FROM Royce West
Questions Raised about Texas Jail Hanging The FBI has been called in to investigate the hanging death of a young, black woman in a Texas jail. The official cause is "suicide," but her family finds that incomprehensible. On Friday afternoon, Sandra Bland had just accepted a new job at her alma mater, Prairie View A&M in Waller County, Texas. On the road, she was stopped by a state trooper for failing to signal while changing lanes. Police say she became combative, and she was taken to jail. Monday morning, she was found hung from a noose made with a trash bag in her cell. State legislators are demanding answers.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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.
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.