FROM Kristian Berg Harpviken
Nobel Peace Prize Choice Upsets China: Liu Xiaobo From a long list of candidates in a world full of war and repression, China's Liu Xiaobo has been chosen for this year's Nobel Peace Prize. However, Liu might not know it until his wife is able visit him in a Chinese prison, where he's serving an 11-years sentence on charges of subversion for advocating human rights. His history of dissent includes a hunger strike during the protests in Tiananmen Square. China warned the Nobel committee to choose someone else. Will this make things even worse for Liu? Will it increase international pressure on China? What have been the consequences of last year's choice of Barack Obama , a first-term President in the midst of two wars?
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.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
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?