FROM Christopher Gasson
Water and Human Conflict around the World Radar and satellite images have revealed an aquifer the size of Lake Erie beneath the blazing desert of Darfur in western Sudan. Is it still full of water, or did it dry up 5000 years ago? Hundreds of wells will be drilled to help scientists answer that question. If there is water under Sudan's Western province of Darfur, could it end the bloody violence between black Africans and Arab nomads that has left 200,000 dead and two million as refugees? With water in short supply from the Middle East to California, is water more important than oil as a source of human conflict?
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.
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.