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How Egypt Killed Political Islam

 The rebirth of the Egyptian revolution ushered in the death of the first Muslim Brotherhood government. But some near-sighted analysts limit the events of Egypt to a military coup. Yes, the military is desperately trying to stay relevant — given the enormous initiative of the Egyptian masses — but the generals realize their own limitations in this context better than anybody else. This wasn’t a mere re-shuffling at the top of society, but a flood from the bottom.

Europe Cravenly Colluding with U.S. in Criminality

 It is hard to know which is the more outrageous: the US government’s forced landing this week of the Bolivian President Evo Morales’ official jet in Europe; or the European authorities’ compliance with the Americans in their act of international piracy.

The Shortwave Report 07/05/13 Listen Globally!

 Dear Radio Friend, 

            The latest Shortwave Report (July 5) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml  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 {35MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)
 
     This week's show features stories from Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, the Voice of Russia, and NHK World Radio Japan.
    From GERMANY- Polish citizens were assured that their country was sitting atop huge quantities of shale gas- after fracking numerous sites with small yields many big oil companies left the scene and the citizens are battling to preserve the land. Tens of thousands took to the streets in Hong Kong demanding democratic reforms. The US killed at least 16 people in the deadliest drone strike of the year in Pakistan. There was a summit in Berlin to try to ease youth unemployment in Europe which has reached 23% for those under 25.
    From CUBA- The UN reported that Latin America is leading the world in achieving the year 2000 Millennium Goals. A Viewpoint on the government attempts to privatize the state-owned petroleum company Pemex. Latin America was angered by the diversion of a plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales to Austria to check and see if NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was stashed on board. Morales equated the diversion to kidnapping and accused the US of ordering the search. Julian Assange accused President Obama of "thin-skinned vindictiveness" for the flight diversion and the US bugging of the Ecuador embassy in London.
    From RUSSIA- Edward Snowden continues to live in the Russian airport while requesting asylum from numerous nations. A commentary on the irony that European countries, who are upset by NSA spying, were willing to attempt to aid the US in capturing Edward Snowden. There was celebration in Egypt when the military took over the country and suspended the constitution- but does this rapid turnover prove that the so-called Arab Spring does not in fact lead to democratic renewal but to chaos?
     From JAPAN-  Prior to the flight diversion, Evo Morales and Venezuelan President Maduro were in Russia for talks with Putin. The Japanese government wants details on the US spying on the Japanese embassy in Washington. Japan has defended its whaling at the International Court of Justice where Australia has filed a complaint. The UN reports that the global temperature has hit an all-time record high, following a decade of climate change.
 
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 http://radio.mediageek.net 
 
  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 < http://www.kzyx.org > 
 
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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) 
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       ¡FurthuR!      Dan Roberts
 
" Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell."
--Edward Abbey
 
 
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How Edward Snowden and Syria Will Change Obama’s Foreign Policy

 When the National Security Agency (NSA) spying scandal broke, so did the illusion that President Obama was significantly different than his predecessor, Bush Jr. Obama’s meticulously crafted image was specifically created as an alternative to Bush: Obama campaigned as a peace candidate who loved civil liberties and wanted to work with the UN instead of unilaterally launching wars.

Ft. Hood command to deploy conscientious objector to Afghanistan

 Support campaign initiated to prevent July deployment

Killeen, Texas -  A soldier seeking a discharge from the Army based on a conscientious objection to war has been told by the command at Fort Hood that it still intends to deploy him to Afghanistan sometime in the coming weeks.

PVC Christopher MunozPrivate Second Class Christopher Munoz, 22, applied for a C.O. (conscientious objector) discharge on June 25, 2013. He has also asked for his deployment to be delayed until request for discharge would be given a fair hearing.

Servicemembers are eligible for C.O. status if they can prove to military authorities that they are opposed to all wars, and that the opposition is grounded in religious belief or moral conviction that is sincere and occurred at some point after enlistment. PV2 Munoz's application asserts that he qualified for this status according to the provisions of Army Regulation 600-43.

As a C.O applicant, PV2 Munoz cannot be made to carry weapons or munitions if deployed.

“If deployed, PV2 Munoz will be at significant risk for harassment by his fellow soldiers since he will effectively be a 'dead weight' on the unit. Despite these very real risks, PV2 Munoz's command has said that a delay of his deployment will not be considered,” said James M. Branum, an attorney who represents PV2 Munoz.

The Shortwave Report 06/28/13 Listen Globally!

 Dear Radio Friend, 

            The latest Shortwave Report (June 28) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml  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 {35MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)
 
     This week's show features stories from Radio Deutsche-Welle, Spanish National Radio, the Voice of Russia, Radio Havana Cuba, and NHK World Radio Japan.
    From GERMANY- European finance ministers agreed on rules to protect taxpayers from bailing out bad banks. After the G-8 Summit President Obama gave a speech at the Brandenburg Gate- here is a report on how the German perception of the man has changed recently. The German Parliament is investigating foreign wiretapping, both by the US and Britain.
    From SPAIN- Spanish Human Rights investigator Baltasar Garcon has received a request for legal help from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Russian president Putin confirmed that Snowden was in the transit area of the Moscow airport and dismissed American criticism as "ravings and rubbish."
    From RUSSIA- The US government's threats to Russia and China for not extraditing Edward Snowden are harming the American reputation of freedom of information and protection of whistleblowers. The US government is also pressuring Ecuador to not grant Snowden asylum.
     From CUBA- Ecuador approved a communications act that bans private media monopoly and reverting them to community and public agencies. At the Netroots Conference, California Congressperson Pelosi was challenged for her criticism of Edward Snowden and defending NSA surveillance. Unions and social movements staged a general strike in Costa Rica, causing a shutdown of much of the country. The Brazilian government will hold a voter referendum on political changes following massive demonstrations.
     From JAPAN-  The Japanese Nuclear Regulatory Agency is urging the operators of the Fukushima nuclear plant to address to address the steep rise in tritium levels in nearby waters. It has become known that Fukushima residents were not told the truth about their radiation exposure level in 2011. In a UN court Australia has demanded that Japan immediately stop whaling in the Antarctic Ocean. The Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has resigned, leaving the position to the former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
 
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 http://radio.mediageek.net 
 
  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 < http://www.kzyx.org > 
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/series-podcast-outfarpress/id602376726
 
 
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- 
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<  http://www.outfarpress.com/swr_06_28_13.mp3  > (16MB) Broadcast Quality
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       ¡FurthuR!      Dan Roberts
 
"And in the months ahead, the years ahead, it's only going to get worse. [The NSA will] say that because of the crisis, the dangers that we face in the world, some new and unpredicted threat, we need more authority, we need more power, and there will be nothing the people can do at that point to oppose it. And it will be turnkey tyranny."
--Edward Snowden
 
 
Dan Roberts
Shortwave Report-
YouthSpeaksOut!-

 

Syria Is Becoming Obama’s Iraq

 In perfect Bush-like fashion, President Obama has invented a bogus pretense for military intervention in yet another Middle East country. The president’s claim that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons — and thus crossed Obama’s imaginary “red line” — will likely fool very few Americans, who already distrust their president after the massive NSA spying scandal.

The Shortwave Report 06/21/13 Listen Globally!

Dear Radio Friend, 

            The latest Shortwave Report (June 21) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml  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 {35MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)
 
     This week's show features stories from Radio Deutsche-Welle, NHK World Radio Japan, Spanish National Radio, Radio Havana Cuba, and the Voice of Russia.
    From GERMANY- Tuareg rebels signed a peace deal with the government of Mali. The UN reports that the number of refugees around the world is at an 18 year high. The new Iranian President Hassan Rohani says that his election was a victory over extremism, and Europe was positive about the result. Israeli President Netanyahu insisted that pressure must be maintained on Iran.
    From JAPAN- More on the new Iranian President Rohani. In Japan 6 nuclear power plants are applying to be restarted under new safety regulations. The operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant will start checking for strontium and tritium in groundwater near the accident. Japan and Brazil will renew negotiations to build nuclear plants in the South American country.
    From SPAIN- The G-8 Summit concluded with a commitment to act against tax evasion, to promote US/EU free trade, and a vague agreement on Syria. Police in Turkey have arrested numerous protestors, killed 4, and injured 7500 citizens. Amnesty International in Spain has reported on crimes from the Franco era. Brazil has seen historic protests public administration, police brutality, and corruption.
     From CUBA- The Brazilian President Rousseff called for immediate change in the structure of global governance to give emerging nations more influence. The UN Special Committee on Decolonization adopted a draft resolution on Puerto Rico, calling on the US to allow the people self-determination and independence. Venezuelan President Maduro reiterated that Latin America is opposed to neo-liberal notions from the north. The Ecuadorian Prime Minister is in Britain for talks on Julian Assange.
     From RUSSIA-  Following Edward Snowden's revelations about spying on the US public, he revealed that the US is conducting offensive cyberwar actions around the world.
 
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 http://radio.mediageek.net 
 
  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 < http://www.kzyx.org > 
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/series-podcast-outfarpress/id602376726
 
 
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) 
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<  http://www.outfarpress.com/swr_06_21_13.mp3  > (16MB) Broadcast Quality
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       ¡FurthuR!      Dan Roberts
 
"I believe there's something out there watching over us. Unfortunately, it's the government."
--Woody Allen
 
 
Dan Roberts
Shortwave Report-
YouthSpeaksOut!-

 

Who Killed the Syrian Peace Talks?

 The long awaited Syrian peace talks — instigated by power brokers Russia and the United States — had already passed their initial due date, and are now officially stillborn.

The Shortwave Report 06/14/13 Listen Globally!

 Dear Radio Friend, 

            The latest Shortwave Report (June 14) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml  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 {35MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)
 
     This week's show features stories from Spanish National Radio, Radio Deutsche-Welle, the Voice of Russia, Radio Havana Cuba, and NHK World Radio Japan.
    From SPAIN- The story of Edward Snowden, who exposed the NSA for tracking phone calls and internet use of all Americans, was on every international broadcaster. SNR included parts of the interview Snowden did with the Guardian, so we will hear that version. The Greek government has shut down the public broadcast system in the country, claiming it is an austerity measure. Protests in Turkey have gotten increasingly violent as the government refuses to listen to their demands, and lawyers are the latest wave of protestors as this goes to air.
    From GERMANY- In light of the NSA revelations, the EU wants US assurances that the rights of European citizens are respected. Lawmakers in Russia passed bills that ban giving children any information on homosexuality and punishing anyone offending religious feelings.
    From RUSSIA- The US has increased economic and diplomatic pressure on Iran, right on the eve of a Presidential election. How well these sanctions affect Iran is in question.
     From CUBA- Venezuelan President Maduro got a gun control and disarmament bill passed unanimously. Colombian paramilitaries were captured in Venezuela last week accused of plotting an assassination and civil unrest. Colombia's attempt to join NATO is seen as a threat to left-wing governments in Latin America.
     From JAPAN-  It has now been determined that fish off the coast of the Fukushima disaster absorbed a large amount of radioactive material, 380 times the government allowed level of cesium. The removal of spent fuel rods from the Fukushima nuclear plant has been accelerated- they hope to begin in 2020! A survey shows that nearly half of the Fukushima evacuees are afraid to ever go back to their hometowns.
 
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 http://radio.mediageek.net 
 
  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 < http://www.kzyx.org > 
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/series-podcast-outfarpress/id602376726
 
 
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- 
<  http://www.outfarpress.com/swr_06_14_13_128.mp3  > (27 MB) HIGHEST QUALITY
<  http://www.outfarpress.com/swr_06_14_13.mp3  > (16MB) Broadcast Quality
<  http://www.outfarpress.com/swr_06_14_13_24.mp3 > (6MB) Slow Modem streaming
Website Page- 
       ¡FurthuR!      Dan Roberts
 
" Society is like a stew. If you don't stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top."
--Edward Abbey
 
 
Dan Roberts
Shortwave Report-
YouthSpeaksOut!-

 

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