PROGRAM NOTES 03/02/18-
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This weeks show features stories from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, and SPUTNIK RADIO
From JAPAN- Last Sunday a high level North Korean delegation said it was fully ready to talk with the US. On Monday Japan and the US agreed that it was time to increase pressure on North Korea with new sanctions and military drills. On Wednesday North Korea said they would respond to provocations by the US. German courts ruled that cities could ban older diesel vehicles. Germany's ruling Christian Democratic Union approved a coalition deal which should allow Angela Merkel to maintain her position as Chancellor.
From SPAIN- The conflicts between Madrid and the Catalan region independence continue, with the King being widely protested while attending a mobile world congress in Barcelona. PM Rajoy suggested making Catalan schools abandon their language for Spanish, while the independents chose a leadership plan. An international art fair in Madrid censored photographs of the independence leaders called political prisoners. Fines and jail sentences have been imposed on singers and Amnesty International the government for arresting people expressing opinions on social media. The NYT carried an article on Madrid's application of the gag law, which includes fines for protesting or using social media to call for demonstrations.
From CUBA- The Venezuelan Foreign Minister spoke at the UN Human Rights Council, demanding that Spain cease fanning the flames of conflict in his country, after Rajoy opposed the recent peace talks. The Foreign Minister went on to condemn the interventionist actions of the US, saying the goal was to control resources such as oil. In Honduras protests grew outside the prison where those arrested for protesting election results are being held. Thousands joined a march in Rome against racism and fascism following attacks on immigrants.
From RUSSIA- Jeremy Corbyn, favored to become the new British Prime Minister, was accused of being a former spy for the Soviet Union by tabloid papers. Jeremy's response was ignored by the British media, which he says is controlled by billionaire tax exiles.
"We're going to meet a lot of lonely people in the next week and the next month and the next year. And when they ask us what we're doing, you can say, We're remembering. That's where we'll win out in the long run. And some day we'll remember so much that we'll build the biggest goddamn steam-shovel in history and dig the biggest grave of all time and shove war in and cover it up."
--Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451