PROGRAM NOTES 10/09/20-
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This weeks show features stories from SPUTNIK RADIO, SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, and RADIO HAVANA CUBA.
From RUSSIA- On his program called Going Underground, Afshin Rattansi spoke with journalist and filmmaker John Pilger. John has been attending the extradition trial of Julian Assange at the Old Bailey in London. John talks about the crime of telling the truth which is what Wikileaks was doing on a vast range of topics, from war crimes to politicians lying and manipulating facts. Julian has been locked in a maximum security prison while the US argues for his extradition on a 1917 Espionage Act. The British court has limited defense testimony, while barring many media and human rights groups from attending. The mainstream media has for the most part ignored the case. Pilger says that if Julian is extradited it will not be the end of the matter, but a beginning of international attacks on foreign journalists. Pilger asks what would happen if China or Russia attempted to extradite foreign journalists because they exposed the truth of their violations of international law.
From SPAIN- Alison Hughes begins with Germany investigating the increase in far-right radicalism among their security forces, and the FBI report on the danger of domestic terrorism. Fighting in Syria continues on a low level in various fronts, with Turkey, Russia, and the US military helping to keep the conflicts going. In Britain a London court annulled an earlier decision to give Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guiado access to his country's gold deposit in the Bank of England. In Costa Rica people are demanding that their president reject a loan deal with the IMF. After repeated delays, Bolivia will have general elections on October 18- this follows a coup that drove President Evo Morales to leave the country.
From CUBA- At the UN The Foreign Minister of Iran called on the international community to compel Israel to accede to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and exterminate its nuclear weapons. Pope Francis issued an encyclical with a vision for a post-pandemic world, questioning neoliberalism, trickle down economics, inequality and racism.
"I hope this is increasingly apparent now after Snowden's revelations, that we are facing a new Western religion. And that new Western religion is the national security state. It's hurtling towards a dystopia. It is dragging many of us along with it - not combatants but all of those who use the internet - are sucked up into this system."