Saturday, June 03, 2023

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Stavroula Pabst, John Helmer May 31, 2023

This Week on GR

by C.L. Cook -

June 1, 2023

Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded May 31st, 2023


Listen. Hear.

That “war is a racket” no-one listening to this program more than once would doubt. But, just what kind of racket is the current conflagration roiling Ukraine; and just how many players – and how many games – are being run at the cost of the people doing the dying?

Stavroula Pabst is a writer, comedian, and PhD student in Communications and Mass Media Studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her writing appears online at The Grayzone, Reductress, the Harvard Business Review, and at Unlimited Hangout where I found her tour de force article, ‘Ukraine’s Future Lies in the Great Reset’.

Stavroula Pabst in the first half.

And; this week NATO kicked of its annual war games exercise, Arctic Challenge. The “exercise” is taking place in the “High North” and will, according to the U.S. Air Forces in Europe, and Air Forces Africa be an opportunity to “hone skills, fine-tune interoperability, nurture key relationships, and acclimate to the inherent challenges posed by fighting in the Arctic’s extreme conditions.”

Moscow has objected to what’s happening in the Barents Sea and over its neighbour countries, calling Arctic Challenge “illogical and harmful” and saying, “There are no issues in the North that require a military solution, nor issues that require outside intervention.”

John Helmer is a journalist and author who’s spent decades living in and reporting from Russia. The principle behind the web news site, Dances with Bears, Helmer has too been a professor of political science, sociology and journalism, and served as advisor to governments at the highest levels. Among his many book titles are: ‘Skripal in Prison,’ ‘The Man Who Knows Too Much About Russia,’ ‘The Jackals’ Wedding: American Power, Arab Revolt’, ‘The Lie That Shot Down MH-17’ and his latest, ‘Australian Fascism: How It Destroyed the Courts’.

John Helmer and watching the war’s widening gyre in the second half.

But first, Stavroula Pabst and using Ukraine as accelerant for the New Global Society.

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

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Russian Moves to Permanently Buffer Borders with Ukraine


By John Helmer, Moscow

Existentially speaking — which means whether to live and let live, to do or die — how far from a mortal enemy is far enough? In between the one and the other outcome, is there anything but a no man’s land?  

Carthago delenda est – “Carthage must be destroyed” – was a Roman strategic aim 2,200 years ago. It was regularly repeated in his public speeches by Marcus Porcius Cato in his advocacy of putting an end to the Punic Wars by destroying the Carthaginian adversary entirely, not just militarily, so that it could never rise again to challenge Roman power. The opposition slogan was Carthago servanda est – “Carthage must be saved”. Its author, Publius Cornelius Scipio Nasica Corculum, meant don’t rule by force if it can be avoided;  instead conserve lives, resources, power.