FROM Julian Pain
New Law Criminalizes the Recording of Violence in France Sixteen years ago, an amateur with a camera photographed officers of the LA Police Department beating an unarmed black man. Reported worldwide, the Rodney King incident led to changes in the rules of police behavior. Four days ago, the French constitutional council outlawed "happy slapping ," making a provision that would make it illegal for so-called "citizen-journalists" to record such events and post them on line. Julian Pain works on Internet Freedom in Paris for Reporters without Borders .
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
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.