FROM Celia Dugger
South Africa Tries to Africanize the World Cup In the days of Apartheid, South Africa was barred from soccer tournaments around the world. Now, for the first time, it's about to host the World Cup , and is struggling to put an African stamp on a global event. The manager of South Africa's organizing committee says, "We are just the organizers…we are the stage" for "FIFA's World Cup," referring to the Zurich-based governing body of world soccer. That's according to Celia Dugger of the New York Times , who also reports that "poking a finger in the eye of authority is part of [South Africa's] national DNA."
Zimbabwe Faces Growing Political, Humanitarian Crises Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan and Nelson Mandela's wife, Graca Machel, were among those refused entry visas for Zimbabwe on Saturday. The group known as The Elders wanted to visit the troubled country to assess the humanitarian situation, which is rapidly approaching a crisis. Meanwhile, President Robert Mugabe continues to cling to 28 years in power and to evade a power-sharing agreement with the opposition, which has been advocated by African leaders. Celia Dugger is South Africa Co-bureau Chief for the New York Times .
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.
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.
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.