Friday, December 23, 2022

China-Saudi Summit Plans End-Run Around US Fiat Currency

Did China just kill the petrodollar and US hegemony?

with Afshin Rattansi - Going Underground

December 17, 2022

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to Prof. Huang Jing, the Director of the Institute of US and Pacific Studies at the Shanghai International Studies University. 

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He discusses the significance of Xi Jinping going to the Middle East for the first China-GCC summits, why both China and the Gulf States are strengthening ties and what the future of the Middle East/West Asia will look like, rising tensions between the US and China over Taiwan, the rise of China and Washington viewing the competition as a zero sum game, China’s position on the Russia-Ukraine war and much more!


Gorilla Radio Xmas Special with Chris Cook and John Helmer December 23rd, 2022

This Week on GR

by C.L. Cook -

December 23, 2022

Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded December 20th, 2022.


“Fascism” has become, in the post-totalitarian west, a term traduced through overuse to the point of triteness. So much so, it begs questioning whether this trivialization is not done by some nefarious design than the more usual intellectual laziness of the purveyors of news and other so-called “information”. But – and it is an enormous but – fascism did not die with Herr Hitler, its surviving spore has found purchase in the body politic of liberal democracies across the World; in some more readily than others.

John Helmer, the self-titled “doyen” of the foreign press corps in Russia is principle of the web news site, Dances with Bears. He’s a native-born Australian, educated there and at Harvard University in America. He’s also a prolific author, some of whose titles include: ‘The Lie That Shot Down MH-17,’ ‘Skripal in Prison,’ ‘The Man Who Knows Too Much About Russia,’ ‘The Jackals’ Wedding: American Power, Arab Revolt’, and his latest, just hours off the presses, ‘Australian Fascism: How It Destroyed the Courts.’

Today, a special Christmas Season observance of the persistent survival of a political philosophy as perniciously adaptive, and destructive, as any holly and ivy ever was.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, broad/webcasting since 1999. Check out the Archive at,, and the GR blog at:

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Never Too Late, (Til It's Too Late): Australian Fascism Outed Today


December 19, 2022 
Australia was the only country in the world to close its borders to its  own citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic, and then to force the few allowed to return into police detention for which the detainees were compelled to pay.


This dictatorship of coronavirus as a crime was created by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who seized the national health, border control and finance powers for himself in secret from parliament and from his own government; and by Gladys Berejiklian (lead images), Premier of New South Wales, who ordered the scheme to compel travellers arriving at Sydney Airport to pay several hundred million dollars for a police operation fabricated to look like a quarantine health service.   

Listen. Hear. John Helmer talks about the book with Gorilla Radio.

Monday, December 19, 2022

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Diana Johnstone, James Bissett December 19th, 2022

This Week on GR

by C.L. Cook -

December 19, 2022

Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded December 17th, 2022.

Looking at Europe’s tattered union today it would be easy to mistake just who the target of America’s proxy war in Ukraine is. Germany, the continent’s economic engine, has sputtered through the last half year, its industrial base shuttered by gas shortages and soaring electricity costs. And yet, Germany’s political leaders are backing the broadening of a war ostensibly meant to send Russia back to its agrarian age roots; no matter the cost to its own citizenry. How to make sense of it?

Diana Johnstone is an author and journalist. Her book titles include ‘ From MAD to Madness: Inside Pentagon Nuclear War Planning,’ ‘Circle in the Darkness: Memoirs of a World Watcher,’ and ‘Fools’ Crusade: Yugoslavia, NATO and Western Delusion.’ Diana’s articles can be found at, where her recent piece, ‘The Specter of Germany is Rising‘ appears.

Diana Johnstone in the first half.

And; a major part of Germany and the EU’s expansion plans lay in the small and impoverished Western Balkan countries. Last month, European Union big wigs met in Albania for the ‘EU-Western Balkans Summit’. European Commission head, Ursula von der Leyen used the platform to express the EU’s “strong partnership” with the Balkans, saying, “…we are taking every opportunity to bring our regions and our people closer together.

But, togetherness is the last thing desired for Western Balkans neighbours Serbia and Kosovo – the latter hived out of Serbia during NATO’s war there in the nineties, and later recognized – in some quarters – as an independent state.

James Bissett is a former Canadian Ambassador whose tenure in Yugoslavia coincided with its 1991 dissolution. At century’s end, he was one of the very few government insiders to oppose NATO’s 78 day bombardment of Serbia in the name of “humanitarian intervention.”

James Bissett and flaws in the EU’s recipe for 
Balkan integration in the second half.

But first, Diana Johnstone and what Germany’s eastward attentions mean for Europe’s future.


Song: How Much is a Life Worth?

Artists: The Four Fathers


Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, broad/webcasting since 1999. Check out the Archive at,, and the GR blog at: