Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Pratap Chatterjee, Richard Boyce, Janine Bandcroft Mar. 2, 2009

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week, Pratap Chatterjee of CorpWatch.org on his new book, 'Halliburton's Army: How a Well Connected Texas Oil Company Revolutionized the Way America Makes War'; Richard Boyce of Island Lens on the plunder of Vancouver Island's ecosystem by greed head private equity firm, Island Timberlands, now logging into the Nanaimo region watershed; and, Janine Bandcroft keeps us current on Victoria's ongoing shelter crisis.
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.
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Libya: Scores Join Gaza Caravan, Egypt Promises Passage

EGYPT WILL ALLOW CONVOY INTO GAZA: Convoy Update 11.30 (GMT) Sunday 1st March 2009
by VivaPalestina.org
They are in their thousands in the Green Public square of Tripoli attending a big rally to welcome the Viva Palestina humanitarian Gaza convoy. This is the first of many planned in Libya.

Ambassadors, dignitaries, representatives from the Gadaffi Foundation as well as the children of Palestine have spoken of the horrors and the tragedy of Gaza. Gift bags containing caps, T-Shirts, books have been given to members of the convoy as a gesture of thanks and admiration for their efforts to get the aid to the destitute people of Gaza.

This morning, it was announced at the rally that Egypt has agreed to let the convoy through to Gaza to the cheers of all the people and to the relief of our convoy members. It will be one less matter to worry about and to only concentrate on the noble goal they set out to achieve when their vehicle rolled from the UK on the 14th February.
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Answering the Coming Crisis: "Food Not Lawns!"

Pawns with Lawns
by Mickey Z.
The single most irrigated crop in the United States is…(drum roll please) lawn. Yep, 40 million acres of lawn exist across the Land of Denial and Americans collectively spend about $40 billion on seed, sod, and chemicals each year.
And then there’s all that water.
If you include golf courses, lawns in America cover an area roughly the size of New York State and require 238 gallons of (usually drinking-quality) water per person, per day. According to the EPA, nearly a third of all residential water use in the US goes toward what is euphemistically known as “landscaping.”

We have become a nation of pawns with lawns. Food comes from the drive-thru, entertainment is televised, the concept of play exists on hand-held computers, democracy is a reality show every four years, and that tiny parcel of land we allegedly share with some bailed out bank is inevitably set aside to be a lawn.
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Olmert Fires Egyptian Envoy over "Insane" Remark

Officials Claim Unelected Former General “Running The Country”
by Jonathan Cook (in Nazareth)
It is not entirely surprising that Amos Gilad, an Israeli general who once sued his own government for “irreversible mental damage” caused by his role in the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, has publicly courted controversy again.
Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert

On Monday, Ehud Olmert, Israel’s outgoing prime minister, suspended Mr Gilad as his envoy to Egypt, responsible for negotiating a ceasefire with Hamas, after Mr Gilad called the prime minister’s truce conditions “insane.”
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Langford Lout Lord Mayor Stew Young Blasts Democratic Process

Neighbours in Support of Maureen Johnston
by Zoe Blunt
After politely expressing her objections to the South Skirt Mountain Development Plan at the Public Meeting at Langford City Hall February 24, 2009, Maureen Johnston was publicly humiliated and subjected to verbal abuse from Mayor Stew Young.
Langford Lout Stew Young

She spoke to the Environment.

A retired educator, she had presented her well-documented comments in a very orderly and dignified fashion. Aside from bellowing at her, loudly and rudely, ordering her to “SIT DOWN”, Mayor Young launched into a tirade implying hypocrisy because she lives on Florence Lake – in a sensitive riparian zone.
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Hamas and History in Palestine

Engaging Hamas: Will History Repeat Itself?
by Ramzy Baroud
The political outcomes of the Gaza war are yet to be entirely decided with any degree of certainty. However, the obvious political repositioning which was reported as soon as Israel declared its unilateral ceasefire promised that Israel’s deadly bombs would shape a new political reality in the region.

In the aftermath, Hamas can confidently claim that its once indisputably ‘radical’ political position is no longer viewed as too extreme.
“Hamas” is no longer as menacing a word, even amongst Western public, and tireless Israeli attempts to correlate Hamas and Islamic Jihadists’s agendas no longer suffice.
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Tar Sands Sinking

Dirty Oil: Alberta's Tar Sands Explained
by Andrew Nikiforuk
Renowned environmental journalist Andrew Nikiforuk breaks down the tar sands operations in northern Alberta, Canada in this video.
Based on his new book, Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent, this concise presentation explains how this "unconventional oil" - the majority of which is exported to America - is ruining forests, wiping out woodland habitat and draining our water systems, not to mention wreaking havoc on economic systems and energy policy.
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Beyond Redemption: Terminating the Company

THE CIA: BEYOND REDEMPTION (And Should Be Terminated)
by Sherwood Ross
The Central Intelligence Agency(CIA) has confirmed the worst fears of its creator President Harry Truman that it might degenerate into “an American Gestapo.” It has been just that for so long it is beyond redemption. It represents sixty years of failure and fascism utterly at odds with the spirit of a democracy and needs to be closed, permanently.

Over the years “the Agency” as it is known, has given U.S. presidents so much wrong information on so many critical issues, broken so many laws, subverted so many elections, overthrown so many governments, funded so many dictators, and killed and tortured so many innocent human beings that the pages of its official history could be written in blood, not ink.
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Vets for Peace in Vancouver

Speaking Truth to Power: Vets for Peace in Vancouver
by Veterans for Peace
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To Their Credit: Credit Unions Survive as Casino-Banks Crash

Casino Capitalism: How Credit Unions Survived the Crash
by Ralph Nader
While the reckless giant banks are shattering like an over-heated glacier day by day, the nation's credit unions are a relative island of calm largely apart from the vortex of casino capitalism.

Eighty five million Americans belong to credit unions which are not-for-profit cooperatives owned by their members who are depositors and borrowers. Your neighborhood or workplace credit union did not invest in these notorious speculative derivatives nor did they offer people "teaser rates" to sign on for a home mortgage they could not afford.

Ninety one percent of the 8,000 credit unions are reporting greater overall growth in mortgage lending than any other kinds of consumer loans they are extending. They are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) for up to $250,000 per account, such as the FDIC does for depositors in commercial banks.

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Homegrown Security in Post-Modern America

The Department of Homegrown Security
by Chip Ward
Common to sudden catastrophes is the shock of finding the world upside down. The water is suddenly on top instead of under; the rumbling earth swallows houses and spits out lava; the mud wall slides down from above; the flames roar up; the wind spins; the tower topples. In an instant, everything is broken and nothing works. What you relied upon is gone.

The destruction of the World Trade Center towers was that kind of deep disturbance, even if it was man-made. The shock of 9/11 was so profound that we thought it would define the twenty-first century, and even now it's hard for any event to match the immediacy, the drama, the sheer horror of that single autumn day. When the smoke cleared we learned that we had never really been quarantined from the epidemic of planetary violence that, until 9/11, was always "over there." Suddenly, the shocking violence most of us only witnessed on our television screens had blown back to our very doorstep. Our world shifted over night. Fear reigned. It became our ideology. It became their means of controlling us. It was called "homeland security."

In the second big shock of the young century, seven years later, Wall Street collapsed. Although a few wise voices had warned us it could happen, we didn't see that one coming either. If 9/11 put an American sense of physical safety to flight, the meltdown of casino capitalism took away our economic security.
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Gaza Caravan Readies for Libya Crossing

Convoy Update - 23 .30 (GMT) Thursday 26th February 2009
by vivapalestina.org
The mood today was of relief. After a marathon drive through Algeria and further south in Tunisia, the convoy has been relaxing today in good standard hotels in the city of Gabes.
Please check out the excellent pictures here from the crossing into Algeria and beyond from photographers Younes Oubaiche and Alaeddine Bouimout of the newspaper ECHOROUK daily and Aouni from Bir El Arch.

They are enjoying nice food and the facilities of the hotel complex including swimming pools. Some are sleeping, the others are taking strolls on the beach to walk off those stiff legs and muscles.

The Tunisians have shown their hospitality by offering free fuel, servicing and repairs to the vehicles and accommodation. The alarm clock will go off at 06.00am when the convoy will head for the border with Libya. It is anticipated that they will cross into Libya sometimes during the day.
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