FROM Terry Kirby
Race, Class and Prejudice Live on British Reality Television A British television show has generated 30,000 complaints from viewers, enough that Prime Minister Tony Blair has been called to account in Parliament. Gordon Brown, his likely successor, was embarrassed in public during a trip to India, where effigies of Celebrity Big Brother 's contestants have been burned in the streets. The show is about people locked up together long enough to get on each other's nerves. The viewing audience then decides who stays and who goes, and there's big money for the one who lasts the longest. Terry Kirby of The Independent reports on the backlash from the show that became an international incident.
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.
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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.