FROM Elizabeth Dickinson
Iranians Play the Waiting Game In the US, there's a lot riding on a nuclear deal with Iran: the President's legacy, relations with Israel — a major issue in next year's election. In Iran, the possible lifting of sanctions has created towering expectations, especially among the young. Support is "steadfast and unequivocal," according to a recent survey by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. But hopes for an unfettered economy, political reform and doors opening to the rest of the world are tempered by uncertainty. We talk with insiders. Meantime, what about Iran's Arab neighbors? For them, a deal could make a powerful competitor more dangerous than ever.
Terrorist Attack in Uganda Targets World Cup Watchers Three bomb blasts in Kampala yesterday have killed more than seventy people. The nearly simultaneous explosions in the Ugandan capital targeted crowds that gathered to watch the World Cup finals. A militant Islamic group in Somalia, has claimed responsibility for the blasts. Elizabeth Dickinson, Assistant Managing Editor at Foreign Policy magazine, is a former Nigeria correspondent for the Economist .
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?
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.
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?