FROM Nathan Brown
Historic Elections in Egypt, the First since the Arab Spring Fourteen months ago, a revolution led by Egyptian youth forced Hosni Mubarak out of office, in one of the most decisive moments of last year's uprising in the Arab world. Now, Egyptians are getting ready to head to the polls to elect a new president. But controversy surrounds the process. Yesterday, Egypt's election commission released the list of 13 candidates approved for the ballot, disqualifying 10 candidates who had registered and casting doubt on the credibility of the election. How far has Egypt come on the road to democracy since last year's Arab Spring? Will last year's revolutionaries go to the polls or sit it out? What role are women playing in trying to reform the country?
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.
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's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.