FROM Laurent Dubois
Understanding the Cultural Shame Behind Brazil’s Loss Brazilians were weeping after yesterday’s 7 to 1 semi-final game in the World Cup. As Germany goes on to the final, Brazilian newspapers are headlining “the most shameful moment in history… the shame of shames.” Laurent Dubois is editor of the Soccer Politics Blog , a Professor at Duke University and author of Haiti: The Aftershocks of History and Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France.
America's Commitment to Haiti: How Much for How Long? President Obama has made the US response to Haiti's earthquake a " top priority across the federal government ." How long will it take? How much will it cost? We get several perspectives.
America's Commitment to Haiti: How Much for How Long? President Obama has made the US response to Haiti's earthquake a "top priority across the federal government." He says he's mobilized "every element of our national capacity" and promises the US will be there with Haiti "every step of the way." Others contend that Haiti already is over-dependent on foreign aid, and that its history and culture make it resistant to positive change. The US is fighting wars and facing enemies in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Yemen. Are there security interests in Haiti, too? How long will it take? How much will it cost? We look at the consequences of long-term involvement and of abandoning a troubled neighbor once more.
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?
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.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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.