Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dimitri Lascaris, John Helmer January 31, 2024

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Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded January 31st, 2024

Friday last judges at the International Court of Justice agreed South Africa’s charge that Israel’s actions in Gaza commencing the 7th of October, 2023 constituted a violation of the United Nations’ Genocide Convention was plausible. The court ordered Israel must adhere to Article II of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and to follow prescribed measures to guarantee the safety of those trapped in Gaza.

Israel has not complied. Instead, since that time it has, according to Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor, “…maintained its rate of killing civilians [and] … ramped up its efforts to starve them as well as forcibly displace them from their homes in the Strip.”

Canada’s response has been to join a group of nations cutting aid monies to UNRWA, the most important life-line remaining for Gaza’s increasingly desperate refugees.

Dimitri Lascaris is a Montreal-based activist, journalist, and lawyer. His interviews for TRNN are at TheRealNews.com, and his articles appear at his website, DimitriLascaris.org, where recent interviews he’s given detailing the legal dimensions of the ICJ ruling and more can be found.

Dimitri Lascaris in the first half.

And; New Zealand’s ending of its funding to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees – deserting the people under fire there at their most dire hour – makes thirteen the number of nations enacting that infamy. The Kiwis enjoin Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Switzerland, the UK, and of course leader of the damned, the United States of America. But more than standing on the global stage and spitting in the face of justice and humanity some of these same are waging a war against Yemen; the one country fulfilling its obligation under international law to do its utmost to stop a genocide.

John Helmer is a journalist and author who’s spent decades living in and reporting from Russia. Principle behind the web news site, Dances with Bears, Helmer 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 Jackals’ Wedding: American Power, Arab Revolt’, ‘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’.

John’s recent article at Dances with Bears, ‘RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY TIES RED SEA BLOCKADE TO GAZA BLOCKADE, BACKS HOUTHIS IN MOSCOW MEETING‘ explores Russia’s delicate balancing act in the region.

John Helmer in the second half.

But first, Dimitri Lascaris and Israel’s “crushing defeat” at the International Court of Justice and Canada et al.’s despicable targeting of UNRWA in retaliation.


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/

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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, Sam Husseini, Robert Jensen, Dahr Jamail, Chalmers Johnson, Malalai Joya, Kathy Kelly, Ingmar Lee, Dave Lindorff, Stefania Maurizi, Greg Palast, Michael Parenti, John Pilger, Kevin Pina, John Ross, David Rovics, Joan Russow, Vandana Shiva, David Swanson, Andy Worthington, Mickey Z., Howard Zinn and many others.

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