FROM Bruce Watzman
Coal Mine Safety and America's Energy Future Crandall Canyon coal mine officials in Utah say it's now "likely" that six trapped miners may not be found alive. Three rescuers have already died trying, but families of victims are angry at coal operators, the federal Mining Safety and Health Administration and Utah's Intermountain Power Agency , accusing them of giving up too soon. Was Crandall Canyon's operation too dangerous from the beginning? Has the Bush Administration traded safety enforcement for "compliance?" With coal now supplying 50% of electricity in the United States, what role will it play in America's energy future?
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.
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.