FROM Uri Friedman
Afghanistan's Upcoming Election Gets a Rap Anthem Afghanistan's presidential elections have seen a decline in voter participation for a lot of reasons. With 70% of the population under 25, rap music is being used to encourage young people to turn out for next months' voting. Artists like Edris Bayan, rapping in Pashto about how voting is a "peace flag" and that you can be a "sword," are encouraging young people to take part in a musical contest, with the ultimate goal of increasing the turnout for next months' presidential elections. )
The Republican Debate and Foreign Policy Last night's televised debate may be the last of its kind before the Republican presidential nomination has been decided. For all their apparent differences, all but one of the candidates agree on one thing: the threat of force to stop Iran from getting an atom bomb. Mitt Romney , Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum all tried to outdo each other with appeals to the party's most conservative voters. All but Ron Paul called for military action to pre-empt Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.
America's Presidential Campaign through Foreign Eyes The presidential campaign is focused on American voters, but the President is the commander-in-chief and the architect of foreign policy. How does the idea of "European-style socialism" go down in France and Germany? How do Mitt Romney , Newt Gingrich and other Republican hopefuls sound in China, Israel, Iran and other parts of the world?
America's Presidential Campaign through Foreign Eyes A columnist in Germany's Der Spiegel calls the Republican candidates a "club of liars, debtors, betrayers, adulterers, exaggerators, hypocrites and ignoramuses." A French pundit is afraid they'll start new wars and abandon old allies. So how do the Europeans really feel about the campaign? Are the Chinese equally disgusted? What about Israel, Iran and other countries in the Middle East? As we wait for returns from Florida, we sample opinions from various parts of the world. Do foreign observers see much difference between Romney and Gingrich? Would either one be better or worse than Obama or about the same?
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?
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.
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?
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.