Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Listening Post - Charlottesville, Trump and the Media

When hundreds of far-right protesters gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia last week, it was ostensibly to protect the planned removal of a Confederate monument. They were also out to assert themselves on the public stage, in front of the news cameras.

Given that the Robert E. Lee monument in question harkens back to the era of slavery in the US, a potent message was being sent. They were met with force that didn't come from the police. And when a car ploughed into a crowd of anti-fascist protesters, killing one and injuring many more, the recriminations were swift.

One of the so-called news sites that has been incubating far-right culture - a favourite of white supremacists, The Daily Stormer, was dumped by its online hosts for its toxic take on what happened in Charlottesville.

But that will hardly shake the confidence of the movement, not with the mixed, coded messaging coming out of President Donald Trump's White House.

Some of the president's comments had voices in the white power movement rejoicing.

"The response of Trump to say that 'we're seeing hatred on many sides' is really conspicuous and I think that people on the right are saying 'We got away with it,' says Shuja Haider, editor of Viewpoint Magazine.

Trump waited another 48 hours to condemn racism.

"Everyone heard that silence as an unwillingness to call out white supremacy and Nazism by name," explains Andrew Marantz, contributing editor for The New Yorker. "I think that the neo-Nazis heard it that way. I think that the far left heard it that way. I think Republican senators heard it that way."

Like many politicians, Donald Trump leaves much open to interpretation.

And for all his bluntness, all the hectic, late-night tweeting, Trump is more skilled at using coded messaging - what's known as dog whistling. It all started with his campaign slogan "Make America Great Again", which is seen by some as a rallying cry for a return to a different America, a whiter one.

"Dog whistle politics is just that. An attempt to convey racialised sentiments without using actual racialised language," says Osamudia James, a law professor at the University of Miami.

"One of the reasons these coded dog whistles are so effective is because while they reach the extremists that they're targeted towards, they kind of escape detection by most people," adds Haidar.

The showdown in Charlottesville took many Americans by surprise. But should it have?

Fascism Is Rising In America - Richard Wolff

In this video clip, Dr. Richard Wolff is interviewed by Thom Hartmann on 'The Big Picture'. Their discussion focuses on the rise of fascism in the United States.

Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University in New York. Wolff has also taught economics at Yale University, City University of New York, and the University of Paris I (Sorbonne).

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Islamic State's Claim to Spain

Spain hasn’t been in ISIS’ crosshairs as much as France and Britain, but it has been as a through-point for ISIS recruits and target of its propaganda for years.

Chris Hedges 2017 - Stop Fascism - Chris Hedges in Portland | Part 1 (August 18, 2017)

Tucker: Left Won't Stop with Civil War Era Monuments

Aug. 17, 2017 - 3:28 - Tucker's Thoughts: By the standards of the modern Left, Abraham Lincoln would be considered a racist and wouldn't be able to be hired at Google. Libs will want to do away with the Declaration of Independence and Constitution next #Tucker

Tucker: Bannon Never Forgot Why Trump Got Elected

Aug. 18, 2017 - 8:29 - Tucker's Thoughts: The departure of chief Trump strategist Steve Bannon will make the White House more placid. But better? Bannon was one of the few populists in the Trump admin that wouldn't feel comfortable working with Hillary

‘Next to Go?’ CNN Airs Segment Designed Entirely to Ridicule Sebastian Gorka

Bannon 'Going to War for Trump' after White House Exit

President Trump's chief strategist departs; reaction and analysis on 'The Five'

Krauthammer: Steve Bannon Is a Double-edged Sword for Trump

President Trump's chief strategist rejoins Breitbart after White House departure; reaction and analysis from the 'Special Report' All-Star panel

Inside Story - How Open Is Saudi's Invitation to Hajj Pilgrims from Qatar?

Almost three months after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar, Saudi's King Salman appears to offer a small step towards reconciliation. He's ordered the reopening of the border with Qatar to Hajj pilgrims. The invitation comes the day after the US described the Gulf crisis as being at a stalemate. Qatar's foreign minister welcomed the move, although he said it was a "politically-motivated decision". In reality, at the border crossing, some Qataris are still not being allowed to make the journey. What will it take to restore trust between sparring Arab neighbours? | Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra | Guests: Ibrahim Fraihat, Assoc. Prof. Conflict Resolution & Humanitarian Studies, Doha Institute; Maysam Behravesh, Political Science, Lund University; Arwa Ibrahim, News editor, Middle East Eye

Friday, August 18, 2017

Breitbart Editor Pollack: If Trump Tries To Reinvent, Support 'Will Erode'| Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC

Joel Pollack, the Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News, joins Ali Velshi to talk about Steve Bannon's departure from the White House and whether he will return to Breitbart.

Steve Bannon on the Crisis of Capitalism and the Divine Right of Billionaires

Mathew Fox and Paul Jay discuss Bannon's alliance with the far-right Catholic Opus Dei, and his vision of the Judeo-Christian West

How Will the Right React to Steve Bannon's Ouster?

Aug. 18, 2017 - 3:46 - Could Bannon turn on members of the Trump administration? Reaction from Politico's Josh Gerstein

President Trump Removes Steve Bannon from Administration

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Max Blumenthal Live with Paul Jay on Bannon Firing

Max Blumenthal and Paul Jay talk about the forces that backed Bannon and what his firing from the White House means for far right politics in the US

Anne Frank Center: Trump's Personal Twitter Account Amplifies Hate and Should Be Suspended

President Donald Trump continues to face outrage over his response to last weekend’s deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where racism and anti-Semitism were on clear display. We speak with Steven Goldstein, executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, which is calling on Twitter to suspend Trump’s personal account, after branding him an accomplice to domestic terrorism.

Former Briebart Editor Ben Shapiro: Steve Bannon Marginalized for Months | MSNBC

Ben Shapiro, former Brietbart editor and colleague of Steve Bannon, explains how Bannon’s activity this past week foreshadowed the eventual departure.

Stephanopoulos Puts Kellyanne Conway In Her Place When She Won't Stop Lying | Full Interview | August 6, 2017

Jimmy Kimmel Interviews Kellyanne Conway About Trump Damage Control

The White House is trying to do some damage control after Trump’s latest press conference. They reportedly sent a memo to Republicans in Congress with talking points to use when discussing Charlottesville like saying that Trump’s comments on the violence were “entirely correct.” So we got in touch with Kellyanne Conway in Washington to discuss these allegations and get some answers.

Steve Bannon Out At White House | MSNBC

Two senior White House officials confirm that Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon will be leaving the White House after a chaotic tenure.

Police: Man Shot After Stabbing Several People In Finland | MSNBC

Police in Finland say that they have shot a man after he stabbed several people in the city of Turku. NBC's Ali Arouzi reports.

Jimmy Kimmel's Plan to Save Us from Trump

After one of the craziest days in Donald Trump’s presidency, Jimmy delivers a message to those who voted for him and presents a plan that could solve all of our problems.

Republicans Run Out Of Patience With The President | Morning Joe | MSNBC

President Trump is getting some tough, straight talk from top-ranking Republican Senator Bob Corker, who says that the president's conduct requires 'radical changes.'

Top US News & World Headlines — August 18, 2017

Undercover Nazi Michael German: Police Inaction Encourages White Nationalist Groups | MSNBC

As a former undercover Nazi for the FBI, Michael German relates his covert experiences to the outbreak of white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, VA, this week.

Is Germany Becoming More Right-wing? – BBC Newsnight

The German election is a little over a month away and Angela Merkel is on course to win her fourth term as chancellor. But her CDU party is under mounting pressure from the populist right-wing Alternative for Germany party. Gabriel Gatehouse visited Hamburg to ask what's motivating its supporters.

Lawrence: Donald Trump Responds To Barcelona Terror Attack With A Lie | The Last Word | MSNBC

Lawrence O'Donnell reacts to President Donald Trump's newest lie about fighting terrorism, as well as top Republican senator Bob Corker saying Donald Trump lacks the "stability" and "competence" to be president.

Spain Attacks: Bigger Attacks Were Planned, Police Say – BBC News

The Barcelona and Cambrils attackers had been planning bigger attacks than the ones they carried out, police have said.

Catalan police chief Josep Lluis Trapero told a press conference officers believed the group had been preparing the attacks at a home in Alcanar. But an explosion in the house on Wednesday, which killed one person, wounded seven and destroyed material they were planning to use in the attacks, meant they had to carry them out in a "more rudimentary way", Mr Trapero said.

The four people arrested include three Moroccans and one Spanish national, police have said.

None of them had a criminal history relating to terrorism, police chief Josep Lluis Trapero told a press conference. Three were arrested in the village of Ripoll and one in the town of Alcanar, where the house at the centre of the investigation exploded on Wednesday night. The youngest person arrested was 21, while the others were 28, 34 and 27 years old, Mr Trapero said.

'We Are in the Midst of a Global Jihadist Insurgency' – Maajid Nawaz on Fox News

Watch Quilliam Founder Maajid Nawaz appear on Fox News discussing the Barcelona Terror Attack.

Terror Attack, Trump Turmoil Rattle Stock Markets

'I Saw a Lot of Blood' - Barcelona Attack Eyewitness to RT

13 dead & more than 30 injured in a “massive crash” involving a van in Barcelona's city center, local police have confirmed. Authorities have called the incident a “terrorist attack.”

Barcelona: 13 Killed as Van Rams Crowds in Las Ramblas - BBC News

A van has ploughed into pedestrians in Barcelona's famous Las Ramblas tourist area, killing 13 people and injuring more than 100. Spanish police have described it as a terror attack.