FROM Thomas Weiss
Are More Radical Measures Necessary to Get Aid to Myanmar? In Myanmar, the UN suspended relief supplies today after military leaders seized shipments headed for cyclone survivors and turned away aid workers. Now the regime says one American flight will be allowed in, and the UN says it will resume efforts tomorrow. Amid the confusion, a massive humanitarian crisis is underway involving a million people. "You could make the argument that it is a crime against humanity," says Political Science Professor Thomas Weiss of the City University of New York, an architect of the doctrine known as " the responsibility to protect ." •International Medical Corps •International Rescue Committee •American Red Cross dead children dying elderly woman trapped dead man Images of Myanmar victims courtesy of the Soros Foundation and a reporter from the Democratic Voice of Burma .
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.
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.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?