FROM Kamyar Enshayan
President Bush Visits Flooded Iowa Cities President Bush flew to Iowa today, one of six states where floods have forced tens of thousands of people out of their homes. Mindful of the federal fiasco after Hurricane Katrina, the President says he’ll ask state and local officials what they need and make sure that they get it. Cedar Falls City Councilman Kamyar Enshayan is also director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa.
"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."
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.