A Syrian Town Is Starving to Death A tactic dating back to the earliest days of organized combat is now being used in 21st Century Syria. The UN says starvation has become a weapon of war. In Madaya, women and their families wait for permissions to leave the besieged town, January 11, 2016. Photo: © Al Saleh, WFP/UNICEF UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said yesterday that the warring sides in Syria are committing what he called " atrocious acts " as weapons of war. Today, UNICEF, the UN's Children's Fund, confirmed severe malnutrition among children in the town of Madaya, where 32 people died of starvation last month. Dr. Peter Salama, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa , joins us from Amman, Jordan.
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?
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.