PROGRAM NOTES 11/11/22-
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This weeks show features stories from FRANCE 24, RADIO DEUTSCHE-WELLE, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, and NHK JAPAN.
From FRANCE- The UN Conference on Climate Change, COP 27, was a major topic in the international press. There were several days with speeches by world leaders- notably discussed was the drought in East Africa, the rising sea levels affecting small island nations, and reparation for loss and damage for countries that pollute very little. The Middle East has seen temperatures rising twice as fast as the rest of the world. Then a press review from Ukraine on the climate impact of war and military operations.
From GERMANY- The World Meteorological Organization published its annual report showing that the past 8 years have been the warmest on record, driven by record levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
From CUBA- Venezuelan President Maduro has proposed to Colombia and Brazil a South American summit for the defense of the Amazon, to try to reverse the intense destruction of the past few years. At the COP 27 summit Maduro said that there needed to be a change in the consumerist model which has evolved climate change into the possible collapse of the entire ecosystem. African leaders pointed out that they are unable to afford the cost of adapting to the impact of the climate crisis. A group of small island nations has joined a call for a windfall tax on oil companies to compensate for induced natural disasters. Just Stop Oil protestors in England have been stopping traffic around London. The Iranian President addressed Joe Biden's comment on the need to free the country. The UN General Assembly again voted to end the US blockade of Cuba.
From JAPAN- New Covid cases are rising sharply in Japan. North Korea slammed South Korea for this week's joint military operation with the US, saying it is a preparation for invasion. Several Japanese corporations have begun trials at thermal power plants using ammonia which does not emit carbon dioxide.
"Look around. Oil companies guzzle down the billions in profits. Billionaires pay a lower tax rate than their secretaries, and Wall Street CEOs, the same ones the direct our economy and destroyed millions of jobs still strut around Congress, no shame, demanding favors, and acting like we should thank them. Does anyone here have a problem with that?"