PROGRAM NOTES 01/05/18-
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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