PROGRAM NOTES 12/15/17-
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This weeks show features stories from RADIO DEUTSCHE-WELLE, NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, and SPUTNIK RADIO

From GERMANY- France held a One Planet Summit to develop ways to finance clean energy projects- the message of the summit was that fossil fuels are history, and that public and private moneys are needed to accomplish the goals of the Paris Agreement. Israeli PM Netanyahu went to Brussels saying that EU members would accept Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel- he was thoroughly rejected by EU foreign ministers. Israeli flags were burned in Germany which has strict laws against anti-semitism.

From JAPAN- At an emergency meeting in Turkey, 50 muslim nation leaders condemned Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and asked the UN to annul any such declarations. Greenhouse gas emissions in Japan decreased for the third straight year, primarily as a result of more renewable energy on line. At the start of the week, South Korea, the US, and Japan began another naval military exercise to step up pressure against North Korea.

From CUBA- In Honduras protests against election irregularities continue, and the military police continue to arrest, injure, and kill those in the streets. 50,000 people filled the streets in Brussels to show support of former Catalan President Puigdemont and the regional independence from Spain. The New York Times reported that Donald Trump spends 8 hours a day watching television, primarily cable news channels.

From RUSSIA- On his show called Going Underground, Afshin Rattansi talked with journalist Vanessa Beeley about the UK government financing of terrorism. A well regarded BBC news program called Panorama recently aired an episode called "Jihadis You Pay For," exposing what Vanessa and alternative media have been reporting that western governments support terror groups in Syria and beyond.

"I know what America is. America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction. They won't get in our way. They asked me before the election if I'd honor the Oslo accords. I said I would, but I'm going to interpret the accords in such a way that would allow me to put an end to this galloping forward to the '67 borders."
--Benjamin Netanyahu, speech at the Knesset, 2010