FROM Hans van de Weerd
Is America turning its back on the world? Late last year, Donald Trump tweeted that, the United Nations had become, "Just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time." His budget proposal released today includes massive cuts to the State Department and in US contributions to UN programs, including peacekeeping and environmental protection. UN critics say it's about time. But whatever the UN's shortcomings, supporters call reversing decades of US policy a threat to international order…and a risk to America's own national security.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
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.