FROM Pilita Clark
Water Wars Loom as World Supply Shrinks For decades, countries around the world have ignored warnings about upcoming wars over water and worked hard to build a global middle class — with growing prosperity that depends on what turns out to be a finite resource. Companies whose profits depend on water are worried that it’s running out. The chair of giant, multi-national Nestle told Pilita Clark that the shortage of water is a “much more urgent” than climate change. She’s an environmental reporter for the Financial Times, which recently published her series called, “A World Without Water.”
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.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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.