PROGRAM NOTES 08/16/19-
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This weeks show features stories from RADIO DEUTSCHE-WELLE, NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO.
From GERMANY- Greta Thunberg is on her way to the UN Climate Summit in New York on a racing yacht powered by sails and solar energy. An analysis of increased climate awareness in Germany and measures being taken by the government. In Brazil under Bolsonaro deforestation has greatly increased and indigenous women from the region have travelled to Brasilia to protest. In northern Russia there was an explosion and spike in radiation levels- what exactly happened is unclear.
From JAPAN- The Hong Kong demonstrations have been removed from the airport but continue in the streets. The US military is talking with allies in Asia about new deployments of intermediate range missiles in the region.
From CUBA- Venezuela is gathering signatures to demand an end the US blockade under the hashtag no more Trump rallies. In occupied east Jerusalem Israeli troops launched an attack inside the al-Aqsa mosque at the start of Muslim holy days.
From SPAIN- Alison Hughes reports on presidential election results in Argentina and Guatemala, which both saw surprising outcomes. In Honduras large protests against the president have continued, and the violence has engulfed the country since a US backed coup ten years ago. The adverse affects of climate change are hitting hard on agriculture in central America leaving millions in need of food aid.
"As I have said before, the ever more sophisticated weapons piling up in the arsenals of the wealthiest and the mightiest can kill the illiterate, the ill, the poor and the hungry but they cannot kill ignorance, illnesses, poverty or hunger."
-Fidel Castro 2002