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|Trump defense on Russian bounty story falls flat, even with Republicans
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has defended the president over reports that Russia offered Taliban fighters a bounty on U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan.
POSTED JUNE 30, 2020 7:42 PM
|Italian police seize record amount of amphetamines shipped from Syria
Italian police said on Wednesday they had seized about 14 tonnes of amphetamine pills worth around 1 billion euros ($1 billion) arriving from Syria, in what they described as the world's single largest operation of its kind. The shipment was hidden among counterfeit clothing items.
POSTED JULY 01, 2020 6:32 AM
|`You broke my wrist!' Police sued for taking down wrong man
Body camera video shows Antonio Arnelo Smith handing his driver's license to a Black police officer and answering questions cooperatively before a white officer walks up behind him, wraps him in a bear hug and slams him face-first to the ground. “Oh my God, you broke my wrist!” the 46-year-old Black man screams as two more white Valdosta officers arrive, holding him down and handcuffing him following the takedown. One eventually tells Smith he's being arrested on an outstanding warrant, and is immediately corrected by the first officer: They've got the wrong man.
POSTED JULY 01, 2020 1:12 AM
|Seattle police clear out protester-occupied zone
More than 30 people are arrested as officers disperse demonstrators from the "lawless" area.
POSTED JULY 01, 2020 7:54 PM
|‘Beat it, little f***er.’ Officers laugh after shooting rubber bullets at protesters.
Warning: This article contains profane language.
POSTED JULY 01, 2020 6:20 PM
|Ex-Canada PM Mulroney calls for revised relations with China
Canada must have an "urgent rethink" of its relationship with China, former prime minister Brian Mulroney said Wednesday as tensions build over the possible extradition to the United States of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. Conservative Mulroney backed his Liberal successor Justin Trudeau's rejection of any exchange of Meng, who was arrested in Vancouver in December 2018, for two Canadians who were detained in China in apparent retaliation. Mulroney said Canada's hope that China would emerge as a constructive partner in international relations had been proven wrong, referring in particular to Beijing's militarization of the South China Sea.
POSTED JULY 01, 2020 11:43 AM
|More than 400 US Army paratroopers flew almost 5,000 miles to practice a long-range Pacific island invasion
The drill "demonstrated that we are capable of deploying anywhere in the US Indo-Pacific Command area at a moment's notice," a commander said.
POSTED JULY 01, 2020 5:23 PM
|Terry Crews and the Toxic ‘Black Supremacy’ Myth
Actor Terry Crews fears an imaginary future where reverse racism—to date, a fiction—reigns supreme. The Brooklyn Nine-Nine cast member recently tweeted, “If you are a child of God, you are my brother and sister. I have family of every race, creed and ideology. We must ensure blacklivesmatter doesn’t morph into blacklivesbetter.” And early last month, he offered a version of the same: “Defeating White supremacy without White people creates Black supremacy. Equality is the truth. Like it or not, we are all in this together.” With these tweets, Crews seemed to be pointing to the increasing prevalence of pro-Black stances within Black communities, especially Black-activist circles and saying that they’re too much—dangerous, even. Many popular Black pundits, actors, and commentators moved to call him in and out online, expressing outrage that a prominent Black figure like Crews is using his platform to espouse “all lives matter” talking points. But the expectation that Crews employ a competent anti-racist framework misses that—in a reversal of the actor’s own hackneyed statement—plenty of Black people still need to unlearn anti-blackness, too. Jada Pinkett Smith Denies Wild Allegation That Will Smith Gave Blessing for Alleged AffairIce Cube’s Long, Disturbing History of Anti-SemitismTo Crews, affirming blackness without centering or requiring white allyship is a step toward supremacy. His is a basic misunderstanding of how race science was formed and functions, and how it resulted in systemic racism. I won’t go into that history lesson here, since I and several other writers, thinkers, activists, academics, and regular people have already done so time and time again. But what’s worth underlining is that not all or even many Black people are anti-racist experts, and there are plenty of Black people who still view their own experiences—as well as broader systemic racism—through a white lens. That’s how a white supremacist capitalist society succeeds: not simply by grooming white racists, but making it such that even the victims of racism must internalize racist ideas in order to gain status and security in major institutions. So Crews, who has become somewhat of a MeToo hero after coming forward about a Hollywood agent sexually assaulting him, is not aberrant in his desire that those fighting for Black liberation be careful to not injure white egos. Plenty of Black people—in trying to climb the corporate ladder or make it in an exceptionally difficult line of work like acting—have learned to accommodate whiteness at every step. This doesn’t mean treating their coworkers with compassion and care no matter their racial identity, but instead to specifically coddle white coworkers by taking pains to never speak up about racism in the workplace. (Non-Black people, if you’ve ever wondered why some of your Black coworkers aren’t chatty in Slack or seem formal in day-to-day communications, this could be why.) As former Cards Against Humanity staff writer Nico Carter wrote in a harrowing Medium blog post, pointing out societal and workplace racism directly led his white bosses to send him, a Black man who grew up in poverty, to a mental hospital where a white psychiatrist insisted that an anti-racist education would teach a person “that race didn’t matter at all” (according to Carter, those bosses ended up settling a harassment lawsuit with him). Crews’ perspective is the safe one, the one that will make his white colleagues feel comfortable and white producers more likely to hire him for projects. And it’s likely that even some of the Black people expressing outrage over Crews’ obtuse tweets actively accommodate whiteness in other, perhaps more subtle ways. Capitalism makes it not only advantageous but justifiable to do this to some degree—for most of us, paying the bills is largely dependent on keeping any number of white people perfectly content. Terry Crews’ anti-blackness comes as no surprise. Anti-racism work is urgent work for all of us, work that will require significant mutual aid and cooperation as we challenge the systems that dole out our checks—no matter how fat or measly—while they enact violence, often directly against us. When we say Black Lives Matter, it is in fact an invocation of Black liberation as a mission that liberates everyone, since affirming blackness, specifically and without qualification, is a vital step toward undermining the centuries-old oppressive systems that weigh so heavily on our societies. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
POSTED JULY 01, 2020 4:42 AM
|Vice President Mike Pence discloses donors who helped pay nearly $500K in legal bills from Mueller investigation
Vice President Mike Pence received nearly $500,000 from a dozen contributors to help him pay his legal bills from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
POSTED JUNE 30, 2020 3:16 PM
|Russian envoy says North Korea anger over leaflets was for depiction of Kim’s wife
A series of condemnations over leaflets distributed in North Korea were driven by fury over “dirty, insulting” depictions of leader Kim Jong Un’s spouse, Russia’s top envoy in the reclusive country has said.
POSTED JUNE 30, 2020 6:38 AM