PROGRAM NOTES 03/09/18-
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This weeks show features stories from SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, SPUTNIK RADIO, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, and NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN.

From SPAIN- Alison Hughes reports on the US visit of Israeli PM Netanyahu, with a possible war on Iran is on his mind. Retired Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, who was chief of staff under Colin Powell, spoke at the annual Israel lobby conference at the National Press Club. He described the Israeli effort to pull the US into an overthrow of Iran by exaggerating their military development and threat to the Middle East. The presence of US forces would add credibility to Netanyahu's goal.

From RUSSIA- Afshin Rattansi interviewed Judge Franco Frattini, former Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs. They discussed the recent Italian election that saw victories by right-wing anti-immigrant parties. Franco criticized the impositions of the EU, what he saw as the French/German axis, and the swollen immigrant population of his country. He condemned the $6 billion EU members gave to Turkey in an attempt to keep the refugees down there. He compares the Italian election results to the Trump victory in the US.

From CUBA- A Viewpoint on the life and accomplishments of Hugo Chavez. On the 5th anniversary of the Venezuelan reformers death large tributes were held across Latin America. He was praised for great reductions in poverty, making health care available in remote parts of the country, and making education accessible to all. Chavez also defended the country's resources from external exploitation.

From JAPAN- The North and South Korean leaders will hold a summit in April, and the North has committed to a nuclear free Korean peninsula. The 7th anniversary of the nuclear devastation at Fukushima is this weekend- 73,000 people are still unable to return home, and there has been little progress at cleaning up the reactors and the area. NHK polled residents about the current status and the fact that the public's memories of the disaster are fading. 11 companies have combined efforts to launch more filling stations for hydrogen fuel cell cars across Japan, Toyota and Honda are committed to the new technology.

"Everyday I become more convinced, there is no doubt in my mind, as many intellectuals have said, that it is necessary to transcend capitalism. But capitalism can not be transcended through capitalism itself; it must be done through socialism, true socialism, with equality and justice. I'm also convinced that it is possible to do it under democracy, but not in the type of democracy being imposed by Washington. "
--Hugo Chavez 2005