PROGRAM NOTES 11/02/18-
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This weeks show features stories from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, SPUTNIK RADIO, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, and SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO.
From JAPAN- The South Korean Supreme Court passed a ruling that citizens who were forced into labor by Japanese companies during WW2 must be compensated- this ruling may apply to 140,000 Koreans, and it is creating tension between the two governments. Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov expressed hope that discussions could begin with the US for a new medium range nuclear weapons treaty.
From RUSSIA- On his program called Going Underground Afshin Rattansi interviewed Prof James Cavallaro on the impact of the new Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro. He believes that the new regime will bring the return of torture and death squads, and a turn around in human rights in Latin America. He hopes that western governments will use their leverage to limit civil abuses, but the US and UK have historically supported dictators in Latin America, driven by business and financial interests of multinational corporations.
From CUBA- Fernando Haddad, the man who replaced jailed candidate Lula da Silva and lost the Brazilian election, said that he will work for the unification of the Brazilian people, and maintaining a democracy. The Colombian government has rejected reports that they will conspire with Bolsonaro to militarily take over Venezuela. The Honduran caravan, or exodus, is slowly moving toward the US border where the US military has been sent. Three Palestinian teenagers in Gaza were killed by an Israeli drone strike, and the PLO will suspend recognition of and cooperation with Israel. The Syrian ambassador to the UN says the US coalition has once again used internationally banned white phosphorous against a city in eastern Syria.
From SPAIN- German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced she will not run for reelection, following regional elections where her party lost to nationalists and Greens. Then Alison Hughes reports on the war in Yemen which has caused what the UN calls the worst humanitarian disaster in the past 100 years. Patrick Cockburn cites research that says 56,000 Yemeni have already died in the fighting, not counting starvation and cholera. The US announced a call for a ceasefire within 30 days, that is after the US supported Saudi assault on Hudaydah is completed and a semi-autonomous region is created in the sovereign country.
"Critical thinking is compatible with patriotism. Amnesia is not a requirement for patriotism. We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think, the soul of America dies with it."
--Edward R Murrow