PROGRAM NOTES 09/08/17-
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This weeks show features stories from SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, SPUTNIK RADIO, NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, and RADIO HAVANA CUBA.
From SPAIN- Alison Hughes starts with Yemen, where the Cholera epidemic has spread to 600,000 people in just 6 months. The UN Human Rights Council has avoided investigating human rights violations in the war in Yemen, as Saudi Arabia maintains a seat on the council. Several stories on the hydrogen bomb test in North Korea and the reactions and threats at the UN and elsewhere. Leaders around the globe expressed deep concern and worry, with China and Russia emphasizing that dialogue and compromise were better choices than increased threats from the west.
From RUSSIA- On his program called Going Underground, Afshin Rattansi spoke with former Scottish MP Tommy Sheridan. Sheridan is an activist opposed to Britain's Trident nuclear arsenal on submarines docked in Scotland. They discuss the threat to Britain created by Trident, and the deceptions from the Ministry of Defense and Teresa May. He talks about the US and Britain making huge profits by arming the world and then creating wars elsewhere to deploy them. He accuses the British establishment of doing everything in their power to keep Jeremy Corbyn from becoming Prime Minister because of his opposition to the military industrial complex. He points out the attempts to crush socialism in Venezuela and Latin America, and the use of Scottish airports by the US in illegal kidnapping for torture known as rendition.
From JAPAN- Several reports on the direct reactions to the North Korean bomb test. South Korea launched live fire drills along the Korean coast, and announced the formation of a military unit to target the North Korean leadership. Trump told Japan and South Korea that they will be allowed to buy higher grade weaponry worth billions of dollars. Putin condemned the North Korean bomb test but reiterated his call for dialogue with North Korea. The German government plans to set up a fund to tackle air pollution, including promoting electric vehicles.
From CUBA- French President Macron held talks with Venezuelan opposition leaders looking for support for regime change. The 9th annual BRICS summit concluded in China. The rescinding of the DACA program for young immigrants in the US was met with protests across the nation.
"They used to make arms for wars. Now they make wars to sell arms."