PROGRAM NOTES 03/16/18-
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This weeks show features stories from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, and SPUTNIK RADIO.

From JAPAN- This past Monday North Korea criticized the US for making people think that sanctions are the reason for upcoming talks between the nations. The Chinese President welcomed news of the upcoming inter-Korean summit, and possible talks between the north and the US. Japanese PM Abe is also pleased with the upcoming inter-Korean talks about denuclearization. Rex Tillerson was set to talk with the South Korean FM this week before Tillerson was fired. Israeli media are celebrating the appointment of CIA Director Pompeo to replace Tillerson as Secretary of State. The UN security council held an emergency meeting on the suspected poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain- as I am putting this show together many allegations and denials are flying.

From CUBA- Cuba held elections for deputies last weekend with an 80% turnout and results showing support for continuing in the path of Fidel Castro. The opening of the World Social Forum in Brazil was opened with demonstrations calling for resistance to neo-liberal free market policies, coups, and genocide. Syrian President Assad accused the US of aiming to fragment the Middle East by supporting terrorist groups. Then a Viewpoint on the implications of the firing of US Secretary of State Tillerson.

From RUSSIA- Jeremy Corbyn, favored to replace Teresa May as the UK Prime Minister, condemned in Parliament the visit by the Saudi Prince- Corbyn accused May of ignoring Saudi human rights violations, war crimes, and said that selling them more high-tech weapons was immoral. Afshin Rattansi interviewed Norman Solomon about Trump's policies being guided by military leaders. They talk about the state of US media which creates consent to use military forces against Syria and the demonization of Iran. Solomon describes the pressure of conformity as the force keeping American journalists from questioning what he calls propaganda.

"Circus dogs jump when the trainer cracks his whip, but the really well-trained dog is the one that turns his somersault when there is no whip."
--George Orwell