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Mars Passing: Apes of War

PEJ News - C. L. Cook - Happy April, no foolin', Spring is on the rise. The God of War, and namesake of the month past is ascendant when the weather turns friendly. It's a tradition not solely belonging to our exemplars, the Romans, but true too for the long embattled tribes of Afghanistan. So, though March be past, Mars will linger. Over the past several years, I've covered wars on Gorilla Radio, what follows is a compendium, a "Martian Chronicle," of the Red God's cost. - lex


Mars Passing: Apes of War

C. L. Cook

PEJ News
April 2, 2006

A look in the way back: The month of Mars, as recorded at Gorilla Radio, follows

... Way back in Mars 2002...

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Monday, March 18th, 2002

5:00:00 2:00 Welcome to GR, etc. If you?re waiting to hear the dirt on the circus of venality that has become the political process in western democracy, but just can?t seem to find it on your nightly news dial, don?t hold your breath.

Even if he was equipped for the task, that toupee-coiffed talking head and its plasticly enhanced, Barbie inspired co-anchor, wouldn?t dream of risking his assets for so na?ve a notion as journalistic integrity. Money puts the words in the mouths and pens of the New World Media, and the truth just isn?t paying these days.

No election fix, bloody crusade, or environmental massacre is big enough to prise the gold-glossed lips of the media mutts from the teat of their corporate masters. But there are an intrepid few who have clung to the old-fashioned idea that a journalist?s job, beyond the tittle-tattle of the day and hockey highlights, is to inform and serve the public good.

Greg Palast is a multi-award winning investigative reporter whose column, Inside Corporate America, has rattled tea-cups and careers on both sides of the Atlantic. His recently published book, ?The Best Democracy Money Can Buy? is two-hundred hard bound pages of dynamite. In the first half, Greg Palast, exposing the truth about globalization, corporate cons, and high finance fraudsters?

And, we Canadians like to think of ourselves as good neighbours. We like to believe that our only neighbour, the United States, feels the same way. But, the truth is: for more than two centuries, the United States has repeatedly and consistently tried to complete their dream of a continental nation encompassing all of North America.

Those efforts have included four separate military invasions of Canada and, when those failed, the application of continual political pressure and economic coercion designed to erode northern sovereignty. Today, their dream of a United Continental States of America is closer to fruition than ever before.

In the second half, York University poli-sci professor, James Laxer on our decent into the continental drain. But first, Greg Palast and the best democracy money can buy.

5:02:00 26:00 Discussion w/ Greg Palast

A look in the way back: The month of Mars, as recorded at Gorilla Radio, follows ...

Way back in Mars 2003 ...

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    Monday, March 31st, 2003

5:00:00 2:00 Welcome to GR, etc. In the looking-glass world where war masquerades as pre-emptive intervention, and the mass murder of civilians is not the fault of their killers, but those that dare defend them, the old saw that says, ?Truth is the first casualty of war? becomes laughably inadequate.

The motives and methods behind this latest war of liberation have, from the outset, been more a fabrication of the Pentagon, a fantasy perpetuated by a too compliant media corps, than anything resembling truth. If Truth must be characterized, then let?s make of it a pillar of light against the dark evil playing out as fiction on American TV, and not an irredeemable, bled-white cadaver. If anything is to be a casualty of the lethal lie behind this war, then let it be our belief in the military-industrial media, who pretend to Truth while abetting its debasement.

In the first segment, veteran foreign correspondent, award winning documentary producer, and co-author, with Norman Solomon, of the recently released book, ?Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn?t Tell You,? Reese Erlich.  Mr. Erlich will be in Victoria Saturday to participate in Pearson College?s ?Media Week,? speaking on the role of the media in war and peace.

And, Canadian media and the lamentable Alliance party are tripping over their toadstools to reassure the U.S.A. that true Canadians share equally in that country?s lust for conquest and its attendant carnage. Despite overwhelming citizen opposition to this war, our government?s initial principled stand is wavering before business imperatives.

In the second segment, legendary Canadian nationalist, publisher, founder and leader of the National Party of Canada, and author, Mel Hurtig. Mr. Hurtig?s books, ?The Betrayal of Canada,? ?A New and Better Canada,? ?At the Twilight of the Country,? ?Feed the Kids, or Pay the Rent,? and his latest, ?The Vanishing Country,? are all passionate defences of Canadian independence and refutations of the continentalism preached by Stockboy Day?s American Alliance, and practiced by both Tory and Liberal governments.

Mel Hurtig in the second segment.

And, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with all that?s good to do in and around Victoria this week. But first, Reese Erlich and ?Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn?t Tell You?     

5:02:00 25:00 Discussion w/ Reese Erlich

A look in the way back: The month of Mars, as recorded at Gorilla Radio, follows ...

Way back in Mars 2004 ...


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    Monday, March 29th, 2004

5:00:00 2:00 Welcome to GR, etc. Faulty intelligence or not, the American invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq are criminal acts under international law. Years, or perhaps months from now, you can expect the time-worn excuses for these crimes against humanity and nature to be dismissed sadly as terrible ?blunders;? mistakes made with all the right intentions; an honest effort to bring democracy and freedom to an oppressed people gone terribly awry. Following his lamenting Mea Culpa, the next president will set his patrician jaw, and promise to never abandon ?The Greatest Nation on Earth?s? God-given mission to bring civilization to a dark and troubled world. And the bombs will drop on. Mickey Z. is an essayist, and frequent contributor to CounterPunch.org. His writings have been collected and published in two forthcoming books, ?A Gigantic Mistake: Articles and Essays for Your Intellectual Self-Defense,? and ?Seven Deadly Spins: Exposing the Lies Behind War Propaganda.? Mickey Z. in the first half.

And; just over a week ago, Ariel Sharon?s Israel murdered a man in a wheelchair. Small potatoes perhaps in the greater context of the daily atrocity that is the Occupation of Palestine, but this was no run-of-the-mill murder. The F-16 rocket attack against the aged and infirm cleric and Hamas leader, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin virtually guarantees the continuation, and escalation, of killing in Palestine and Israel. It also provides accused war criminal Sharon a welcome political diversion from a sordid corruption scandal. Jon Elmer is a Halifax-based writer, photographer, activist, Dalhousie philosophy student, and co-founder of ?FromOccupiedPalestine.org,?  His articles and interviews have appeared in The Progressive magazine, Z, and on CounterPunch.org. Jon will take part in UVic?s ?Armed with Understanding? lecture series later this week to share his experiences of daily life within the walls of the Israeli occupation. Jon Elmer in the second half.

And, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with all that?s good to do in and around Victoria this week. But first, Mickey Z., and putting the ?Oopsie? in America?s Daisy-cutter foreign policy.

5:02:00 25:00 Discussion w/ Mickey Z.

?Welcome to the show Mickey; Serendipitously enough, for the release of you book, ?A Gigantic Mistake,? the Vietnam war hero, and Democratic presidential candidate, John Kerry summed up America?s war against the Vietnamese neatly, calling it, ?a mistake.? What does this absurdly simplistic assessment mean??

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5:31:00 3:00 Music  Eno-Mea Culpa

5:34:00 25:00 Discussion w/ Jon Elmer

Welcome back to GR, etc. We may see it on the news, or read it online: Another day of death and destruction in Palestine. A few numbers follow pictures of a cracked and tortured landscape: X many insurgent terrorists, Y number of civilians dead and maimed. Jon Elmer has shared the Palestine experience under Israeli occupation, and knows the people that are the grist of the nightly news statistics. He?s a Halifax-based writer, photographer, activist, and co-founder of ?FromOccupiedPalestine.org,? who spent three months living in, and reporting from occupied Palestine. His articles and interviews have appeared in The Progressive magazine, Z, and on CounterPunch.org. Jon Elmer will be here at UVic this Thursday, April 1st speaking of the frontlines of the occupation, and what it means for the daily life of Palestinians. ?Welcome to the show, Jon. I read American activist, Jeniffer Lowenstein?s CounterPunch piece on her experiences in Rafah, and couldn?t shake the images of life in the Nazi death camps portrayed in Steven Spielberg?s ?Schindler?s List.? What is life like for besieged Palestinians??

Way back in Mars 2005 ...


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   Monday, March 28th, ?05

5:00:00 2:00 Welcome to GR, etc. Despite the much hyped hope for a peace in Palestine/Israel that accompanied the new leadership of President Mahmoud Abbas, Israeli disengagement from parts of the Occupied Palestinian Territory have not materialized as promised by Ariel Sharon. Despite a unilateral ceasefire declared by the Palestinian leadership, Israeli incursions into towns and villages continues; the bulldozing continues; the illegal seizure of property continues; and construction of the Great Wall continues. So, what?s behind the optimism reported in the North American press? Jon Elmer is a Halifax-based journalist who?s lived among the people of occupied Palestine. He produces the blog, ?From Occupied Palestine.org? Jon Elmer in the first half.

And; it?s been ten years since then first lady, Hillary Clinton led the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China. This year, delegates from around the world met at the United Nations in New York City to discuss what progress has been made since the adoption of the so-called ?Beijing Platform for Action.? Joan Russow is a well-known local activist and former National Leader of the Green Party of Canada. She?s affiliated now with the Global Compliance Research Institute and their efforts to put into force existing international law and covenants currently being ignored. Joan went down to the States to attend ?Beijing + Ten? and will join us in the second half.

And; Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with all that?s good to do in and around Victoria this week. But first, Jon Elmer on the hope and hype in the eye of the middle-east storm.

5:02:00 23:00 Discussion w/ Jon Elmer

A look in the way back: The month of Mars, as recorded at Gorilla Radio, completes where it began, in our current month of Mars ...

Way back in Mars 2006 ...


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   Monday, March 6, 2006

5:00:00 3:00 Welcome to GR, etc. It was the crime of the young 21st Century, since eclipsed by a myriad of others. Incredibly, four and a half years after the fact, the facts surrounding the ?terrorist? attacks of 9/11 are yet to be fully released. Ask almost anyone, and what you?ll hear about that fateful day is the standard pap put out by the powers that be: 9/11 was the work of Osama bin Laden and his cell of Al Qaida.

But that assertion has never been tried, and there?s ample evidence that there was much more at work behind the aerial bombings of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the still unknown target of the plane downed in Pennsylvania.

Jim Fetzer is with Scholars for Truth, an organization that last week demanded the Pentagon release the 9/11 files. He?s also a professor of philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Duluth and has devoted more than ten years to the study of the death of JFK and the ?murder? of anti-war Democrat Senator, Paul Wellstone. Jim Fetzer in the first half.

And; far off and away, in the middle of the Pacific, lay the Solomon Islands. Far from the consciousness of most of the world, the tiny island nation is instructive to all who care about the high-blown ideals we denizens of grander nations profess: Democracy, human rights, and the dignity of the person.

Fred Fakarii is a Solomon Islander currently touring Canada to raise awareness here about the situation in his paradisiacal homeland. Fred Fakarii in the second half.

And; Janine Bandcroft will join us in at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with all that?s good to do in and around Victoria in the coming week. But first, Jim Fetzer and turning the stone on 9/11.

5:03:00 23:00 Discussion w/ Jim Fetzer

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