PROGRAM NOTES 11/30/12- This weeks show features stories from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, RADIO DEUTSCHE-WELLE, SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, AND THE VOICE OF RUSSIA.

From JAPAN- The Prime Minister Noda says that the primary issue in elections in December will be whether or not to fully phase out nuclear power in Japan. In the elections in Catalonia, Spain, parties supporting an independence referendum won 87 out of 135 seats- I was not able to hear about this on SNR, so here it is from Japan. The UN Conference on Climate Change is quite divided on whether or not to extend the Kyoto Protocol. At the Climate Change Conference the US, Japan, and Canada were given the Fossil of the Day Award for their lack of cooperation in dealing with climate change.

From GERMANY- Qatar, which owns al-Jazeera broadcasting, is hosting the Climate Change conference, despite having the largest per capita greenhouse gas emissions on this planet. Germany announced early that it would not support Palestinian observer status at the UN- if the status is granted then Palestine could sue Israel for war crimes. The remains of Yasser Arafat were exhumed to test for polonium poisoning. The UK is so frustrated with the EU financial debacle that many in Britain are calling pulling out of the EU.

From SPAIN- EU leaders failed to reach agreement on a seven year budget for the bloc of 27 nations. Spanish healthcare workers are continuing protests and strikes against the privatization of hospitals.

From CUBA- Venezuelan President Chavez is back in Cuba to continue his treatments for cancer. The US is resisting calls for deeper emissions cuts at the Climate Change Conference. The Arab league accused the US of sabotaging the cancelled conference on nuclear disarmament to avoid criticism of Israel's growing nuclear arsenal.

From RUSSIA- Private First Class Bradley Manning, accused of being behind the Wikileaks document releases, is expected to testify this week.

"An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it."
--Mahatma Gandhi