FROM Mansoor Ijaz
The US and Pakistan in the War on Terror Standing at the White House with President Pervez Musharraf today, President Bush said he was "taken aback" to learn that a US official threatened Pakistan after September 11. Despite that warm embrace, there are serious questions about what's been called a crucial alliance in the war against terror. Afghanistan has complained that Pakistan's recent deal with tribal leaders is a green light for the Taliban. Musharraf took power in a military coup and he's now caught between a drive for westernization and Islamic extremism. Pakistan is getting massive amounts of American aid, but will his divided country allow Musharraf to be a reliable partner?
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.
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?
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.