PROGRAM NOTES 07/26/19-
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This weeks show features stories from RADIO DEUTSCHE-WELLE, SPUTNIK RADIO, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, and NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN
From GERMANY- The day before he quit being the British Foreign Minister, Jeremy Hunt called on European allies to create a naval force in the straits of Hormuz to protect oil tankers without the involvement of the US- Iran and British troops continue to hold each others oil tankers.Israel soldiers drew rare criticism from Germany, France, and Spain for destroying legal Palestinian homes in east Jerusalem. Europe is experiencing a second wave of extreme heat this summer, breaking the highest temperatures ever recorded in France, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium. 16 year old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg was invited to speak at the French National Assembly by a large coalition of French MPs. The school strikes that Greta instituted have slowly managed to awaken many in Europe to heed the warnings of scientists that we are seeing a climate crisis that requires immediate action.
From RUSSIA- On his program called Going Underground Afshin Rattansi interviewed Dr Rupert Read, former classmate of Boris Johnson, the new British Prime Minister. Dr Read is a spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion which led mass nonviolent protests in 5 cities around London this past April to protest climate breakdown, biodiversity loss, and social and ecological collapse. Over a thousand people were arrested and face incarceration. The movement has grown and spread globally. Dr Read points out that 63% of the British population now believes there is a climate emergency, the Parliament declared an emergency, and the BBC finally ceased having climate change deniers being given time on the airwaves.
From CUBA- Venezuela had a fourth massive power outage which they believe was again caused by cyber sabotage. US Secretary of State Pompeo is on a tour of Latin American countries to gain support for US policies against Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.
From JAPAN- South Korean warplanes fired more than 360 warning shots at a Russian military aircraft that they believed was in their airspace. Boris Johnson was elected by the British Tories to replace Theresa May as Prime Minister, and he vows to leave the European Union.
"It is not enough to understand the natural world. The point is to defend and preserve it."