PROGRAM NOTES 01/10/20-
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This weeks show features stories from SPUTNIK RADIO, SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, and RADIO HAVANA CUBA
From RUSSIA- On his program called Going Underground Afshin Rattansi spoke with three guests about the American targeted assassination of Iranian General Souleimani. First he speaks with former Israeli ambassador to the US Danny Ayalon about nuclear deterrence, why the US would choose to murder an ally in the elimination of ISIS, and Putin's relationship with Israel. Next is Iraqi MP Saad Al-Muttalibi, who talks about Iraqi rage over the US assassination of Deputy Chief Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis who was murdered with Souleimani. The US has not apologized for what they see as collateral damage. Saad also explains that the purpose of Souleimani's visit was to present a peace proposal to the Iraqi PM from Saudi Arabia. Then Afshin speaks with Geoffrey Robertson QC who discusses Donald Trump's threat to target Iranian cultural sites, for which he calls the US president a barbarian, and suggests that US generals will likely disobey the order to avoid being prosecuted for war crimes.
From SPAIN- Alison Hughes begins by describing the 60-70 thousand US troops stationed around the Middle East, with 5200 in Iraq. Professor Juan Cole says that Iraqis have ambivalent feelings toward the US- angry over the 2003 invasion and occupation of their country, but grateful for assistance in defeating ISIS. In the Independent Patrick Cockburn argues that the only certain result of the US assassination of the Iranian General in Iraq will be that Iraq will be the political and military arena for the US-Iranian conflicts. He also points out that General Souleimani was overseeing the brutal efforts to crush Iraqi street protests for the past three months. Israeli PM Netanyahu said that Israel stands completely beside Trump's targeted assassination of the General. 2019 was the second hottest year on record, ending the hottest decade in history.
From CUBA- A Cuban newspaper criticized the US government for ongoing attempts to destabilize the country through alleged pro-democracy programs. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guiado has been accused of a PR stunt to enter the Parliament that has rejected him. The Arab League rejects foreign interference in Libya. Washington refused to issue a visa to the Iranian Foreign Minister to prevent him from speaking at the UN.
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