FROM Philip Hersh
The Beijing Olympics: Human Rights, Smog and Peking Duck When the world's greatest athletes arrive in Beijing, China for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games , the focus will shift to international competition. In the meantime, it's on smog, human rights and international politics. Recently, Stephen Spielberg resigned as the Games' artistic advisor, claiming that China is not doing enough to make peace in Darfur. Human rights groups say political dissidents are being rounded up by a government that promised to allow greater freedom of speech. Coaches worry about the health of their athletes, not to mention the Chinese people, despite the pledge to clean up the air. Looking forward to the greatest sports event in the world, we'll hear about smog, human rights and international politics.
Russia's Aggression in Syria Changes the Dynamics As Russia continues to bombard Syria, it's still targeting enemies of President Assad but not America's enemy ISIS. Has Vladimir Putin scored a lasting victory or created what could be as much a quagmire for Russia as it is for the US?
The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Its Impact on California After almost eight years of negotiations, the US and 11 other nations have agreed on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the biggest international trade deal in history. What will it mean for business in California? Why are organized labor and environmentalists so unhappy?