Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dougie Strang, Yves Engler, Janine Bandcroft August 22nd, 2019

This Week on GR

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

August 22, 2019

How does one determine when it's time to quit? When do you know your relationship with a partner, relative, job, or even the way you engage with the World has led to a dead-end? And, what then is to be done?

Ten years ago, two English writers, each convinced ecological campaigning in hopes of changing the trajectory of our modern consumptionist society was both doomed to failure and ultimately delusional, united to create, 'Uncivilization: The Dark Mountain Manifesto'. It proved the beginning of a project that continues yet, questioning "the stories our societies like to tell about the world and our place within it..."

Listen. Hear.

Dougie Strang is a Scotland-based writer and performer who's been involved with the Dark Mountain Project from near its inception. He currently serves as chair of the Steering Group, and also writes for the project's books and website, and helps organise DM events and collaborations with other organisations. Strang says his performance work, "explores human/animal interactions, and our relationship to ritual and ceremony."

Dougie Strang in the first half.

And; with a Fall election call expected any day, the time couldn't be better for Canadians to examine anew the state of the country's political system; paying especial attention to Ottawa's players as at their quadrennial electoral games.

Yves Engler is a Montréal-based activist, essayist, and author whose numerous articles appear at his site, YvesEngler.com, Dissident Voice, The Palestine Chronicle, and Pacific Free Press among other places. His latest, 'Unifor aligns with Liberal foreign policy instead of international solidarity' is as round an evisceration of both the largest private sector union in Canada and it's bosom pals in the Liberal party you're likely to find.

Some of Engler's ten book titles include: ‘A Propaganda System-How Canada’s Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation’, ‘Canada in Africa – 300 Years of Aid and Exploitation’, ‘The Ugly Canadian – Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy’, and his latest, ‘Left, Right: Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada’.

Yves Engler and Our Canada, Ourselves in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week.

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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Unifor's Laboured Relations with Chrystia Freeland and the Federal Liberals

Unifor aligns with Liberal foreign policy instead of international solidarity

by Yves Engler

August 19, 2019

Inviting Chrystia Freeland to address this week’s Unifor convention undermines the union’s claims of international solidarity. 


As Foreign Affairs Minister, Freeland has pursued staunchly pro-corporate and pro-US policies. She has been bad for workers and their families around the world.

Let us count a few of the ways: 

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, "A Shopkeeper from Tamil Nadu", John Helmer, Janine Bandcroft August 15th, 2019

This Week on GR

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


August 15, 2019

Last week the Indian government officially abrogated the agreement the founders of the modern state signed guaranteeing Kashmiris the right to form an independent nation. With the stroke of a pen, prime minister Narendra Modi repealed Article 370, a provision of the Indian constitution granting special autonomous status to what was the northern state of Jammu & Kashmir, including the Ladakh region.

370 was specifically created to entice the majority Muslim region into the India fold during the partition of 1947.

Worse though than Modi's unilateral declaration, something provoking condemnation throughout the region and beyond, are measures employed by the Indian government; the locking down and cutting off of Kashmir from the rest of the World.

Modi's draconian actions from the perspective of India's Kashmiri diaspora in the first half.

And; Summer is for leisurely idylls; supposed to be spent languidly lolling among the shade trees considering the great eternal, while enjoying the corporeal fruits life has to offer. It is certainly not meant for that basest of all human pursuits, politics. But these are strange and unnatural days. As Helius arcs his golden chariot across the azure waters of the Greek islands, far below schemes are afoot, evil machinations whose bitter fulfillment may soon see Europe, from the Mediterranean cradle of its democratic tradition to the nethermost tips of its social liberal northern expanse, revisited by the refugee crisis, as per 2016.

Listen. Hear.

John Helmer is a journalist, former academic, government policy advisor, author, broadcaster and principal behind the news website, Dances with Bears. Some of John’s book titles include: ‘The Deadly Simple Mechanics of Society’, ‘Drugs and Minority Oppression’, (with Claudia Wright) ‘The Jackal’s Wedding – American Power, Arab Revolt’, ‘Grand Strategy for Small Countries, Case Studies in Transforming Weakness into Power,’ and his latest is the political memoir, ‘The Man Who Knows Too Much About Russia’.

He's also a former adivsor to Greek prime minister, Andreas Papandreou and his recent article, ‘Turkey's War in the West - Cyprus is Now Surrounded by Drill-Ships and Warships; Cannon Ready to Fire at Europe - 150,000 People per Month' spotlights Europe's next crisis in the making.

John Helmer and Turkey's all stick no carrot Mediterranean gambit in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week.

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, Mark Benson, Vanessa Beeley, Janine Bandcroft August 8th, 2019

This Week on GR

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


August 8th, 2019

More than a remote "somewhere, sometime" occurrence, climate change is happening now and it's happening here. While the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports the global mean temperature for June, and likely July too, as the hottest ever recorded, here in BC we're experiencing a drying trend that threatens to wither the rainforest.

Our various levels of government are aware of these trends and have made declarations of concern about a "global climate crisis", but they seem lacking where the proclamation rubber meets the policy road.

Listen. Hear.

Mark Benson holds a masters degree in bio-industry from Tokyo University of Agriculture, and owns and operates an ecological construction company on Pender Island.

Mark's also a Pender resident whose dismay at the CRD's decision to drain Gardom Pond spurred him to organize the 'Save Razor Point's Water' action group.

Mark Benson in the first half.

And; the undaunted certitude with which the "international community" seizes the moral high ground before rendering to ruin nations around the world is perceived with weary dismissal in those places unencumbered by western media. "How on Earth," the people over there ask, "can they still believe the lies?" And well we might ask too.

Vanessa Beeley is an independent journalist who has covered the Western wars against Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Yemen for the better part of the last decade. The Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism finalist is a recipient of the Serena Shim Award for Uncompromising Integrity in Journalism, and her articles appear at many of the most trusted internet news sites; including Mint Press News, where her recent piece, 'Faux Humanitarian: Irwin Cotler, the White Helmets, and the Whitewashing of an Appalling Agenda' serves as excoriation of both the crimes and towering hypocrisy of our times. (And, there's a Canadian connection!)

Vanessa Beeley and the fault in our humanitarian stars in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week.

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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CRD Moving On Gardom Pond: Locals Fight to Save North Pender Lake

CRD Plays Russian Roulette with Local Aquifer by Draining Lake

by Save Razor Point's Water Action Group 


August 3, 2019

Amidst Unprecedented Era of Drought, and Global Climate Change Crisis, CRD Chooses to Drain Precious Freshwater Lake Rather than Pay to Repair Dam.

Gardom Pond is freshwater impoverished North Pender's fourth largest lake but the CRD is amidst a project to drain it, rather than pay to repair the 40 year old earthen dam that augments the natural topography.

The lake is considered by several hydrologists, intimately familiar with the area, to be critical to the recharge of North Pender's largest aquifer, which lies directly beneath the fractured sandstone base of Gardom Pond.

Yet the CRD, having NO STUDIES in hand, claims that they do not believe wells will be affected by the draining of 82% of the lake.

 

Listen to Mark Benson talk to Gorilla Radio here.

 

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Joe Foy, Dahr Jamail, Janine Bandcroft August 1st, 2019

This Week on GR

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

August 1, 2019

Following a century and a half of forestry here, British Columbia's industrial-sized logging operators are struggling to find the trees needed to maintain the profits they've become accustomed to. The result is Big Timber leaning ever more heavily on provincial decision-makers to get access to areas of the public forests once thought off-limits. For the Spotted Owl, just one of a host of species endangered by habitat loss, the provincial government's reluctance to take a stand may make the difference between its survival or extirpation.

Listen. Hear.

Joe Foy is Co-Executive Director of the Wilderness Committee, an organization dedicated to, "preserving wildlife, defending parks, safeguarding public resources and fighting for a healthy climate." Joe leads the campaign team, and helps put together, coordinate and carry out strategies for its nature-protection campaigns.

Joe Foy in the first half.

And; while the numbers for July are not yet official, bets are that month's global mean temperature will too join June in breaking the mark as the hottest on record. According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, "global land and ocean surface temperature departure from average for June 2019 was the highest for the month of June in the 140-year NOAA global temperature dataset record."

In fact, nine of the ten hottest June's have occurred since 2010. Perhaps even more troubling though is the dearth of Antarctica's "ice extent", the smallest ever measured.

Dahr Jamail is a journalist and author who has, as staff writer at Truthout, been writing about climate change for the past decade or more. Dahr toured the island in early June with his book, 'The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption

Dahr Jamail and finding a way of life in a time of climate disruption in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist, and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Joe Foy and allowing the Spotted Owl's habitat be logged away.

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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Disrupting "Indian Act Governance" - A First Nations "Currency" in Canada

OneFeather and BlocPal to Provide First Nations with Digital Financial Services

by Richard Kastelein - BlockChain News

July 23, 2019

Canadian Blockchain company OneFeather – out of Victoria, Canada – and BlocPal International headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, have broadcast a new strategic partnership to jointly develop and release the OneFeather digital wallet app for First Nations members across North America.

The new wallet, to be launched later this year, will provide never before available digital financial services as well as important administrative and governance functions designed specifically for Indigenous peoples, communities and governments in both Canada and the United States.

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  • Written by John Helmer

MH 17 5 Years On: New Documentary Reveals Troubling Inconsistencies with the Official Narrative

MH17 EVIDENCE TAMPERING REVEALED BY MALAYSIA – FBI ATTEMPT TO SEIZE BLACK BOXES; DUTCH COVER-UP OF FORGED TELEPHONE TAPES; UKRAINIAN AIR FORCE HID RADAR RECORDS; CRASH SITE WITNESS TESTIMONY MISREPORTED

by John Helmer - Dances with Bears


July 22, 2019

A new documentary from Max van der Werff, the leading independent investigator of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 disaster, has revealed breakthrough evidence of tampering and forging of prosecution materials; suppression of Ukrainian Air Force radar tapes; and lying by the Dutch, Ukrainian, US and Australian governments.

An attempt by agents of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to take possession of the black boxes of the downed aircraft is also revealed by a Malaysian National Security Council official for the first time.

The sources of the breakthrough are Malaysian — Prime Minister of Malaysia Mohamad Mahathir; Colonel Mohamad Sakri, the officer in charge of the MH17 investigation for the Prime Minister’s Department and Malaysia’s National Security Council following the crash on July 17, 2014; and a forensic analysis by Malaysia’s OG IT Forensic Services of Ukrainian Secret Service (SBU) telephone tapes which Dutch prosecutors have announced as genuine.

The 298 casualties of MH17 included 192 Dutch; 44 Malaysians; 27 Australians; 15 Indonesians. The nationality counts vary because the airline manifest does not identify dual nationals of Australia, the UK, and the US.

The new film throws the full weight of the Malaysian Government, one of the five members of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), against the published findings and the recent indictment of Russian suspects reported by the Dutch officials in charge of the JIT; in addition to Malaysia and The Netherlands, the members of the JIT are Australia, Ukraine and Belgium. Malaysia’s exclusion from the JIT at the outset, and Belgium’s inclusion (4 Belgian nationals were listed on the MH17 passenger manifest), have never been explained.

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An Endless Procession of Dead in Gaza

The Ongoing Dread in Gaza: So Many Names, So Many Lives

by Kathy Kelly  - VCNV.org


July 23, 2019

“I felt shaky and uneasy all day, preparing for this talk” – Jehad Abusalim, a Palestinian from the territory of Gaza

 

Jehad Abusalim, a Palestinian now living in the United States, grew up Gaza. In Chicago last week, addressing activists committed to breaking the siege of Gaza, he held up a stack of 31 papers.

On each page were names of 1,254 Palestinians living in Gaza who had been killed in just one month of Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge” attacks five years ago.

“I felt shaky and uneasy all day preparing for this talk,” he told the group. He described his dismay when, looking through the list of names, he recognized one of a young man from his small town.

The day before going on the river, members
of the Freedom Flotilla for Gaza joined Voices
For Creative Nonviolence in a protest outside
of Boeing’s offices.

“He was always friendly to me,” Abusalim said. “I remember how he would greet me on the way to the mosque. His family and friends loved him, respected him.”

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Passing: Rutger Hauer

THANK YOU RUTGER HAUER 

by Captain Paul Watson - Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

 

July 24, 2019
 



In 1997 I was held in Dutch prison awaiting an extradition trial to Norway for sinking one of their illegal whaling ships the “Nybraena”. I was held for 120 days and received incredible support from the Dutch public and most notably from Rutger Hauer who twice visited me at Lelystad Prison. Rutger helped mobilize other celebrities and the Dutch court ruled to release me without extradition to Norway.

Rutger passed away today at the age of 75 and all of us with Sea Shepherd will miss him very much.

His support over the last 22 years gave us all strength and inspiration. When I returned from my 15 month exile at sea in 2013 Rutger along with James Costa hosted a dinner party in Hollywood to welcome me back.

In 2006 Rutger was on a movie set in Cape Town and took the time to take the entire crew of the Farley Mowat out for the evening for dinner and drinks.

When we needed him he was there for us and for the whales and other citizens of the sea. Always generous, always supportive and always with a smile.

He was a good friend. I sailed with him on a few weekends in Santa Monica Bay and shared stories and life experiences.

As an actor he was a legend. In Blade Runner he made the replicant he portrayed possess more humanity than the humans pursuing him. He played good guys, bad guys, a blind guy and of course will always be remembered as The Man of Orange, a legend in his native Netherlands and the world.

Rutger was a Shepherd for the Sea, a hero for the planet and a wonderful person.

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Heather McSwan & Barbarah Nicoll, Max van der Werff, Janine Bandcroft July 25th, 2019

This Week on GR

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

July 25, 2019

When residents of the rural Kootenays community of Glade discovered surveying tape above the creek providing their water they got worried. Worried because they knew the tape belonged to Kalesnikoff Lumber Co, a local outfit planning to start logging in the watershed.

That was four years ago, and what followed for the small community is a legal struggle that has run all the way to British Columbia's Supreme Court.

Listen. Hear.

Heather McSwan and Barbarah Nicoll are active members representing the Glade Watershed Protection Society.

Heather McSwan and Barbarah Nicoll in the first half.

And; on July 17th, 2014, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed, shot from the sky over Ukraine. All 298 people aboard perished. Those on flight MH17 came from five countries, and in the aftermath of the disaster, the Joint Investigation Team, an international body comprising representatives was formed to investigate; but, politics has hampered the search for truth from the beginning.

Max van der Werff is an independent Dutch investigator and filmmaker who along with journalist, Yana Yerlashova formed Bonanza Media, and have produced the documentary film, 'MH17- Call for Justice', released last week.

Max van der Werff and demanding justice for the victims of MH17 five years after the fact in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Heather McSwan and Barbarah Nicoll, fighting for Glade's, and all of our, right to clean water.

 

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, Caitlin Manning, Christopher Black, Janine Bandcroft July 18, 2019

This Week on GR

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


July 18, 2019

It was all going to be so good, the new man promised. He had a plan: No more would they bow to outsiders; no more allow nature be subsumed by industry; and no more would they be left to watch as the best of everything was taken. It would be a shining new day.

Thus Mexicans received Andrés Manuel López Obrador, or "AMLO" as he's colloquially known, into the presidency. But that was last year.

Caitlin Manning is an American filmmaker and active participant in the movements against patriarchy, racism and capitalism. She's currently working on Resistant Mexico, a series of films documenting resistance to neoliberal economic expansion, and retention of cultural modes, methods, and memory in Mexico.

Listen. Hear.

Caitlin's articles, and links to her films appear at CaitlinManningfilms.com, and at ROAR Magazine, where I found her article, 'AMLO in office: from megaprojects to militarization'.

Caitlin Manning in the first half.

And; last week Britain dispatched its navy to take into custody, at its still contentious Gibraltar sinecure on the Iberian peninsula, the Panamanian-flagged Iranian oil tanker Grace I. The Grace was, allegedly, Syria-bound when intercepted, something the UK says violates European Union sanctions. Iran denies it, but the bigger question bearing begging is, "Does the EU, America, or Britannia have the right to rule the waves?"

Christopher Black is a Toronto-based criminal lawyer specializing in international war crimes cases. He's also an executive member of the Canadian Peace Congress. Black's articles on international law, politics and World events appear at New Eastern Outlook among other places, where his latest, 'A League of Perpetual Peace: An Impossible Dream?' reveals the West's relentless chicanery that would, in its audacity, risk another global war.

Christopher Black and pyrates again off Barbary's Coast in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and long-time CFUV Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Caitlin Manning and the AMLO change Mexico did not hope for.

 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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