FROM John Otim
Can Billionaire Philanthropists Change the World? Bill and Melinda Gates , the Rockefeller Foundation , George Soros and Google are all spending big money on hunger, poverty and global warming. Soros is giving $50 billion to what's called the Millennium Promise , and two foundations--Gates and Rockefeller--have joined forces in a new Green Revolution designed to fight poverty in Africa by ending hunger. Supporters welcome a "golden age of philanthropy," but at least one skeptic calls it a "tournament of billionaires" full of potential pitfalls. The Green Revolution caused environmental problems in Asia and Latin America. Can that be avoided in Africa? Can well-intentioned assistance bypass corrupt and incompetent governments and get to the people who need it? Can philanthropy generate profits?
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.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
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.