FROM Blake Hounshell
Netanyahu and Abbas at the UN At the UN General Assembly today, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas focused on the lack of a peace process. He began by attacking Israel's destruction of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem and the refusal to permit reconstruction. When it was his turn, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Jerusalem Israel's "eternal capital," but focused on the perceived threats from Iran. Blake Hounshell is Managing Editor of Foreign Policy magazine.
Rebel Libyan Leaders Meet with Western Envoys In Tripoli, rebel leaders have placed a nearly $2 million bounty on Colonel Moammar Gadhafi, who remains in hiding, while forces loyal to the dictator freed 30 foreign journalists who'd been held captive in the nation's capital. Meanwhile, rebel leaders are meeting with senior envoys from several countries in Qatar. Blake Hounshell is Managing Editor of Foreign Policy magazine based in Doha.
Syria, Libya and the Future of NATO Syria is conducting bloody repression of its own people without interference. Some 8500 Syrians have fled across the border into Turkey and thousands more may be making their way on trucks, tractors and on foot, without access to shelter or food. In Libya, Moammar Gadhafi is hanging on longer than expected. Is NATO prepared to protect civilians for humanitarian reasons? What's the future of the Atlantic Alliance? Segment image: Syrian refugees gather on June 15, 2011 during Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's visit to the Turkish Red Crescent camp, two kilometers from the Syrian border. Photo: Mustafa Ozer/AFP/Getty Images
Syria, Libya and the Future of NATO The government of Syria is using tanks and other weapons to quash dissent by killing its own people. The international community, so far, is standing by. The UN Security Council has not denounced the Syrian regime, and NATO is showing no appetite for intervention. NATO is having a hard time already in Libya , and the US is impatient about being so involved in an action pushed originally by Britain and France. What's happening to the idea of "liberal intervention" on humanitarian grounds? Are US and European interests no longer in sync? What's next for NATO?
Tunisian President Flees Country amid Mounting Protest Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has fled that North African country after promises of lower food prices and more political freedom failed to stop massive street protests in the capital city of Tunis. Blake Hounshell, Managing Editor of Foreign Policy magazine, is in Doha, Qatar, and updates the rapidly changing situation.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.