FROM Marcus George
Iran's Presidential Election: Interesting after All Four years ago, widespread protests over President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election appeared to threaten Iran's clerical leadership. Some dissidents are still in jail. Now that Ahmadinejad is termed out, candidates to succeed him in tomorrow's election have been picked to minimize controversy. Even two former presidents who wanted to run have been declared "ineligible." But the campaign has seen a flicker of life in the past two days. Could a relative moderate win, or at least force a run-off election? What could that mean for the economy, relations with the US and Iran's nuclear program?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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.