FROM Joanne Mariner
Ethnic Cleansing in the Central African Republic Violence in the Central African Republican has displaced almost a million residents since early December. In January, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon warned that the conflict was becoming more sectarian. Today, Amnesty International labeled it "ethnic cleansing" of Muslims by Christian militias called "Anti-balaka." AI's senior crisis response advisor Joanne Mariner joins us from the capital city, Bangui.
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 is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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.