FROM Mark Ames
A Silicon Valley Secret Pact In 2005, some of the biggest tech CEOs in Silicon Valley -- Apple’s Steve Jobs, Google’s Eric Schmidt, Paul Otellini of Intel, and a number of others -- allegedly made a secret agreement not to recruit each other’s employees. The U.S. Justice Department got wind of the pact and its investigation has resulted in a class action lawsuit by workers against these companies.
Russia's Attack on Georgia and the US Occupation of Iraq Russia claims it has started its pullback from Georgia, but its troops and tanks remain near the capital city. Sounding conciliatory in his latest televised speech, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili called for negotiations to prevent "the definitive estrangement of our two countries." It was his attack on the rebellious province of South Ossettia that provoked Russia's overwhelming response. We hear from the scene and debate whether, after invading Iraq, the US is using a double standard when it condemns Russia's action across its own, international border.
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.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.