PROGRAM NOTES 02/01/19-
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This weeks show features stories from RADIO DEUTSCHE-WELLE, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, SPUTNIK RADIO, and NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN.
From GERMANY- German Chancellor Angela Merkel was awarded the Fulbright prize for international understanding- she spoke about the need to stand up to the rise of nationalism. The EU demanded that Venezuelan President Maduro call for new elections within a week or else they would recognize Juan Guiado as the leader. At the UN many countries expressed their opinions about the US inspired attempted overthrow of the recently elected president.
From RUSSIA- Former British MP George Galloway interviewed Ben Chacko editor of the Morning Star. They discuss the western media coverage of events in Venezuela as wall-to-wall propaganda, begun when Hugo Chavez was president. They talk about the rapid shift back to right-wing politics in many Latin American nations, most notably in Brazil which Guiado fully supports. There is the possibility of a civil war with US intervention, like Syria and Vietnam. Does this conflict serve as a distraction from the investigation of the Trump administration, a new version of wag the dog? Why are the new leaders of the left in the US not questioning what many in the world see as an attempted coup?
From CUBA- First a Viewpoint on the European support for the attempted overthrow of the leader of Venezuela. Historically European nations enslaved the indigenous populations of Latin America, claiming a Divine Right to steal their resources, to enrich the development of Europe. Following centuries of struggle, Latin Americans won their sovereignty back. What right does the EU have to interfere in their politics? Thousands of Hondurans are protesting last years elections. In Belgium and France ten of thousands took to the streets to demand that their governments take action on climate change.
From JAPAN- China has condemned the US for filing criminal charges against Huawei Technology and its CFO. The US has gathered forces from 9 African nations for military exercises in East Africa. Lawyers in NY have reenacted the legal battle of a second generation Japanese American who challenged the constitutionality of the US internment policy during WW2.
"If someone says it's raining and another person says it's not, it's not your job to quote them both. Your job is to look out the fucking window and find out which is true."
--Sally Claire, Journalism 101