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PROGRAM NOTES 16feb17

This weeks show features stories from SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, and SPUTNIK RADIO.

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes begins with an update on the political situation in the Catalonia region of Spain, where the popular leaders are either in exile or in prison. Syrian forces shot down an Israeli jet that was returning from a bombing raid on Iran backed positions in Syria. Syrian forces carrying out an operation against Daesh fighters were attacked by US forces. The escalation of US attacks coincides with plans to maintain a permanent presence in the country. In The Independent, Patrick Cockburn interviewed a former Daesh fighter who explained that Turkey is recruiting and retraining Daesh troops to lead its invasion of the Kurdish enclave in northern Syria. US Secretary of State Tillerson urged Gulf states to support the rebuilding of Iraq, further ruined by the past three years of fighting Daesh forces.

From JAPAN  A North Korean art troupe performed in South Korea before and during the Olympics- their performances stressed that people in the two Koreas belonged to the same ethnic group and included a song about the wish for reunification. North Korean media reported that leader Kim Jong-un instructed a high-level delegation to take practical steps to improve inter-Korean ties and to hold a summit soon. Myanmar has rejected calls at the UN Security Council for the release of two Reuters journalists who investigated a massacre- US Ambassador Nikki Hailey shamed Myanmar for going after people reporting the truth.

From CUBA  A British court has ruled against withdrawing an arrest warrant for Julian Assange. Cuba rejected recent remarks by the Secretary General of the Organization of American States about the country's democratic electoral system. Argentina is allowing the US to build a new military base at its border with Brazil and Paraguay. The Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi continues to be denied bail by Israeli courts for slapping an Israeli soldier. Russian President Putin welcomed Palestinian President Abbas for talks about conflicts with Israel.

From RUSSIA  Afshin Rattansi talked about Julian Assange's court ruling and revelations that Sweden want to drop the case years ago. Afshin then presents a policy from Jeremy Corbyn for the state to take over deliberately empty properties for the use of the homeless, pushing Teresa May to call for the UK withdrawal from the European Union Court of Human Rights.

"I am I plus my surroundings and if I do not preserve the latter, I do not preserve myself." --Jose Ortega Y Gasset, philosopher and essayist (1883-1955)

PROGRAM NOTES 09feb17

This weeks show features stories from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, SPUTNIK RADIO, and SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO.

From JAPAN  On his way to Japan, VP Pence revealed a plan to increase US missiles in Alaska. He then went on to meet with Japanese PM Abe and together tougher economic sanctions against North Korea. North Korea criticized Trump's announced US increase in low yield nuclear weapons, calling it a declaration of war against the whole world. South Korea welcomed the North's decision to send a high-ranking delegation to the Olympics. US Secretary of State Tillerson reiterated the threats of further sanctions against North Korea.

From CUBA  Tillerson gave a speech threatening Venezuela and Cuba as he began a tour of several Latin American countries. China refutes US charges of supporting poor governance in Venezuela. A US B-52 dropped a record number of guided bombs on alleged Taliban targets in Afghanistan. In London a judge ruled to uphold a British arrest warrant against Julian Assange for jumping bail on Swedish charges that have been dropped.

From RUSSIA  More details on the situation Julian Assange faces after a judge refused to drop his British arrest warrant, despite the UN Human Rights panel criticism of his detention. Trump falsely claimed that British protestors want an end to universal health care, the NHS.

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes reports on the war in Syria which escalated when a Russian jet was shot down by rebel forces. US Secretary of State Tillerson is promoting regime change in Syria. Patrick Cockburn wrote in the Independent called "It's Time We Saw Economic Sanctions For What They Really Are- War Crimes." He also wrote about the effect the US backed Kurds are having in the strategic balance in Syria. Recent reports of chlorine gas attacks in Syria are blamed on the Syrian government by the US- Syria says the claims are intentional lies to create an excuse for US attacks.

"War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group know what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses." --Major General Smedley Butler USMC, 1933

PROGRAM NOTES 02feb17

This weeks show features stories from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, and SPUTNIK RADIO.

From JAPAN  Japan and the EU have pledged additional aid for Palestine, counter to the recent US action. The UN says that 60,000 children under 5 in North Korea will likely suffer from acute malnutrition this year as a result of fuel sanctions. Under pressure from the federal government, the Catalan parliament in Spain postponed a vote on reelecting former regional leader as state president. A conference on establishing peace in Syria was held in the Russian city of Sochi.

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes begins with a report on Turkey's military strikes on Kurds in Syria, resulting in many civilian deaths and the destruction of ancient villages. The UN heard a report on the increased state of war and threat of famine in Somalia. The British paper The Guardian carried out an investigation of US airstrikes in Somalia in the past 12 months, bolstering support for the extremists the US is trying to eliminate.

From CUBA  The US backed president of Honduras was inaugurated amidst massive protests alleging voter fraud. Over the weekend there was a large car bomb in front of police headquarters in Ecuador leading to a declared state of emergency in parts of the country. Thousands of UN employees in the Gaza strip staged a strike to protest US cuts to annual aid to relief agencies in Palestine.

From RUSSIA  American journalist Robert Parry died last weekend. He had devoted much of his work to trying to expose how government forces and media attribute black hat/white hat status to factions, creating public acceptance of interventionist wars. Then Afshin interviewed Dr Lucy Morgan Edwards advisor to EU ambassador in Afghanistan. She describes the US/EU involvement in Afghanistan as a huge looting exercise by NATO, military contractors, mining companies, and the illegal drugs trade. The US military is censoring its activities in the country while training Afghans, and then US companies sell them weapons.

"The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity - much less dissent." -- Gore Vidal

PROGRAM NOTES 26jan17

This weeks show features stories from RADIO DEUTSCHE-WELLE, SPUTNIK RADIO, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, and NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN.

From GERMANY  At the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland, the leaders of Germany and France made speeches saying that protectionism and isolation are not the answers to global problems. Chancellor Merkel and President Macron spoke in advance of Trump's arrival, saying that global prosperity had to reach the poorest people on the planet. They also made references to a European defense force and praised multilateralism. Former Brazilian President Lula da Silva lost his appeal on corruption charges.

From RUSSIA  On his program called Going Underground Afshin Rattansi interviewed Deborah Hardoon, researcher at OXFAM GB. OXFAM released a new inequality report top coincide with the Davos forum. They found that the richest 1% of the planet got 82% of total economic growth in the past 12 months. They want the workers and the poor to be represented at economic forums, and to confront the failings of the current system of wealth distribution.

From CUBA  Protests are not allowed in Davos, but there were large anti-Trump demonstrations in the rest of Switzerland. Tensions continue to escalate in Honduras where protests continue against the recent election. Cuba is rapidly expanding its use of renewable energy sources. Palestinians noted the arrival of Mike Pence to Israel with large demonstrations. The NYT reports that the Pentagon is proposing widening the permissible use of nuclear weapons to include fighting cyber attacks.

From JAPAN  The radiation cleanup at the devastated Fukushima power plant has fallen another 3 years behind schedule. South Korean officials began a 3 day visit to North Korea ahead of the Olympic games. A North Korean official at a disarmament conference denounced the US for throwing a wet blanket over warming relations with the south. The Catalonian parliament has proposed former leader Puigdemont as the candidate for regional president.

"In Brazil, a poor man goes to jail when he steals. When a rich man steals, he becomes a minister." --Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

PROGRAM NOTES 19jan17

This weeks show features stories from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, SPUTNIK RADIO, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, and SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO.

From JAPAN  The Iranian government lifted all restrictions on use of the internet after economic protests ceased. Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov expressed opposition to the US installing new missile systems in Japan. North and South Korea began discussing participation in the winter olympics, including a unified Korean team. A conference was held in Vancouver to unify pressure through sanctions on North Korean nuclear development- neither China nor Russia were invited. US defense Secretary Mattis says that the US has a plan in place for war against North Korea- Russia said the conference worsened the Korean situation.

From RUSSIA  George Galloway interviewed Asian expert Rod Wye about the significance of the North Korean entry into the winter olympics. He says it was the North's idea to take part in the events and open channels for dialogue with the South. They discuss the threat of regime change as motivation for the North nuclear development, and the possible international acceptance of them sharing that capability with India, Pakistan, and Israel.

From CUBA  Peruvians who were sterilized by force are seeking a reversal of the pardoning of former President Fujimori. A terrorist plot to bomb the Cuban embassy in Venezuela was averted. In Mexico an independent journalist was assassinated after criticizing the upcoming presidential election. The Pentagon is planning an escalation of the war in Afghanistan, as well as training more Kurdish fighters in Syria. The Guardian reported that Trump is planning to loosen the restrictions on the use of nuclear weapons. The New York Times reported on US plans for a war with North Korea.

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes reports on the return of the Catalan parliament and exiled former president Carlos Puigdemont's attempts to be a candidate. Palestinian leaders met in response to Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel, which effectively ends the possibility of a peace settlement under the Oslo accords.

"In reality, everybody in Congress is a stand-in for some kind of lobbyist. In many cases it's difficult to tell whether it's the companies that are lobbying the legislators or whether it's the other way around." --Matt Taibbi

PROGRAM NOTES 12jan17

This weeks show features stories from SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, and SPUTNIK RADIO.

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes presents an update on the political situation in Catalonia. The Catalan parliament is to reconvene next week and to form a new regional government. The pro-independence parties agreed to reelect Puigdemont as president despite the fact that he is in exile in Brussels. Not everyone agrees that he can accept without entering Spain where he will be arrested. Prime Minister Rajoy refuses to meet Puigdemont outside the country or accept that he could lead the region in exile.

From CUBA  According to the Associated Press, the FBI says it has found no evidence supporting accusations of sonic attacks on US ambassadors in Cuba. Ecuador is seeking a third country to mediate safe passage out of the UK for Julian Assange. Large protests continued in Honduras over the questionable presidential election results. The Syrian army has been battling with Israeli aircraft and rockets fired at Syrian soil.

From JAPAN  Russia says its military bases in Syria have been attacked by drones, indicating US involvement. High ranking officials from north and south Korea met in the demilitarized zone leading to a number of agreements including using dialogue to settle disputes. Japan and the US confirmed that they will maintain military pressure on North Korea despite the talks. French President Macron spoke in China praising their cooperation on climate change despite the US withdrawal from the Paris agreement.

From RUSSIA  George Galloway interviewed Professor Jude Woodward, author of "The US vs China, Asia's New Cold War." They discussed the Chinese role in the global economy, their development in foreign countries without regime change, and its goal of a multipolar world.

"I don't believe there will be anyone who will use violence or who will want to provoke violence that will tarnish the irreproachable image of the Catalan independence movement as pacifist." --Carlos Puigdemont

PROGRAM NOTES 05jan17

This weeks show features stories from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, RADIO DEUTSCHE-WELLE, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, and SPUTNIK RADIO.

From JAPAN   Japanese PM Abe spoke at his first press conference of the new year, talking about the threat from North Korea, an expansion of defense forces, and more amendments to the constitution. Then an Insight about nuclear power in Japan- March will be the 7th anniversary of the disaster at Fukushima, and little has been done to decommission the nuclear reactors. A few reactors restarted elsewhere in the country with popular opposition, and the question of abandoning nuclear power remains.

From GERMANY  The anti-government protests in Iran are large as are the pro-government protests that followed. The government claims foreign powers are supporting the unrest. An AFP reporter says that the protests are primarily about economics and have been smaller than those 10 years ago, but more violent.

From CUBA  Since Trump's declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, more than 600 Palestinians have been arrested, with many children taken into custody. An Israeli court has charged a 16 year old Palestinian girl with slapping an Israeli soldier who shot her 14 year old brother in the head with a rubber covered steel bullet. Trump has threatened to halt future aid payments to Palestine. Then a report on what was behind Guatemala recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and their plans to follow the US and move its embassy there.

From RUSSIA  Afshin Rattansi produced a season Finale for his show Going Underground. He mixed highlights from his interview with Barry Jenkins, writer and director of Moonlight, with interviews from British politicians and activists about the effect of austerity in the UK. He also had excerpts from episodes about Yemen, including Medea Benjamin.

"The most strongly enforced of all known taboos is the taboo against knowing who or what you really are behind the mask of your apparently separate, independent, and isolated egos." --Alan Watts

PROGRAM NOTES 29dec17

This weeks show features stories from RADIO DEUTSCHE-WELLE, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, and SPUTNIK RADIO.

From GERMANY  The federal government in Spain imposed elections in the Catalan region last week. This followed the dissolution of parliament in October, after the voters in the region favored independence. Those politicians supporting independence won a slim majority in this election, though the leaders of the parties are either in exile or jail. This reporting from Germany, since Spanish radio is on vacation, points out that the election did not actually resolve anything other than that the majority of Catalonians still favor self-rule and do not like the Prime Minister Rajoy. Creating coalitions in parliament will be difficult and if not completed by March will lead to new snap elections.

From CUBA  In Honduras there is criticism that the victory of the incumbent president, in a highly disputed election count, was imposed by the US. Following a near impeachment, the president of Peru pardoned former president Fujimori- this has led to street protests claiming that the impeachment was blocked as a deal for the pardoning of Fujimori’s human rights crimes. Palestine has strongly condemned Guatemala for announcing that it will follow the US lead and move its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem. Venezuela expelled diplomats from Canada and Brazil for meddling in domestic politics.

From RUSSIA  George Galloway interviewed journalist Calvin Tucker who was one of many observers of the latest election in Venezuela. The incumbents remained in office in an election process that was praised for its transparency. American and some European press report that the citizens are very unhappy with the government under Maduro, claiming that the majority support the opposition. Maduro, like Hugo Chavez before him, is often presented in the American press as a dictator, something the majority of Venezuelans disagree with.

"As Galileo said, the movement always accelerates when it is going to stop." --Mariano Rajoy

PROGRAM NOTES 22dec17

This weeks show features stories from RADIO DEUTSCHE-WELLE, SPUTNIK RADIO, NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, and RADIO HAVANA CUBA.

From GERMANY  Saudi Arabia intercepted a rocket fired from Yemen, which the US is using to escalate its anti-Iranian rhetoric. Donald Trump laid out his foreign policy strategy this week, focusing on threats from Iran and North Korea- Russia and China were quite critical of his plan. Then as I put this show together, the UN vote on Trump's declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel is being taken- prior to the vote Israeli PM Netanyahu slammed the UN as the house of lies.

From RUSSIA  On his program Going Underground, Afshin Rattansi interviewed the Palestinian ambassador to the UK, Manuel Hassassian. They discuss the levels of violence since Trump's Jerusalem announcement, and whether the Israeli claims to the city are justified. Manuel says that the problem is falsely posed as religious when it is a question of colonialism and occupation. He says that the US has shifted from being a broker of peace to taking the side of the occupier, and a kiss of death to the two-state solution.

From JAPAN  Clashes between Palestinian protestors and Israeli troops in Bethlehem left 100 injured on Wednesday alone, with another 99 in the West Bank and Gaza. Before the UN vote on the US declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, Trump said he will cut aid to any country voting in favor of the resolution- the vote went overwhelmingly in favor of the resolution, though 35 nations abstained. Russian officials criticized Japanese plans to build 2 new missile bases, saying it violates a 1987 treaty between the US and Russia. Voters in Catalonia are at the polls as I produce this show.

From CUBA  In the Dominican republic, representatives of the Venezuelan government leaders met with opposition leaders to promote peace. The Chilean Supreme Court jailed 3 of Pincochet's military agents for murdering political prisoners in 1973. Then a Viewpoint on what is behind escalating clashes between demonstrators and government forces in Argentina.

"Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them." --Assata Shakur

PROGRAM NOTES 15dec17

This weeks show features stories from RADIO DEUTSCHE-WELLE, NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, and SPUTNIK RADIO

From GERMANY  France held a One Planet Summit to develop ways to finance clean energy projects- the message of the summit was that fossil fuels are history, and that public and private moneys are needed to accomplish the goals of the Paris Agreement. Israeli PM Netanyahu went to Brussels saying that EU members would accept Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel- he was thoroughly rejected by EU foreign ministers. Israeli flags were burned in Germany which has strict laws against anti-semitism.

From JAPAN  At an emergency meeting in Turkey, 50 muslim nation leaders condemned Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and asked the UN to annul any such declarations. Greenhouse gas emissions in Japan decreased for the third straight year, primarily as a result of more renewable energy on line. At the start of the week, South Korea, the US, and Japan began another naval military exercise to step up pressure against North Korea.

From CUBA  In Honduras protests against election irregularities continue, and the military police continue to arrest, injure, and kill those in the streets. 50,000 people filled the streets in Brussels to show support of former Catalan President Puigdemont and the regional independence from Spain. The New York Times reported that Donald Trump spends 8 hours a day watching television, primarily cable news channels.

From RUSSIA  On his show called Going Underground, Afshin Rattansi talked with journalist Vanessa Beeley about the UK government financing of terrorism. A well regarded BBC news program called Panorama recently aired an episode called "Jihadis You Pay For," exposing what Vanessa and alternative media have been reporting that western governments support terror groups in Syria and beyond.

"I know what America is. America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction. They won't get in our way. They asked me before the election if I'd honor the Oslo accords. I said I would, but I'm going to interpret the accords in such a way that would allow me to put an end to this galloping forward to the '67 borders."
--Benjamin Netanyahu, speech at the Knesset, 2010

PROGRAM NOTES 08dec17

This weeks show features stories from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, and SPUTNIK RADIO

From JAPAN  US and South Korean forces have begun another joint military exercise in a show of force against North Korea, who in turn criticized the escalation as reckless, calling it a "prelude to nuclear war." The Japanese Defense Ministry is set to request funds to study equipping their fighter jets with long-range missiles.

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes begins with an update on the Catalan politicians who were arrested or fled the country after the separatist referendum. The US Pentagon has shelved a plan to ban older cluster bombs by the end of 2018. Patrick Cockburn questions whether precise munitions are precise. In Honduras the controversy over the recent general elections continues, with several facts about the incumbent absent from the general media.

From CUBA  A Viewpoint on Venezuelan President Maduro's plan to create a national virtual currency, the Petro, to prevent damage to the country from new US sanctions regarding the use of American dollars. The announcement of plans to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem was met with massive backlash from leaders around the world and, undoubtedly, more violence in the Middle East.

From RUSSIA  On his show called Going Underground, Afshin Rattansi talked with BBC documentarian and filmmaker John Pilger. Pilger criticizes the British media as the finest propaganda on the planet and for their attacks on RT.

"New sources today depend not only on our ignorance of history but on our capacity to forget what they themselves told us just one month ago."  --Alison Hughes

PROGRAM NOTES 01dec17

This weeks show features stories from RADIO DEUTSCHE-WELLE, SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, and NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN

From GERMANY  Several British politicians demanded that Trump's visit be revoked after he retweeted a series of inflammatory anti-Muslim videos. Early results from Honduras showed the leftist candidate leading the presidential race, and Cuban President Raul Castro announced that he will step down in February. RDW covered the EU vote on the use of glyphosate in depth- Germany has traditionally abstained from the vote because so many citizens oppose the pesticide used in Roundup. But in a surprise move this week the German representatives voted in favor of a five year license for its use in the EU. French President Macron said that his country will continue its ban on the weedkiller associated with cancer and environmental damage by the WHO.

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes begins with a report on an editorial in a Barcelona newspaper- the writer is not a fan of the separatist movement in Catalonia, but points out that now exiled President Puigdemont was seeking international mediation at the end of the campaign- and while 3 respected leaders in Europe offered to step in, but were refused by PM Rajoy and the Spanish king. Then some stories about the rise of the ultra right in Spain, which has been stimulated by the separatist movement leading to violence and threats of violence against politicians, who find themselves unprotected by police. Top defense officials from 40 Muslim nations met in Saudi Arabia to develop the Islamic Military Counter-Terrorism Alliance, or the so-called the Sunni Muslim NATO. The recent massacre of 300 in Egypt is strengthening the alliance, which offers shared resources to combat militants. Notably Iraq, Iran, and Syria, as non-Sunni nations, are not part of this coalition.

From JAPAN  First a report on the ballistic missile fired by North Korea this week which is possibly capable of reaching North America. Japanese PM Abe and Trump spoke and agreed to raise the pressure on North Korea. The UN Conference on Nuclear Disarmament opened in Hiroshima, with 12 nations attending- a major goal is to stop the current arms race. This report is followed by an Insight on the conference.

"Although September 11 was horrible, it didn't threaten the survival of the human race, like nuclear weapons do."
--Stephen Hawking

PROGRAM NOTES 24nov17

This weeks show features stories from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, SPUTNIK RADIO, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, and SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO.

From JAPAN  A US military plane crashed off the coast of Japan, following numerous accidents that have occurred to the US Naval 7th Fleet. The White House has designated North Korea as a "state sponsor of terrorism," one of the reasons being assassinations on foreign soil. The US military has begun bombing opium processing facilities in Afghanistan to cut off funding for the Taliban. The US military says its 9th airstrike since September in Somalia has killed at least 100 Islamic militants. The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran have agreed that Russia will play a key role in negotiating a peace deal for Syria- a main opposition group in Syria is set to refuse to attend a peace conference.

From RUSSIA  Afshin Rattansi briefly comments on the resignation of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe, a former colony of Great Britain called Rhodesia. Afshin warns to watch out for disinformation in NATO nation mainstream media about Mugabe's history and replacement.

From CUBA  A Viewpoint on the US President's continuing denial of climate change. Recently the Pope, Noam Chomsky , and leading scientists have spoken out against the delusion that climate change is a speculation rather than an event we are experiencing now.

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes begins with an update on the political situation in the Spanish region of Catalonia- some leaders remain jailed for rebellion, and predictions are that the December 21st elections will see pro-independence candidates winning. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has not achieved an alliance in Parliament and will likely call for new elections. Then Alison reads a report from The Independent written by Patrick Cockburn on the state of affairs in Iraq and the region. The possibility of peace is not in the hands of Baghdad, but the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel.

"Countries such as the U.S. and Britain have taken it upon themselves to decide for us in the developing world, even to interfere in our domestic affairs and to bring about what they call regime change." --Robert Mugabe

PROGRAM NOTES 17nov17

This weeks show features stories from SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, and SPUTNIK RADIO.

From JAPAN  Japanese President Abe warned North Korea that he was purchasing lots of new weapons from the US during Trump's visit to Asia. The US Joint Chiefs of Staff warned that a ground invasion would be the only way to completely destroy N Korea's nuclear weapons program. The US Navy is carrying out a provocative military exercise in the Sea of Japan with 3 nuclear aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines. North Korea has denounced the US military buildup around the Korean peninsula. In Bonn Germany the UN Climate Change conference is underway to implement the rules of the Paris agreement- the US has become the only country on the planet not signing on as Syria has said it will sign on. A member of ICAN (the International Campaign To Abolish Nuclear Weapons) has called on Japanese college students to find ways to get the world to agree to make a world free of nuclear arms.

From CUBA  The US has announced new trade and travel restrictions on Americans wanting to visit or do business with Cuba. Soldiers from several Latin American nations are participating in a military drill in the Amazon basin with the support of the US. The centennial of the Russian Revolution was celebrated across Latin America.

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes begins with a report on the release of the Paradise Papers, which reveals how major corporations and wealthy individuals use loopholes to avoid paying taxes- these documents add to the Panama Papers in unveiling tax havens used by the global elite. NATO is set to increase troops in Afghanistan, reportedly to train Afghans rather than assume combat positions. 200 Catalan mayors have gone to Brussels to demonstrate in front of EU institutions in support of deposed Catalan President Carles Puigdemont- he went to the heart of the EU to internationalize the cause of Catalonian independence and will face extradition to Spanish courts.

From RUSSIA  On his program Going Underground, Afshin Rattansi spoke with Alex Salmond, former first Minister of Scotland. Alex talked about the situation in Spain and what he called a disgraceful weak response by UK PM Theresa May to Spanish government violence against its citizen voters.

"All of us who are concerned for peace and the triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert upon events in the political field." -- Albert Einstein

PROGRAM NOTES 10nov17

This weeks show features stories from SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, and SPUTNIK RADIO.

From JAPAN  Japanese President Abe warned North Korea that he was purchasing lots of new weapons from the US during Trump's visit to Asia. The US Joint Chiefs of Staff warned that a ground invasion would be the only way to completely destroy N Korea's nuclear weapons program. The US Navy is carrying out a provocative military exercise in the Sea of Japan with 3 nuclear aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines. North Korea has denounced the US military buildup around the Korean peninsula. In Bonn Germany the UN Climate Change conference is underway to implement the rules of the Paris agreement- the US has become the only country on the planet not signing on as Syria has said it will sign on. A member of ICAN (the International Campaign To Abolish Nuclear Weapons) has called on Japanese college students to find ways to get the world to agree to make a world free of nuclear arms.

From CUBA  The US has announced new trade and travel restrictions on Americans wanting to visit or do business with Cuba. Soldiers from several Latin American nations are participating in a military drill in the Amazon basin with the support of the US. The centennial of the Russian Revolution was celebrated across Latin America.

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes begins with a report on the release of the Paradise Papers, which reveals how major corporations and wealthy individuals use loopholes to avoid paying taxes- these documents add to the Panama Papers in unveiling tax havens used by the global elite. NATO is set to increase troops in Afghanistan, reportedly to train Afghans rather than assume combat positions. 200 Catalan mayors have gone to Brussels to demonstrate in front of EU institutions in support of deposed Catalan President Carles Puigdemont- he went to the heart of the EU to internationalize the cause of Catalonian independence and will face extradition to Spanish courts.

From RUSSIA  On his program Going Underground, Afshin Rattansi spoke with Alex Salmond, former first Minister of Scotland. Alex talked about the situation in Spain and what he called a disgraceful weak response by UK PM Theresa May to Spanish government violence against its citizen voters.

"All of us who are concerned for peace and the triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert upon events in the political field."
--Albert Einstein

PROGRAM NOTES 03nov17

This weeks show features stories from SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, and SPUTNIK RADIO.

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes provides an update on the political turmoil in Catalonia. After the regional parliament invoked independence from Spain, PM Rajoy activated Article 155 which allowed him to dissolve the Catalan government. President Puigdemont retreated to Belgium, while Madrid announced a local election to be held Dec 21. Barcelona mayor Ada Calou commented on the situation, calling the federal actions a coup. Spain's Attorney General has pressed charges of rebellion and sedition against 20 alleged leaders of the independence movement. An arrest warrant has been issued for President Puigdemont and most Euro leaders have spurned the independence movement.

From CUBA  At the UN General Assembly only the US and Israel voted against a resolution condemning the US economic blockade of Cuba. A Viewpoint on the release of around 1800 classified documents linked to the assassination of John F Kennedy- a number of the texts expose the US governments plans to justify an open military aggression to Cuba, using terrorist actions. US military forces are conducting a nuclear war drill called "Global Thunder" to prepare the US nuclear command center for possible war.

From JAPAN  South Korea and China will meet to discuss responses to North Korea and the THAAD missiles installed by the US in South Korea. Japanese President Abe met with the NATO leader agreeing that all nations should enforce sanctions against North Korea. A former North Korean diplomat suggested that the NATO bombing of Libya prompted North Korea to accelerate nuclear and missile developments as deterrents..

From RUSSIA  On his program Going Underground, Afshin Rattansi interviewed American journalist and historian Dr Gareth Porter. Gareth dismisses the alleged use of Sarin gas by Assad forces in Syria. He says that Trump's threats of attacking North Korea are the most worrying aspect of US foreign policy. He says that the US misses the days when Yeltsin was their lapdog, working to push NATO to the borders of Russia.

"The capacity to combine commitment with skepticism is essential to democracy." --Mary Catherine Bateson

 

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