FROM Subhankar Banerjee
Oil Companies Could Be a Nightmare for the Whales of the Arctic The BP oil spill fouled the waters of the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 and cleanup is still under way. What would happen if there were a similar accident in Arctic waters off the shores of Alaska? The Obama Administration has issued an environmental impact report that has environmentalists furious about the potential for just such a disaster. Subhankar Banarjee is author of Arctic Voice: Resistance at the Tipping Point .
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.
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?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.