This Week on GR
ucked into the Northwest corner of the African continent, a desperate struggle for national recognition continues, largely overlooked by the outside world.
The people of the Western Sahara, the Saharawi, have suffered annexation, colonization, and occupation at the hands of a variety of malefactors, and their decades-long privation continues today.
As with other oppressed populations, the Saharawi have the misfortune of living on lands coveted by both their neighbours and marauding trans-national corporations, whose insatiable desire for mineral wealth has condemned the people to multi-generational exile.
Theresa Wolfwood is Director and co-founder of the Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation
, and is a writer, photographer, and long-time activist who has traveled from the highlands of Mexico to the gates of Gaza and beyond in pursuit of peace, social justice, and women's rights. Wolfwood has written for Briarpatch, Peace News, and Third World Resurgence among others, and is local coordinator for Victoria's Women in Black.
Terry is recently returned from a fact-finding trip to Western Sahara and will be presenting an illustrated talk relating her experiences at the Algerian refugee camps of the Saharawi.
'Beyond the Veil of Sand: The Life of the Saharawi People in Exile and Under Occupation' is this month's feature at Cafe Simpatico, taking place this Friday, April 25th at 1923 Fernwood Road, in the heart of the Fernwood community.
Terry Wolfwood in the first half.
And; Passover in Palestine means even less passing over Israeli checkpoints. The added restriction of the holidays means most to Gaza's captured population, dependent on the passage of goods and vital fuel supplies from Israel. With the hostile coup regime in Egypt tightening the Rafah crossing, and the tunnel economy in tatters, Gaza is more completely at the mercy of Israel than ever.
Jon Elmer is a Canadian freelance journalist and photojournalist specializing in the Middle East, and on Canadian foreign and military policy. Elmer has lived in and reported from Occupied Palestine for the better part of the last decade, while reporting too from more than a dozen countries from Nepal and Western Sahara, to the Basque country, and here in Canada. His articles and photographs are featured at the Journal of Palestine Studies, Le Monde diplomatique, The Progressive, and Al Jazeera English among others, and at his web site JonElmer.ca
. Jon is also a contributor, with Anthony Fenton, to the book, 'Empire's Ally: Canada in Afghanistan.'
Jon Elmer and high holidays in the Holy Land in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft
will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what's good to do in and around Victoria in the coming week. But first, Terry Wolfwood behind Western Sahara's Veil of Sand.
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, Terry Wolfwood, Jon Elmer, Janine Bandcroft Apr. 21, 2014
Created on Sunday, 20 April 2014 13:33
Written by Press Release
Response to Anti-Cuba CBC Interview Regarding ZunZuneo Scandal
ear CBC and “Q”; I am writing to respond to Piya Chattopadhyay's interview on “Q” with Emily Parker, a recent foreign policy adviser to the US Department of State.
The interview was regarding the newly uncovered scandal of ZunZuneo, the US government's secret project to create a Twitter-like service in Cuba with the aim of provoking dissent and overthrowing the Cuban government.
The unconcealed attempt by both interviewer and interviewee to redirect all of the blame against the Cuban government skillfully managed to miss all of the facts of the case.
Was Ms. Parker really the most informed and objective opinion CBC and “Q” could find on this subject? Why not interview any of the 3 authors who wrote the extensively researched Associated Press article which broke the ZunZuneo story in the first place? Why interview a paid foreign policy adviser to the US government instead?
Given the massive bias, it's obvious why the most fundamental question regarding the ZunZuneo scandal was never asked or answered. What moral, legal, or political right does the US government have to fund secret programs with the specific aim of overthrowing another country's government?
It is also not surprising that the 53 year old US travel and trade blockade of Cuba was never mentioned either.
Created on Sunday, 20 April 2014 13:00
Written by Robert Parry
Ukraine’s Neo-Nazi Imperative
by Robert Parry
- Consortium NewsA
fter the Feb. 22 coup in Ukraine – spearheaded by neo-Nazi militias – European and U.S. diplomats pushed for a quick formation of a new government out of fear that otherwise these far-right ultra-nationalists would be left in total control, one of those diplomats told me. "Bear hunter" New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof
The comment again underscores the inconvenient truth of what happened in Ukraine: neo-Nazis were at the forefront of the Kiev coup that ousted elected President Viktor Yanukovych, a reality that the U.S. government and news media have been relentlessly trying to cover up.
Although real-time reports from the scene in February chronicled armed and organized militias associated with the neo-Nazi Svoboda party and the Right Sektor attacking police with firebombs and light weapons, that information soon became a threat to the Western propaganda theme that Yanukovych fled simply because peaceful protesters occupied the Maidan square.
So, the more troubling history soon disappeared into the memory hole, dismissed as “Russian propaganda.” The focus of the biased U.S. news media is now on the anti-Kiev militants in the Russian-ethnic areas of eastern Ukraine who have rejected the authority of the coup regime and are insisting on regional autonomy.
Read more: The Neo-York Times' Nazi Fifth Column