FROM Michael Conathan
Gold Rush on the Seas: The New Blue Economy The ocean is our last frontier still largely unmapped and unclaimed, but that's rapidly changing. Russia, China, the US and other nations are vying for seabed and exploratory rights to resources like oil, minerals, potential lifesaving medicines, alternative energy made from algae, food derived by seaweed and many more riches. Entrepreneurs are investing in new ocean-based technologies like aquaculture, seabed mining and bio-fuels. This "Blue Economy" could generate jobs. But will the ocean be able to withstand the onslaught of its new industrial age?
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.
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?
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
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.