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Saturday, January 20, 2018
Terrorism
Foreign policy, Trump, Executive Order, Gag Rule

Foreign Policy Experts: Trump Travel Ban Weakens U.S.

More than 130 former defense and foreign policy officials have criticized President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban as contrary to national security and a useful recruiting tool for the Islamic State militant group (ISIS).

March 12, 2017
Trump, ISIS

How Donald Trump’s Anti-Muslim Rhetoric Is Fueling ISIS

President Trump is sending a new message from the White House, one that reinforces the jihadi extremists’ propaganda and increases the likelihood that more Americans will die in attacks.

February 28, 2017
Kris Kobach, Muslim Ban, Terrorism

This Study Proves Trump’s Travel Ban Is A Ridiculous Method To Prevent Terrorism

A report by the libertarian Cato Institute found there were 154 foreign-born terrorists who engaged in fatal attacks in the United States from 1975 to 2015. Twenty of these terrorists were refugees. Collectively those 20 people were responsible for killing a total of three people.

February 24, 2017
Breaking Burgh, Sweden, Bowling Green Massacre

Survivor Of Bowling Green Tragically Dies In Sweden Terror Attack

Jason Vargus was playing Pokémon Go when he narrowly escaped death during the Bowling Green Massacre, during which scores of immigrant terrorists – who had arrived there due to the absence of appropriate travel bans – machine-gunned large segments of the population to death.

February 21, 2017
Sweden, Trump

Swedish Paper Lists ‘Everything’ That Happened Friday

In a tongue-in-cheek article published Sunday, a Swedish newspaper ran through a series of the worst problems it could find Friday in the country. More serious stories cited by the article, now published in English on the paper’s website, included a man dying in hospital after a workplace accident, and police chasing a suspect for allegedly driving under the influence.

February 20, 2017
Mideast refugees arriving in Sweden

Sweden Mocks Trump’s ‘Alternative Facts’ On Fictional Refugee Incident

“Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound,” former Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt wrote on Twitter. Other Swedes mocked Trump by posting pictures of reindeer, meatballs, and people assembling IKEA furniture.

February 19, 2017
Iraqi

Suspended Travel Ban Puts Iraqi Interpreter’s American Dream At Risk

An interpreter risked his life working for the U.S. Marines. Now, after eight years in the U.S., his Michigan export business is suffering because it’s too risky to leave the country.

February 16, 2017
Dylann Roof, White Terrorism

The Double Standard On White Terrorism

Terrorism is defined as the unlawful use of violence to coerce or intimidate a government or a people in furtherance of some social or political cause. But for Rep. Duffy and others that seems to apply only to swarthy individuals with difficult names. When white people do it, it is less likely to be perceived — or reported by news media — as terrorism.

February 15, 2017
Spicer, Press Secretary, Media

A ‘Spicy’ Memoir: How To Lie With A Straight Face

Imagine if Sean Spicer wrote a memoir about his time as press secretary? Oh, the tales he could tell from inside the White House. In only three weeks, he has certainly compiled enough shocking “insider” material for a surefire bestseller.

February 15, 2017
Refugee Policies

Taking Care Of Refugees Is A Moral Duty

It’s heartening, amid the wasteland of cynicism that our politics has become, to see church leaders going out on a limb, challenging not only Trump but all Christians in our body politic to attend to a central call of their faith — to serve the suffering — even though it involves sacrifice and risk.

February 12, 2017
Trump refugee policies

Donald Trump’s Policies Present Us With A False Choice

It is human nature to want to find quick solutions to the problems that confront us, from poverty and unemployment to prejudice and terror. It follows that we would be tempted to believe those who assure us that simple remedies lie close by. Yet, the tragic reality is that it is precisely this instinct that leads to extremism.

February 10, 2017
Obamacare

Democratic Senators Denounce Plan To Focus Counter-Extremism Program On Islam

Restructuring the program to omit white supremacists and other non-Islamist groups “would severely damage our credibility with foreign allies and partners as an honest broker in the fight against violent extremism, and prove divisive in communities across our country,” Senators Cory Booker, Brian Schatz, and 10 others wrote in a letter addressed to cabinet secretaries.

February 10, 2017
White Supremacist

The Government Really Did Fear A ‘Bowling Green Massacre’ — From A White Supremacist

For some concerned about America’s vulnerability to terrorism, the very real, mostly forgotten case of Richard Schmidt in Bowling Green, Ohio, deserves an important place in any debate about what is real and what is fake, what gets reported on by the news media and what doesn’t.

February 9, 2017
Conway

Conway’s Bowling Green Massacre Claim Wasn’t An ‘Honest Mistake’

The good news is Conway’s awkward “massacre” fabrication was quickly and aggressively debunked, and her reputation may have suffered a long-term hit. The disturbing downside: The Conway incident isn’t a random, dismissible incident. As the Trump White House has proven repeatedly, making things up is becoming the rule, not the exception.

February 8, 2017
Right-wing terrorism

One Type Of Terrorism Really Is Underreported — Right-Wing Terrorism

Following President Donald Trump’s false claim that the press purposefully fails to report on terror attacks, his team released a list of attacks that were supposedly “underreported.” The list supplied, however, was entirely devoid of attacks by right-wing extremists and those inspired by the “alt-right.”

February 8, 2017
Trump, Ethics, Terrorism

Trump’s Embarrassingly Bogus Claims About ‘Underreported’ Terror Attacks

In its relentless effort to delegitimize the press, the Trump administration issued long list of lies about terrorism attacks that supposedly went underreported. The list is a horror show, one so embarrassingly rife with misspellings and falsehoods that it reads like a term paper thrown together at the last second by a 10th grader recovering from a nightlong binge of Minecraft.

February 8, 2017
was JFK socialist

On Refugees: Remembering The Legacy Of John F. Kennedy

Kennedy’s America estimated that the country derived more benefit domestically and internationally by keeping faithful to its long-held promises of liberty and prosperity rather than give into isolationist forces of exclusion. In many respects, yesterday’s communism is today’s terrorism with respect to the fear each has bred in the American psyche.

February 8, 2017
Travel Ban, Trump

Only A Third Of Americans Think Trump’s Travel Ban Will Make Them Safer

Most Americans, however, don’t think the country should show a preference for Christian refugees, as Trump has suggested. Some 56 percent, including 72 percent of Democrats and 45 percent of Republicans, disagreed that the country should “welcome Christian refugees, but not Muslim ones.”

February 1, 2017
Trump

Trump’s ‘Travel Ban’ Intended To Create Chaos And Spur Fear

Donald Trump’s order was intended to create chaos, to generate fear among immigrants, and to send a message. Loud and clear it rang: The Trump administration will pontificate about terrorism and national security, but it is intentionally targeting Muslims. No wonder all hell broke loose.

January 31, 2017
Canada, Mosque Attack

Canadian PM Says Mosque Shooting A ‘Terrorist Attack On Muslims’

Six people were killed and eight wounded when gunmen opened fire at a Quebec City mosque during Sunday night prayers, in what Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called a “terrorist attack on Muslims.” Police said two suspects had been arrested, but gave no details about them or what prompted the attack.

January 30, 2017
Border Wall

Hitting Our Heads Against A Useless Border Wall

Illegal immigration from Mexico is yesterday’s problem. Last year, more Mexicans left the United States than entered, according to the Pew Research Center. But if Donald Trump were to follow through on threats to ditch or decimate the North American Free Trade Agreement, illegal immigration from Mexico would become tomorrow’s problem.

January 28, 2017
Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan: 2017 Is A Year Of Hard Questions

This new year will be marked by change and upheaval across the globe, including new leadership in the United States, and elections in France, Germany, Iran and India. Whatever the outcome, these moments are an opportunity to ask clear, honest questions of ourselves and of our world.

January 4, 2017
ISIS, Islamic State, Turkey

Islamic State Claims Istanbul Attack, Gunman Remains At Large

The Islamic State described the Reina nightclub, where many foreigners as well as Turks were killed, as a gathering point for Christians celebrating their “apostate holiday”. The attack, it said, was revenge for Turkish military involvement in Syria.

January 2, 2017