Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Yves Engler, Andy Worthington May 29, 2024

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook -

May 29, 2024
Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded May 29th, 2024


Israel answered last Friday's International Court of Justice order it "halt its military assault on the Rafah Governorate in the southern Gaza Strip and reopen the Rafah border" with scores of aerial bombings over the weekend, one of which immolating refugees in one of the myriad tent encampments surrounding the besieged city of Rafah.

Hellscape phone images of the aftermath of that horror have spurred hope Western sponsors and suppliers of scofflaw Israel will either voluntarily, or through the political force of their democratic constituents, quit their material support, without which the carnage cannot continue long.

Yves Engler is a Montreal-based political activist and the author of thirteen books, including 'Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid'. His latest, co-authored with Owen Schalk, is ‘Canada’s Long Fight Against Democracy’, which he's currently touring across the country. Yves' also a prolific essayist, whose writing appears across the internet and at his website,, where I found his recent piece, 'Ironically, genuine internationalism must be nationalistic'.

Yves Engler in the first half.

And; "We go to bed in horror and awake to horror" is how Al Jazeera journalist, Laila Al-Arian describes the churning, directed catastrophe inflicted on Palestinians. Though she refers here to reports of Israeli bulldozers desecrating the cemeteries of Jabalia refugee camp in the north the day after the Lag B'omer massacre in Rafah, she could say the same any day, every day in these long months and years of death and cruelty in Gaza; and in the Occupied Territories beyond the wall.

But, essential journalist, Jonathan Cook transcends the banality of the Occupation's everyday brutality in describing Israel's "Bagram", Sde Teiman. Cook's article, 'The message of Israel’s torture chambers is directed at us all, not just Palestinians' is a portrait immediately familiar to any who have studied the Nazi camps, and especially students of the medical atrocities of Dr. Joseph Mengele.

Andy Worthington is an English journalist, activist, author, photo-historian, filmmaker, musician, song-writer and principle of The Four Fathers band. His book titles include: ‘The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison’, ‘Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion’, and ‘The Battle of the Beanfield’. Andy’s articles appear at his website,, where I found his latest, 'Ending Israel’s Impunity for Genocide in Gaza, and the Threat to Those, Like Joe Biden, Who Are Most Complicit'. 

Andy Worthington and Nuremberg's to come in the second half.

But first, Yves Engler and Canada's time to stand finally strong and free.


Song: Forever Prisoner

Artists: The Four Fathers


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

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Christopher Black, Salam Hamdan May 17/22, 2024

This Week on GR

by C. l. Cook -

May 22, 2024

Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded May 17th and 22nd, 2024

Nearly eighty years after D-Day, the World seems no nearer peace. Serial wars since, none of them arguably “good” have come and come again, in a pattern of what the Declaration of the Soviet Government on General and Complete Disarmament of 1959 described as a ‘chronicle of sanguinary wars’. But is the concept of disarmament, in a time of heightened martial bellicosity, where belligerents race to develop new and terrifying technologies and in every quarter are seen practicing and preparing for war, possible; can there be finally peace in our time?

Christopher Black is a Toronto-based criminal lawyer specializing in international war crimes cases. He’s also an executive member of the Canadian Peace Congress. Black’s writings on international law, politics, and World events appear at New Eastern Outlook among other places, it’s where I found his recent article, ‘Peace In Our Time: Complete And General Disarmament’. Christopher Black’s novel, ‘Beneath the Clouds’, “a story of how people, acting collectively, can defeat tyranny” is published by Badak Merah.

Chris Black in the first half.

And; overshadowed by the horrors in Gaza, in Palestine’s West Bank a modern day pogrom is being carried out by both the Israeli government and its “settlers” against the indigenous Palestinian population. Hundreds have been killed, and thousands summarily arrested and imprisoned through so-called ‘administrative detention’ measures; denied charge, trial dates, access to either lawyers or legal remedy, all while suffering grotesque abuses at the hands of their captors.

The Palestinian Prisoners Society says nearly 8,000 from the West Bank and Jerusalem are held in Israeli custody of one sort or another, including women and children, with reports of physical and sexual abuse cited by Amnesty International and the United Nations Human Rights Council, who says,

“…[T]hese alleged acts may constitute grave violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, and amount to serious crimes under international criminal law that could be prosecuted under the Rome Statute.

Salam Hamdan is a Palestinian political activist and Social-Feminist from Ramallah in the West Bank. She recently spoke at UVic with Prof Martin Bunton about Palestine on ‘Two States in Palestine: Solution or Fantasy?’

Salam Hamdan and Palestine’s other humanitarian disaster in the second half.

But first, Christopher Black and tolling the Peace Bell in the face of World War Next.


Artists: David Rovics

Songs: ‘The Last Time the U.S. Invaded Russia’


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