FROM Ann Notthoff
Wind on the Water: Will California Accept Turbines Off the Coast? In San Francisco today, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has been chairing a hearing on oil drilling off the shores of California. The Bush Administration left behind a proposal to offer 44 million acres off the coasts of Mendocino and Humboldt counties up north and 89 million acres of the counties of San Diego, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.