FROM John Otim
Can Billionaire Philanthropists Change the World? Bill and Melinda Gates , the Rockefeller Foundation , George Soros and Google are all spending big money on hunger, poverty and global warming. Soros is giving $50 billion to what's called the Millennium Promise , and two foundations--Gates and Rockefeller--have joined forces in a new Green Revolution designed to fight poverty in Africa by ending hunger. Supporters welcome a "golden age of philanthropy," but at least one skeptic calls it a "tournament of billionaires" full of potential pitfalls. The Green Revolution caused environmental problems in Asia and Latin America. Can that be avoided in Africa? Can well-intentioned assistance bypass corrupt and incompetent governments and get to the people who need it? Can philanthropy generate profits?
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.
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?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?