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From SPAIN  Alison Hughes provides an update on the Catalonian attempt to become independent from Spain. The central government in Madrid feels justified in the violent repression of citizens attempting to vote, and now it has jailed two leaders of the independence movement on charges of sedition. Catalonia President Puigdemont declared independence then suspended it, saying he wanted to negotiate. The Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy threatened to invoke a constitutional article imposing direct rule on the region, while slowly implementing it. This story is evolving as I produce this show. Massive rebellion and repression seem inevitable in the next few weeks. And these events may provide a preview of other moves toward independence in Europe, like Brexit and the Scottish referendum, and the shifting political powers within the European Union.

From JAPAN  Japan has told Iran that it supports the 2015 nuclear deal, days after Trump decertified the deal between Iran and 6 world powers. US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Hailey, harshly criticized Iran at a conference that was intended to discuss the Israel-Palestine conflict- Iran was not on the agenda. The US and South Korea intimidated the North again this week with joint naval exercises and and by flying stealth and B1 bombers. Daphne Caruana Galizia, a journalist who revealed connections between the Maltese government and the Panama Papers, was killed by a car bomb following threats to stop investigating.

From CUBA  The ruling United Socialist Party in Venezuela won 17 of the 23 gubernatorial races in regional elections. The Syrian army responded to Israeli air space violations, saying they hit at least one of the fighter jets.

From RUSSIA  On his program George Galloway interviewed independent journalist Vanessa Beeley. They talked about the fake news streaming around Syria. Vanessa details the propaganda and false narratives the Western media delivers to provide justification for foreign militaries to destroy the country. She compares it to the spin cycles used in Iraq and Libya, with the White Helmets leading the disinformation.

"Privatization is a neoliberal and imperialist plan. Health can't be privatized because it is a fundamental human right, nor can education, water, electricity and other public services. They can't be surrendered to private capital that denies the people from their rights." --Hugo Chavez



From JAPAN  The world's largest solar car race is underway in Australia. On Tuesday 2 US B1 bombers intimidated North Korea, firing missiles and doing military exercises with Japanese forces. A Japanese court ruled in favor of a class action suit against TEPCO and the Japanese government for leaving the Fukushima nuke unprepared for the devastating tsunami in 2011. A member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which won this year's Nobel Peace Prize, has called on countries to review their nuclear policies.

From CUBA  Public workers in France staged a massive strike against President Macron's plans to cut jobs and pay conditions. Thousands gathered in Bolivia to honor Che Guevara on the anniversary of his murder 50 years ago by the CIA. Ousted Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff criticized current president Temer for being submissive to the US regarding Venezuela, and for approving joint military actions with the US troops in the Amazon. The IAEA and many world leaders are rejecting Trump's claims that Iran has violated the spirit of the nuclear agreement.

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes produced 3 shows this week on the separatist crisis in Catalonia. She begins by describing the anti-separatist march in Barcelona which included people bussed in from around the country, including far-right activists. National police remain in the region as the regional leader was expected to declare Catalon independence from Spain. He declared the region a separate republic and immediately added that this declaration be suspended so as to allow a dialogue with Madrid. This to prevent martial law from the federal government. Alison then gives Spanish press reviews of the events, and German and French politicians decline to intervene.

From RUSSIA  On his program Going Underground, Afshin Rattansi interviewed Victor Taibo, member of the Revolutionary Left Party in Spain. First some criticism of the Spanish police brutality by UK politicians. Then Victor talks about the EU and its governments protecting capitalism before the citizens, like the events in Greece. They discuss the ruling Popular Party's origins with Franco ministers, the neo-nazis in the latest anti-separatist marches, and the need for international solidarity.

"Benito Mussolini created the word 'fascism.' He defined it as 'the merging of the state and the corporation.' He also said a more accurate word would be 'corporatism.' This was the definition in Webster's up until 1987 when a corporation bought Webster's and changed it to exclude any mention of corporations."


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

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes produced 2 Panoramas on the separatist referendum in Catalonia. The first covered the lead up to and the election day, which saw thousands of civilians beaten by national police forces. Over 800 citizens required medical attention for attempting to choose to break away from the nation of Spain. The images of brutality were shocking, and international opinion was critical. The unofficial polls resulted in 90% wanting to form an independent country. The Prime Minister Rajoy dismissed the results saying that there was no election. The King delivered his first ever televised crisis message, blaming Catalonians for the troubles, and implying that the central government would take over control of the region.

From JAPAN  Japanese nuclear regulators are moving to allow TEPCO, the company which owns the Fukushima plant, to restart a different nuclear power plant- these reactors are the same type that melted down at Fukushima. The governor of the prefecture where the reactors are says he wants to wait until the full report on Fukushima is delivered, which is said to be 3 or 4 years away. US Defense Secretary Mattis claimed that Trump's approach to North Korea is consistent, and that there will be no dialogue with the north. A senior official of the CIA has said that the North Korean leader is rational and does not want a war, only the US out of South Korea. In Syria, more than 3000 people, including 955 civilians, were killed in September, the most this year. The US administration expelled 15 Cuban diplomats in response to claims that US embassy staff in Cuba has been subject to sonic attacks causing health problems.

From CUBA  Cuban authorities offered relief to the people of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the hurricane- after 2 weeks the US has still not responded. Trump visited Puerto Rico where he has received much criticism for delays in getting relief to the US territory. Brazilian President Temer is down to a 3% popularity rating, the lowest since the dictatorship ended in 1985. Israeli PM Netanyahu has promised to build more settlements in the heart of the occupied West Bank, defying international condemnation.

"Who is the dictator? Mariano Rajoy has chosen blood, sticks, blows, and repression against a noble people. Our hand goes out to the people of Catalonia. Resist, Catalonia! Latin America admires you." --Nicolas Maduro


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

From GERMANY Germany had major elections last week and Angela Merkel will retain her position as Chancellor for a fourth term. However the right-wing AfD, or Alternate for Deutschland, won 94 seats in Parliament, making it the third largest party. The AfD ran on an anti-immigrant policy and is the first right-wing party to enter the German Parliament since WW2. Merkel must form a coalition with three other very diverse political parties. There is a worry that the racist, and critics say neo-nazi, views of some of the AfD leaders could be a threat to German democracy. Many Germans were surprised by the election results, saying that many voted against Merkel rather than for the AfD.

From CUBA  Cuba offered Puerto Rico medical assistance at the start of the week. The Spanish federal government has charged leaders of the separatist referendum with sedition- there were raids on Catalan government offices seizing ballots and arresting 14 government leaders- the vote is scheduled to be held October 1. The Venezuelan Foreign Minister has accused the US and Spain of interfering in internal affairs- Spanish PM Rajoy joined Trump in a press conference denouncing a totalitarian drift in Venezuela. Bolivian President Evo Morales slammed US interventionist policies against Venezuela, saying it is an attack on all of Latin America. At the UN Venezuelan Foreign Minister recalled the words of Hugo Chavez saying that the podium still smells of sulfur. The Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno says his country will continue to offer asylum to Julian Assange.

From JAPAN  Japanese President Abe dissolved the lower house of Parliament in an attempt to get a fresh mandate on tax proposals and his stance on North Korea. The US is easing restrictions on dairy products from Japan, imposed after Fukushima. Japanese car makers will use interchangeable parts in upcoming electric vehicles. The UN marked Sept 26 as the international day for the elimination of nuclear weapons. Putin announced that Russia is destroying its last chemical weapons. European ambassadors to the US cautioned Trump about abandoning the nuclear deal with Iran. North Korea called Trump's threats as a declaration of war. The South Korean media wondered why North Korea did not react to recent US warplane flights near the peninsula.

"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." --George Orwell



From JAPAN  The Japanese government announced another three year delay in the retrieval of spent nuclear fuel rods from the devastated Fukushima nuclear power plant. 50 countries signed a global treaty at the UN to legally ban nuclear weapons- it has been reported that the US pressured with threats many countries, including Sweden and Switzerland, into not signing the treaty. US Defense Secretary Mattis announced 3000 more troops to be deployed in Afghanistan. Honda has announced plans to invest $267 million in a factory in Ohio. In Turkey there were rallies against the planned referendum in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region. Iran and Venezuela reacted to Trump's speech at the UN, with Iran calling it medieval hate speech. The North Korean Foreign Minister described Trump's speech as nonsense, like the barking of a dog.

From GERMANY  German Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing an easy election victory this Sunday. She spoke with Deutsche-Welle about the North Korea crisis, saying she does not support military action and again offered assistance in mediating a resolution. She attacked Trump for his military threats at the UN, and discussed the problems large immigration has resulted in, including the rise of hate and the far-right political parties.

From CUBA  Trump attacked Venezuela in his UN speech saying that President Maduro was not following the will of the people. Before Trump spoke, the UN Secretary-General Guterres told world leaders that the threat of a nuclear is at its highest level since the end of the Cold War, and warned against fiery talk. There is extreme damage in Cuba from hurricane Irma and the government is offering to finance 50% of materials to rebuild households. Brazilian prosecutors brought fresh corruption charges against President Temer and six associates. On Wednesday Spanish police seized 10 million ballots for the referendum in Catalonia- thousands took to streets in Barcelona after they arrested 13 government officials.

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes reports on the the Catalonian referendum, which is scheduled for October 1. The federal government has the constitutional power to bring in the military to stop the referendum on separating the region from the nation, or possibly cut electricity to all polling stations on election day.

"We do not believe in government through the voting booth. The Spanish national will was never freely expressed through the ballot box. Spain has no foolish dreams."   --Francisco Franco, 1938



From RUSSIA  On his program called Going Underground Afshin Rattansi starts with the 911 coup in Chile. He then interviews Carne Ross, a former UK diplomat who produced the documentary The Accidental Anarchist: Life Without Government. Ross disputed Tony Blair's justification for entering the war on Iraq. They discuss the Saudi Arabian role in the rise of terrorism, and why does every side think that they are the good guys. Ross then describes the role of and problems with sanctions, and the need for dialogue with North Korea.

From JAPAN  German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to be involved in negotiations with North Korea, using a framework as was used in Iran in 2015. The annual UN General Assembly has opened with a global ban on nuclear weapons, climate change, and North Korea to be the major topics. The US is pushing China to implement new sanctions on North Korea. A report on the Myanmar reaction to international criticism over its treatment of the Rohingya muslim minority- Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi will not attend the current UN general assembly. Currents in the Pacific Ocean along Japan are radically changing from global warming, leading to almost no salmon being caught there this year.

From CUBA  Cuba experienced 24 hours of hurricane Irma with category 5 winds and major destruction- Venezuela was the first country to send humanitarian aid. While climate change does not create more hurricanes, increased ocean temperature makes them much more severe. The 8.2 magnitude earthquake in Mexico last week has affected 2.3 million people, mainly in the south. In Oakland CA hundreds of activists are protesting a military training event for police called Urban Shield.

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes reported on the upcoming Catalan election for independence from Spain. The federal government has declared the referendum illegal and says that officials involved will be punished. In recent years the banned language of the region has returned and many people want autonomous rule. This election, like the one that failed in Scotland, are significant to the future of the EU.

"During the Cold War, a group of Russian journalists toured the United States. On the final day of their visit, they were asked by their hosts for their impressions. 'I have to tell you,' said their spokesman, 'that we were astonished to find after reading all the newspapers and watching TV, that all the opinions on all the vital issues were by and large, the same. To get that result in our country, we imprison people, we tear out their fingernails. Here, you don't have that. What's the secret? How do you do it?'"    --John Pilger



From SPAIN  Alison Hughes starts with Yemen, where the Cholera epidemic has spread to 600,000 people in just 6 months. The UN Human Rights Council has avoided investigating human rights violations in the war in Yemen, as Saudi Arabia maintains a seat on the council. Several stories on the hydrogen bomb test in North Korea and the reactions and threats at the UN and elsewhere. Leaders around the globe expressed deep concern and worry, with China and Russia emphasizing that dialogue and compromise were better choices than increased threats from the west.

From RUSSIA  On his program called Going Underground, Afshin Rattansi spoke with former Scottish MP Tommy Sheridan. Sheridan is an activist opposed to Britain's Trident nuclear arsenal on submarines docked in Scotland. They discuss the threat to Britain created by Trident, and the deceptions from the Ministry of Defense and Teresa May. He talks about the US and Britain making huge profits by arming the world and then creating wars elsewhere to deploy them. He accuses the British establishment of doing everything in their power to keep Jeremy Corbyn from becoming Prime Minister because of his opposition to the military industrial complex. He points out the attempts to crush socialism in Venezuela and Latin America, and the use of Scottish airports by the US in illegal kidnapping for torture known as rendition.

From JAPAN  Several reports on the direct reactions to the North Korean bomb test. South Korea launched live fire drills along the Korean coast, and announced the formation of a military unit to target the North Korean leadership. Trump told Japan and South Korea that they will be allowed to buy higher grade weaponry worth billions of dollars. Putin condemned the North Korean bomb test but reiterated his call for dialogue with North Korea. The German government plans to set up a fund to tackle air pollution, including promoting electric vehicles.

From CUBA  French President Macron held talks with Venezuelan opposition leaders looking for support for regime change. The 9th annual BRICS summit concluded in China. The rescinding of the DACA program for young immigrants in the US was met with protests across the nation.

"They used to make arms for wars. Now they make wars to sell arms." --Tommy Sheridan



From JAPAN  Japanese air defense forces were conducting a drill with interceptor missiles when the north launched a ballistic missile over part of the Japanese archipelago. Then South Korea staged a live bombing exercise as a show of force. Japan and the US want tighter sanctions against the north, possibly banning oil exports to the nation. A former Japanese vice-admiral said the north might fire more missiles over Japan to confirm their capability.

From RUSSIA  George Galloway interviewed Stephen Chan, OBE and professor of Oriental Studies in London. They talk about the US stepping up possible wars in both Afghanistan and North Korea. Stephen says that the US generals are trying to be a restraining force against Trump's belligerence. World leaders are warning Trump to tone down the rhetoric to avoid a nuclear holocaust. Stephen discusses North Korean game theory in reacting to threats, and their enigmatic approach which is not primitive. He compares the mindset of Koreans living in the north with those in the south, and whether those in the north are in a trance state as presented in the western media.

From CHINA  US Secretary of State Mattis says the US always has diplomatic solutions. The US conducted a missile intercept exercise off the coast of Hawaii. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights criticized Trump for his attacks on the media, calling it an incitement against journalists.

From CUBA  Conflicts between the government and opposition in Venezuela continue over US economic sanctions. Former Brazilian President Lula da Silva is on a caravan of hope bus tour around the country, criticizing President Temer's planned privatization of electricity and airports. The UN called on Israel to cease settlement construction in the occupied West Bank. Then a Viewpoint on a UN report that drought and hunger are among the main causes of migration to the US in at least 3 Central American nations.

"Man proposes; nature disposes. We are seldom more vulnerable than when we feel insulated." --George Monbiot



From JAPAN A North Korean delegation argued with the new US Naval commander over escalated tensions at a maritime security conference in Bali. Delegates at the UN Conference on Disarmament in Geneva clashed, with the US representative saying the US, UK, and France would never agree to a ban on nuclear weapons. At the Fukushima nuclear power plant another attempt to create an ice wall to limit radioactive runoff into the Pacific Ocean is being attempted, 6 years after the disaster.

From CUBA  A Viewpoint on US Vice-President Pence's tour of Latin American countries. Pence is trying to drum up support for US actions against the elected government of Venezuela. Venezuela holds the largest supply of petroleum on the planet, and it was owned by US corporations until it was nationalized back in 1976. Pence's proposed invasion and overthrow of the Venezuelan government was rejected in most nations, and protests occurred in every state he visited.

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes begins with reports on the murders by vehicles in Barcelona and Cambrils. 13 died in Barcelona and over 100 were injured and the perpetrator  was shot dead by police days later. The night of the attack a car tried to replicate the event in Cambrils, resulting in 5 men being killed by police. In the Syrian city of Raqqa, US led airstrikes have intensified killing more than 100 civilians in 2 days, nearly 1000 since June. In Iraq, where the 9 month US led operation in Mosul left 40,000 civilians dead, the fighting against Daesh has moved to Tal Afar. There is a controversial referendum scheduled for September 25th to create an independent Kurdish region in Iraq.

From RUSSIA  On his show called Going Underground, Afshin Rattansi spoke again with renowned documentarian John Pilger. John discussed the biased media reports on Venezuela, the provocations and risks of a global war ignited by Washington, the NATO buildup on the Russian border to keep the US weapons manufacturers going, and how Trump is a symptom of a system bringing us to the edge of a nuclear war.

"You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong no matter who does it or who says it." --Malcolm X



From GERMANY  The events involving white supremacists that took place in Charlottesville Virginia were reported by all international broadcasters. Germany has experienced many neo-nazi rallies in the past decade, and has criminalized many of the actions that were seen last weekend in the US. Trump's remarks on the violence sent shock waves throughout Europe and beyond, and leaders from around the world criticized him. UK Professor Tim Lockley describes the European view of the current state of the US presidency.

From JAPAN  A report on protests across the US denouncing Trump's reaction to the clashes in Virginia. Meanwhile US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke about how religious persecution and intolerance were far too prevalent in many parts of the world while failing to mention the US travel ban on Muslims. UN Secretary-General Guterres expressed concerns over escalating tensions with North Korea.

From CUBA  Brazilian President Temer is planning to privatize airports, oil blocs, hydro power plants and more to try to decrease the federal debt. Argentinian indigenous leader Milagro Sala is to be transferred from prison to house arrest after orders from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. US CIA Director Pompeo defended Trump's threat of US military action in Venezuela. Residents of Caracas Venezuela mobilized on Monday in an anti-imperialist march.

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes begins with the Mercosur bloc of Latin American countries condemning Trump's threat of military action against Venezuela. In Argentina former President Christina Fernandez has tied in a senate seat election in Buenos Aires, portending a return to the Presidency. The World Health Organization has estimated that half a million people in Yemen have cholera due to continued bombing by Saudi Arabia and its allies including the US and UK. In Syria 7 controversial White Helmets members were executed- investigations have shown that they are a well-organized propaganda tool to promote funding for so-called moderate rebels in Syria.

"The Devil is right at home. The Devil, the Devil himself, is right in the house. And the Devil came here yesterday. Yesterday the Devil came here. Right here. And it smells of sulphur still today. Yesterday, ladies and gentlemen, from this rostrum, the president of the United States, the gentleman to whom I refer as the Devil, came here, talking as if he owned the world. Truly. As the owner of the world." --Hugo Chavez, at the UN after George Bush 2006



From JAPAN  In Nagasaki, 7400 mayors for peace from around the world urged the adoption of a complete nuclear weapons ban. Atomic bomb victims have protested Japan's decision to stay away from the recent UN treaty banning nuclear weapons, asking Prime Minister Abe which nation he is serving. Japanese Air Defense forces conducted another drill with US Air Force B1 bombers from Guam to intimidate North Korea. US Secretary of State Tillerson tried to downplay Trump's threat to North Korea of "fire and fury like the world has never seen."

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes begins with a review of the UN sanctions against North Korea over its long-range missile tests last month, the most stringent sanctions against any country in a generation. China called for a return to the six-party talks and demanded that North Korea cease testing and that the US and South Korea suspend their upcoming military exercises. At the Association of Southeast Asian Nations regional forum, China criticized the US moral arrogance for failing to see that it part of the problem with North Korea. The mercenary army formerly known as Blackwater, got prison terms for three employees overturned in a federal appeals court. They were involved in a 2007 massacre of civilians in downtown Baghdad. Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater, sold the company which has gone through several name changes, now called Academi. The Iraqi government is investigating US security firms in their country.

From CUBA  The White House is considering privatizing the war in Afghanistan at the urging of Blackwater founder Erik Prince. The newly elected members of the Venezuelan National Constituent Assembly have taken their seats, while the US continues to threaten regime change. The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our Americas, or ALBA, has rejected the sanctions the US just placed on Venezuela. In Syria at least 13 people were killed by US aerial attacks in Raqqa.

From RUSSIA  Several brief clips about the CIA infiltrating journalism schools, more about Erik Prince and mercenary forces, the US funding of the opposition in Venezuela, and Julian Assange versus the New York Times.

"If you can't convince them, confuse them." --Harry S Truman



From SPAIN  Alison Hughes begins with a report on Russian President Putin's expulsion of 755 US diplomats and contractors, which equalizes the number of Russian diplomatic personnel in the US- this is a response to new sanctions against Russia for alleged interference in the US elections. The EU worries that this will cause disruptions in gas pipeline deliveries. US envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, said the time for talk on North Korea was over after another missile test launch. Trump accused China of failing to rein in North Korea. Last Sunday the Venezuelan election for national constituents took place, despite some violent skirmishes and boycotts. The official voter turnout was 41% but American media claimed the true figure was 8%. The EU criticized the election and several countries joined the US in not recognizing the results.

From RUSSIA  Former British MP George Galloway interviewed Teresa Teran, director of Venezuela Media Watch. They find fault with the mainstream media bias against the government of President Maduro. Teresa says the media is staging the downfall of Venezuela by misrepresenting life in the country. The opposition has called for a US invasion and the violence is caused by 2% of the population. Galloway called it a slow-motion coup, akin to what happened to Allende in Chile in 1973, with the CIA publicly admitting interference in the election. The US has given $120 million to the opposition to recruit young people to attack government forces. Teresa says that the media is creating a false image of life in Venezuela.

From CUBA  Venezuela released official figures for voter turnout in the election, while Maduro said he didn't care that Trump rejected the results- Trump followed with new sanctions against Maduro's personal assets. Israeli troops killed a 14th Palestinian youth during ongoing protests outside the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, while Gaza is restricted to 2 hours of electricity per day. The UK High Court blocked an attempt to charge Tony Blair for war crimes during the 2003 Iraqi invasion.

From JAPAN  China has hit back at Trump's criticism for not controlling North Korea. At the Fukushima disaster, removing the melted fuel debris grows more complicated. Following France and UK announcements of banning internal combustion cars by 2040, Japanese auto makers are stepping up development of all-electric vehicles.

"If the climate were a bank, they would already have saved it." --Hugo Chavez





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