U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., plans to introduce legislation to cut all aid to Pakistan until the foreign country releases a physician who assisted the U.S. in killing Osama bin Laden. According to reports, Dr. Shakil Afridi worked with U.S. intelligence officials to run a number of a fake hepatitis B vaccine programs in order… Continue reading Paul Proposes Cutting Pakistan Aid to Help Release bin Laden Informant
The final Kentucky Author Forum of the 2011-12 season took place on May 15, 2012 and featured journalist Ahmed Rashid, an authority on the Taliban, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Rashid is author of Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan and Afghanistan. A leading journalist in Pakistan, Rashid draws on his keen knowledge of… Continue reading Pakistan, Afghanistan, Taliban: Weighing the Options With Ahmed Rashid
1:06pm: With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan winding down, President Obama today spelled out his vision of the military in the years ahead, driven by the push to cut Pentagon spending by at least $450 billion dollars over the next decade. Obama will likely draw fire for spelling out that the U.S. military will… Continue reading Obama’s Vision for Military, Relations with Pakistan, Bullitt County Sewage Spill, Richard Cordray’s Presidential Appointment: Today on Here and Now
1:06pm: Today Pakistan agreed to normalize trade relations with India when Pakistan’s cabinet granted ‘Most Favored Nation’ status to its neighbor. Indian granted MFN status to Pakistan in the 90’s, but Pakistan did not reciprocate.
1:12pm: From 1975 to 2005, the costs of attending public universities in the U.S. have tripled. Benjamin Ginsberg argues that much of the cause is administrative bloat. Ginsberg writes that since the 1970s the number of administrative staffers has risen by 235%, while the number of faculty and students has increased by about 50%.
1:35pm: The coalfields of Appalachia are running out of coal, and there’s not a large-scale effort to diversify the region’s economy. But there are lessons to be learned from a similar transition in an unlikely place: the small United Kingdom country of Wales. Now, a documentary filmmaker is exploring parallels between 1980s Wales and modern-day Appalachia. WFPL’s Erica Peterson spoke with Tom Hansell and joins us with a report.
1:06pm: A BBC investigation finds that Pakistan is secretly supporting the Taliban, training fighters who attack American forces in Afghanistan. US military personnel have made similar charges against Pakistan recently. We’ll get the story. 1:12pm: The US is aggressively using drones against insurgents in Pakistan and Afghanistan. It’s also used armed drones in the hunt… Continue reading Drone Technology Goes Global, Pakistan Charged with Supporting the Taliban, Mary Todd Lincoln’s Commitment Papers: Today on Here and Now
Here’s some of what we’re getting ready for today’s show: What Does Bin Laden’s Death Mean For The Afghan War & US Military? Defense analyst and author Tom Ricks says because Osama Bin Laden was found hiding in plain sight in Pakistan “the jig is up” and the U.S. should curtail relations with Pakistan. We’ll… Continue reading Thursday Here and Now: Oaks and Derby, Bullying, and Time to Cut Pakistan Loose?