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The Shortwave Report 09/23/11 Listen Globally!
by Dan Roberts (outfarpress [at]
Thursday Sep 22nd, 2011 5:13 PM
A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- HIGHEST QUALITY BROADCAST, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. Free to rebroadcast. China Radio International, NHK World Radio Japan, Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, and the Voice of Russia.
Dear Radio Friend,
The latest Shortwave Report (September 23) is up at the website in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom
(If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {27MB}

This week's show features stories from China Radio International, NHK World Radio Japan, Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, and the Voice of Russia.
From CHINA- Severe rains have caused destruction and chaos in much of Asia- a report on a Province in China, and the extreme floods in Pakistan, which had not yet recovered from the record breaking rains of last year. China supports the Palestinian demand for full statehood at the UN. Libya's new flag is now flying at the UN, though Gaddafi says that his leadership remains intact.
From JAPAN- The head of the Al-Jazeera TV network has resigned without comment, following cable releases from Wikileaks which show his ties with the US government and an agreement to censor some news from Iraq. To achieve a cold shut down at the Fukushima nuclear reactor, experts say that the interior temperatures need to be checked. A government survey has found that radioactive iodine and cesium released from Fukushima were carried much farther than previously stated. German industrial giant Siemens is completely withdrawing from the nuclear industry.
From GERMANY- The EU has expressed deep regret over the execution of Troy Davis in Georgia, and reiterated its call for a moratorium on capital punishment. After its success in overthrowing the government of Libya, the French government wants 18 year olds to pledge to take up arms in defense of the country- there is significant opposition among the citizens.
From CUBA-- One of the Cuban 5, Rene Gonzalez, will be released from US prison on October 7th, but will not be allowed to leave the US. A review of Latin America leaders who are attending the 66th session of the UN General Assembly. Hugo Chavez expressed his full support for the Palestinian bid for UN membership. The Obama administration is building a ring of secret drone bases in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian peninsula.
From RUSSIA- A report on the US development of automated drones which can track down targets and attack without any human control. Despite the celebration of the apparent overthrow of the Libyan government, NATO attacks in Libya will continue for at least 90 days.
There is an article about the Shortwave Report by Cassandra Roos on line -

I was interviewed for an informative weekly radio show Mediageek, available at

All that plus times and frequencies for listening at home. It's free to rebroadcast, please notify me if you're airing it and haven't notified me in the last month, please mention the website if you only air a portion. If you just want to listen and have a slow connection, try the streaming version- lower sound quality but good enough and way easier if you don't have a high-speed internet connection. If streaming is a problem because of your slow connection, download the smaller file- it takes 20 minutes or less, and will play swell in any mp3 player application (RealPlayer, Winamp, Quicktime, iTunes, etc) you have on your computer.
NEW TIME SLOT on KZYX! This program will be aired on Sunday afternoon at 4pm (PDST) on KZYX/Z Philo CA, you might be able to stream via < >
There are several other streams that work better- < >Freak Radio Santa Cruz now streams this program on Friday at 9:00am.(PDST)
NEWLY CORRECTED!!! The Shortwave Report may be downloaded as a podcast from < feed://

I hope you'll listen and air this if you're connected with a radio station. I am still wondering how to get financially compensated for the 25 hours I put into this program weekly- any ideas are appreciated. Any stations rebroadcasting this (or listeners) are welcome to donate for production costs. You can do so through the website. Many thanks to those that have donated! No Guilt! (maybe a little)
links for this week's edition-
< > (16MB) Broadcast Quality
< > (6MB) Slow Modem streaming
Website Page-
< >
¡FurthuR! Dan Roberts

--History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”
– Maya Angelou

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Absolute rights are for individuals only, never for any collective entity. It is not that the angry parachutist has forgotten this, he is only expressing the hubris of all the other regimes on the planet - fully thought out this proposal would mean that the Palestinians had their own death squads and killer robots in concert with all the other regimes just like every state since the Nazis had, for the oppression of populations. And the problem with the Israelis is that these things are there. The UN have come to a point where the contradictions in the very foundations of the system are so severe that, however they decide on this issue, they will worsen the violence. This must be the case because the architecture of the international entity itself is in dissolution, and from nothing this can be seen more clearly than from the complete failure of the permanent observer within the Libyan war.

Based on the experience with earlier international groupings that walkouts must be accepted as a legitimate element of political drama, the latest attempt was equipped with an observer post whose bearer would remain even when everyone else walked out. As the walkout was organised as a predictable theoretical game in the security council, and selective presence in the general assembly became a representation of relations, the observer function widened from dealing with the situation of an isolated tyrant speaking to a lone observer in an empty hall to the long term prevention of this worst case scenario, including the implementation of the checks and balances ensuring the consistency of procedures. The prevention, resolution and reparation of erratic veto use remains the key element for any observer interested in securing his own permanence.

Yet in NATO's latest shooting spree UN showed incapable to make veto owners deliver that consistency. When Russia changed sides on Libya, a capable observer would have asked what ensures that they will not change sides again, and again? The current observer turned out to be a toothless watchdog lacking the capacity to supervise an unprecedented crisis of the entity, for which it does not even need a Holocaust denier. Partly this is being compensated by its decreased relevance, with its statements ignored by these mentioned, but should the myth of the international community somehow happen to detonate it would still remain insufficient to rise to the role.

If the Declaration of Human Rights was a treasure, and the UN observer was a banker, the current one would be seen as what he is - in any case the secretary general is not in that role. What we see in the failure of the UN system and specifically in the failure of the UN observer on a deeper archetypal level is the total failure of the concept of cultural hegemony on a planetary scale. The observer role better be passed on once in a while, into the hands of an unshakable minority rather than into these of a traditional majority, for otherwise it will itself be an instrument of corruption through power, and its bearer awarded the mock status of a charade state by regimes aiming to abuse him as a human shield against the legitimate interests of populations.

The subtle challenge in this situation is that the UN with a corrupted observer are more like an apparatus with a bypassed fuse than one with a burned one. For the Palestinians this means that the separate treatment of refugees - refusal of permanent immigration into the puppeteer countries - can serve as a harbinger of what is ahead: An international entity played by totalitarian regimes, failing to prove the historical efficiency of its spiritual supervision, selectively ignorant and hypocritical about civilian casualties, how attractive is it to gang up with that? With an impotent observer who cannot even keep the cyberdrones away from his own garden? Hence it remains for everyone of good will to insist upon human rights universalism.