FROM Paul van Zyl
African Reconciliation In a year marked, like so many years, with news of war, tales of reconciliation often go untold. The conflict between Ethiopia and Somalia made news this week, but in other parts of Africa, stories of peacemaking unfold each day. Across the continent, communities are rebuilding civil societies through local traditions of forgiveness and apology, as well as formal structures such as truth and reconciliation commissions. Do these efforts lead to sustainable peace? Can forgiveness overcome revenge in the wake of atrocities? How do the victims of war cope with the return of ex-combatants? Does Africa hold lessons for the rest of the world?
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.
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.