FROM Adam Baron
Western Diplomats Close Embassies, Scramble to Leave Yemen Yemen has long been a major US ally against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, regarded as a real threat to America's national security. Now Houthi rebels have deposed the friendly regime and the US has closed its embassy in Sanaa — although the New York Times reports that a Houthi leader is reaching out. US officials burned tens of thousands of documents last night before closing the embassy. Rebel Houthis, who've taken control, seized the weapons of departing Marines. We hear more from Rod Nordland, who is in Sanaa for the New York Times, and Adam Baron, a visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations in London, who was a reporter in Yemen from 2011 until last year.
Terrorism: Global and Local The massacre of 17 people at Charlie Hebdo wasn't last Wednesday's only terror attack and it wasn't the deadliest either. The same day, a terrorist bomb killed 20 in the capital city of Yemen. The day before that, a 10-year-old girl blew up herself and 19 others in Baga, in northern Nigeria. That's where Bokko Haram is said to have killed as many as 2000 civilians just three days before. But there's been little news coverage of those horrific incidents. Nobody's apologizing for saturation news coverage of what happened in Paris, but are the western media missing the big picture?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.