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The Shortwave Report with Dan Roberts(updated 13jul17) The Shortwave Report for July 14, 2017 streams on the odd hour, Central and Pacific Time, and repeats every 2 hours along with 3 previous shows on the playlist at Recent programs are also in the player at the bottom of this page.

Programs notes (below) are from Dan Roberts at




From JAPAN  In Tokyo hundreds protested the government's new anti-terror legislation, which they say will lead to mass surveillance. The EU is considering lifting a ban on food produced in Fukushima prefecture. Japan, the US, and India are doing a joint naval exercise in the Indian Ocean. Defense officials from the US, Japan, and South Korea are discussing reactions to North Korea's missile tests. Former Brazilian President Lula deSilva has been given a 9 year prison term for taking bribes.

From CUBA  Current Brazilian President Temer is also facing possible corruption charges. New York city activists have announced actions to oppose new US government policies against Cuba. The NYT reported that the Mexican government used Israeli made software to spy on an international group investigating the disappeared 43 students in Guerrero in 2014. In Hamburg protests at the G20 summit continued after the conference was over.

From RUSSIA  Afshin Rattansi explains why North Koreans despise the US and UK who killed 30% of the population in the 1950s. Then two press reviews on the UK rejection of a bill to ban arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson's trip to Qatar.

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes reporting. The Prime Minister of Iraq announced the victory over Daesh in the city of Mosul, though some fighting continues and the city is in ruins. Patrick Cockburn wrote about his journey to Mosul and interviewed residents, concluding that ISIS was defeated but will fight again. Trump and Putin agreed to a new ceasefire in southwest Syria, though earlier ceasefires were intentionally sabotaged by the US. At the G20 summit in Hamburg Trump found himself isolated from his fellow world leaders, mainly because of his attitude about trade and his rejection of the Paris Climate Agreement. Alison then describes the 100,000 protestors outside the conference and how in some instances police provoked rioting.

"Well, I learned a lot. I went down to Latin America to find out from them and learn their views. You'd be surprised. They're all individual countries." --Ronald Reagan, 1982



From GERMANY  In the lead up to the G20 Summit in Hamburg there were many protestors and an alternative, the Global Solidarity Summit. One of the speakers there was Vandana Shiva, renowned Indian activist- here is an interview with her before the events began.

From CUBA  A bit more about the protests gathering before the G20 summit in Hamburg Germany. Thousands of protestors marched in dozens of US cities demanding the impeachment of Donald Trump.

From RUSSIA  Two press reviews- One is from the Times about accusations that rogue British special air forces troops executed unarmed civilians in Afghanistan, which had been blamed on Afghani troops. Then a press report about the media blackout of Seymour Hersh's expose on the US missile strike on Syria following an alleged chemical attack. That story was covered here on the Shortwave Report from SNR last week.

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes reports on the Syrian foreign ministry reiterated that its entire arsenal of chemical weapons had been destroyed outside the country 4 years ago. In Yemen the bombing raids by Saudi forces continue, leading to over 12,000 dead and 3 million Yemenis experiencing several malnutrition. US targeted assassinations by drones also continue in Yemen. Last week a US Federal Appeals court threw out a non-monetary lawsuit by the families of 2 Yemeni civilians killed by US drone strikes in 2012.

From JAPAN  North Korea launched what it claimed to be an ICBM leading to more threats from the US. Russia and China proposed that the US and South Korea cease military drills in exchange for a N Korean moratorium on nuclear and missile development. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute reported that nuclear stockpiles are decreasing but that the main players, the US and Russia, are modernizing their weapons. Protestors failed to stop France from shipping MOX recycled nuclear reactor fuel to Japan.

"Everyman is me. I am his brother. No man is my enemy. I am Everyman and he is in and of me. This is my faith, my strength, my deepest hope, and my only belief." --Kenneth Patchen



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