FROM Janos Pasztor
UN Panel Urges Sustainable Development At the African Union conference in Ethiopia today, the UN’s 22-member Panel on Global Sustainability issued a stark warning about sustaining the nations of the World as we know them. The report, " Resilient People, Resilient Planet : A Future Worth Choosing," warns that by 2030, the demand for food will rise by 50 percent, energy by 45 percent and water by 30 percent. What are the prospects of 56 recommendations being put into effect in time to avoid a slow-moving catastrophe?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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.
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?