PROGRAM NOTES 11/23/18-
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This weeks show features stories from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, and SPUTNIK RADIO.
From JAPAN- US Sec of State Pompeo warned South Korea about moving forward with ties and reconciliation. The US military flew a pair of B-52 bombers over the South China Sea to keep Chinese military buildup in check. Save The Children reported that 84,000 children in Yemen have died from malnutrition in the 3 years of war between Yemeni rebels and the Saudi-US-British coalition.
From CUBA- In Argentina at the CLACSO world forum on critical thinking, Dilma Rousseff discussed the Latin American swing to right and the jailing of Lula da Silva. The new Brazilian Foreign Minister believes that climate change is a ploy by cultural Marxists to promote Chinese growth. Thousands of climate activists in Britain under the banner Extinction Rebellion took over streets and bridges- they are demanding zero net carbon emissions by 2025. Ecuador may be preparing to extradite Julian Assange to the US. Several Palestinian and international journalists have been injured by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank while protesting IDF attacks on the press.
From SPAIN- Alison Hughes reports on calls in Europe for the creation of an independent EU army- both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Macron identified the US, China, and Russia as potential threats to Europe. This comes after NATO held its biggest military exercises since the end of the Cold War. 50,000 NATO troops amassed in Norway along with tanks, weapons, and a US nuclear aircraft carrier.
From RUSSIA- Alison Hughes reports on the US changing its stated mission in the war in Syria, and will not pull out by the end of the year- US troops will remain until all Iranian support is withdrawn. The Spanish government has presented a draft law on climate change and energy transition, with the goal of achieving standards agreed upon in the Paris Accords. The Israeli Defense Minister Lieberman resigned over the cabinets decision to accept an Egyptian mediated ceasefire with Palestine.
"A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity."