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White House Won't Sign Global Pact V. Online Extremism | All In | MSNBC

White House Won’t Sign Global Pact V. Online Extremism | All In | MSNBC

The Trump administration will not sign a global pact to counter online extremism, breaking with several allies. » Subscribe to MSNBC: http://on.msnbc.com/SubscribeTomsnbc MSNBC delivers breaking news, in-depth analysis of politics headlines, as well as commentary and informed perspectives. Find video…

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

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 are pandering to a certain vote base and they fear by naming these things even if they wanted to, it would cause them trouble with their base and that's not how I operate and that's not how I think any decent human being should operate," Maajid Nawaz, founder of Quilliam said on "Tucker Carlson Tonight." "What happened in New Zealand was a white supremacist terrorist attack and what's happened in Sri Lanka is a jihadist terrorist attack and it moves us all to speak plainly about this so we can address these problems." Former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tweeted their condolences Sunday to Sri Lanka but made it a point to avoid calling the victims Christians, instead calling them "Easter worshippers." The Washington Post published an analytical piece Monday entitled "Christianity under attack? Nawaz lamented the political angles being played during tragedy. "I think sadly too many people play politics with tragedy and they allow for their own framework of their own bias to influence how they view human tragedy and then they use that to peddle their own political narrative," Nawaz said.

LILLEY: Trudeau plays politics with terrorism

In fact, I make this claim based on Trudeau’s actions of the last week. Trudeau spent most of last week trying to link his Conservative opponents to white supremacist extremism. Meanwhile, he pushed through a removal of any reference to Sikh extremism from an intelligence report just before he visited one of the largest Sikh temples in Canada on Saturday. There is no evidence that Andrew Scheer the federal Conservative leader supports white supremacy let alone those that would use violence to push the idea for political reasons. They know that I have always 100% denounced white supremacy and racism and anyone who promotes those hateful ideologies,” Scheer said after Trudeau raised the issue to deflect from a question about the SNC-Lavalin scandal. Yet, there was Trudeau on Friday night linking Scheer to white nationalists in a speech to supporters in Mississauga. But to Trudeau, linking these two men to white nationalism, white supremacy, without proof is fine because it helps him politically. Originally it listed in order, Shia extremism, Right-Wing extremism, Sikh extremism, Sunni extremism, and Canadian extremist travellers. Now the reference to Sikh extremists is gone and is replaced by, “Extremists who Support Violent Means to Establish an Independent State Within India.” On the website of Public Safety Canada is a statement about the removal of Sikh extremism, which says, “The Government’s communication of threats must be clear, concise, and cannot be perceived as maligning any groups.” Funny that. Sunni Muslims are another group and they representing more than 1 billion people.

LILLEY: Trudeau plays politics with terrorism

Trudeau spent most of last week trying to link his Conservative opponents to white supremacist extremism. Meanwhile, he pushed through a removal of any reference to Sikh extremism from an intelligence report just before he visited one of the largest Sikh temples in Canada on Saturday. There is no evidence that Andrew Scheer the federal Conservative leader supports white supremacy let alone those that would use violence to push the idea for political reasons. He did so last week as Trudeau again raised the issue and falsely claimed that Scheer supported the idea and stood with those that did. They know that I have always 100% denounced white supremacy and racism and anyone who promotes those hateful ideologies,” Scheer said after Trudeau raised the issue to deflect from a question about the SNC-Lavalin scandal. Yet, there was Trudeau on Friday night linking Scheer to white nationalists in a speech to supporters in Mississauga. But to Trudeau, linking these two men to white nationalism, white supremacy, without proof is fine because it helps him politically. Originally it listed in order, Shia extremism, Right-Wing extremism, Sikh extremism, Sunni extremism, and Canadian extremist travellers. Now the reference to Sikh extremists is gone and is replaced by, “Extremists who Support Violent Means to Establish an Independent State Within India.” On the website of Public Safety Canada is a statement about the removal of Sikh extremism, which says, “The Government’s communication of threats must be clear, concise, and cannot be perceived as maligning any groups.” Funny that. Sunni Muslims are another group and they representing more than 1 billion people.

An extremist rabbi’s legacy is again haunting Israeli politics

Kahane called for Arabs to be expelled from Israel, and his Kach party had a history of harassing Israeli Arabs. Kahane served time in prison both in the United States and Israel. “This dangerous phenomenon will pass because no public figure or member of Knesset supports it,” Likud Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir once said about Kahane, according to Haaretz. But several major American Jewish groups, as well as Israeli public figures, are opposing the move as an endorsement of the extremism once rejected by previous Israeli governments. But what Prime Minister Netanyahu has done, because he’s desperate, because he’s in an increasingly tight political race, is open the door to evil.” A chorus of centrist and liberal American Jewish organizations opposed the merger this week. “This week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, keen to shore up his electoral position, orchestrated the unification of the extreme right-wing party Otzma Yehudit (‘Jewish Power’) with the National Union so that it could enter the Knesset in a consolidated right-wing bloc,” read a statement by eight groups, including the New Israel Fund, J Street, the National Council of Jewish Women and the Reconstructionist movement. “We are outraged that right-wing political parties and their leadership have reversed course and opened the door for Kahanists to enter into the Israeli political mainstream.” No major right-wing Jewish groups have condemned the merger. “We understand what Prime Minister Netanyahu did, and he did it to have ministers of the national religious and national union parties in his coalition.” Most American Jewish groups also opposed Kahane’s activities in the United States and Israel in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. That same year, with Kahane’s party poised to win more than 10 seats in elections, it was banned from running due to its racist platform — at the urging of Likud. Regardless, Ben-Ari will only be elected this year if his party wins enough votes to have five seats in Knesset.

What Our Extremist Politics Owe to Batman and Captain America

How Vampires, Zombies, Androids, and Superheroes Made America Great for Extremism By Peter Biskind 252 pp. The New Press. Peter Biskind has previously explored pop culture and film history in fizzy, captivating works, including “Easy Riders, Raging Bulls” and “Down and Dirty Pictures.” But those were written from hindsight — the eras he dissected had formed, plateaued and ebbed. Biskind illuminated facets of those eras that until his books came along had remained outside the light source of accepted opinion. He excelled at this task, peppering film analysis with gossip, empathy and playfulness. America’s current crisis of fracture and extremism can’t be clearly explored through the lens of pop culture — especially if that lens is focused even more narrowly on superhero, fantasy, science fiction and apocalyptic horror. If you also think of culture — and, more to the point of this book, pop culture — in the same way, then you’re probably thinking “Pass.” Image For those who agree to take it, the journey in “The Sky Is Falling” isn’t as propulsive or as fun as in Biskind’s other books. Each section describes iconic pop culture “shows” — Biskind’s umbrella phrase for films and TV series — as expressions of a particular political worldview. After a while it feels like being led through plodding, 4/4 time dance steps. Biskind, despite his journalistic élan, is not as sure-footed a guide through 21st-century nerd culture as he was through the fascinating minefield of cocaine, conflict and creativity in “Easy Riders.” It’s alarming how many things he flat-out whiffs in these pages — and not just textual misreadings (of the failed “social experiment” at the end of Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight,” for example, and of a crucial speech by the district attorney Harvey “Two-Face” Dent in the same film).
FBI arrests five residents of New Mexico compound

FBI arrests five residents of New Mexico compound

The federal criminal complaint charges them with violating federal firearms and conspiracy laws. FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as well as political and business news. The number one network in…
Report: Man trained children to commit school shootings

Report: Man trained children to commit school shootings

Prosecutors say a man accused of abusing children at a New Mexico compound linked to 'extremist Muslims' was training them to carry out school shootings. FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news…
Joe: GOP Blindly Following President Donald Trump Will Pay Political Price | Morning Joe | MSNBC

Joe: GOP Blindly Following President Donald Trump Will Pay Political Price | Morning Joe...

The panel reacts to Thursday's interview with Rep. Mark Sanford, who lost his primary fight in South Carolina. Joe Scarborough calls out the extreme wing of the GOP that pledges allegiance to the president. » Subscribe to MSNBC: http://on.msnbc.com/SubscribeTomsnbc About:…