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.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?