(updated 16jun17) The Shortwave Report for June 16, 2017 has been received! Audio in the players on the mirror sites will open a new window and play. The newest show streams every odd hour PDT, repeating every 2 hours along with 3 previous shows on the playlists at http://rd0.org Program notes follow below. (show may be 5 minutes late)
PROGRAM NOTES 16jun17
This weeks show features stories from RADIO DEUTSCHE-WELLE, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, and SPUTNIK RADIO.
From GERMANY Selected UK Prime Minister Theresa May called for an election that would show that she had support for her leadership in the upcoming Brexit negotiations. She failed to get the majority she expected and Labor opponent Jeremy Corbyn has called for her resignation. May's power in the terms of the UK withdrawal from the EU is seriously diminished, and there is likely another general election in the not distant future.
From CUBA The Donald Trump administration has called for reversing the improved relations with Cuba- businesses that have developed relations with the island are leading a coalition to continue working with instead of against the Cuban people. A two-day environmental summit of the G7 focused on the efforts against global warming in spite of the US proposed withdrawal from the Paris agreement, and discussed the environmental impact of wasting one third of the food produced for human consumption.
From JAPAN The Japanese government has enacted a controversial bill that criminalizes the act of planning serious crimes, to thwart terror attacks and organized crime including drug smuggling. Protests against the new legislation focus on pushing the bill through without public support and the extension of police powers. The second round of negotiations on a proposed international treaty to ban nuclear weapons is opening this week at the UN. China is stressing that stability in improving in the South China Sea through dialogue despite military pressure from the US.
From RUSSIA Neil Clark interviewed journalist Matt Kennard about his book called "The Racket." Kennard wrote for the Financial Times, where he gathered information on how a handful of people control global economics. He says that most politicians are puppets for finance capital which is run like a mafia. He describes how Latin American leaders have been manipulated if they fail to allow resources to be exploited through development banks and many government agencies. He says journalists who do not support the global elite are forced out of the mainstream.
"You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom." --Malcolm X
PROGRAM NOTES 09jun17
This weeks show features stories from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, SPUTNIK RADIO, and SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO.
From JAPAN Japan is going to follow the Paris Agreement despite the Trump withdrawal- Japan doubled renewable energy sources in the past 10 years. At the first ever UN conference on Oceans, delegates criticized the US for leaving the Paris Agreement. Another nuclear reactor has been started in Japan, bringing the total to 5. New South Korean President Moon jae-in did not criticize North Korea for its missile programs at an annual Memorial Day ceremony, a stark change from his predecessor. Several Asian defense officials have held back criticism of China's maritime activities in the South China Sea.
From CUBA In Honduras, a number of international investors have withdrawn support for the hydro-electric power plant that Berta Caceres was assassinated for opposing. Brazilian President Temer is being further investigated for corruption. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian territories on the 50th anniversary of the 1967 invasion- so has Bernie Sanders. In Syria US backed forces have begun battling for the city of Raqqa after killing 21 civilians over the weekend.
From RUSSIA On the program Going Underground, Afshin Rattansi heard press reviews from Abdel Bari Atwan, editor of Rai-al-Youm, a pan Arabic news source. They talked about the Saudi and UAE sanctions on Qatar for maintaining good relations with Iran and Hezbollah. Then a story about mercenary CEO Eric Prince, formerly of Blackwater, who suggested the US a Viceroy in Afghanistan.
From SPAIN Alison Hughes reported on the terror attacks in Tehran, a rare event in Iran- this followed Trump's accusations that Iran supports terrorism, which Robert Fisk contradicted in the Independent. Alison then describes how and why 5 Arab states have cut diplomatic relations with Qatar, quoting an essay written by Patrick Cockburn in the Independent.
"In the United States today, the Declaration of Independence hangs on schoolroom walls, but foreign policy follows Machiavelli." --Howard Zinn
PROGRAM NOTES 02jun17
This weeks show features stories from SPUTNIK RADIO, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, and NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN.
From RUSSIA Sophie Shevardnadze interviewed Adnan Amin, Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency. They discuss the transformation of energy sources to solar and wind, dispelling a number of myths about the cost, environmental impact, and effectiveness of renewable energy. Adnan points out that it is a done deal that renewables will be the primary energy source in the near future, but that transportation with electric cars is essential to actually control the climatic effects of carbon in the atmosphere. Then Afshin Rattansi talks about the death of Manuel Noriega and the US invasion of Panama. The Trump family is building a resort in the country and the scandal around the Panama Papers came and disappeared.
From CUBA At the National Indigenous Congress in Mexico, representatives picked Maria Jesus Patricio Martinez as the country's first indigenous female presidential candidate. More than 70 political organizations from around the world sent a solidarity message to the Venezuelan government, denouncing the violent actions carried out by the opposition. Israeli authorities have reportedly agreed make a deal with the Palestinian prisoners who have been on a hunger strike for the past 40 days. In Syria, US airstrikes killed more than 100 civilians in two days. Some global reviews on Trump's first global tour.
From SPAIN Alison Hughes begins with European responses to Trump's meetings with NATO allies in Brussels and with the G7 in Sicily. Journalist Aron Lund wrote an analysis on the complex battle for control in eastern Syria. Last Monday North Korea launched the third rocket in three weeks provoking the new president of South Korea Moon Jae-in. President Moon has ordered an investigation after he learned that four more launchers for the controversial THAAD anti-missile system had been brought into his country covertly.
From JAPAN Two US aircraft carriers is doing a joint drill with Japanese defense forces off the Korean peninsula. Officials in Okinawa are preparing to take legal action against a US military base being relocated in the prefecture. Three mile Island nuclear power plant will close in 2019 for financial reasons.
"The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity - much less dissent." --Gore Vidal
PROGRAM NOTES 26may17
This weeks show features stories from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, and SPUTNIK RADIO.
From JAPAN The Japanese government is moving toward an new law that makes conspiring to make a terrorist act or serious crime a legal offense- there are strong protests both inside and outside the diet. Three former executives of TEPCO are to face trial next month for the nuclear devastation at Fukushima 6 years ago. At the UN the first draft of a bill banning all nuclear weapons was unveiled.
From SPAIN Alison Hughes begins with a report on Julian Assange whose investigation was dropped by Swedish prosecutors, while British police say he will be arrested if he leaves the Ecuadorian embassy. Donald Trump sealed a huge arms deal with Saudi Arabia keeping the US military industry busy for years. Robert Fisk commented on the admiration of wealth shared by Trump and the Saudi royals. The European press criticized Trump's statements about Iran. The Independent UK reported that the US and allies recent bombing raids in Syria have killed the highest number of civilians since the campaign against Daesh began. Last week US coalition jets bombed Syrian forces for the third time.
From CUBA In Brazil, a new poll shows that 87% of citizens favor an immediate removal of non-elected President Temer, while ousted President Dilma Rousseff called for a new direct election. Temer says he will not step down even if indicted for corruption as that would be admitting guilt. More than 220 Palestinian prisoners have joined the mass hunger strike which began last month over inhumane conditions in Israeli prisons. Palestinians launched a general strike to protest Trump's visit.
From RUSSIA On his show Going Underground, Afshin Rattansi interviewed legendary documentarian John Pilger on his reaction and insights into the horrid suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester England. Pilger compares the attack with the decades of Irish troubles and their root causes, and the subway attack in 2005. He also talks about the arms sales to Saudi Arabia and whether ISIS wanted to influence the upcoming British election.
"Look, all administrations, all governments lie, all officials lie and nothing they say is to be believed. That's a pretty good rule."
PROGRAM NOTES 19may17
This weeks show features stories from SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, SPUTNIK RADIO, and NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN.
From SPAIN Alison Hughes starts with a report on the new French President Macron and his choice for a Prime Minister. Last month Turkey conducted airstrikes on Kurdish bases in both Syria and Iraq. The US State Department approved a $2 billion arms deal to the UAE as Trump gets ready to help sell $100 billion more weapons on his visit to Saudi Arabia. Yemen, the current target of the Saudi war effort, is facing its second deadly outbreak of cholera in less than a year.
From CUBA Puerto Rican independence leader Oscar Lopez Rivera was released from US prison after 36 years. A controversial pension reform bill in Brazil has been delayed due to large protests. 76 of the hunger -striking Palestinian prisoners in Israel have been hospitalized. David Friedman, the new US ambassador to Israel, is a proponent of illegal Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory, and will be on hand when President Trump visits Israel this week.
From RUSSIA On his show Going Underground, Afshin Rattansi interviewed Ray Mcgovern, former CIA operative and a member of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. They discussed the release of whistleblower Chelsea Manning whose release of videos from Iraq shocked the world. Ray talks about the UN being barred from visiting Chelsea in prison and new documents showing that the CIA has the ability to hack into computers and make it look like it was done by Russia or any other country.
From JAPAN There has been a restart of a 4th nuclear reactor in Japan despite protests. A forest fire in a contaminated area near the devastated Fukushima nuke has raised alarm about further releases of radiation. Then an Insight on the different approach the new government of South Korea had to last weekend's missile launch by North Korea.
PROGRAM NOTES 12may17
This weeks show features stories from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, SPUTNIK RADIO, and SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO.
From JAPAN South Koreans elected Moon Jae-in as their new president and he made an oath to visit North Korea and work toward peace on the peninsula. Climate change negotiators meeting in Germany implored the US to stay with the Paris Agreement. A top UN official called on both nuclear and non-nuclear nations to work toward global nuclear disarmament.
From CUBA Leaders from the Caribbean community have called for a fact-finding mission to assess what is actually happening in Venezuela. The Iraqi military admitted that they bombed a school in Mosul leaving scores of civilians dead. Human rights advocates across Europe have begun a hunger strike in solidarity with 1700 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails.
From RUSSIA Afshin Rattansi interviewed journalist Charles Glass on the situation in Syria. Charles describes the bombed out streets of Aleppo as looking like the European cities in the aftermath of WWII, and why the US, France, and Britain have failed to overthrow Assad. He also talks about the chemical attack in Syria, the propaganda that veils what has happened in the country, and Russian led proposals to end the war. Then Dr. Lisa Mckenzie talks about her meeting with new French President Macron, his fears of being seen as a new Tony Blair, and the fact that Macron is not a progressive.
From SPAIN Alison Hughes reports on the French Presidential election, with Macron's victory bringing great sighs of relief in capitols around Europe, while progressives criticize his neo-liberal plans to privatize many of the socialist systems. Alison then describes the Syrian rebels who evacuated a district of Damascus, following a deal brokered by Russia, Iran, and Turkey to deescalate the fighting. Rebels are continuing demands including the removal of President Assad.
"As I have said before, the ever more sophisticated weapons piling up in the arsenals of the wealthiest and the mightiest can kill the illiterate, the ill, the poor and the hungry but they cannot kill ignorance, illnesses, poverty or hunger." --Fidel Castro, 2002
PROGRAM NOTES 05may17
This weeks show features stories from SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, and SPUTNIK RADIO.
From SPAIN Alison Hughes begins with a review of International Workers day, or May Day, from the US and Turkey. May Day in France was dominated by the Presidential election runoff- both Marine LePen and Emmanuel Macron held rallies while many say that they will not vote for either candidate. Last week Brazilian workers went on strike in every major city, protesting taxes on pensions and proposed labor laws- Brazilian based journalist Glenn Greenwald wrote that what is happening in that country is alarming and could lead to a return to a military dictatorship.
From CUBA Foreign Ministers from are reviewing threats to Venezuela's independence at a meeting of CELAC the regional bloc of Latin American and Caribbean States. The attorney for Julian Assange filed a request with Sweden to drop the arrest warrant so that he can relocate to Ecuador. The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina commemorated the 40th anniversary of their struggle to locate their stolen babies and the disappeared.
From JAPAN Parties to the TPP, or Trans Pacific Partnership free trade deal have decided to move their agenda forward without the US. The US says that THAAD, the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, is now operational in South Korea, further raising tensions in the region. Candidates for the President of South Korea clashed in their final debate before the May 9th election. Opposition politicians in Japan want to stop Prime Minister Abe's plan to change the constitution.
From RUSSIA On his program Going Underground, Afshin Rattansi interviewed Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi about the Russian hysteria in the US. They also discuss how Trump's bombing in Syria has drawn the media and liberals to support him, raising the threat of global military confrontations.
"What makes us feel pessimistic about the world, ultimately, is the way the media encourage us to believe that our fate hangs on the every move of the promise-breaking, terminally disappointing Teflon liars in Washington." --Matt Taibbi
PROGRAM NOTES 28apr17
This weeks show features stories from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, and SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO.
From JAPAN In Okinawa there are growing conflicts between the US military and the local citizens and government. A parachuting drill in an area adjacent to civilians and the start up of construction on a new US military base have been receiving complaints and resulting in demonstrations. Meanwhile US and South Korean forces held a massive drill near the demilitarized zone to prepare for a possible war with North Korea. Then an Insight on the provocative actions being taken by the Koreas and the US military. Information about Japanese national security is being revealed in documents released by Edward Snowden. Reporters Without Borders released its annual press freedom index, saying that media freedom is declining even in developed nations- both the US and UK dropped in their rankings.
From CUBA At the UN, Cuba denounced the continued subversive radio and television broadcasts from the US intended to overthrow the Cuban government. In Brazil 3000 indigenous people protested in front of Congress, saying that the theft of their land and resources has worsened under unelected President Temer- a recent poll shows Temer has a 5% approval rating in the country. The Venezuelan Foreign Minister has again threatened to withdraw from the OAS, that is the Organization of American States.
From SPAIN Alison Hughes reports on the first round of the French Presidential election which eliminated the country's two traditional parties, leaving a newly formed party and neoliberal candidate, Macron, to face anti-immigration nationalist Marine LePen on May 7th. Widespread demonstrations against both candidates followed in the streets. This election is important to the future of the EU. Then Alison reviews the global March for Science which took place in more than 600 cities from Australia to Europe to the US.
"Leaving the E.U. would mean the 'Guernseyfication' of the U.K., which would then be a little country on the world scale. It would isolate itself and become a trading post and arbitration place at Europe's border."
--Emmanuel Macron, French Presidential candidate
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