PROGRAM NOTES 06/17/22-
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This weeks show features stories from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, GEORGE GALLOWAY, RADIO DEUTSCHE-WELLE, RADIO HAVANA CUBA.

From JAPAN- Tokyo will begin issuing partnership certificates to same sex couples in November. North Korea criticized the strengthening of security ties between South Korea and the US, saying it was a prelude to WW3. In India remarks by 2 ruling party officials led to violent Moslem protests, which resulted in arrests, deaths, and the destruction of homes. The Chinese President has shown support for Putin despite warnings from western leaders. Ukraine says it only has ten percent of the weapons they need to defeat Russia.

From GALLOWAY- The former member of Parliament spoke with Joe Lauria, editor of Consortium News. They discuss the shifting and unreliable reporting from Ukraine, the goal of US sanctions against Russia being the removal of Putin as leader, the creation of a financial system dividing the world into two sides, and the economic penalty citizens in the US and Europe are experiencing. They say that the west is only about 15% of the global population, but that we think of ourselves as leaders of the world- a belief arising from centuries of dominating and colonizing Asia and the global south.

From GERMANY- The UN Refugee Agency reported that 100 million people are currently forcibly displaced, double that of 10 years ago. The British government plan to force illegal immigrants to Rwanda was stopped at the last minute by the European Court of Human Rights.

From CUBA- Following the arrest of their leader, indigenous people in Ecuador are calling for an uprising against the violation of human rights in the country. There are conflicting reports from Brazil about the missing British journalist Dom Phillips and the indigenous expert. Iran suspects Israel poisoned two of their scientists. The UN Human Rights Chief has called on Israel to open an investigation into the murder of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.

"We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn."
--Mary Catherine Bateson