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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Are We Taking Our Security For Granted Amid Trump Chaos?

Reprinted with permission from Creators.


Wander the twinkling streets of Manhattan in this holiday season and marvel. Not at the wondrous store windows, dressed-up partygoers and festive music out of every speaker. To those used to it, the spectacle repeats every December. The marvel this year is that the celebrating crowds, thicker than ever, are seemingly oblivious to the dangerous chaos enveloping the national security apparatus.

This is the city devastated by the 9/11 attacks. It remains in the crosshairs of terrorists wanting to do America great harm in the most theatrical manner. This is where the international media live to record mass tragedy against a dramatic backdrop.…

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Questions For Our New Ambassador To Saudi Arabia

Reprinted with permission from Tomdispatch.


What does President Trump’s recent nomination of retired Army General John Abizaid to become the next U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia signify? Next to nothing — and arguably quite a lot.

Abizaid’s proposed appointment is both a non-event and an opportunity not to be wasted. It means next to nothing in this sense: while once upon a time, American diplomats abroad wielded real clout — Benjamin Franklin and John Quincy Adams offer prominent examples — that time is long past. Should he receive Senate confirmation, Ambassador Abizaid will not actually shape U.S. policy toward Saudi Arabia.…

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Under Trump, Right-Wing Terrorism Surges In US

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.


Right-wing domestic terrorism has surged since Trump took office in January 2017, according to a new analysis of global terrorism data from the Washington Post.

The report found that there were more acts of terrorism motivated by right-wing political ideologies in 2017 than all other types of domestic terrorism combined. Out of 65 total incidents, 36 were classified as right-wing terrorism. The remaining incidents included 10 acts of left-wing terrorism, 7 acts of Islamist extremism, and 12 classified as “other/unknown.”

While right-wing terrorism was already on the rise in the years leading up to Trump’s presidency, the report notes that the uptick in violence carried out by right-wing attackers “accelerated” in 2017 and again in 2018.…

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