FROM Bill Frelick
A Migration Deal…a Compromise in Values? Countries of Europe are desperate to end the flood of immigration from Syria and other war zones, which last year exceeded a million people. They're making a deal with Turkey worth €6 billion. Tens of thousands of people would be shipped back and forth between Greece, Turkey and other countries to separate refugees from unwanted migrants. But the UN warns the plan might violate individual rights established by the Geneva Conventions in the aftermath World War II. Supporters say it's worth the risk to end the chaos -- and to prevent fascist parties from taking advantage of growing panic in Europe's democracies.
Is the US Breaking a Promise to Children at Risk? Tens of thousands of children face murderous street gangs, extortion and sexual violence in Central America. For those whose parents are legally in this country, President Obama pledged " an orderly alternative " to the terrifying journey through Mexico. But until they pass laborious screening, including DNA testing, they have to stay where they are — whatever the dangers might be. It's been a year since the President promised escape. Some 5400 kids have applied, but only 90 kids have even been interviewed. None has been admitted to the United States.
Europe's Migrant Crisis: The EU's Greatest Test Yet Last week's discovery of 71 bodies in an abandoned truck in Austria is just the latest tragic proof that Europe's migration crisis has broadened from the Mediterranean to human trafficking over land through Greece and the Balkan states. Tens of thousands of migrants and refugees are putting their lives in the hands of smugglers, taking advantage of the EU's open borders. With record numbers of people fleeing war and poverty in North Africa and the Middle East, Europe is facing its largest immigration wave since World War II. The EU plans to meet next month to address the mounting crisis and its scattered policy towards asylum seekers. Will it be able to agree on a unified course of action on how to treat migrants and asylum seekers? What to do about a growing backlash against them?
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.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?