FROM Kevin Sieff
Prisoner Swap U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was freed over the weekend after being held for 5 years as a prisoner of war by the Taliban. In return, the U.S. released five high-level Taliban officials from Guantanamo. What do we know about the negotiations behind the swap? How was Sgt. Bergdahl captured by the Taliban in the first place?
Leaving Afghanistan: For Better or Worse? The search for Osama bin Laden turned into America's longest war and a vastly expensive exercise in trying to build one of the world's poorest nations. But critics say much of the country has been left out, while US dollars have fueled corruption that's even now raising the cost of American withdrawal. Meantime, the Taliban reportedly are divided, as one faction talks peace while the other waits to wage more war when Afghan forces are on their own. After twelve years of US involvement, what does Afghanistan look like now? What's in store for the future?
John Kerry in Afghanistan Earlier this month, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said the Obama Administration was working behind his back with the Taliban. A joint news conference Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel never happened. Today, John Kerry, the Secretary of State, made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan. Kevin Sieff is Kabul Bureau Chief for the Washington Post .
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?
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?
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.