FROM Alison Smale
A Culture Clash Threatens European Unity More than 500 complaints of sometimes violent sexual assault have come to light since New Year's Eve in Cologne, Germany. Delayed police reports say women were groped, abused and forced to run a gauntlet. Some of the suspects who have been detained are from North Africa and the Middle East. But police reports were delayed, and that's led to charges of a cover-up on behalf of innocent refugees. Outrage in Germany is growing with potentially dire consequences for innocent refugees — and for one of Europe's historic achievements: Some of the open borders finally established after centuries of warfare are closing again.
Anti-Islam Protests and Counter Protests Rock Germany Despite appeals from Chancellor Angela Merkel, churches and business leaders, thousands of Germans turned out in Berlin, Dresden and other major cities last night to protest what they call "the Islamization of Europe." There were counter-demonstrations as well, as we hear from Alison Smale, Berlin Bureau Chief for the New York Times .
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?
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?