FROM Abigail Hauslohner
Can Power-Sharing Keep Iraq From Fracturing? In Baghdad, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is trying to hang on to power, while part of his country is under the firm control of the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS. Despite hopes that it might get its act together, Maliki’s army has failed to re-take Takrit, the hometown of Saddam Hussein. Maliki wants US help against the Islamic State that’s taken over part of the country, but his repressive style has divided his own people. We’ll look at America’s limited options in a region where national boundaries are fading away and religious extremism is on the rise.
Egypt Sentences 529 Muslim Brotherhood Members to Death In a case involving the death of a single policeman and the attempted murder of two others, an Egyptian court has imposed the sentence of death on 529 alleged members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. The incident that gave way to today's mass sentencing was an attack on a police station in the Nile Valley last August.
Violence Grips Egypt after Military Crackdown Cairo has been a virtual war zone since this morning, when security forces attacked the encamped supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. The death toll could be in the hundreds with violence spreading around the country. A curfew is now in effect. Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei has resigned. Today's move had been predicted, but the violence of the assault has stunned Egyptians, international observers and the Obama White House, which says it opposes the new emergency law and "strongly condemns" the crackdown . Will Egypt return to martial law? We have an update.
Egypt's Military Outs President Morsi One year after Mohammed Morsi became Egypt's first elected president, the military has once again taken control and installed a temporary successor. In Tahrir Square, the massive crowd that called for Morsi's ouster is elated. Across town, Morsi supporters are denouncing the military coup. Abigail Hauslohner is Cairo Bureau Chief for the Washington Post .
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.