PROGRAM NOTES 07/03/15- This weeks show features stories from RADIO DEUTSCHE-WELLE, RADIO HAVANA CUBA, SPUTNIK RADIO, CHINA RADIO INTERNATIONAL, and NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN.
From GERMANY- The solar powered airplane, Solar Impulse 2, is making a second attempt to fly from Japan to Hawaii. Wikileaks released new records of US spying on numerous German ministers. Greece missed the deadline for a debt repayment and will have a popular referendum on Sunday to decide what to do. A flotilla of aid and supporters headed for Gaza has been intercepted by the Israeli Navy in international waters. The death toll of the war in Yemen continues to rise, including many civilians. Human Rights Watch has reported that some Saudi led airstrikes in Yemen constitute war crimes.
From CUBA- Cuba and the US will restore diplomatic relations and open embassies in each others countries. Cuba demands that the US leave Guantanamo Bay and lift the economic blockade that has gone on for over 50 years. In Mexico City there was a vigil for the 43 disappeared students. Ecuadorian President Correa has called for creation of an international environmental court. Pope Francis says he wants to chew some coca leaves on his visit to Bolivia. More details on the Gaza flotilla. There was another deadly US drone assassination in Afghanistan.
From RUSSIA- First a comparison of the slaughter of vacationers in Tunisia with the civilian deaths in drone attacks in Yemen and Afghanistan. Then an interview with an economic adviser in the Greek government following their failure to pay their debt to creditors. He points out that 92% of the bailout money in past years has never reached Greece, going instead to the IMF and other creditors.
From CHINA- The BRICS summit is coming up next week, and their new development bank will be operational in 30 days. Police in China arrested 8500 people for environmental crimes in 2014.
From JAPAN- Workers at the Fukushima nuclear power plant have removed the highly radioactive water from one of the reactors. 50 countries signed a deal on the China proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. China, the largest contributor to CO2 in the atmosphere, announced plans to increase solar and wind generation to reduce coal burning. The US Defense Department released a new national military strategy, the first since 2011.
"There was a huge lack of freedom in communist regimes, but at least they had humanity at the center of their thinking."