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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."

When Does a Fringe Movement Stop Being Fringe? | The Atlantic

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Aug 13, 2017 12:24 PM
"[I]t’s hard to square a group of men with Home Depot tiki torches, wrinkled khakis, bad haircuts, and a love of memes who came down to Emancipation Park with the blood-curdling menace of Klansmen in my mind’s eye. It’s easier to joke about losers camping out in a park than to consider them capable of the kinds of paradigm-shifting horror that destroyed countless black families. But that’s a trick of historical perspective—even the most feared white supremacists in the lore of Jim Crow were just regular white men, transformed from lives as politicians, mechanics, farmers, and layabouts by the sheer power of ideology. And often, their movements were considered “fringe” and marginal—until they weren’t. ... History says that those transformations are relatively fast, and often act as conflagrations that destroy decades of progress in flashes."

How Charlottesville became the symbolic prize of the far right | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Aug 13, 2017 12:17 PM
"Charlottesville is just the latest example of this: for months, fascists and anti-fascists have clashed in highly publicised demonstrations across the country, including in Berkeley, California, Portland, Oregon, New Orleans, Pikeville, Kentucky, and last month in Charlottesville, where more than 1,000 people demonstrated against about 50 members of the KKK, many of them in elaborate satin hoods and robes. But Saturday’s rally marked a new level of intensity, both in the size of the protest and the level of the violence."

Charlottesville mayor: There is a 'direct line' between Trump campaign and white supremacist rally | Politico

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Aug 13, 2017 12:11 PM
"When he was running for president, Trump was slow to disavow the support of white supremacists like former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. The rally on Saturday was a gathering of white supremacists (including Duke), neo-Nazis and other extremists, and a woman died and more than a dozen others were injured when a car plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters."

Danny Glover and Bernie Sanders seek France's help after Nissan union vote | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Aug 12, 2017 12:11 PM
"The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) filed charges against Nissan, accusing the company of bribery and intimidation during the ballot. Company managers held one-on-one meetings with workers to press for a no vote. ... French members of parliament are now beginning to raise questions and are calling on Renault Nissan to hold a new election."

Life in a Syrian town transformed by a ceasefire | CNN

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Aug 12, 2017 10:56 AM
"Like most ceasefire agreements, very few gave it a chance of succeeding initially, but a month on, at least here in Quneitra, the truce is holding -- most of the time. ... The ceasefires around the country are freeing up units of the Syrian army and their affiliated forces, allowing them to be redeployed in a big push against the terror group. ... The Russians appear to have no interest in removing the Syrian president, and ceasefire agreements like the one in Quneitra are helping the Syrian army to regroup and rest many of its soldiers."

Sphere of Influence: How American Libertarians Are Remaking Latin American Politics

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Aug 12, 2017 10:52 AM
> It was a lonely battle for decades, but not lately. Chafuen was among friends at the 2017 Latin America Liberty Forum. The international meeting of libertarian activists was sponsored by the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, a leadership-training nonprofit now known simply as the Atlas Network, which Chafuen has led since 1991. At the Brick Hotel, Chafuen was reveling in recent victories; his years of work were starting to pay off, thanks to political and economic circumstances — but also because of the network of activists Chafuen has been working for so long to cultivate.

Syrian army steps up strikes on capital's last rebel enclave | Reuters

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Aug 09, 2017 10:45 AM
"Residents and rescuers say the Syrian army has intensified shelling of civilian areas in the Eastern Ghouta region where rebels are holed up, many in underground tunnels, out of frustration at the lack of progress. At least 15 civilians have been killed and scores of others injured in three days of sustained bombardment."
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