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May is a time for commemorations that begins with: the May Day(s), the ancient pagan ritual for Spring, and marking of Labour solidarity in Europe and America; and of course, tomorrow's Cinco de Mayo remembrance of one of Mexico's successful revolutions. But for the residents of Odessa, Ukraine's third city and most important seaport, May the 2nd is no celebration. It's a date that will live forever in infamy. Two years ago, during the Western-inspired Maidan uprising, scores of citizen resistors to the Kiev coup were killed, burned alive by the fascist mob as they took shelter in the House of Trade Unions building in Kulikovo Square. Hundreds more were injured. Listen. Hear. The regime is yet to bring the investigation into the atrocity forward; in fact, after two years, the only ones in prison for what happened on May second are survivors of the attacks. That failure is emblematic of the hopelessly corrupt and unjust rule of Washington's puppet, Petro Poroshenko; two years into Kiev's war-torn rule of Ukraine the country teeters tenuously on the brink of total disaster. Roger Annis is a longtime socialist, trade union activist, and prolific essayist in the cause of social justice and peace both in Canada and abroad. He's a contributing editor at the website New Cold War, where he's written extensively on Ukraine, and his articles can also be found at his website, A Socialist in Canada, and at Rabble.ca, and Counterpunch.org. Roger Annis in the first segment. And; not to be left behind, Canada too has been busy enabling corrupt and violent regimes murder and maim innocents. As the body count of the House of Saud's relentless onslaught in neigbouring Yemen continues to increase, Ottawa is beavering away to sign as many "defense" contracts as it can muster; possibly before the dammed outrage in the region, and indeed the World, breaks, washing finally away the Saudi's forever. Anthony Fenton is an independent researcher, former journalist, author, and PhD candidate studying the political economy of Canada-Gulf Cooperation Council, or GCC relations. Anthony co-authored, with Yves Engler, 'Canada in Haiti: Waging War on the Poor Majority,' and his many articles have been featured by the Asia Times Online, The Dominion, Foreign Policy in Focus, Inter Press Service News, Mother Jones, and Upside Down World. Anthony Fenton and Ottawa arming its friends in the Saudi war zone in the second half. And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will NOT join us as is usual today; prior commitments demanding her more immediate attention. So, first up, Roger Annis and Kiev's victory two years later.
With the rolling back of labour rights, deterioration of working conditions, government maintenance of an artificially high unemployment rate, proliferation of guest worker programs, and prolonged wage stagnation we've witnessed over the last few decades, the workers around here, if not the World, have good reason to cry "May Day" But who would answer the call now? As with much of labour history, even that term has been appropriated, its original meaning and intent being all but erased from public consciousness. Art Farquharson is a fully paid, life-long member of the Working Class. He's laboured in the fields and factories of this nation, and on its highways and high seas too. A proud unionist, Art's held CAW, Unifor, Machinists, Public Service Alliance, IATSE, and Ferry Workers Union union cards. He's also a card-carrying member of the Industrial Workers of the World, or Wobblies, who never misses a chance to sing, march, or provide guitar accompaniment for pickets, protests, demonstrations, or celebrations of the working people like the Corporate Golden Piggy Awards, and New Year's Day Poor People's Levee Tour. In short, Art says he "comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable," adding, "There is no retirement from being a citizen, [and] can be no rest until all workers the world over have peace and justice." Art Farquharson in the first segment. And; earlier this month, Citizen's Forum, a public access public affairs program produced by volunteers at Victoria's Shaw Cable affiliate, in accordance with the CRTC's mandate to cable operators in return for the market monopolies they enjoy, was axed. Jack Etkin is the long-time, Victoria-based democracy and media activist who hosted and produced the show. He's also behind a number of other media and democracy projects around here, and has been for more than a decade. Jack Etkin on the demise of Citizen's Forum, corporate media, and Canada's frail democracy. And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus 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 going on on the streets of our city, and beyond there too, in the coming week. But first, Art Farquharson and bringing the meaning back to May Day.
Earlier this month, Citizen's Forum, a public access public affairs program, produced by volunteers at Victoria's Shaw Cable affiliate, in accordance with CRTC mandate, was axed. Jack Etkin is the long-time, Victoria-based democracy and media activist host of, and producer behind the show, and a number of other media/democracy projects. Jack Etkin on the demise of Citizen's Forum, the corporate media, and Canadian democracy.
Last month, the International Tribunal for Yugoslavia came down with a verdict against Radovan Karadzic, the first president of the Serb Republic, and leader during the Bosnian War of the 1990's. Regardless of the merits of the ICTY's case against Karadzic, the manner in which it was conducted, and the refusal of the Court to investigate properly, let alone prosecute NATO for the crimes it committed leading to and during the secession wars of Yugoslavia brings into question both the utility of the International Tribunal itself, and more broadly, the concept of international law entirely. In fact, exemptions from international law that have allowed the litany of wars waged by the West since the dissolution of the Soviet Union can all be traced back to the Former Yugoslavia, where the United States made sure to exclude itself and its allies from the "supreme international crime" of aggression. Luciana Bohne is a retired (and recovering) academic, and co-founder of Film Criticism, a journal of cinema studies at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. She describes herself as possessing "an internationalist outlook, having been born in Yugoslavia, raised in Italy, and matured intellectually in the US." Luciana's articles on politics and mainly Italian film history appear at CounterPunch.org, where her latest article, 'The Cowards’ Wars' was, she says, occasioned by the sentencing of Radovan Karadzic to forty years imprisonment by the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia. Luciana Bohne in the first half. And; I went down Monday to Victoria's Canadian Forces recruiting centre to talk to some of the people observing the international Day of Action Against Military Spending. For Canada's part, VOWS, or Voice of Women for Peace called on the Canadian Government to: "Substantially reduce military expenditures and re-allocate them to urgent social and environmental needs;" saying, "The federal government should invest in programs that will reduce poverty and help our country transition to a low-carbon, green economy and NOT on combat missions overseas and buying new warships and fighter jets." Giving voice for a world without militarism with VOWS 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 some of the good things coming to the streets of our city, and beyond there too, this week. But first, Luciana Bohne and the writing and unwriting of laws granting impunity ad infinitum, based on assumptions of the "altruistic morality of intervening to adjust the affairs of the world."
I went down to Victoria's Canadian Forces recruiting centre to talk to some of the people observing VOWS' annual day of demonstration. VOWS is calling on the Canadian Government too: "Substantially reduce military expenditures and re-allocate them to urgent social and environmental needs." They say: "The federal government should invest in programs that will reduce poverty and help our country transition to a low-carbon, green economy and NOT on combat missions overseas and buying new warships and fighter jets." National and international events are organized on this day by the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace and the International Peace Bureau.
Welcome to our first show of the new year. Beginnings, even arbitrarily designated calendrical ones, offer opportunities for self-reflection and change-making both in our personal lives and in the life of the greater society. And, looking back at the year just past, it's easy to see there's plenty of change needed in not only the way the World is run, but also in the way we great primates think about our place in it. But what are we to do? A good start, my first guest suggests, is becoming a little more conscious of the preconceptions and biases limiting our understanding. Derrick Broze is a freelance journalist, community activist, gardener, promoter from Houston, Texas, and co-author of the book, 'The Conscious Resistance: Reflections on Anarchy and Spirituality.' He's founder of both the Houston Free Thinkers, and The Conscious Resistance Network, and hosts the weekly podcast, The Conscious Resistance Live. According to Broze, consciously resisting means, "being willing to engage in self reflection, and pursuing knowledge of the self." The goal is freedom; freedom from the linear patterns of thought and action taught and reinforced by a society with an apparent death wish; or, as Derrick puts it, "Without knowing our own doubts, hopes, fears, dreams, insecurities and strengths we can not truly know what freedom means to us as an individual." Derrick Broze in the first half. And; there's no doubt, who informs us about the world effects how we live in it. Currently, Big M media within the Anglo-American power configuration is struggling to maintain the structural integrity of its narrative surrounding the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, and the great refugee exodus that conflict has created. Crucial to any good yarn of course is the villain; in this case the Black Hats are IS. Known variously as ISIS, ISIL, Daesh, and the Islamic State, these are the actors whose dastardliness makes anything done by us, naturally the heroes of this epic, just OK, (if not actually justified). But what if ISIL, ISIS, Daesh, and/or the Islamic State is not who, or what the storytellers say it is? What if the story is just that, a story invented to cover the real motives behind the nightmare unleashed on Syria, and the whole of the middle east? Tim Anderson is an Australian solidarity activist and academic at the University of Sydney. He has degrees in economics and international politics, and a doctorate in the political economy of economic liberalization in Australia. While his scholarly studies focus on economic development, human rights and self-determination within the Asia-Pacific region and Latin America, his latest articles, published at Global Research, explore the complex web of local and international interests at play in Syria and Iraq conflict. His latest is, 'The Dirty War in Syria: Washington Supports Islamic State -The Evidence'. Tim Anderson and the role frenemies play in Washington's great Middle East game in the second half. And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emertius 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, Derrick Broze, actively raising the consciousness level of alternative journalism.
Welcome to another Gorilla Radio Year-Ender show, wherein we generally try to take the tenure of the times through some of the stories covered here over the last 12 months, and attempt to weave from them a tapestry giving fair representation of the Canadian zeitgeist, and that of the broader World in 2015. The hope is, a thorough conning of the year past can provide hints as to where we can expect the tide of events to take us in the next, New Year. This year however, I've decided on a different course; instead of merely a going over of the events of 2015, I'll play selections from my long-favoured accompanying music, Grant Wakefield's 'The Fire This Time.' The instrumental side of Wakefield's masterful work has featured as background music for X-Mas specials, and those other occasions where there are no guests, but I've rarely played the documentary side of the disc. It's a terrible account of the Forever War's commencement, and the sowing of the dragon's teeth determining the news events we've seen reported, sans context, since. Fittingly, this year I go back, way back, to provide that deeper background, beginning at the beginning of this bloody new era... I remember like it was yesterday... I was standing at the desk of a Mexican post office in Merida, on the Yucatan Peninsula. It was January 17th, 1991. There was a television mounted on the wall, the volume turned to distortion level, (as everything seems to be down south of south of the border). CNN blared, and red rockets flared as America and her allies dared kick off Desert Storm, (what would become the Mother of All Wars, the one that's giving even now, nearly 25 years later). The post office clerk followed my gaze to the teevee on the wall and said, "Es bueno, no?" And I said, "No, muey malo." Grant Wakefield said much more; his 'The Fire This Time,' audio-documentary is a unique and necessary chronicling of the 1990-91 Gulf War. The CD's liner notes inform, "In April 1999 Grant Wakefield and Miriam Ryle travelled to Iraq intending to update Ryle's 1994 documentary "Voices From Iraq." They shot footage of the life in and around Baghdad, and filmed several interviews (including one with the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Hans Von Sponeck). On their return they offered the unedited footage to BBC and Channel 4. It was refused. Upon this, Grant Wakefield searched for another way to share the collected material with the public and decided to make an audio CD. The documentary tells the story of Iraq, and its appointed role in the geopolitics of the West, from the colonial times at the beginning of the 20th century, till the period of the embargo at the end of the nineties... The story is narrated by Grant Wakefield, and complimented by a collage of samples from the collected footage, interviews, newsbroadcasts, and official (government and military) statements. The music was provided by various electronical artists, and Grant Wakefield mixed his narrative over it. The second CD is the instrumental version of the songs used for the first disc." That first disc is the one I rely so heavily upon for special programs like today's. But, it's the second disc I believe so crucial to gaining an understanding of the world we live in today; an understanding impossible to reach outside the context of the first Gulf War, and the true motives behind it. So, here then is Grant Wakefield's The Fire This Time, where be the seeds of perpetual war are planted.
Welcome to the umpteenth Gorilla Radio X-Mas Special. As we've done in years past so we will again today do; to wit, take a look at where we are this festive time of year, counting our blessings, while wishing the best for those around us, and too forgetting the slights we've suffered, unburdening ourselves the weight of animosities carried throughout the year to live finally life joyous as it is intended to be. This year we'll be joined by: Ini Kamoze, James Carroll, Gil Scott-Heron, Transglobal Underground, Hawksley Workman, Brian Ferry, the Pogues, Sarah Simpson, and maybe even a surprise or two.
Yesterday, the jury in the Freddie Gray manslaughter trial against the first of six Baltimore police officers involved in Gray's wrongful death passed a note to the judge declaring themselves deadlocked following a first day of deliberation. Gray died of injuries sustained either during his arrest, or while being transported in the back of a police van, and he joins Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, and Alonzo Smith as another of the better known in a too long list of black people killed by police in suspect circumstances. Thanks to the proliferation of cell phone cameras, and the increasing effectiveness of social networks, public consciousness of how Black America is policed is reaching outside the Black community; but it's not news to those within it. Long before cell phones, Facebook, or Twitter hashtag campaigns, Carl Dix was fighting for the rights and dignity of all people. He spent two years in a military prison for refusing to fight in Vietnam, emerging to become a founding member of the Revolutionary Communist Party, and long before Hands Up and Black Lives Matter became a part of the modern media landscape, Carl initiated the 'October 22 Coalition to STOP Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation.' Twenty years later, Carl Dix has joined with Cornel West and many others to create the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, and its campaigns Stop 'Stop-and-Frisk,' and #RiseUpOctober that brings almost 100 families of police murder victims together in New York City. #RiseUpOctober was out in the streets this week, standing in solidarity with Hollywood film director, Quentin Tarantino, whose latest film release faces the threat of a boycott organized by the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, and the Fraternal Order of Police because of Tarantino's support of #RiseUpOctober and its call to "Stop the Police Terror." Carl Dix in the first half. And; as reports of Turkish complicity in the oil trade that sustains IS, or Islamic State, connections that go to the very top of the Turkish ruling elite, become more widely disseminated, new allegations of that country's involvement in supplying to its "terrorist" allies the sarin gas used in the infamous Ghouta gas attacks of 2013. You may recall, those attacks were blamed on the Syrian government, and were very nearly conflated then into a pretext for an all-out American attack against Syria. If nothing else, these new revelations remind, we have a very murky understanding of what's going on way over there; certainly not sufficient to make the life and death decisions going to war demand. Brad Hoff is an author, journalist, educator and Managing Editor of Levant Report.com. The former Marine has taught ancient and modern history at the college and high school levels, and has lived and traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, spending most of his time in Syria prior to the 2011 uprising. His articles also appear at Antiwar.com and Foreign Policy Journal among other on-line sites. Brad's latest article charts the curious career of ISIS commander, Omar "the Chechen" al-Shishani. I spoke to Brad in late September... Brad Hoff getting a better idea of the players the Great Syrian Game 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 good things coming to the streetz of our town in the coming week, and beyond there too. But first, Carl Dix and the fight to #Stop Police Terror.
Ten thousand kilometers from the Peace River Valley, as the purple martin flies, Brazil's embattled environmental authority has authorized the construction of the Belo Monte Dam; despite the fact the dam does not comply with IBAMA's, the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, own legislated prerequisites guaranteeing the quote: "conditions necessary to guarantee the life, health and integrity of affected communities." It's an international disgrace; one Antonia Melo, leader of Movimiento Xingú Vivo para Siempre says is simply a crime. The Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA) says: “The authorization clearly violates Brazil’s international human rights commitments, especially with respect to the indigenous communities of the Xingú River basin. Those affected populations are protected by precautionary measures granted in 2011 by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which the Brazilian government continues to ignore.” And yet, the project is going ahead; clearly a case of government corruption and a callous disregard for the rights of indigenous people and the environment they depend upon for survival. Meanwhile, at the other end of the martin's migration another dam, but the story is the same. Ken Boon is president of the Peace Valley Landowners Association, the group challenging a BC Supreme Court decision to allow the project proceed in hopes of stopping destructive preparatory work. Ken Boon in the first half. And; as predicted, Haitians are not accepting the massive fraud masquerading as democracy. October's presidential election was farcical, even by Haiti's standards; standards so low, the poll preceding this latest, long-delayed vote, was overturned by edict of foreign powers occupying the Caribbean island. This time around, opposition parties say more than 10,000 Haitian police, aided by as many as 2,500 U.N. personnel from Minustah interfered with voting stations, and are accused of stealing and stuffing ballots. Kevin Pina is an American filmmaker, journalist, educator, and broadcaster with Pacifica Radio's public affairs program, Flashpoints. Pina's film credits include: 'El Salvador: In the Name of Democracy,' 'Berkeley in the Sixties,' 'Amazonia: Voices from the Rainforest,' 'Haiti: Harvest of Hope,' 'Haiti: The UNtold Story,' and 'HAITI: We Must Kill the Bandits.' Kevin has lived in and reported from Haiti, and was jailed by the infamous Baby Doc Duvalier for reporting on the abuses of that nefarious regime. I spoke with Kevin in September about the then-coming presidential elections. Kevin Pina and a Haitian deja vu at the ballot box 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 for our city's streets, and beyond there too. But first, Ken Boon and Site C, damning the people's will.
Do you ever get the feeling things are disappearing around you? Afraid to turn your attention away for a moment, in case you look back to see the world you knew irreparably altered; gone forever? You're not mad. Our world has become ever more ephemeral; a lot less "reality" based lately. Whether "the cloud," or other digital technologies emerging to nudge our familiar hardware existence aside, it's all a part of what my first guest calls being, "Vapourized." And, this is not only happening in media, where the last decade has seen the newspaper, magazine, and music business rocked by new digital habits, but is also moving into the electronics industries. Robert Tercek is a 21st Century Renaissance man whose nearly 23 year career pre-dates most of what makes up our modern world. Tercek has created breakthrough entertainment experiences across digital platforms, including: satellite television, game consoles, broadband Internet, interactive teevee, and mobile networks. His expertise includes too working the executive suites; most recently serving as President of Digital Media at OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, a Senior Vice President of Digital Media at Sony Pictures, and as Creative Director at MTV. Robert also co-founded five startup ventures, including 7th Level, Inc, and is the author of the book, 'Vaporized: Solid Strategies for Success In A Dematerialized World.' Robert Tercek in the first half. And; last month, barely a week into his mandate, Canada's new prime minister, Justin Trudeau ordered Transport Canada coordinate with the Fisheries, Natural Resources, and Environment Ministries to put in place an oil tanker moratorium along BC's north coast. It's a stunning reversal of federal policy; but what does it mean in real terms? Ingmar Lee is a long-time, BC-based environment defender whose latest effort is '10,000 Ton Tanker' campaign to clear BC's inside passage of dangerous tanker traffic currently flying under the radar. His past efforts to save the forests and watershed ecosystems of Vancouver Island include being among the few who took to the trees in the iconic Cathedral Grove, and remaining for two years while the law, loggers, and Weyerhaeuser threatened them every day in every way they could. The fact the Grove remains at all is due in great part to he and his "outlaw" cohorts. Between campaigns like Cathedral Grove, fighting the destruction of the suburban forest to make way for highways in Langford, scaling the BC Legislature flag pole to garner press in opposition to the Enbridge pipeline scheme, and dismantling seismic explosives in the heart of Sandhill Crane nesting grounds, Ingmar earned an Asia Studies degree from the University of Victoria, with a minor in Environmental Studies. Ingmar Lee and a tanker by another name in the second segment. 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 good doings and otherwise planned for the streets of our town in the coming week; and beyond there too. But first, Robert Tercek and 'Vaporized: Solid Strategies for Success In A Dematerialized World.'
Went down to the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of history's most heinous act(s). Here's how the organizers explain the annual Lantern Lighting event: Hiroshima-Nagasaki memorial This year’s lantern ceremony marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Japan Thursday August 6th 7:30 pm Esquimalt Gorge Park 1070 Tillicum Road, south of Gorge Rd. Lantern making starts at 7:30 pm, with words and songs of peace at 8 pm, followed by floating the lanterns in the Gorge.
Last week, a resolution was presented at the United Nations Security Council that would have a new tribunal created to investigate the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH-17 over Ukraine. Coinciding nearly with the first anniversary of the tragedy, the resolution was vetoed by Russia for reasons not made clear in western media reports. Instead, the press used the rejection to insinuate Russian complicity in either the attack, or to protect the villain framed to take the fall for the killing of the almost three hundred passengers and crew aboard MH-17, resisters of the Kiev coup in eastern Ukraine. So, why did Russia stand against the proposal, knowing full-well it would be presented as having, at the very least, some nefarious secret to hide? Roger Annis is a contributing editor at the website New Cold War, where he's written extensively on Ukraine. His articles can also be found at his website, A Socialist in Canada, Rabble.ca, and Counterpunch.org. Roger visited Crimea last year, and his assignment to the Eastern Ukrainian city of Donestk earlier this year resulted in his lecture for Simon Fraser University's Institute for the Humanities, 'Eyewitness Report from the War Zone of Eastern Ukraine.' Roger Annis in the first half. And; famously successful in bringing an end to South Africa's vile Apartheid regime, the sanction, boycott and divestment movement has grown to include personal and institutional financial dealings with fossil fuel companies. Last month, Victoria City Council was presented with a motion to divest its investments in industries recognized as contributing to climate change. As the motion was being readied for presentation to the Mayor and Council, scores of activists with Divest Victoria rallied outside City Hall to voice their support. Sounds from the Divest Victoria Climate Action Rally 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 up to speed with some of what's good to do in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Roger Annis and dissecting the UN Security Council's resolve in getting to the bottom of the MH-17 mass murder.
If the laws governing macro-economics is all Greek to you, don't be too hard on yourself; the Greeks too are having a hard time fathoming just what the hell happened to their economy. There are almost as many theories as there are pundits trying to explain the situation, but few on the major news networks dare dig behind the prevailing myth that frames the latest road-kill on the European Union's highway to neo-liberal Nirvana as due to, as my first guest paraphrased it, "lazy, ouzo-swilling, olive pit-spitting Greeks." It's a classic blame-the-victim narrative, revealing little of the actual story behind Greece's financial tragedy. Greg Palast is a journalist, television presenter, and reporting investigator whose reports are found stateside at The Nation Magazine, Rolling Stone, Harper's Magazine, and online at Truthout.org and at GregPalast.com. He's also author of the New York Times' Best Selling books, 'Billionaires and Ballot Bandits,' 'Armed Madhouse,' and 'The Best Democracy Money Can Buy,' among others, and he's an economist, trained at the infamous Chicago School of Economics, incubator of the very theories ravaging Greece today. Greg's latest book, 'Vultures' Picnic' was named "Book of the Year" by the BBC's Newsnight Review, and his film exposés include: 'Billionaires and Ballot Bandits - The Movie,' 'Vultures and Vote Rustlers,' 'Why We Occupy - Palast Live!,' 'Big Easy to Big Empty,' 'Bush Family Fortunes, ' 'The Assassination of Hugo Chavez,' 'Palast Investigates,' 'The Election File,' and with Jeremy Scahill 'Big Noise: From Black Water to White Powder.' Greg Palast in the first segment. And; next week commemorations marking the dates of two of humanity's most heinous acts will be held again in Victoria, and around the World. On August 6th, the Victoria chapter of the Women in Black, an international collective dedicated to the promotion of peace and opposition to war and violence, will mark the 70th anniversary of the1945 destruction of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Obliterated by a new kind of weapon, the unprecedented attack set the stage for a nuclear arms race and stand-off the shadow of which still looms over the planet generations later. 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. She and the Women in Black will hold an educational picket August 6th at the Inner Harbour. Terry Wolfwood and the Women in Black standing vigil for Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and a World weary of warfare 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 up to speed with some of what's good to do in and around our town, and beyond here too, for the coming week. But first; Greg Palast and Eurozone Economics 101: Getting Greece'd.
Went down to the Divest Victoria Action Rally at Victoria City Hall...Here's how they describe their mission: "In the hours before today’s momentous city council meeting, citizens of Victoria will be rallying at City Hall to pressure the Municipal Government to take city dollars out of fossil fuel investments. Mayor and council will then be debating and voting on Victoria’s first ever motion concerning fossil fuel divestment. Award winning Canadian artist, author and activist, Franke James, will display her artwork and give one of the speeches at the event, which starts at 6pm. In the lead up to the July 23rd event, Victoria residents have been voicing their concerns about widespread droughts, rampant forest fires and climate change, as well as their support for taking municipal dollars out of fossil fuel companies."