FROM Charlotte Austin-Jordan
Mayor Goes to War on Gangs Mayor Villaraigosa's speech this week on the State of the City was devoted heavily to the fight against crime, with special focus on gangs. After two weeks of dispute, the City Council recently voted to centralized anti-gang initiatives in his office. And, despite cuts in other departments, he wants to increase funding from 19 to 24 million dollars a year.
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?
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.