FROM Alexandros Petersen
Oil, Democracy and Russian Tanks in Georgia Saying that neighboring Georgia has been punished enough, the President of Russia has ordered a halt to military operations. But there's still no formal ceasefire, and the President of France, current leader of the European Union, is shuttling between Moscow and Tbilisi. The US says it's reviewing humanitarian actions and that Russia needs to make good on its promise . Is Russia testing the US and Europe and their support for an emerging democracy? Is it trying to reconstitute the former Soviet Union? We get the latest on the confrontation that threatens to destabilize an already volatile part of the world, and hear about new international realities, including the role of oil.
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.
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?
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?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.