This Week on GR
ver the weekend, Victoria commemorated the 44th Earth Day with a rally, march, and the Creatively United for the Planet festival. The hope is, we can bring the various quarters of our human society together to bring some semblance of sanity to the way we live upon this, our only viable address within the next few million light years,or so.
Going back more than half the distance to that first Earth Day, my first guest has devoted his creative energies to addressing some of the most urgent environmental issues we face.
In 1989, Janos Maté
joined Greenpeace, and in 1992 took on its campaign to protect the ozone layer from the misuse of industrial chemicals - and though his work was recognized in 2010 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Montreal Protocol Award, he reminds; the campaign goes on.Listen. Hear.
In 1995, Maté was among the Greenpeace crew that sailed into the French exclusion zone at the Mururoa Atoll to stop nuclear tests. Closer to home, Maté is, with Whale Friends
and No Whales in Captivity,
pushing to see an end to the 'incarceration for entertainment' of whales and dolphins at the Vancouver Aquarium.
Janos Maté in the first half.
And; few human endeavors pose a greater risk to the natural environment than war. In these last decades, the relentless push of profit-driven conflict has wreaked havoc around the globe. From the occupations of Gaza, Afghanistan, and Iraq, to the more subtle subterfuges provoking violence and social breakdown in Syria, and Ukraine, it's clear; a more nuanced understanding of the workings of the World is required to make some sense of War in the 21st Century.
is an award-winning American journalist, author, and attorney living in Caracas, Venezuela for almost a decade. Golinger is winner of the International Award for Journalism in Mexico, and was named 'La Novia de Venezuela' by the late President, Hugo Chávez. Some of her English language book titles include: 'Bush vs. Chávez: Washington's War on Venezuela,' 'The Empire's Web: Encyclopedia of Interventionism and Subversion,' and 'The Chávez Code: Cracking US Intervention in Venezuela,' which is currently being made into a feature film. Golinger has, since 2003 been analyzing and investigating US interventions in Latin America and, as well as her many articles, has written two books in Spanish on the subject. Her documentary film, 'One Day with President Evo Morales' is a Russia Today "special project" that will air tonight and tomorrow on RT.
Eva Golinger and The Dirty Hand of the National Endownment for Democracy in Venezuela in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft
will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what's good going on on our city's streets and beyond in the coming week. But first, Janos Maté and twenty-five years on the Green front line.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm 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, Janos Maté, Eva Golinger, Janine Bandcroft April 28th, 2014
Created on Saturday, 26 April 2014 14:53
Written by WSWS
Does Washington want war with Russia?
by Bill Van Auken
oes Washington want a war with Russia? A review of recent US actions surrounding the crisis in Ukraine clearly poses what would have once seemed an unthinkable question. The Obama administration is playing a very dangerous game of Russian Roulette.
In the last 48 hours, the Pentagon has announced the deployment of US paratrooper units to Poland and the three former Baltic republics of the Soviet Union—Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania—bringing US troops to Russia’s very border. Another American warship has been dispatched to the Black Sea and more US forces are slated to deploy to Ukraine itself this summer under an exercise known as Operation Rapid Trident.
These military moves by Washington are unfolding in the context of an acute crisis within Ukraine that, thanks to the machinations of Washington and its puppets, threatens to erupt into full-blown civil war.
Created on Saturday, 26 April 2014 14:49
Written by Danny Schechter
Oligarchs R' US: That "Iron Law" of Oligarchy Is Back to haunts Us
For years, it was a term only used in connection with those big bad and sleazy Mafioso-type businessmen in Russia.
Russia had Oligarchs; we didn’t.
That became a big difference between the official narrative of what separated our land of the free and the home of the brave from THEM, the snakes in the shades and private planes, in the post-Soviet period.
Actually, I first heard the term oligarchy when I was studying labor history at Cornell a half a lifetime ago.
We were taught about something called the “Iron Law of Oligarchy.”
Created on Friday, 25 April 2014 16:28
Written by Eva Golinger
The Dirty Hand of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in Venezuela
by Eva Golinger
- Postcards from the RevolutionA
nti-government protests in Venezuela that seek regime change have been led by several individuals and organizations with close ties to the US government. Leopoldo Lopez
and Maria Corina Machado - two of the public leaders behind the violent protests that started in February - have long histories as collaborators, grantees and agents of Washington.
The National Endowment for Democracy “NED” and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have channeled multi-million dollar funding
to Lopez’s political parties Primero Justicia and Voluntad Popular, and Machado’s NGO Sumate and her electoral campaigns.
These Washington agencies have also filtered more than $14 million to opposition groups in Venezuela between 2013
, including funding for their political campaigns
in 2013 and for the current anti-government protests in 2014. This continues the pattern of financing from the US government to anti-Chavez groups in Venezuela since 2001, when millions of dollars
were given to organizations from so-called “civil society” to execute a coup d’etat against President Chavez in April 2002.
Created on Friday, 25 April 2014 11:38
Written by Juan Cole
FCC Plots Murder of Blogs on Behalf of Billionaire Media Lords
by Juan Cole
- Informed CommentI
f you thought corporations played a big role in your life already, just wait until tomorrow, when the FCC gives up the ghost on net neutrality.Image: By Matt Wuerker for ItsOurNet.org (which, interestingly, has been suspended).
What does this mean?
It means that the companies with more money and more bankrolling (and a better way to bribe services like Comcast) will have more broadband, while other, smaller companies that haven’t curried favor with their corporate overlords are going to be left with the table scraps.
ISPs cannot legally slow traffic on purpose, but when you have a two tier system and the corporate approach to ethics (that is, “catch me doing something wrong, I dare you”), how do you tell the difference between slow and “slow?”
Read more: Mission Accomplished: FCC Colludes with Media Oligarchs to Kill Net Neutrality