FROM Brian Rose
UNESCO Urges NATO to Avoid Bombing Heritage Sites in Libya Many antiquities left by ancient civilizations became collateral damage when the US invaded Iraq. Libya is a country with five UNESCO World Heritage Sites , including well-preserved Greek and Roman ruins. Libyan rebels claim that Gadhafi is hiding rocket launchers at Leptis Magna, a Roman city founded by the Phoenicians in the 10th Century BC. Such sites are supposed to be protected by an international treaty on " Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict ." But NATO's not saying whether it would bomb the site if rebel reports turn out to be true. For the last eight years, Brian Rose, Professor of Mediterranean Archeology at the University of Pennsylvania, has trained troops deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan in cultural heritage awareness.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
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.
After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."