PROGRAM NOTES 12/27/19-
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This weeks show features stories from NHK JAPAN, SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO, and RADIO HAVANA CUBA.

From JAPAN- The UN Secretary General Guterres said 2019 was a year of hope despite widespread crises, because of the mobilization of young people around climate change and other issues. Japanese PM Abe and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang held talks on North Korea, disputed islands, and a free trade agreement. A US made Hawk surveillance drone arrived at a S Korean military base, worrying N Korea. Russian FM Lavrov expressed concern over a US plan to deploy intermediate range missiles in Japan. Indian PM Modi has attempted to justify a new citizenship bill that blocks immigrants who are Muslim, which has led to nationwide protests.

From SPAIN- Alison Hughes begins with a report on the European Court of Justice ruling that imprisoned Catalan leader Oriol Junqueras had immunity when he was found guilty of sedition for involvement in a referendum to separate the region from Spain. Five unnamed people receive death sentences in Saudi Arabia for the murder of dissident journalist Khashoggi. Many murders have been taking place among prisoners in Honduran jails, mostly between rival drug gangs. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed concern. President Hernandez declared a state of emergency, but human rights group allege that the armed forces and police are responsible for the guns and other weapons being used in the murders. Hernandez became president after a coup in 2013- his brother was recently convicted in US courts of drug trafficking to the US and the president named as a co-conspirator. Trump and the US military are firm backers of the Honduran president. Former president Zelaya says that the US has nearly complete control of the country.

From CUBA- The French government again condemned the Helms-Burton Act which blocks investment in Cuba. Ousted Bolivian President Evo Morales in exile in Argentina will be met there by leaders his party- back in Bolivia the new leaders are persecuting members of Evo's Movement Toward Socialism. In Venezuela a military unit was attacked by mercenaries working for the opposition, who have a base in Peru and additional support from Brazil.

"We must reconstitute the natural world as the true terrain of politics. We must draw our standards from our natural world, heedless of ridicule, and reaffirm its denied validity. We must honor with the humility of the wise the bounds of that natural world and the mystery which lies beyond them, admitting that there is something in the order of being which evidently exceeds all our competence."
--Vaclav Havel