FROM Chidanand Rajghatta
Russia Angling for Nuclear Reactor Contracts in India Before last November's election the Bush Administration, with virtually no opposition from then-minority Democrats, approved a massive nuclear deal with India . It was based in part on projections of increased trade with American suppliers. Today, India entertained an offer from Vladimir Putin to build four nuclear reactors in India. The Russian President reportedly will be guest at India's Republic Day celebrations after meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, as we hear from Chidanand Rajghatta of the Times of India.
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.
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.
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.
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?