FROM Omer Ismail
Wars, Natural Disasters and a Refugee Generation The latest Global Trends report by the UN's High Commissioner for Refugees contains shocking figures. The number of forcibly displaced people around the world has doubled in the past 10 years — to 60 million -- more than ever recorded before. Half of them are children. The world's poorest countries are bearing most of the burden, as the UN and other organizations run short of resources for humanitarian aid. The UN is also taking some of the blame for failing to mediate conflicts and reduce violence. Many member nations like things the way they are. Are countries in the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia losing a generation of children?
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
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?
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.