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The Shortwave Report 10/28/11 Listen Globally!
by Dan Roberts (outfarpress [at]
Thursday Oct 27th, 2011 5:33 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 (October 28) 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- Without China’s "one-child" policy, the world population would have reached 7 billion 5 years ago, rather than at the end of this month. The flooding in Thailand has forced a 5 day holiday so people can evacuate much of Bangkok. Could cultivated algae be the bio-fuel of the future?
From JAPAN- Japanese research shows that recycling nuclear fuel rods costs twice as much as burying them and using new plutonium. Japanese government computers are being hacked and viruses installed. The Japanese Minister and his cabinet have agreed to take 20-30% pay cuts to help ease economic troubles.
From GERMANY- A report on the all night meeting of European leaders in Brussels to make a deal that would shore up the Eurozone. There is a new Monopoly-like board game for sale in France called "Crisis Crash."
From CUBA-- At the UN, a vote to end the US blockade against Cuba passed by a vote of 186 to 2, with the US and Israel the only dissenting votes. This is the 20th time the resolution has passed.
From RUSSIA- Wikileaks may soon go out of business because banks and credit card companies have continued to block donations from reaching the organization. A report and commentary on the US accusations that a plan to execute the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the US was an Iranian plot.
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

--"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders, and millions have been killed because of this obedience. Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves, and the grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem."
– Howard Zinn

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by Sacred Plants
Friday Oct 28th, 2011 5:02 AM
With the Arab throne severely shaken by the European Summer and the American Fall, the surveillance regime produced a demand for a narrative which could put the Saudis into psychological dependency, and with the usual bogeyman in Yemen no longer around that role was left to the next available and just as unwilling target - Persia.

Can a declared opponent of the unholy hegemony by its own means actually ensure that its diplomats are not under permanent siege by a lavish bureaucracy wasting an insane amount of resources in the most intransparent possible way, like the 99% settled person centered in an urban living room with all its assailable vulnerabilities is challenged to contemplate as a remote possibility that might suddenly turn into an encircling threat? Will there be fake lovers dispatched to lure the innocent, just like in the cold war and in the persecution of dissidents? Is this the repetition of the Amiri case as a farce?

In any way, this repression resulted in a political climate where means and ends are just as detached from each other as they were for those prisoners in Germany who found that the free showers the regime had promised to them were in fact weapon of mass destruction front-ends. With the atomic fuel cycle being economically unsustainable, or an irresponsible speculation on expectations of wars or both, it is also to be asked what is the cost of this sick abuse of society going on compared to the cost of abolition.

Failed the Berlin wall, failed the entire power structure of the Soviet Union, fails the Cuba siege fails the entire power structure of the American Union, fails the Frankfurt currency fails the entire power structure of the European Union, or more precisely does Europe win a chance to emancipate itself from a toxic agglomeration of national regimes that have entrapped themselves into a narrative which portrays them as poor forecasters and sick abusers.

It is being called the European Financial Suicide Fund by protesters because it is like throwing in the hairdryer in a supposed attempt to prevent a baby from being put out with the bathwater. By leveraging it, these regimes are taking up just the same collateral risk business they earlier promised to regulate in their useless attempts to entangle protesters, and in fact what has been introduced is little more than a hedge fund for failed states, about which the only thing that can be said with certainty is that it is itself destined to fail to the greed of its operators.

Even the European regimes themselves have so little faith in the thing that they ordered their bullied parliaments to rubber-stamp overnight what they had been deliberately withholding from their curiousity for a long time, to have at least some human shields when they finally fail. The pandemic of bailouts which has been sweeping Europe with as they say no end in sight carries severe implications for public policy: If any regime policy however failed is being made too big to fail and a society is forced to spend most of its resources on such a vain effort, the resulting political monoculture can turn into a trap for these who did that.

Like an algae thrown into the oceans can not be contained, and planted into an aquarium can not grow without limit, limited bailouts are not sufficient, and unlimited ones are putting an irresponsible burden on the rest of the world. The European regimes have entrusted their fate to the banks. The banks will be judged upon according to how they judged these regimes in the run-up to the coming currency failure. With the issue of the Wikileaks banking blockade, the burden of proof that they are not tools of surveillance regime whims is upon them.