Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Bo Filter, Caitlyn Vernon*, Vanessa Beeley, Janine Bandcroft October 17, 2019

Turkey’s illegal invasion of Syria last week is the latest fracture in NATO’s fragile facade as World peacekeeper and self-professed desire to “live in peace with all peoples and all governments.” And it’s also a blow to NATO’s origin story of being founded on “the principles of democracy, individual liberty and the rule of law.”

But then few familiar with international realpolitik believed that fable. So, why do nice countries like Denmark and the Netherlands, Iceland and Norway still participate in the alliance? Why does Canada?

Bo Filter is a long-time peace activist, military veteran, and author of the book, ‘The Cause of Wars and Aggression‘. He’s also a co-sponsor of the petition to remove Canada from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Bo Filter in the first half.

And; escalating climate actions around the World have elicited the predictable response from governments owing allegiance to the economic order millions believe threatens the survival of humanity; arrests, and lots of them.

But some countries are more proactive when it comes to fighting environmental rebellion. A 2015 court case revealed Canada’s intelligence services spied on climate activists opposed to the proposed Enbridge Gateway pipeline. Environmental organizations taking part in the investigation of the investigators were forced to agree to gag orders, but that hasn’t set well, so the Sierra Club of BC et al, in partnership with the BC Civil Liberties Association, are “seeking accountability and an end to unconstitutional spying on Canadians” in the courts.

Caitlyn Vernon is Campaigns Director at the Sierra Club. She’s spent years working for climate solutions that will provide green jobs, while keeping fossil fuels “in the ground”. Caitlyn launched the Pull Together initiative, that raised more than a million dollars for Indigenous legal challenges to Enbridge and Kinder Morgan pipeline approvals, and hosts the podcast, ‘Mission Transition: Powering BC’s Clean Energy Economy’. She’s also the author of Nowhere Else on Earth: Standing Tall for the Great Bear Rainforest.

Caitlyn Vernon and making The Protest Papers in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, 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 in the coming week.

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.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/