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With every sneer, liberals just make Trump stronger | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Aug 16, 2017 04:58 PM
"Trump and his supporters thrive on the venom of their liberal tormentors. The old maxim should apply: think what your enemy most wants you to do, and do the opposite. Tolerating Trump may stick in the craw, but it must be counter-productive to feed his paranoia, to behave exactly as his lieutenants want his critics to behave, like the liberal snobs that obsess him."

Antifa: A Look at the Antifascist Movement Confronting White Supremacists in the Streets | Democracy Now!

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Aug 16, 2017 03:27 PM
"AMY GOODMAN: To look more at the antifascist movement, known as antifa, we’re joined by Mark Bray, lecturer at Dartmouth College. His new book, Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook. First, pronounce it for us, Mark, and then talk about antifa. MARK BRAY: Yes, well, it’s pronounced on’-tee-fah. The emphasis is on the first syllable, and it’s pronounced more on than an, so on’-tee-fah. It’s commonly mispronounced. But antifa, of course, is short for antifascist."

What Trump Gets Wrong About Antifa | The Atlantic

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Aug 16, 2017 02:50 PM
"As members of a largely anarchist movement, antifa activists generally combat white supremacism not by trying to change government policy but through direct action. They try to publicly identify white supremacists and get them fired from their jobs and evicted from their apartments. And they disrupt white-supremacist rallies, including by force."

Trump Ends C.E.O. Advisory Councils as Main Group Acts to Disband | The New York Times

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Aug 16, 2017 02:21 PM
"Presidential advisory councils are largely ceremonial, meant to give the business community a line in with the White House. ... Moreover, the panels have not been seen to be particularly effective. After a few high profile events for the groups early in the Mr. Trump’s presidency, there have been few meetings since, and none more are planned."

Why is the US still fighting the civil war? | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Aug 16, 2017 12:44 PM
"According to the American Values Survey by not-for-profit polling organisation PRRI, around seven in 10 working-class whites believe that the flag is a symbol of “southern pride” rather than “racism”. Sixty percent of whites of all classes feel this way, and so do 51% of Americans as a whole – whereas 80% of black Americans say it is a racist symbol, and it is African Americans fighting for racial justice who have been the foremost critics of confederate symbols since they were erected. ... The alleged murderer in Charlottesville last Saturday, James Fields Jr, was himself a member of a group, Vanguard America, that explicitly targets college-age men in its recruiting, and hundreds of young men were active participants in the weekend’s events."

Cuban trade with Venezuela plunges over two years | Reuters

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Aug 16, 2017 10:54 AM
"Venezuelan exports to Cuba, almost exclusively oil-related products and reflecting both a 40 percent decline in deliveries and low prices, fell to $1.6 billion last year, compared with $2.8 billion in 2015 and $5.1 billion before the crisis began. Cuban exports to Venezuela declined to $642,000 last year, compared with $1.4 billion in 2015 and $2 billion in 2014."

The Clintons, Trump and White Backlash | Counter Punch

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Aug 15, 2017 01:05 PM
"The argument that they (the Clintons) shouldn’t be held to account for legislation they supported undermines the base precept of legal liability used to write it. In other words, the Clinton apologia appears to be that they shouldn’t be held to account but the several million poor Blacks imprisoned under legislation they supported should have been. And there is no hyperbole in linking the language, structure and intent of the 1994 Crime Bill to Nazi Law through precedents in Jim Crow."

Democrats Fret as Clinton Book Rollout Looms | Bloomberg

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Aug 15, 2017 12:25 PM
"Clinton has moved from being an admired former New York senator and secretary of state to becoming a divisive and unpopular figure. In last month’s Bloomberg national poll, 58 percent of respondents rated her unfavorably compared to 39 percent who gave her favorable marks. More than one in five people who voted for her in November now regard her unfavorably. That was even worse than Trump’s standing in the same poll."

2016 Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples: GUAM

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Aug 14, 2017 09:35 PM
"[T]he Speaker of the thirty-third Guam legislature said that the most acute threat to the legitimate exercise of the decolonization of Guam was the incessant militarization of the island by its administering Power, a new wave of which its people were currently facing. She indicated that, in an official record of decision issued in August 2015, the United States military had laid out a detailed plan for military build-up allowing for the construction of military bases, the relocation of 5,000 United States marines to Guam and other steps."
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