FROM Sara Khorshid
Growing Turmoil in Egypt Violence has erupted again in Egypt, where supporters of former President Mohammed Morsi are demonstrating against the government that ousted him in July. The government has designated the Muslim Brotherhood, which backed Egypt's first democratically elected leader, a terrorist organization and is responding to dissent, which comes ahead of an upcoming constitutional referendum, with increasing force and arrests. Will this further radicalize Islamists in Egypt? Will the violence spill over into the rest of the region? What role should the United States play in a Middle East marked by the rise of al Qaeda-linked insurgencies?
"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."
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.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.