Trade Talks, Potty Mouths: Canada/US Relations in the Toilet

Defecation in Public - Was It Soft or Hard When White House Officials Did It On the Canadian Prime Minister? Is Chrystia Freeland Also Aiming at Justin Trudeau?

by John Helmer - Dances with Bears

June 11, 2018

Moscow - The British state broadcasting authority BBC reported on Saturday morning that people who shit in public places are suffering from several different pathologies.

That was before Saturday afternoon, followed by all day Sunday, when US President Donald Trump (lead image, left), his national security advisor John Bolton, his economic advisor Lawrence Kudlow, and his trade advisor Peter Navarro coordinated their movements to crap publicly on Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.

“I always ask the police whether it’s soft or hard,” the BBC quoted its expert, Professor Mike Berry, a clinical forensic psychologist at Birmingham City University.

“They look at me like I’m absolutely mad. And I say, if it’s soft, then it’s somebody who’s anxious, so you get a kid who goes and craps on the bed. And if it’s really hard stool then it’s an indication of somebody who’s angry and bitter about what he’s doing.”


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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Betty Krawczyk, Christina Nikolic June 7th, 2018

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook -

June 7, 2018

Prime Minister Trudeau has enjoined the Great Canadian Petroleum War. Announcing the purchase, and promise of completion, of the contentious Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Extension pipeline project, the federal government effectively sided-up with Alberta's "blue-eyed sheiks" and their allies in the transnational oil trade against the province of British Columbia, Canada's gateway to the Pacific, and the entirety of the World's environmental community.

But, even before Justin "Crudeau" made his Faustian bargain, federal agencies were already deployed at the service of the now outgoing Texans, arresting scores of citizens standing in the way of its pipeline's progress using "injunctions" granted by BC's own judiciary.

Listen. Hear.

Betty Krawczyk knows more than most about being arrested. The activist, essayist, Green and Work Less Party candidate, and author renowned in BC as the "Environmental Grandmother", has proven sand in the machine of social injustice and ecological destruction for more than fifty years.

From the front lines of the anti-segregation movement in her native Louisiana and resisting America's war against Vietnam, to the forests of Clayoquot Sound and highway expansion through Eagleridge Bluffs, Betty has stood defiant in the face of bad laws and the systems perpetuating them.

Her book titles include: 'Clayoquot: The Sound of My Heart', 'Lock Me Up Or Let Me Go: The Protests, Arrest and Trial of an Environmental Activist', 'Open Living Confidential: From Inside the Joint.', 'This Dangerous Place: My Journey Between the Passions of the Living and the Dead', and 'Betty, Blue Belle and Bitch', and she blogs from her site, Betty's Early

Betty Krawczyk in the first half.

And; last week Mariano Rajoy, Spain's controversial, and confrontational, Prime Minister was unceremoniously drubbed from office in a vote of no confidence. The leader of the People's Party had taken a hard line against separatists in Catalonia, but corruption, more than Rajoy's ham-handed response to the Catalan constitutional crisis, is responsible for his sudden and dramatic fall from grace.

Dr. Pablo Ouziel is a Post-Doctoral fellow at UVic whose project in progress is, ‘Towards Democratic Responses to the Crisis of Democracy in Spain: Forms of Participatory and Representative Civic Engagement.’

Pablo Ouziel and an upside down Spain in the second segment.

And; Victoria greentrepreneur and horticulturalist extraordinaire, Christina Nikolic will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to get up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Betty Krawczyk and girding our legal loins for B.C.'s Great Pipeline War.



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:
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Alan MacLeod, Dan Kovalik, Janine Bandcroft May 31st, 2018

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook -

May 31, 2018

Venezuelans returned President Nicolás Maduro to power May 20th in an election that, according to international observors, went off without a hitch.

The incumbent political heir to the late Hugo Chávez won decisively, garnering more than two-thirds of the popular vote; his next closest rival, former Chavista Henri Falcón, managing just less than 2 million votes, or about 21 per cent.

Despite the landslide victory and endorsement of the internationals, the United States and European Union still find fault with the electoral system former American president, Jimmy Carter has called “the best in the world.”

The self-declared world champions of democracy called Maduro a "dictator" before the poll, vowing they would not recognize his legitimacy, and now that he's won, say they will make good on promises made to ratchet up already-crippling economic sanctions; a collective punishment for the people's temerity in returning a Bolivarian government.

Listen. Hear.

Dr. Alan MacLeod is an educator, essayist, author, and proud member of Scotland's Glasgow University Media Group. A sociologist by training, MacLeod's research interests include media theory, propaganda, social media and South American politics. Alan's book, 'Bad News From Venezuela, 20 Years of Fake News and Misreporting' is freshly off the Routledge Press presses, and his articles appear at and, where I found his prescient piece, 'Writing Off Democracy in Venezuela, US Press and Politicians Dream of a Coup'.

Alan MacLeod in the first half.

And; it's a tale Dickens would not have told better: Two countries who could not be geographically nearer, and yet whose leadership are philosophically light years apart. Colombia held presidential elections in May too, but unlike neighbour Venezuela, Colombia has been captured by a ruling oligarchy who ruthlessly serve the same transnational interests currently marauding the World.

Daniel Kovalik is a human rights lawyer, essayist, and author who’s book, ‘The Plot to Scapegoat Russia: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Putin’ could add a new chapter by the week, even a year after publication. Dan was one of the hundreds of international observors to the Venezuelan election, and one of the many fewer to carry on from Caracas to also witness Colombia's vote last weekend.

Dan Kovalik and a tale of two democracies in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster-at large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to get up to in and around our city in the coming week. But first, Alan MacLeod and first the verdict, then the vote: Writing Off Democracy in Venezuela.


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:
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MH-17 Probe Follows Skripal Frame-Up Process

MH-17 Probe Follows Frame-Up Process of Skripal Poisoning 

by Finian Cunningham - SCF

May 28, 2018

The latest report by a Dutch-led investigation into the downing of a Malaysian airliner in 2014 casting blame on Russia for the disaster follows the same reprehensible flouting of due process as the Skripal poison affair.

No credible evidence is ever presented. The charges leveled against Russia largely rely on assertion and innuendo. And despite the grave implications for the accused, Russia is not permitted to access the investigation file independently to form an adequate defense against the claims.

This is far from the standard of due legal process. Ironically, by Western governments that claim to be paragons of law and jurisprudence.

It is more akin to an inquisition where guilt is presumed from the outset, and where the prosecution is tilted heavily in favor of the accusers.



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The West's Wahabbis

Indonesian Islam – “Eat What Even Saudis Would Not Touch Anymore”

by Andre Vltchek - NEO

May 27, 2018


When the Saudi Crown Prince gave an interview to the Washington Post, declaring that it was actually the West that encouraged his country to spread Wahhabism to all corners of the world, there was a long silence in almost all the mass media outlets in the West, but also in countries such as Egypt and Indonesia.

Those who read the statement, expected a determined rebuke from Riyadh. It did not come. The sky did not fall. Lightning did not strike the Prince or the Post.

Clearly, not all that the Crown Prince declared appeared on the pages of the Washington Post, but what actually did, would be enough to bring down entire regimes in such places like Indonesia, Malaysia or Brunei.

Or at least it would be enough under ‘normal circumstances’.

That is, if the population there was not already hopelessly and thoroughly indoctrinated and programed, and if the rulers in those countries did not subscribe to, or tolerate, the most aggressive, chauvinistic and ritualistic (as opposed to the intellectual or spiritual) form of the religion.

Reading between the lines, the Saudi Prince suggested that it was actually the West which, while fighting an ‘ideological war’ against the Soviet Union and other socialist countries, handpicked Islam and its ultra-orthodox and radical wing – Wahhabism – as an ally in destroying almost all the progressive, anti-imperialist and egalitarian aspirations in the countries with a Muslim majority.


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Koreas Need Less of Canada's Mythic Global Diplomacy

Canada, the Korean Dispute and Foreign Policy Mythology

by Yves Engler - Dissident Voice

May 26th, 2018

Repeat after me: Canada is seldom a force for good in the world, Canada is seldom a force for good in the world.

Thomas Walkom’s “Canada should board Korean peace train” is yet another example of how the progressive end of the dominant media has been seduced by Canadian foreign policy mythology.

The leftist Toronto Star columnist offers an astute analysis of what’s driving rapprochement on the Korean Peninsula.

He points out that the two Koreas are moving the process forward and that Pyongyang believes “complete denuclearization” of the Peninsula includes the US forces in the region aiming nuclear weapons at it.

Former Canadian Prime Minister and Nobel
Peace Prize Laureate, Lester B. Pearson


But, Walkom’s column is cloaked in naivety about

Canada’s role in the geopolitical hotspot.


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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Gerard Di Trolio, Yves Engler, Christina Nikolic May 24th, 2018

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook -

May 24, 2018

May 31st marks the deadline set by Kinder Morgan for British Columbia to guarantee the Texas oil operator's Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion. The project has been massively controversial in BC, but its political import has made less of an impression on the country east of the Rockies.

Maybe that explains why Justin Trudeau's Liberals have waded into the debate, saying the federal government will underwrite the pipeline should Kinder Morgan follow through with its implicit threat to quit in the face of implacable opposition.

But, the Liberals aren't the only ones supporting Kinder.

Listen. Hear.

Gerard Di Trolio is a Toronto-based writer specializing in Canadian labour and political issues. He also serves as an editor to the labour website, His recent article, 'The NDP's Oil Problem' appears online at and puts that party's would-be environmental ducks in the middle of the tar pond pipeline muck.

Gerard Di Trolio in the first half.

And; Israel's blatant disregard for Palestinian life, as witnessed over the course of the so far seven weeks-long Great March of Return demonstrations in Gaza, has drawn calls for an accounting finally of that country's criminal actions. Reaction in Canada has been muted across party lines, much to the frustration of grass roots activists within the New Democratic Party who want to see their new leader take a stand on the Palestine issue.

Yves Engler is a Montréal-based activist, lecturer, and author whose book titles include: ‘The Ugly Canadian — Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy,’ ‘Lester Pearson’s Peacekeeping — The Truth May Hurt,’ ‘The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy,’ ‘Canada in Africa — 300 Years of Aid and Exploitation,’ and his latest, ‘A Propaganda System: How Canada’s Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation.’

Yves recently wrote an anticipatory article about the NDP convention, 'Burying Canada’s Anti-Palestinian Consensus', and attended to see which way the new NDP's winds would blow on Palestine. He's now joined a growing clamour demanding the party's withdrawal from the Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Group.

Yves Engler in the second half.

And; Victoria-based greentrepreneur and horticulturalist extraordinaire, Christina Nikolic will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin, bringing us up to speed with some of the good things going on in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Gerard Di Trolio and the NDP's oil problem.


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:
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Crossing Philip Cross: Just Who is Wikipedia's Frantic Ghost Editor?

The Philip Cross Affair

by Craig Murray

May 18, 2018


UPDATE “Philip Cross” has not had one single day off from editing Wikipedia in almost five years. “He” has edited every single day from 29 August 2013 to 14 May 2018. Including five Christmas Days. That’s 1,721 consecutive days of editing.
133,612 edits to Wikpedia have been made in the name of “Philip Cross” over 14 years. That’s over 30 edits per day, seven days a week. And I do not use that figuratively: Wikipedia edits are timed, and if you plot them, the timecard for “Philip Cross’s” Wikipedia activity is astonishing is astonishing if it is one individual:



The operation runs like clockwork, seven days a week, every waking hour, without significant variation. If Philip Cross genuinely is an individual, there is no denying he is morbidly obsessed. I am no psychiatrist, but to my entirely inexpert eyes this looks like the behaviour of a deranged psychotic with no regular social activities outside the home, no job (or an incredibly tolerant boss), living his life through a screen.

I run what is arguably the most widely read single person political blog in the UK, and I do not spend nearly as much time on the internet as “Philip Cross”. My “timecard” would show where I watch football on Saturdays, go drinking on Fridays, go to the supermarket and for a walk or out with the family on Sundays, and generally relax much more and read books in the evenings.

Cross does not have the patterns of activity of a normal and properly rounded human being. There are three options here. “Philip Cross” is either a very strange person indeed, or is a false persona disguising a paid operation to control Wikipedia content, or is a real front person for such an operation in his name.

Why does this – to take the official explanation – sad obsessive no friends nutter, matter? Because the purpose of the “Philip Cross” operation is systematically to attack and undermine the reputations of those who are prominent in challenging the dominant corporate and state media narrative, particularly in foreign affairs.

“Philip Cross” also systematically seeks to burnish the reputations of mainstream media journalists and other figures who are particularly prominent in pushing neo-con propaganda and in promoting the interests of Israel. This matters because, an ordinary reader who comes across an article questioning (say) the official narrative on the Skripals, is very likely to turn to Wikipedia to get information on the author of the article.

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Demanding an NDP Withdrawal from Israel-Canada Friendship Group

Demanding NDP Withdrawal from Israel-Canada Friendship Group

by Yves Engler

May 18, 2018

Is it appropriate for NDP Members of Parliament to be working for “greater friendship” with a country that is killing and maiming thousands of non-violent protestors?

Would it have been appropriate for any elected member of the party to be a “friend” with South Africa’s government during the apartheid era?

Victoria area MPs Randall Garrison (left) and Murray Rankin are members of the Canada Israel Interparliamentary Group (previously named Canada-Israel Friendship Group).

Garrison is vice-chair of a group designed to promote “greater friendship” and “cooperation” between the two countries’ parliaments.

The chair of the group is York Centre MP Michael Levitt, a former board member of the explicitly racist Jewish National Fund, who issued a statement blaming “Hamas incitement” for Israeli forces shooting thousands of peaceful protesters, including Canadian doctor Tarek Loubani.



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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Peter Lee, Whitney Webb, Janine Bandcroft May 17th, 2018

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook -

May 17, 2018


While prospects for a Middle East peace smoulder in the ruins of America's foreign policy Donald Trump is yet hopeful he can match his predecessor, garnering his own Nobel Peace Prize.

Next month, the Trump show is on the road to Singapore and there, with Kim Jong Un as featured performer, the great ringmaster plans to undo the Democratic People's Republic of Korea right before our eyes! Or something like that.

The skeptics though are out in force, none more prominently than those in the Pentagon who, according to my first guest, are doing what they can to make sure peace in the Pacific doesn't break out anytime soon.

Peter Lee is a freelance journalist writing on East and South Asian affairs as they intersect US global policy. He blogs at the Asian affairs website China Matters, and his China Watch report features on


Listen. Hear.

Peter Lee in the first half.

And; every time the prospect of an end to the seven years-long nightmare endured by the people of Syria rises the pernicious Bashar al-Assad launches a gas attack against his own citizens. Or so the Western press narrative of events unfolded in that benighted country would have us believe. Others believe these so-called gas attacks, inscrutably committed by Assad when they do his government the most damage, are actually false flag attacks staged to justify retaliation like Donald Trump's recent rocket attacks, and designed to perpetuate the conflict there.

Whitney Webb is a South America-based journalist writing about environmental, political, and economic issues in English and Spanish. She’s a staff writer at, and her articles have featured at ZeroHedge, 21st Century Wire, and Pacific Free Press among other places. Her recent article for MintPress, 'Prediction of New False-Flag Gas Attack in Syria Seems to Fit US Escalation Plans' warns of another such attempt.

Whitney Webb and a war not allowed to end in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things going on in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Peter Lee and Trump's pivot to Asia.


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:
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The Banality of Gina Haspel

Two Interrogations, Gina Haspel and Adolf Eichmann

by Brian Terrell - Voices for Creative Non-Violence

May 12, 2018


the evasions and obfuscations of these two willing technicians of state terror are chillingly similar”


On May 9, Gina Haspel, Donald Trump’s choice for head of the Central Intelligence Agency, testified at her Senate confirmation hearing in Washington, DC. Some senators questioned her about her tenure, in 2002, as CIA station chief in Thailand.

There, the agency ran one of the “black sites” where suspected al-Qaida extremists were interrogated using procedures that included waterboarding. She was also asked about her role in the destruction of videotapes in 2005 that documented the torture of illegally detained suspects.

Her evasive answers to these questions, disconcerting and unsatisfying, are also hauntingly familiar. In 1960, Adolf Eichmann was kidnapped by Israeli spies in Argentina and brought to trial in Jerusalem for his part in the extermination of millions of European Jews during Germany’s Third Reich.

Defendant Adolf Eichmann takes notes
during his trial in Jerusalem. The glass booth in which
Eichmann sat was erected to protect him from
assassination. (Photo credit: Israeli Government)

In his interrogation with Israeli police, published as Eichmann Interrogated, DeCopo Books, NY, 1999, Eichmann stated that in the intervening years since the acts in question his own view of them had evolved and before the Senate on May 9, Haspel expressed herself similarly.


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Genie Oil & Gas and Israeli Interests in Syria's Energy

Israel Grants Oil Rights in Syria to Murdoch and Rothschild

by Craig Murray

May 12, 2018 

Every day several kind souls contact me to tell me I can't understand Syria without knowing about Genie Energy. Actually I was the first radical to spot and publicise it, in February 2013, when I analysed its illegality in international law.


21 Feb, 2013

Israel has granted oil exploration rights inside Syria, in the occupied Golan Heights, to Genie Energy. Major shareholders of Genie Energy – which also has interests in shale gas in the United States and shale oil in Israel – include Rupert Murdoch and Lord Jacob Rothschild.

This from a 2010 Genie Energy press release


“Claude Pupkin, CEO of Genie Oil and Gas, commented,


“Genie’s success will ultimately depend, in part, on access to the expertise of the oil and gas industry and to the financial markets. Jacob Rothschild and Rupert Murdoch are extremely well regarded by and connected to leaders in these sectors. Their guidance and participation will prove invaluable.”
“I am grateful to Howard Jonas and IDT for the opportunity to invest in this important initiative,” Lord Rothschild said. “Rupert Murdoch’s extraordinary achievements speak for themselves and we are very pleased he has agreed to be our partner. Genie Energy is making good technological progress to tap the world’s substantial oil shale deposits which could transform the future prospects of Israel, the Middle East and our allies around the world.”

For Israel to seek to exploit mineral reserves in the occupied Golan Heights is plainly illegal in international law.


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