FROM Giles Tremlett
Will Spain Sink the Euro? Just back from Botswana, King Carlos of Spain has apologized for his African hunting trip at a time when Spain has become the latest European economy to be in " full crisis mode ." Spain is the latest Eurozone country facing austerity. What have Greece, Italy and Ireland showed about the human cost of such measures?
Is Spain on the Brink? Just back from Botswana, King Carlos of Spain has apologized for his African hunting trip at a time when Spain has become the latest European economy to be in " full crisis mode ." Spain is now called the greatest threat to Europe's economy, and other countries are demanding more stringent austerity measures. In Greece, Ireland and Italy, such programs — and personal financial crises -- appear to have increased suicide rates.
Suspects in Madrid Subway Bombing Sentenced Three years ago, four terrorist bombs killed 191 people on the Madrid subway. Today, after four and a half months of testimony from 300 witnesses, three lead defendants and 18 lesser ones were convicted. But seven were acquitted, including all three of those accused of organizing the attacks. Giles Tremlett, a former reporter for the Guardian , is author of Ghosts of Spain .
Spain and Africa to Be Linked by Tunnel Geologists believe that Europe and Africa were separated by the Strait of Gibraltar about 5 million years ago. Now Spain and Morocco are making plans for an underwater rail connection, like the " chunnel " under the English Channel that connects Britain and France. What about terrorism and illegal immigration? Giles Tremlett, author of Ghosts of Spain and reporter for Britain's Guardian newspaper, has more on the engineering project of historic ambition.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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?
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.