FROM John Campbell
Boko Haram's Use of Child Suicide Bombers UNICEF reports that children are now objects of fear in Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad, because of a ten-fold increase in their use as bombers by the extremist group Boko Haram. After one young woman was freed, she told her mother she'd been trained as a suicide bomber, the mother was so afraid she turned her daughter into the military. John Campbell is a former US Ambassador to Nigeria. He's now senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink .
Obama Talks Boko Haram, Corruption with Nigerian President Nigeria has Africa’s largest population and its biggest economy, but relations with the US have been strained. Newly elected President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in Washington today at the invitation of President Obama. The President told reporters , "We very much look forward to talking about security issues, how we can cooperate on counterterrorism. We are looking forward to discussing how we can be helpful in addressing some of the corruption issues that have held Nigeria back and unleashing the incredible talent of the Nigerian people." John Campbell has served in Nigeria as political counselor and Ambassador. He’s currently senior fellow for Africa Policy Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations .
French Air Strikes in Mali Complicate Indigenous Solutions Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the US will provide assistance to France against rebels in the vast, African-desert country of Mali. There’s been concern about creating another conflict between Western nations and Muslim extremists, but Panetta says the role of Al-Qaeda has forced America to get involved.
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?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.