FROM Thomas Parham
The Dalai Lama Celebrates His Birthday by Spreading Compassion The Dalai Lama has a long association with UC Irvine, and he's chosen to celebrate his 80th birthday there next Monday. Starting the day before, he'll be part of Orange County's three-day Global Compassion Summit . We hear more from Dr. Thomas Parham, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs on the campus, and from the man called "the Voice of the Dalai Lama, the Venerable Lama Tenzin Dhonden.
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?
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.