(updated 18may17) The Shortwave Report for May 19, 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 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
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
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