(updated 17aug17) The Shortwave Report for August 18, 2017 has been received! Audio in the players on the mirror sites will open a new window and play. Tonight we have 2 new streams on http://rd0.org - /swr will repeat only the newest 30 minute show until morning. On /swr1 we have our expected behavior: 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 18aug17
This weeks show features stories from RADIO DEUTSCHE-WELLE, NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, and SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO.
From GERMANY The events involving white supremacists that took place in Charlottesville Virginia were reported by all international broadcasters. Germany has experienced many neo-nazi rallies in the past decade, and has criminalized many of the actions that were seen last weekend in the US. Trump's remarks on the violence sent shock waves throughout Europe and beyond, and leaders from around the world criticized him. UK Professor Tim Lockley describes the European view of the current state of the US presidency.
From JAPAN A report on protests across the US denouncing Trump's reaction to the clashes in Virginia. Meanwhile US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke about how religious persecution and intolerance were far too prevalent in many parts of the world while failing to mention the US travel ban on Muslims. UN Secretary-General Guterres expressed concerns over escalating tensions with North Korea.
From CUBA Brazilian President Temer is planning to privatize airports, oil blocs, hydro power plants and more to try to decrease the federal debt. Argentinian indigenous leader Milagro Sala is to be transferred from prison to house arrest after orders from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. US CIA Director Pompeo defended Trump's threat of US military action in Venezuela. Residents of Caracas Venezuela mobilized on Monday in an anti-imperialist march.
From SPAIN Alison Hughes begins with the Mercosur bloc of Latin American countries condemning Trump's threat of military action against Venezuela. In Argentina former President Christina Fernandez has tied in a senate seat election in Buenos Aires, portending a return to the Presidency. The World Health Organization has estimated that half a million people in Yemen have cholera due to continued bombing by Saudi Arabia and its allies including the US and UK. In Syria 7 controversial White Helmets members were executed- investigations have shown that they are a well-organized propaganda tool to promote funding for so-called moderate rebels in Syria.
"The Devil is right at home. The Devil, the Devil himself, is right in the house. And the Devil came here yesterday. Yesterday the Devil came here. Right here. And it smells of sulphur still today. Yesterday, ladies and gentlemen, from this rostrum, the president of the United States, the gentleman to whom I refer as the Devil, came here, talking as if he owned the world. Truly. As the owner of the world." --Hugo Chavez, at the UN after George Bush 2006
PROGRAM NOTES 11aug17
This weeks show features stories from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, and SPUTNIK RADIO.
From JAPAN In Nagasaki, 7400 mayors for peace from around the world urged the adoption of a complete nuclear weapons ban. Atomic bomb victims have protested Japan's decision to stay away from the recent UN treaty banning nuclear weapons, asking Prime Minister Abe which nation he is serving. Japanese Air Defense forces conducted another drill with US Air Force B1 bombers from Guam to intimidate North Korea. US Secretary of State Tillerson tried to downplay Trump's threat to North Korea of "fire and fury like the world has never seen."
From SPAIN Alison Hughes begins with a review of the UN sanctions against North Korea over its long-range missile tests last month, the most stringent sanctions against any country in a generation. China called for a return to the six-party talks and demanded that North Korea cease testing and that the US and South Korea suspend their upcoming military exercises. At the Association of Southeast Asian Nations regional forum, China criticized the US moral arrogance for failing to see that it part of the problem with North Korea. The mercenary army formerly known as Blackwater, got prison terms for three employees overturned in a federal appeals court. They were involved in a 2007 massacre of civilians in downtown Baghdad. Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater, sold the company which has gone through several name changes, now called Academi. The Iraqi government is investigating US security firms in their country.
From CUBA The White House is considering privatizing the war in Afghanistan at the urging of Blackwater founder Erik Prince. The newly elected members of the Venezuelan National Constituent Assembly have taken their seats, while the US continues to threaten regime change. The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our Americas, or ALBA, has rejected the sanctions the US just placed on Venezuela. In Syria at least 13 people were killed by US aerial attacks in Raqqa.
From RUSSIA Several brief clips about the CIA infiltrating journalism schools, more about Erik Prince and mercenary forces, the US funding of the opposition in Venezuela, and Julian Assange versus the New York Times.
"If you can't convince them, confuse them." --Harry S Truman
PROGRAM NOTES 04aug17
This weeks show features stories from SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, SPUTNIK RADIO, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, and NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN.
From SPAIN Alison Hughes begins with a report on Russian President Putin's expulsion of 755 US diplomats and contractors, which equalizes the number of Russian diplomatic personnel in the US- this is a response to new sanctions against Russia for alleged interference in the US elections. The EU worries that this will cause disruptions in gas pipeline deliveries. US envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, said the time for talk on North Korea was over after another missile test launch. Trump accused China of failing to rein in North Korea. Last Sunday the Venezuelan election for national constituents took place, despite some violent skirmishes and boycotts. The official voter turnout was 41% but American media claimed the true figure was 8%. The EU criticized the election and several countries joined the US in not recognizing the results.
From RUSSIA Former British MP George Galloway interviewed Teresa Teran, director of Venezuela Media Watch. They find fault with the mainstream media bias against the government of President Maduro. Teresa says the media is staging the downfall of Venezuela by misrepresenting life in the country. The opposition has called for a US invasion and the violence is caused by 2% of the population. Galloway called it a slow-motion coup, akin to what happened to Allende in Chile in 1973, with the CIA publicly admitting interference in the election. The US has given $120 million to the opposition to recruit young people to attack government forces. Teresa says that the media is creating a false image of life in Venezuela.
From CUBA Venezuela released official figures for voter turnout in the election, while Maduro said he didn't care that Trump rejected the results- Trump followed with new sanctions against Maduro's personal assets. Israeli troops killed a 14th Palestinian youth during ongoing protests outside the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, while Gaza is restricted to 2 hours of electricity per day. The UK High Court blocked an attempt to charge Tony Blair for war crimes during the 2003 Iraqi invasion.
From JAPAN China has hit back at Trump's criticism for not controlling North Korea. At the Fukushima disaster, removing the melted fuel debris grows more complicated. Following France and UK announcements of banning internal combustion cars by 2040, Japanese auto makers are stepping up development of all-electric vehicles.
"If the climate were a bank, they would already have saved it." --Hugo Chavez
PROGRAM NOTES 28jul17
This weeks show features stories from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, SPUTNIK RADIO, and SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO.
From JAPAN Robots were finally able to film melted nuclear fuel debris at Fukushima, while they hope to have a removal plan by September, though decommissioning the reactor could take up to 40 years. Japan is going to hold an international nuclear disarmament conference this year. The chief of the IMF said that the organization could be based in China in a decade.
From CUBA Venezuelan President Maduro says Mexico and Colombia are working with the CIA to overthrow his government. Pastors For Peace are working against the resurgence of hostile US policies against Cuba. Argentina has experienced a severe widening of the gap between the economic classes since the election of President Macri.
From RUSSIA George Galloway interviewed Brazilian commentator Orlando Da Rocha Hill. They discussed the widespread corruption scandals in Brazil that most recently saw former President Lula da Silva receive a ten year prison sentence. This after ousting President Dilma Rousseff. He talks about the right-wing project of taking over the country and the failure of neo-liberalism.
From SPAIN Earlier in the week, Alison Hughes reported on the deadly confrontations at the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. This month Israel approved the construction of 1800 Israeli homes in east Jerusalem. Muslims were blocked from the mosque and here is a report from the website Electronic Intifada. Then a Patrick Cockburn report in the Independent about the civilian deaths in the fight for Mosul in Iraq.
"Privatization is a neoliberal and imperialist plan. Health can't be privatized because it is a fundamental human right, nor can education, water, electricity and other public services. They can't be surrendered to private capital that denies the people from their rights." --Hugo Chavez
PROGRAM NOTES 21jul17
This weeks show features stories from SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, and SPUTNIK RADIO.
From SPAIN Alison Hughes begins by reporting on the new South Korean President Moon jae-in's desire to change the policy with North Korea by dialogue and negotiations. The White House announced new sanctions against Iran, two years after earlier sanctions were lifted by the former administration- this followed Israeli PM Netanyahu criticizing the US-Russian ceasefire in Syria, saying Israel might need to attack Iranian and Hezbollah bases in Syria. The state of emergency was extended in Turkey for the fourth time, with President Erdogan believing that cleric and US businessman Fetullah Gulen was behind the attempted coup a year ago.
From JAPAN I have seen numerous articles in the media saying that increased releases of radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean were about to happen- TEPCO claims that the media misinterpreted statements and tried to calm enraged fishermen. Japan has an action plan to help people in the US understand that Japanese investment in the US has created many jobs. Philippine President Dutarte asked Congress to extend martial law in the south, where he plans to create an autonomous Muslim region as a peace settlement. Global Witness reports that 2016 was the deadliest year on record for environmental and land rights activists, with 60% in central and south America. The US warned that it may impose economic sanctions on Venezuela unless Maduro calls off an election to rewrite the country's constitution.
From CUBA Venezuelan President Maduro called a defense council session to discuss the US threats. Cuban officials attended a ceremony commemorating the Sandinista uprising in Nicaragua. Cuba announced plans to increase the use of solar energy in the country. The demonstrations at the G20 summit in Hamburg were the largest ever and the subsequent riots caused 12 million Euros in damage.
From RUSSIA On his program Going Underground, host Afshin Ratannsi spoke with Medea Benjamin, founder of Code Pink. They discussed the controversial arms sales by the US and UK to Saudi Arabia, which is creating a massacre of the people of Yemen. Medea criticizes the media for focusing on the alleged Trump and Putin conspiracy, diverting attention from so many other crises.
"We have to re-invent socialism. It can't be the kind of socialism that we saw in the Soviet Union, but it will emerge as we develop new systems that are built on cooperation, not competition." --Hugo Chavez
PROGRAM NOTES 14jul17
This weeks show features stories from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, SPUTNIK RADIO, and SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO.
From JAPAN In Tokyo hundreds protested the government's new anti-terror legislation, which they say will lead to mass surveillance. The EU is considering lifting a ban on food produced in Fukushima prefecture. Japan, the US, and India are doing a joint naval exercise in the Indian Ocean. Defense officials from the US, Japan, and South Korea are discussing reactions to North Korea's missile tests. Former Brazilian President Lula deSilva has been given a 9 year prison term for taking bribes.
From CUBA Current Brazilian President Temer is also facing possible corruption charges. New York city activists have announced actions to oppose new US government policies against Cuba. The NYT reported that the Mexican government used Israeli made software to spy on an international group investigating the disappeared 43 students in Guerrero in 2014. In Hamburg protests at the G20 summit continued after the conference was over.
From RUSSIA Afshin Rattansi explains why North Koreans despise the US and UK who killed 30% of the population in the 1950s. Then two press reviews on the UK rejection of a bill to ban arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson's trip to Qatar.
From SPAIN Alison Hughes reporting. The Prime Minister of Iraq announced the victory over Daesh in the city of Mosul, though some fighting continues and the city is in ruins. Patrick Cockburn wrote about his journey to Mosul and interviewed residents, concluding that ISIS was defeated but will fight again. Trump and Putin agreed to a new ceasefire in southwest Syria, though earlier ceasefires were intentionally sabotaged by the US. At the G20 summit in Hamburg Trump found himself isolated from his fellow world leaders, mainly because of his attitude about trade and his rejection of the Paris Climate Agreement. Alison then describes the 100,000 protestors outside the conference and how in some instances police provoked rioting.
"Well, I learned a lot. I went down to Latin America to find out from them and learn their views. You'd be surprised. They're all individual countries." --Ronald Reagan, 1982
PROGRAM NOTES 07jul17
This weeks show features stories from RADIO DEUTSCHE-WELLE, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, SPUTNIK RADIO, SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, and NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN.
From GERMANY In the lead up to the G20 Summit in Hamburg there were many protestors and an alternative, the Global Solidarity Summit. One of the speakers there was Vandana Shiva, renowned Indian activist- here is an interview with her before the events began.
From CUBA A bit more about the protests gathering before the G20 summit in Hamburg Germany. Thousands of protestors marched in dozens of US cities demanding the impeachment of Donald Trump.
From RUSSIA Two press reviews- One is from the Times about accusations that rogue British special air forces troops executed unarmed civilians in Afghanistan, which had been blamed on Afghani troops. Then a press report about the media blackout of Seymour Hersh's expose on the US missile strike on Syria following an alleged chemical attack. That story was covered here on the Shortwave Report from SNR last week.
From SPAIN Alison Hughes reports on the Syrian foreign ministry reiterated that its entire arsenal of chemical weapons had been destroyed outside the country 4 years ago. In Yemen the bombing raids by Saudi forces continue, leading to over 12,000 dead and 3 million Yemenis experiencing several malnutrition. US targeted assassinations by drones also continue in Yemen. Last week a US Federal Appeals court threw out a non-monetary lawsuit by the families of 2 Yemeni civilians killed by US drone strikes in 2012.
From JAPAN North Korea launched what it claimed to be an ICBM leading to more threats from the US. Russia and China proposed that the US and South Korea cease military drills in exchange for a N Korean moratorium on nuclear and missile development. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute reported that nuclear stockpiles are decreasing but that the main players, the US and Russia, are modernizing their weapons. Protestors failed to stop France from shipping MOX recycled nuclear reactor fuel to Japan.
"Everyman is me. I am his brother. No man is my enemy. I am Everyman and he is in and of me. This is my faith, my strength, my deepest hope, and my only belief." --Kenneth Patchen
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