FROM Martin Sieff
Can Blair Apply Lessons of Northern Ireland to the Middle East? Parts of Central London are locked down for a manhunt after a massive car bom b was found unexploded in the heart of the city. Such bombings were a part of life in London during many decades of so-called " Troubles " between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland. One of the "outsiders" given credit for helping resolved what long seemed an intractable conflict is Tony Blair , who has just been named by the Quartet as a Special Envoy to the Middle East. Can the lessons of one intractable conflict be applied to the other? Does Blair have the authority to make a difference? Will American Jews play a supporting role the way Irish Americans did? Among our guests is former Senator George Mitchell , another "outsider" who helped shape what's now called the " Road Map " to end violence in the Middle East.
Rice Heads to Mideast Pushing a Hard Line towards Iran Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is about to leave for a high-stakes tour of the Middle East , starting in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. She'll then meet with leaders in Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait before winding up in Berlin and London. Martin Sieff of UPI previews the challenge she'll face.
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?
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.