PROGRAM NOTES 08/26/22-
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This weeks show features stories from FRANCE 24, RADIO DEUTSCHE-WELLE, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, NHK JAPAN, and GEORGE GALLOWAY.

From FRANCE- Germany has begun running the first hydrogen powered train line with many more on the way. The French transportation minister is calling for regulation of private jets which emit 10 times more CO2 per passenger mile than commercial flights.

From GERMANY- It has been World Water Week at a time of droughts and heat waves. A researcher from the Stockholm Resilience Center discusses the need to maintain the global fresh water cycle, which is losing its resilience from deforestation and climate change. The last few weeks have seen record heat waves in China and Europe, and could be a preview of the future.

From CUBA- Brazilian Presidential candidate Lula da Silva promised to contain the deforestation of the Amazon basin by stopping illegal mining. Lula criticized politicians who use religious faith as a political platform, and that the state must remain secular. A Brazilian Supreme Court judge ordered the arrest of 8 businessmen who are promoting a coup d'etat if Lula wins the election in October.

From JAPAN- Large parts of China are engulfed by a record heat wave shutting many industries down. A daily record number of migrants tried to enter the UK by the English Channel. An update on the Iran nuclear deal. Russians are accusing Ukrainian intelligence of assassinating the daughter of a close ally of Putin.

From GEORGE GALLOWAY- George spoke with Garland Nixon, an American political analyst and radio talk show host on Pacifica radio station WPFW in Washington DC. They discuss Ukraine and how the rising tensions in the Indo-Pacific region affect it, and why many Europeans feel they are being sacrificed by the American empire. Garland says the European leaders have become puppets for the US.

"Americans think of themselves first, second, third, fourth, fifth - and if there's any time left over they think about Americans."
--Lula da Silva