FROM Alison Smale
A Culture Clash Threatens European Unity More than 500 complaints of sometimes violent sexual assault have come to light since New Year's Eve in Cologne, Germany. Delayed police reports say women were groped, abused and forced to run a gauntlet. Some of the suspects who have been detained are from North Africa and the Middle East. But police reports were delayed, and that's led to charges of a cover-up on behalf of innocent refugees. Outrage in Germany is growing with potentially dire consequences for innocent refugees — and for one of Europe's historic achievements: Some of the open borders finally established after centuries of warfare are closing again.
Anti-Islam Protests and Counter Protests Rock Germany Despite appeals from Chancellor Angela Merkel, churches and business leaders, thousands of Germans turned out in Berlin, Dresden and other major cities last night to protest what they call "the Islamization of Europe." There were counter-demonstrations as well, as we hear from Alison Smale, Berlin Bureau Chief for the New York Times .
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.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.