The Alyona Show: Ahmadinejad's Attack
The Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty entered into force in 1970, as a call to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. Today, 189 nations are signatories and a conference to review the treaty has kicked off at the UN But not without some finger pointing, and drama. RT Correspondent Lauren Lyster joins Alyona from New York City to report on the action.
Later, as we continue to look at the devastating oil spill in the Gulf, we have to put this story in perspective. Although the cause of the explosion is still under investigation, Barack Obama said that British Petroleum is responsible for the costs of the spill, and BP has followed up, saying they will pay for the clean up. Should BP be getting credit for it's goodwill? Not exactly. Alyona and radio host Thom Hartmann discuss why we shouldn't be praising BP just yet.
Then, Europe's battle against Islam continues. Last week, the Belgian leaders voted for a bill that would ban the niqab, the full facial veil that some Muslim women wear. France has been pushing for similar legislation for a while, and polls in France show that 70 percent of voters there support the ban. And now a German MP is calling for all of the EU to ban the veil. The Muslim population in Europe far exceeds that in the US, but with an estimated 7 million Muslims already in the US, we have to ask if American legislators would ever take this step. Alyona talks to Reason Magazine's Michael Moynihan to try to figure it out.
Finally, in recent years, many have asked why May Day is celebrated the world over, and yet the US, where it originated, ignores the holiday altogether. But with protests nationwide this year, it's back on the rise. So will this be a fleeting resurgence, as immigration battles take center stage in the country, or have American workers, once again found their voice? Alyona and immigrant rights advocate Marylou Cabral discuss.