FROM Hisham Melhem
The "Summit" that Won’t Be a Summit after All President Obama called the first ever summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council for this week at Camp David. Last Friday, the White House said the new King of Saudi Arabia would be there, but it turns out, he won't — and other leaders have also declined the invitation. Does the new King of Saudi Arabia really have better things to do than meet the President of the US at Camp David or is Barack Obama being snubbed? That's just one of the questions about this week's meeting with Arab Gulf-state leaders, who want guaranteed US protections against Iran, their Middle-East rival. It's not just the nuclear deal they're worried about, but also the lifting of sanctions restraining Iran's economic power. In the meantime, there's a "feeding frenzy" for conventional weapons — made in the USA.
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?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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.