FROM Gordon Denoon
The Conflict between Ethiopia and Somalia Fighting continues in Somalia, after Ethiopian troops attacked Islamist forces there. While Ethiopia wants to see the moderate transitional government of Somalia back in power, old regional rivalries threaten to spread the conflict. Do Islamic fundamentalists pose a real threat in eastern Africa? Is the unstable region a breeding ground for al Qaeda terrorists? Are humanitarian agencies able to cope with the number of refugees fleeing yet another war? We look at the rise of Islamic fundamentalists in Somalia, the implications for the region, the west and the world.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
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.
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.