FROM Georg Matthes
Open Society and the Threat of Guerilla Warfare After well-coordinated terror attacks in two major cities in just four months, Europe is bracing for more. The death toll is now at least 34 and the number of injured more than 200 after yesterday's two bombing attacks on the Brussels airport and another downtown. Yesterday's strikes came despite the best efforts of multiple intelligence agencies since Paris was hit in November. Clearly, they weren't enough. Supposedly "unified" countries have opened their borders but failed to coordinate and share information. We look at the challenges to come and how terrorism in Europe is playing a role in America's presidential campaign.
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.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.