Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Jon Elmer, Ann Emmett, Janine Bandcroft Jan. 2, 2012

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This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week: According to the Palestine Liberation Organization, Israel killed more than 180 Palestinians last year, and dispossessed thousands more. The PLO also credits the Israel Occupation Authority with green lighting the construction of 26,837 new settlement units on Palestinian lands, while confiscating thousands of acres of land, and razing to the ground nearly 500 homes.
 
 
Those sobering figures will set the stage this week for meetings between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Amman, where they hope to set an agenda for peace talks. Meanwhile, the Israeli daily, Ha'aretz reports the Israeli Defense Force is planning a successor to 2008's infamous Operation Cast Lead, where as many as fifteen hundred Palestinians perished.  

Jon Elmer is a Canadian writer and photojournalist specializing in the Middle East and Canadian foreign and military policy. He's reported from more than a dozen countries throughout the Arab world, and has lived in and reported from Bethlehem, Occupied Palestine for the better part of the last decade. His writing and photographs can be found at his site, JonElmer.ca.
 
Jon Elmer in the first half.
 
And; while the collapse of the world's banking system made headlines last year, little is reported about the state of Canada's banks, or the role played in banking by the Canadian State. Shortly before the holidays, the Committee for Monetary and Economic Reform, or COMER, filed suit in Federal Court, charging the government of Canada restore the role of the Bank of Canada to its intended purpose, and challenging the federal government's accounting methods and calculations as pertains to the tabling of the budget and issuing of "tax credits" to big business and other select taxpayers.

Ann Emmett is named as a co-plaintiff with COMER. Confronting global finance in the Canadian courts with Ann Emmett in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us to bring newz from the City's streets and beyond. But first, Jon Elmer and a very New Year in an ancient land.     
 
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, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com

Happy New Year; 2012 in the Chinese cosmology is not 2012 at all, but is the Year of the Dragon. The dragon is an unpredictable creature, Chinese lore tells us, and an obviously powerful one. Unpredictable because, it's said, you cannot see both the head and tail of the dragon at the same time.
 
Here at the head of a new year, we certainly are unable to see the tail of it, but some things are changeless, like the suffering of the people of Palestine at the hands of another kind of dragon. While powerful, the dragon called Israel is a predictable beast, if nothing else. It killed more than 180 Palestinians last year, according to the Palestine Liberation Organization, and dispossessed thousands more. The PLO also credits the Israel Occupation Authority with green lighting the construction of 26,837 new settlement units on Palestinian lands, while confiscating thousands of acres of land, and razing to the ground nearly 500 homes.
 
Sobering figures that will set the stage this week for meetings between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Amman, where they hope to set an agenda for peace talks. Meanwhile, the Israeli daily, Ha'aretz reports the Israeli Defense Force is planning a successor to 2008's infamous Operation Cast Lead, where as many as fifteen hundred Palestinians perished.  

Jon Elmer is a Canadian writer and photojournalist specializing in the Middle East and Canadian foreign and military policy. He's reported from more than a dozen countries throughout the Arab world, and has lived in and reported from Bethlehem, Occupied Palestine for the better part of the last decade. His writing and photographs can be found at his site, JonElmer.ca. Jon is back in Canada now, lecturing and preparing for his next overseas assignment.

Jon Elmer in the first half.

And; while the collapse of the world's banking system made headlines last year, little is reported about the state of Canada's banks, or the role played in banking by the Canadian State. Shortly before the holidays, the Committee for Monetary and Economic Reform, or COMER, filed suit in Federal Court, charging the government of Canada restore the role of the Bank of Canada to its intended purpose, and challenging the federal government's accounting methods and calculations as pertains to the tabling of the budget and issuing of "tax credits" to big business and other taxpayers.

Ann Emmett is named as a co-plaintiff with COMER. Confronting global finance with Ann Emmett in the Canadian courts in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us to bring newz from the City's streets and beyond. But first, Jon Elmer and a very New Year in an ancient land.   
 
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providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media.

Some past guests include: M. Junaid Alam, M. Shahid Alam, Joel Bakan, Maude Barlow, David Barsamian, Mark and Rhoda Berenson, Diana Beresford-Kroeger, William Blum, Luciana Bohne, William Bowles, Mordecai Briemberg, James J. Brittain, Helen Caldicott, Noam Chomsky, Michel Chossudovsky, Diane Christian, Paul Cienfuegos, David Cromwell, Ezili Danto, Jon Elmer, Yves Engler, Anthony Fenton, Jim Fetzer, Laura Flanders, Chris Floyd, Connie Fogal, Susan George, Stan Goff, Amy Goodman, Denis Halliday, Chris Hedges, Sander Hicks, Julia Butterfly Hill, Scott Horton, Robert Jensen, Dahr Jamail, Chalmers Johnson, Diana Johnstone, Malalai Joya, Kathy Kelly, Naomi Klein, Brewster Kneen, Betty Krawczyk, Anthony Lappe, Frances Moore Lappe, Jason Leopold, Jeff Leys, Dave Lindorff, Jim Lobe, Jennifer Loewenstein, Stephen Marshall, Robert Massoud, Loretta Napoleoni, John Nichols, Ken O'Keefe, David Orchard, Riki Ott, Greg Palast, Mike Palecek, Michael Parenti, Robert Parry, John Pilger, Kevin Pina, William Rivers Pitt, Justin Podur, Lila Rajiva, Jack Random, Sheldon Rampton, Paul Craig Roberts, David Robb, Paul de Rooij, John Ross, David Rovics, Danny Schechter, David Schindler, Vandana Shiva, Tim Shorrock, Norman Solomon, Jean Saint-Vil, Starhawk, Grant Wakefield, Harvey Wasserman, Paul Watson, Bernard Weiner, Andy Worthington, Mickey Z., Howard Zinn and many others. 
 
 

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