PROGRAM NOTES 01/11/19-
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This weeks show features stories from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, and SPUTNIK RADIO.

From JAPAN- There were demonstrations across Thailand to protest a possible postponement of general elections. Activists staged a rally in front of the White House in protest of the relocations of a US military base in Okinawa. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made his fourth visit to meet with the Chinese President Xi Jinping. Tesla has broken ground in Shanghai for its first overseas factory to produce electric vehicles for the Asian market. Turkish President Erdogan rejected a US demand to guarantee the safety of Kurdish fighters in Syria.

From CUBA- A Cuban institute warned that progressive movements and governments in Latin America are facing strong attacks by imperialist forces. Members of a Brazilian caravan to Cuba have called for international solidarity to secure the release of former president Lula da Silva. Meanwhile there is much gun violence in NE Brazil while Bolsonaro wants to relax weapons possession. Then a Viewpoint on the French yellow vest movement that has continued despite some government compromise on the fuel tax- is this the beginning of a new revolution in France that tends to arise every 50 years, the last one being in 1968?

From RUSSIA- Afshin Rattansi interviewed British MP Chris Williamson. The Anonymous organization has released information about a conspiracy including the British government to distort public perception about global threats. Williamson has brought his investigation of the so-called Integrity Initiative before Parliament. He compares the initiative to the CIAs Operation Mockingbird in the 1950s and 60s, where journalists were paid to put out misleading stories and propaganda. He says the goal of the initiative is to create a public mindset that justifies further expansion of the arms industry instead of seeking peace and disarmament.

"The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum - even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there's free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate."
--Noam Chomsky