FROM John Welter
Ten Years Later: What It's Like to Be Muslim in Southern California In the days immediately following September 11, George W. Bush was the first to ask Americans not to blame their Muslim neighbors. Then came the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the US, ugly incidents still occur — from bullying and workplace discrimination to violent assault for wearing a turban. Some local Muslims say it’s worse than ever. We hear from them and from a local police chief who tries to see things their way.
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.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?