FROM Steven Erlanger
The World Reels from Historic Exit We continue our discussion of Britain’s historic exit from the EU -- how this has shaken the world markets, has far-reaching economic repercussions for Europe and the US, and what this populist win in Britain says about anti-establishment sentiment in the U.S. and how it will play in November’s election.
The Obama Legacy Across the Atlantic Even before he was elected, Barack Obama became a hero in Europe with a vow of internationalism to replace the go-it-alone approach of George W. Bush. Eight years later, Obama was back in Europe this week, trying to overcome the perception that he's become disengaged . The European Union is struggling with trade, the massive influx of refugees and the threat that Britain might withdraw. We hear what could be his last message and what's next for some of America's oldest and most powerful allies.
Who is Mohammed Emwazi aka “Jihadi John”? Today, a British national named Mohammed Emwazi was identified as “Jihadi John,” the ISIS fighter who beheaded hostages in videos posted on YouTube. We’re learning more about Emwazi, who was born in Kuwait but grew up in England in a well-to-do family. What do we know about him and his journey from computer programmer to jihadist in Syria?
Israel Announces Truce before Strike Kills Palestinian Girl Israel declared what it called “a unilateral and partial ceasefire” but moments later an Israeli airstrike killed an 8-year old girl in a refugee camp in Gaza City. Steven Erlanger is London Bureau Chief for the New York Times reporting from Jerusalem.
Israel-Hamas Fighting Escalates Rockets from the Gaza strip are landing uncomfortably close to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and Israel is continuing retaliatory air strikes. Since Monday, two Israelis have been wounded; at least 29 Palestinians have been killed, possibly including 8 children. Steven Erlanger is London Bureau Chief for the New York Times, currently on assignment in Jerusalem.
France Becomes 14th Country to Legalize Gay Marriage Despite massive protests that flooded the streets of Paris, the Socialist majority of the French National Assembly legalized same-sex marriage today. France is the fourteenth nation to recognize same-sex marriage and the third in the past two weeks. But conservative opponents promise to continue their protests. Has the new law been used to channel wider unhappiness over the policies of Socialist President Francois Hollande? Steve Erlanger is Paris Bureau Chief for the New York Times .
Is Mali the Next Afghanistan? Fighting between French troops and Islamic rebels in Mali has moved from the air to the ground for the first time since the intervention began last Friday. Meantime, Islamic jihadists have taken hostages in Algeria—including some Americans.
France Arrests 17 in Islamic Militant Raids French police have rounded up 17 suspected Islamic militants in cities across the country. Two have already been let go. What's the connection to Mohammed Merah, who was killed last week after admittedly killing seven people, including a rabbi and three Jewish children? Steven Erlanger is Paris Bureau Chief for the New York Times .
Gunman Targets Jewish School in Toulouse, France Candidates for the presidency of France have suspended their campaigns in the aftermath of killings that might be related. Three French soldiers have been gunned down in the past ten days, and today a French Israeli was shot along with three children. Steven Erlanger is Paris Bureau Chief for the New York Times .
Iran Cuts off Oil Exports to Britain and France As UN nuclear inspectors arrive for another visit, Iran says it's ordered a halt to oil exports to Britain and France. Steve Erlanger is Paris Bureau Chief for the New York Times .
All Europe, Except Britain, Signs Treaty to Shore Up the Euro The European Union summit of 27 countries has come up with a plan to save the Euro unanimously, except for Great Britain , which doesn't use the Euro anyway. France and Germany call it a "breakthrough." Poland and some other countries say they're not so sure. Steven Erlanger is in Brussels for the New York Times .
France, Germany Call for Treaty Changes in Advance of Euro Crisis Summit Some investors and analysts are predicting the end of the Euro, but others say there's still a chance before the end of this year. Today, Angela Merkel of Germany and Nicholas Sarkozy of France issued their first joint call for changing the treaties that established the Eurozone. Steven Erlanger is Paris Bureau Chief for the New York Times .
Palestine Becomes Member of UNESCO The UN's Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is a global development agency for promoting literacy, science, clean water and education. Today, UNESCO gave the Palestinian West Bank full membership , causing the US to cut off all funding . That's 22 percent of UNESCO's entire budget. Steve Erlanger is the New York Times ' Bureau Chief in Paris, where UNESCO is headquartered.
Obama, Karzai and the War in Afghanistan Before this weekend's NATO summit , Afghan President Hamid Karzai told reporters he wants fewer foreign troops in his country to reduce what he called "intrusiveness" of the war against the Taliban into daily life. After the meeting, President Obama said he'll have to settle for increased drone strikes and nighttime raids whether he likes it or not.
US, NATO Agree to Stay in Afghanistan until 2014 President Hamid Karzai wants US and NATO forces reduced, but he'll have to settle for increased drone strikes and nighttime raids whether he likes it or not. That's according to President Obama after he and other NATO leaders set 2014 as a firm date for ending major combat in Afghanistan. However, behind the scenes, US and European officials doubt General David Petraeus' claim that he has "broken the Taliban's momentum." Is Karzai getting mixed signals? What about the civilian population in Afghanistan, the nations in Europe and the United States?
French Police Push Back against Protestors With drivers struggling to find fuel in France, police today broke the blockade of an oil refinery near Paris, and President Sarkozy moved to accelerate a Senate vote on pension reforms that have sparked weeks of strikes and sometimes violent demonstrations. Steven Erlanger reports from Paris for the New York Times .
"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."
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.