FROM Bryan Graham
Fraud and Corruption in the World's Most Beautiful Game Today European officials and some soccer executives called for FIFA President Sepp Blatter to step down. Blatter agreed that corruption charges have brought "shame" on the sport, but insists he's just the man to help reform the organization -- despite the fact he's been at the top for decades. Yesterday, the US Department of Justice charged 14 of the sport's top executives with accepting millions of dollars in bribes over the years. The sweeping bribery investigation will expand to look at the award of the 2010 World Cup to South Africa. Swiss officials launched a separate criminal investigation into FIFA's awarding of both the 2022 Qatar and the 2018 Russia World Cups. Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin is accusing the United States of illegally persecuting people. Can the US reform a business as complex and global as the world's most beautiful game?
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?
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.
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?