He pledged to pay legal fees for a supporter who injured a protester. He threatened to curb free press by opening defamation laws. He said that he wants to surveil mosques. He mocked a reporter with a disability. He is being investigated for whether he incited a riot, has made violent comments about protesters, and said that he could “shoot someone and not lose any voters.” “He” is Donald Trump, candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. He appeals to the hatred in America, uses “fear of other” to persuade his supporters, yet wants to “Make America great again.” He is the voice for xenophobia, for those who are afraid to say what they are thinking, and gives them permission to do the things they’ve always wished they could do. Although Trump claims that he does not incite violence, no one has been hurt and he does not want to see anyone get hurt, he has a history of encouraging violence and retaliating against those … [Read more...] about 13 Times Trump or His Supporters Got Ugly at His Events
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WorldThe president was upset. Watching TV in his White House residence, his usual morning routine, Donald Trump saw his intelligence chiefs kick the legs out from under yet another of his pet campaigns: Iran. Trump and two of his top national security officials had been suggesting for two years that the Islamic republic was still in pursuit of a nuclear weapon and posed a mortal threat to its neighbors and the West.But now, Dan Coats, his national intelligence director, was in a Capitol Hill hearing room saying that wasn’t true: Iran was living up to the letter of the deal the U.S. under President Barack Obama and five other nations had negotiated with the Middle Eastern country to dismantle its nuclear program, Coats said. Not only that, added CIA Director Gina Haspel, but Iran could well decide to restart the program if the sanctions that Trump had just reimposed—breaking America’s end of the bargain—weren’t lifted.Trump took to Twitter. Coats and … [Read more...] about America’s Next Phony War: Will Iran Be Trump’s Iraq?
These days, our global political alliances seem to shift with remarkable rapidity, as if we were actually living in George Orwell’s 1984. Are we at war this month with Oceania? Or is it Eastasia? In that novel, the Party is able to erase history, sending old newspaper articles down the Ministry of Truth’s “memory hole” and so ensuring that, in the public mind, the enemy of the moment was always the enemy. Today, there is one constant, though. The Trump administration has made Muslims our enemy of the first order and, in its Islamophobia, is reinforced by an ugly resurgence of fascism in Germany, Italy, Hungary, and other European countries. It’s hard today even to imagine that, in the late 1980s, the rightwing Christian Voice Magazine published a “candidate’s biblical scoreboard,” urging its readers (and potential voters) to rate their politicians by how “biblically” they cast their ballots in Congress. One key measure of … [Read more...] about Hating Muslims in the age of Trump
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Amelia Nierenberg Globe Correspondent October 08, 2018 AMHERST — At a picnic table at Hampshire College, a group of first-year students sat talking at a designated-smoking area. After a few minutes, one pulled out a medicine bottle filled with marijuana and started to roll a joint. “Weed helps me get through a wealth of issues. Personal issues, academic issues, creative issues,” said Sean, a first-year student who transferred from the University of California Santa Cruz and did want his last name used for fear of disciplinary action. “It’s a lot better than drinking because I don’t feel terrible afterwards.”As tangy-smelling smoke floated across the table, the students talked in the late summer sunshine. As a campus police car drove by, they made no effort to hide their marijuana. Advertisement It’s been two … [Read more...] about Students’ pot use puts colleges’ funding at risk