PROGRAM NOTES 11/08/19-
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This weeks show features stories from RADIO DEUTSCHE-WELLE, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, and NHK JAPAN.
From GERMANY- The Chinese and French presidents signed an agreement reaffirming their commitment to the Paris climate accord, calling it irreversible- this on the day that Trump began formally withdrawing the US from the agreement. 11,000 scientists from around the world signed a document calling for immediate action on what they termed a climate emergency. They called for urgent research and change in 6 areas. VW has begun large-scale production of fully electric automobiles and the German government is racing to cover the country with charging stations. The Israeli supreme court upheld an order to expel the Israeli director of Human Rights Watch, for criticizing the occupation of Palestinian territory. Citizens continue to take to the streets in Chile to demand better social services, student debt, and an end to income inequality- at least 20 have been killed by police and thousands have been injured and arrested.
From CUBA- Cuban President Diaz-Canel gave closing remarks at the anti-imperialism summit in Havana, attended by representatives of 95 countries. Bolivian President Evo Morales says that allegations of electoral fraud are a pretext for the US backed opposition executing a coup d'etat. Mexican President Obrador rejected Trump's offer of help in waging a war on the drug cartels. UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accused Trump of interfering in the upcoming snap election, by going on the radio with Nigel Farage to support Boris Johnson as Prime Minister.
From JAPAN- On the 40th anniversary of the student occupation of the US embassy in Tehran, the Iranian Vice-President says the US should end its hostile policy against her country. The UN has recommended a book of historical fiction based on the experience of a survivor of the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima to try to spread awareness among youth of the tragedy of nuclear weapons- the book is titled "The Last Cherry Blossom."
"Equal pay for equal work is hardly a controversial idea, so why are we discriminating against young people? You don't get a discount at the shops for being under 18. But if the person serving you on the other side of the counter is young, they could be on half the wage of their colleagues. It's time to end this discrimination. Young people's work should be properly valued, not exploited by employers to cut their wage bill. If they're doing the job, pay them the wage - the real living wage."