FROM Sarah Cook
The Web at 25: Free Flow of Information or Censorship? The web was invented 25 years ago by a British physicist with a strong sense of Western values. Sir Tim Berners-Lee still envisions a free, open, democratizing system of universal communication. Berners-Lee has recently advocated a digital Bill of Rights to protect against the growth of government censorship that Google's Eric Schmidt calls " mechanisms of repression ." In China, citizen bloggers can be arrested. Pakistanis can't watch YouTube; and Russians won't read independent websites about Ukraine. Censorship and privacy violations reveal limits to the Global Village as the worldwide web becomes truly worldwide.
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.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
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.
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?