The White House has said that President Donald Trump’s April 6 cruise-missile airstrikes on a Syrian airbase and other military installations was in retaliation for a chemical-weapons attack by President Bashar al-Assad on his own people in Khan Sheikhoun, a town under the control of rebels battling his regime. Ninety people were killed and 500 injured in the Khan Sheikhoun chemical-weapons attack.
But the U.S. attack was a “false flag” operation, based on military intelligence that was “obviously false,” says noted Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Theodore Postol, who has joined a growing group of highly credentialed experts questioning Trump’s explanation for his military attack on Syria.
After almost 13 years, a multinational military force sent by the United Nations to “stabilize” Haiti is being phased out. Both inside of the country and in the Haitian diaspora, there is great concern about what happens after the troops are gone and, even before they go, how will a number of lingering issues that had caused great tension between nationals and troops be resolved.
Kim Ives, cofounder of the international weekly newspaper Haïti Liberté, discusses the tenuous transition.