FROM Ramita Navai
Violence, Protest and Regional Pressure: What's Next for Syria? Army defectors attacked a military intelligence building in Syria today as pressure builds on the dictator, Bashar al-Assad, to stop killing his own people. Would outright civil war serve his interests or those of a divided opposition?
Violence, Protest and Regional Pressure: What's Next for Syria? Syrian army defectors reportedly attacked notorious Air Force intelligence sites near Damascus today, although reports are sketchy and hard to confirm. The Arab League is meeting in Morocco to uphold its suspension of Syria and find other ways to isolate the regime. Turkey, a non-Arab neighbor, is there. We update those stories and talk to a Western reporter who managed to get inside the country and produce the Frontline documentary, Syria Undercover . We also hear from an expatriate Syrian who's part of a peaceful opposition group as pressures build on a dictator who's killing his own people.
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.
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?
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?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?