FROM Charles Kenny
Television, a Power for Good or Cultural Suicide? Since the first broadcast in 1928, television "has been as reviled as it has been welcomed." In 1953, science fiction writer Ray Bradbury called it "that insidious beast…that Siren which called and sang and promised so much and gave, after all, so little." But is TV really responsible for "poor health, ignorance and moral decline?" In the current issue of Foreign Policy, World Bank economist Charles Kenny writes that television still rules our world -- even in the age of the Internet -- and often for good, rather than evil.
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.
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.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.