FROM Jeffrey Lunstead
Sri Lankan Rebel Group Routed, Leader Killed The Army of Sri Lanka, the island nation off the southeast tip of India, has killed the leader of one of the world's deadliest guerilla armies. The Tamil Tigers invented the suicide belt and murdered many public officials, including India's former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Jeffrey Lunstead is a former Ambassador to Sri Lanka, now a Visiting Professor of South Asian Studies at Middlebury College in Vermont.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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?
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?