FROM Ofir Drori
Apes, Elephants, Poaching and Extinction in Africa Just over a century ago, there were an estimated two million chimpanzees living in Africa. Today it's estimated those numbers have dwindled to 150,000, thanks in large part to poaching and the illegal international wildlife trade. News about threats to the continent's great wildlife is nothing new, but news about efforts that are making a difference isn't something we often hear. Ofir Drori is the founder of the organization, The Last Great Ape , and the co-author of The Last Great Ape : A Journey through Africa and a Fight for the Heart of a Continent.
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.
"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."
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.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?