FROM John Caulker
Africa and the Unintended Consequences of Western Engagement The West has always had a complicated history with Africa. The slave trade and colonialism are a thing of the past, but there are different issues being raised today about relationships. While Western NGO's have committed significant amounts of time and money to help meet some of the continent's most pressing needs, do the media often portray Africa as having problems and the West as having the answers? Whose story gets told and from what perspective? Is there a danger of creating an image of Africa as helpless without Western aid?
"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."
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.
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.