FROM Pekka Lintu
Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Finnish Diplomat Bloody conflicts around the world could well have been worse if it weren't for the work of a man most Americans have never heard of. That's the conclusion of the Nobel Committee, which has awarded this year's Nobel Peace Prize to 71-year old Martti Ahtisaari . The Nobel Committee has commended the former President of Finland for mediating between hostile parties in South Africa, Indonesia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Central Asia and, most recently, in Iraq. Pekka Lintu, the current Finish Ambassador to the United States, is a friend and colleague of Ahtisaari's.
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.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?