PROGRAM NOTES 12/07/12- This weeks show features stories from CHINA RADIO INTERNATIONAL, SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, RADIO DEUTSCHE-WELLE, NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, AND THE VOICE OF RUSSIA.

From CHINA- China and Russia have signed large agreements on energy. Singapore has been ranked the fifth least corrupt country in the world by Transparency International. The US Senate approved an amendment which supports Japan's claim to disputed islands in the East China Sea. Charity food banks are opening at an unprecedented rate in Britain.

From SPAIN- Unemployment has hit record highs in the EU as the economies slump into recession. Following Palestinian recognition at the UN Israel announced an expansion of 3000 new settler homes in East Jerusalem.

From GERMANY- Palestinian President Abbas received a heroes welcome at home while Israel announced withholding taxes and tariffs due to Palestine. Greece has announced plans to buy back about half of its debt.

From JAPAN- The international community is urging N Korea to not test a rocket launch. Radioactive decontamination following the Fukushima disaster has only been completed in 18% of homes in the region. Industrialized nations and emerging economies are clashing at the UN Climate Change Conference. Japan is being pressed to stick to its emissions target and received another "Fossil of the day" award. European countries are harshly criticizing Israel for its expansion plans.

From CUBA- Palestinian President Abbas is returning to the UN to seek a resolution against Israeli expansion. Iranian television has shown images of a US drone that was shot down in Iranian air space. The Pentagon has confirmed it plans to expand spying worldwide.

From RUSSIA- The US led "war on terror" is simultaneously shrinking and swelling.

"Most truths are so naked that people feel sorry for them and cover them up, at least a little bit."
--Edward R Murrow