Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Nick Mottern, Mickey Z. June 7, 2023

Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded June 7th, 2023

It’s a beautiful June 6th as I write, and that makes it a good reason – if another was needed – to leave the teevee off tonight. For today is one of the War State’s High Holidays, and the Death Cult will celebrate, blasting out its myriad memes of glory for the 79 year-old, U.S.-led invasion of Nazi-occupied France over as many channels as it can muster. But some may find World War II sagas a trifle anti-climactic, as its sequel roils the nightly news, moving from storm to tempest, and prompting the weary observation, “What’s past is prologue.”

Nick Mottern is a journalist, author, and co-coordinator with Kathy Kelly of BanKillerDrones.org, an organization founded to “inform the American public about the illegality, immorality and dreadful human consequences of U.S. drone attacks…” .

Ban Killer Drones are calling for Ukraine and Russia to honour a moratorium proposed on the use of drones by numerous peace groups taking part this weekend at the International Summit for Peace in Ukraine.

Nick Mottern in the first half.

And; whenever the question of peace, or even an end to war is broached, invariably the Nazi qualifier is raised: “But what about Hitler? Aren’t there instances where good wars are necessary to defeat the forces of evil?”

If ever was a loaded concept…!

Mickey Z. is the author of Post-Woke, a weekly podcast emanating from his native New York City. He is too a past lecturer and political activist, current martial artist and physical trainer, author of a dozen books, and most importantly perhaps, a sensei in “the art of intellectual self-defense”.
A big part of that self-defense is discerning friend from foe, and knowing when you’re being led down the garden path. Mickey’s recent piece at PostWoke, ‘D-Day = Disinformation Day’ is the perfect primer to keep you out of the tangled weeds that are the Good War narrative.

Mickey Z. in the second half

But first, Nick Mottern and the fight to ban killer drones travels to Vienna for the International Summit for Peace in Ukraine.

Song: Ears to Hear

Artist: Alicen Grey, When Humans Had Wings – from the album “Run Rabbit, Run!


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, Diana Johnstone, Mickey Z. August 13, 2022

Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded August 13th, 2022

In early August the ‘Western Balkans Democracy and Prosperity Act’ was read into the record of the US Congress. Democratic Senator, Jeanne Shaheen introduced the bipartisan draft law, (and a second regarding sanctions as laid out in the Dayton Accords) saying the initiative was necessary because, “Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intentions to spread malignant influence throughout Eastern Europe are evident.” Shaheen also says the Act, if passed “…[P]aves the way for wider Euro-Atlantic integrations.” among other things.

More seasoned listeners may better recognize those “Western Balkans” as elements of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, (and Albania) collapsed in the 1990’s, and it’s largest remnant Serbia subsequently bombed into further balkanization by NATO in the so-named “Kosovo War” at the end of the last century.

Diana Johnstone is an author, former press secretary to the Green Group in the European Parliament, and journalist whose writings on Yugoslavia received recognition from Project Censored among others. Her books include ‘ From MAD to Madness: Inside Pentagon Nuclear War Planning,’ ‘Circle in the Darkness: Memoirs of a World Watcher,’ and ‘Fools’ Crusade: Yugoslavia, NATO and Western Delusion.’ Diana’s articles can be found at ConsortiumNews.com.

Diana Johnstone in the first half.

And; with the cooler evening’s promise of a change of season coming, I find myself thinking of the cycles of time; everything changing while remaining, in a sense, the same. If that sounds a little more mystic than the usual prattle here, chalk it up to the weather. As the wheel of fortune would have it, it’s been eight years to the day since I spoke last with my second guest – and in that time a lot has changed for both of us – and much too has remained the same.

Mickey Z. is a New York City born and bred activist, author, lecturer and martial artist who has the only-one-in-the-world distinction of having appeared in both a political anthology alongside Noam Chomsky, and featured in a Billy Banks karate film. Mickey Z.’s book titles include: ‘Darker Shade of Green,’ ‘Self-Defense for Radicals: A to Z Guide for Subversive Struggle,’ ‘CPR for Dummies,’ 50 American Revolutions You’re Not Supposed to Know: Reclaiming American Patriotism,’ ‘The Seven Deadly Spins: Exposing the Lies Behind War Propaganda,’ ‘Occupy This Book: Mickey Z. on Activism,’ and his latest, ‘Occupy These Photos: NYC Activism Through a Radical Lens.’ Mickey’s newsletter and podcast can be found these days at his SubStack.com site, Post-Woke.

Mickey Z. and learning the “art of intellectual self-defense” in the second half.

But first, Diana Johnstone and NATO’s Fools’ Crusade reprised in the Western Balkans.

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/

Song: Smoke and Mirrors
Artist: When Humans Had Wings

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