FROM Rouben Adalian
Armenian Genocide Resolution Upsets Turks and White House Starting in 1915, the declining Ottoman Empire killed one and a half million Armenians. For decades, Armenian-Americans have demanded that Congress label that "genocide," and yesterday the House Foreign Relations Committee did so . By using that single word, a committee of Congress has created an international incident with possible consequences for US troops in Iraq. Modern Turkey rejects the description of "genocide" so strongly that uttering it is a crime against the "national identity"--punishable by law. Turkey is now threatening to cut off US supply lines and attack separatists in Iraqi Kurdistan. What does "genocide" mean under international law? Is the Congressional declaration long overdue? Is it worth an ill-timed insult to a contemporary Muslim ally?
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.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.