FROM Paul Seils
Congolese Warlord Thomas Lubanga Sentenced by the ICC Ten years after its founding, the International Criminal Court at The Hague has sentenced its first defendant. Like all those now facing trial, he's from Africa. Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for recruiting and using child soldiers in his rebel army in 2002 and 2003. But can the court do its job without more support from major nations, including Russia, China, India and the United States? Paul Seils, who worked in the Prosecutor's Office of the International Criminal Court and took part in putting together the case against Lubanga, is now Vice President of the International Center for Transitional Justice .
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.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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.