U.S. terrorism comes from the right

first_imgThe capitalist media would have the people of this country believe that the main terrorist threat in the United States comes from terrorist attacks carried out by Muslims.But a June 16 op-ed piece in the New York Times revealed that “headlines can mislead. The main terrorist threat in the United States is not from violent Muslim extremists, but from right-wing extremists. Just ask the police.”This usually buried fact comes from a 2014 survey conducted by the writers of the opinion piece with 382 law enforcement agencies of the Police Executive Research Forum.The police themselves document that it is not Muslims who are the big threat, but right-wing anti-government extremists, the overwhelming majority of them white men. Over 70 percent of the police surveyed report that anti-government extremism is one of the top three terrorist threats in their jurisdiction. In addition, only 3 percent of the police surveyed identified the threat from Muslim extremists as severe.The study continued: “An officer from a large metropolitan area said that ‘militias, neo-Nazis and sovereign citizens’ are the biggest threat we face in regard to extremism. One officer explained that he ranked the right-wing threat higher because ‘it is an emerging threat that we don’t have as good of a grip on, even with our intelligence unit, as we do with the Al Shabab/Al Qaeda issue, which we have been dealing with for some time.’ An officer on the West Coast explained that the ‘sovereign citizen’ anti-government threat has ‘really taken off,’ whereas terrorism by American Muslims is something ‘we just haven’t experienced yet.’”So there you have it, straight from the horse’s mouth: the real terrorists are not that racist image of Muslims promoted by Hollywood but rather white, racist, right-wing men.This opinion piece is limited, however. It ignores the other blatant terrorists in our midst: the unbridled wrath of police in the oppressed communities, for example, who wage war with impunity against people of color. And then there is the terrorism of the Pentagon that has for decades carried out horrific crimes against the peoples of the world, also mostly with impunity.However, this well-documented exposé about the terrorists in our midst is important to know about in the wake of the heinous racist assassination of nine Black people carried out by Dylann Roof in Charleston, S.C.After Roof was captured, information came out about his worldview. He had posted a 2,000-word manifesto on his website where he identified himself as a “white nationalist.” He stated that he was “truly awakened” to his beliefs after reading material from the Council of Conservative Citizens, an infamous racist so-called hate group.“I have no choice,” he wrote. “Someone has to have the bravery to take it to the real world, and I guess that has to be me.”Roof is one of those extremists that the June op-ed article refers to, one of those white men shaped by racist websites that more and more promote a “white nationalist” agenda.The Southern Poverty Law Center, which for decades has monitored and exposed “hate groups” and other extremists throughout the U.S., reports that “currently, there are 784 known hate groups operating across the country, including neo-Nazis, Klansmen, white nationalists, neo-Confederates, racist skinheads, border vigilantes and others.”The SPLC, however, erroneously throws Black separatist groups into that mix. This is false, as the reaction of the oppressed to their oppressors is never equal to that of racism and white supremacy.Nonetheless, “since 2000,” the SPLC states, “the number of hate groups has increased by 30 percent.”They write that “this surge has been fueled by anger and fear over the nation’s ailing economy, an influx of nonwhite immigrants, and the diminishing white majority, as symbolized by the election of the nation’s first African-American president.”The SPLC has determined that there is actually a “powerful resurgence of the anti-government Patriot movement” that was behind the Oklahoma City bombing. According to their studies, “the number of Patriot groups, including armed militias, skyrocketed following the election of President Obama in 2008 — rising 813 percent, from 149 groups in 2008 to an all-time high of 1,360 in 2012. The number fell to 874 in 2014.”Dylan Roof’s horrible racist crime did not occur in a vacuum. A significant portion of the superrich in this country are very fearful of the rising popular movements against low wages, racism, sexism, anti-LGBTQ bigotry and police brutality. They are throwing huge amounts of money behind right-wing politicians and media whose agenda is divide and conquer. Some of it trickles down to the far-right extremists and also feeds their paranoia and hate.The source of this fear, instability and hatred — capitalism — must be abolished in order to root out the right-wing ilk.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

What it means to truly L.E.A.D.

first_img 54SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Sean McDonald Sean McDonald is the President of Your Full Potential, LLC and the Founder of ABSURD! Leadership.  He is a highly regarded speaker at national and international conferences for the credit … Web: www.YFPTips.com Details True leadership is hard to find.  There I said it.  But it’s true.  Too many “leaders” think it’s about their title or stature.  Too many “leaders” believe that managing tasks is the only thing that needs to be done.  Too many “leaders” spend way too much time putting out fires themselves instead of delegating.  Too many “leaders” think they are too busy.There are a few things that one must do in order to truly L.E.A.D.  Ironically enough, the word LEAD is a great acronym for those things.  So let’s go through L.E.A.D.Learn. True leaders are always learning. They read voraciously. They attend workshops and conferences.  They participate in webinars and roundtables.  The most effective leaders in the history of the world were all students of knowledge.  If you want to truly lead, you must become a student again.  You must understand that you don’t already know everything and there is always room for improvement.  You must seek to understand rather than be understood.  You must learn.Educate. True leaders know that one of their most important jobs is to educate the people who work for them. And it must go beyond telling people about product features. True leaders know that training and professional development opportunities motivate people to work harder, be more productive and work smarter.  As Sir Richard Branson says, “Train people well enough so they can leave.  Treat them well enough so they don’t want to.”  You must understand, acknowledge, and respect the power of education and instruction.Adapt. True leaders know that they must adapt to ever-changing circumstances. The market environment is fluid – it ebbs and flows.  So too does the work environment.  True leaders know that plans will need to be modified from time to time and that they should be prepared to give a little leeway once in a while.  True leaders know that making excuses to avoid getting out of their comfort zones is a sure road to nowhere.  You must adapt to the circumstances around you.Decide. True leaders decide. Yes or no.  Leaders are expected to make decisions and then stand by those decisions.  True leaders don’t kick the can down the road.  They don’t make excuses for indecision.  They don’t blame others if a decision ends up being the wrong one.  True leaders gather all of the facts, hear opinions, perform due diligence, and then they make a decision.  You must become a decision-driven leader.Obviously this just scratches the surface.  What are some other things that true leaders do?  Comment below to get the conversation started.last_img read more

Weekend Wrap-Up

first_imgCongratulations to all of the individuals and teams who advanced in the IHSAA tournament series this past week.  Two individuals–Brenner Hanna (Greensburg) and Meghan Cole (South Ripley)–will compete in the state cross country meet this Saturday at Terre Haute.  No area teams advanced.In football Batesville, East Central, Lawrenceburg, North Decatur, and South Dearborn all advanced to the next level in their sectionals.  Unfortunately, the 4 EIAC teams must face each other.  Lawrenceburg goes to Batesville and South Dearborn travels to East Central.The World Series teams are now set.  Representing the American League will be the Boston Red Sox, and the Dodgers will again represent the National League.  Unfortunately for the middle of the country, Houston and Milwaukee were eliminated.last_img read more

Pardew blasts Gunners over Cabaye

first_img “This is a terrific player.” Pardew now feels Newcastle are in the same situation as Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham, who have both had to fend off unwanted interest in Luis Suarez, Wayne Rooney and Gareth Bale respectively. And he believes it warrants the whole transfer window regulations being looked at again. “You put him in the Suarez and Bale situation which he has found himself in,” he said. “There is a question about the window being closed before we kick off the Premier League season. “I know the Premier League asked the European leagues to do it and they wouldn’t fall in line. “But after the summer we have had, the situations we have had, with Rooney as well, it is definitely something they need to put under the microscope again.” Press Association Pardew sent Cabaye back to the north-east, believing he was not in the right mental state to do himself justice after news of the approach leaked into the public domain. In his absence, Newcastle were hammered 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium and Pardew evidently was not impressed. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew accused Arsenal of a lack of respect for not waiting until after their Premier League encounter at Manchester City before making a bid for midfielder Yohan Cabaye. “I didn’t see any reason why that needed to happen,” said Pardew. “When you do a pre-season like we have and been very thorough and prepared for three days with a team that includes Cabaye, it is tough for his head to be turned on the eve of a game. “Why they couldn’t do us the respect and the honour of waiting until Tuesday evening is beyond me.” Pardew could have asked Cabaye to play, but he felt the Frenchman, who has also attracted interest from Manchester United this summer, would have found it impossible to concentrate. “It is a very difficult situation and hard to get your head round to play a game of this magnitude,” he said. “It is pretty obvious I am upset about it.” The bid was dismissed out of hand, with Pardew insisting it falls well below Newcastle’s valuation. “I am not sure of the exact terms of it (the bid) but it is below our valuation for sure,” said Pardew. last_img read more