FROM Kristopher Hanson
Dock Workers Shut Down Ports in Protest against the War As thousands of protesters flooded onto Broadway in downtown Los Angeles today in Mayday protests in support of immigration reform, tens of thousands of longshoremen from Seattle to San Diego walked off the job today as another mayday protest to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. On the waterfront, all was quiet from 8am to 5pm as the dayshift longshoremen stayed home. This is reportedly to protest the war in Iraq, but there were no signs of protest, just empty cranes and trucks.
Labor Negotiators Continue Port Clerical Contract Talks The strike deadline of midnight this morning has long passed for office workers at the biggest port complex in the country. As we record this program, the clerical unit of the Longshore and Warehouse Union is still talking to fourteen shipping firms who operate at the Ports of LA and Long Beach.
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?
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?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.