FROM Philippe de Pontet
Can America Impact the Humanitarian Crisis in Darfur? In his UN speech today, President Bush said the people of Darfur--the province in western Sudan--have suffered "unspeakable violence." UN officials have declared that "no issue needs more urgent attention." Reminding the General Assembly that the US deems such violence "genocide," the President called on the UN to bolster the African Union forces with peacekeepers of its own, even if the government of Sudan disapproves, and said he's appointed a special American envoy to deal with Darfur. We get the background on the humanitarian crisis and the likelihood of UN peacekeepers being sent to the region.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.