FROM Chris Kraul
After Decades of war in Colombia, peace has a chance In 1964, Colombian peasant farmers—virtual slaves of urban landowners--formed the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as the FARC. Since then, 200,000 people have died and millions have been displaced in the Western Hemisphere's longest-running conflict. Now, there's a peace deal — if Colombia's voters approve it next month. But both sides -- peasant farmers and Marxist rebels against urban landowners using death squads and right-wing paramilitaries -- have committed atrocities over the years. Can victims and perpetrators learn to live side by side? We look at the history, the hopes and the fears of a beleaguered nation.
A Narrow Victory for Venezuela's New President The late Hugo Chavez hand-picked his successor as President of Venezuela, but after a brief but hard-hitting campaign, interim president Nicolás Maduro won with only 50.7 percent in yesterday's voting. His opponent, provincial Governor Henrique Capriles, has called for a recount. Chris Kraul special correspondent for the Los Angeles Times , joins us from Caracas.
Questions Abound as Chavez Starts New Term in Absentia Hugo Chavez was supposed to be sworn in today for a; third term as President of Venezuela, but he’s languishing in a Cuban hospital and hasn’t been see in public for more than a month.
Trauma of Chilean Miners after Being Trapped 69 Days Intense media attention is now adding to the emotional and psychological trauma of the 33 miners rescued after 69 days underground in Chile. What does the incident itself say about Chile? Chris Kraul is still there for the Los Angeles Times .
Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and the FARC Colombia's air strike in Ecuador killed an important leader of the FARC rebel group, but Ecuador denounced the raid as a violation of sovereignty. The Organization of American States has now passed a resolution that satisfied both those countries. But Colombia is headed to the UN, complaining that Ecuador and Venezuela are actively supporting the FARC. Chris Kraul reports from Bogota, Colombia for the Los Angeles Times .
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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.