FROM Roland Oliphant
Russia Endorses Sunday's Separatist Elections in Eastern Ukraine Last weekend, pro-Western parties won an overwhelming majority in the parliament of Ukraine. But there was no voting in parts of Eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists plan their own, separate elections this coming Sunday. Roland Oliphant is in Donetsk, an eastern industrial city, for the Daily Telegraph .
Putin Offers Peace Plan on Eve of NATO Summit Russian President Vladimir Putin says he and Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko have a “similar understanding” about a settlement with pro-Russian separatists when they conduct talks on Friday in Belarus. Meantime, NATO begins a summit meeting tomorrow in Wales. Roland Oliphant is Moscow Correspondent for the Daily Telegraph.
Pro-Russian Protests in Eastern Ukraine Flare Up Secretary of State John Kerry today told a Senate Committee that the seizure of government buildings in three East Ukrainian cities has been fomented by Moscow. "And equally as clear, must be the reality that the United States and our allies will not hesitate to use 21st century tools to hold Russia accountable for 19th century behavior." At the hearing, Kerry and John McCain exchanged harsh words over the US reaction to what’s happening in Ukraine. Roland Oliphant is there for the Daily Telegraph .
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.
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.
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.