This Week on GR
ar from the media spotlight, nestled on the western reaches of Africa, a bitter drama is daily enacted. For more than forty years, the Saharawi people have lived in desperation, caught in an enforced limbo, imprisoned by circumstance.
Worse perhaps than the stunted existence imposed upon them is the relative obscurity of their plight; while other causes gain celebrity spokespeople and benefit concerts, the Saharawi struggle for liberation is largely forgotten.
Documentary film director, Lara Lee hopes her newly released film, 'Life is Waiting: Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara
' will prove some remedy to that; as do the folks hosting this week's Café Simpatico at 1923 Fernwood Road.
Long-time Victoria-based activist and organizer, Terry Wolfwood will present the Western Canadian premier of 'Life is Waiting' this Friday evening.
As well as being a writer, photographer, and intrepid world traveler, covering ground from the highlands of Mexico to the apartheid walls of the West Bank, Western Sahara, and beyond in pursuit of peace, social justice, and women's rights, Terry is also the Director and co-founder
of the Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation
. Her articles have featured in Briarpatch, Peace News, and Third World Resurgence amongst other places, and she serves as the local coordinator for Victoria's Women in Black. Terry Wolfwood in the first half.
And; people are not the only creatures wrongly imprisoned for the benefit of others. Though we like to think of ourselves out here on the shores of the majestic Pacific as being capable of appreciating both the immeasurable beauty of the place we live in, and the sanctity of the creatures who share this great privilege with us, there is still here in 2016 a place here where it's possible to go and see whales kept in swimming pools. What history will make of this we can only guess, but for now there is an effort to bring this practice to an end.
Gary Charbonneau is a Vancouver-based independent filmmaker and entrepreneur. He made news recently for being sued by the Vancouver Aquarium
. The people running the Aquarium are seeking an injunction in BC court to have Charbonneau's film, 'Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered
' pulled from YouTube, Vimeo and at Charbonneau's website, claiming he violated their copyright by using materials found on their website.
Gary Charbonneau and the Vancouver Aquarium's attempts to put the covers on Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft
will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of the coming week from our city's streets, and beyond there too. But first, Terry Wolfwood and 'Life is Waiting: Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara.'
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.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/
Read more: Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Terry Wolfwood, Gary Charbonneau, Janine Bandcroft February 24th, 2016
Created on Tuesday, 23 February 2016 22:18
Written by Tom Engelhardt
Turning American Communities Into War Zones, Death By Death: When It Comes to People of Color, the Police Make San Francisco “Baghdad by the Bay”
n the photo
, five of Beyoncé’s leather-clad, black-bereted dancers raise their fists in a Black Power salute. The woman in the middle holds a hand-lettered sign up for the camera, bearing three words and a number: “Justice 4 Mario Woods.” Behind them, the crowd at Levi's Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers, is getting ready for the second half of Super Bowl 50, but the game’s real fireworks are already over.
The women in the photo had just finished backing Beyoncé’s homage to the Black Panthers and Malcolm X during her incandescent halftime appearance, when two San Francisco Bay Area Black Lives Matter activists managed to grab a few words with them. Rheema Emy Calloway and Ronnisha Johnson asked if they’d make a quick video
demanding justice for Mario Woods. “From the look on the faces of the dancers, they’d already heard about the case,” Calloway told
Who was Mario Woods and why did Calloway and Johnson want the world to know that his life mattered? The answer: on December 2, 2015, Mario Woods was executed in broad daylight by officers of the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) and the event was filmed.
Created on Tuesday, 23 February 2016 21:55
Written by Matt Peppe
Hillary Clinton, The Council on Foreign Relations, and the Establishment
by Matt Peppe
- Aletho NewsW
hen asked by Wolf Blitzer
in January if she was “the establishment,” Hillary Clinton replied: “I just don’t understand what that means. He’s been in Congress, he’s been elected to office a lot longer than I have.” Several weeks later, her Democratic primary opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders
made the case in a debate that the issue was who had the support of more powerful elected officials, arguing that Clinton has the support of “more governors, mayors, members of the House.”
Clinton framed the notion of “the establishment” as consisting solely of political bodies of elected officials. Sanders simply argued that a better indicator of the establishment is one’s power and influence within political circles.
As part of the “two for the price of one” that Bill Clinton
promised during his rise to the Presidency, Hillary is forced to hide from her role in the creation of the neoliberal New Democrats, the dominant faction of the party.
During their joint reign in the White House, the Clintons steered the party far to the right with their draconian criminal justice measures, assault on welfare, liberalization of trade, and deregulation of banking. Their cronies continue to staff the highest ranks of the party and the Obama administration.
Created on Monday, 22 February 2016 20:40
Written by Richard Kastelein
Dubai Organisation announces launch of Global Blockchain Council
by Richard Kastelein
- BC News
February 18, 2016
s part of its efforts to adopt the latest technologies and innovation practices at the global level, Dubai Museum of the Future Foundation
has announced the establishment of the Global Blockchain Council to explore, discuss current and future applications, and organize transactions through the Blockchain platform.
The Council will highlight the implications of this innovation on the future of business and finance sectors, and its role in facilitating transactions within the various sectors of financial and non-financial sectors as well as to increase efficiency and reliability levels.
Transactions on Blockchain can only go through if all the members approve, which limits the chances of fraud and money laundering, as the digital currency cannot be forged or damaged and can be moved across borders with ease. It also facilitates the shopping process across social media and websites.
The establishment of the Global Blockchain Council comes in line with the efforts of Dubai Museum of the Future Foundation to promote innovation and use the next generation of technologies to enhance UAE’s position as a leading centre for innovation and knowledge economy.
Created on Monday, 22 February 2016 20:13
Written by Press Release
Ottawa: Honour the treaties and intervene on Site C
by Amnesty International
"If Prime Minister Trudeau truly wants to build a new relationship based on respect for our rights, he needs to act immediately to withdraw all federal support to the flooding of our land by the Site C dam."
hen Helen Knott talks about the importance of the Peace Valley, she inevitably also talks about her grandmother. About time spent together out on the land, learning the stories that have been passed down through the generations.
Today, the land itself is under threat. Rampant resource development has despoiled much of northeastern BC, and now the only remaining section of the valley is threatened by the construction of the Site C dam.
Despite legal challenges from West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations, BC Hydro has pressed ahead with clearing the site for construction.
Created on Monday, 22 February 2016 20:01
Written by Finian Cunningham
Pentagon mercenaries: Blackwater, Al-Qaeda… what’s in a name?
by Finian Cunningham
Feb. 21, 2016 CIA
-linked private “security” companies are fighting in Yemen for the US-backed Saudi military campaign. Al-Qaeda-affiliated mercenaries are also being deployed. Melding private firms with terror outfits should not surprise. It’s all part of illegal war making.
Western news media scarcely report on the conflict in Yemen, let alone the heavy deployment of Western mercenaries in the fighting there. In the occasional Western report on Al-Qaeda and related terror groups in Yemen, it is usually in the context of intermittent drone strikes carried out by the US, or with the narrative that these militants are “taking advantage” of the chaos “to expand” their presence in the Arabian Peninsula, as reported here
by the Washington Post.
This bifurcated Western media view of Yemen belies a more accurate and meaningful perspective, which is that the US-backed Saudi bombing campaign is actually coordinated with an on-the-ground military force that comprises regular troops, private security firms and Al-Qaeda type mercenaries redeployed from Syria.