FROM Martin Lewis
Live Earth and the Greening of Pop Culture and Commerce Live Earth was a 24-hour concert at nine venues on seven continents featuring a galaxy of world-class pop stars along with local acts aimed at reaching across the planet--plus Al Gore on the Washington Mall. In the words of Al Gore , its creator and organizer, the event was designed to "trigger a global movement to solve the climate crisis." Were the 24 hours of music, commercials for ecological products and political exhortations a high point of the "Green Revolution" or just another high-tech spectacle? Will millions of people change their lifestyles? Will they force governments and corporations to act on the message, or will the massive audience be lulled into feeling better without insisting on the changes that could make a difference?
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.
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?
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.