FROM Hannah Hetzer
Uruguay Opts Out of the War on Drugs Marijuana use has been legal in Uruguay since 1974. But now, that South American country of just three million people has caught the eye of the world as the first to permit and regulate cultivation and sale, establishing a legitimate marijuana business. Uruguay's President, José Mujica, says, it's "not about being free and open," it's because illegal drug traffic is "more destructive socially than the drug itself." Most people in his own country do not agree, and the action violates a 50-year old international treaty. But many world leaders call the War on Drugs a vastly expensive failure and they're watching to see if Uruguay can build a viable alternative.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
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.
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.