PROGRAM NOTES 02/22/13- This weeks show features stories from SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, THE VOICE OF RUSSIA, RADIO DEUTSCHE-WELLE, AND NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN.

From SPAIN- There was another nationwide strike in Greece this week over wage cuts, high taxes, and other austerity measures. An Australian news report exposed the secret Israeli story of Prisoner X. Ecuadorian President Correa was reelected and is poised to become Latin America's most outspoken critic of Washington. Bolivia nationalized its airports which had been privatized in 1997.

From CUBA- A different perspective on the story of Bolivia nationalizing its 3 main airports. A radioactive leak at the Hanford Washington nuclear weapons production site has been confirmed. Washington DC saw the largest rally ever held over climate change concerns. The Pentagon has created a new distinguished warfare medal for drone operators in the US.

From RUSSIA- Questions have arisen about the extent of US drone assassinations, including the potential use within the US and how many people have been killed by drones worldwide. The US Federal Institute of Medicine reports that there is a resurgence of Gulf War Syndrome.

From GERMANY- Some statistics from the French war in Mali and Germany is sending some support soldiers there. The EU has renewed sanctions against the Syrian government but British plans to arm rebels met with strong disapproval. The US remains number one in global arms sales.

From JAPAN- A US Congressional think tank is concerned that the US may be drawn into a military conflict between China and Japan. The Chinese military has denied reports that it is involved in cyber attacks against US targets. Municipalities in northern Japan have asked the government to halt construction of a new nuclear power plant. TEPCO, the operator of the Fukushima nuclear power plants, has been accused of lying in reports on the state of the crippled reactors.

"You can fool too many of the people too much of the time."
--James Thurber