FROM Paul Fontaine
Behind the political success of Iceland's 'Pirate Party' Iceland may seem remote to most Americans, but it’s subject to political forces just like the rest of Europe — and to social media, just like the rest of the world. That’s one reason for the rise of the Pirate Party , whose 49-year old leader, Birgitta Jonsdottir, speaks a familiar populist language. “It is a people’s movement. Ordinary people can change the world being able to go into parliament to change laws that give more people more power. It’s a message of hope.” The Pirate Party is expected to do well in this week’s parliamentary election, as we hear from Paul Fontaine, news editor at Iceland’s Reykjavik Grapevine .
Scandal Takes Down Iceland's Prime Minister The massive document leak called the " Panama Papers " has claimed its first victim. After thousands of demonstrators gathered outside Iceland's parliament building in Reykjavik, Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson reluctantly resigned. Paul Fontaine is news editor at the Reykjavik Grapevine .
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.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
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.