Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Jeremy Kuzmarov, Terry Wolfwood January 3, 2024

Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded January 3rd, 2024

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The most famous journalist in the World is scheduled to appear in Britain’s High Court next month for the final act in his appeal against extradiction to the United States. Already imprisoned on spurious grounds since April 11th, 2019 none but the most desperately optimistic expect justice for Julian Assange.

The Assange tragedy proves, in conjunction with the shooting wars currently underway, and those planned for the future, there is too a war being waged on the People’s right to know just why these wars are being waged.

Myriad methods have been employed to create an environment of fear, ensure ignorance, and promote confusion in the public mind about issues crucial to the survival of functional democracy. And where guile, gatekeeping, lies, and propaganda fail, outright murder prevails – as Israel has demonstrated one hundred and twenty times in Gaza between October 7th and New Year’s Eve.

Assange’s colleague, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hraffnson, summarises saying, “There is no press without the protection to operate freely.” But then, even a free press can’t operate long for free.
Jeremy Kuzmarov is a journalist and author of five books on American foreign policy. Those titles include, ‘Obama’s Unending Wars’, ‘The Russians Are Coming, Again’, written with John Marciano, and his latest, ‘Warmonger: How Clinton’s Malign Foreign Policy Launched the US Trajectory from Bush II to Biden’.

Jeremy also serves as Managing Editor at CovertActionMagazine.com, where you can discover the stories meant to stay under wraps – for now.

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Jeremy Kuzmarov in the first half.

And; what can be done to stop the horror of Israel’s genocide in Gaza and the West Bank? Director and co-founder of the Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation, Terry Wolfwood says, “As the death toll and destruction continue in Gaza we can help by ending Canada’s complicity.”

Terry has served as local coordinator for the Women in Black for many years, and has traveled numerous times to the refugee camps in Palestine and Western Sahara to bear witness and bring the message of the people she meets there back to Canada. Her articles have appeared at Briarpatch, Peace News, Third World Resurgence among other places, and at the Foundation’s site, BBCF.ca.

Terry Wolfwood bringing the war against Palestine back to Canada in the second half.

But first, Jeremy Kuzmarov and supporting journalists writing for your life.

 

Songs: Anti-Semite

Wounded Child – No Surviving Family

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/

John Pilger Présente

John Pilger Présente

by C. L. Cook – Gorilla-Radio.com

December 31, 2023
I’ve just heard, journalism legend, John Pilger has died. There will be tributes galore for the filmmaker and print journalist; tributes that will tell more about his epic career and uncompromising character – and better – than I can here.
But, I can relate my brief acquaintance with the great man.
I tracked John down in hopes of an interview for this obscure radio show, produced in the basement of some backwater university, somewhere on the edge of the backward nation of Canada in 2007. He graciously accepted my invitation, but as I was making the long-distance call I discovered my long-distance calling card (Google it) was empty.
I raced to the nearest gas station to get another one, but by the time I returned to the studio he couldn’t be reached.
I sent him abject emails of apology, and he agreed to try again the next week. And so, this guy who had filed from war zones, and investigated the most gruesome crimes against humanity and their perpetrators came on to discuss his then newly-released film, ‘The War on Democracy’.
That was in 2007, and here’s the interview…
I don’t know what Pilger thought of Che Guevera and the Cuban Revolution, but I’m pretty sure he would appreciate the sentiment:
Hasta La Victoria, Siempre!

Ape Goes to Victoria Gaza Solidarity Rally and March December 30, 2023

 

Went down to the Legislature to brave the rain with about 250-300 Victorians expressing their collective outrage at Canada’s inaction in the face of Israel’s murderous genocide.

Canada and Palestine: An article based on a speech at Rally, Oct. 14. 2023, Victoria, BC at Legislature

Canada & Palestine: An article based on a speech at Rally, Oct. 14. 2023, Victoria, BC at Legislature

by Terry Wolfwood – BBCF

December 2023

I have had the privilege of going to Palestine many times. When I ask what can I do to support Palestine, I am told: go home and tell people what you see and experience here.

What I see is a country that is a fraction of its size 75 years ago. In fragments joined by check points guarded by soldiers with stone eyes and guns pointed at every person, ordered to stop, show papers, answer rude questions.

I see a land where thousands of homes & buildings, even whole villages, are destroyed all the time. When we try to help those Palestinians save their homes, soldiers threaten to shoot us from behind rolls of razor wire.

I see a land where 1 million trees have been destroyed or uprooted and stolen. Some more than 1000 years old olive giants; where farmers holding on to their precious trees are beaten & imprisoned.

But a land where determined Palestinians have replanted 2 million trees to show that this home & where they stay. Making a livelihood for their family and nation. A Palestinian Authority Cabinet Minister I knew was choked to death when planting trees*.

It is a land where students are shot in broad daylight crossing a city street; where hundreds of children are in Israeli jails with no trial or charge.
A land where “civilized people”, aka illegal settlers, can stone a pregnant woman to death. And there are nearly one million of those settlers abusing Palestinians every day.

This is what has been happening for 75 years.

Our Canadian Government has seen it all & done nothing: NO! it has done a lot – supporting the oppressive occupier; making these terrible deeds possible by complicity as Israel breaks the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Geneva Conventions on War-all of which Canada professes to support.

It is time now to change our government’s policy! We have work to do. YALLA- let’s get going!

Speak truth to every politician & official. Speak up everywhere always.
Boycott Israel! Do not buy its products. Divest from & boycott companies that profit from the occupation: Puma, Sodastream, Bank of Montreal to name a few, for more see: https://bdscoalition.ca/

End the Free Trade Agreement with Israel.

Check out the Canada Pension Plan Investments & any other pension plans you contribute to; many invest in companies profiting from war & occupation.

If Canada can sanction human rights offenders-Russia, Iran, why not Israel?

Keep at it-justice will prevail with ‘Sumud’ !
Long live the Palestinian people!
Shukran.

Audio file: https://gorilla-radio.com/2023/10/23/ape-goes-to-victoria-gaza-solidarity-demo-october-22-2023/

*Death with live tree

It was in December, a good time
to plant saplings in a land where
one million olive trees of every age
from 2000 years to two years old
have been stolen and destroyed
by a relentless purveyor of death.

When Ziad Aby Ain, fifty-five years old
father and politician joined farmers
laden with small trees to plant
on stolen land, he was beaten,
gassed, choked by armed soldiers
of a global power.

He died in the ambulance on a short trip
from Turmus Aya to Pamallah.
The world blinked and looked away.
No cabinet minister anywhere
stood for a moment of silence for
a parliamentary colleague.
No UN vote of censure;
no government sanctioned the invaders.

A lover of children and trees
mourned by his family, friends,
and the fragile olive tree that
died with him; he was cherished,
this good man, this good Palestinian.

By Theresa Wolfwood
In ‘Passion and Commitment’ Yalla Press, 2023

Gorilla Radio 2023 Year-Ender December 29, 2023

Welcome to Gorilla Radio’s 2023 Year-Ender show.

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Gaza is the only story. Whatever else happened, the last quarter of 2023 defines the entire year. It serves too as the logical terminus of Israel’s murderous progress in Gaza and Palestine as a whole for the entirety of its 75 years. How could that sordid history lead anywhere but here; the unapologetic genocide, supported by a Western consensus, of another indigenous population in the way of colonial development.

Gorilla Radio has covered just some of the litany of outrages against humanity and international law in Gaza for many years: 2002, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2018, 2023 are years where extraordinary escalation of crimes committed occurred, but all are merely the peaks and valleys in an overarching tableau of depravity.

In 2002 I talked to Victoria-based human rights activist, Kevin Neish from Bethlehem. I introduced the segment then saying,
The situation in Palestine is getting worse by the hour. The weekend saw protest in cities throughout the world, and those protests have continued. Today, a group of internationalist, people who have travelled to Palestine to act as human shields and witnesses to Israeli atrocities, were fired upon by the Israeli Defense Forces. Kevin Neish, a Victoria man known to many here for his work with human rights and social justice is one of those internationalists and he was in the march in Beit Jalla when the bullets started to fly.”

Here’s Kevin from Palestine in April, 2002.

2:00 Kevin Neish from Palestine April, 2002. (8:30)

In earlier years of this show, Jon Elmer was a vital source of information on Gaza. Jon was then a Canadian freelance photographer and photo-journalist who reported from many of the World’s most troubled regions. He’d lived in and reported from Occupied Palestine during the first decade of the new century, his dispatches being carried by Inter Press News Service, Al Jazeera English, Le Monde Diplomatique, and The Progressive among others.

Here’s a piece of a segment I recorded with Jon from Palestine in May of 2007. The issues will sound familiar.

10:30 Jon Elmer from Palestine May, 2007. (9:28)

In 2010, International Solidarity Movement member, Kevin Neish sat in again with Gorilla Radio to talk about his impending return to Gaza with the Viva Palestina’s May sailing of a fleet of ships to Gaza, Palestine to challenge the Israeli blockade of the troubled Gaza Strip. Kevin was to be aboard the Turkish small cruise ship, Mavi Marmara which Israeli commandos would later attack, killing ten of the unarmed activists.

20:00 Kevin Neish May 2010 (13:00)

The horrors of Israel’s full-scale military attacks against the civilian population of Gaza – its so-named “operations” Cast Lead over Christmas in 2008, Pillar of Defense in 2012, and 2014’s Protective Edge killed thousands and destroyed “tens of thousands of homes, schools and office buildings” as noted by Al Jazeera. But worse was to come with the slaughter of the Great March of Return in 2018, where unarmed civilians in their hundreds were killed by Israeli snipers, with thousands more maimed.
Outrage manifested on the streets in cities and towns around the World. In April I went down to the demonstrations in Victoria. Here’s some of the streeters I did then with locals: Larry Hannant, Terry Wolfwood.

36:10 Streeters w/ Larry Hannant, Terry Wolfwood CAIA March of Return Demo April 2018 (8:20)

All that we’ve seen in these last twenty-two years has led to the Genocide Israel is committing at this moment. The failure of the United Nations and the international community of nations to stop the violence of the United States and its allies has allowed this happen. The next manifestion of that impunity, it can be safely assumed, will be more terrible still…
Canadian doctor, Tarek Loubani was in Gaza in 2018, tending to the wounded at the Great March of Return when he was shot through both legs.

In 2023, Canadian doctors are under attack again for their support of Palestinian rights and lives, this time here at home by the press, their employers, and the government; even as hospitals and clinics are bombed, and doctors and medics are assassinated at work and in their homes in Gaza.

I spoke to Tarek last in December about the ongoing genocide. Exerpted here, we discuss the targeting of Gaza’s doctors.

45:38 Tarek Loubani The Genocide December 2023 (13:00)

Dr. Tarek Loubani… Over the Christmas period, Israeli rhetoric has become hysterical, its indiscriminate and targeted bombing campaigns increased. Daily hundreds are killed, while more of Gaza’s infrastructure is destroyed. In the West Bank, gangs of settlers, aided by police and the army are committing crimes worthy of Kristallnacht. It all promises this New Year will be anything but happy.

David Rovics takes us out. Go to his website DavidRovics.com to support his long service to humanity.

58:50 David Rovics Just Like the Nazis Did

 

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 December 27, 2023

Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded December 27, 2023

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The latest manifestation of Israel’s murderous, self-declared war against the Palestinian people taking place these past months in Gaza, and increasingly across the West Bank, has also spread offshore. Yemen’s Ansar Allah, or Houthi movement is waging a war on Israeli shipping in the Red Sea in an effort to relieve the brutal embargo Israel is levying against Gaza.

A recent Houthi statement says, “If Gaza does not receive the food and medicine it needs, all ships in the Red Sea bound for Israeli ports, regardless of their nationality, will become a target for our armed forces.” Those vital supplies have so far been denied the two and half million people currently being bombed, and the Houthis have been as good as their word.

What has resulted is a growing crowd of armed international actors floating around the Bab-al-Mandeb straits in both the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, with more promised to come.

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’.

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/

Ape Goes to Victoria Gaza Solidarity March and Rally December 23, 2023

Went down to the latest demonstration of the people’s disgust with our Canadian government’s inaction in the face of the atrocity Israel is perpetrating in Gaza and the West Bank of Palestine.

The stories of those heinous crimes against humanity are too numerous to account for here, but there will be a time and place to hear them all, and for justice to be levied, one hopes.

https://www.dci-palestine.org/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Yousef M. Aljamal, Tarek Loubani December 20, 2023

Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded December 20, 2023

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Seventy-five days and nights of bombs, rockets, and bullets in Gaza has killed, maimed, and made homeless hundreds of thousands. And, the numbers keep growing; relentless as the determination of Israel’s leadership to repeat the great Palestinian disaster, The Nakba. The litany of crimes committed against the civilian population is too long to provide a proper reckoning – for now – but it’s vital we watching from afar recognize: The cold data presented by media are abstractions designed to deaden us to the horror of what’s happening. The children daily murdered by Israel in Gaza, and increasingly in the West Bank, are yours and mine and ours; not line items without humanity to be tallied in a grotesque, macabre accountancy.

Refaat Alareer was killed by Israel two weeks ago. He was, among other things, a co-founder in 2014 of We Are Not Numbers, an organization dedicated to telling the stories of the lives of Palestinians killed by Israel.

Yousef M. Aljamal is a Palestinian author and scholar. He was a student of Refaat, and collaborated with him on the renowned anthology, ‘Gaza Writes Back: Short Stories from Young Writers in Gaza, Palestine. He currently lives in Istanbul, from where he has hosted the PalCast podcast since October.

Yousef M. Aljamal in the first half.

And; in addition to assassinating Gaza’s journalists, writers, and poets, part of Israel’s pogrom is too aimed at the more prosaic necessities of life, like healthcare. Since the beginning of the onslaught in October Israel has targeted ambulances, medics, hospitals, and clinics of all description. Its military has also kidnapped doctors, and is now subjecting them to forced-confession interrogations, disseminating those through friendly Western media and on the internet. But this tactic of attacking doctors and medics, ambulances and hospitals is not novel; Israel has long practiced it.

Tarek Loubani is a Canadian/Palestinian doctor who can testify first-hand to that. He was shot through both legs whilst tending to the wounded – wearing his Canadian hospital scrubs – during 2018’s Great March of Return in Gaza. Tarek is a London, Ontario-based doctor and serves as medical director to the Glia Project’s Canada office. Glia seeks to provide medical supplies to impoverished and traumatized locales, one of which being the hospital Tarek worked from in Gaza, al-Shifa.

Tarek Loubani and saving Gaza’s medical practitioners in the second half.

But first, Yousef M. Aljamal and keeping the stories of Palestinian’s alive.

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 Cheese and Clips Show with Chris Cook, Roger Annis, David Swanson, Denis Halliday December 13, 2023

Welcome to Gorilla Radio, rerecorded December 13, 2023

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Whether the season, or perhaps atrocity fatigue, I’ve been snookered for guests this week: Goose-egged just when there’s so much happening, (or just continuing to happen).

So, rather than leave a week unfulfilled, a delve into the GR archives for some seasonally and topically relevant material. And while I’m at it, a housekeeping note: Last months interviews with most-frequently appearing guest, John Helmer proved so popular my Gorilla-Radio website host more than doubled my monthly hosting fee! After many less than seasonally appropriate email exchanges it was made clear, I’m hooped and must pay up or shut down. To avoid this in the future, I’ll be posting links to shows to the Gorilla Radio Substack page, where I won’t go broke doing the work of the lord, (as one kind soul recently remarked). And, if any of you are so inspired, Substack provides a way to show your appreciation pecuniarily too!

Now; back in 2018, the United States was fully involved in the “civil war” in Syria. The war America began there in 2011, much as would happen in Ukraine three years later, led to a disastrous and protracted internecine conflict causing the death and displacement of tens of thousands and the ruination of cities and towns across both countries.

I talked to Roger about the Empire’s efforts in Syria in September of 2018. Annis is a longtime socialist and trade union activist. He’s a prolific essayist, whose website, A Socialist in Canada covers a broad swath of topics and issues from a social justice and peace perspective. He’s followed western regime change efforts in Ukraine, Venezuela, and Syria and contends, when it comes to foreign affairs, whether Trudeau, or Trump, May or Macron, the policies are indistinguishable.

The representative of Genocidal USA casts a veto against a ceasefire resolution for Gaza at the UN Security Council on Dec 8, 2023

Roger Annis in the first segment.

And; also from that September 13, 2018 program, David Swanson. Driving force behind World Beyond War, Swanson is still pushing for peace and justice in the face of global militarism’s zenith. Here’s how I introduced David then:

And; those following the career of Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor, John Bolton will be unsurprised by his recent threats against and disparagement of the International Criminal Court. But the vitriol of his attack, with its denial of allowing US soldiers answer for alleged torture and other war crimes committed in Afghanistan, and denunciation of efforts by Palestine to get the ICC to indict Israel for its crimes against civilians is instructive; touching as it does the rawest of the New American Century’s nerves, exceptionalism.

David Swanson is a peace and political justice activist, journalist, radio host, and author. He’s also director of WorldBeyondWar.org whose annual confab Designing a World Beyond War: Legalizing Peace kicks off this week in Toronto. David’s book titles include: ‘War No More: The Case for Abolition,’ ‘When the World Outlawed War,’ ‘War Is a Lie,’ and ‘The Military Industrial complex at 50’ among others.

You can find out more at: #NoWar2018. David also blogs at Let’s Try Democracy (DavidSwanson.org), WarIsACrime.org, and hosts the public affairs program, Talk Nation Radio.

David Swanson and designing a World beyond war in the second segment.

And; way, way back in September of 2000, before 9/11, before Iraq War II I spoke with Former UN Assistant Secretary-General and resigned Head of the UN Oil for Food Programme in Iraq, Denis Halliday on the continuation of a policy he described as genocidal.

Denis Halliday and the failures by design of the United Nations’ Iraq aid program in the final segment.

Ape Goes to Victoria Gaza Solidarity Rally and March December 3, 2023

The locals were out in force again this Sunday. Between 400-500 Victorians came out to express their outrage and disgust at both the actions of Israel and inaction of the Canadian government to do anything to stop the Gaza genocide underway.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dimitri Lascaris, John Helmer December 3, 2023

Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded December 2nd and 3rd, 2023.

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On November 16th, Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau received a “notice of intention to seek prosecution by the International Criminal Court”. Trudeau is one of four Canadian government officials cited in the notice for their complicity in war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the state of Israel since the commencement of its bombardment of Gaza on October 7th.

The notice, issued by the UK-based, International Centre of Justice for Palestinians and acted upon by its Canadian associates in the Legal Working Group for Canadian Accountability under the principles of Universal Jurisdiction is supported, the ICJP maintains by, “…Canada’s support of Israel’s armed forces where there is demonstrable evidence that international crimes may have already been committed, and when there is clear evidence that further crimes against civilians will imminently be perpetrated.

Dimitri Lascaris is a Montreal-based activist, journalist, and lawyer. He served as Justice Critic in the Shadow Cabinet of the Green Party of Canada and likewise for the Green Party of Quebec. Dimitri’s interviews for TRNN are available at TheRealNews.com, and his articles appear at various sites online, including his website, DimitriLascaris.org.

Dimitri Lascaris in the first half.

And; in addition to the war crimes being committed in Gaza by Israel, as noted by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk; namely, “The collective punishment by Israel of Palestinian civilians… [and] … unlawful forcible evacuation of civilians.” there is too the matter of the material manner in which Israel’s crimes are being committed. Specifically, the “materiel” allegedly being used by its military, that in themselves constitute crimes.

Israel has proven its willingness to use internationally banned weapons like white phosphorous in Gaza in past attacks – and photographic evidence reveals it is doing so now – but what of the generationally destructive depleted uranium?

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 latest article at Dances with Bears is, ‘BIOCHEMICAL WEAPON FOR RACE WAR — URANIUM WARHEAD POISONING IS THE SPECIALTY OF U.S. AGAINST RUSSIANS, ISRAEL AGAINST PALESTINIANS‘.

John Helmer and is Israel waging an everlasting genotoxic war against Palestine? in the second half.

But first, Dimitri Lascaris and seeking justice for Canada’s role aiding and abetting the crime of the century in Gaza.

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, Joan Russow November 29, 2023

Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded November 29th, 2023

Following fifty days of Israel’s scorched earth attacks against Gaza a four day “pause” was brokered into being. As much as allowing humanitarian relief to the people of Gaza, the temporary respite in aerial and artillery bombing is meant too to interrupt the growing and increasingly adamant demonstrations of outrage around the World – most importantly within Western countries still unanimously supporting Israel despite the carnage.
Meanwhile, in an unmistakable sign of cynicism, Israel’s military is taking as many new prisoner hostages in West Bank home raids as it releases in exchange for its citizens captured October 7th.

Dan Kovalik is 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’, and his latest, ‘The Case for Palestine: Why It Matters and Why You Should Care‘.

Dan Kovalik in the first half.

And; The 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference or Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC, or COP 28 is ready to get underway tomorrow, November 30th. The two-week confab conference is hosted this year in Dubai, one of the Arab Gulf States’ fossil-fuel superpowers. That fact is not lost on critics, who already charge plans to allow oil companies into the meetings effectively makes The COPs less an environmental emergency meeting than oil dealers’ bazaar.

Dr. Joan Russow is former leader of the Green Party of Canada who since stepping down from the Greens has spent her time keeping the United Nations’ feet to fire as a reporter, and filmmaker recording past climate change conferences. She’s also producer of the film, ‘Cooperatives: Counterpoint to Capitalism’, and has served as the editor and driving force behind Peace Earth and Justice News, aka PEJNews.

Joan Russow and is COP 28 the Conference of the Parties’ shark-jumping moment in the second half.

But first, Dan Kovalik making the Case for Palestine.

Song: Humanitarian Pause

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/

Ape Goes to Victoria Gaza Solidarity Rally and March November 26th, 2023

Went down to the Legislature here in Victoria to join the roughly 500-600 Victorians concerned enough about the slaughter in Gaza to brave the chill.

 

Gorilla Radio with Kathy Kelly, Victoria Gaza Solidarity Rally & March November 22, 2023

Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded November 22nd, 2023

This assault being waged against human decency in Palestine is a test; a test to gauge how much atrocity we watching will countenance. What we’ve allowed befall others in Yugoslavia, and Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Ukraine, and elsewhere has metastasized, becoming finally the full-blown horror of Gaza. And it’s a horror that will, if we allow it continue over there, in due course return to be visited upon us as well.
So, why is it allowed time and again? And, who profits this belittlement of humanity?

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. Kathy’s book titles include, ‘Prisoners on Purpose: a Peacemakers Guide to Jails and Prison,’ and ‘Other Lands Have Dreams: from Baghdad to Pekin Prison.’

These days she’s serving as Board President at World BEYOND War, where among other things, she’s been busy co-coordinating the November 2023 Merchants of Death War Crimes Tribunal. The Tribunal launched Sunday, November 12, with the first segment examining the wanton and repeated criminality of the destruction of Gaza.

Kathy Kelly in the first half.

And; for the last six weeks, millions have gathered in cities and towns across the World to express their collective outrage at what is happening right now in Palestine, and in an effort to pressure their respective governments to demand Israel stop its indefensible destruction of Gaza and its people. Victoria, British Columbia is no different, where every week since Israel’s onslaught began citizens have come to the Legislative Buildings, seat of the provincial government, to raise their voices against the statuary and granite facades in hopes of moving their representatives.

Soundscapes from the Palestine solidarity manifestations in the second half.

But first, Kathy Kelly and trying the profiteers at 2023’s Merchants of Death War Crimes Tribunal.

Song: Nails in the Wall

Artist: Speedy J. – Kait Gray

From Grant Wakefield’s, The Fire This Time, 2002.

Photograph: Munition workers painting shells at the National Shell Filling Factory No.6, Chilwell, Nottinghamshire in 1917. This was one of the largest shell factories in the country, circa 1917. Photo by Horace Nicholls, Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Photograph: https://www.instagram.com/khaledbeydoun/p/CzG4c2tATXn/

 

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/

Ape Goes to the Victoria Gaza Solidarity Rally and March November 19th, 2023

Went down again to the manifestation at Victoria’s Legislature Buildings to show solidarity with the people in Gaza suffering the outrages of the Israeli military.

Canada as yet, with thousands of civilians killed outright by bombing, and many more in danger of perishing through disease and exposure, remains mute to the necessity of an immediate cessation of hostilities. It is not alone in that, to the shame of the nations of the West, who would claim to represent “civilization”.