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PROGRAM NOTES 16mar18
This weeks show features stories from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, and SPUTNIK RADIO.
From JAPAN This past Monday North Korea criticized the US for making people think that sanctions are the reason for upcoming talks between the nations. The Chinese President welcomed news of the upcoming inter-Korean summit, and possible talks between the north and the US. Japanese PM Abe is also pleased with the upcoming inter-Korean talks about denuclearization. Rex Tillerson was set to talk with the South Korean FM this week before Tillerson was fired. Israeli media are celebrating the appointment of CIA Director Pompeo to replace Tillerson as Secretary of State. The UN security council held an emergency meeting on the suspected poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain- as I am putting this show together many allegations and denials are flying.
From CUBA Cuba held elections for deputies last weekend with an 80% turnout and results showing support for continuing in the path of Fidel Castro. The opening of the World Social Forum in Brazil was opened with demonstrations calling for resistance to neo-liberal free market policies, coups, and genocide. Syrian President Assad accused the US of aiming to fragment the Middle East by supporting terrorist groups. Then a Viewpoint on the implications of the firing of US Secretary of State Tillerson.
From RUSSIA Jeremy Corbyn, favored to replace Teresa May as the UK Prime Minister, condemned in Parliament the visit by the Saudi Prince- Corbyn accused May of ignoring Saudi human rights violations, war crimes, and said that selling them more high-tech weapons was immoral. Afshin Rattansi interviewed Norman Solomon about Trump's policies being guided by military leaders. They talk about the state of US media which creates consent to use military forces against Syria and the demonization of Iran. Solomon describes the pressure of conformity as the force keeping American journalists from questioning what he calls propaganda.
"Circus dogs jump when the trainer cracks his whip, but the really well-trained dog is the one that turns his somersault when there is no whip." --George Orwell
PROGRAM NOTES 09mar18
This weeks show features stories from SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, SPUTNIK RADIO, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, and NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN.
From SPAIN Alison Hughes reports on the US visit of Israeli PM Netanyahu, with a possible war on Iran is on his mind. Retired Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, who was chief of staff under Colin Powell, spoke at the annual Israel lobby conference at the National Press Club. He described the Israeli effort to pull the US into an overthrow of Iran by exaggerating their military development and threat to the Middle East. The presence of US forces would add credibility to Netanyahu's goal.
From RUSSIA Afshin Rattansi interviewed Judge Franco Frattini, former Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs. They discussed the recent Italian election that saw victories by right-wing anti-immigrant parties. Franco criticized the impositions of the EU, what he saw as the French/German axis, and the swollen immigrant population of his country. He condemned the $6 billion EU members gave to Turkey in an attempt to keep the refugees down there. He compares the Italian election results to the Trump victory in the US.
From CUBA A Viewpoint on the life and accomplishments of Hugo Chavez. On the 5th anniversary of the Venezuelan reformers death large tributes were held across Latin America. He was praised for great reductions in poverty, making health care available in remote parts of the country, and making education accessible to all. Chavez also defended the country's resources from external exploitation.
From JAPAN The North and South Korean leaders will hold a summit in April, and the North has committed to a nuclear free Korean peninsula. The 7th anniversary of the nuclear devastation at Fukushima is this weekend- 73,000 people are still unable to return home, and there has been little progress at cleaning up the reactors and the area. NHK polled residents about the current status and the fact that the public's memories of the disaster are fading. 11 companies have combined efforts to launch more filling stations for hydrogen fuel cell cars across Japan, Toyota and Honda are committed to the new technology.
"Everyday I become more convinced, there is no doubt in my mind, as many intellectuals have said, that it is necessary to transcend capitalism. But capitalism can not be transcended through capitalism itself; it must be done through socialism, true socialism, with equality and justice. I'm also convinced that it is possible to do it under democracy, but not in the type of democracy being imposed by Washington. "
--Hugo Chavez 2005
PROGRAM NOTES 02mar18
This weeks show features stories from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, and SPUTNIK RADIO
From JAPAN Last Sunday a high level North Korean delegation said it was fully ready to talk with the US. On Monday Japan and the US agreed that it was time to increase pressure on North Korea with new sanctions and military drills. On Wednesday North Korea said they would respond to provocations by the US. German courts ruled that cities could ban older diesel vehicles. Germany's ruling Christian Democratic Union approved a coalition deal which should allow Angela Merkel to maintain her position as Chancellor.
From SPAIN The conflicts between Madrid and the Catalan region independence continue, with the King being widely protested while attending a mobile world congress in Barcelona. PM Rajoy suggested making Catalan schools abandon their language for Spanish, while the independents chose a leadership plan. An international art fair in Madrid censored photographs of the independence leaders called political prisoners. Fines and jail sentences have been imposed on singers and Amnesty International the government for arresting people expressing opinions on social media. The NYT carried an article on Madrid's application of the gag law, which includes fines for protesting or using social media to call for demonstrations.
From CUBA The Venezuelan Foreign Minister spoke at the UN Human Rights Council, demanding that Spain cease fanning the flames of conflict in his country, after Rajoy opposed the recent peace talks. The Foreign Minister went on to condemn the interventionist actions of the US, saying the goal was to control resources such as oil. In Honduras protests grew outside the prison where those arrested for protesting election results are being held. Thousands joined a march in Rome against racism and fascism following attacks on immigrants.
From RUSSIA Jeremy Corbyn, favored to become the new British Prime Minister, was accused of being a former spy for the Soviet Union by tabloid papers. Jeremy's response was ignored by the British media, which he says is controlled by billionaire tax exiles.
"We're going to meet a lot of lonely people in the next week and the next month and the next year. And when they ask us what we're doing, you can say, We're remembering. That's where we'll win out in the long run. And some day we'll remember so much that we'll build the biggest goddamn steam-shovel in history and dig the biggest grave of all time and shove war in and cover it up."
--Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
PROGRAM NOTES 23feb18
This weeks show features stories from RADIO HAVANA CUBA, NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, SPUTNIK RADIO, and SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO.
From CUBA Brazil was ruled by a military dictatorship from 1964 to 1985. Unelected President Temer has mobilized the military to take full control over security in Rio De Janeiro. This follows a spike in violent crime and homicides since the city hosted the Olympics two years ago, fueled by increasing poverty and corruption. Many citizens and observers fear that this action could return the country to a dark period of repression and further inequality.
From JAPAN An Insight concerning the disposal of nuclear waste in Japan. The government plans to bury highly radioactive materials, much of it from the 2011 Fukushima disaster, deep in the ground in various places. Public hearings were held to inform citizens about the dump locations, however it was revealed that the company responsible for the dumping hired people to attend and support the plans. This has further undermined public trust in the use of nuclear power.
From RUSSIA On his show called Going Underground, Afshin Rattansi presented Kate Hudson and Peter Kennard from the Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament on the 60th anniversary of the founding of the organization. There is global concern over the increasing threats of a nuclear war, and growing opposition to upgrading and producing more nuclear weapons at vast costs.
From SPAIN Alison Hughes produced a remarkable show on military spending, alliances, and propaganda. In the half that I can fit in, American weapons manufacturers support all political candidates and a fortune on lobbyists. The US accounts for a third of global defense spending. Princeton Professor Stephen Cohen is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, which he describes as a bastion for the new cold war between the US and Russia. Journalist Glenn Greenwald talks about fake news, disinformation, and other forms of propaganda.
"Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good." --Vaclav Havel
PROGRAM NOTES 16feb18
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 09feb18
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 02feb18
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 26jan18
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 19jan18
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 12jan18
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 05jan18
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
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