PROGRAM NOTES 08/15/14- This weeks show features stories from SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, RADIO DEUTSCHE-WELLE, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, and THE VOICE OF RUSSIA.

From SPAIN- The head of the Catalon region of Spain has renewed his promise to hold a referendum on independence from Spain in November. The death toll in eastern Ukraine doubled in the past week with the government forces bombing buildings in Donetsk daily. A convoy of 280 Russian trucks carrying humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine has been held up and delayed while people in the region suffer a lack of food and water. The US bombing campaign in northern Iraq continues and the CIA has been secretly supplying Kurdish troops with weapons.

From GERMANY- Much of Europe is losing its patience with Israel following what the majority see as a disproportionate response to Hamas rockets- many see it as a war crime. A roundup of reactions in Britain, Germany, and Turkey.

From CUBA- FARC rebels and the Colombian government have resumed peace talks in Cuba, with reparations on the agenda. According to the government, Argentina is protecting national interests in its debt dispute with hedge fund creditors. Obama approved the deployment of an additional 130 military advisors to Iraq and said the bombings could go on for months.

From JAPAN- Two stories about attempts to decontaminate radioactive water from the Fukushima area before it enters the Pacific Ocean. The relationship between Japan and Russia has become quite strained- Japan went along with sanctions against Russia for alleged involvement with rebels in eastern Ukraine and now Russia is holding military exercises on islands claimed by Japan. Human Rights Watch accused the government in Egypt of crimes against humanity for its crackdown on protestors.

From RUSSIA- Thousands of Afghanistan civilians have been left without justice according to an Amnesty International report which revealed the number of civilian deaths and casualties at the hands of the American military. An interview with Olaf Blomqvist

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