FROM Mark Leon Goldberg
Aleppo's a "slaughterhouse' says UN Human Rights Chief In Geneva today the head of the UN’s Human Rights Council called the Syrian city of Aleppo a “slaughterhouse.” Zeid Raad al-Hussein said “Crimes of historic proportions” are being committed by Russian and Syrian bombers. There was another call for the International Criminal Court to open an investigation.
UN Gaza Report Finds Evidence of War Crimes by Israel, Palestinian Militants Both Israel and Palestinian militants are accused of what "may amount to war crimes" in last year's bloody battle in the Gaza Strip. That's the finding of a two-person, independent commission, reporting to the UN's Human Rights Council. Mark Leon Goldberg is managing editor of UN Dispatch .
UN Investigators Accuse Top Syrian Officials of Crimes against Humanity United Nations investigators have compiled confidential lists of top Syrian officials ordering crimes against humanity, including abductions, torture and murder. The information will be held for possible future prosecutions. Mark Leon Goldberg writes the UN global affairs blog, UN Dispatch .
ICC Tries to Get Gadhafi's Son to Surrender The late Moammar Gadhafi will never face trial, but his son and presumed heir, Seif al-Islam, escaped Libyan rebels and is still at large. Officials at the International Criminal Court are trying to persuade him to turn himself in. Mark Leon Goldberg writes the UN and Global Affairs blog, UN Dispatch . He also contributes to the Daily Beast.
France, Italy and Britain Send Advisors to Aid Libyan Rebels The UN Security Council resolution on Libya prohibits other countries from putting “boots on the ground.” Now the failure of air-strikes to counter Moammar Gadhafi's forces has led Britain, France and Italy to send military liaison officers to advise and train an increasingly desperate opposition. Mark Leon Goldberg is Managing Editor of UN Dispatch .
The Day after the Earthquake in Haiti The death toll from the magnitude 7.0 earthquake in Haiti is impossible to measure accurately, but local officials are estimating it in the hundreds of thousands. President Obama calls it "heartbreaking," and he's mobilized relief efforts . The State Department, the Pentagon and other federal agencies are sending supplies and people to help with relieve in what is a major humanitarian disaster. Mark Leon Goldberg is a veteran reporter who writes the UN and global affairs blog, UN Dispatch .
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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.
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?
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.