PROGRAM NOTES 03/30/18-
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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 Talks on creating a world free of nuclear weapons have been taking place in Tokyo. In Geneva, a senior North Korean official called on the US to halt sanctions and pressure against the country. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visited Chinese President Xi Jinping and told him he wanted to denuclearize the Korean peninsula. The Koreas announced the dates for an historic summit at a meeting between unification and reunification ministers.
From SPAIN- Alison Hughes reports on the arrest in Germany of exiled former Catalan President Puigdemont, who may face extradition to Spain on charges of sedition and rebellion after last year's independence vote. 12 other separatist leaders were arrested and may face up to 30 years in prison, while the UN rights committee is considering entering the case. Meanwhile tens of thousands of demonstrators took the the streets of Barcelona and other regional cities, closing freeways and clashing with riot police.
From CUBA- The just signed US budget includes $20 million for subversive actions in Cuba. Palestine has urged the EU to take an active role and sponsor a peace process with Israel. In Brazil, a bus caravan with presidential candidate Lula Da Silva was shot at and the police are not offering him protection.
From RUSSIA- Afshin Rattansi interviewed Matthew Hoh, former Pentagon official and Iraq Policy consultant for the US State Dept. Matthew blames the career mindedness of leaders at the Pentagon and CIA for making the war in Afghanistan perpetual, with the goal of maintaining the empire. He also discusses the ever increasing opium/heroin production in the country which is a key factor in the US and European opioid crisis.
"You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong no matter who does it or who says it."