Saturday, February 08, 2020

Morales Announces Candidacy for Bolivian Senate in May 3rd Poll

Evo Morales Named Candidate For Bolivian Senate

by Staff - 

February 7, 2020 

The former Bolivian leader is running as a candidate, despite the de facto government’s attempts to prevent him from registering. 

The democratically elected President of Bolivia Evo Morales, who is seeking asylum in Argentina after a coup d’etat against him, has been named a candidate for senate.

“Our brother Evo Morales is on the official lists. He is our candidate for the department of Cochabamba to the National Assembly,” coca growers’ leader, Leonardo Loza, stated today to the press in La Paz, adding that social organizations supported the candidacy.
With the announcement, Bolivia’s former president, Evo Morales, is running as a candidate for the senate for the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) in the elections next May, despite the de facto government’s attempts to prevent him from registering.

Australia: Coronavirus Travel Ban Blocks Chinese Students

Australian coronavirus travel ban blocks thousands of Chinese students

by Eric Ludlow  - WSWS

8 February 2020

On February 1, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a two-week travel ban on foreign nationals returning to Australia from China. The measure followed an Australian Health Protection Principal Committee assessment that there was an “increased risk posed from travellers from all of mainland China” in spreading the novel coronavirus that broke out in Wuhan, China last month.

The reactionary ban on travel does not apply to Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family. However, those able to return to Australia are forced to undergo 14 days of isolation in quarantine on Christmas Island—one of Australia’s immigrant detention centres.

American Justice: Railroading the Venezuela Embassy Protectors

US Gov’t Attempts to Railroad Venezuelan Embassy Protectors


February 7, 2020

Prosecutors convinced the presiding judge not to allow political considerations in a highly politicized trial against four defendants who attempted to prevent Venezuela's parallel government from illegally taking over the DC embassy.

Kevin Zeese is co-director of It’s Our Economy, an organization that advocates for democratizing the economy. He’s also an attorney who is one of the original organizers of the National Occupation of Washington, DC. He has been active in independent and third party political campaigns including for state legislative offices in Maryland, governor of California… 

Friday, February 07, 2020

Keeping Canadian Police Raids Secret: RCMP Threatens Press Freedoms at Gidimt’en Checkpoint

RCMP threatens to arrest journalist for doing his job during police raid in northern B.C. - Canadian Association of Journalists denounce RCMP violations of press freedom

February 6, 2020

The RCMP have told Ricochet that they will arrest journalist Jerome Turner if he insists on doing his job and reporting on police activity during an imminent raid of the Gidimt’en checkpoint in Wet’suwet’en territory.

“Currently your reporter is within the exclusion zone and subject to all the same restrictions as anyone else within the zone. Your reporter will be given the opportunity to leave on his own accord … or be subject to arrest,” wrote RCMP spokesperson Janelle Shoihet. 

Thursday, February 06, 2020

RCMP Raid Unist’ot’en and Gidimt’en Camps: Friday Rally in support of the Unist’ot’en and Gidimt’en camps

Wet’suwet’en Solidarity Victoria - unceded Lekwungen Territory

by Rise and Resist Core Team

February 6th, 2020

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Raid is Trespass - Support the Wet’suwet’en!

Rally in support of the Unist’ot’en and Gidimt’en camps 

Meet at 8 AM, Friday, Feb 7th @ Centennial Square 

(City Hall), Victoria

With the onset of police raids on the camps, we mark a day of colonial criminality on the part of the provincial and federal governments of British Columbia and Canada. Instead of following the path of true reconciliation through decolonization, these governments are supporting the corporate interests of a resource extraction industry (LNG) that fuels global warming and is being artificially propped up by State subsidies.

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, David Curtis, Joe Emersberger, Janine Bandcroft February 6, 2020

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook -

February 6, 2020

It's easy to forget, living here as we do in Canada's "Majority Culture", embraced by comfort and taking as granted ready access to amenities both necessary and frivolous, that there are other ways of being, ways that beyond the train-schedule regularity making up most of our day to days constitute an entirely different kind of existence. And though seeking a "path less taken" is not unique to any one time or place, there is something quintessentially Canadian in my first guest's story of people finding that other way here - or very near here.

David Curtis lives in the North. He's a man of many colours, counting as his professions commercial salmon fisher, carpenter, and artist. He recently added too independent filmmaker to his list of vocations, proving it with his directorial debut, 'Sovereign Soil'.

         Listen. Here.

It's a film he describes as "a big exploration, with friends and neighbours, of what is at the core of people’s spiritual and philosophical connection to the land..."

Sovereign Soil will have it's Victoria premier next week as the Victoria Film Festival draws the curtain up on its 26th year.

David Curtis in the first half.

And; Donald Trump treated the nation to his third State of the Union speech Tuesday evening. Among the participants of his one-ring pantomime was Juan Guaido, whose specialty act is impersonating the president of Venezuela. To be honest, it's the only act Juan has, and he found a receptive audience in the US Congress, receiving a standing ovation from both sides of that body's undivided foreign policy establishment.

Last Saturday I recorded an extended interview with Joe Emersberger. Joe is a Canada-based writer whose work appears at, VenezuelAnalysis, The Canary and is primarily focused on media lies, distortion, and confabulation.

Joe Emersberger and Canada’s welcoming of the Venezuelan pretender, Juan Guaido, the Bolivian coup, and the scheduled May 3rd election, and more 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, David Curtis and finding a little Sovereign Soil.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at:  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, Check out the GR blog at:

Sunday, February 02, 2020

Explaining the Unexplained Wealth of a Russian Yo-Yo Artist


by John Helmer - Dances with Bears


January 30, 2020

The English read detective stories for the pleasure of unravelling the crime, proving that even if there are perfect crimes, in the majority of cases the perpetrators don’t get away with them because the detectives are usually cleverer. That’s fiction.

In real life, Russian crimes are different. In the majority of cases, including less than perfect crimes involving vast sums of money, the majority of the perps get away with them; live richly in the UK, Tuscany, or on the Cote d’Azur; and enjoy promotional publicity in the Financial Times. In the cases of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and William Browder they have become so famous for their lying, it’s a devil of a job for the truth to prevail against their fictions.