FROM Peter Lehner
Back to Brazil for Another Try President George H.W. Bush joined other world leaders at the United Nations' first Earth Summit in Rio in 1992. Since then, global temperatures have been on the rise. in 1997, Bill Clinton tried, but failed, to get Senate ratification of the Kyoto Protocol , which has been called a "missed opportunity" to mobilize international action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. George W. Bush did not go to Johannesburg in 2002 for the summit's tenth anniversary. Now the focus is back on Rio, with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calling for "revolutionary action" to overcome the global "suicide pact" of industrialization. Can Rio+20 get a better start on a "sustainable" world economy? Where are the leaders of Germany, Britain and the United States?
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?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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.