Listen (John Batchelor): Coup in Egypt; Abe triumphs in Japan; Cuba deal coming?

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9pm hour, part 1, Francis Rose guest hosting The John Batchelor Show

A light rain fell in Washington DC today; the rain in Cairo is a rain of bullets, and perhaps a coming reign of terror.  Violence continues as the Egyptian army fires on supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted President Mohammed Morsi.  Michele Dunne, vice president and director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council, explains who the players are in the middle of the chaos; who’s really in charge; and the prospects for calm and a return to democracy in Egypt.

ALSO:  Election season ends in Japan with a convincing victory for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.  He now controls both chambers of the Diet and can pass the foundation of “Abenomics” to boost the Japanese economy.  That economy has been sluggish since the Asian financial crisis in the late 1980s.  Japan’s potential rise as a greater economic power comes as the Chinese economy slows down by all accounts, and, by some accounts, tanks.  China is none too happy about a rising Japan.  Gordon Chang of Forbes.com previews the growing tension between these two Asian powers, and what comes next.

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9pm hour, part 2

Cuban leader Raul Castro’s overtures to the United States, although subtle, may have been working.  That is, until Panama found Cuban military parts hidden in a shipment headed to North Korea.  Raul Castro won’t be in charge in Cuba soon, though.  What happens to Cuba after Castro – after communism?  Julia Sweig, Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, writes about the future of Cuba and the US-Cuba relationship in “Cuba after Communism” in the latest “Foreign Affairs” and talked to me about how the Panamanian discovery could impact that relationship.

ALSO:  Open lines of communication for the military means the difference between victory and defeat.  But the military’s satellite communications system is subject to the same budget pressures as the rest of Defense Department operations.  Todd Harrison, Senior Fellow for Defense Budget Studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, is author of “The Future of MILSATCOM.”  He tells me what the Pentagon needs to do to protect and increase its strategic position in space communications.

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