(updated 21Aug14) The Shortwave Report for August 21, 2014 has been received! Use the player at the bottom of this page or tune in to our stream. The newest show streams on the odd hour, Central and Pacific Time, and repeat every 2 hours along with 3 previous shows on this playlist. Plays at 1,3,5,7,9,11 am and pm Central Time.
Audio is in the player at the bottom of this page.
Programs notes (below) are from Dan Roberts at http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml
PROGRAM NOTES 08/22/14
This weeks show features stories from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, RADIO DEUTSCHE-WELLE, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, THE VOICE OF RUSSIA, and SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO.
From JAPAN Hiroshima experienced a record amount of rainfall this week, nearly 8 inches in 3 hours, causing massive mudslides and at least 39 deaths. The Japanese Defense Ministry is asking for a record high budget for the upcoming year because of conflicts in the region. In Thailand the military chief who led the coup in May has been appointed the new Prime Minister. Clashes erupted between residents and security forces in Liberia over isolation and curfews to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus. The EU is offering farmers subsidies to help farmers whose harvests will not be imported by Russia.
From GERMANY In eastern Ukraine rockets hit buses carrying refugees- government and separatist forces blamed each other for the attack. Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov says there can be no settlement to the conflict until government forces cease their military campaign. Ukrainian troops say that they are taking more areas in the conflict. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange says he will soon be leaving the Ecuadorian embassy but not for health reasons. Germany and Italy joined Britain and France in saying that they will arm Kurdish forces in Iraq. Bloodshed returned to Gaza with Israeli jets killing at least 20 Palestinians after peace talks broke down on Tuesday.
From CUBA More on the breakdown of peace talks between Israel and Palestine held in Cairo. There were at least 60 Israeli airstrikes in the first 24 hours of renewed fighting. Venezuela has sent relief aid to the Palestinians via Egypt, but the delivery of the goods in uncertain. An Egyptian court has postponed the trial of ousted President Morsi on charges that he and 130 Muslim Brotherhood members broke into prisons during the revolt against Mubarak.
From RUSSIA The results of a global peace index have been published, showing that the world has more warfare underway than at any time since the conclusion of World War 2. An interview with Thomas Morgan, research fellow at The Institute for Economics and Peace.
From SPAIN The four Catalan political parties supporting independence from Spain agreed that the referendum will be held on November 9th regardless of federal government rulings. There have been massive demonstrations in Pakistan calling on the Prime Minister to resign because of corruption and rigging last year's election. The UN Human Rights chief, Navi Pillay, says that the confrontations in Ferguson, Missouri between police and protestors are reminiscent of the racial violence spawned by Apartheid in her native South Africa.
"If you want to really hurt your parents, and you don't have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I'm not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something."
-- Kurt Vonnegut
PROGRAM NOTES 08/15/14
This weeks show features stories from SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, RADIO DEUTSCHE-WELLE, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, and THE VOICE OF RUSSIA.
From SPAIN The head of the Catalon region of Spain has renewed his promise to hold a referendum on independence from Spain in November. The death toll in eastern Ukraine doubled in the past week with the government forces bombing buildings in Donetsk daily. A convoy of 280 Russian trucks carrying humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine has been held up and delayed while people in the region suffer a lack of food and water. The US bombing campaign in northern Iraq continues and the CIA has been secretly supplying Kurdish troops with weapons.
From GERMANY Much of Europe is losing its patience with Israel following what the majority see as a disproportionate response to Hamas rockets- many see it as a war crime. A roundup of reactions in Britain, Germany, and Turkey.
From CUBA FARC rebels and the Colombian government have resumed peace talks in Cuba, with reparations on the agenda. According to the government, Argentina is protecting national interests in its debt dispute with hedge fund creditors. Obama approved the deployment of an additional 130 military advisors to Iraq and said the bombings could go on for months.
From JAPAN Two stories about attempts to decontaminate radioactive water from the Fukushima area before it enters the Pacific Ocean. The relationship between Japan and Russia has become quite strained- Japan went along with sanctions against Russia for alleged involvement with rebels in eastern Ukraine and now Russia is holding military exercises on islands claimed by Japan. Human Rights Watch accused the government in Egypt of crimes against humanity for its crackdown on protestors.
From RUSSIA Thousands of Afghanistan civilians have been left without justice according to an Amnesty International report which revealed the number of civilian deaths and casualties at the hands of the American military. An interview with Olaf Blomqvist
"You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it."
-- Robin Williams
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