FROM Ömer Taşpinar
After the Coup in Turkey: A State of Emergency Since the failed coup just a week ago, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has rounded up some 10,000 soldiers, academics and government workers. A more extended purge is expected, even as Turkish officials reassure NATO allies it will continue to meet international obligations. But the nation is sharply divided between cities and countryside, between secularism and religion. There are fears for democracy. Meantime, Turkey demands that the US extradite Fethullah Gülen, accused by Erdoğan of orchestrating the coup. At this morning's news conference, when asked about the demand for Gulen's extradition to Turkey, Obama told reporters, "I told President Erdoğan that they should present us with evidence that they think indicates the involvement of Mr. Gülen or anyone else who's here in the United States and it would be processed in the way that it is always processed."
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.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
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.