Counter-extremism expert says media, politicians should identify attacks in Sri Lanka for what they are

Left struggles to acknowledge Islamic terrorists were behind Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka

The founder of a London-based think tank that focuses on counter-extremism criticized media outlets and prominent political figures for not being forthright about this past Sunday’s suicide bombings in Sri Lanka aimed at Christians.

Six suicide bombings were orchestrated by Jihadi extremists against Sri Lanka’s Christian community killing over 300 people.

The media and prominent political figures went out of their way to downplay the religious aspects of the attacks prompting criticism, host Tucker Carlson said.

“They have been unable to name Islamist extremism by name and jihadist terrorism being a violent manifestation because they genuinely believe that a bigger threat due to their political perspective is white supremacist and far-right extremism and then, of course, there’s the pragmatic political side of things. They…

WCU political science expert weighs in on Mueller investigation

We spoke with the head of the political science department at Western Carolina University, Chris Cooper, about the latest on the Mueller investigation. (Image: WLOS)<p>{/p}

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — Special counsel Robert Mueller submits the findings of his Russia investigation to the government’s top prosecutor.

Now, Congress and the American people wait to see what details, if any, Attorney General Raymond Barr releases.

For almost two years now, the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election has been a constant presence in U.S. politics.

Head of the political science department at Western Carolina University, Chris Cooper, has followed every second of it.

“This is the most talked about issue in American politics right now,” said Cooper.

As we spoke with Cooper, we touched on a number topics.

One of them being the possible political ramifications this report could have on the President or Robert Mueller.

“We still don’t know exactly what that’s going to look like,” said Cooper.

Cooper added that it all really just depends on whether the report is ever made public.

Also, with what happens to the indictments of Donald Trump’s campaign staff…

UK cannot simply trade on WTO terms after no-deal Brexit, say experts

Lorries arrive at the Port of Dover in Kent.

The UK will be unable to have frictionless, tariff-free trade under World Trade Organization rules for up to seven years in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to two leading European Union law specialists.

The ensuing chaos could double food prices and plunge Britain into a recession that could last up to 30 years, claim the lawyers who acted for Gina Miller in the historic case that forced the government to seek parliament’s approval to leave the EU.

It has been claimed that the UK could simply move to WTO terms if there is no deal with the EU. But Anneli Howard, a specialist in EU and competition law at Monckton Chambers and a member of the bar’s Brexit working group, believes this isn’t true.

“No deal means leaving with nothing,” she said. “The anticipated recession will be worse than the 1930s, let alone 2008. It is impossible to say how long it would go on for. Some economists say 10 years, others say the effects could be felt for 20 or even 30 years: even ardent Brexiters agree it could be decades.”

The government’s own statistics have estimated that under the worst case no-deal scenario, GDP would be 10.7% lower than if the UK stays in the EU, in 15 years.

There are two apparently insurmountable hurdles to the UK trading on current WTO tariffs in the event of Britain crashing out in March, said Howard.

Firstly, the UK must produce its own schedule covering both services and each of the 5,000-plus product lines covered in the WTO agreement and get it agreed by all the 163 WTO states in the 32 remaining parliamentary sitting days until 29 March 2019. A number…

Expert breaks down how California fits into global politics


From Brexit, to the conflict in Syria and disputes with Russia, a geopolitical expert shared his perspective on California’s role in global affairs with a Sacramento audience on Wednesday.

Political scientist Ian Bremmer was featured in the Sacramento Speaker Series. He’s a frequent guest on just about every cable news channel.

KCRA 3 Kellie DeMarco is the host for the series and sat down with Bremmer to get his take on how California fits into the geopolitical picture in 2019 and beyond.

Bremmer said while the global economy and…

Here’s Why Experts Worry About the Popularity of QAnon’s Conspiracy Theory

The bizarre pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy theory has burst from fringe websites into the real world this week, as dozens of attendees at two recent Trump rallies in Florida and Pennsylvania promoted it.

“It’s a movement, man. It’s the shift. I can feel it coming,” one Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania rally-goer told CNN on Thursday. “Some call it the great awakening,” he added.

The theory, which originated from anonymous messages posted online, purports to explain everything from the sinking of the Titanic to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, weaving them into a grand narrative where President Donald Trump is a secret mastermind – and hero.

QAnon’s online clues — called “breadcrumbs” — are so vague, they can be hard to follow. But there has been no evidence to prove them.

At a press conference on Wednesday White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders denied that Trump supports the group, “The President condemns and denounces any group that would incite violence against another individual, and certainly doesn’t support groups that would promote that type of behavior,” she said.

Footage from Trump’s rally in Tampa on Tuesday and a rally in Pennsylvania on Thursday shows attendees wearing T-shirts and carrying posters with the letter “Q” — a shorthand to identify followers of the conspiracy theory.

Here’s what experts say you need to know about QAnon and why the conspiracy theory has spread.

How did QAnon’s theories spread?

Conspiracies take off because the world is complex and people like things to make sense, according to Brooke Binkowski, former managing editor at the fact-checking website, which frequently debunks online theories.

“Conspiracy theories offer a neat package that wrap up all these events,” she says.

Sometimes, conspiracy theories can be debunked before they draw national attention. This is especially true when the source of the false information is identifiable and can be approached and corrected, Binkowski says. But when theories explode on platforms with anonymous posters — like 4chan, one of the sites where QAnon started — Binkowski says they can be much harder to stop.

“You don’t know who is spreading [the conspiracies] and why, or who is picking them up and why,” she says. “You can’t really confront the…

Freedom of movement: politics expert joins Brexit dance project

Students perform Taking a Position
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A politics expert and a choreographer have joined forces to produce a contemporary dance work inspired by Brexit.

Stephen Coleman, professor of political communication at the University of Leeds, worked with Sharon Watson, artistic director of Phoenix Dance Theatre, to generate material for Taking a Position, which premiered recently at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds.

The pair drew inspiration from the phrases “taking a position” and “taking back control” – terms that were used heavily in the run-up to the referendum, in which voters backed the UK’s leaving the European Union – and from the fact that Leeds was split almost 50:50 in that poll.

Ahead of rehearsals, Professor Coleman conducted interviews with six local Remain supporters and six local Brexiteers who were willing to talk “at an impressionistic and affective level”.

The performers listened to…

Laura Ingraham: Trump and “The Expert Class”

Ingraham: “Donald Trump – in politics – is an innovator and he’s not afraid to break with the establishment’s orthodoxy to do what he thinks, in his best judgement, is the right thing for the American people.”

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Why a politician’s character is more important than their capability, according to a reputation expert

  • Business Insider UK spoke to Rupert Younger, the director of Oxford University’s centre for corporate reputation.
  • Younger told us that character plays a much larger role than capability when it comes to politics.
  • He believes that this reputational importance was the reason for Hillary Clinton’s defeat in the recent United States Elections.

Read the full transcript below:

Rupert Younger: Hi I’m Rupert younger, I’m director of Oxford University’s Centre for Corporate Reputation and I’m also co-author of The Reputation Game.

We’re struggling with this idea of “what exactly is a capable politician? What exactly is it that politicians are expected to do?” The research is pretty clear that says that it’s character that matters much more than capability when it comes to politics.

How you orient yourself, the type of transparency you’re prepared to engage with, certainly in the west….

“Pocahontas” Not a Racial Slur, Says Prominent White Expert

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Donald J. Trump’s use of the name “Pocahontas” at a White House event honoring Navajo veterans was not a racial slur, a prominent white expert said on Monday.

“If some Native Americans were offended by the use of this term, I’m sorry that they’re so wrong,” the expert said. “As a white person, I…