Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Stuart Parker, John Helmer April 17, 2024

Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded April 17th, 2024

 

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In the Fall of 2020, amid the fear and confusion of Covid, British Columbia’s minority NDP government called a snap election. It was controversial then as much for coming barely two years into the mandate, as drawing voters together at the height of the pandemic. But, there was more electoral controversy to come. A “McCarthyite” campaign to undermined the leader of one of the province’s political parties slithered by, ultimately knocking him and his party out of the election.

Stuart Parker describes himself as a “Canadian political exile”. Living in Tanzania now, Parker left Canada last year after suffering a “three-year campaign of neo-McCarthyite blacklisting.” He has a long history of political and environmental activism in B.C. and Ontario, and was, before being chased out, the acting leader of the nascent B.C. Ecosocialist Party. Stuart’s recently released a compendium of his prodigious writings in the four-volume, ‘Collected Essays 2008-2024‘.

Stuart Parker in the first half.

And; the last two weeks the World has been on tenterhooks, not knowing how Iran would react to Israel’s April Fool’s rocket attack against the Iranian Embassy in Damascus. Now that we know; what will Israel do next?!

There’s amazing developments in this story; too numerous and changing too rapidly to keep up with in a brief introduction like this. But suffice to say; we’re entering an Age of Trepidity where each next step could spell a disastrous fall.

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’. His latest article at Dances with Bears is, ‘Loose Lips Don’t Sink Ships, or Israel.’

John Helmer and sparking the Electric War in the second half.

But first, Stuart Parker, a Canadian volunteer in exile.

 

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, Laith Marouf, Joe Emersberger April 10th, 2024

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Over the weekend Israel announced a withdrawal of troops from Gaza, leaving only a brigade along the recently created divide in the centre of the Strip. It says the retreat, or retrenchment, is a temporary measure in preparation for the long-threatened ground invasion of Rafah. Meanwhile, one refugee now able to return to the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis – site of a major battle last week – reports her city in ruins, saying “There isn’t a house without a martyr, wounded, or destroyed.”

Laith Marouf is the Palestinian-Canadian founder of FreePalestine.Video. The long-time multimedia consultant and producer is currently chronicling the Palestine disaster from his base in Beirut. Free Palestine Video says it’s meant to fill a “large gap” in media coverage, “…in the absence of media supporting the resistance forces in the English language due to the ban in the West.

Laith Marouf in the first half.

And; there’s no knowing if Israel’s destruction of Iran’s Damascus Embassy last week inspired Ecuador’s infamous violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations over the weekend, but the storming of the Mexican Embassy in that country and kidnapping of Ecuador’s former Vice President and asylee, Jorge Glas certainly reiterates the erosion of International Law.

Glas, who served in Raphael Correa’s administration and was convicted for corruption, says charges against him are politically motivated. He’d been in the Embassy since December, and was promised safe passage out of the country last week. Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador blasted the Noboa administration for the breach, saying the arrest of Glas constitutes an “authoritarian act” and is a “flagrant violation of international law and sovereignty of Mexico”.

Joe Emersberger is a Canadian-Ecuadorian engineer, journalist, and co-author with Justin Podur of the book, ‘Extraordinary Threat: The US Empire, the Media and 20 Years of Coup Attempts in Venezuela‘. Joe’s many articles focusing on Western media coverage of the Americas can be found at FAIR.org, CounterPunch, and Telesur English among other places.

Joe Emersberger and Jorge Glas getting ‘Assanged’ in Quito in the second half.

But first, Laith Marouf and the vital work of supporting and conveying the voice of the resistance to the entire world.

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, Yves Engler, Jeremy Kuzmarov April 3, 2024

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Over the weekend Palestinians marked Land Day, the annual March 30th commemoration of six civilians murdered by Israeli soldiers while protesting expropriation of their homes and property in 1976. In Toronto, demonstrations were held Saturday in conjunction with those calling for a cessation to Israel’s ongoing violence, already deemed tantamount to genocide by court findings at the International Court of Justice, and ordered stopped in the UN Security Council.

The protest in Toronto proceeded much as the many preceding it had, until Toronto Police Services decided to escalate. By the end, 7 had been detained, three ultimately charged, and policing in “Toronto the Good” once again proving it ain’t so much so.

But, should we be surprised that the cops in Toronto behave like the politicians in Ottawa – and the presses everywhere in the country – unfairly serving and protecting the interests of Israel? Afterall, it’s a Canadian tradition. As Canadian author, Yves Engler says of his 2010 book, ‘Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid’, “Liberal and Conservative governments, usually with support from the NDP, have staunchly backed Israel since before its creation.”

Yves Engler is a Montreal-based political activist and the author of thirteen books, mostly detailing the dark dealings of Canada’s foreign policy elite, including the aforementioned. His latest, co-authored with Owen Schalk, is ‘Canada’s Long Fight Against Democracy’, which Yves is currently touring across Canada. He’s also a prolific essayist, whose writing appears across the internet and at his website, YvesEngler.com, where I found his recent piece, ‘Gaza the final nail in “Canada as honest broker” coffin’.

Yves Engler in the first half.

And; last week, America’s media Wurlitzer concerted in replaying a favourite from its propaganda song book. The ‘Havana Syndrome Hustle’, for those not tuned to Spook Radio, was the one about the mysterious illness allegedly suffered by American diplomats in Cuba, (and sympathetically experienced by their Canadian colleagues). Safe to say, the re-release was received with crickets from the critics, but any distraction is a welcome one for American intelligence these days.

But, it’s not all clownery in Washington, DC where former “Counterterrorizism Czar” under George W. Bush rose again last week to be named head of the NED. Covert Action Magazine has, for those unfamiliar with the Beltway players, published a program entry on the National Endowment for Democracy’s new number one, Juan Zarate.

Jeremy Kuzmarov is a journalist and author who also serves as Managing Editor at CAM. Jeremy’s book titles include, ‘Obama’s Unending Wars’, and ‘The Russians Are Coming, Again’, written with John Marciano, and his latest, ‘Warmonger. How Clinton’s Malign Foreign Policy Launched the U.S. Trajectory From Bush II to Biden’. His recent article at CAM is, ‘CIA Cutout Appoints Counterterrorism Czar Who Supported Massive Human Rights Abuses’.

Jeremy Kuzmarov and Spook World not so golden oldies reprised at Foggy Bottom in the second half.

But first, Yves Engler on Toronto’s protest policing, Foreign Minister, Melanie “Genocide” Joly’s public meltdown, and Israel’s escalation through bombing of the Iranian Embassy in Damascus.

Song: This Is a Genocide (Remix LIVE at CCB)

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/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dan Kovalik, John Helmer March 27, 2024

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Russia held its presidential elections ten days ago, and if you haven’t heard, incumbent candidate, Vladimir Putin won reelection. At least that’s what they’re saying in the Russian press. On this side of the Atlantic however, America (and by default its Euro-allies) filled the week after with stories of the fix being in, trying to convince their viewers and readers the man with the 80+ percent approval rating had figuratively defenestrated opposition voters to steal the win, etcetera, etcetera, blah, blah, blah.

But that was before the terror attack in Moscow that claimed 139 lives at last count, and wounded hundreds more.

Dan Kovalik was in Russia for the vote, acting as an election observer. It’s something he has a lot of experience in, having performed that function many times in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Colombia. Dan’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’, ‘Nicaragua: A History of US Intervention & Resistance’. His latest is, ‘The Case for Palestine: Why It Matters and Why You Should Care’ due out in May.

Dan Kovalik in the first half.

And; as stated, the horror in the Crocus City Hall music venue has quashed the Western fake news campaign to delegitimize Putin’s election, and now looks to effect the nature of the two-plus years war between Russia and Ukraine.

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’. His latest article at Dances with Bears is, ‘The Evidence on the Crocus Gang Attack in Moscow‘.

John Helmer and what is known about the heinous Moscow attack in the second half.

But first, Dan Kovalik observing democracy in action in Russia, and making the case for Palestine.

Songs: This Is Genocide” “Evening News

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/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, John Helmer Extended Solo March 20, 2024

Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded March 20th, 2024

None were surprised Vladimir Putin won an overwhelming mandate to continue in the office of the President in Russia over the weekend, but to hear the Anglo-American media reports, that entirely predictable event is merely a “claim” being made by the Kremlin. Just how are we in the West to go on in the World with our faculties clouded with such nonsense? And, every day it gets worse with ever more draconian message-management measures being devised to reach right into social media.

John Helmer is an antidote to the poisoned press, on Russia especially. John’s a journalist and author who’s spent decades living in and reporting from there, and persists as the principle behind the web news site, Dances with Bears. John has too been a professor of political science, sociology, and journalism, and has 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’. His latest article at Dances with Bears, ‘WHEN IT COMES TO FIGHTING RUSSIAN DIAMONDS, THE JEWISH DIAMOND TRADE AND DE BEERS ARE A BUSTED FLUSH’ looks at the cascading negative effects for Israel of its barbarous Gaza campaign.

Today, John Helmer and Europe Four Flushing 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/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Ken Stone, John Helmer March 20, 2024

Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded March 20th, 2024

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As dates of infamy go, March 20th is right up there. It was on this very day, twenty-one years ago, George W. Bush marched American troops into Iraq preceding the heinous “shock and awe” bombing of Baghdad. Now, even the lying media majors whose mendacity then allowed the catastrophe inflicted by Bush’s “coalition of the willing” happen, concede the attack and all that followed was based on lies – “a pack of lies” as George Galloway would thunder at US senators two years later.

So why did Bush do it, if not to neutralize Saddam Hussein’s non-existent Weapons of Mass Destruction? Perhaps the intense lobbying by Israel for the war, and ascendancy of the Neo-Con claque within the Bush White House can explain it? Two things certain, however are; those manufacturing the lies in Washington profited their infamy handsomely, and today are free to enjoy the fruits of their complicity in the murder of unknown numbers of Iraqis. And, that impunity not only made the ongoing Gaza genocide possible, but guarantees a future of unending atrocity.

Ken Stone is an activist and author working for peace with the Syria Support Movement International and Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War. His book, ‘Defiant Syria: Dispatches from the Second International Tour of Peace to Syria’ is a compilation of his dispatches from his 2016 visit. Ken and the Hamilton Coalition have been in the fore of Canadian resistance to militarism for years, and that activity has increased since October of last year.

Ken Stone and Gaza foremost in the first half.

And; none were surprised Vladimir Putin won an overwhelming mandate to continue in the office of the President in Russia over the weekend, but to hear the Anglo-American media reports, that entirely predictable event is merely a “claim” being made by the Kremlin. Just how are we in the West to go on in the World with our faculties clouded with such nonsense? And, every day it gets worse with ever more draconian message-management measures being devised to reach right into social media.

John Helmer is an antidote to the poisoned press, on Russia especially. John’s a journalist and author who’s spent decades living in and reporting from there, and persists as the principle behind the web news site, Dances with Bears. John has too been a professor of political science, sociology, and journalism, and has 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’. His latest article at Dances with Bears, ‘WHEN IT COMES TO FIGHTING RUSSIAN DIAMONDS, THE JEWISH DIAMOND TRADE AND DE BEERS ARE A BUSTED FLUSH’ looks at the cascading negative effects for Israel of its barbarous Gaza campaign.

John Helmer in the second half.

But first, Ken Stone and fighting for peace in the Middle East from Canada.

Song: Song for the Houthi Army

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/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dimitri Lascaris, T. J. Coles March 13, 2024

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Sunday past marked the beginning of Ramadan, Islam’s Holy Month marking the first revelations to the prophet. There had been hope, and some hints by US president Biden, a ceasefire would be agreed, but those hopes died with Israel’s bombing of Rafah, the city harbouring more than a million and a half displaced Palestinians – survivors of Israel’s now five months-long genocide campaign.

Dimitri Lascaris is an activist, journalist, and lawyer. His interviews for TRNN are at TheRealNews.com, and his articles appear at his website, DimitriLascaris.org, where you can find the recent interviews and videos he’s produced during his “month-long trek across the Middle East.” As Hollywood celebrated itself Sunday at the Oscars, and Israel bombed the civilians of Rafah, Dimitri spent the first night of Ramadan in East Jerusalem, outside the gates to Al Aqsa Mosque.

Dimitri Lascaris in the first half.

And; there’s been an effort to paint the genocide in Gaza, (and growing pogrom in the communities of the West Bank and East Jerusalem) in the colours of a religious war. The “battle of civilizations” narrative is a familiar one; we’ve heard it variously intoned during all of the many conflicts the United States and its allies have fomented across the so-called ‘Arc of Instability’ for the last twenty years and more, and each time it’s been a lie. But to what purpose?

Dr. T.J. Coles is the director of the Plymouth Institute for Peace Research and the author of numerous books, including: ‘The War on You’, Manufacturing Terrorism’, ‘Capitalism and Coronavirus: How Institutionalized Greed Turned a Crisis into a Catastrophe ‘, ‘Biofascism: The Tech-Pharma Complex and the End of Democracy’, among others. His essays can be found at CounterPunch, where his recent piece, ‘The New Atheism at 20: How An Intellectual Movement Exploited Rationalism to Promote War‘ appears.

His latest book is, ‘The New Atheism Hoax: Exposing the Politics of Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, and Hitchens’ an indictment of both the weaponization of that “philosophical genre, which argues for secularism over organized religion” and its most famous literary proponents, the so-called “Four Horsemen”.

T.J. Coles and the Four Horsemen of the modern apocalypse in the second half.

But first, Dimitri Lascaris in the middle of the Middle East.

 

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: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.com/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Andy Worthington, Yipeng Ge March 6, 2024

Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded March 2nd and 6th, 2024

Last month, Julian Assange’s final appeal to avert extradition to the United States was heard over two days in a British court. Now Assange and the millions of his supporters around the globe wait for that court’s decision. To call his detention, approaching five years in maximum security under the harshest conditions allowed by English law, a miscarriage of justice hardly addresses the produndity of the perversion of the principles of Magna Carta, that foundational precept of Western jurisprudence.

Andy Worthington is an English journalist, activist, author, photo-historian, filmmaker, musician, song-writer and principle of The Four Fathers band. He and the Fathers have released a new tribute song to the Belmarsh Prison’s most famous inmate, ‘Warriors’. Andy’s is too co-founder of the Close Guantánamo campaign, still trying to get released men captives of George W. Bush’s “generational war”.

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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 he invites participants to enjoin Close Guantanamo’s efforts.

Andy Worthington in the first half.

And; the horrors in Gaza intensify by the moment. This past week, the World witnessed the infamous targeting of starving civilians gathered by some of the few aid trucks allowed in by Israel southwest of Gaza City. The Flour Massacre, as this infamy is now being called, claimed at least 112 lives outright, with more than 750 people wounded to varying degrees. Small beer when counted against the tens of thousands killed in Palestine, hundreds of thousands injured, and more than a million and a half people rendered homeless in this purposefully made humanitarian catastrophe, and undeniable genocide. And yet, those in Canada calling for an end to the killing are being assailed by the government, attacked in the media, and in true McCarthyite fashion, blackballed from their professions.

Dr. Yipeng Ge is one of these. A family practice doctor and resident physician in Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the University of Ottawa’s faculty of medicine, Ge was suspended in November for social media posts criticizing Israel and calling for a ceasefire.

The University subsequently backed down, giving indications of rescinding that suspension, but Ge refused to return saying, “I feel incredibly harmed by this process, and I don’t know how to continue within this institution because of what’s happened.” Ge too resigned his membership on the Canadian Medical Association board in protest of that institution’s silence on the targeting of hospitals, doctors, and the entire medical system there.

Since, Dr. Ge traveled to Gaza to see for himself and ostensibly work at Nasser Hospital in Khan Yunis, but was unable to do so due to “targeted attacks on healthcare workers” in that place.

Yipeng Ge and bearing witness in Gaza in the second half.

But first, Andy Worthington and fighting for justice for truth warrior, Julian Assange.

Song: Warriors

Artist: 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/