FROM James Walsh
Jihad: from Somalia to Minnesota Two naturalized American citizens of Somali descent have been indicted in Minnesota. The charges include providing support for terrorists and conspiracy to “kill, kidnap, maim or injure” people in foreign countries. Federal authorities say they're just part of a major investigation which became public on Monday of this week.
Jihad: from Somalia to Minnesota Some 20 American citizens, some with middle class aspirations, have joined a terrorist group in their native Somalia. Two have been shot dead, one a suicide bomber, and at least 15 others have disappeared. Two more have been indicted in federal court in Minnesota, charged with providing support for terrorists and conspiracy to “kill, kidnap, maim or injure” people in foreign countries. Federal authorities say they're just part of a major investigation which became public on Monday of this week. Will Somalia be a breeding ground for international terror? Is al Qaeda exploiting a failed state? Will other naturalized Americans be vulnerable to militant Islam?
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.
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.
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?