FROM Blake Hounshell
Netanyahu and Abbas at the UN At the UN General Assembly today, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas focused on the lack of a peace process. He began by attacking Israel's destruction of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem and the refusal to permit reconstruction. When it was his turn, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Jerusalem Israel's "eternal capital," but focused on the perceived threats from Iran. Blake Hounshell is Managing Editor of Foreign Policy magazine.
Rebel Libyan Leaders Meet with Western Envoys In Tripoli, rebel leaders have placed a nearly $2 million bounty on Colonel Moammar Gadhafi, who remains in hiding, while forces loyal to the dictator freed 30 foreign journalists who'd been held captive in the nation's capital. Meanwhile, rebel leaders are meeting with senior envoys from several countries in Qatar. Blake Hounshell is Managing Editor of Foreign Policy magazine based in Doha.
Syria, Libya and the Future of NATO Syria is conducting bloody repression of its own people without interference. Some 8500 Syrians have fled across the border into Turkey and thousands more may be making their way on trucks, tractors and on foot, without access to shelter or food. In Libya, Moammar Gadhafi is hanging on longer than expected. Is NATO prepared to protect civilians for humanitarian reasons? What's the future of the Atlantic Alliance? Segment image: Syrian refugees gather on June 15, 2011 during Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's visit to the Turkish Red Crescent camp, two kilometers from the Syrian border. Photo: Mustafa Ozer/AFP/Getty Images
Syria, Libya and the Future of NATO The government of Syria is using tanks and other weapons to quash dissent by killing its own people. The international community, so far, is standing by. The UN Security Council has not denounced the Syrian regime, and NATO is showing no appetite for intervention. NATO is having a hard time already in Libya , and the US is impatient about being so involved in an action pushed originally by Britain and France. What's happening to the idea of "liberal intervention" on humanitarian grounds? Are US and European interests no longer in sync? What's next for NATO?
Tunisian President Flees Country amid Mounting Protest Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has fled that North African country after promises of lower food prices and more political freedom failed to stop massive street protests in the capital city of Tunis. Blake Hounshell, Managing Editor of Foreign Policy magazine, is in Doha, Qatar, and updates the rapidly changing situation.
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?