Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dan Kovalik, Aidan Jonah August 20, 2022

Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded August 20th, 2022

Colombia inaugurated Gustavo Petro earlier this month. The election was close fought, the results indicating a near even divide between the Pacto Histórico candidate and his right-wing opposition, who split the vote between them, allowing Petro’s victory. But, whether loved or loathed what’s certain is, Colombia’s first ever leftist president has made history, and could bring “historic change” to South America’s most troubled nation. At least so says my first guest, who’s recently returned from attending the August 7th inauguration ceremonies in Bogota.

Dan Kovalik is a lawyer, educator, labour, peace, and justice activist, democracy defender, journalist, author, and filmmaker. Dan’s observed elections in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Colombia – where he witnessed the 2016 peace plebiscite promising an end to the generational war there. Kovalik’s 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, Russia, (and to control the World entirely) and his latest is, ‘No More War: How the West Violates International Law by Using ‘Humanitarian’ Intervention to Advance Economic and Strategic Interest.’ His recent article, ‘Colombia’s First Leftist President Will Bring Historic Change, If the US Lets Him’ is a sign post at Colombia’s political crossroad.

Dan Kovalik in the first half.

And; it’s no surprise Canada’s foreign policy is aligned with the United States on Ukraine, Russia, Iran, China, and Latin America; successive federal governments have always got along by going along with our behemoth neigbour south, but it would shock many Canadians to learn the degree to which their political system has been infiltrated, and the mechanisms used to deliver the nation’s decision-making into foreign hands.

Aidan Jonah is the Editor-in-Chief of The Canada Files, a socialist, anti-imperialist news site covering Canadian imperialism, federal politics, and left-wing resistance to colonialism across the world. Jonah has broken numerous stories, including how the Canadian Armed Forces trained neo-Nazi “journalist” Roman Protasevich while he was with the Azov Battalion, and how a CIA front group funded the group which drove the so-called “Uyghur genocide” vote in parliament.

Aidan Jonah and just when did the CIA start pulling Canada’s strings? in the second half.

But first, Dan Kovalik and Colombia’s gamble on sovereignty with leftist, Gustavo Petro.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing since 1998; in Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: cfuv.ca.  Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.com/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Ken Boon September 29, 2020

Welcome again to Gorilla Radio’s continuing efforts, NOT broadcast live from CFUV Radio in the basement of the Student Union Building at the University of Victoria, but emanating live-to-tape via skype from our home-based … studios on this date, September 29th, 2020.

The government of British Columbia was warned before re-energizing the long-moribund Site C dam plan it was a Frankenstein in the making. Indeed, the tales of disaster to come should that Great White Elephant be roused rang across generations, but hubris and arrogance ruled the day. BC Liberal Premier, Christy Clark promised her legacy project would be realized come Hell and high water.

And so it was begun.

But back in 2017, John Horgan took office and changed course, supporting  the project he had opposed before the people and before the polls. Now, as another election approaches, the elephant is circling a watery gyre, spiraling tax dollars down its funnel, and looking not so much a modern, Green energy marvel as magnificent, old-time crapper.

Ken Boon is a Peace Valley farmer and president of the Peace Valley Landowners Association. Ken and his family have lived at the heart of the resistance to the Site C dam project from the beginning, and have remained long enough to see some of their worst fears realized.

Today, Ken Boon and John Horgan’s bottomless Site C money binny.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Garth Mullins September 22, 2020

Welcome back to Gorilla Radio’s continuing efforts, NOT broadcast live from CFUV Radio in the basement of the Student Union Building at the University of Victoria, but emanating live-to-tape via Skype from our home-based … studios on this date, September 22, 2020.

The provincial NDP government announced a snap-election Monday, three years into their minority mandate. Premier Horgan said one of the reasons for the early call was his party’s failure to get the BC Greens to go along with Bill 22, or the Mental Health Amendment Act, 2020. The Act provides for the involuntary detention of youth presenting to hospital emergency rooms for toxic poisoning, (among other things) something BC Greens MLA Adam Olsen says might benefit some, but he believes, “the unintended consequences of the bill also pose significant risk to young people, Indigenous youth in particular.”

Garth Mullins is a Vancouver-based activist, writer, broadcaster. Mullins is too a trade unionist, community organizer, recipient of the Carole Geller Human Rights Award, and guitarist and singer with the bands, Legally Blind, Work to Rule, and the Lumpin Proletariat. He’s also the principal behind the mic of CRACKDOWN, the podcast that is, “The Drug War, Covered by Drug Users as War Correspondents.”

Today, Garth Mullins on CRACKDOWN, Covid, and life in a time of craven political opportunism.