The Shortwave Report

(updated 27apr17) The Shortwave Report for April 27, 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)

The Shortwave Report for June 5, 2015Check the archives for older shows, and lofi downloads. Programs notes (below) are from Dan Roberts at   http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtm

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

PROGRAM NOTES 21apr17

This weeks show features stories from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, and SPUTNIK RADIO.

From JAPAN  The US has warned North Korea that if it instigates a fight, it will get one. North Korea says it will continue building military might to protect the country. The White House says there was some confusion about where their aircraft carriers were in the Sea of Japan. A global chemical weapons watchdog says it positively identified sarin gas, or a similar substance, in victims in Syria, but does not know who released them.

From CUBA  150 delegates will attend a seminar in Cuba on peace and the elimination of foreign military bases. Tens of thousands of Venezuelans marched to reject coup plans by the right-wing opposition. Mexican journalists continue to be killed at an alarming rate. The US National Security Advisor went to Afghanistan a few days after the US dropped its most powerful non-nuclear bomb in the country.

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes reports on the referendum in Turkey which changes the constitution and grants sweeping powers to the presidency. At least 126 Syrians, mostly civilians who were being evacuated, were killed over the weekend in a suicide truck bombing- Alison reads part of an article on the event written by Robert Fisk.

From RUSSIA  Afshin Rattannsi interviewed famed documentarian John Pilger on the US missile attack on Syria. He says that the attack was meant as a threat to numerous nations around the world, and a political move to establish Trump as a real president. Pilger points out that many people and organizations that were criticizing Trump are suddenly giving him respect. And the threat of using nuclear weapons in Korea is unacceptable to the vast majority of people and countries in the world.

"I wouldn't go to war, as I have done, to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket."--Major General Smedley Butler USMC, 1933

PROGRAM NOTES 14apr17

This weeks show features stories from SPUTNIK RADIO, SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, and NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN.

From RUSSIA  On Afshin Rattansi's program "Going Underground," it starts with some history of false accusations that the Syrian government deployed chemical weapons in 2013. Afshin then interviews journalist Peter Oborne a few hours before the US launched 59 Tomahawk missiles into Syria. Oborne says that intelligence agencies often release false information such as WMDs in Iraq, the reasons given for the Libyan intervention, and the 2013 claims of a chemical attack by Syrian forces in 2013. Oborne agrees with Sy Hersch that it would make no sense for Syria to use such weapons, yet the media refuses to question the so-called intelligence reports.

From SPAIN  The day following the US bombing in Syria, Alison Hughes created a special on the lead up to the attack, and the history of military actions based on biased information. The Syrian government denies using chemical weapons, saying that the rebels must have been producing such weapons in a building that Syrian forces bombed. Photographs and videos of people suffering the effects of chemical weapons were supplied to the media and the bombing began without investigation. Alison played clips of Tony Blair, Colin Powell, and GW Bush asserting the presence of WMDs in Iraq which proved to be fabrications.

From CUBA  In Chile students and teachers have taken to the streets to demand education reforms preventing the privatization of schools. Following weeks of protests in Argentina, President Macri is looking into purchasing high-tech anti-protest equipment like the kinds used in the US. Dilma Rousseff, deposed Brazilian president, expressed hope that an election in 2018 will restore democracy to her country.

From JAPAN  Russia vetoed a UN draft resolution condemning the suspected use of chemical weapons in Syria, while calling for an independent investigation of the event. According to polls, 51% of Americans support the missile strikes, while 55% of Japanese opposed the attack. North Korea condemned the US for sending an aircraft carrier close to the Korean peninsula. G7 energy ministers failed to adopt a joint declaration because the US is reviewing its policies. Japanese environment ministry is set to promote renewable energy up to 24% by 2030.

"Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts." --Daniel Patrick Moynihan

PROGRAM NOTES 07apr17

This weeks show features stories from SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, and SPUTNIK RADIO.

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes reports on the war in Mosul, where civilians continue to be caught up in the attacks between Daesh fighters and the US/Iraq coalition. She presents Patrick Cockburn's articles in the UK Independent about the daily civilian deaths which are justified as human shields, rather than inaccurate bombings. Syria denies the claims of using chemical weapons in a recent attack, saying that they bombed a rebel stash of those weapons. Meanwhile John Mccain thinks it is incredulous to allow the Syrian people to determine their own future. Alison then reports on the victory by liberal candidate Lenin Moreno in Ecuador who intends to continue the work of Rafael Correa.

From CUBA  In Ecuador, the losing opposition presidential candidate is claiming electoral fraud, while OAS monitors hail the voting procedures. At the UN Cuba insisted that nations with nuclear weapons maintain their commitment to a world free of weapons of mass destruction. El Salvador has become the first country to ban metal mining nationwide. A Brazilian court is investigating illegal campaign financing in the last presidential election.

From JAPAN  South Korean prosecutors are holding and interrogating impeached President Park Geun-hye for financial crimes while in office. Then an Insight on Japan's decision to send back its ambassador to South Korea and how this could affect bilateral relations.

From RUSSIA  Two short pieces from Afshin Rattansi's show called Going Underground. One year ago there was much ado about the Panama Papers and all the politicians expected to fall from the scandal- the story is forgotten, poverty is rising in Europe, and Panama bankers had their best year ever. Selected PM of the UK, Theresa May, is on a business visit to Saudi Arabia, which is using billions of dollars worth of British weapons to annihilate Yemen.

"If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers."
--Thomas Pynchon

PROGRAM NOTES 31mar17

This weeks show features stories from SPUTNIK RADIO, SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, and RADIO HAVANA CUBA.

From RUSSIA  George Galloway interviewed Peter Ford, former British ambassador to Syria, the day after the one man terror attack on Westminster Bridge and in the House of Commons. Peter says he was surprised by the remarks of the selected PM Theresa May who defined the attack as an attack on British values. He says the attack was a clear result of British bombing in the Middle East. They discuss the western support of jihadists in Syria when it serves in the attempt to overthrow the elected government. They discuss what propels Britain into perpetual attacks and occupation of other people's lands. Peter says Britain has post-imperialist spasms and kowtows to America. To stop attacks like Westminster requires a halt to demonizing Middle Eastern leaders. And to recognize that western involvement in overthrowing all the secular governments in the region is creating the rise of religious fanatic warriors.

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes relates a report from Airwars.org which tracks civilian casualties caused by airstrikes in the Middle East. Pro-Palestinian activists demonstrated in Washington outside a conference for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, saying that the organization does not represent the majority of American Jews. UNICEF released a report called "Falling Through The Cracks," about the fate of children in the Saudi led war on Yemen- UNICEF calls for an immediate political solution to the war, restoring the rights of children and massive response to combat malnutrition there. The US Defense Secretary Mattis has asked to lift restrictions on military support of Saudi operations in Yemen.

From CUBA  There was a conference in New York to work on normalizing relations between the US and Cuba. At the UN conference on eliminating all 15,000 nuclear weapons, which the US and other countries possessing such weapons boycotted, it was pointed out that they are the only weapons of mass destruction that have not yet been banned. Venezuela accused the Secretary-General of the Organization of American States of being at the service of imperial powers in his campaign against Maduro.

"Arguing that you don't care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say." --Edward Snowden

PROGRAM NOTES 24mar17

This weeks show features stories from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, and SPUTNIK RADIO.

From JAPAN  Japan and Germany agreed to a joint project on renewable energy, focusing on large storage facilities. North Korea criticized Rex Tillerson over his threats of military action over nuclear weapon capability, then went and did a failed missile test. Record numbers of refugees are attempting to reach Europe this year across the Mediterranean.

From CUBA  At the UN General Assembly, Cuba spoke about the rising racism and xenophobia in many parts of the world. Venezuelan President Maduro accused the US of pressuring foreign governments to support US meddling in Venezuelan affairs. There was an attempted assassination of former Haitian president Aristide.

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes begins with selected Prime Minister Theresa May's announcement that the UK withdrawal from the EU will begin on March 29. Then a report on the fighting in Syria with jihadists killing non-combatants. Israeli fighter jets bombed sites in Syria and denied losing a jet to a missile. A UN official resigned in protest over pressure to withdraw a report describing Israeli treatment of Palestinians as a system of apartheid. In the battle for Mosul in Iraq, the UN announced a humanitarian crisis because 350,000 civilians are displaced by the fighting, leading to shortages of food and water.

From RUSSIA  Afshin Rattansi interviewed former British MP George Galloway about the 14th anniversary of the start of the 2003 war on Iraq. George has produced a film called "The Killings of Tony Blair," which presents evidence of war crimes committed by the former Prime Minister. They discuss why Blair has not been charged and now he continues to claim Iraq is better off than under Saddam. George blames the lies that led to the Iraq invasion for creating the growing right-wing populism as well as the growth of terrorism.

"There are people who still think that the compromises that were made along the way were unacceptable. But sometimes politics is about that in order to achieve a better end -- and there are always two kinds of people in politics -- those who stand aside and commentate and those who get their hands dirty and do." --Tony Blair

PROGRAM NOTES 17mar17

This weeks show features stories from RADIO DEUTSCHE-WELLE, SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, NHK JAPAN, and SPUTNIK RADIO.

From GERMANY  In the Netherlands many feared that far-right candidate Geert Wilders would come in first in elections this week, increasing momentum for an anti-immigrant trend in Europe. The center-right Prime Minister Rutte came in first to the relief of many across Europe who wish to maintain the EU.

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes reports that in the lead up to the Dutch election, Turkey and the Netherlands got into a row over banning Turkish officials from entering the country to promote a Turkish vote on changing its constitution. The European Court of Justice ruled that companies can ban employees from wearing religious symbols including the Islamic headscarf. Syrian President Assad commented on the additional 400 US ground troops recently deployed to his country without permission. The US has intensified its bombing campaign in Yemen this month, mostly using drones- these attacks are increasing the severity of the civilian starvation.

From JAPAN  The US military has begun taking steps to permanently deploy attack drones in South Korea along with THAAD, the missile defense system. Then an Insight on the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

From RUSSIA  Afshin Rattansi interviewed Indian politician Shashi Tharoor, author of "Inglorious Empire: What the British did to India." Most of the atrocities the British committed against the people of India are absent in western history books. There is a tendency to romanticize that England brought India into the modern world in a gesture of common wealth. This former UN diplomat wants to set the record straight.

"Politics is the art of making the people believe that they are in power, when in fact, they have none." --Mumia Abu-Jamal

PROGRAM NOTES 10mar17

This weeks show features stories from SPUTNIK RADIO, SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, and NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN.

From RUSSIA  George Galloway intervie10d Dr Daniel Briggs on the fate of politics in Spain. He says that global capitalism is creating crises that have resulted in the rise of right-wing politics. The socialist political party in Spain, Podemos, has lost nearly half its supporters in the past year. This loss may be a result of voters fearing too radical a change, including the separation of Catalonia from the rest of Spain and not having a viable alternative to capitalism.

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes reports on the wars in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. She relays Patrick Cockburn's report on the shifting alliances in Syria and Iraq, and the role of the US and Russia in the war on Islamic State. Fighting in Mosul has resulted in more civilian deaths. The US involvement in the war in Yemen has had controversial results. 10,000 Yemenis have died in the Saudi-led war and 3 million civilians have been displaced. An escalation in ship attacks is leading to famine in Yemen, where 90% of the food is brought in by ships.

From CUBA  The Venezuelan government is asking the US to reveal its covert media wars in Latin America. Mexico is gravely concerned over a US proposal to separate migrant families crossing the border. Palestinian President Abbas said his country is sticking to the two-state solution and British Secretary of State Boris Johnson agreed.

From JAPAN  At a disarmament conference speakers condemned North Korea's recent missile launches, while North Korea condemned the current US South Korean military exercises. China joined in criticizing the huge military exercise which the US claims maintains stability on the Korean Peninsula. Six years have passed since the Fukushima nuclear meltdown which killed more than 18,000 people- 123,000 citizens remain evacuees.

"I'm worried that students will take their obedient place in society and look to become successful cogs in the wheel - let the wheel spin them around as it wants without taking a look at what they're doing. I'm concerned that students not become passive acceptors of the official doctrine that's handed down to them from the White House, the media, textbooks, teachers and preachers."
--Howard Zinn

PROGRAM NOTES 03mar17

This weeks show features stories from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, SPUTNIK RADIO, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, and SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO.

From JAPAN  The Japanese government is going to maintain control over TEPCO, the operator of the devastated Fukushima nuclear power plant- thus taking on responsibility for the estimated $188 billion clean up. The US and South Korean militaries have begun a 2 month exercise to prepare for possible war with North Korea. Meanwhile, South Korea has acquired land to install an advanced US missile defense system called THAD. In Ukraine fighting has escalated between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in the east.

From RUSSIA  On to George Galloway's show called Sputnik Radio. George interviews journalist Neil Clark about the political turmoil and violence in Ukraine. There is much discussion of the current rise of the far-right in Europe, by the same people who ignored the fascist neo-nazis who created a coup in Ukraine in 2014. They say the coup was partly organized by NATO governments, with the assistance of John McCain and American neo-cons. The Ukraine government is currently bombing the east and western media makes it appear to be Russian aggression. McCain's call for "lethal defensive aid" has been supported by people, like Michael Moore, usually associated with anti-war movements.

From CUBA  A new investigation by the Guardian UK has revealed that the assassination of Honduran environmentalist Berta Caceres was by military members who were trained by US Special Forces in the US. Thousands of Brazilians used the Carnivale to protest the coup that ousted Dilma Rousseff from the Presidency. President Trump gave his first address to a joint session of Congress. The UK has advised colleges to stifle anti-war and pro-Palestinian activism.

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes reports on the war in Iraq, where US backed Iraqi forces are driving Daesh out of villages near Mosul- the jihadists destination upon leaving will likely be Syria. At UN peace talks in Geneva, ceasefire efforts in Syria were praised, but fighting continues. President Trump said that spending more money on wars will lead to victory, while others suggest that diplomacy is essential.

"There is no crime, absolutely none, that cannot be condoned when 'our' side commits it."
--George Orwell

PROGRAM NOTES 24feb17

This weeks show features stories from SPUTNIK RADIO, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, and NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN.

From RUSSIA On his show called Going Underground, Afshin Rattansi interviewed Nick Dearden about the passage of CETA, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. It has been called the little brother of TTIP. Passing despite protests, this trade deal between Canada and the EU has less to do with tariffs and more to do with removing social and environmental protections. It allows corporations to sue governments for impeding business, negating individual national sovereignty.

From CUBA  Thousands in the UK protested Donald Trump, who may be allowed to visit the country despite 1.8 million signatures demanding he be barred from entering. In Barcelona, up to 500,000 people took to the streets demanding that the government allow more refugees to enter the country. More than 200 protestors arrested in DC on Inauguration day have been indicted on felony rioting charges. Israeli military aircraft carried out overnight bombing raids against Syrian army positions north of Damascus.

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes reports on the Washington meeting between Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu- Trump refused to defend the two-state solution between Israel and Palestine, saying that the one-state plan was fine with him. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute released its latest report on international weapons sales- the 3 largest dealers are the US with 33% of all sales, Russia with 23%, and China with 6%. India has become the largest importer of weapons, while sales to countries in the Middle East rose by 86%.

From JAPAN  Weapons manufacturers are showcasing their latest wares at an international arms fair in the United arab Emirates. New US Defense Secretary James Mattis visited Iraq to discuss military operations against ISIL and to clarify that the US military is not in Iraq to seize the oil, despite Trump's threats. UNICEF released an emergency statement saying that the famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen may cause 1.4 million children to die from malnutrition.

"I think our TV news editors are still sometimes using the language of government propaganda. We still hear the term 'war on terror' for an illegal war. We're still hearing the words reform and modernization when what we really mean is privatization and public greed."
--Ken Loach

PROGRAM NOTES 17feb17

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 report from France where violent protests against the police have continued nationwide for two weeks following the police abuse of a 22 year old man arrested for drug sales. The UN Security Council has denounced North Korea's missile test. The IAEA says that Iran is implementing the accord on its nuclear program as agreed with world powers. A corruption scandal which began in Brazil has spread to Peru, where former President Toledo has been accused of having received bribes of $20 million for major highway construction.

From CUBA  20 cities in Mexico saw large protests against Donald Trump's rhetoric and his call for Mexico to pay for a border wall. In Ecuador, the right-wing candidate for president pledged to revoke the asylum granted to Julian Assange.

From JAPAN  Japanese Prime Minister Abe spoke to NHK about his two days of discussions with Donald Trump- Abe said Trump did not bring up his campaign promise to make Japan pay for US military protection. President Trump said that he plans to honor the one-China policy at the request of the Chinese President, and to have a summit between nations as soon as possible.

From RUSSIA  On his show Going Underground, Afshin Rattansi interviewed Andrew Feinstein, author of "The Shadow World- Inside the Global Arms Trade." They discussed British arms sales to Saudi Arabia which is being investigated by a high court, the secrecy imposed by national security shrouding the global arms trade, and violations of the international arms trade treaty. On a global scale, 40% of all bribes and corruption are over weapons sales, yet only two dealers have ever been incriminated.

"It's naive and even irresponsible for a grownup today to get her or his information about foreign policy and war and peace exclusively from the administration in power. It's essential to have other sources of information, to check those against one's own common sense, and to form your own judgment as to whether we ought to go to or persist in war." --Daniel Ellsberg

PROGRAM NOTES 10feb17

This weeks show features stories from RADIO DEUTSCHE-WELLE, SPUTNIK RADIO, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, and NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN.

From GERMANY   President Trump wants to repeal the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform bill, which is very distressing to the European community. There are numerous parallels between Donald Trump and French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen- she is echoing Trump's strategy of promising to bring back jobs and the steel industry.

From RUSSIA   George Galloway interviewed well-known British radio commentator James Whale. They discussed Donald Trump, not about his policies, but about his personality and phenomenon. They talk about the end of the professional politician, the similarities to the Brexit vote, and the danger of the rise of a dictator. They say that the Constitution and political systems are broken, and that the right-wing is rising out of that ruin. They agree that populism and nationalism are serious threats to democracy.

From CUBA   Following the settlement with FARC rebels, the government of Colombia and the ELN rebel army are moving forward on peace talks. Germany is going to deport newly arrived refugees to Greece. More than 180,000 migrants arrived by boat to Italy in 2016, an 18% increase from 2015. Then a Viewpoint on former Brazilian President Lula da Silva, who is under pressure to abandon his plan to run again for president next year. The Iranian President Rouhani has called on members of the non-aligned movement for action against unilateralism and extremism in the world.

From JAPAN  The Japanese Transport Minister responded to Donald Trump's remarks that Japanese trade policies are unfair. Defense authorities are proceeding with offshore work on a US military base in Okinawa despite protests including a flotilla of canoes. A new survey of damage and radioactivity in the Fukushima reactors has been suspended because of failure with robotic cameras. Japanese nuclear regulators reported that 10 of the non-operational nuclear power plants have not completed work to prevent massive inflows of rainwater.

"Critical thinking is compatible with patriotism. Amnesia is not a requirement for patriotism. We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think, the soul of America dies with it."
--Edward R Murrow

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