PROGRAM NOTES 08/09/19-
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This weeks show features stories from SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, RADIO DEUTSCHE-WELLE, and SPUTNIK RADIO.

From SPAIN- Alison Hughes begins with a report on a Spanish MEP who compared the racist immigration policies of the EU with that of the Donald Trump administration. Summer high temperatures periods in Spain have grown by 5 weeks since the 1980s, and the rate of deforestation in the Brazil rainforest skyrocketed last month. India has imposed direct rule in muslim majority Kashmir by detaining regional leaders, shutting down internet and phone service, and deploying 25,000 additional Indian soldiers to the region. The US has imposed sweeping new sanctions on the Venezuelan government which called on the UN to condemn the new round of economic terrorism.

From CUBA- Brazilian president Bolsonaro is pushing legislation that would protect police who shoot to kill suspects without being taken to court. Japan and 5 other countries have warned their citizens traveling to the US to be aware of the potential for gunfire incidents. Trump has been criticized for claiming that he was the least racist person anywhere in the world while denying encouraging the white supremacist movement.

From GERMANY- Trump was given a hostile reception when he visited Dayton and El Paso following the mass shootings there. Citizens and politicians demanded that he be held accountable for pattern of racism that has defined his administration.

From RUSSIA- Alison Hughes has returned with a Spanish press review covering attempts to form a coalition government in Spain, the fate of the Catalonian leaders, and the political strength of women in parliament. Omar Shakir, the director of Human Rights Watch for Israel and Palestine, is awaiting an Israeli supreme court decision on his deportation.

"The aim of Wikileaks is to achieve just reform around the world and do it through the mechanism of transparency. We in the West have deluded ourselves into believing that we actually have a truly free press. We don't. And we can see that in the difference between what Wikileaks does and what the rest of the press does."
-Julian Assange