Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, John Helmer, Christopher Black, Janine Bandcroft April 19th, 2018

It’s a great time to be in the war game! The Real News reports, “defense” company stocks at Northrup Grumman and Boeing have soared this year, while the latest launching of more than a hundred cruise missiles at Syria has proven a spectacular blast for Tomahawk maker, Raytheon.

But, as Wall Street celebrates the dazzling array of opportunities presented by America’s military-investor complex, the recent blitzkrieg over Syria may too have revealed dark clouds on the war-profiteering horizon.

Apparently, some of those missiles didn’t make their targets. In fact, if reports are to be believed, two thirds of the nearly two million bucks a pop Tomahawks were intercepted; brought down by Syrian air defenses.

What does this mean for the future of the Anglo-American Axis powers’ war against the Middle East; and more importantly, what does it mean for the continued effectiveness of America’s 21st century high-tech, high-explosive equivalent of ‘Gunboat Diplomacy’?

John Helmer is a long-time, Moscow-based journalist, author, and essayist whose website, Dances with Bears is the only Russian-based news bureau “independent of single national or commercial ties.” He’s also a former political science professor who’s served as 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; Victoria’s own Christopher Wylie might not have broken the internet, but he’s certainly rocked it. The storm created by whistleblowing revelations he’s made about his former bosses at Cambridge Analytica and their “misappropriation” of Facebook client data to use for nefarious political ends cast uber-geek billionaire Mark Zuckerberg in a congressional hotseat, cost Facebook stock billions, and put the issue of protecting the personal in a post-privacy world in the middle of the media spotlight. But, is that all there is to the story?

Christopher Black is a Toronto-based criminal lawyer best known for his involvement in a number of high-profile, international war crimes cases. He’s also a poet, essayist, novelist who’s new book, ‘Beneath the Clouds’ is just out. Black’s articles on international law, politics and World events appear at New Eastern Outlook among other places, and his latest, ‘The Chris Wylie Story: A NATO Psychological Operation?‘ shifts the focus of the scandal to Wylie’s unverified accusations implicating Russian interference with Brexit and allegations of Vladimir Putin’s influence in the election of Donald Trump.

Christopher Black and who exactly is Chris Wylie and what‘s his game? 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 to bring us up to speed with some of what’s good going on in and around our town for the coming week.

But first, John Helmer and is the empire shooting blanks?

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/

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Author: Chris Cook

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, broad/webcasting since 1999. The show is archived at: www.gorilla-radio.com. The GR blog is at: gorillaradioblog.blogspot.com, and you can find and support the program at GRadio.Substack.com. Financial support is also possible through the Patreon site: https://www.patreon.com/PacificFreePress. He's too the past contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com, (now defunct) and tweets at @paciffreepress. G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media. Some past guests include: M. Shahid Alam, Joel Bakan, Maude Barlow, Ramzy Baroud, David Barsamian, William Blum, Luciana Bohne, Helen Caldicott, Noam Chomsky, Paul Cienfuegos, Yves Engler, Laura Flanders, Denis Halliday, Julia Butterfly Hill, Sam Husseini, Robert Jensen, Dahr Jamail, Chalmers Johnson, Malalai Joya, Kathy Kelly, Ingmar Lee, Dave Lindorff, Andrew Gavin Marshall, Stefania Maurizi, Greg Palast, Michael Parenti, John Pilger, Kevin Pina, Ted Rall, Paul Craig Roberts, John Ross, David Rovics, Joan Russow, Danny Schechter, Vandana Shiva, Norman Solomon, David Swanson, Andy Worthington, Mickey Z., Howard Zinn and many others.

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