FROM Daniel Pinkston
Release of Funds Moves North Korea on Nuclear Shutdown Some $25 million is on its way from New York to Russia and finally to North Korea, which has refused to begin decommissioning its Yongbyon nuclear reactor until it gets the money. Does that mean the crisis over nuclear weapons is about to be resolved? Daniel Pinkston is Director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies .
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.
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?