FROM Brian Evans
The Clock Ticks Down for Troy Davis As his execution approached at 7pm tonight in Georgia, Troy Davis refused a special last meal while supporters planned vigils outside the prison and at US embassies in Europe. Despite appeals from former President Jimmy Carter , Pope Benedict XVI and former FBI director William Sessions , Davis appeared to have exhausted all his legal options. Witnesses have recanted their testimony, some jurors say they've changed their minds, but retired District Attorney Spencer Lawton of Chatham County says Troy Davis is guilty of killing a policeman in 1989. Brian Evans is a campaigner for Amnesty International USA's campaign to Abolish the Death Penalty .
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.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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.
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.