FROM Nick Miroff
Cuba, without Fidel Castro, enters the Trump Era After Fidel Castro's death on Friday night, President Obama expressed hope that the warming of relations between Cuba and the United States could continue. Donald Trump and members of his transition team issued statements reflecting what Trump said on the campaign trail. "All of the concessions that Barack Obama has granted the Castro regime were done through executive order which means the next president can reverse them, which I will do unless the Castro regime meets our demands -- not my demands, our demands. Those demands will include religious and political freedom for the Cuban people and the freeing of political prisoners." Photo courtesy of Televisione Streaming We hear more about Fidel Castro's complex legacy from Nick Miroff, who reports for the Washington Post in Havana, and Ann Louis Bardach, a former journalist for the Daily Beast and the author of several books, including Cuba Confidential: Love and Vengeance in Miami and Havana, and Without Fidel: A Death Foretold in Miami, Havana, and Washington .
Colombia's President Santos wins Nobel Peace Prize President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 -- when he was barely in office. It was seen more as encouragement to the new leader than a reward for his accomplishments. In Oslo today, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced this year's award to the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos "for his resolute efforts to bring the country's more than 50 year long civil war to an end, a war that has cost the lives of at least 220,000 Colombians and displaced close to six million people." But here's the irony. Just last Sunday, Santos' historic peace deal with FARC rebels was rejected by Colombia's voters. Nick Miroff, Latin American correspondent for the Washington Post , reports on the ironic circumstances surrounding this year's Nobel Prize for Peace.
Colombian voters reject FARC peace deal The President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos — and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon — are trying to keep alive the peace deal with FARC rebels. Colombia’s voters defeated it yesterday by a margin of less than one percent. Nick Miroff, Latin American correspondent for the Washington Post , joins us from Bogota.
Mexican Poppies Pot farmers in Mexico and Central America are turning to a new drug crop: opium poppies. They say legalization of marijuana in some U.S. states is lowering the price of pot, so they have to turn to something else. And their new crops are feeding a growing heroin problem in the U.S.
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.
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.