The Shortwave Report

(updated 16nov17) The Shortwave Report for November 17, 2017 has been received!  Audio in the players on the mirror sites will open a new window and play. ThThe Shortwave Report for June 5, 2015e 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.

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PROGRAM NOTES 17nov17

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

From JAPAN  Japanese President Abe warned North Korea that he was purchasing lots of new weapons from the US during Trump's visit to Asia. The US Joint Chiefs of Staff warned that a ground invasion would be the only way to completely destroy N Korea's nuclear weapons program. The US Navy is carrying out a provocative military exercise in the Sea of Japan with 3 nuclear aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines. North Korea has denounced the US military buildup around the Korean peninsula. In Bonn Germany the UN Climate Change conference is underway to implement the rules of the Paris agreement- the US has become the only country on the planet not signing on as Syria has said it will sign on. A member of ICAN (the International Campaign To Abolish Nuclear Weapons) has called on Japanese college students to find ways to get the world to agree to make a world free of nuclear arms.

From CUBA  The US has announced new trade and travel restrictions on Americans wanting to visit or do business with Cuba. Soldiers from several Latin American nations are participating in a military drill in the Amazon basin with the support of the US. The centennial of the Russian Revolution was celebrated across Latin America.

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes begins with a report on the release of the Paradise Papers, which reveals how major corporations and wealthy individuals use loopholes to avoid paying taxes- these documents add to the Panama Papers in unveiling tax havens used by the global elite. NATO is set to increase troops in Afghanistan, reportedly to train Afghans rather than assume combat positions. 200 Catalan mayors have gone to Brussels to demonstrate in front of EU institutions in support of deposed Catalan President Carles Puigdemont- he went to the heart of the EU to internationalize the cause of Catalonian independence and will face extradition to Spanish courts.

From RUSSIA  On his program Going Underground, Afshin Rattansi spoke with Alex Salmond, former first Minister of Scotland. Alex talked about the situation in Spain and what he called a disgraceful weak response by UK PM Theresa May to Spanish government violence against its citizen voters.

"All of us who are concerned for peace and the triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert upon events in the political field." -- Albert Einstein

PROGRAM NOTES 10nov17

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

From JAPAN  Japanese President Abe warned North Korea that he was purchasing lots of new weapons from the US during Trump's visit to Asia. The US Joint Chiefs of Staff warned that a ground invasion would be the only way to completely destroy N Korea's nuclear weapons program. The US Navy is carrying out a provocative military exercise in the Sea of Japan with 3 nuclear aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines. North Korea has denounced the US military buildup around the Korean peninsula. In Bonn Germany the UN Climate Change conference is underway to implement the rules of the Paris agreement- the US has become the only country on the planet not signing on as Syria has said it will sign on. A member of ICAN (the International Campaign To Abolish Nuclear Weapons) has called on Japanese college students to find ways to get the world to agree to make a world free of nuclear arms.

From CUBA  The US has announced new trade and travel restrictions on Americans wanting to visit or do business with Cuba. Soldiers from several Latin American nations are participating in a military drill in the Amazon basin with the support of the US. The centennial of the Russian Revolution was celebrated across Latin America.

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes begins with a report on the release of the Paradise Papers, which reveals how major corporations and wealthy individuals use loopholes to avoid paying taxes- these documents add to the Panama Papers in unveiling tax havens used by the global elite. NATO is set to increase troops in Afghanistan, reportedly to train Afghans rather than assume combat positions. 200 Catalan mayors have gone to Brussels to demonstrate in front of EU institutions in support of deposed Catalan President Carles Puigdemont- he went to the heart of the EU to internationalize the cause of Catalonian independence and will face extradition to Spanish courts.

From RUSSIA  On his program Going Underground, Afshin Rattansi spoke with Alex Salmond, former first Minister of Scotland. Alex talked about the situation in Spain and what he called a disgraceful weak response by UK PM Theresa May to Spanish government violence against its citizen voters.

"All of us who are concerned for peace and the triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert upon events in the political field."
--Albert Einstein

PROGRAM NOTES 03nov17

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

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes provides an update on the political turmoil in Catalonia. After the regional parliament invoked independence from Spain, PM Rajoy activated Article 155 which allowed him to dissolve the Catalan government. President Puigdemont retreated to Belgium, while Madrid announced a local election to be held Dec 21. Barcelona mayor Ada Calou commented on the situation, calling the federal actions a coup. Spain's Attorney General has pressed charges of rebellion and sedition against 20 alleged leaders of the independence movement. An arrest warrant has been issued for President Puigdemont and most Euro leaders have spurned the independence movement.

From CUBA  At the UN General Assembly only the US and Israel voted against a resolution condemning the US economic blockade of Cuba. A Viewpoint on the release of around 1800 classified documents linked to the assassination of John F Kennedy- a number of the texts expose the US governments plans to justify an open military aggression to Cuba, using terrorist actions. US military forces are conducting a nuclear war drill called "Global Thunder" to prepare the US nuclear command center for possible war.

From JAPAN  South Korea and China will meet to discuss responses to North Korea and the THAAD missiles installed by the US in South Korea. Japanese President Abe met with the NATO leader agreeing that all nations should enforce sanctions against North Korea. A former North Korean diplomat suggested that the NATO bombing of Libya prompted North Korea to accelerate nuclear and missile developments as deterrents..

From RUSSIA  On his program Going Underground, Afshin Rattansi interviewed American journalist and historian Dr Gareth Porter. Gareth dismisses the alleged use of Sarin gas by Assad forces in Syria. He says that Trump's threats of attacking North Korea are the most worrying aspect of US foreign policy. He says that the US misses the days when Yeltsin was their lapdog, working to push NATO to the borders of Russia.

"The capacity to combine commitment with skepticism is essential to democracy." --Mary Catherine Bateson

PROGRAM NOTES 27oct17

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

From JAPAN  The ruling coalition in Japan had a huge victory in last Sunday's election, giving Prime Minister Abe the ability to change the pacifist constitution- some analysts attribute the 2/3 majority to emphasizing the North Korean threat. The US, Japan, and South Korea have begun another military exercise to keep up pressure on the north. Former US President Carter offered to go to North Korea to help break the deadlock over nuclear missile development- the White House told NHK that a visit was nonsense. In northern Italy, two wealthy regions voted in referendums for more autonomy, with 90% of the voters choosing greater control over where their taxes go.

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes reports on the evolving situation in the Catalan region of Spain. The federal government has decided to increase the imposition of Article 155, which gives them the authority to control the regional government. This includes removing any elected officials, controlling taxes, budgets, public broadcasting, and replacing the local police. Nearly half a million protestors took to the streets in Barcelona, and regional President Puigdemont made a radio appeal to the rest of Europe. He later declined to present his argument against Article 155 at the senate in Madrid, and by the time you hear this he may have declared regional independence.

From CUBA  Cuban officials repudiate US claims that diplomats were attacked with sonic waves in Havana, calling it science fiction and slander. At the UN Cuba demanded that the US cease broadcasting propaganda at the island. Syria has called on the UN security Council to take measures to end the atrocities of the US-led coalition, which killed another 14 civilians this week.

From RUSSIA  On his program Going Underground, Afshin Rattansi interviewed Quentin Letts, author of Patronising Bastards: How the Elites Betrayed Britain. They discuss the use of boredom to stop revolutions, how science is used by the technocracy to confuse, and how corporate mission statements are, well, baloney.And how inaction on Brexit is symptomatic of the disconnect between the citizens and the ruling caste.

"Remember this: Even if you win the rat race, you're still a rat." --Howard Zinn

PROGRAM NOTES 20oct17

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

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes provides an update on the Catalonian attempt to become independent from Spain. The central government in Madrid feels justified in the violent repression of citizens attempting to vote, and now it has jailed two leaders of the independence movement on charges of sedition. Catalonia President Puigdemont declared independence then suspended it, saying he wanted to negotiate. The Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy threatened to invoke a constitutional article imposing direct rule on the region, while slowly implementing it. This story is evolving as I produce this show. Massive rebellion and repression seem inevitable in the next few weeks. And these events may provide a preview of other moves toward independence in Europe, like Brexit and the Scottish referendum, and the shifting political powers within the European Union.

From JAPAN  Japan has told Iran that it supports the 2015 nuclear deal, days after Trump decertified the deal between Iran and 6 world powers. US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Hailey, harshly criticized Iran at a conference that was intended to discuss the Israel-Palestine conflict- Iran was not on the agenda. The US and South Korea intimidated the North again this week with joint naval exercises and and by flying stealth and B1 bombers. Daphne Caruana Galizia, a journalist who revealed connections between the Maltese government and the Panama Papers, was killed by a car bomb following threats to stop investigating.

From CUBA  The ruling United Socialist Party in Venezuela won 17 of the 23 gubernatorial races in regional elections. The Syrian army responded to Israeli air space violations, saying they hit at least one of the fighter jets.

From RUSSIA  On his program George Galloway interviewed independent journalist Vanessa Beeley. They talked about the fake news streaming around Syria. Vanessa details the propaganda and false narratives the Western media delivers to provide justification for foreign militaries to destroy the country. She compares it to the spin cycles used in Iraq and Libya, with the White Helmets leading the disinformation.

"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 13oct17

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

From JAPAN  The world's largest solar car race is underway in Australia. On Tuesday 2 US B1 bombers intimidated North Korea, firing missiles and doing military exercises with Japanese forces. A Japanese court ruled in favor of a class action suit against TEPCO and the Japanese government for leaving the Fukushima nuke unprepared for the devastating tsunami in 2011. A member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which won this year's Nobel Peace Prize, has called on countries to review their nuclear policies.

From CUBA  Public workers in France staged a massive strike against President Macron's plans to cut jobs and pay conditions. Thousands gathered in Bolivia to honor Che Guevara on the anniversary of his murder 50 years ago by the CIA. Ousted Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff criticized current president Temer for being submissive to the US regarding Venezuela, and for approving joint military actions with the US troops in the Amazon. The IAEA and many world leaders are rejecting Trump's claims that Iran has violated the spirit of the nuclear agreement.

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes produced 3 shows this week on the separatist crisis in Catalonia. She begins by describing the anti-separatist march in Barcelona which included people bussed in from around the country, including far-right activists. National police remain in the region as the regional leader was expected to declare Catalon independence from Spain. He declared the region a separate republic and immediately added that this declaration be suspended so as to allow a dialogue with Madrid. This to prevent martial law from the federal government. Alison then gives Spanish press reviews of the events, and German and French politicians decline to intervene.

From RUSSIA  On his program Going Underground, Afshin Rattansi interviewed Victor Taibo, member of the Revolutionary Left Party in Spain. First some criticism of the Spanish police brutality by UK politicians. Then Victor talks about the EU and its governments protecting capitalism before the citizens, like the events in Greece. They discuss the ruling Popular Party's origins with Franco ministers, the neo-nazis in the latest anti-separatist marches, and the need for international solidarity.

"Benito Mussolini created the word 'fascism.' He defined it as 'the merging of the state and the corporation.' He also said a more accurate word would be 'corporatism.' This was the definition in Webster's up until 1987 when a corporation bought Webster's and changed it to exclude any mention of corporations."

PROGRAM NOTES 06oct17

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

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes produced 2 Panoramas on the separatist referendum in Catalonia. The first covered the lead up to and the election day, which saw thousands of civilians beaten by national police forces. Over 800 citizens required medical attention for attempting to choose to break away from the nation of Spain. The images of brutality were shocking, and international opinion was critical. The unofficial polls resulted in 90% wanting to form an independent country. The Prime Minister Rajoy dismissed the results saying that there was no election. The King delivered his first ever televised crisis message, blaming Catalonians for the troubles, and implying that the central government would take over control of the region.

From JAPAN  Japanese nuclear regulators are moving to allow TEPCO, the company which owns the Fukushima plant, to restart a different nuclear power plant- these reactors are the same type that melted down at Fukushima. The governor of the prefecture where the reactors are says he wants to wait until the full report on Fukushima is delivered, which is said to be 3 or 4 years away. US Defense Secretary Mattis claimed that Trump's approach to North Korea is consistent, and that there will be no dialogue with the north. A senior official of the CIA has said that the North Korean leader is rational and does not want a war, only the US out of South Korea. In Syria, more than 3000 people, including 955 civilians, were killed in September, the most this year. The US administration expelled 15 Cuban diplomats in response to claims that US embassy staff in Cuba has been subject to sonic attacks causing health problems.

From CUBA  Cuban authorities offered relief to the people of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the hurricane- after 2 weeks the US has still not responded. Trump visited Puerto Rico where he has received much criticism for delays in getting relief to the US territory. Brazilian President Temer is down to a 3% popularity rating, the lowest since the dictatorship ended in 1985. Israeli PM Netanyahu has promised to build more settlements in the heart of the occupied West Bank, defying international condemnation.

"Who is the dictator? Mariano Rajoy has chosen blood, sticks, blows, and repression against a noble people. Our hand goes out to the people of Catalonia. Resist, Catalonia! Latin America admires you." --Nicolas Maduro

 

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