PROGRAM NOTES 03/23/18-
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This weeks show features stories from SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, and SPUTNIK RADIO.

From SPAIN- A Spanish migrant rescue boat has been impounded by Italian authorities after rescuing more than 200 migrants off the coast of Libya- an Italian judge suspects the boat was colluding with traffickers. Hundreds of thousands of Spanish pensioners have been in the streets protesting the government's failure to give cost of living allowances.

From CUBA- Venezuelan President Maduro reacted to the Trump decision to prohibit transactions using any Venezuelan crypto-currency. Former Brazilian President Lula da Silva is speaking out against the assassination of Rio city council member and human rights activist Marielle Franco, saying it was premeditated to send a message to activists.

From JAPAN- A new large scale solar power plant has gone into operation on a lake near Tokyo. South Korean military will begin joint exercises with US forces on April 1, after being postponed for the winter Olympics. The South Korea Unification Ministry will send a group of 160 performers to the capitol of the north. The South Korean President Moon Jae-in has suggested a three way summit with the US and North Korea. North Korean media says that momentum toward change is emerging with the US. The British government accused the Russian government of being responsible for an attack with a nerve agent on a former Russian spy.

From RUSSIA- First, George Galloway and Gayatri parody the British accusations of Russian government involvement in the use of Novichok against the Russian spy in England. Then renowned journalist John Pilger explains the incident as a carefully constructed drama, part of a growing anti-Russian propaganda effort by NATO, the UK, and the US.

"Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts." -Daniel Patrick Moynihan"
--Daniel Patrick Moynihan