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This weeks show features stories from RADIO DEUTSCHE-WELLE, SPUTNIK RADIO, NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN, and RADIO HAVANA CUBA.

From GERMANY- Saudi Arabia intercepted a rocket fired from Yemen, which the US is using to escalate its anti-Iranian rhetoric. Donald Trump laid out his foreign policy strategy this week, focusing on threats from Iran and North Korea- Russia and China were quite critical of his plan. Then as I put this show together, the UN vote on Trump's declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel is being taken- prior to the vote Israeli PM Netanyahu slammed the UN as the house of lies.

From RUSSIA- On his program Going Underground, Afshin Rattansi interviewed the Palestinian ambassador to the UK, Manuel Hassassian. They discuss the levels of violence since Trump's Jerusalem announcement, and whether the Israeli claims to the city are justified. Manuel says that the problem is falsely posed as religious when it is a question of colonialism and occupation. He says that the US has shifted from being a broker of peace to taking the side of the occupier, and a kiss of death to the two-state solution.

From JAPAN- Clashes between Palestinian protestors and Israeli troops in Bethlehem left 100 injured on Wednesday alone, with another 99 in the West Bank and Gaza. Before the UN vote on the US declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, Trump said he will cut aid to any country voting in favor of the resolution- the vote went overwhelmingly in favor of the resolution, though 35 nations abstained. Russian officials criticized Japanese plans to build 2 new missile bases, saying it violates a 1987 treaty between the US and Russia. Voters in Catalonia are at the polls as I produce this show.

From CUBA- In the Dominican republic, representatives of the Venezuelan government leaders met with opposition leaders to promote peace. The Chilean Supreme Court jailed 3 of Pincochet's military agents for murdering political prisoners in 1973. Then a Viewpoint on what is behind escalating clashes between demonstrators and government forces in Argentina.

"Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them."
--Assata Shakur