PROGRAM NOTES 12/08/17-
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This weeks show features stories from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, and SPUTNIK RADIO

From JAPAN- US and South Korean forces have begun another joint military exercise in a show of force against North Korea, who in turn criticized the escalation as reckless, calling it a "prelude to nuclear war." The Japanese Defense Ministry is set to request funds to study equipping their fighter jets with long-range missiles.

From SPAIN- Alison Hughes begins with an update on the Catalan politicians who were arrested or fled the country after the separatist referendum. The US Pentagon has shelved a plan to ban older cluster bombs by the end of 2018. Patrick Cockburn questions whether precise munitions are precise. In Honduras the controversy over the recent general elections continues, with several facts about the incumbent absent from the general media.

From CUBA- A Viewpoint on Venezuelan President Maduro's plan to create a national virtual currency, the Petro, to prevent damage to the country from new US sanctions regarding the use of American dollars. The announcement of plans to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem was met with massive backlash from leaders around the world and, undoubtedly, more violence in the Middle East.

From RUSSIA- On his show called Going Underground, Afshin Rattansi talked with BBC documentarian and filmmaker John Pilger. Pilger criticizes the British media as the finest propaganda on the planet and for their attacks on RT.

"New sources today depend not only on our ignorance of history but on our capacity to forget what they themselves told us just one month ago."
--Alison Hughes