FROM Louise Roug
UN Cites Record-High Monthly Death Toll for Iraqi Civilians In Baghdad, the United Nations announced today that 3709 Iraqi civilians were killed in October. It's the highest monthly toll since the US-led invasion in March, 2003. It's also far higher than the count of nearly 2900 American soldiers killed during the entire conflict. The news comes just a week before President Bush is scheduled to meet with Iraq's Prime Minister in Jordan to discuss speeding up the transfer of security control to Iraq.
Warrant for Sunni Cleric Could Deepen Rift with Shiite-led Government Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has called an emergency meeting to prevent what he warns could be "complete collapse of the government." There's concern that Sunnis may walk out because of an arrest warrant issued for one of their leading clerics. Harith Dhari is head of the Muslim Scholars Association.
Today's Elections, a Referendum on President Bush and Iraq? American culture has spread all over the globe. Now trade, terrorism and global warming have made the planet smaller than ever. So the rest of the world is watching as the Superpower goes to the polls. Do today's elections look like a referendum on President Bush and the war in Iraq? Is there hope for continuity or change? Does the US retain the moral authority it gained in the immediate aftermath of September 11? We go to the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Mexico.
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?
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?