FROM David Silverberg
Recent Security Breaches, Embarrassing or Something More? Highly publicized blunders have raised questions about security at the White House and at airport checkpoints nationwide. If the Tareq and Michaele Salahi could crash the State Dinner for the Prime Minister of India, were the Obamas and guests at risk? When the Transportation Security Administration put an operations manual on-line, did would-be terrorists learn anything new? The President has ordered government agencies to be more transparent. Will that "openness" lead to future mistakes that erode public safety? If the Obama administration seems weak on national security, will that create a new political reality in an election year?
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
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.