PROGRAM NOTES 07/15/22-
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This weeks show features stories from FRANCE 24, GEORGE GALLOWAY, NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, and RADIO HAVANA CUBA.

From FRANCE- The heatwave and fires continue to spread in Europe, 40 degrees Celsius is 104 Fahrenheit. Then a brief review of world response to the resignation of Boris Johnson as PM of the UK.

From GEORGE GALLOWAY- George Galloways Mother of all Talk Shows. This is an excerpt of a conversation George had with Scottish political writer James Melville about who will replace Boris Johnson as the UK PM.

From JAPAN- 4 former executives of TEPCO, the company that manages the Fukushima nuclear power plants, were ordered by a court to pay $97 billion in damages to the utility. Authorities in Tokyo have raised the Covid alert to the highest level as the infection is doubling each week. South Korea finished four days of joint drills with US forces. Shinzo Abe, former Prime Minister of Japan, was assassinated while campaigning for another candidate- Japanese police revealed that the assassin was angry at Abe because his mother had donated all her wealth to the Unification Church, known in the US as moonies.

From CUBA- First a Viewpoint on the assassination of former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, pointing out how rare gun violence in Japan is, and how Abe moved Japan to develop a serious military force, reinterpreting Article 9 of the constitution to end pacifism. The Cuban President Diaz-Canel reacted to US and EU statements praising the protest and riot in Cuba a year ago, which Cuba alleges was directed by people in the US. Then an American opinion piece comparing Joe Biden's criticisms of Cuba with equivalent social realities in the US. Venezuela is negotiating cooperation and trade with the EU. Environmental and indigenous groups are concerned by new proposed oil and gas development in northern Alaska. Trump is visiting Alaska to help Sarah Palin campaign for Congress.

"I am I plus my surroundings and if I do not preserve the latter, I do not preserve myself."
--Jose Ortega Y Gasset, philosopher and essayist (1883-1955)