FROM Ayesha Siddiqa
Election Returns Pakistan from Military to Civilian Rule In parliamentary elections, voters have repudiated President Pervez Musharraf by giving two opposition parties control of Pakistan's National Assembly. Musharraf told visiting US Senators today he accepts his party's resounding defeat in today's elections. Despite fears of vote-rigging and violence, international observers say the success of two opposition parties accurately reflects the will of the voters. Can Musharraf, an American ally, hold on to his job? What about Islamic extremists, the war on terror and control of nuclear weapons? We hear about the future of that country and relations with the US.
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?
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?
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.