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The Shortwave Report with Dan Roberts(updated 20apr17) The Shortwave Report for April 21, 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  and (at the bottom of the page)

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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



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


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