FROM Magnus Ranstorp
Open Society and the Threat of Guerilla Warfare After well-coordinated terror attacks in two major cities in just four months, Europe is bracing for more. The death toll is now at least 34 and the number of injured more than 200 after yesterday's two bombing attacks on the Brussels airport and another downtown. Yesterday's strikes came despite the best efforts of multiple intelligence agencies since Paris was hit in November. Clearly, they weren't enough. Supposedly "unified" countries have opened their borders but failed to coordinate and share information. We look at the challenges to come and how terrorism in Europe is playing a role in America's presidential campaign.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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.
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.