FROM Mustafa Qadri
Can the US and Pakistan Mend an Uneasy Alliance Pakistan is crucial to US interests, with a growing nuclear arsenal and a strategic location, but ties to anti-American terrorists and political unrest have strained relations. After 60% of the voters braved deadly violence, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's party won big enough to raise hopes for stability. Yesterday at the White House, he called for an end to American drone strikes, but leaked CIA files detail how deeply Pakistan’s military has been involved in drone strikes — even helping to choose targets hundreds of times. The files also describe "tense meetings" with US officials accusing Pakistan’s intelligence service of ties to militant groups that attacked American forces. What's the state of Sharif's credibility? Does either country trust the other? Can diplomatic and economic relations be improved?
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.
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?
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.