FROM Vikram Dodd
Terror Suspects Extradited to US After four years of hearings, the European Court of Human Rights ruled today that Abu Hamza may be extradited from Britain to the United States. This country has promised — in writing — not to try him and four others in military tribunals or to subject them to the death penalty. Vikram Dodd is senior reporter for the Guardian newspaper in the UK.
Five Britons Sentenced for Life for Bomb Plot At the Old Bailey in London today, five British men were jailed for life after being found guilty of plotting to set off massive explosions around the country. The ringleader was arrested in 2004, and after today's verdicts, it was revealed that he had been under surveillance with two of the suicide bombers who struck London in July of last year. Vikram Dodd is Senior Reporter for the Guardian in London.
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.
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?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.