FROM Antonio Jorge
Congressional Frustration in Fidel Castro's Cuba Fidel Castro's health is a state secret in Cuba, but acting leader Raul Castro--Fidel's brother--has twice made overtures for negotiations with the United States. The US has maintained an embargo against its Communist neighbor for almost 50 years, and the current Bush Administration has tightened restriction on travel and remittances sent home by Cuban refugees. Last week, in response to Raul Castro's offers, 10 members of Congress spent three days in Havana. But their request to meet with Raul himself was denied.
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 is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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.
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.