FROM Shalman Shaikh
Syria's Civil War Goes Multi-national What started as an uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has become more complicated than ever. Russia and the US are dropping bombs on the same country, and although both are opposed to ISIS, they are on different sides of the civil war. At the same time, Iraq is inviting Russia to join the US by dropping bombs there. France is part of the American coalition, and Iranian troops have been sent to Syria, joining Hezbollah forces from Lebanon. And President Obama is accused of creating a Middle-East vacuum for President Putin to fill. We try to connect the dots.
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.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.