FROM Omer Ismail
Wars, Natural Disasters and a Refugee Generation The latest Global Trends report by the UN's High Commissioner for Refugees contains shocking figures. The number of forcibly displaced people around the world has doubled in the past 10 years — to 60 million -- more than ever recorded before. Half of them are children. The world's poorest countries are bearing most of the burden, as the UN and other organizations run short of resources for humanitarian aid. The UN is also taking some of the blame for failing to mediate conflicts and reduce violence. Many member nations like things the way they are. Are countries in the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia losing a generation of children?
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
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.
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.
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.