FROM Andrew MacAskill
Sexual Violence, Poverty and Politics A gang rape on a bus during broad daylight in Delhi shocked the world two years ago, and India passed new laws for protection of women. But last week, teenage girls were hanged in trees after being raped and murdered. Police may have covered it up, and one politician says, "Boys will be boys." India's new Prime Minister has yet to say a word, but such atrocities are hardly unique to that country. A pregnant woman's "honor killing" has riled Pakistan. The US is officially "horrified," and Senators have called prevention of violence against women a "diplomatic priority." UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon calls it an issue of "security and peace." Can deep-seated traditions be overcome? What about economics? Can global exposure make a difference?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.