FROM Omer Ismail
Wars, Natural Disasters and a Refugee Generation The latest Global Trends report by the UN's High Commissioner for Refugees contains shocking figures. The number of forcibly displaced people around the world has doubled in the past 10 years — to 60 million -- more than ever recorded before. Half of them are children. The world's poorest countries are bearing most of the burden, as the UN and other organizations run short of resources for humanitarian aid. The UN is also taking some of the blame for failing to mediate conflicts and reduce violence. Many member nations like things the way they are. Are countries in the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia losing a generation of children?
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.
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.
"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."