Joined again some 250-300 Victorians at The Legislative Buildings, seat of provincial power in B.C., to express our shock, outrage, and dismay at Canada’s disgraceful abrogation of its duties under international law and on the most basic humanitarian level during this premeditated genocide in Gaza.
Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded February 17th and 21st, 2024
Despite his death in prison yesterday, Russian “democracy activist”, Alexei Navalny will continue to serve his Western masters in their effort to unseat Vladimir Putin’s government. Since the news broke, the Free Press has inundated the cybersphere, airwaves, and teevees of Europe and America with extollations of the man’s courage and journalistic integrity with testimonials coming from them in high places; those same silent on the bitter fate of Julian Assange, long dying but not dead yet in a British dungeon.
Would it be too soon unkind to remind, Navalny cosseted neo-fascists; was a performative if not demonstrable racist, and an asset of the CIA and MI6? Yes, the only thing worse than living in prison perhaps is dying there, and few deserve that, so rest in peace Alexei, if you can find it.
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 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’. Helmer has also written voluminously on Navalny; his activities, methods, goals and sponsors.
John Helmer in the first half.
And; Canadians largely still believe, despite clear and present evidence of complicity in coups, occupations, and conspiracies to profit from the misery foisted upon anonymous others in foreign lands, that “we” constitute a force for good in the world.
This is perhaps nowhere more evident than in Palestine, where successive Canadian governments maintain vociferous and bipartisan support of the state of Israel, even while paying lip service to the unmet humanitarian needs of the captive populations of Gaza, Jerusalem, and the West Bank.
Mazin Al Nahawi is a Palestinian refugee from Safad, occupied Palestine. He’s a graduate of the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts – Criticism Department, Damascus, Syria where he too studied Arab Linguistics, Mazin now lives here in Victoria, land that is the traditional territory of the Lkwungen, Esquimalt, and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples.
Mazin Al Nahawi and the fight for Palestine on two home fronts in the second half.
But first, John Helmer and the use of Alexei Navalny in life, and afterwords.
Song: Once the Last Palestinian’s Killed
Artist: David Rovics
Joined about 300 Victorians demonstrating support for Gaza and Palestine in the face of ongoing Israeli atrocity.
Joined about 350 Victorians expressing their outrage for the continuing slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza.
Between 300 and 400 Victorians came out to express solidarity for Palestine and disgust and dismay at the Canadian government’s acquiescence to the Israeli and American strategy of attacking the UNRWA and aid to the Gaza Strip in the wake of the International Court of Justice ruling against the genocide.
Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded January 24th, 2024
Monday Canada’s military aided in the bombing of Yemen. The Department of National Defence says Canada and a coalition of like-minded nations “support” the Anglo-American bombing of the country the CIA World Factbook says suffers, “massive poverty, food insecurity, unemployment [and] high inflation“. Yemen is also one of the poorest places on the planet, and has been victim to a long-running regime-change campaign sponsored by the same Anglo-American Axis powers now bombing it. All factors making it a sterling candidate for Canadian political – and military – meddling.
According to my first guest, Canada has contributed to the undermining and overthrowing of more than twenty separate national governments since the middle of the last century; all of them in countries that dared declare political and economic sovereignty.
Yves Engler is a Montreal-based political activist and the author of twelve books, mostly detailing the dark dealings of Canada’s foreign policy elite. Make that thirteen titles as of next week, when Baraka Books releases Yves latest, co-authored with Owen Schalk, ‘Canada’s Long Fight Against Democracy‘. Yves is also a prolific essayist, whose writing appears across the internet and at his website, YvesEngler.com where his most recent piece, ‘When ‘leftists’ use ‘antisemitism’ smears to weaken Palestinian solidarity’ is featured.
Yves Engler in the first half.
And; on January 7th, Ecuadorian gang boss, Adolfo Macías escaped from prison, embarrassing the recently elected “tough on crime” president, Daniel Noboa. Since then, para-military raids and assassinations of public figures – one notably killed on live television – have ping-ponged, marking an escalation of violence that at first paralyzed, and continues to terrorize the South American nation.
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 the chaotic descent of Latin America’s once “most peaceful” nation in the second half.
But first, Yves Engler and Canada’s regime-change cowboys high in the saddle over Yemen.
Song: Once the Last Palestinian’s Killed
Artist: David Rovics
Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded Jan. 17th, 2024
January 11th marks the first anniversary of the arrest of the “Santa Marta 5” in El Salvador. Known as “The Water Defenders”, the five were instrumental in bringing about a 2017 national ban on mining in the country. But now political winds have shifted, with current office-holders eager to reverse the ban. Part of that determination apparently includes using the courts to neutralize inconvenient impediments.
Over the past week transnational environmental and social justice organizations mobilized in defense of the five men, manifesting demonstrations in Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, and Washington, DC. Press conferences were called, letter campaigns launched, and “State of Deception“, an exhaustive report on the findings of an international delegation investigating the charges was released.
Pedro Cabezas took part in the virtual press conference, along with John Cavanagh and others. Pedro is coordinator of the Central American Alliance on Mining, ACAFREMIN; while John, as well as being a past UN economist, is currently a Senior Advisor at the DC-based Institute of Policy Studies. Both are co-authors of The Water Defenders report, ‘State of Deception: A fact-finding report on El Salvador’s detained water defenders, the potential return of environmentally destructive mining, and the state of human rights under the Bukele administration’.
John Cavanagh and Pedro Cabezas in the first half.
And; for the last 100 and more days and nights Israel has visited Hell upon the heads of the people of Gaza. That what it is doing is an outrage against humanity is beyond question, and indefensible; and yet the bombing continues. Millions around the World have taken to the streets and public places in their towns and cities – especially those in Western capitals – in efforts to shake support by their respective governments of Israel – if only by omission of censure – for the killing. So far to no avail.
David Rovics is a confessed “Singer/songwriter, writer, anarchist, dad, and lover of life,” (not necessarily in that order). He’s been expressing his outrage in song, as he has done on so many issues for so long. The result is a collection of twenty songs, compiled in the album, ‘Notes from a Holocaust’. He says, “I wrote them to bear witness to the genocide of the Palestinian people that continues by the hour as I publish this album.”
David Rovics and killing war with music in the second half.
But first, John Cavanagh and Pedro Cabezas defending The Santa Marta 5, El Salvador’s Water Defenders.
Songs: ‘If a Song Could Raise an Army’
‘Once the Last Palestinian’s Killed’
Artist: David Rovics
Went down to the BC Legislature Buildings in Victoria to stand in solidarity with 500 and more Victorians expressing their collective outrage at the murderous bombing campaign Israel is conducting in Gaza, and the horrors its settler extremists are visiting upon Palestinians in the West Bank and the Canadian government’s complicity in what is by any metric a genocide.
Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded January 10th, 2024
Approaching 100 days of Israel’s bombing of civilians in Gaza, (and its kidnap and murder campaign in the West Bank) Britain’s newest Foreign Minister, David Cameron says he’s worried Israel may have committed some breaches of international law. Responding to questions from the Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, the former UK PM admitted to “deep concern” over Israel’s methods, but said he was reassured by his government’s legal advisors Israel has exhibited a “…commitment, the capability and the compliance” to international law in Gaza. Though the issue of Israel’s assassination of foreign nationals in neighbouring countries wasn’t broached, that too presumably fails to meet Britain’s threshold for international criminality.
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 Stone in the first half.
And; while Israel’s three months-long martial rampage in Gaza has knocked many other stories of desperation from the news cycle to be fair, Ethiopia’s civil war and the dismal disappointment of the Pretoria agreement for Tigrayans was long-forgotten long before October 7th.
Selamawit Gebremeskel is an Ethiopian emigre who has lived in Canada for nearly thirty years. Now a health care professional in Victoria, she has relatives in Tigray who were caught up in the war the Abiy government waged against its civilians, and are now suffering the peace accord Addis Ababa fails to honour.
Selam and the GVTRRS community invite Victorians to join them February 3rd at the Oddfellows Lodge, down town Victoria, for a special evening titled “Feast to Fight Famine“, a dinner fundraiser focused on delivering much-needed support to Tigrayan families suffering from the post-war famine.
Selamawit Gebremeskel and Ethiopia’s continuing struggle in the second half.
But first, Ken Stone and Israel’s “deeply concerning” behaviour.
Artist: David Rovics
Feast to Fight Famine: Contact us @ email@example.com or call in Victoria, 250 217-9692
Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded January 3rd, 2024
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.
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.
Wounded Child – No Surviving Family
Artist: David Rovics
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.
Welcome to Gorilla Radio’s 2023 Year-Ender show.
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
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.
Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded December 2nd and 3rd, 2023.
Listen at GR’s Substack site here.
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.
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