FROM Edgardo Buscaglia
Is Mexico Becoming a 'Failed State?' President Felipe Calderón admits that his war on drug traffic is in trouble, and that Mexico's criminal gangs "want to replace the state." After almost four years of bloody warfare, cartels that sometimes outgun the army are smuggling more drugs than ever and expanding into other activities. Local corruption has allowed them free rein in many places, and kidnappings have shut down operations of state-run Pemex, a big source of national income. Calderón says he's open to changing his strategy. What are his options? Does the US have to do more to reduce the biggest drug market of all? What about legalization, north and south of the border?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?