FROM Uri Dadush
Will Cyprus Be the Financial Mouse that Roared? The island nation of Cyprus has 1.1 million people — but it's becoming a threat to the entire Eurozone, which is 317 times larger. It's all about banks structured as tax shelters, often for wealthy Russians, banks now in so much trouble they've asked for a bailout. But when Eurozone leaders proposed to tax every depositor – not just the wealthy, ordinary Cypriots took to the streets, emptying ATMs and forcing parliament to reject the deal. What about depositors in Greece and other troubled countries? Will they lose faith in their own banks and their confidence in the Euro?
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.
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.
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.