FROM Elyse Keppler
Charles Taylor Is a No-Show for Trial at The Hague Former Liberian President Charles Taylor faces a long list of war crimes before the UN's Special Court for Sierra Leone. His gruesome list of crimes includes terrorism, murder, rape, sexual slavery, the use of child soldiers, abductions and forced labor, and looting. Taylor, once one of the most feared men in West Africa, is accused with fomenting civil war in his own country and in neighboring Sierra Leone. He is the first African head of state to face justice at an international tribunal and, today at The Hague, he boycotted the first day of his trial. Elyse Keppler of Human Rights Watch the day’s proceedings.
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?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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.