FROM Elisabeth Byrs
Pondering the Right to Protect at the UN The death toll from Cyclone Nargis is still rising. Today Myanmar, formerly Burma, agreed to open its doors to medical teams from ten neighboring countries. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations will help distribute foreign aid , but the United Nations staff is still barred from the Irawaddy Delta, where it says conditions are "terrible." Elisabeth Byrs speaks for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva.
Relief Is Slow to Reach Myanmar In Myanmar, formerly Burma, corpses are floating in the flood waters in the aftermath of Saturday's cyclone. But a massive international aid effort is reportedly still being held back by the country's military rulers. Elisabeth Byrs speaks for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva, Switzerland.
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.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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?