FROM Jennifer Cooke
Can US Business Thrive in Africa? Africa is more than a troubled continent. It is vast and diverse, with 6 of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies. Can the US get on board? Does it want to? This week’s Africa summit was designed to reassure both African leaders and American business.
US to Pursue Greater Engagement with Sudan After months of internal debate, the Obama Administration announced a policy for Sudan today, designed to promote peace between the north and south and to end the humanitarian crisis in Darfur that Colin Powell labeled "genocide." US special envoy for Sudan, General Scott Gration, had argued that sanctions against Sudan would be counterproductive, but humanitarian groups and prominent members of Congress disagreed. The new policy includes carrots as well as sticks. Jennifer Cooke is Director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
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 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.
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.