Elections/Legislation/Government

The Shortwave Report 02/15/19 Listen Globally!

Dear Radio Friend,     This week's show features stories from Radio Deutsche-Welle, Sputnik Radio, and Radio Havana Cuba.http://www.outfarpress.com/swr190215.mp3        From GERMANY- In Spain, Parliament rejected Prime Minister Sanchez's budget, which will likely lead to a new election. The right-wing in the country is growing in numbers and strength and held a large rally in Madrid.

The Shortwave Report 02/08/19 Listen Globally!

Dear Radio Friend,     This week's show features stories from NHK Japan, Radio Havana Cuba, and  Sputnik Radio.http://www.outfarpress.com/swr190208.mp3        From JAPAN- Vietnamese people are pleased that the second US North Korea summit will be held in their country. Honda Motor will team up with a Chinese company to develop batteries for electric vehicles- Honda plans to launch 20 models of electric cars in China by 2025.

State of the Union draws protests in multiple locations

Before Donald Trump could give his State of the Union Address filled with racist venom against migrants, he had to get past protesters. There were protesters at the White House and along both the Constitution Ave and Independence Ave motorcade route options.

Video from the motorcade route protests 3 min 1 sec

A motorcade's-eye view of the Constitution Ave side of the main protest

Puerto Rico Debt Deal Receives Court Approval

Judge Laura Taylor Swain approved a deal to restructure $17 billion of Puerto Rico's $72 billion debt on Monday. Court approval was the last hurdle creditors and the island's oversight board needed for a plan to address sales tax backed debt or "COFINA" debt."We are worried that not enough debt is being cut and that Puerto Rico's people are carrying heavy austerity burdens," said Jubilee USA Executive Director Eric LeCompte, who monitors Puerto Rico's debt. "The math isn't adding up.

The Shortwave Report 01/25/19 Listen Globally!

Dear Radio Friend,     This week's show features stories from NHK Japan, Radio Havana Cuba, Radio Deutsche-Welle, and Sputnik Radio.http://www.outfarpress.com/swr190125.mp3        From JAPAN- A Japanese fishing cooperative plans to resume commercial whaling on July 1. Japan is soon to receive its first shipment of oil from Iran after getting an embargo dispensation from Trump.

Federal workers occupy Hart building, Sen Mitch McConnell's office over shutdown

On the 23ed of January, Trump's "government shutdown" began to fall into chaos. As the government prepared to miss a second paycheck Federal workers swarmed the Hart building chanting "No more food banks we want a paycheck!" Some went on to occupy Senator Mitch McConnel's office, leading to 12 arrests.

Update Jan 25:Trump folds, agreeing to reopen gov't until Feb 15 WITHOUT wall funding as air travel called "unsafe," Federal workers protest, and chaos mounts."State of Emergency" for wall still a serious risk

Video-protest in the Hart Atrium and at Sen McConnell's office 50 sec

Empty plates raised aloft in the Hart atrium as a deafening chant rises

The Shortwave Report 01/18/19 Listen Globally!

Dear Radio Friend,     This week's show features stories from Radio Deutsche-Welle, NHK Japan, Radio Havana Cuba, and Sputnik Radio.http://www.outfarpress.com/swr190118.mp3        From GERMANY- On Conflict Zone, Tim Sebastian interviewed Mischael Modrikamon, the executive director of The Movement. Steve Bannon who was Trump's chief strategist for 7 months before returning to the media outlet Beirbart.

Senate retreat at Nationals Park draws union protest against shutdown

On the 17th of January, the GOP-controlled Senate held a retreat at the Washington Nationals baseball stadium. Sen Mitch McConnell has been blocking any vote on proposals to reopen the US government without Trump's racist wall funding. Outside the stadium, unions representing government workers furloughed or working without pay chanted "Call the vote!"

Video-Union members chant "Call the Vote!" 34 seconds

Ongoing #KremlinAnnex protest calls for shutting down Trump

On Jan 16, the ongoing #KremlinAnnex protest for impeaching Trump called for shutting Trump down instead of the government in loud chants and music during what might be Trump's dinnertime.

Video including protest songs-and the aggressive moves by several counterprotesters 2 min 25 sec

Nancy Pelosi orders Trump to delay State of the Union address due to shutdown

ALERT for State of the Union protest organizers: on Jan 16, it was reported on twitter that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has ordered Donald Trump to delay his State of the Union address or submit it in writing unless the Federal government is reopened this week. The reason given is "security concerns" caused by the government shutdown.

Update Jan 23: Trump kneels to Pelosi, postpones State of the Union after House refuses to consider joint resolution to hold the SOU

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