FROM Martin Butcher
Afghanistan, Eurozone Questions Linger Despite NATO, G8 Resolve After thousands of protesters clashed with police this weekend, many Chicago businesses encouraged workers to stay home today. Meantime, at the Convention Center, NATO leaders agreed to pull troops out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014, with President Obama insisting that "stabilizing" that country is still a "vital" priority. The NATO meeting came hard on the heels of the G8 summit Friday and Saturday at Camp David, which supported the President's call for "growth" as opposed to "austerity" in the Eurozone. Agreements produced by these back-to-back summits could have long-term consequences for Afghanistan and the European economy. We hear what they mean for the US and other Western powers.
Afghanistan, Eurozone Questions Linger Despite NATO, G8 Resolve President Obama hosted back-to-back summits from Friday at Camp David until today in Chicago. The G8 agreed that Greece should stay in the Eurozone, but the battle over "growth versus austerity" is far from over. NATO leaders agreed to pull troops out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014, with President Obama insisting that "stabilizing" that country remains a "vital" priority. Will NATO provide the funding required for local police and a national army? Are such meetings all that useful? Did the President get what he wanted? Will the US have to live with continued uncertainty in a rapidly changing world?
Is the United States losing its moral authority in the world? American support for human rights has often been criticized as more about words than it is about action. President Trump is creating more skeptics than ever. What are the consequences for America's role in the world?
Should we 'hack the climate' to fight global warming? The Paris Agreements won't be enough to reverse global warming, whether President Trump pulls the US out or not. Is it time to try altering the atmosphere by what's called "geoengineering?" We hear about unintended consequences, international relations… and ethics.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Trump fires FBI Director James Comey Vice President Mike Pence took the Administration's lead today in explaining why the President fired the Head of the FBI, saying, "The president made the right decision at the right time." Trump's action is being compared to the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1973.