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The Shortwave Report 12/10/10 Listen Globally

 

Dear Radio Friend, 

            The latest Shortwave Report (December 10) is up at the website 
   http://www.outfarpress.com/outfarpress/shortwave.shtml  in both broadcast quality (13.3MB) and quickdownload or streaming form (4.9MB) (28:59)
   (NEW! If you have access to Audioport.org there is a higher quality version posted up there {26.7MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)

     This week's show features stories from China Radio International, 
Radio Netherlands,

 

Radio Deutsche-Welle, 

Radio Havana Cuba,
 and the Voice of Russia.

   From CHINA- 
China has pushed for the resumption of the 6-party talks on the Korean peninsula in light of the recent artillery exchanges. The US and South Korea are increasing military exercises. Two stories about the UN climate talks in Cancun Mexico. Colombia has declared a state of emergency to cope with deadly floods.

    From NETHERLANDS- 

An analysis of the claims that the release of Wikileaks information is "a threat to national security" and that it "puts lives at risk."

    From GERMANY- 

According to a Wikileaks release The US pressured Germany into not arresting CIA agents involved in Extraordinary Rendition. A report on the effect that the new austerity measures in Ireland will have on citizens with low or middle incomes.

   From CUBA- 
The US has dropped its demand that Israel freeze illegal Jewish settlement building in the West Bank. Venezuela is receiving help from Iran to build new housing to replace those destroyed in recent severe flooding. The Afghan government has rescinded its demand that all mercenaries leave by the end of the year. An air strike by NATO forces has killed Afghan soldiers.

    From RUSSIA- 

 

A commentary on the visit to Afghanistan by UK Prime Minister David Cameron a few days after Barack Obama was there.

There is an article about the Shortwave Report by Cassandra Roos on line at-http://www.campusprogress.org/soundvision/780/big-stories-shortwaves 
 
I was interviewed for an informative weekly radio show Mediageek, available at http://radio.mediageek.net 

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       ¡FurthuR!      Dan Roberts

 

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History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.


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Israeli activist Gal Lugassi - Occupation, Resistance & the Struggle Against Apartheid

 

Israeli activist Gal Lugassi spoke at Monkeywrench Books (110 E North Loop Blvd) on December 7th, 2010.

Gal Lugassi is an Israeli conscientious objector, a member of the Shiministim, an activist with the Anarchist Against the Wall action group, and the Boycott! from Within group. She also volunteers at the Coalition of Women for Peace and with the Who Profits project.

Anarchists Against the Wall (AATW) is a direct action group that was established in 2003 in response to the construction of the wall Israel is building on Palestinian land in the Occupied West Bank. The group works in cooperation with Palestinians in a joint popular struggle against the occupation.

To view the video from this event please visit this external link: http://blip.tv/file/4490122

Calling All Activists - Join Us on the Ground in Palestine!

Activists Pull Down Settlement Fence in Beit Ommar, Palestine

 

An Evening of Music with David Rovics Live at Monkey Wrench Books

 

MonkeyWrench Books and Palestine Online Store were happy to host this evening of music and politics with David Rovics.

To view the video of this event please visit: http://blip.tv/file/4480960

A zgraphix production.

FCC Commissioner Stands Up for Open Internet

 

On Dec. 21st, 2010, the FCC will finally vote to either turn our Internet over to big companies or protect it with the strongest network neutrality rules possible.  The voice of FCC Commissioner Clyburn will make the difference.  With one click, you can thank her for being an Open Internet Champion, and help her stand her ground!

If you don’t know who FCC Commissioner Clyburn is, you should.  Her vote could be the difference between the democratic Internet we have now- or one with pay to play service, corporate loopholes, and no protections for wireless users.

Commissioner Clyburn already had a long history of public service and dedication to the public interest before her swearing in as an FCC Commissioner in 2009.  Yet, when her nomination for FCC Commissioner was announced last year, people weren’t quite sure what to expect.  Little was known about her position on the important issue of Net Neutrality.  People wondered whether she would champion the issue for everyday Internet users, working people, and America’s poor, or if she she’d side with the corporations and their massive lobby.


Now we know. 

Watch Commissioner Clyburn stand up for Open Internet.

Since her speech to the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council at Howard University last January, Commissioner Clyburn has opted not to follow the well-worn path toward upholding the status quo, and supporting a corporate bottom-line.  Instead she has become a strong leader for change, and a voice for our communities, championing issues often left out at the FCC.

On the issue of Net Neutrality she’s become the ‘peoples’ champion’, as well as a friend and ally to the Media Action Grassroots Network.  Commissioner Clyburn has not only maintained an open door policy—meeting with us in D.C. on no less than four occasions—but has also left the Beltway to visit our communities.


Take a minute and tell FCC Commissioner Clyburn she’s our Open Internet Champion. 

Send a letter to Clyburn now!

Thank you,

The Center for Media Justice

Police Harass Mayan Caravan Headed to COP16, Stop Religious Ceremony at Chichen Itza Ruins

 

(Video Story)
Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins Closed to Mayan Caravan Planning Pre-COP16 Ceremony, Pervasive Surveillance by Federal Police

 

A Caravan consisting of more than 400 members from the State of Chiapas belonging to the National Social Justice Movement, La Otra Campaigna, was prevented from entering the sacred Mayan pyramids of Chichen Itza, declared one of the Seven Wonders of the World and is a UNESCO World Heritage Sight.

 

La Otra Campaigna attempted to hold Mayan prayer ceremonies in the temples of their ancestors with members of several Indigenous nations from multiple countries including Canada, Guatemala and the United States Friday night.

 

 

Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins Closed to Mayan Caravan Planning Pre-COP16 Ceremony, Pervasive Surveillance by Federal Police.

 

The caravan was denied entry into the park when they arrived at 6pm on Dec. 3 due to a nightly tourist light show that was being set up.

 

As an expression of religious freedom Caravan members did not pay what would have been a collective entrance fee of at least $1,600 Dollars or four $USD per person to enter their religious site.

 

The Caravan, including several buses and more than a dozen smaller vehicles, was only permitted to enter long enough to make a U-turn and file out.

 

The Caravan then traveled a short distance to the town of Piste. Locals in the town had planned to hold the second night of a carnival with music, dancing and a Bull Fight in the town Zocolo when the Caravan arrived.

 

But the Piste carnival was delayed for an hour as the Caravan’s vehicles circled the Zocolo. Young guitarists played while banners were rapidly painted denouncing their exclusion from Chichen Itza.

 

Many hoisted their printed black and red flags, which read “National Liberation Movement,” an initiative spanning the country prompted by self-governing Zapatista communities.

 

Speakers from Indigenous Nations rallied the crowd, performed a spiritual ceremony and sang.

 

The Caravan continued towards Cancun to take part in a convergence of approximately 10,000 other Caravan riders. They plan to take part in more than a week of protest actions and counter-conferences surrounding the COP16.

 

Otra Campaigna Caravan drivers concurred that they were pulled over by the Federal Police more than a dozen times and had their luggage searched during their two-day drive to Cancun.

 

1,500 Federal Police now occupy the city, with many security checkpoints. Maritime activity has been suspended for approximately15 kilometers out to sea around Cancun, costing local fishermen dearly.

 

At the Cancun City limits Federal Police vehicles began to tightly follow the Caravan, with vehicles in front, behind and in the parallel lane.  The Caravan successfully continued to a convergence center prepared for them in Cancun’s city center.

 

Link to La Via Campesina:

http://viacampesina.org/en/

12.3.10 Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins Closed to Mayan Caravan Planning Pre-COP16 Ceremony, Pervasive Surveillance by Federal Police.

 

The persecution of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange

 

The persecution of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange

3 December 2010
The American state, its spokesmen in the mass media, and its allies around the world are engaged in an international campaign of vilification and persecution against WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange.
This campaign has nothing to do with any supposed crime he has committed, since he has committed none. He is the target of an international manhunt for his role in lifting the lid on the lies and criminal operations of imperialist powers the world over—above all, in the United States.
The same mafia-type criminality is now being deployed with full force against WikiLeaks and Private Bradley Manning, who is charged with leaking some of the documents. In the US, politicians of both parties are united in their determination to see Assange arrested. The Obama administration has branded the leakers, as well as WikiLeaks, “criminals,” with the US attorney general pledged to “close the gap” by inventing a pseudo-legal basis for prosecution if one does not exist at present.
Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and ex-military officials have demanded the death penalty for Manning, while Sarah Palin has insisted that WikiLeaks be branded a terrorist organization.
Washington’s junior partners abroad have been equally adamant in their attack. Tom Flanagan, a former adviser to the Canadian prime minister, declared that Assange should be “assassinated,” that Obama should “put out a contract and maybe use a drone or something.” And the fact that Assange is a citizen of Australia did not prevent Julia Gillard, the prime minister of that country, from declaring, without any evidence, that Assange’s actions were “illegal,” while placing her government at the service of the US witch-hunt.
Assange faces the immediate threat of arrest on the basis of trumped-up charges in Sweden. On Thursday, Swedish authorities obtained a new arrest warrant on alleged sexual misconduct charges—invariably, and falsely, described in the mass media as “rape.” The charges were initially considered so specious that the prosecutor ordered them dropped. This decision was reversed, however, and Sweden on Thursday submitted a warrant to Interpol. Police in Britain—where Assange is believed to be located—have pledged his arrest, which could happen as early as today.
There can be no doubt that the charges leveled against Assange in Sweden are only a convenient pretext to seek his detention.
Indeed, among the more revealing documents posted so far by WikiLeaks is one from the US ambassador to Sweden, who notes that Sweden’s close ties to the United States military “give the lie to the official policy” of non-participation in military alliances. In what has begun to emerge as a theme in the released cables from the US State Department, the ambassador warns that these ties should not be revealed because this would “open up the government to domestic criticism.”
The documents obtained by WikiLeaks—only a small fraction of which have been released so far—help expose what is a permanent conspiracy against the democratic rights of the world’s population: from covering up US bombings of civilians in Yemen, to working behind the scenes to obstruct the prosecution of CIA agents guilty of torture, to spying on UN officials in violation of international treaties.
Those who are leading the campaign against WikiLeaks are themselves responsible for horrific atrocities. In the face of allegations from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that WikiLeaks had placed lives in danger, Assange gave an appropriate response in an interview with Time magazine. WikiLeaks, he noted, “has never caused an individual … to come to any sort of physical harm or to be wrongly imprisoned and so on. That is a record compared to the organizations that we are trying to expose who have literally been involved in the deaths of hundreds or thousands or, potentially over the course of many years, millions.”
This criminality continues, now under the Obama administration. One document released by WikiLeaks that has been virtually ignored in the media is particularly revealing. In the spring of 2009, the Obama administration, in alliance with top figures in the Republican Party, intervened to pressure the Spanish government to derail an investigation into torture carried out by the Bush administration.
At one point, a representative of the US embassy, together with former chairman of the Republican Party Mel Martinez, met with the acting Spanish Foreign Minister to insist that “the prosecutions would not be understood or accepted in the US and would have an enormous impact” on US-Spanish relations. The prosecutions were quickly scuttled.
If the actions of WikiLeaks have helped reveal, in real time, the lies of the American government, they have also exposed the role of the chief propagators of these lies: the American media. For decades, the US government has cultivated the media to the point where it engages in self-censorship as a matter of course, where it does not even blush to declare itself “embedded” with this or that military unit or other state body.
The major newspapers regularly clear major articles with the White House and the Pentagon, delaying stories that could be politically harmful. Now, what is supposedly a central obligation of the media—to expose government secrets and provide information to the population—is treated by the media itself as if it were a criminal enterprise.
The mainstream media has long been concerned in particular about the potential of the Internet to allow people to access information unfiltered through official channels. There can be no doubt that the WikiLeaks revelations will provide further impetus to the campaign by the US government to assert greater control over online networks.
The WikiLeaks web site has already been the target of repeated denial of service attacks, of suspicious origin. In an attempt to get WikiLeaks back online, the organization rented servers from Amazon. On Wednesday, Amazon blocked WikiLeaks from using its servers, apparently under pressure from US officials and staff members of Democrat turned Independent Senator Joseph Lieberman, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee.
The state persecution of Assange—enthusiastically backed by the mass media—is one expression of a far-reaching decay of democracy in the United States and internationally. World governments, led by the United States, are carrying out deeply unpopular policies—the multi-trillion dollar bailout of financial institutions, relentless demands for social austerity and the expanding war and global plunder.
The constant proclamations about the need for secrecy, which WikiLeaks has violated by publishing government documents, arises fundamentally from the irreconcilable conflict between the social interests that these governments represent and the needs and aspirations of the vast majority of the population.
The persecution of Assange in an effort to silence this exposure is not simply a threat to one individual. The methods employed against WikiLeaks will be used against all opposition to the policies of the corporate and financial aristocracy.
The World Socialist Web Site demands an immediate halt to the campaign against WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. All the documents WikiLeaks has in its possession should be released for the world to see.
In the final analysis, the hysterical witch-hunt against Assange and WikiLeaks is not any sign of strength on the part of the American ruling elite and its state, but rather of fear and weakness. Intensely conscious of the crisis and instability of the political and economic system, they fear that revelations of state crimes will only fuel the inevitable eruption of mass working class opposition to their reactionary policies in the US and around the world. It is this emerging movement of social struggles on a global scale that must undertake an implacable defense of Assange, WikiLeaks and all those who seek to drag the crimes and conspiracies of imperialism into the light of day.

Joseph Kishore

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Help save the world. Please share this important call to action with people everywhere. For now the internet is useful in this effort. But the freedom of the net may not last much longer. Making and distributing hard copies may be a good idea. Act and be prepared. The “Brave New World” is upon us. General Joe

PS: I appeal directly to youth in the above effort. Like the founders and all the activists who are working tirelessly and selflessly to expose these terrible crimes against democracy and humanity, you no doubt possess media skills perfect for the effort. It's your world our "leaders" are destroying. Use those skills now.

www.wikileaks.ch

Find notes for further publishing below:

The persecution of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange
Joseph Kishore
"Those who are leading the campaign against WikiLeaks are themselves responsible for horrific atrocities. In the face of allegations from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that WikiLeaks had placed lives in danger, Assange gave an appropriate response in an interview with Time magazine. WikiLeaks, he noted, “has never caused an individual … to come to any sort of physical harm or to be wrongly imprisoned and so on. That is a record compared to the organizations that we are trying to expose who have literally been involved in the deaths of hundreds or thousands or, potentially over the course of many years, millions.”

The Shortwave Report 12/03/10 Listen Globally

Budget Cuts Day of Action

The budget cuts that we are seeing are one of the many masks that hegemony wears. They are another form of the institutional racism that seeks to erase our historical memory so that we don't know our people's and other people's struggles, victories, and resistance. From the moment we enter schools, a white supremacist, patriarchal, hetero-normative, and hierarchical view of the world is normalized and reinforced. When students enroll in area studies courses or programs, it often represents the first time they have had the chance to see themselves reflected in the curriculum and to learn their stories. This knowledge gives us the strength to organize, unite, and resist, all of which endanger the hegemonic forces that seek to breed ignorance and apathy.

Budget cuts, increased fees, and increased tuition are decontextualized and separated from the legacy of discrimination that prevented poor people and people of color from having access to education. They are separated from the living, breathing human beings who will be affected and converted into dollar signs and percentages that indicate how much money the university will allegedly save. Cut back? Fuck that. We’re here to fight back.

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