(updated 03-06-14) Shortwave Report for March 7, 2014 has been received! Scroll down for program notes for this and previous shows. The newest show will stream on the odd hour, Central and Pacific Time, and repeat every 2 hours along with 3 previous shows on this playlist....
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PROGRAM NOTES 03/07/14
This weeks show features stories from RADIO DEUTSCHE-WELLE, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, and THE VOICE OF RUSSIA.
From GERMANY The UN has formally accused Syrian rebels groups of crimes against humanity. The new Egyptian Prime Minister has outlined his priorities in the run up to presidential elections. The head of the Egyptian military, Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, announced his candidacy. A court in Egypt has banned the Palestinian movement Hamas from operating in the country. The Israeli government has plans to force ultra-orthodox Jews into military service. The Israeli military seized 300 rockets that they claimed were from Iran destined to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip- Iran denies involvement. Venezuela has broken all political and diplomatic ties with Panama.
From CUBA There were large public gatherings in Venezuela to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of Hugo Chavez- during the ceremonies President Maduro and Bolivian President Morales denounced the attempted coup. A US drone strike killed at least 3 people in Yemen- last week the European Parliament voted overwhelming to condemn drone strikes and to ban extrajudicial killings. More than 14,000 Afghan troops have been killed in the US-led war.
From JAPAN North Korea fired 7 rockets into the Sea of Japan while South Korea and the US carried out joint military exercises. The US Defense Department says it will shift its army-centered structure to air and naval power with an eye on China and Iran. Japan and France plan to work together to advance breeder technology nuclear power plants, despite strong public opposition.
From SPAIN First a Spanish Press Review on the prospects for war in Ukraine. Then hosts discuss the events in Ukraine.
From RUSSIA An interview with Professor Jack Rasmus from St Mary's College in California about the influence of Ukraine's economy on the events leading up to the political turmoil- and how the bailout money will go to Western banks, not Ukrainians.
"In the United States today, the Declaration of Independence hangs on schoolroom walls, but foreign policy follows Machiavelli."
-- Howard Zinn
PROGRAM NOTES 02/28/14
This weeks show features stories from SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, and RADIO DEUTSCHE-WELLE.
From SPAIN The interim government of Egypt has resigned with an election due by mid-April. The proposed new laws against citizen protest in Spain have been criticized by the judiciary council. A report on the situation in Ukraine as of Wednesday night.
From CUBA The Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles refuses to dialogue with President Maduro to resolve the deadly unrest in the streets. A new leak from Snowden's information reveals how spy agencies manipulate information on the internet. According to an Israeli newspaper, the US and several Arab allies are preparing insurgents fighting against the Syrian government for an attack from the border with Jordan.
From JAPAN The anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd has disrupted two Japanese whaling vessels in the Antarctic Ocean. Anti-government protests continue in Thailand, where 3 citizens died from an apparent hand grenade attack on a rally. The Japanese Nuclear regulatory agency criticized TEPCO, the operators of the Fukushima nuclear reactors, for failing to prevent massive leaks of highly radioactive water. Negotiators at the Trans Pacific Partnership free trade pact ended talks in Singapore without any agreements.
From GERMANY Brazil and the EU agreed to lay an undersea communications cable to prevent the NSA from spying on Brazilian internet traffic. A German newspaper says that the NSA is monitoring officials close to Chancellor Merkel and that they have 300 agents in Germany. A Russian court sentenced seven activists for protesting against President Putin. Thousands took to the streets in Hong Kong to demand media freedom. As negotiations continue on a free trade agreement between the US and the EU, the food safety of American products has become a major issue- currently GMOs and American meat are banned in the EU, but the TTIP could force Europeans to allow it to be imported.
"You will protect with the last drop of someone else's blood what was never yours."
-- Kenneth Patchen
PROGRAM NOTES 02/21/14
This weeks show features stories from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, RADIO DEUTSCHE-WELLE, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, and THE VOICE OF RUSSIA.
From JAPAN Extreme amounts of snow have fallen in Japan and many other parts of the globe. Discussions are continuing on the Trans-Pacific-Partnership, with auto imports and the elimination of agricultural tariffs being the major impediments. In the run up to the referendum on Scottish independence from the UK, an argument is ensuing over whether Scotland could still use the pound as currency. A riot broke out at an Australian detention camp for immigrants on Papua New Guinea. Another week, another new leak of highly radioactive water at the destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant- and there has been a thermometer failure in a reactor holding melted nuclear fuel rods.
From GERMANY In response to Switzerland's vote to curb immigration, the EU has begun withholding interactions with other member states. France and Germany have agreed to send military troops to Mali. There is about to be a new Prime Minister in Italy. At least 4 Thai citizens died in a police crackdown on anti-government protests- the next day the civil court ordered the police not to use force on peaceful protestors. 2 members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot were arrested on charges of robbery that were dropped- the next day several members were publicly whipped by militia members. The protests in Ukraine have become more violent, leading the Prime Minister to call for a truce- President Obama warned the government not to resort to violence- and the EU has threatened sanctions against high-ranking officials.
From CUBA Protests for and against the government of Venezuela have resulted in deadly violence- an opposition leading, Harvard educated, economist, Leopoldo Lopez, handed himself over for arrest. Three US diplomats have been ordered to leave Venezuela, accused of inciting violent protest. Right-wing forces are accused of using social media like Facebook to spread false propaganda to the US about the demonstrations.
From RUSSIA The leaders of Mexico, Canada and the US are meeting in Mexico to discuss trade, energy, and economic reform. It is the 20th anniversary of the implementation of NAFTA- David Bacon discusses how NAFTA affected the US and Mexico, and what is really going on at this meeting of the "three amigos."
"NAFTA and GATT have about as much to do with free trade as the Patriot Act has to do with liberty." -- Michael Badnarik
PROGRAM NOTES 02/14/14
This weeks show features stories from RADIO DEUTSCHE-WELLE, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, RADIO DEUTSCHE-WELLE, THE VOICE OF RUSSIA, NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, and SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO.
From GERMANY European Union ministers have voted to allow a strain of genetically-modified corn, even though 2/3rds of the nations opposed it. Silvio Berlusconi is being tried on a new political bribery scandal. Russia has presented a rival UN resolution on the humanitarian crisis in Syria, while a pro-opposition human rights organization reported that the death toll in Syria in the past 3 weeks is the highest during the entire war. Egyptian journalists associated with al-Jazeera will face trial on terrorism charges next week. Human rights organizations say that ethnic cleansing of Muslim civilians is continuing in the Central African Republic. Britain is experiencing the wettest winter on record.
From RUSSIA A climatologist is questioned as to whether the recent weather extremes around the world are the result of climate change.
From JAPAN The opposition in Thailand filed a paper to nullify the recent general election, but the court has rejected the request. Police in Thailand have made their first arrest of an anti-government leader, while other protestors are keeping up the demand that the prime minister resign. The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant has found the highest levels yet of cesium in ground water, 600 times the legal limit for waste water.
From SPAIN A Spanish judge issued arrest orders for former Chinese officials accused of genocide in Tibet- China responded with anger, and Spainâ€™s right-wing Popular party is now passing a bill barring their judges from issuing international arrest warrants. Switzerland voters backed a bill to reintroduce immigration limits. A top US diplomat damaged US credibility in dealing with Ukraine by making an obscene remark about the EU.
"Art is not to throw light but to be light."
-- Kenneth Patchen
That concludes the IndyRadio re-broadcast of The Shortwave Report for February, 2014. Brainwash from other parts of the world is different enough from our own that by lining up these reports together, you might derive a suggestion of the truth.
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