PROGRAM NOTES 11/22/19-
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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 interviewed journalist Greg Palast. Afshin begins with a brief review of Pinochet in Chile. Then Palast discusses the political upheavals in Latin America, namely Chile, Bolivia, and Venezuela. He talks about the outside influence of the US and European countries to create uprisings in Latin America to gain access to resources. And how the media transforms the story from installing dictators into popular uprisings to restore democracy. He also points out that 6 of the current coup plotters were trained at the School of the Americas.
From SPAIN- Alison Hughes begins by reporting on the situation in Bolivia. Evo Morales points out the racist, anti-indigenous sentiment of the coup. Janine Anez, the self-appointed new president of Bolivia has not announced elections but has declared the importance of recognizing that the nation is Christian. When she chose her cabinet there were no indigenous members, unlike the majority of the population. The Israeli army carried out more bombing raids in Syria, near Damascus. US Secretary of State Pompeo announced that the US no longer views Israeli settlements on Palestinian land as illegal. Under international laws Israelis are not allowed to annex or build in areas seized during war. Since 1967 Israelis have developed 264 settlements in occupied Palestine, with 430,000 now living there.
From CUBA- The defacto government of Bolivia issued a decree exempting armed forces and police from criminal responsibility when repressing protestors. Evo Morales said the replacement government is preparing a state of siege in Bolivia. US vice-president Pence urged the Venezuelan military to carry out a coup against president Maduro. Pope Francis issued a warning against rising fascism worldwide, and criticized corporate and ecological crimes. French riot police used tear gas to disperse Yellow Vest protestors on their one year anniversary of their demonstrations.
"You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution."
--G. K. Chesterson