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The Shortwave Report with Dan Roberts(updated 22sep17) The Shortwave Report for September 22, 2017 streams on the odd hour PDT    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  The Japanese government announced another three year delay in the retrieval of spent nuclear fuel rods from the devastated Fukushima nuclear power plant. 50 countries signed a global treaty at the UN to legally ban nuclear weapons- it has been reported that the US pressured with threats many countries, including Sweden and Switzerland, into not signing the treaty. US Defense Secretary Mattis announced 3000 more troops to be deployed in Afghanistan. Honda has announced plans to invest $267 million in a factory in Ohio. In Turkey there were rallies against the planned referendum in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region. Iran and Venezuela reacted to Trump's speech at the UN, with Iran calling it medieval hate speech. The North Korean Foreign Minister described Trump's speech as nonsense, like the barking of a dog.

From GERMANY  German Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing an easy election victory this Sunday. She spoke with Deutsche-Welle about the North Korea crisis, saying she does not support military action and again offered assistance in mediating a resolution. She attacked Trump for his military threats at the UN, and discussed the problems large immigration has resulted in, including the rise of hate and the far-right political parties.

From CUBA  Trump attacked Venezuela in his UN speech saying that President Maduro was not following the will of the people. Before Trump spoke, the UN Secretary-General Guterres told world leaders that the threat of a nuclear is at its highest level since the end of the Cold War, and warned against fiery talk. There is extreme damage in Cuba from hurricane Irma and the government is offering to finance 50% of materials to rebuild households. Brazilian prosecutors brought fresh corruption charges against President Temer and six associates. On Wednesday Spanish police seized 10 million ballots for the referendum in Catalonia- thousands took to streets in Barcelona after they arrested 13 government officials.

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes reports on the the Catalonian referendum, which is scheduled for October 1. The federal government has the constitutional power to bring in the military to stop the referendum on separating the region from the nation, or possibly cut electricity to all polling stations on election day.

"We do not believe in government through the voting booth. The Spanish national will was never freely expressed through the ballot box. Spain has no foolish dreams."   --Francisco Franco, 1938



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


That concludes our re-broadcast of The Shortwave Report. 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. Program notes for earlier shows are in the archives

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