The Lebanese army is deploying equipment and soldiers south of the Litani River, but France may be backing away from its promise to lead a peacekeeping force. That development… and the impact of Hezbollah’s success on Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. Plus, a federal judge rules that the NSA's warrentless wiretaps are illegal, and the US Coast Guard arrests a leader of one of Mexico's major drug smuggling rings.
FROM THIS EPISODE
In Detroit, US District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor has ruled that warrantless wiretapping by the National Security Agency is unconstitutional, violating the rights to free speech and privacy and the separation of executive and congressional powers. Evan Caminker, Dean and Professor of American Constitutional Law at the University of Michigan Law School, served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Clinton Administration.
Evan Caminker, Professor of American Constitutional Law
UN Security Council Resolution 1701 stopped the fighting in southern Lebanon with the promise that France would help enforce it by leading a 15,000 member peacekeeping source. Today, the French newspaper Le Monde reported that France is scaling back to a "symbolic" contingent of 10 officers and 200 engineers. Meantime, as Hamas and the Palestinian Authority talk about forming a "unity government, there's a threat to dissolve all civil institutions and demand that Israel keep order in the West Bank and Gaza. Has the success of Hezbollah emboldened militants or will it lead to diplomacy in the region's oldest conflict? What about Israel's plan to pull out of the West Bank? We get an update from the UN and the Palestinian territories, where events have been out of the limelight because of the fighting in Lebanon.
Evelyn Leopold, Contributor, Huffington Post
Augustus Richard Norton, Professor of International Relations, Boston University
Avi Issacharoff, Ha'aretz (@issacharoff)
Mouin Rabbani, Institute for Palestine Studies (@jadaliyya)
Mark Heller, Principal Research Associate, Tel Aviv University's Institute for National Security Studies
Yesterday, off the coast of Mexico, the US Coast Guard boarded a fishing boat and arrested Javier Arellano Felix, the leader of what US officials call the "most violent drug-trafficking operation in the Tijuana-Baja California area." The Arellano-Felix organization is accused of murder, kidnap and torture in order to maintain control of drug smuggling from Mexico to California. Greg Krikorian covers federal law enforcement and homeland security for the Los Angeles Times.
Greg Krikorian, Reporter for the Los Angeles Times
More From To the Point
Special: ‘Trump Baby’ flies over Big Ben… President Trump flies to Europe this week for meetings with NATO, the Queen and Russia’s President Putin. But the president won’t be the only Trump flying when he lands in the UK. An enormous, orange “Trump baby” balloon, complete with a diaper and cell phone is set to float just above the streets of London, for all to see. What else do British protestors have in store?
On the road to SCOTUS: Politics trumps the law Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation looks highly likely, but crucial issues won’t go away. The Supreme Court may see cases involving abortion, health care and the limits of presidential power. Can Democrats use upcoming hearings to dramatize what’s at stake--before November’s elections?
Politics and ‘incivility’ One Democrat wants Trump aides confronted in public over separating immigrant families. But her party’s leaders call that “incivility.” The question is: does moderation accomplish real change -- or is it a smokescreen for the status quo? When it comes to achieving racial equality, what’s worked and what hasn’t?
LATEST BLOG POSTS
Curious Coast: One listener wanted to know more about LA’s indigenous communities, here’s why Araceli Argueta is a lifelong resident of the Los Angeles area, but she still doesn’t consider herself an L.A. native. At least, not in the traditional sense of the word.… Read More
LA’s Tongva descendants: ‘We originated here’ KCRW listener Araceli Argueta wanted to know more about the history of Los Angeles’ indigenous people and submitted this question to Curious Coast. “What Native Tribes’ lands are we on?… Read More