PROGRAM NOTES 12/11/20-
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This weeks show features stories from NHK JAPAN, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, SPUTNIK RADIO, and RADIO DEUTSCHE-WELLE.

From JAPAN- In Thailand as anti-government protests continue, police may charge the leaders with the crime of insulting the monarchy. Tokyo will ban the sale of gasoline autos by 2030. Japans greenhouse gas emissions were down slightly before the pandemic, but the environment minister says the goal of carbon neutrality by 2050 will require many more changes. The UN Environment program is telling nations to embrace green policies as the new norm since current reductions will not reach the Paris agreement goals. Japan is implementing tax reforms to get businesses to be more environmentally friendly. Farmers in India are having a nationwide protest over new agricultural marketing reforms.

From CUBA- In Peru farm workers used protests to force their government to repeal a new agricultural export law. A new study from Brown University in Britain shows that the number of civilians killed in Afghanistan by US led airstrikes increased 330% between 2016 and 2019. The UN human Rights Commission has called for an investigation of lethal force used by Israeli forces against Palestinian children. A Viewpoint on the Venezuelan legislative election which supported President Maduro's party, only to be called a sham by the US and other colonialists. A second Iranian fleet of tankers is en route to Venezuela, despite US sanctions.

From RUSSIA- Afshin Rattansi spoke with Jorge Arreya,the FM of Venezuela, in May about the first Iranian delivery and the Monroe Doctrine.

From GERMANY- A series of news briefs on a mystery illness in India, plastic bottles, Australian fires, and Lebanese hail. Then global Covid reports, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke with passion about tougher restrictions to limit the rapid spread of Covid and the anti-science protests against lockdowns.

"I am I plus my surroundings and if I do not preserve the latter, I do not preserve myself."
--Jose Ortega Y Gasset, philosopher and essayist (1883-1955)