FROM Nathan Brown
Historic Elections in Egypt, the First since the Arab Spring Fourteen months ago, a revolution led by Egyptian youth forced Hosni Mubarak out of office, in one of the most decisive moments of last year's uprising in the Arab world. Now, Egyptians are getting ready to head to the polls to elect a new president. But controversy surrounds the process. Yesterday, Egypt's election commission released the list of 13 candidates approved for the ballot, disqualifying 10 candidates who had registered and casting doubt on the credibility of the election. How far has Egypt come on the road to democracy since last year's Arab Spring? Will last year's revolutionaries go to the polls or sit it out? What role are women playing in trying to reform the country?
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.
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?
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?