FROM Dennis de Tray
The Wolfowitz Showdown at the World Bank The World Bank is a multilateral institution intended to rid the world of poverty. Big European donors have a powerful voice but the United States picks the Bank's president. Now they're at loggerheads over Paul Wolfowitz , chosen two years ago by President Bush after helping to plan the Iraq War as top aide to Donald Rumsfeld. Controversial from the start--Wolfowitz's polices and management style have alienated both the Bank's staff and donor countries, his downfall may be caused by a personal issue. He's accused of damaging the Bank's effectiveness and his own anti-corruption crusade by arranging special treatment for his girlfriend, Shaha Riza. Will there be a showdown between President Bush and the leaders of Europe? What's at stake the international effort to end poverty? We talk about a crisis unprecedented for the 60-year old international institution.
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.
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?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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?