(updated 14sep17) The Shortwave Report for September 15, 2017 has been received! Audio in the players on the mirror sites will open a new window and play. Tohe 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 15sep17
This weeks show features stories from SPUTNIK RADIO, NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, and SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO.
From RUSSIA On his program called Going Underground Afshin Rattansi starts with the 911 coup in Chile. He then interviews Carne Ross, a former UK diplomat who produced the documentary The Accidental Anarchist: Life Without Government. Ross disputed Tony Blair's justification for entering the war on Iraq. They discuss the Saudi Arabian role in the rise of terrorism, and why does every side think that they are the good guys. Ross then describes the role of and problems with sanctions, and the need for dialogue with North Korea.
From JAPAN German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to be involved in negotiations with North Korea, using a framework as was used in Iran in 2015. The annual UN General Assembly has opened with a global ban on nuclear weapons, climate change, and North Korea to be the major topics. The US is pushing China to implement new sanctions on North Korea. A report on the Myanmar reaction to international criticism over its treatment of the Rohingya muslim minority- Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi will not attend the current UN general assembly. Currents in the Pacific Ocean along Japan are radically changing from global warming, leading to almost no salmon being caught there this year.
From CUBA Cuba experienced 24 hours of hurricane Irma with category 5 winds and major destruction- Venezuela was the first country to send humanitarian aid. While climate change does not create more hurricanes, increased ocean temperature makes them much more severe. The 8.2 magnitude earthquake in Mexico last week has affected 2.3 million people, mainly in the south. In Oakland CA hundreds of activists are protesting a military training event for police called Urban Shield.
From SPAIN Alison Hughes reported on the upcoming Catalan election for independence from Spain. The federal government has declared the referendum illegal and says that officials involved will be punished. In recent years the banned language of the region has returned and many people want autonomous rule. This election, like the one that failed in Scotland, are significant to the future of the EU.
"During the Cold War, a group of Russian journalists toured the United States. On the final day of their visit, they were asked by their hosts for their impressions. 'I have to tell you,' said their spokesman, 'that we were astonished to find after reading all the newspapers and watching TV, that all the opinions on all the vital issues were by and large, the same. To get that result in our country, we imprison people, we tear out their fingernails. Here, you don't have that. What's the secret? How do you do it?'" --John Pilger
PROGRAM NOTES 08sep17
This weeks show features stories from SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, SPUTNIK RADIO, NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, and RADIO HAVANA CUBA.
From SPAIN Alison Hughes starts with Yemen, where the Cholera epidemic has spread to 600,000 people in just 6 months. The UN Human Rights Council has avoided investigating human rights violations in the war in Yemen, as Saudi Arabia maintains a seat on the council. Several stories on the hydrogen bomb test in North Korea and the reactions and threats at the UN and elsewhere. Leaders around the globe expressed deep concern and worry, with China and Russia emphasizing that dialogue and compromise were better choices than increased threats from the west.
From RUSSIA On his program called Going Underground, Afshin Rattansi spoke with former Scottish MP Tommy Sheridan. Sheridan is an activist opposed to Britain's Trident nuclear arsenal on submarines docked in Scotland. They discuss the threat to Britain created by Trident, and the deceptions from the Ministry of Defense and Teresa May. He talks about the US and Britain making huge profits by arming the world and then creating wars elsewhere to deploy them. He accuses the British establishment of doing everything in their power to keep Jeremy Corbyn from becoming Prime Minister because of his opposition to the military industrial complex. He points out the attempts to crush socialism in Venezuela and Latin America, and the use of Scottish airports by the US in illegal kidnapping for torture known as rendition.
From JAPAN Several reports on the direct reactions to the North Korean bomb test. South Korea launched live fire drills along the Korean coast, and announced the formation of a military unit to target the North Korean leadership. Trump told Japan and South Korea that they will be allowed to buy higher grade weaponry worth billions of dollars. Putin condemned the North Korean bomb test but reiterated his call for dialogue with North Korea. The German government plans to set up a fund to tackle air pollution, including promoting electric vehicles.
From CUBA French President Macron held talks with Venezuelan opposition leaders looking for support for regime change. The 9th annual BRICS summit concluded in China. The rescinding of the DACA program for young immigrants in the US was met with protests across the nation.
"They used to make arms for wars. Now they make wars to sell arms." --Tommy Sheridan
PROGRAM NOTES 01sep17
This weeks show features stories from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, SPUTNIK RADIO, CHINA RADIO INTERNATIONAL, and RADIO HAVANA CUBA.
From JAPAN Japanese air defense forces were conducting a drill with interceptor missiles when the north launched a ballistic missile over part of the Japanese archipelago. Then South Korea staged a live bombing exercise as a show of force. Japan and the US want tighter sanctions against the north, possibly banning oil exports to the nation. A former Japanese vice-admiral said the north might fire more missiles over Japan to confirm their capability.
From RUSSIA George Galloway interviewed Stephen Chan, OBE and professor of Oriental Studies in London. They talk about the US stepping up possible wars in both Afghanistan and North Korea. Stephen says that the US generals are trying to be a restraining force against Trump's belligerence. World leaders are warning Trump to tone down the rhetoric to avoid a nuclear holocaust. Stephen discusses North Korean game theory in reacting to threats, and their enigmatic approach which is not primitive. He compares the mindset of Koreans living in the north with those in the south, and whether those in the north are in a trance state as presented in the western media.
From CHINA US Secretary of State Mattis says the US always has diplomatic solutions. The US conducted a missile intercept exercise off the coast of Hawaii. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights criticized Trump for his attacks on the media, calling it an incitement against journalists.
From CUBA Conflicts between the government and opposition in Venezuela continue over US economic sanctions. Former Brazilian President Lula da Silva is on a caravan of hope bus tour around the country, criticizing President Temer's planned privatization of electricity and airports. The UN called on Israel to cease settlement construction in the occupied West Bank. Then a Viewpoint on a UN report that drought and hunger are among the main causes of migration to the US in at least 3 Central American nations.
"Man proposes; nature disposes. We are seldom more vulnerable than when we feel insulated." --George Monbiot
PROGRAM NOTES 25aug17
This weeks show features stories from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, and SPUTNIK RADIO.
From JAPAN A North Korean delegation argued with the new US Naval commander over escalated tensions at a maritime security conference in Bali. Delegates at the UN Conference on Disarmament in Geneva clashed, with the US representative saying the US, UK, and France would never agree to a ban on nuclear weapons. At the Fukushima nuclear power plant another attempt to create an ice wall to limit radioactive runoff into the Pacific Ocean is being attempted, 6 years after the disaster.
From CUBA A Viewpoint on US Vice-President Pence's tour of Latin American countries. Pence is trying to drum up support for US actions against the elected government of Venezuela. Venezuela holds the largest supply of petroleum on the planet, and it was owned by US corporations until it was nationalized back in 1976. Pence's proposed invasion and overthrow of the Venezuelan government was rejected in most nations, and protests occurred in every state he visited.
From SPAIN Alison Hughes begins with reports on the murders by vehicles in Barcelona and Cambrils. 13 died in Barcelona and over 100 were injured and the perpetrator was shot dead by police days later. The night of the attack a car tried to replicate the event in Cambrils, resulting in 5 men being killed by police. In the Syrian city of Raqqa, US led airstrikes have intensified killing more than 100 civilians in 2 days, nearly 1000 since June. In Iraq, where the 9 month US led operation in Mosul left 40,000 civilians dead, the fighting against Daesh has moved to Tal Afar. There is a controversial referendum scheduled for September 25th to create an independent Kurdish region in Iraq.
From RUSSIA On his show called Going Underground, Afshin Rattansi spoke again with renowned documentarian John Pilger. John discussed the biased media reports on Venezuela, the provocations and risks of a global war ignited by Washington, the NATO buildup on the Russian border to keep the US weapons manufacturers going, and how Trump is a symptom of a system bringing us to the edge of a nuclear war.
"You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong no matter who does it or who says it." --Malcolm X
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
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