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Two Knees: 2020 and 2016

The Story: In 2016, after high-profile shootings of two black men by police in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Charlotte, North Carolina, a quarterback for the San...

We’re witnessing identity politics in extreme, violent forms: Deputy foreign minister

Southeast Asia is struggling to uphold democracy, facing challenges caused by identity politics, which limits freedom of expression and religious that could eventually lead to human rights violations. "We are witnessing the politics of identity in extreme or even violent form," Deputy Foreign Minister AM Fachir said in his keynote speech at the Nexus between Religious Freedom or Belief and Freedom of Expression in South East Asia seminar in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Monday. At the seminar, which was organized by the Journalist Association for Diversity (SEJUK) in cooperation with the International Association of Religion Journalists (IARJ) and the Institute for Peace and Democracy (IPD), Fachir said rampant hoaxes and fake news, which were spread on social media, have worsened the situation. So the key is to educate the public," he said at the opening of the three-day event, which was attended by dozens of journalists, scholars and human rights experts from Southeast Asia, Timor-Leste and India. Before delivering his speech, Fachir invited everyone to observe a minute of silence to remember the victims of the terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, which killed at least 50 people, including an Indonesian. "Christchurch is a strong reminder that terrorism remains a real threat to us all irrespective of religious denomination or cultural background," he said. Meanwhile, the IARJ’s executive director, Endy Bayuni, said the region was struggling to uphold democracy, facing challenges from society as well as the state. Endy said the seminar gave journalists in the region a space to share their experiences and formulate a journalistic code of conduct when covering freedom of religion and minority rights issues "Religion journalism is important and it is important that journalists work in an increasingly diverse society. Royal Danish Special Representative for Freedom of Religion of Belief Ambassador Michael Suhr applauded the event, saying problems regarding the implementation of the freedom of religion, belief and expression was not only happening in the region, but globally as well. (jun)

Venezuela’s political battle over foreign aid turns to violent confrontation

Meanwhile, Vice President Pence traveled to Colombia to meet with opposition leader Juan Guaido, promising that the U.S. would increase sanctions on Venezuela in an attempt to oust President Maduro, and calling for other countries to do the same. Special correspondent Nadja Drost reports. Nadja Drost: The town of Urena on the border with Colombia was the front line on Saturday in the battle between the two leaders for control of Venezuela. Nadja Drost: They're following a plan devised by the man they now consider their president, Juan Guaido, who is trying to peel away support of President Nicolas Maduro from the military to allow aid into the country. Protesters want to make their way onto the bridge that crosses the river into Colombia, but the national guard has been blockading all groups from access. No matter what happens, protesters here today say they will find a way to break the blockade of the national guard in order to allow humanitarian aid from Colombia to pass the border into Venezuela. Nadja Drost: As the national guard took to the streets and started firing at protesters with rubber bullets, many of them were rescued by mobile units of volunteer nurses and brought to the nearest safe house, before being transferred to this private health clinic opening its doors to anyone injured. While the opposition blames Maduro for not allowing shipments of food and health supplies donated by the U.S., seen by the Maduro's government as their number one enemy, the government says the effort to force in aid is a form of foreign intervention and threat to sovereignty. While the Venezuelan Red Cross has offered to administer whatever aid is in the country, it has refused to participate in an operation where alleged political motivations eclipse humanitarian ones. Patients either don't come because they know the hospital can't to treat them, or they cross into Colombia.

European Parliament discussion on political violence set for Wednesday

Aa Aa Faced with a climate of hatred that pervades Europe, MEPs in Brussels will discuss on Wednesday the increasing verbal and physical violence against politicians. This is a reality that Dutch MEP Judith Sargentini knows well. She denounced the violation of rule of law in Hungary and since then she has been targeted. Sargentini claims the Hungarian government is behind those attacks. “They went as far as to put advertisements in newspapers, commercials on TV and now lately the Hungarian government is actually paying for pushing their twitter comments on me into the Dutch and Belgian twitter space”, she says. On January 14, Pawe? Adamowicz the mayor of Gdansk, Poland was fatally stabbed But politicians themselves are responsible for fueling this kind of violence. By claiming freedom of expression, extremist forces have managed to bring hate speech into the political discourse in the last two decades, Jonas Lefevere expert of communication at the Vesalius College in Brussels explains. “It has to do with an increase of electoral volatility, where you see that parties and candidates now have to fight more intensively in order to maintain their electoral shares”. Fragmentation of traditional media and the competition with social media places politicians in a stronger position to set the rules of the political discourse “Social media platforms themselves carry a huge responsibility there: it is their platform where these messages are posted so in that sense they have a responsibility”. Facebook is starting to understand that: on Monday the company’s general affairs manager declared they will set up tools to tackle political misinformation in the view of EU elections.
French officials calling market shooting a terror attack

French officials calling market shooting a terror attack

Shooting took place at a Christmas market in Strasboug, France. 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 cable, FNC has…

Nearly 80 percent of Americans concerned lack of civility in politics will lead to...

Approaching a crucial midterm election, 79 percent of Americans said they are concerned or very concerned that the negative tone of national politics will prompt violence. That concern was prominent across the political spectrum, with 92 percent of Democrats, 70 percent of Republicans and 79 percent of those who identify as independent all in agreement. A plurality of Americans — 40 percent — point to President Donald Trump, and another 29 percent blame the media. (In July 2009, after Barack Obama’s election, 35 percent of respondents said civility had gotten worse, according to Marist’s polling data.) When asked by reporters whether he would adopt a more civil tone, Trump said he thought he had been toned down, and “could really tone it up because as you know, the media’s been extremely unfair to me and the Republican Party.” In the poll, when U.S. adults were asked what factors primarily drive these acts of violence, more than a third — 37 percent — said they blame the way Trump conducts himself, and 21 percent pointed to the way the media reports news. An additional 12 percent of Americans said bickering between Democrats and Republicans motivated these violent acts, and another 23 percent of adults said none of these factors were to blame. That sentiment was particularly strong among Republicans (73 percent) and more than half of people who identified as politically independent (53 percent), while more than a quarter of Democrats (28 percent) agreed. Voters are significantly more energized going into this midterm election than they were in 2010, the first major election after Obama took office. A majority of Democrats and Republicans share that enthusiasm going into this election cycle, while politically independent registered voters are slightly less so. At the same time, public disapproval of Trump’s job performance while in office remains steady, with 51 percent of U.S. adults saying they don’t like what he’s doing in the White House.
Captain Kelly On Political Rhetoric: Words Matter | Hardball | MSNBC

Captain Kelly On Political Rhetoric: Words Matter | Hardball | MSNBC

A new poll by NPR, PBS, and Marist finds that 82% of likely voters say they are concerned that the lack of civility we are seeing in Washington will lead to violence. » Subscribe to MSNBC: About: MSNBC is…
Gutfeld on the link between language and violence

Gutfeld on the link between language and violence

To cite words as the cause for violence eliminates the perpetrators' entire history and the many variables that brought them to their crimes. FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as well…
Rep. Jeffries: Trump Shows 'Depraved Indifference To Human Life' | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC

Rep. Jeffries: Trump Shows ‘Depraved Indifference To Human Life’ | The Beat With Ari...

President Trump discarded his brief attempt to strike a note of unity and attacked the free press, as 10 people are confirmed to have received explosive devices, including Democratic leaders, resistance figures and a Trump critic at CNN. Ari Melber…

Violent Political Rhetoric Can Feed Political Violence

Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images We are just two weeks away from a close, high-stakes midterm election that could well determine the power — and foreshadow the fate — of a Trump presidency that almost everyone in both parties considers a momentous development in American politics. The temperature level among the political elites and among activists of the left and right across the country is reaching a fever point. Days ago, a former member of the military was arrested for mailing ricin to the White House and other Trump administration officials. Back in 2011, when the tea party movement and its quasi-totalitarian ideology of Constitutional Conservatism appeared to be introducing a new and unforgiving tone in politics, two colleagues and I at The Democratic Strategist website published a memo deploring “politics as warfare,” and noting its ubiquity in the extremist politics of the left and right in other countries. * In the politics as warfare perspective standard norms of honesty are irrelevant. * In the politics as warfare perspective the creation of contrived “incidents” or deliberate provocations are acceptable. * In the politics as warfare perspective compromise represents both betrayal and capitulation. Destruction of the enemy is the only acceptable objective. People who advocate compromise are themselves enemies. Putting aside blame, however, if political rhetoric in this country continues on its current trajectory, people are going to start getting killed, and then inevitably, the violence will escalate.