FROM Emira Woods
Liberia's TRC Recommends President Resign Liberians call her "Ellen," and to both admirers and critics, she's the " Iron Lady ." Now, Liberia's Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls for Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to resign. Today, after three years of hearing testimony from thousands affected by the country's 14 year-long civil war, the TRC released its final report . Among its recommendations are that Africa's current – and first female president –be banned from office for 30 years. Emira Woods is co-director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?