FROM Grace Akallo
Child Soldiers Baby brigades, little bees, small boys units …t he names may change, but the reality doesn't. More than a quarter of a million children around the world are fighting adults' wars, serving in rebel militias, national armies, and paramilitary groups. At The Hague this week, where the trial began for the former president of Liberia, one of charges facing Charles Taylor is solicitation of child soldiers. Why does the US give military aid to countries that use child soldiers? What impact will recent trials have on punishing children in arms or the adults who recruit them? What price do the children pay? What kind of rehabilitation is possible for children who have killed?
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?
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.
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?
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.