FROM Brooke Sutherland
Why Dow and DuPont Decided to Merge Dow and DuPont have announced the biggest merger plan in the history of the chemical industry. As a measure of their role in the economy, the new combine would then split into three new companies focused on agriculture, plastics and so-called "specialty chemicals." Brooke Sutherland, columnist for Gadfly , Bloomberg's new site for fast commentary, considers what the merger will mean for investors and agriculture.
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.