Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Ingmar Lee Dec. 14, 2017

This Week on GR

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


December 14, 2017

It’s been two weeks since the ATB, or Articulated Tanker Barge, Jake Shearer separated from its 10,000 ton tanker load of Alaska-bound crude oil off Hecate Strait along British Columbia’s mid-coast region.

Less than a nautical mile from disaster, the stormy weather very nearly dashing the barge onto Gosling Rocks, where the result would surely have been the long-predicted Exxon Valdez-like ruination of one of the World’s most precious natural marine environments.

Whether by luck, or some divine intervention, that disaster did not take place November 30th, 2017, but the threat remains, and it’s only a matter of time before it does happen.

Listen. Hear.

 

Ingmar Lee is a long-time, BC-based environmental defender. From the Nanaimo watershed and first-growth valley bottoms of Vancouver Island, to the nuclear plant-threatened coastline of India, and the threatened shores and Sandhill Crane nesting grounds of British Columbia’s mid-coast, Ingmar has advocated for and stood between an increasingly fragile ecosystem and the rapine destructiveness of big business and its government enablers. For this he’s been arrested and charged in the courts, and had his name traduced and character vilified in the corporate and state media. Yet though he persists in defense of the wild world.

Ingmar Lee and the long fight for the embattled natural world in a special end of year Gorilla Radio presentation.

 

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Why Honduras Matters: Revisiting Fifty Years of Oppression

Why the Honduras Crisis Matters to Me

by Rick Sterling - Dissident Voice


December 12th, 2017 

 

  
For seven months in 1969 I hitch-hiked around the US, Mexico and Central America with my best friend from high school. Some class-mates from our school in Vancouver Canada saved their money then travelled to Europe or Australia but Ollie and I headed south.

It was an eye-opening experience for two middle class Canadians. We had a lot of learning experiences in the US but today I want to talk about Honduras because it is in crisis as I write this: the Honduran election took place on 26 November yet the results are still in contention.

Will the current right wing government manage to retain power?

 

 

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"I Have No Choice" Says BC Premier

"I Have No Choice" Says BC Premier

by C. L. Cook - Pacific Free Press


December 11, 2017

Today's is a date that will live in infamy in British Columbia. On the 20th anniversary of the precedent setting Delgamuukw decision on First Nations rights and treaty-making, the New Democratic Party has turned its back on First Nations' objections to a mega project that will submerge the spirit of that decision, washing away those rights as surely as the rising waters of the Peace River.

In announcing the decision to continue the controversial project, NDP leader, John Horgan insisted, "I had no choice." Now, it's clear, voters in BC have no political alternative to the corporate BC Liberals, who initiated Site C, a project not only environmentally, culturally, and politically devastating for the province, but also a white elephant certain to be financially crippling for generations to come.

As disappointing as the NDP volte-face on Site C has been, the tepid objections to it raised by Green Party of BC leader, Andrew Weaver convinces too, any hope British Columbia's polity had to reverse the rapine, business as usual, corporate friendly ideology emanating from Victoria will have to wait at least another generation.

For those voters wishing real change, Horgan's weak invocation of "no choice" today rings with a bitter irony his party will soon learn to its' regret.

 

 

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How to Address (and finally end) Male Sexual Violence

Radical feminism is the only solution to men’s ongoing ‘sexual misconduct’

by Robert Jensen - feminist current


December 10, 2017

 

Radical feminism challenges us to be better than our patriarchal culture asks of us — to reject patriarchy’s glorification of control, conquest, and aggression.

 

I’m not surprised,” women say, in response to the flood of revelations of sexual “misconduct” by men, especially men in positions of power. But none of us — women or men — should be surprised, because the United States is a patriarchal society and in patriarchy men routinely claim the right to own or control women’s bodies for reproduction and sexual pleasure.

Men — liberal and conservative — know that just as well as women. In such a society, conservative and liberal men will often disagree in public about the conditions under which they can rightly claim ownership. Conservative men argue for control of women within the heterosexual family. Liberal men argue for more expansive access to women. In public, the policy debates about reproductive rights and sexual access rage on.

In private, conservative and liberal men claim their “right” to do as they please, which is why women sometimes find it difficult to tell conservative and liberal men apart when it comes to behavior.

 

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Can We Transcend the Tribal?

I’m Not Racist, Am I?

by Gilad Atzmon


December 11, 2017

I'm Not Racist: The video below is rapper’s Joyner Lucas' "I'm Not Racist." It's uncomfortable for some of us to watch, but within a few days it was viewed by 12 million people.The video opens with a big white man in a "Make America Great Again" hat ‘speaking his mind,’ by expressing what many white Americans believe about blacks. In the second verse, the song takes a surprising turn -- a young black man in dreadlocks tells his story and counters each of the white man’s identitarian generalizations.

 

 

Why has I’m Not Racist attracted millions of viewers? Because unlike Western academia, media, politicians and progressives who try to suppress the way people think and express themselves, the artist here attempts to reshape the universe, offering a prospect of unity. While oligarchs and their identitarian lapdogs push us into race wars, religious conflicts, immoral interventionist disasters and identity battles, beauty focuses on the universal. Art shows us how to escape from the dystopia inflicted by the Soroses and their cultural and political mercenaries.

 

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, John Helmer, Cory Doctorow, Janine Bandcroft Dec. 7th, 2017

This Week on GR

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


December 7, 2017

It became official this week; the International Olympic Committee says Russia will not be welcome at the upcoming Winter Games. This ostensibly due to what the IOC says was a widespread, and official, policy of performance enhancing drugs using, or doping.

But, is that all there is to this story?

The Russian government denies any such policy, saying the IOC is being used as an extension of Western efforts to isolate them, and to embarrass President Putin in the run-up to elections.

But is there still more going on here?

 

Listen. Hear.

 

John Helmer is a long-time, Moscow-based journalist, author, and essayist whose 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 in the first half.

And; the clock is ticking on efforts in the United States to stop again the once-defeated attempt to kill Net Neutrality, the principle deeming Internet service providers treat all data equally. Next week, the Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote whether or not to end the rules protecting that neutrality.

Despite broad-based opposition to the move from public interest advocacy groups, and some of the Internet's most prominent corporate players, FCC chairman, Ajit Pai is standing pat on his declaration the rules are not necessary to protect users from what critics charge are the monopolistic tendencies of Big Data broadband providers.

Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist, blogger, co-editor of BoingBoing.net, and former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. While still working with EFF, he's also a MIT Media Lab Research Affiliate, and Visiting Professor of Computer Science at Open University. The Canadian-born Doctorow co-founded the UK Open Rights Group, and currently resides in the United States.

Some of his book titles include: 'Walkaway', a novel for adults, the graphic novel, 'In Real Life', and 'Information Doesn't Want to be Free', a book about earning a living in the Internet age. His Young Adult novels, 'Little Brother' and it's sequel 'Homeland' were New York Times Bestsellers, and join 'Pirate Cinema', 'Rapture of the Nerds', and 'Makers'.

Cory Doctorow and once again into the breach for Net Neutrality in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events bulletin of good things to do in and around our town in the coming week. But first, John Helmer and stone cold political Olympic games.

 

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 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.ca/

 

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Stopping an Economic Disaster: Last Chance to Kill Site C Coming Fast

11th Hour on Site C

by Stop Site C


November 30, 2017

Hello Friends!

 The NDP have not yet made their final decision on Site C and we need to help build their confidence in making a decision to protect all British Columbians from this unnecessary, destructive and costly project. They need to hear from as many British Columbians as possible and feel supported in a decision to cancel Site C.

We are at the 11th hour of our fight to stop the Site C Dam. The BC NDP Cabinet is meeting with six advisors on the dam RIGHT NOW, and a decision is expected soon! We have deeply appreciated your support with our campaign in the past and we are hoping that at this critical time, you would be willing to undertake one or more of the actions below to make sure that when the NDP cabinet ministers return from their meeting today, their offices are flooded with messages from all of us that WE DON’T WANT SITE C!

 

 

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They Call ME a Foreign Agent!?

Suddenly, I’m a ‘Russian Agent’!

by Dave Lindorff - CounterPunch


November 28, 2017

For a number of years now, I have been periodically interviewed as a source or a commentator on news programs and as an occasional panel participant on RT TV, the Russian government-funded English-language television station. For the past year, I’ve been paid a small amount for my work. Effective Monday, November 13, something changed, though. RT suddenly became a“registered foreign agent.”

The Russian government-funded news service, which has its headquarters in Washington, with bureaus in several other US cities, filed the required papers under protest — the only foreign news service operating here that is required to do so — and said it intends to sue. Russia is also retaliating and will be requiring some US news organizations operating in Russia, including Voice of America, to similarly register as foreign agents.

 This means that as of two weeks ago, I have been working, at least on a minimal basis of perhaps one short 5-10-minute interview per week, for a “foreign agent.”

 

Photo: Surian Soosay | CC BY 2.0

 

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Oblivion: Devastated Borneo

Borneo: Island Devastated, People Oblivious

by Andre Vltchek and Mira Lubis - Dissident Voice


November 28th, 2017

She was just standing there, in the middle of burning land, surrounded by stumps of trees, fire everywhere, smoke rising towards a hopelessly gray sky. The expression on her face was mischievous, almost girlish. I had no idea how old she was: she could have been 28, just as she could easily have been 55.

This island, this village, this charred land: it all looked like hell to me, but obviously not to her: it actually made her laugh, burst with pride.

 

Bu Elvi

After all, it was her island, not mine; it was her land, her trees, and it was all getting royally fucked. She was personally participating in this carnage of nature – she, as well as her husband, her entire family, her neighbors.

 

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, James Jeffrey, Dave Lindorff, Janine Bandcroft November 30th, 2017

This Week on GR

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


November 30, 2017

Twenty people were killed last week in renewed fighting between the ethnic Oromo and Somali people of Ethiopia. Though the groups have lived harmoniously for generations, tensions have been on the rise in recent months, culminated in bloody clashes and a mass exodus of tens of thousands in September.

Violence and intimidation in camps set up to shelter displaced members of both Oromo and Somali minorities chased from their respective homes is also reported. But why the fighting; and why now?

 

Listen. Hear.

 

James Jeffrey is a freelance journalist who's worked for various international media outlets, filing stories on business, political unrest, humanitarian crises, and the cultural pursuits of the people of Ethiopia, and throughout the Horn of Africa, since 2013.

James Jeffrey in the first half.

And; earlier this month, legendary academic, economist, author and media critic, Edward S. Herman died. Herman was best-known perhaps for his collaboration with Noam Chomsky on the 1988 book, and source of the tour de force documentary film, 'Manufacturing Consent'. Herman's passing comes at a time of unprecedented technological upheaval in America's mass media, but how much has the corporate ethos driving the newsroom he and Chomsky wrote about changed?

Dave Lindorff is an award-winning journalist, author, broadcaster, and founder of the award-winning web news site, This Can’t Be Happening.net. Lindorff and Edward Herman were friends, and collaborators for a while at Herman's website, Inkywatch.

Dave's book titles include: ‘This Can’t Be Happening! Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy,’ ‘Marketplace Medicine: The Rise of the For Profit Hospital Chains,’ ‘Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal,’ You can tune in Dave’s This Can’t Be Happening radio program Wednesdays at the Progressive Radio Network.

Dave Lindorff and Edward S. Herman's accounting for the mass media in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist, and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events bulletin of good things to get up to in and around our town for the coming week. But first, James Jeffrey and Ethnic Violence in Ethiopia Amid Shadowy Politics.

 

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 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.ca/
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Ken Boon, Whitney Webb, Janine Bandcroft November 23rd, 2017

This Week on GR

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


November 23, 2017

 

The clock is winding down, the moment of truth drawing nearer for the contentious Site C dam mega project in BC's Peace country. Billions in the hole, and billions more promised to go down it too should it proceed, or be cancelled; now the new government in Victoria has to decide which way it will go.

Ken Boon is a farmer and president of the Peace Valley Landowners Association. His has been nothing short of an epic battle against crown corporation, BC Hydro and the former BC Liberal government.

But, the battle is not his alone, all British Columbians have a stake in what John Horgan and his NDP decide, as do their yet unborn children, and the generations that follow them.

 

Listen. Hear.

 

Ken Boon in the first half.

And; perhaps no other entity embodies better all that is wrong and tragic with the corporate dominance of the world today than Monsanto. The "life science" company specializes in creating cancer causing poisons currently killing unknown millions, and yet none seem able to stop the Leviathan's inexorable progress.

As glyphosate, one of the key toxic ingredients of its Roundup weed killer faces a possible ban in Europe, due to a growing body of scientific evidence of carcinogenic effects, the company is pivoting to its newly "improved" product, Dicamba.

Problem solved, right? Not quite.

Whitney Webb is a South America-based journalist writing about environmental, political, and economic issues in English and Spanish. She’s a staff writer at MintPress News.com, and her articles have featured at ZeroHedge, the Anti-Media, and 21st Century Wire, among other places. Her recent work for MintPressNews includes the article, ‘With Roundup On The Rocks, Monsanto Hatches New Seeds And A Dangerous New Plan'.

Whitney Webb in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events bulletin, bringing us up to speed with some of the good things to get up to around here in the coming week. But first, Ken Boon and the last dinosaur, the Site C dam.

 

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 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.ca/
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Trumps' Ultimatum on Palestine

Trump's 'ultimate deal' only offers hard choices for Abbas 

by Jonathan Cook - The National AE


November 20, 2017

 

It is in Donald Trump’s nature to bargain ruthlessly and then cut a quick-and-easy deal, and in this environment, something has to give, writes Jonathan Cook

 

The long wait appears to be coming to an end on Donald Trump’s “ultimate deal”, one supposedly capable of unlocking the impasse between Israel and the Palestinians. The United States peace initiative may be unveiled as soon as January, marking the first anniversary of Mr Trump’s arrival in office.

Other reports suggest it may be delayed until March. But all seem sure it will be upon us soon.

Neither Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, appear keen to enter another round of fruitless dialogue. But for good reason, Mr Abbas is far more reticent.

This month, in statements presumably directed at Washington, he insisted he would not agree to a Palestinian state without Gaza, or one restricted to Gaza.

 

 

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