PROGRAM NOTES 10/19/18-
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This weeks show features stories from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, and RADIO DEUTSCHE-WELLE.

From JAPAN- The governor of Okinawa denounced the central government for pushing through the location of a new US military base. A Tokyo criminal court is questioning three former TEPCO executives concerning negligence before and during the nuclear accident at Fukushima in 2011. Japanese Prime Minister Abe has reiterated his commitment to amending the constitution to incorporate military forces. A group of Buddhist priests are funding their temple by selling electricity from solar and biomass power sources. The South Korean President Moon Jae-in says it is time for the international community to reward North Korea for its steps toward denuclearization. The UN sanctions committee is keeping a close eye on the two Koreas plans to fix transport links that cross the line that divides them. 8 major Iranian newspapers published an English language editorial criticizing the US for imposing economic sanctions that harm ordinary citizens

From CUBA- Cuba rejects what it considers misinformation and slander orchestrated by the US government at the UN. Spanish President Pedro Sanchez will make an official visit to Cuba in November. A group of nearly 3000 Hondurans heading for the US crossed into Guatemala despite being held by officials at the border- 10% of the Honduran population currently resides in the US. Brazilian Presidential candidate Haddad said that while the US is witnessing neo-nazism, Brazil is facing neo-fascism. Canada will allocate $50 million in aid to the UN relief agency for Palestinian refugees.

From GERMANY- The EU is subsidizing the development of storage batteries, Canada legalized recreational marijuana, and Israel bombed Gaza 20 times and closed the border after a rocket hit a house in southern Israel. A year ago the so-called Islamic State was driven out of Raqa, Syria with thousands being killed by bombs from US planes- a writer with Amnesty International talks about investigations into why so many civilians were killed, and that the US should be supporting rebuilding the damage. In Yemen, the UN says that the number of people on the verge of famine could soon be 12 million, 40% of the population- a UN Humanitarian coordinator in Yemen compares the famine to what happened in Ethiopia.

"The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum - even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there's free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate."
--Noam Chomsky