FROM Issam Ahmed
Pakistan Floods Spread Misery, Threaten Regional Security "It is as if a neutron bomb exploded overhead, but instead of killing the people and leaving their houses intact, it piled trees upon the houses and swept away the villages and crops and animals, leaving the people alive.” That's from an account by Daniyal Mueenuddin, a prize-winning writer who practiced law in New York City but now lives on a farm in Pakistan's southern Punjab. We hear from him and others about the breadth of the disaster.
A Disaster that's 'Changing Everything…' The early death toll is small compared to the instant impact of earthquakes and tidal waves, but the UN calls flooding in Pakistan the worst natural disaster in modern memory. In a region the size of Italy, the basis of civilization is being washed away: homes, roads, bridges, livestock and crops. Twenty million people face absolute ruin. Refugees are fighting over aid that's been slow in coming, and militant groups are trying to fill gaps left by government ineffectiveness. We look at the humanitarian crisis and the response from inside and outside. Can the US leverage its aid to improve a dismal image?
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.
"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."
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.