FROM Taameem Almaliki
Is the US Doing Enough for the Iraqis We Left Behind? For those Iraqis who wanted an end to Saddam Hussein's dictatorship, working with American and British forces was a dangerous assignment. Tariq Abu Khumra finally made it to the US less than year ago, leaving his family in his home country. He now lives in the San Fernando Valley. He is just one of many Iraqis who are desperate to leave a ruined country.
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.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
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.