Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Pablo Ouziel, Felix Abt August 6, 2022

Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded August 6th, 2022.

Europeans are experiencing a blow back blast this Summer on multiple fronts. Hellishly hot weather, a financial meltdown, and the nagging persistence of the pandemic with all its attendant social pressures are combined to test the hardiest continentals – and, as warm as it is there now, Winter is coming!

Pablo Ouziel is an associate fellow at the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria and a visiting fellow in the Department Politics and International Relations at the University of Southampton. His book, ‘Democracy Here and Now: The exemplary case of Spain‘ is published by University of Toronto Press and chronicles the birth of the M15 movement against draconian government “austerity” measures, and the rise of authoritarianism there and across the western world. Pablo currently lives outside Barcelona.

Pablo Ouziel in the first half.

And; in these last mad years of pandemics, wars, and climate alarm if we’ve learned anything it is the fragility of institutions many of us once thought solid, if not sacrosanct. Cracks in our societal pillars are clear, there for all to see, despite the establishment’s best efforts to paper over the fissures. Part of the media effort to convince us our system is sound and “the greatest ever” is the necessary denigration of those others in places like Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Syria, Iran, Russia, China, and of course North Korea.

Swiss author Felix Abt describes himself as a “politically neutral businessman…not sharing the typical partisan views about North Korea“. After living and working in the country he says he can “contribute to a more objective view of a country he knows much better than the journalists and bloggers writing about it“. Former CIA whistleblower, John Kiriakou says of Abt’s second book, ‘A Land of Prison Camps, Starving Slaves and Nuclear Bombs?‘, “Finally, the truth about North Korea… [revealing] …the caricature we’re fed by the western media simply isn’t true.

Felix Abt and a capitalist’s story of life in the “Hermit Kingdom” in the second half.

But first, Pablo Ouziel and Europe’s Summer of reckoning.

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, Marjorie Cohn January 11, 2021

Welcome back to Gorilla Radio’s Home Edition recorded on this date, January 11th, 2021.

An astonishing week past in the United States ensured, if nothing else Donald Trump’s place in history is guaranteed. Democratic legislators have promised impeachment should the president not resign “imminently” rather than finish out the nine days left in his term; while others are calling for the invocation of the 25th amendment to have Mr. Trump forcibly removed. Either way, America finishes in 2021 where it began four years ago; a divided nation fighting over the legitimacy of its new leader.

Marjorie Cohn is professor emerita of law at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego. A past president of the National Lawyers Guild, Cohn currently serves on the Bureau of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, and writes, lectures, and provides legal clarity to local, national, and international media outlets when invited to do so. Her book titles include: ‘Drones and Targeted Killing’, ‘The United States and Torture’, and ‘Rules of Disengagement’.

Early in her career she worked with the International Association of Democratic Lawyers and participated in delegations to Cuba, Russia, and Yugoslavia.

Her writing can be found at her website, MarjorieCohn.com, and for more than two decades at Truthout.org, where her series, Human Rights, Global Wrongs chronicling the abuse of both people and the legal process has appeared since, 2014.

Today, Marjorie Cohn on the crisis of faith in American democracy and prospects of a second Trump impeachment.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: https://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/