PROGRAM NOTES 06/04/21-
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This weeks show features stories from NHK JAPAN, RADIO DEUTSCHE-WELLE, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, and SPUTNIK RADIO.

From JAPAN- The TPP is welcoming Britain which is looking for trade partners since leaving the EU. Japanese Defense leaders met with the new head of the US Indo-Pacific Command as more pressure is put on China and North Korea.

From GERMANY- It was revealed that Denmark helped the US NSA to spy on Germany and other European leaders in 2013. Opposition parties in Israel agreed to form a coalition government, with Netanyahu being first replaced by right-wing leader Neftali Bennett. Then brief reports on global Covid and vaccine news.

From CUBA- A Viewpoint on Peru which is voting this weekend on a president between diametrically opposed candidates while facing a serious Covid crisis. In Colombia police and military forces are brutally oppressing citizens protesting President Duque.

From SPAIN- Alison Hughes reports on the Belarus action of forcing a passenger jet to land so they could capture a dissident activist- Europe is up in arms over the event, unlike 2013 when the US forced a Bolivian jet to land in Austria thinking that Edward Snowden was on board. Amy describes the Spanish PM's support for pardoning 12 Catalan leaders for organizing a referendum in 2017.

From RUSSIA- Afshin Rattansi spoke with journalist Vijay Prashad. They talk about the Wuhan lab/Covid conspiracy that is being recharged by the CIA and MI6, China's changing foreign policy and defiance, and the US chemical and biological weapons programs.

"Remember this: Even if you win the rat race, you're still a rat."
--Howard Zinn