LAST week was a difficult one for America. First came news of the latest two police shootings of black men, in Louisiana and Minnesota. Then an even bloodier scene followed, when a sniper in Dallas shot and killed five police officers in apparent retaliation. As if the social, racial and political turmoil were not enough for the country, four nations added an economic threat by issuing travel warnings for people thinking about making a trip to America.

The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, the Bahamas and New Zealand all issued alerts about travel to the United States, with variances in tone and advice. The foreign ministry of the Bahamas, a majority-black country, noted the “shootings of young black males” by police and warned, “In particular young males are asked to exercise extreme caution in affected cities in their interactions with the police.” The UAE, which had earlier this month warned about wearing traditional dress in America, after one of its citizens was falsely accused of being a jihadist and was subject to some heavy-handed policing, later issued a...Continue reading