking in BC.

Following up with Dr. Amy Lubik and FRACTURED BC: Fracking, Site C, Health and Human Rights in the second half.

And; Victoria-based horticultural guru and green entrepreneur, Christina Nikolic will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with this week’s installment of the Left Coast Events bulletin.

But first, Greg Palast and Puerto Rico’s vultures.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live Thursdays, 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and streaming at: cfuv.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/ and @Paciffreepress on Twitter.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Su Rynard, Pablo Ouziel, Kathy Kelly, Janine Bandcroft October 12th, 2017

We’re living today in Rachel Carson‘s fabled “tomorrow.”

Fifty-five years after her harbinger book, ‘Silent Spring’ warned of the inevitable end our industrial creation would bring to the natural world around us, the proofs of Carson’s prognostications are clear to all but the most obtuse, or willfully blind observors. But even these may notice the silence where birdsong used to be.

Su Rynard is an artist and filmmaker whose work has screened at festivals and in galleries in Canada, the US, and Europe. She’s the recipient of numerous awards for her documentaries and received the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize for her debut feature film, Kardia.

Her recent documentary, The Messenger is an environmental tour de force that like Rachel Carson’s work implores we see clearly now what we sacrifice before it disappears entirely.

Su Rynard in the first segment.

And; Catalonia president, and Catalan independence leader Carles Puigdemont addressed parliament Tuesday regarding his party’s plans for the future of Spain’s restive Catalunya region. Nearly two weeks after the referendum on separation deemed illegal by Madrid overwhelmingly endorsed leaving Spain Puigdemont, who had threatened to unilaterally declare the wealthiest of the country’s regions a new nation, backpedaled slightly, “suspending” for an unspecified time his promise to unilaterally declare independence to allow for negotiation.

When, where, what, and with whom he plans to negotiate was not made clear; so for now, Catalonia waits for Madrid. Dr. Pablo Ouziel is a Post-Doctoral fellow here at UVic,whose project in progress is, ‘Towards Democratic Responses to the Crisis of Democracy in Spain: Forms of Participatory and Representative Civic Engagement.’ He’s a Spanish national, and more poignantly, Catalan.

Pablo Ouziel and Catalunya waiting to exhale in the second segment.

And; is it possible to live unaware of our fellows’ suffering amid a holocaust? History tells us, not only is it possible, but that ignorance is the necessary condition for a fully-blown human cataclysm to take hold. My third guest asks, how many of us are aware right now of the “terror faced by people in South Sudan, Somalia, northeast Nigeria, northern Kenya and Yemen[?].”

Kathy Kelly is a long-time peace and justice activist, essayist, author, and recipient of numerous awards for her peace service, including multiple nominations for the Nobel Peace prize and many more.

Kelly is co-founder of Voices in the Wilderness and Voices for Creative Nonviolence, co-authored the book, ‘Prisoners on Purpose: a Peacemakers Guide to Jails and Prison,’ and wrote, ‘Other Lands Have Dreams: from Baghdad to Pekin Prison.’ In her latest article, ‘Great Hunger‘ Kelly reveals the current holocaust occurring beneath most of our screens.

Kathy Kelly and allowing the voices of the suffering to speak in the final segment.

And; Victoria activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottomish of the hour with the Left Coast Events bulletin. But first, Su Rynard and hearing The Messenger’s song.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live Thursdays, 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and streaming at: cfuv.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/