FROM William Booth
New Palestinian Attacks Shake Jerusalem Hundreds of Israeli troops are on the streets of Jerusalem and in the West Bank as stabbing assaults continued today, including one on security forces. William Booth, who reports from Jerusalem for the Washington Post , has more on the latest violence.
Conflict Resumes in Gaza When the latest ceasefire came to an end this morning, rockets were fired into Israel from Gaza. Israel struck back, killing a 10-year old boy and wounding some other children. William Booth is Jerusalem Bureau Chief for the Washington Post.
Israelis Launch Major Offensive Against Hamas Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has ordered his forces to “take their gloves off” as he launches a major offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. There have been air strikes against 150 targets, and infantry troops have been mobilized for a possible ground incursion. William Booth is Jerusalem Bureau Chief for the Washington Post.
Mexico's Drug Wars and Reporting the News In the past four years, at least 30 Mexican journalists have been murdered or disappeared. Sunday, a respected newspaper in Ciudad Juárez directly addressed the drug cartels battling for control of the city. In a front-page editorial, El Diario called for a truce. Two years ago, the paper's lead crime reporter was gunned down in his driveway before he could take his daughter to school. Last week, a photo-journalist was killed in the parking lot of a busy shopping mall.
Mexico's Drug Wars and Reporting the News Brutal killings and shootouts that paralyze cities for hours often are not reported by Mexican newspapers, radio or TV. In the past four years, at least 30 journalists have been murdered or disappeared, so many that El Diario de Ciudad Juárez directly addressed the drug cartels battling for control of the city. On Sunday, in a front-page editorial, the well respected paper has asked for a "truce," implying the government can't protect citizens who are doing their jobs. There's growing Internet traffic for a blog that accepts often gruesome postings from drug lords themselves. Hillary Clinton says Mexico is like Colombia 20 years ago. Has President Calderon's military offensive failed? What can the US do?
Trump fires FBI Director James Comey Vice President Mike Pence took the Administration's lead today in explaining why the President fired the Head of the FBI, saying, "The president made the right decision at the right time." Trump's action is being compared to the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1973.
Should we 'hack the climate' to fight global warming? The Paris Agreements won't be enough to reverse global warming, whether President Trump pulls the US out or not. Is it time to try altering the atmosphere by what's called "geoengineering?" We hear about unintended consequences, international relations… and ethics.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Concern deepens amid Trump's controversies President Trump delivered today's commencement speech to the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut. As he praised the accomplishments of the graduates, he listed some of his own… and made reference to reports that he leaked intelligence to the Russians and tried to shut down an FBI Investigation into his associates.