FROM Elisabeth Byrs
Pondering the Right to Protect at the UN The death toll from Cyclone Nargis is still rising. Today Myanmar, formerly Burma, agreed to open its doors to medical teams from ten neighboring countries. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations will help distribute foreign aid , but the United Nations staff is still barred from the Irawaddy Delta, where it says conditions are "terrible." Elisabeth Byrs speaks for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva.
Relief Is Slow to Reach Myanmar In Myanmar, formerly Burma, corpses are floating in the flood waters in the aftermath of Saturday's cyclone. But a massive international aid effort is reportedly still being held back by the country's military rulers. Elisabeth Byrs speaks for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva, Switzerland.
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.
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.
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?