FROM Jean-Jacques Graisse
Humanitarian Aid Still Needed in Nuclear-Pariah North Korea In the 1990's, famine killed 2 million people in North Korea; Kim Jong Il appealed for assistance. Last year, he ordered donors to leave the country or scale back their programs. This year, the country faces a cold winter and likely food shortages, just as it's facing sanctions for testing a nuclear bomb. South Korea and China have both reduced aid since the test, and the US has cut its donations to the UN's World Food Program since Kim Jong Il cut back its mission earlier this year. What are the humanitarian prospects?
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.
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.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.