FROM Nicola Davison
Legal Highs with Lethal Consequences They call them "legal highs" or, in the acronym driven drug lingo, NPS. Novel psychoactive substances are drugs that mimic the highs of banned substances like marijuana or cocaine, but their chemistry has been tinkered with just enough that they fall through the cracks of international drug control laws. Since about 2009 they've been flooding the market, with at times deadly results. Last month, New York, Mississippi and Alabama issued health alerts after a rash of overdoses, and police in Tuscaloosa, Alabama declared a public health crisis when one person died and two dozen were hospitalized after taking an NPS known on the street as "Spice." How can we stop the arms race in legal highs? Would legalization of marijuana and other recreational drugs end up safer for all?
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?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.