This Week on GR
January 20, 2022
Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded January 15th and 16th, 2022
Last week, Russian and American diplomatic representatives met in
Geneva for talks ostensibly aimed at forestalling an escalation of
political manoeuvrings into open warfare over NATO expansion into states
bordering Russia, and America’s demand Russia return military units
standing at the ready on their frontier with Ukraine back to barracks.
Different now to long ongoing diplomatic friction between the nations,
is a palpable sense of surrender on the Russian side – that is, the
apparent abandonment of the hope America and its allies are capable of a
John Helmer is a journalist,
author, broadcaster, former political advisor to government, and
principal behind the news website, Dances with Bears. Among Helmer’s
many books titles are, ‘The Lie That Shot Down MH-17’ ‘Skripal in
Prison’, ‘The Man Who Knows Too Much About Russia’, ‘Hitler Didn’t Die
in Berlin – He Moved to Melbourne Where He Runs the State Government of
Victoria: A True Covid-19 Thriller’, and his latest, The Dances with
Bears Comic Book’. His recent article, ‘Is Geneva 2022 Munich 1938 without Chamberlain’s Piece of Paper? How to Read the US Paper for Peace in Our Time‘ breaks down the current diplomatic breakdown.
John Helmer in the first half.
And; you may have noticed police in Canada look a lot like soldiers
these days. Especially if you’re within an “exclusionary zone”. It’s a
place where the police uniforms go green as the law goes grey, and where
citizens opposing extractivist business as usual get the “insurgent”
Molly Murphy describes herself as “a front line activist, builder, settler, and mother of three“.
She’s also a BIPOC social justice warrior who counted as one among the
more than 1,200 citizens arrested at Fairy Creek, (just up the road from
Victoria). She’s also co-author of the Mudgirls Manifesto, and author
of the recent Briarpatch Magazine article, ‘The C-IRG: the resource extraction industry’s best ally‘.
The piece is a disturbing exposé of the RCMP practice of collusion
with industry, and was produced in association with Research for the
Front Lines, a new initiative, led by activist, researcher, educator and
author, Dr. Jen Gobby. Research for the Front Lines “connects grassroots
communities and organizers on the front lines of the fight for
environmental and climate justice in Canada with researchers with
skills, time, and labour to offer.”
C-IRG at Work, Fairy Creek Photo Colin Smith. Briarpatch
Jen Gobby and Molly Murphy taking to the Front Lines in the second half.
But first, John Helmer and another front line, between America and Russia.