Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Jon Elmer, Terry Wolfwood, Janine Bandcroft August 2nd, 2018

Over the weekend, Israel’s military boarded and seized the Gaza Freedom Flotilla vessel, Al Awda, arresting its crew and confiscating its cargo of medical supplies bound for besieged Gaza.

Injuries are reported, but nothing like the murderous assault suffered by the Turkish flagged, Mavi Marmara, engaged in a similar attempt at penetrating Israel’s naval blockade in 2010.

Then, ten of the activist aboard were murdered by commandos. I spoke to Canadian photo-journalist, Jon Elmer the day of the Mavi Marmara attack; he was in the West Bank.

Jon Elmer in the first half.

And; George Orwell famously described the battle for a remembering of crimes committed by society’s overlords as the Memory War. Today, the reality of wars occurring around the planet seem too removed from the consciousness of the World’s most powerful and belligerent nations to illicit the universal outrage and action required of their citizens to end them. We have it seems lost the memory war, and perhaps too surrendered our collective conscience.

This week coming offers another chance; it marks the annual remembrance of the 1945 atomic destruction of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Women in Black will hold their annual vigil in remembrance of Hiroshima-Nagasaki this Tuesday, August 7 at high noon below the tourist information office across from the Empress Hotel.

Terry Wolfwood is Director and co-founder of the Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation, and a writer, photographer, and long-time activist who has traveled from the highlands of Mexico to the gates of Gaza and beyond in pursuit of peace, social justice, and women’s rights. Her articles have appeared at Briarpatch, Peace News, and Third World Resurgence among other places, and she’s the local coordinator for Victoria’s Women in Black.

Terry Wolfwood and the power of remembering in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to get up to in and around our town for the coming week.

But first, Jon Elmer and the deadly 2010 taking of the humanitarian relief ship, Mavi Marmara.

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.uvic.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/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Gregory Shupak, Site C Action & Accountability, Janine Bandcroft July 12th, 2018

Israel announced Monday it will seal the Kerem Shalom commercial border crossing between Gaza and Egypt. This means Gazans, already suffering a health emergency due to the dozen years-long siege of the refugee enclave, will be subject to even greater privations. Israel’s actions fly in the face of World opinion, and repeated rulings by the United Nations, who released a report last year saying conditions in Gaza are degrading at a rate to make the Strip “unlivable” by 2020.

Benjamin Netanyahu’s proclamation comes following four months of weekly Palestinian protest at the barbed wire and earthen berm barrier near Khan Younis, where Israel has responded with a live bullet, open fire policy killing so far more than a hundred and fifty people, (including children, medics, and journalists) and maiming thousands.

The Israeli prime minister said the Kerem Shalom closure was part of a promise to redouble his efforts to “deal with Hamas with a heavier hand.”

Professor Gregory Shupak is an educator, author, and essayist. Holding a doctorate in Literary Studies, Greg teaches Media Studies at the University of Guelph in Toronto. His analyses of politics and media appear across a variety of outlets online, including: Jacobin Magazine, Electronic Intifada, In These Times, Middle East Eye, TeleSUR, and at Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting among other places.

His first book, ‘The Wrong Story: Palestine, Israel, and the Media‘ is newly released by OR books, who say it, “[L]ays bare the flaws in the way large media organizations present the Palestine–Israel issue… [revealing] …major fallacies in the fundamental conceptions that underpin their coverage…”

Greg Shupak in the first half.

And; as British Columbia’s Site C Dam project bungles along, critics who fought against it, and who’s hopes the incoming government would kill it were cruelly dashed by John Horgan’s NDP, have not yet begun to give up fighting. They are legion, and their arguments against Site C cite its environmental, economic, constitutional, and geological failures.

Site C Action & Accountability for a dam site too far in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Greg Shupak and getting the Wrong Story on Palestine right.

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.uvic.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/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Eva Bartlett, Deer Safe Victoria, Janine Bandcroft Nov. 25th, 2013

To say Gaza City and the Gaza Strip, that thin slice of remnant Palestine walled on three sides by Israel and Egypt, patrolled with deadly seriousness from the sea, and whose airspace is entirely controlled by Israel’s air force, is in crisis is labouring the obvious.

Targeted by a ruthless campaign of managed starvation by Israel, the so-called “Gaza Diet” has ensured an entire generation of children will be stunted physically and intellectually, while deliberate and repeated attacks by Israel’s military guarantee emotional trauma.

But, things in Gaza have taken a dramatic turn for the worse since political turmoil in neighbouring Egypt closed the Rafah border, and the military Junta there began a program of systematic destruction of the tunnels that had supplied Gaza with the necessities of life Israel’s illegal embargo routinely denies.

Eva Bartlett landed in Gaza with one of the only Gaza Boats able to break Israel’s blockade in 2008. She stayed on with the International Solidarity Movement, or ISM, as an accompanier in time to suffer the horrific Cast Lead bombardment, and to bear witness daily to Gazans’ tribulations in their homes and streets, in the farmers’ fields, and on the fishers’ boats, subject to the caprices of Israel’s naval forces. Eva will be speaking here this Wednesday November 27th at the University of Victoria as part of ‘Gaza in Crisis: Eyewitness Reports’.

Eva Bartlett in the first half.

And; Oak Bay council recently decided to launch an “experimental” deer culling program aimed at “controlling” urban deer. Predictably, the decision is controversial, and one group opposed to the scheme held demonstrations in Oak Bay over the weekend. DeerSafeVictoria says the cull plan is cruel, and will ultimately prove ineffective. I went down to the demonstration to talk to some of the people involved.

Deer hunting behind the tweed curtain in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what’s good to do in and around our city’s streets, and beyond too.

But first, Eva Bartlett and an escalating crisis in Gaza.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.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/

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Ken O’Keefe, Kevin Neish, Erik Andersen, Janine Bandcroft July 5, 2010

This week: Ken O’Keefe is an ecology and human rights defender, environmental entrepreneur, and dedicated direct activist. Ken is a former member of the United States Marine Corps, who renounced his American citizenship in protest of his country’s policies.

He was also aboard the Mavi Marmara when it was attacked in the pre-dawn hours of May 31st, 2010. Ken was arrested, along with the roughly seven hundred human rights activists on the Mavi Marmara, charged, incarcerated, and brutalized while in Israeli custody.

Ken O’Keefe with Kevin Neish in the first half.

British Columbia and Ontario awoke Canada Day with the government’s hand sunk deeper into their pockets. Yes, the Harmonized Sales Tax, or HST, went into effect July 1st. It’s a tax hike for the majority of us, even as government services decline, or are cut entirely.

Erik Andersen is retired economist who has remained active in his retirement watching the squander of our money perpetrated by the government of Canada’s shadowy tax Czars.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us newz from Victoria’s street and beyond.

All this and more today; but first Ken O’Keefe and maintaining pressure on Israel’s illegal siege of Gaza.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com.

You can check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com