FROM Melissa Angela Verzosa Penafiel
State Department’s Democracy Video Challenge, 2010 For the second year in a row, the US State Department is challenging people around the world to talk about democracy and what it means. They're asked people to produce videos no more than three minutes long completing the sentence "Democracy is…" Long Live the Fearless Man was this year's East Asia and Pacific Region winner of the State Department's challenge. Melissa Angela Verzosa Peñadfiel is the co-producer.
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.
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.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?