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The Shortwave Report 08/29/14 Listen Globally!
28 Aug 2014
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. Radio Havana Cuba, NHK World Radio Japan, Radio Deutsche-Welle, Spanish National Radio, and The Voice Of Russia.
Dear Radio Friend, 
            The latest Shortwave Report (August 29) 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=&)

NEW PODCAST!!!- feed://www.outfarpress.com/podcast.xml  (128kb Highest Quality)

     This week's show features stories from Radio Havana Cuba, NHK World Radio Japan, Radio Deutsche-Welle, Spanish National Radio, and The Voice of Russia. 
    From CUBA- Guatemala has declared a state of emergency for the ongoing drought and possible famine. Argentina has revoked authorization for the Bank of New York Mellon for blocking government payments. A report on Israeli airstrikes in Gaza on the day before the truce was enacted. A permanent ceasefire between Israel and Palestine was agreed upon on Tuesday. The Palestinian government has called on the UN and foreign states to investigate and try Israeli soldiers for war crimes.
    From JAPAN-  China and Vietnam have agreed to prevent the rift over oil rigs from worsening further. A court in Japan ordered the operator of the devastated Fukushima nuclear power plant to pay almost half a million dollars in damages for the suicide of a woman who was forced to leave her home. Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have vowed to seek independence from Kiev. Hundreds of people fleeing the fighting in eastern Ukraine have arrived in villages in Russia.
     From GERMANY- Last weekend Ukrainian President Poroshenko pledged $3 billion in military spending. Germany called on Russia to explain reports of Russian soldiers in Ukraine. The French cabinet resigned on Monday in a dispute with President Hollande over austerity measures. On Tuesday Hollande named a former Rothschild banker as his new economy minister.
     From SPAIN- More on the French cabinet reshuffle. Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy and German Chancellor Merkel met in Spain and agreed on emergency economic reforms and austerity measures.
     From RUSSIA- Fighting in Libya between government and Islamic forces has increased and there were airstrikes from outside, though they were denied by all. This has led to the government asking for outside intervention to protect oil fields and airports. When Gaddafi was removed from power there was an enthusiastic response- what has happened to the so-called Arab Spring? An interview with a researcher from Cambridge University.

There is an article about the Shortwave Report by Cassandra Roos on line -
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

  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.  
TIME SLOT on KZYX! This program will be aired on Sunday afternoon at 4pm (PST) on KZYX/Z Philo CA, you might be able to stream via  

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/swr140829.mp3> (27 MB) HIGHEST QUALITY
<  http://www.outfarpress.com/swr_08_29_14.mp3> (13 MB) Broadcast Quality
(6 MB) Slow Modem streaming
Website Page- 

       ¡FurthuR!      Dan Roberts

" The one who comes to question himself has cared for mankind."
-- Kenneth Patchen

Dan Roberts
Shortwave Report-
 www.outfarpress.com
YouthSpeaksOut!-
 www.youthspeaksout.net
See also:
http://www.outfarpress.com
http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.html

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Has Hillary Ever Been Right?
29 Aug 2014
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Sen. Rand Paul raises an interesting question:

When has Hillary Clinton ever been right on foreign policy?

The valkyrie of the Democratic Party says she urged President Obama to do more to aid Syrian rebels years ago. And last summer, she supported air strikes on Bashar Assad’s regime.

Had we followed her advice and crippled Assad’s army, ISIS might be in Damascus today, butchering Christians and Alawites and aiding the Islamic State in Iraq in overrunning Baghdad.

But if the folly of attacking Assad’s army and weakening its resistance to ISIS terrorists is apparent to everyone this summer, why were Clinton, Obama and Secretary of State Kerry oblivious to this reality just a year ago?

Consider the rest of Hillary’s record. Her most crucial decision as Senator came in 2002 when she voted to invade Iraq. She now concedes it was the greatest mistake of her Senate career.

She voted against the surge in 2006, but confided to Defense Secretary Bob Gates that she did so to maintain her political viability for 2008.

This is statesmanship? Not voting your convictions about what is best for your country at war, so as not to antagonize the liberals in the Iowa caucuses?

In 2009, Hillary presented a “reset button” to Vladimir Putin’s foreign minister. In 2011, she supported U.S. air strikes to bring down Col. Gadhafi and celebrated in Tripoli when he was overthrown and lynched.

How did that work out? Libya is today a hellhole of murder and mayhem and Islamists are threatening a takeover.

Who did Hillary think would rise when Gadhafi fell?

Hillary’s failure to anticipate or prevent the Benghazi massacre and her role in the botched cover-up, all concede, are burdens she will carry into the primaries in 2016, should she run.

Where, then, has Hillary exhibited the acumen to suggest she would be a wise and savvy steward of U.S. foreign policy in a disintegrating world?

Is this a convincing argument for the Republican alternative?

Hardly. The principal GOP voices on foreign policy, who get more airtime than Wolf Blitzer, are John McCain and Lindsey Graham.

Their track record: McCain wanted to confront Putin over South Ossetia. He and Graham wanted to arm Ukrainians to fight the Russians in Crimea, Luhansk and Donetsk. They wanted Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia brought into NATO, so that if war were to break out, we would be fighting the Russians alongside them.

This year, Graham was trolling around a Senate resolution to give Obama a blank check to attack Iran.

Last year, McCain and Graham were for attacking Assad’s army. This year they are for bombing ISIS, which is attacking Assad’s army.

But if Hillary, McCain and Graham have been repeatedly wrong about Syria, what do we now? Answer: Stop and think.

First, this war in Syria and Iraq, like all such wars, is eventually going to be won by soldiers, by boots on the ground, by troops who can take and hold territory. And in such wars, as Napoleon said, God is on the side of the big battalions.

America should declare to friends and allies in the Middle East, as Nixon did to our friends and allies in Asia in the Guam Doctrine of 1969, that while we will stand with them when they are attacked, they, not we, will provide the soldiers for their own defense.

No nation is less threatened by ISIS than ours. And as the Syrians, Turks, Kurds and Iraqis have the proximity and manpower to defeat ISIS, they should do this job themselves.

Turkey shares a 550-mile border with Syria and could march in and crush ISIS. But if President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wishes to play games with ISIS, out of hatred of Assad, let him and the Turks live with the consequences.

As for Syria’s army and regime, which either defeats ISIS or dies, let us cease impeding their efforts by backing a Free Syrian Army that has rarely won a battle and is only bleeding the Syrian army.

Kurdistan and its ethnic cousins in Syria, Turkey and Iran are capable of defending themselves, and we should encourage any nation, including Iran, that is willing to send them the weapons to fight ISIS.

As for Baghdad, if it wants its Sunni lands back, it either should fight for them or accept their loss. We Americans are living today with the consequences, in considerable losses of blood and treasure, of fighting other people’s wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.

Yet, we are suffering not at all from having kept out of other people’s wars – in Georgia, Crimea, Donetsk, Syria and Iran.

Speaking of the debate over U.S. air strikes in Syria, the New York Times writes, “There are too many unanswered questions to make that decision now, and there has been far too little public discussion for Mr. Obama to expect Americans to rally behind what could be another costly military commitment.”

Sometimes the Times gets it right.

http://original.antiwar.com/buchanan/2014/08/28/has-hillary-ever-been-ri/