(updated 23mar17) The Shortwave Report for March 24, 2017 has been received. Program notes follow below. The newest show streams on the odd hour, Central and Pacific Time, and repeats every 2 hours along with 3 previous shows on the playlist at http://rd0.org and ch7.us (at the bottom of the page)
Programs notes (below) are from Dan Roberts at http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml
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."
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
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