Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Su Rynard, Pablo Ouziel, Kathy Kelly, Janine Bandcroft October 12, 2017

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com


October 12, 2017 

 

We're living today in Rachel Carson's fabled "tomorrow."

Fifty-five years after her harbinger book, 'Silent Spring' warned of the inevitable end our industrial creation would bring to the natural world around us, the proofs of Carson's prognostications are clear to all but the most obtuse, or willfully blind observors. But even these may notice the silence where birdsong used to be.

Su Rynard is an artist and filmmaker whose work has screened at festivals and in galleries in Canada, the US, and Europe. She's the recipient of numerous awards for her documentaries and received the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize for her debut feature film, Kardia.

 

Listen. Hear.

 

Her recent documentary, The Messenger is an environmental tour de force that like Rachel Carson's work implores we see clearly now what we sacrifice before it disappears entirely.

Su Rynard in the first segment.

And; Catalonia president, and Catalan independence leader Carles Puigdemont addressed parliament Tuesday regarding his party's plans for the future of Spain's restive Catalunya region. Nearly two weeks after the referendum on separation deemed illegal by Madrid overwhelmingly endorsed leaving Spain Puigdemont, who had threatened to unilaterally declare the wealthiest of the country's regions a new nation, backpedaled slightly, "suspending" for an unspecified time his promise to unilaterally declare independence to allow for negotiation.

When, where, what, and with whom he plans to negotiate was not made clear; so for now, Catalonia waits for Madrid. Dr. Pablo Ouziel is a Post-Doctoral fellow here at UVic,whose project in progress is, 'Towards Democratic Responses to the Crisis of Democracy in Spain: Forms of Participatory and Representative Civic Engagement.' He's a Spanish national, and more poignantly, Catalan.

Pablo Ouziel and Catalunya waiting to exhale in the second segment.

And; is it possible to live unaware of our fellows' suffering amid a holocaust? History tells us, not only is it possible, but that ignorance is the necessary condition for a fully-blown human cataclysm to take hold. My third guest asks, how many of us are aware right now of the "terror faced by people in South Sudan, Somalia, northeast Nigeria, northern Kenya and Yemen[?]."

Kathy Kelly is a long-time peace and justice activist, essayist, author, and recipient of numerous awards for her peace service, including multiple nominations for the Nobel Peace prize and many more.

Kelly is co-founder of Voices in the Wilderness and Voices for Creative Nonviolence, co-authored the book, ‘Prisoners on Purpose: a Peacemakers Guide to Jails and Prison,’ and wrote, ‘Other Lands Have Dreams: from Baghdad to Pekin Prison.’ In her latest article, 'Great Hunger' Kelly reveals the current holocaust occurring beneath most of our screens.

Kathy Kelly and allowing the voices of the suffering to speak in the final segment.

And; Victoria activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottomish of the hour with the Left Coast Events bulletin. But first, Su Rynard and hearing The Messenger's song.

 

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live Thursdays, 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and streaming at: cfuv.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/
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Antifa's American Ploy

Antifa in Theory and in Practice

by Diana Johnstone - CounterPunch


October 9, 2017

 

“Fascists are divided into two categories: the fascists and the anti-fascists.”
Ennio Flaiano, Italian writer and co-author
of Federico Fellini’s greatest film scripts.
 

In recent weeks, a totally disoriented left has been widely exhorted to unify around a masked vanguard calling itself Antifa, for anti-fascist.

Hooded and dressed in black, Antifa is essentially a variation of the Black Bloc, familiar for introducing violence into peaceful demonstrations in many countries.

Imported from Europe, the label Antifa sounds more political. It also serves the purpose of stigmatizing those it attacks as “fascists”.

Despite its imported European name, Antifa is basically just another example of America’s steady descent into violence.

 

 

Photo by jcrakow | CC BY 2.0

 

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Pablo Ouziel, Dimitri Lascaris, Janine Bandcroft October 5th, 2017

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com


October 5, 2017

Spain is undergoing a crisis of democracy not seen since the rise of Generalissimo Francisco Franco's fascist regime in the 1930's. Over the weekend a Catalan referendum on separation was conducted, despite being declared illegal by the federal government. Police violence and other attempts to shut down the vote have played very badly abroad, and played right into the hands of regional president, Carles Puigdemont who, rumour has it, will unilaterally declare independence next week.

Dr. Pablo Ouziel is a Post-Doctoral fellow here at UVic,whose project in progress is, 'Towards Democratic Responses to the Crisis of Democracy in Spain: Forms of Participatory and Representative Civic Engagement.' He's a Spanish national, and more poignantly, Catalan.

 

Listen. Hear.

Dr. Pablo Ouziel in the first segment.

And; if any single thing emblemizes our times it is the dizzying pace of change. Just ten days ago the World trembled at the thought of a nuclear conflagration, triggered through the volatile confluence of overblown egomania one the one hand and extreme narcissism on the other. Which of these elementary character flaws describes the leader of America and which North Korea's is both debatable, (one certainly not precluding the other) and a question wiser minds defer pondering. What's certain though is: we're living in mad days indeed.

Dimitri Lascaris is a lawyer, journalist and activist, reporting for The Real News Network. In his recently filed TRNN report, 'Mad Man vs. Rocket Man: North Korea Crisis Hits Fever Pitch' he asks "Can the generals hold the impulsive American president in check?"

Dimitri Lascaris exploring perhaps the planet's most dangerous territory, that space between the ears of Donald Trump, in the second segment.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottomish of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin update. But first, Yves Engler and Jagmeet Singh; new bottle for old wine, or fresh start for a stale third party?

 

 

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/
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Getting The Messenger

The Messenger

by WildWings Nature & Arts Festival


October 3, 2017

This October 12th at 7pm we'll be showing the award-winning documentary film "The Messenger", Su Rynard’s visionary film about our deep-seated connection to songbirds and threat that human activity poses to their survival, at the Nature Centre as a part of the month-long WildWings Nature & Arts Festival.

This is an essential film for anyone who cares about the environment and nature. It's not only an opportunity to see an amazing award-winning film (especially if you missed last year's showing at VIU) but also to talk together about postive local action and ongoing local successes in restoring song bird habitat and song bird recovery.

The Nature Centre film screening will be followed by a Q and A discussion with local naturalists.

 

 

 

 

 


Since its world premiere in 2015 at Toronto’s Hot Docs Film Festival, The Messenger has wowed audiences the world over at more than 30 international film festivals, receiving numerous awards, including The Best Conservation Program from Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, Best of Fest and Best Theatrical Feature, International Wildlife Film Festival plus a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Cinematography in a Feature Documentary and the Ontario Nature’s Carl Nunn Media Impact Award.

 

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Marion Selfridge Peter Lee, Don Goodeve, Janine Bandcroft Sept. 28th, 2017

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook - GorillaRadio.com


September 28, 2017

Overdose deaths in British Columbia are a public health emergency according to provincial health officer, Dr. Perry Kendall. Since Kendall's declaration to that effect in 2016, the number of lives lost has nearly doubled to more than 1400 expected to perish here by year's end.

And for every one of those departed there are friends, family, front-line social workers, and others affected by that loss.

Marion Selfridge is a PhD student in UVic's Social Dimensions of Health program. She's also coordinating the heART space project with an advisory council of street-involved youth. Her dissertation focuses on those youths' use of social media to deal with grief and loss amid this epidemic.

 

Listen. Hear.

 

Marion Selfridge and Rayne Hartshorn in the first segment.

 

And; before the desperate PR operation to inveigle the American public into believing Russia's Evil Emperor, Vladimir Putin was her ultimate presidential campaign opponent, Hillary Clinton and her "crooked" Clinton Foundation was already working furiously to undermine that other Red Menace, China. And, according to my second guest, the fact she failed to gain the White House has not slowed the effort.

Peter Lee is a freelance journalist writing on East and South Asian affairs as they intersect with US global policy. He blogs at the Asian affairs website China Matters, and his China Watch report features at Newsbud.com.

 

Peter Lee and Chuck Hagel's Demise...and James Fanell's Rise...and Australia! in the second segment.

And; full disclosure; as a motorcyclist I feel personally involved when I see another rider injured or killed in a road incident caused by heedless drivers. And, I'm not alone. When fellow rider, Don Goodeve read of Rodger Hargreaves death earlier this month he asked, “What do we need to do to actually change the culture of road users so that traffic accidents like this do not occur?” He decided to organize, putting out the word for riders to gather and demonstrate solidarity by making several passes en masse of the place where Hargreaves died.

 

Don Goodeve and riding to remind in the final segment.

 

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large Janine Bandcroft will be here with the Left Coast Events bulletin at the bottomish of the hour. But first, Marion Selfridge and finding heART space.

 

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/
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Killing History: Burns' "Good" Vietnam War

The Killing of History

by John Pilger  - Consortium News


September 21, 2017

PBS’ “The Vietnam War” may show some of the conflict’s horrors but still soft-pedals the horrific war crimes that America inflicted on Vietnam, fitting with a corporate-dependent documentary project, writes John Pilger.


One of the most hyped “events” of American television, “The Vietnam War,” has started on the PBS network. The directors are Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Acclaimed for his documentaries on the Civil War, the Great Depression and the history of jazz, Burns says of his Vietnam films,

“They will inspire our country to begin to talk and think about the Vietnam War in an entirely new way.”

In a society often bereft of historical memory and in thrall to the propaganda of its “exceptionalism,” Burns’s “entirely new” Vietnam War is presented as an “epic, historic work.”

Its lavish advertising campaign promotes its biggest backer, Bank of America, which in 1971 was burned down by students in Santa Barbara, California, as a symbol of the hated war in Vietnam.

Burns says he is grateful to “the entire Bank of America family” which “has long supported our country’s veterans.” Bank of America was a corporate prop to an invasion that killed perhaps as many as four million Vietnamese and ravaged and poisoned a once bountiful land. More than 58,000 American soldiers were killed, and around the same number are estimated to have taken their own lives.


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Failing to Find Canadian Heroes in Rwanda Tragedy

The Real Rwanda Genocide Story has no Canadian Heroes

by Yves Engler - Dissident Voice


September 21st, 2017

Canadian commentators often claim more Tutsi were killed in the genocide than lived in Rwanda. Since it aligns with Washington, London and Kigali’s interests, as well as liberal nationalist Canadian ideology, the statistical inflation passes with little comment.

A Tyee story last month described the “slaughter of over 800,000 Tutsis in Rwanda” between April–July 1994. An earlier Globe and Mail profile of Roméo Dallaire cited a higher number. It noted, “over the next few months, Hutu activists and militias, supplemented by police officers and military commanders, killed an estimated 800,000 to 1 million Tutsis.”

Even self-declared experts on the subject cite these outlandish statistics.

In the Globe and Mail and Rabble last year Gerald Caplan wrote that, “despite his [Dallaire] best efforts, perhaps a million people of the Tutsi minority were slaughtered in 100 days.”

 

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Social Cleansing in Britain

Social Cleansing and the Destruction of Council Estates Exposed at Screening of ‘Dispossession’ by Endangered New Cross Residents

by Andy Worthington


19.9.17

On Saturday, I went to the New Cross Learning Centre — a community-run former library in New Cross — for a screening of ‘Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle’, a new documentary about Britain’s housing crisis directed by Paul Sng, who is from New Cross (and is the director of ‘Sleaford Mods: Invisible Britain’).

The screening was organised by the residents of the Achilles Street area, whose homes are threatened by Lewisham Council, which wants to knock them all down, and build shiny new replacements.

The area affected runs between New Cross Road and Fordham Park (from south to north), and between Clifton Rise and Pagnell Street (from west to east), and there are 87 homes (with 33 leaseholders), and around 20 businesses (along New Cross Road and down Clifton Rise).

Lewisham Council claims, in its most recent consultation document, from February this year, that “[a]ll current council tenants who wish to stay in the new development will be able to do so with the same rent levels and tenancy conditions that they have today,” and that “[a]ny resident leaseholder who wishes to will be able to remain in home ownership on the new development.”

This sounds reassuring, but the recent history of regeneration projects — both in London and elsewhere in the country — is that councils and developers lie to tenants and leaseholders, to get them to agree to regeneration under terms that are not then honoured. Instead, tenants are evicted and their homes demolished, and they never get to return, and leaseholders are offered derisory amounts for the homes that, ironically, they bought under Margaret Thatcher’s Right to Buy policy, which is insufficient for them to buy a replacement property in the area, leading to their exodus in addition to that of the former tenants.

 

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Tom Secker, Tim Shorrock, Janine Bandcroft Sept. 21st, 2017

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com


September 21, 2017

You may believe the golden age of spycraft passed with the end of the Cold War, or maybe even with Mata Hari's firing squad. But, what's old is gold again, and the game has never been more fully engaged.

Whether fighting commies, evil-doers, drugs dealers, or pernicious foreign ideology we always seem to be at war with something! In fact, we're reminded of the fact so frequently, it's beginning to make me think the war going on isn't "out there" at all, but instead is raging inside our heads, making a virtual battlefield of our collective perceptions.

Listen. Hear.

Tom Secker is a UK-based private researcher, journalist, frequently featured commentator on security and intelligence issues, host of the popular podcast, ClandesTime, and principal behind spyculture.com, “the world’s premier online archive about government involvement in the entertainment industry.” He’s also co-author, with Matthew Alford of the recently released book, 'National Security Cinema: The Shocking New Evidence of Government Control in Hollywood'.

Tom Secker in the first half.

And; Donald Trump didn't disappoint at the UN this week. In an address that still has halls of power around the globe buzzing, the American president used the global bully pulpit to threaten fellow member-nation North Korea with utter destruction. A lapse of diplomatic etiquette and refutation of the Charter of the United Nations' founding purpose of promoting peace among nations to be sure, but what Mr. Trump, and most of those listening to his sabre-rattling are not aware of is; the United States "totally destroyed North Korea" once before. It's a salient fact not lost on the "depraved regime" being threatened again, and something the White House might consider when gauging just how Kim "Rocket Man" Jong Un may react.

Tim Shorrock is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist, and author of the book, ‘Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing.’ His articles appear at his website, TimShorrock.com and at The Nation. Tim grew up in Asia, and spent much of the 1980’s in Japan, reporting on the financial intrigues of the then-biggest of the Asian Tiger economies.

 
Tim Shorrock and taking the measure of the Trump administration's bombast from an Eastern perspective in the second half.

And; Victoria activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here with the Left Coast Events Newsletter bulletin at the bottom of the hour. But first, Tom Secker and the clandestine war being fought between your ears.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Rod Marining, John Helmer, Janine Bandcroft Sept. 14, 2017

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com


September 14, 2017 

Last month's Solar Eclipse escape of Atlantic Salmon from concentrated fish lots across the water from us in Washington State brought condemnation and quick action from local authorities in the US. If only it were so here in BC, where repeated escapes of the alien species have met with little more than tut tuts from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans; the organization tasked with protecting Canada's maritime environment.

The Cooke Aquaculture net failure adds more ammunition to opponents in the ongoing fight against fish farms in our waters.

This Summer has seen two dock occupations by First Nations in two separate jurisdictions, and the return of crusading biologist Alexandra Morton and allies the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, with Operation Virus Hunter II.

 

Listen. Hear.

The season's efforts culminated last week with the Rally to End Fish Farms in the Broughton Archipelago manifesting at the heart of Vancouver's Canada Place, and pressing the new NDP government take action to shut down the industry.

Rod Marining is a long-time BC resident and Ocean defender. He's a co-founder of Greenpeace, current Director at the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and Chair of the BC Environmental Network, among other things. He's spent the last few months on board with Sea Shepherd's Operation Virus Hunter, the second of a two-Summer campaign, trying to get fish farms out of BC's waters.

Rod Marining in the first half.

And; Canada's Foreign Minister, Chrystia Freeland is much in the news lately; generally seen in the context of renewed NAFTA negotiations between tripartite partners, Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Though doing trade and investment rule deals is a small part of Freeland's portfolio, it's one she's uniquely qualified for. The former business journalist and author of the award-winning book, 'Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else', is well-used to rubbing elbows with some of the most powerful of the Western World's power elite. But could those ties, while providing welcome free access for an ambitious journalist, later prove costly political encumbrances to a cabinet minister?

John Helmer is a long-time, Moscow-based journalist, author, and essayist. The Australian says his website, Dances with Bears is the only news bureau “independent of single national or commercial ties.” He’s also a former political science professor who has served as an advisor to governments on three continents and regularly lectures on Russian topics. Helmer's book titles include: ‘Uncovering Russia,’ ‘Urbanman: The Psychology of Urban Survival,’ ‘Bringing the War Home: The American Soldier in Vietnam and After,’ and ‘Drugs and Minority Oppression’ among others.

John Helmer on the minister and the plutocrat in the second half.

And; activist and broadcaster at large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events update. But first, Rod Marining and getting those fish out of water.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

 

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United Nations: Aggressive War Enabler

U.N. Enablers of ‘Aggressive War’

by Robert Parry  - Consortium News


September 8, 2017

 

Special Report: U.N. investigative reports, like a new one condemning Syria for alleged sarin use, are received as impartial and credible, but are often just more war propaganda from compromised bureaucrats, reports Robert Parry.

 

Many still want to believe the U.N. engages in impartial investigations, and is more trustworthy than, self-interested governments, whether Russia or the United States.

But trust in U.N. agencies is not well placed; what independence they may have once had has been broken, a reality relevant to recent “investigations” of Syrian chemical weapons use.

There is also the larger issue of the U.N.’ peculiar silence about one of its primary and original responsibilities, shouldered after the horrors of World War II – to stop wars of aggression, which today include “regime change” wars organized, funded and armed by the US and other Western powers, such as the Iraq invasion in 2003, overthrow of the Libyan government in 2011, and series of proxy wars including the ongoing Syrian conflict.

 

After World War II, the Nuremberg Tribunals declared that a “war of aggression … is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.”


That recognition became a guiding principle of the United Nations Charter, which specifically prohibits aggression or even threats of aggression against sovereign states.

 

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Israel's Stake in Syrian War

The Conflict In Syria Was Always Israel’s War

by Whitney Webb - MintPress News


September 04th, 2017

 

Because Israel has staked first its survival and ultimately its growth into a dominant regional power on the disunity of its neighboring nations, it comes as no surprise that, faced with a winding-down of the Syrian conflict, it is now moving sharply against that development.


Bibi worried podiumAfter years of fomenting the Syrian conflict from the shadows, the U.S. has recently seemed to back away from its push to militarily intervene in the embattled nation, instead choosing to focus its saber-rattling and destabilization efforts on other theaters. The consequence of this has seemingly been the winding down of the long-running conflict, now entering its seventh year.

Buoyed by Russia, Iran and Lebanon, the Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad has managed to retake vast swaths of territory, all while surviving and growing stronger over the course of a largely foreign-funded onslaught. As a result, many of the governments that were instrumental in funding and arming the so-called “moderate” opposition have begun to extricate themselves, unwilling to further test the resilience of Assad or the Syrian people.

With some anticipating the long-awaited conclusion of the Syrian conflict, recent threats from Israel’s government to assassinate Assad by bombing his residence seemed to appear out of the blue.

 

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