FROM Patrick Ramage
The Global Agenda on Whaling During a week in which two wandering whales made international headlines, we’ll be discussing other whale related issues including this week’s meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Alaska . Even with a moratorium on commercial whaling in place since 1986, more than two-thousand whales were caught last year. Also, Delta and Dawn, the two humpback whales that took a wrong turn into the Sacramento River, were reportedly spotted last night by a fishing vessel in the Pacific Ocean.
Debate Continues at the International Whaling Commission This week, as two wandering whales in northern California make international headlines, the International Whaling Commission is meeting in Anchorage, Alaska. Despite a 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling ban, more than two thousand whales were caught last year. Japan wants to catch more whales than it's currently allowed, whaling rights for Eskimos have been extended for another five years, and Norway and Iceland continue to hunt whales in significant numbers. Is it possible to hunt whales on a sustainable basis? What kind of scientific research is yielded from whales killed under a loophole in the moratorium? What about the rights of indigenous communities that depend on whaling? What role does public opinion about the environment play in these talks? Sara Terry guest hosts.
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.
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.
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.
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.