PROGRAM NOTES 01/26/18-
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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