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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."

2014 Statement of the Non-Self Governing Territory of Guam to the United Nations Panel on the Eradication of Colonialism

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Aug 14, 2017 09:06 PM
"Chairman Mendoza, I respectfully remind the Committee to follow through with the resolutions it has passed throughout the decades. The people of Guam are still hopeful this issue will become reality and it is only right that Guam and the other remaining territories exercise this inalienable right to self-determination, something we all should have done long ago."

Bombing Plot in Oklahoma City Is Thwarted With Arrest, F.B.I. Says | The New York Times

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Aug 14, 2017 08:37 PM
"During a meeting in June with an undercover F.B.I. agent posing as someone who could help him, Mr. Varnell said that he wanted to start the next revolution and that he identified with what is known as 3 percenter ideology, according to an affidavit filed in support of the federal criminal complaint against him. ... A variety of militia groups around the country regard themselves as 3 percenters. The term comes from their belief, debunked by historians, that only 3 percent of American colonists fought in the Revolution. These groups reject characterizations of them as racist or anti-government, describing themselves instead as pro-Constitution, pro-gun and, in many cases, pro-President Trump."
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