FROM Anthony Francoso
California Students and Faculty Protest Education Cuts Today was a " Day of Action " across the country, with 100 protests in 32 states, a national demonstration that started in California. It's all about massive cuts in public universities and colleges, along with dramatic increases in fees and tuition. Anthony Francoso is a Sociology Lecturer at Cal State LA and a member of the California Faculty Association.
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.
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.
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?