FROM Brittany Levine
Discomfort Over Glendale's 'Comfort Woman' Statue Last July, a half-ton bronze statue was erected in Glendale's Central Park, showing a woman in traditional Korean clothing next to an empty chair. A plaque explains that she's emblematic of the 80 to 200 thousand women allegedly enslaved as "comfort women" during World War II to serve as prostitutes for Japanese soldiers. Delegations of Japanese officials have visited Central Park and asked that the statue be removed. Now Glendale's being sued by Glendale resident Michiko Shiota Gingery. Brittany Levine is covering the story for the LA Times .
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
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.
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.