FROM Brad Wieners
Can the US Help Stop the Migrant Crisis? Last month alone,100,000 migrants crossed into Europe, and so far this year at least 2,500 have died trying. Over the weekend, European leaders called for an emergency meeting to address the Mediterranean migrant crisis. The meeting’s now set for September 14th . Leaders hope to establish official “welcome centers” in Greece and Italy. These centers would house and feed migrants while they are screened to determine who stays and who gets sent home. It would be a first and basic step to address the problem. In the meantime—is there anything that the United States can do?
Can the Nations of Europe Resolve a Humanitarian Crisis? By April of last year, 56 migrants died trying to reach Europe from the Middle East North Africa. This year, the number's already 1750 — and humanitarian agencies warn it could rise to 30,000 as people flee from chaos and war in their home countries. In Brussels yesterday, a summit meeting of the European Union held an emergency " summit " and agreed to increase spending to cope with the crisis. But its new plan is already being called inadequate — more a police action than an ambulance service. Do prosperous Western countries have a moral obligation to accept refugees despite the politics of immigration?
Dying at Europe's Doorstep Sobering news out of Europe over the weekend: at least 700 people died after a boat carrying migrants from Africa capsized in the Mediterranean over the weekend. The UN is calling this disaster the worst massacre ever seen in the Mediterranean. And as the weather gets warmer, these dangerous boat trips are expected to continue, creating many more casualties. EU leaders are meeting today to figure out how to handle this crisis.
Hua Hsu: A Floating Chinaman Author Hua Hsu stops by to discuss his book A Floating Chinaman, recounting the life of 1930's actor/writer H.T. Tsiang and his struggles entering the American literary world.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.