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Tech’s Troubling New Trend: Diversity Is in Your Head

Discussing her work at Apple at an event last week about fighting racial injustice, Denise Young Smith, the company’s vice president of diversity and inclusion, said, “There can be 12 white, blue-eyed, blond men in a room and they’re going to be diverse, too, because they’re going to bring a different life experience and life perspective to the conversation.”

That’s right: a dozen white men, so long as they were not raised in the same household and don’t think identical thoughts, could be considered diverse. After a furor erupted, Ms. Smith clarified her comments in an email to her team that was obtained and published by TechCrunch. It reads in part, “Understanding that diversity includes women, people of color, L.G.B.T.Q. people, and all underrepresented minorities is at the heart of our work to create an environment that is inclusive of everyone,” and “I regret the choice of words I used to make this point.”

But Ms. Smith wasn’t the first to endorse the view in her initial statement. Those of us in the tech industry know that the idea of “cognitive diversity” is gaining traction among leaders in our field. In too many cases, this means that, in the minds of those with influence over hiring, the concept of diversity is watered down and reinterpreted to encompass what Silicon Valley has never had a shortage of — individual white men, each with their unique thoughts and ideas. This shift creates a distraction from efforts to increase the race and gender diversity the tech industry is sorely lacking.

This overlaps with the sentiments expressed in a screed by a Google software engineer that critiqued the company’s race and gender diversity efforts and ascribed the unequal representation of women in tech to “biological causes.” It included the line, “Viewpoint diversity is arguably the most important type of diversity.”

To be sure, cognitive diversity and viewpoint diversity are important. But working to increase them alone won’t do anything to address the well-documented shortcomings that plague tech companies. Whether companies do it intentionally or not, I worry that they will adjust the definition of diversity so that, conveniently, it’s already achieved.

If our focus shifts to cognitive diversity, it could provide an easy way around doing the hard work of increasing the embarrassingly low numbers of blacks and Latinos in the ranks of employees, in leadership roles, as suppliers and vendors, and on boards.

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Columbia Investigating Students Who Protested Far-Right Speaker on Campus

Nearly 20 Columbia University students face disciplinary investigations after protesting a Republican club’s speaker event last week.

A large group of student protesters had chanted over far-right English activist Tommy Robinson’s remarks at a Columbia University College Republican’s event at Lerner Hall on Oct. 10, repeatedly challenging his stances on immigration and eventually prompting him to cut his talk short.

Three days later, university administrator Suzanne Goldberg emailed several of the student protesters to say she was investigating a complaint about their “involvement in an interruption of a guest speaker at Columbia” and was beginning a disciplinary investigation.

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One of the protest’s organizers, Aryn Davis, was taken aback by Goldberg’s email, she said.

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Davis is looking into obtaining legal representation for the upcoming meeting with Goldberg that is still being scheduled, the student said.

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According to the Spectator, no protesters attended Herman Cain’s speech on campus Tuesday night, which was also part of the Republican Club’s speaker series.

Davis said protesters still intend to demonstrate at the next event in the series on Oct. 30, featuring alt-right media personality Mike Cernovich.

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Bush II Praises the Value of Immigration and Free Trade, Denounces Trump “Bullying and Prejudice”

George W. Bush hinted Thursday at his dissatisfaction with Donald Trump, complaining in a New York City speech that ‘bullying and prejudice’ has become a caustic norm in American public life.

At an event hosted by the George W. Bush Institute, the 43rd U.S. president rattled off a thinly veiled litany of complaints about the current commander-in-chief, focusing on both his tone and his isolationist policy choices.

‘Our young people need positive role models,’ he said. ‘Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry, and compromises the moral education of children.’

‘Bigotry seems emboldened’ in today’s America, Bush added. ‘Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.’

Trump’s tenure has been marked by a seemingly endless stream of outraged posts on his Twitter account and a dramatic political polarization among U.S. voters as the truthfulness of his public statements is questioned daily.

He told reporters in the Oval Office a few hours after Bush spoke that he wasn’t aware of what he said.

‘I didn’t see it. I didn’t see it,’ he said.

Bush also slapped in Trump’s direction with a reference to Trump’s controversial statements following an August race riot in Charlottesville, Virginia that left an anti-racist protester dead in the wake of a white supremacist march.

At the time, Trump claimed that there had been violence on ‘both sides,’ drawing howls of protest that he was legitimizing the Ku Klux Klan.

Bush never mentioned Trump’s name or the Charlottesville scandal, but drew his only mid-speech applause by saying that ‘people of every race, religion and ethnicity can be fully and equally American.

‘It means that bigotry or white supremacy in any form is blasphemy against the american creed.’

The former president took issue with a laundry list of Trump priorities, especially his trend toward isolating the United States through foreign policy and avoiding multilateral trade agreements.

And he took an obvious shot at Trump’s zeal for hardening border security and moving to limit levels of legal immigration.

‘We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism, forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America,’ he said.

‘We see a fading confidence in the value of free markets and international trade, forgetting that conflict, instability and poverty follow in the wake of protectionism.’

Bush continued: ‘We’ve seen the return of isolationist sentiments, forgetting that American security is directly threatened by the chaos and despair of distant places where threats such as terrorism, infectious disease, criminal gangs and drug trafficking tend to emerge.’

He left little doubt about laying his complaints at the current president’s feet, saying that ‘when we lose sight of our ideals, it is not democracy that has failed, it is the failure of those charged with preserving and protecting democracy.’

Bush has largely stayed out of the spotlight since Trump took office in January, but attended his inauguration and reportedly commented afterward: ‘That was some weird s**t.’

Arizona Sen. John McCain engaged in his own Republican-on-Republican violence last week in Philadelphia, hinting during a speech at the National Constitution Center that the Trump administration had lost its way.

‘To abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems, is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history,’ McCain said.

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New Analysis Shows Supporters of Family Research Council Embrace White Supremacy and Neo-Nazism

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A social media network analysis performed by Rewire shows the Family Research Council’s messages are resonating with other factions of the far right that explicitly endorse and advocate white supremacist views.

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The FRC vehemently rejects the notion that it’s a hate group, as Rewire has previously reported. It is currently spearheading a campaign of around 50 far-right groups to discredit the SPLC, complaining that the label is defamatory and unfair.

A social media network analysis performed by Rewire, however, shows the FRC’s messages are resonating with other factions of the far right that explicitly endorse and advocate extremist views on white supremacy, women’s rights, and even espouse neo-Nazi views.

Our analysis examined more than half a million Twitter accounts that followed a selection of six leaders of the far right. Those leaders included Perkins, Gavin McInnes, Michael Cernovich, Richard Spencer, and Jared Taylor. We also included the account for Return of Kings, a site started by the notorious misogynist and rape apologist Daryush Valizadeh, who is also known as Roosh V.

McInnes and Cernovich belong to a faction of the far right known as the “alt-lite,” which claims to reject outright racism and anti-Semitism, but whose ideas are based on a notion of U.S. culture that experts in extremism have said is rooted in white supremacy.

Spencer and Taylor are unabashed white nationalists. Spencer is the poster child for the so-called alt-right, and was a key organizer of neo-Nazi protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Our numbers must also be viewed with regard to the anonymity of Twitter, and the presence of automated accounts known as “bots.” While there is no universally accepted or definitive way to identify bots, experts we consulted agreed that there are several patterns that suggest that an algorithm, not a human, is behind an account. For more on how we performed this analysis, please read our methodology.

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Opposition to Abortion Unites the Religious Right and White Supremacists

In some respects, it should not be surprising that people who find the messages of the FRC and Perkins appealing are also enthusiastic about white supremacist hate speech.

Prominent members of far-right and white supremacist groups vigorously oppose reproductive rights, especially for women.

Gavin McInnes, whose audience across social media and his new online video program numbers in the hundreds of thousands, calls abortion “murder,” and has repeated the false claim that third-trimester abortions are “all over the country.”

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Michael Cernovich, another leader of the alt-lite, has an even larger audience. He now has 354,000 Twitter followers, and his reach was dramatically expanded earlier this year when he became a host on Infowars, the radio and online video show made infamous by its creator, the right-wing conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones. There are no reliable figures on the size of Jones’ audience, but he has claimed that he has around 5 million daily listeners.

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The far-right’s fixation on the family could be one source of the overlap between their followers, and those who follow the Family Research Council, according to Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

“The imagery, and the vision of America that the FRC supports, is the same kind of vision that Gavin McInnes or Richard Spencer would want to see—a white nuclear family,” she said. “The whole thing about the white family unit, white women, white children—you can see the mutual attraction.”

More than 18 percent of the roughly 30,000 accounts that follow Perkins also follow one of the far-right or white supremacist accounts that we analyzed. Fifteen percent of Perkins’ followers also follow Cernovich. More than 6.5 percent also followed McInnes, nearly 2.5 percent also follow Richard Spencer, and around 1.5 percent also follow Jared Taylor.

Rewire reviewed the content shared by hundreds of the accounts that followed Perkins and at least one of these other leaders of the far right. Rewire is choosing not to link to these accounts due to the nature of the material they contain. Rewire attempted to contact scores of these accounts, but we were unable to interview any of the individuals or groups behind them. In some cases, the frequency and nature of the posts heavily suggested that the accounts were generated by bots, according to criteria used by experts—for example, they tweeted hundreds of times per day, or only tweeted very simplistic memes about one subject. We also found accounts belonging to researchers or journalists, whose interest in the material shared by these far-right leaders could have been for professional reasons.

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Many posts also had political messages. Often, they echoed the themes of ads that were reportedly generated by Russian operatives as part of the campaign to influence the 2016 U.S. election. In particular, these ads mocked, demeaned, or suggested nefarious intentions behind people working in Congress, the judiciary, and the two-party system.

And there were hundreds of posts supporting President Trump, glorying in the physical appearance of the First Lady, and mocking the record and appearance of President and First Lady Obama.

Told of the nature of these posts, Beirich said it further supported the conclusion that white supremacy undergirds the Trump coalition.

“The Trump administration is asserting white supremacy in so many ways, whether in its anti-immigrant policies, its Muslim ban, its dismantling of sexual minority rights, or all minority rights through voting rights,” she said. “The Christian conservatives are probably the strongest bloc standing behind the Trump administration, and of course, Trump is the savior of the alt-right.”

She pointed out that while Tony Perkins and the FRC have tried to present themselves as focused on “family values,” they have also staked out many other positions that both implicitly and explicitly endorse white supremacist views.

“Our focus with the FRC has been on anti-LGBT demonization and propaganda,” she said. “Although we don’t characterize them this way, they would also fit under the anti-Muslim, and anti-immigrant categories of hate group.”

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“The overt positions that the FRC has taken are the same as white supremacist groups,” said Beirich. “Anti-Latino, anti-Muslim, anti-LGBT, and anti-woman. These are the bedrocks of white supremacy in the United States.”

Indeed, the lineup at this year’s Values Voter Summit went beyond the usual list of anti-choice heroes: It also included leaders of the far right.

Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka, who both worked at Breitbart News before joining Trump’s White House team, addressed the crowd. Gorka resigned from the administration amid reports that he had concealed ties to neo-Nazi organizations. Bannon has recently returned to run Breitbart, which he has called his “war machine.”

The lineup also featured prominent anti-Muslim activists Brigitte Gabriel of ACT! For America, and Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy. And it included Al and Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty, public racists who have been regular speakers at the Values Voter Summit for the past several years.

The main attraction, however, was none other than the president, who addressed a crowd that increasingly shows the coalescence of the evangelical anti-choice movement with ardent white supremacists.

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The Femme’s Guide to Riot Fashion

With the current surge in political activism over the last year, femmes all over the world have been wondering: How can I participate in the revolution, and look hotter than a Molotov cocktail while doing it? Look no further: we’ve got you covered better than a balaclava!

Disclaimer: for the purposes of this article, “rioting” designates any kind of assertive protest activity. As right-wingers try to stigmatize and suppress protest activity of all kinds as “rioting,” we aim to normalize it as something everyone can participate in.

There are several important considerations to keep in mind when assembling the perfect outfit for insurrection, including hair, makeup, mask, and which articles of black clothing will be both comfortable and fabulous.

Femmes with long hair will want to consider a style that keeps their hair out of their eyes and also does not impede their ability to put on a gas mask. French braids and their “inside-out” counterparts, Dutch braids, work remarkably well for these purposes, are compatible with any hair type, and offer the added benefit of keeping your hair from looking a mess if you wind up spending the night in jail. Femmes with shorter hair may not have the same considerations with regards to keeping their hair out of their eyes; but regardless of hair length, all femmes will probably want to think about also covering their hair as an identity-protecting measure.

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When selecting your wardrobe, make sure to choose pieces of clothing that allow you to bend, kneel, run, jump, reach, and climb, and that also make you feel good about yourself. Confidence is a key element of both style and riot safety. It is also worth keeping in mind that organic materials (like cotton and wool) will absorb chemical contaminants, while synthetic materials (like nylon) will help keep your body insulated and provide a better barrier between pepper spray and your skin, but will melt if they come into contact with something hot such as a tear gas canister. As a strong, fierce femme, you shouldn’t feel forced to choose between the two. Instead, consider layering as a way to get the best of both worlds, and remember: black is a universally-flattering color for all body types and skin tones!

In any ensemble, it’s important to think about the lines of your outfit. In form-fitting clothes, you run less risk of being grabbed by adversaries or getting stuck on fences, while looser-fitting clothes are better for concealing your body type and protecting your privacy. Neither choice is inherently better; both involve advantages and disadvantages. The important thing is to choose what feels good to you.

Now, every fabulous femme knows, shoes make or break an outfit—and riot fashion is no exception! As with the rest of your ensemble, you’re going to want to choose footwear that is comfortable and easy to move in. Contrary to other scenarios, you’ll want to select for function over form, and choose a pair of shoes which do not make you stand out from the crowd. Days (and nights) in the streets can be long; you are a gorgeous creature who deserves to treat yourself, so you may want to consider springing for squishy, supportive insoles for your steel-toed combat boots if you decide go that route. Alternatively, you could wear sneakers, which don’t provide quite as much foot protection or ankle support but are easier to run and climb in. Depending on your risk level, it may even be worthwhile to designate a pair of shoes solely for rioting and never wear them for any other purpose. In that case, you might choose to keep them in someone else’s house.

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If you’re interested in stepping up your accessory game and adding a gas mask or respirator to your ensemble, you’ll want to choose one that fits snugly around your nose and mouth, seals appropriately, and has a filtration rating appropriate for your needs.

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Whatever you decide to wear to your next action, the most important part of throwing down on the front lines is the comrades you make along the way. Get yourself a crew of other badass riot femmes, watch each other’s backs as you serve up stunning looks beyond the barricades, and remember: always anti-fascist, never anti-fashion!

Author’s Note: The repeated use of the word “femme” throughout this piece is deliberate. “Femme” should not be read as synonymous with “woman.” “Femme” is a queer identity, and is gender non-specific. This piece is not written for an audience of women, but rather by a nonbinary femme, for femmes of all genders. The advice shared in this article is the result of several years of experience on the front lines of heated street demonstrations, and is meant to help counteract the pervasive narrative that black bloc tactics are employed exclusively by cisgender, heterosexual men. Even within radical discourse, femmes’ contributions to militant action are consistently erased, while we are pigeonholed into doing the bulk of support labor. The best practices shared here are couched in satire and tongue-in-cheek humor, and are a direct effort at reclaiming the space femmes consistently hold on the front lines of the struggle.

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Richard Spencer, Police and Protesters Descend on Univ. of Florida

The University of Florida in Gainesville is bracing for a day of protests Thursday when white supremacist Richard Spencer arrives on campus to deliver a speech on his racist views.

The event, scheduled for Thursday afternoon, will be Spencer’s first planned visit to a college campus since he and others participated in the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August.

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On Monday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for Alachua County, where the university is located, to enable law enforcement agencies to work together more efficiently. He also made a provision for the National Guard to be activated if necessary.

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University of Florida President W. Kent Fuchs denounced Spencer’s white supremacist platform as abhorrent in a letter to students but said the school could not stop him from renting the Phillips Center for the event.

Fuchs told CNN there will be more police on campus Thursday than at any time in the university’s history.

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With scores of police in position, protesters began arriving outside the Phillips Center on Thursday.

Craig Carlisle, from Gainesville, held up a sign saying “No Trump Nazis.” He said he had a message for Spencer: “Don’t be racist.”

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In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Spencer said he was flattered by the state of emergency declaration, which he said put him on par with “hurricanes and invading armies and zombie apocalypses.”

Still, he said he thought the declaration was overkill.

“The fact is, if the police simply do their job, my speech and the whole event will go off wonderfully,” Spencer said.

Previous speeches from Spencer on college campuses have sparked protests, including at Texas A&M in December and Alabama’s Auburn University in April. He also led a group of supporters carrying torches in May in Charlottesville in a display that critics said evoked images of the Ku Klux Klan.

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Outside the speech venue, law enforcement sectioned off one area for pro-Spencer protesters and another area for anti-Spencer protesters, each about 50 yards apart. The university also banned an extensive list of items, including torches, masks, weapons and athletic equipment that could be used as a weapon.

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Fuchs, the university president, advised students to shun Spencer and to speak against his “message of hate and racism.”

“UF has been clear and consistent in its denunciation of all hate speech and racism, and in particular the racist speech and white nationalist values of Mr. Spencer,” Fuchs said. “I personally find the doctrine of white supremacy abhorrent and denounce all forms of racism and hate.”

By law, the school must pay for the additional costs of security. Given the heightened concerns, the school is providing extra security that exceeds $600,000, Fuchs said.

That cost will essentially be passed on to taxpayers, which Fuchs said was unfair.

“I really don’t believe that’s fair that the taxpayer is now subsidizing through these kind of events the security and having to subsidize his hate speech,” he said.

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Black, Latino Kids Less Likely to Get Early Help for Developmental Delays, Study Finds

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Black and Latino children with developmental delays are much less likely—78 percent less—than white children to receive the early intervention services they need, according to a 2012 study published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

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The researchers interviewed low-income African-American and Hispanic moms to understand the role their personal beliefs play on why services aren’t being utilized.

Some of the reasons included feeling that their children weren’t much different from other children they observed, the belief that children develop in their own time, and feeling overwhelmed with other social and financial stressors.

“The perspectives voiced as themes in this study are common opinions that are expressed nearly daily by the African-American mothers in our practice during discussions concerning developmental challenges,” said Dr. Lorraine Beraho, a pediatrician with Unity Healthcare, Inc., a community healthcare center in Washington, D.C.

Beraho added that mothers who seek care for their children at the center live in one of the most socioeconomically challenged neighborhoods in the area, with a host of stressors such as safety, homelessness, and financial instability.

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All of the children whose mothers participated in the study had access to a pediatrician, so access to a physician was not the issue. The bigger hindrance was understanding the complicated referral process.

Magnusson said that simply providing the referral isn’t enough. The earlier delays are identified and treated, the better the child’s outcome.

“These findings highlight the importance of supporting families throughout the referral process,” she said.

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Cornell’s Black Student Disunion

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A century ago, colleges cared if your ancestors came over on the Mayflower. Now some are demanding that when universities admit black students, they give preference to descendants of those who arrived on slave ships. Black Students United at Cornell last month insisted the university “come up with a plan to actively increase the presence of underrepresented Black students.” The group noted, “We define underrepresented Black students as Black Americans who have several generations (more than two) in this country.”

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The BSU argued that “the Black student population at Cornell disproportionately represents international or first-generation African or Caribbean students. While these students have a right to flourish at Cornell, there is a lack of investment in Black students whose families were affected directly by the African Holocaust in America.”

There’s a contradiction here. For years liberal writers have blamed black poverty and undereducation on racism—the experience of being more likely to be pulled over by police, to be looked at suspiciously in department stores, to be discriminated against in schools and the workplace.

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Why does racism not seem to keep black immigrants down? The answer is obvious: Black immigrant culture tends to value academic achievement and believe it is possible no matter what happened to your ancestors. As one business school graduate born to Nigerian parents tells Ms. Chua and Mr. Rubenfeld: “If you start thinking about or becoming absorbed in the mentality that the whole system is against us then you cannot succeed.”

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Man Attacks Disabled, Homeless Man on Bus: ‘You Owe Me for Making My Grandmother a Slave’

A black man on a Metrobus attacked a 52-year-old disabled, homeless passenger, spitting in his face, and blaming the victim, who is white, for decades of slavery in the United States, police say.

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Marquis Evans-Royster, 27, approached the disabled, homeless man, looked directly into his eyes and stated, “You owe me for making my grandmother a slave.”

The victim remained calm and did his best to ignore the racially motivated comments. However, the confrontation became tenser when Evans-Royster allegedly began to rummage through the victim’s pockets. A number of bystanders attempted to intervene, prompting Evans-Royster to charge at various passengers, spit in the victim’s face and threaten to douse the victim with a cup full of urine.

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Before fleeing, the 27-year-old allegedly snapped off one of the bus’ side view mirrors, valued at around $250.

The bus driver told investigators that Evans-Royster boarded the bus without paying a fare and “almost immediately” started to harass the two white passengers. In addition to the slavery remarks, the bus driver recalled Evans-Royster stating all white people are evil and suggesting that the bus’ two white passengers should die.

Metro Transit Police caught Evans-Royster four days later at the Wheaton Metro Station. They have since charged him with a slew of crimes, including, race/religious harassment, robbery, theft, second-degree assault, destruction of property and possession of a false I.D.

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Court records indicate Evans-Royster works as a tow truck driver, carries an extensive criminal record and has two children.

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Marquis Evans-Royster

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New Orleans Police: Man Accused of Killing Young Daughter Said ‘God Made Him Do It’

People who lived near the Bywater home Mark Hambrick shared with his wife and toddler said there was no indication anything was wrong with their neighbor before police on Tuesday (Oct. 17) said he admitted to stabbing and suffocating his 18-month-old daughter to death.

“They’re sweet people,” said a man who lived across the street from Hambrick’s salmon-colored duplex. Appearing dazed, he said he had been neighbors with the family for years.

Hambrick called 911 about 7:05 a.m. and told the dispatcher he had killed his daughter, New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said. Speaking from the scene at North Rampart and Louisa streets, Harrison said officers responded to the call and found Hambrick, 45, sitting outside on his front porch and the toddler inside with stab wounds.

Soon after, an employee with the Orleans Parish Coroner’s office would leave the Hambricks’ home with a small body bag.

Harrison said Hambrick told police over the phone, “that God made him do it.” He gave police a statement outlining what happened and how he “committed this heinous, gruesome act to his own child,” Harrison said.

“He told us that he had stabbed the child and to put the child out of their misery, he suffocated the child until the child expired,” Harrison said.

Neither NOPD nor the Orleans Parish Coroner’s office have identified the 18-month-old girl by name. Neighbors said the toddler, who one woman recalled as a “sweet” little girl, had learned to walk and had started talking, though it was mostly babble.

Coroner’s office spokesman Jason Melancon said the case, including the child’s cause of death, is still under investigation. Harrison said Hambrick told police he stabbed and strangled his daughter sometime in the night, hours before he called 911. When police arrived, the chief said, the girl was unresponsive and could not be revived.

A knife police said Hambrick told them was used in the stabbing was recovered from the scene, Harrision said.

Hambrick does not appear to have a recent criminal record in Orleans Parish. He works as an internal audit analyst at the Sewerage and Water Board, the agency confirmed. The chief said Hambrick’s wife, who is the girl’s mother, was not home at the time of the stabbing but had been notified of what happened.

“Our prayers are with this mother and the rest of this family,” said Harrison, adding the mother lost both her baby and her husband. Police booked Hambrick Tuesday on one count of second-degree murder and one count of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile.

Neighbors said Hambrick’s wife, Monika Gerhart-Hambrick, was working in Baton Rouge Tuesday morning.

Gerhart-Hambrick is on the staff of Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, Broome’s office confirmed. The mayor said in a statement on Tuesday that she was with Gerhart-Hambrick “as she works through this unimaginable situation.”

“This is a horrible tragedy. No parent should ever have to lose a child, especially in such a violent way. We are here for Monika and her family for whatever they need,” the Baton Rouge mayor’s statement said.

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But based on his behavior, Harrison said, investigators “reasonably suspect there is either mental illness or drug abuse or a combination of both.” The chief added while investigators have their suspicions, based on the man’s actions, the determination whether Hambrick suffered from any mental illnesses would be a diagnosis made by a doctor.

Hambrick’s job application for the Sewerage & Water Board job, obtained from the New Orleans Civil Service Commission, states he has a master’s degree in public policy and administration from Jackson State University, in Jackson, Miss.; earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.; and earned his high school degree from a catholic school in Madison, Miss., a suburb of Jackson.

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Mark Hambrick, his wife and their child.

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Faber Says U.S. Wouldn’t Have Made as Much ‘Progress’ if Colonized by Blacks

Swiss investor Marc Faber has doubled down on racially charged remarks he made in an October newsletter, suggesting that the U.S. would be in a qualitatively different state if it had been colonized by black people instead of whites.

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Asked why “progress” would be worse, Faber had this to say: “Europeans brought science to America. They brought technical skills.…I am not sure the Africans would have done that.”

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Faber said he expected to face repercussions from his remarks, saying that if “stating some historical facts makes me a racist, then I suppose that I am a racist,” reiterating statements he offered to other news outlets via email.

CNBC and Fox Business Network said Tuesday that they will no longer book him on their shows.

Faber said he also anticipated being kicked off a number of boards on which he serves.

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“If you have to live in a society where you cannot express your views and your views are immediately condemned without further analysis and analysis of the context in which [they’re written]—if you can’t live with that, then it is a sad state of where freedom of the press and freedom of expression have come.”

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Faber told MarketWatch that “Africans will always use the excuse of [oppression] to explain where they are economically, saying that it is ‘all the fault of the colonists.’ ”

“They would be much better,” he continued, “under a system of Western colonialism.”

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ICE Detainer Issued for Suspected Wine Country Arsonist in Sonoma Jail

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Breitbart News reported earlier this week that Sonoma County Sheriffs had arrested Jesus Fabian Gonzalez, 29, at Maxwell Regional Park in Sonoma County after a series of reports of ongoing fires in the region.

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Mr. Gonzalez, who is homeless and reportedly known by law enforcement to have been living under a nearby bridge, claimed he was cold and had lit the fire to stay warm. But it was a balmy 78 degrees when he and the plume of smoke were first observed.

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Sargent Spencer Crum told Breitbart that Mr. Gonzalez is also on a U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) detainer request, despite Sonoma County declaring itself as a “sanctuary county” in May 2014.

The American Civil Liberties Union argues detainers are a violation of “unreasonable searches and seizures” under the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment.

The Sonoma County Sheriff Department’s “1.0 Policy Statement” reads: “No person shall be held solely on the basis of their immigration status.”

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Sonoma County fires have killed dozens. 172 are still missing and 102,000 residents have been dislocated — about one-fifth of the entire population. The latest financial losses include 3,819 unincorporated parcels with 100 structures valued at $2,016,962,239, and 2,907 homes and 86 commercial units lost in the city of Santa Rosa valued at $1.18 billion.

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Four Ann Arbor City Council Members Take a Knee During Pledge of Allegiance

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Four Ann Arbor city council members chose to kneel during the Pledge of Allegiance at a meeting on Monday, Oct. 16.

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“I can’t speak to what is in each person’s heart, but for me to ‘take a knee’ is an act of attention, of concern, and of respect,” Warpehoski wrote on his website.

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During the meeting, Kailasapathy said she knelt during the Pledge to demonstrate her commitment to upholding democratic values.

“For me, taking a knee is also showing solidarity with the group of people who have been doing this at the national level,” she said.

The other council members’ reasons for kneeling were not immediately apparent at Monday’s meeting.

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Conservative Activists Want to Overturn California’s ‘Sanctuary State’ Law Through a 2018 Ballot Measure

Marco Gutierrez, the founder of Latinos for Trump, gained overnight notoriety during the 2016 presidential campaign when he warned against the spread of his culture.

“If you don’t do something about it, you’re going to have taco trucks on every corner,” he said on national television.

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Gutierrez and a handful of conservative activists from Fresno filed a referendum to allow voters to block the implementation of California’s landmark “sanctuary state” law. Supporters would have to collect 365,880 voter signatures by early January to qualify the measure.

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The law, signed earlier this month by Gov. Jerry Brown, will limit law enforcement agencies from questioning and detaining people for immigration violations.

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Quebec Religious Neutrality Bill Met with Concern, Confusion

A bill to promote “religious neutrality” in Quebec is getting a chilly reception from some people in the National Capital Region.

Bill 62 would ban provincial workers such as doctors, nurses, teachers and daycare workers from wearing a niqab, burka or any other face covering while delivering services. People would also be required to uncover their faces while receiving those services.

Initially, the bill was only to apply to provincial public-sector services and provincially funded institutions, but in August, Justice Minister Stéphanie Vallée—also the MNA for Gatineau—proposed amendments. Those amendments would see the legislation apply to municipalities.

That’s not sitting well with Gatineau mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, who’s now running for re-election.

“We have hundreds of questions on how that can be implemented,” said Pednaud-Jobin on Tuesday. “It’s a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist except in principle.”

Pedneaud-Jobin said cities across the province refused to participate in the process leading up to the bill, and that in Gatineau “our priority is to work with real people on the ground to make sure that we live together better.”

Montreal mayor Denis Coderre has also spoken out against Bill 62, accusing the province of overstepping its jurisdiction.

Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin said there are ‘hundreds of questions’ about how a law to ban face coverings would be implemented by municipalities. (CBC)

Municipalities confused about enforcement

The bill was debated on Tuesday in the National Assembly and could pass as soon as Wednesday.

Earlier this week on CBC Montreal’s Daybreak, Vallée said that if the bill passes, people riding the bus would be required to remove their face coverings for the duration of the ride.

She has also said that women who wear the niqab could make a request for religious accommodation, prompting the Canadian Council of Muslim Women to question how such requests would be managed.

Pedneaud-Jobin did not have a clear answer about the immediate ramifications for niqab-wearing women in Gatineau should the bill pass.

“We’ll have to see the law first, to what extent they want to go, how they plan on enforcing that, where it starts, where it finishes,” he said.

The legislation does not spell out what service providers should do if someone with a covered face asks to be served. Guidelines on how to enforce the bill are expected to take months.

Some mayoral candidates more welcoming

CBC also contacted Gatineau’s other mayoral candidates for their views on Bill 62.

“As mayor of Gatineau I would abide by the law,” said Clément Bélanger. “From what I hear around town, I don’t think this bill is a concern.”

Candidate Rémi Bergeron called it “a big challenge” to apply the law in multicultural Gatineau, but said he supports the province’s plan.

A spokesperson for candidate Denis Tassé said he was unavailable to comment on Tuesday.

An assistant to candidate Sylvie Goneau received CBC’s request for an interview but did not follow up to schedule a conversation.

Quebec Justice Minister Stéphanie Vallée says a law to ban face coverings for those giving and receiving public services would apply not just to those wearing religious garb, but to other groups, such as protesters. (Jacques Boissinot/Canadian Press)

Muslims concerned about law’s impact

Vallée has said the law would apply to any type of face covering, including non-religious ones worn by protesters, but Muslims say they feel targeted regardless.

The whole debate feels like a “recycling of the conversation” that began with a similar bill in 2010, followed by the debate over the charter of values proposed by the Parti Québécois, according to Ihsaan Gardee, executive director of the National Council of Canadian Values.

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“It’s really about identity politics. We do have an election coming up in 2018, and we have a Liberal government that wants to stay in power,” Gardee said. “We have politicians basically using the Muslim community as a political football, and in this case, it’s a minority within the Muslim community.”

Gardee said he’s concerned about the vilification of that niqab-wearing minority at a time when anti-Muslim hate crimes are on the rise.

At the Gatineau Mosque on Tuesday, Naila Kibria, who’d stopped in to pray, agreed that niqab-wearing women would be most severely affected by the law.

“They should have the right to be able to walk around and to be served in the way they need to be served without their belief system or their way of life getting in the way,” she said.

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After Charlottesville, White Nationalist’s Campus Event Fuels Free Speech Debate

Students at the University of Florida, where a white nationalist leader will speak on Thursday, are facing a difficult choice.

They could listen to Richard Spencer, who wants to form a “white ethno-state” in North America, address the aftermath of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville that left dozens of counter-protesters seriously injured and one young woman dead. They could protest as part of the “No Nazis at University of Florida” rally, which more than 2,000 people on Facebook say they plan to attend. Or they could go to Disney World.

Valery Raymond, 22, said he believed going to Disney World with his college friends would be the best choice.

“Protesting in this situation wouldn’t elicit anything positive,” said Raymond, who is black. “I just feel the best thing to do was just to get away, get far enough where I wouldn’t even think about it.”

Spencer, he said, is “basically like a class clown, and they just want attention. If you don’t give them attention, then they lose power.”

Thursday’s afternoon speech in Gainesville, Florida, will be Spencer’s first major public event since a joint rally of far-right groups Charlottesville sparked open fighting in the streets and a fatal attack on a crowd of counter-protesters.

Florida’s governor, Rick Scott, has already declared a state of in the county where the school is located, giving local law enforcement more resources and latitude to respond to unfolding events. On Twitter, Spencer has shared multiple posts comparing himself to a hurricane about to hit Florida.

Since Charlottesville, American public universities have split over whether to allow him to speak or deny him a platform and face a lawsuit over free speech rights.

In April, Auburn University in Alabama attempted to shut down Spencer’s visit to its campus over concerns that it would endanger public safety. But a federal judge handed him a victory, ordering Auburn to let Spencer speak, citing first amendment protections.

“While Mr Spencer’s beliefs and message are controversial, Auburn presented no evidence that Mr Spencer advocates violence,” US district judge Keith Watkins ruled. He also wrote that to cancel Spencer’s speech “based on its belief that listeners and protest groups opposed to Mr Spencer’s ideology would react to the content of his speech by engaging in protests that could cause violence or property damage” was not a legal justification.

For Spencer, the University of Florida speech may be a chance to try to reset the conversation from the intense public condemnation that followed Charlottesville. A speech at Texas A&M University last year offered him the opportunity to garner new media attention after the outrage over Spencer’s choice to shout “Hail Trump! Hail Victory!” at a conference last November, which was met with Nazi salutes.

But his visit is also part of an ongoing white nationalist strategy to force public universities to serve as platforms for extreme racist ideas under the banner of freedom of speech.

Some first amendment experts say public universities are in a bind. Floyd Abrams, a prominent attorney and advocate who specializes in free speech, wrote in an email: “If non-students are permitted to rent space … the university generally may not make distinctions about to whom they rent it based on the content of what they will say.” But, he noted, if Spencer had incited violence in the past, that could be used to deny him access to public university spaces.

Plus, advocates of free speech on campus have a powerful supporter in Donald Trump’s attorney general, Jeff Sessions, who held a press conference in September promising that the justice department would pursue legal action against universities who infringed on speech freedoms.

“Freedom of thought and speech on the American campus are under attack,” he said. “A mature society can tell the difference between violence and unpopular speech.”

The University of Cincinnati, a public university, said this month that it would allow Spencer to speak on campus. But both Michigan State University – which was sued by one of Spencer’s supporters – and Ohio State University said they would not host him, citing safety concerns. Ohio State said, though, that it was “currently considering other alternatives”. Other universities, including Penn State, Louisiana State University, Texas A&M and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, issued statements in August saying that Spencer was not welcome.

While the University of Florida initially blocked Spencer from speaking in September, it later reversed course, giving him a new date to speak in October. W Kent Fuchs, the University of Florida’s president, has said the school is obligated by law both to allow Spencer to speak, as well as to shoulder the more than $500,000 it will cost to provide security while Spencer exercises his freedom of speech.

“If you are like me, I expect you are surprised and even shocked to learn that UF is required by law to allow Mr Spencer to speak his racist views on our campus,” Fuchs said in a statement in early October, urging students to avoid Spencer’s speech but “speak up for your values”.

Some faculty critics accused the university president of enabling Spencer’s activism.

“The president has already announced, in effect, ‘Nazi of the Year’ day, where we can spend half a million dollars every year so we can hear a Nazi,” Thomas Auxter, a university philosophy professor, said at a campus teach-in on Tuesday night that attracted more than 100 people.

Dwayne Fletcher, the president of the university’s black student union, said that reaction to Spencer’s visit among students of color was divided. “The majority of students, who don’t want anything to do with this event, they just want to be as far away as possible,” he said. A smaller number were determined to protest.

To keep students safe, student groups were organizing a virtual counter-protest to Spencer’s speech, rather than an in-person event that might be targeted by his white nationalist supporters.

In hopes of seeing Spencer lecture to an almost-empty hall, a local brewery in downtown Gainesville announced it would give patrons a free beer in exchange for each unused pair of tickets to the white nationalist’s speech.

“We unfortunately can’t stop him from bringing his hate to Gainesville, but we can empty the room so his disgusting message goes unheard,” Alligator Brewing wrote in an Instagram post last week.

In response, Padgett, Spencer’s college tour organizer, announced in a Twitter video on Monday that the university’s Phillips Center would no longer be distributing tickets to the event. Instead, Spencer’s supporters themselves will be distributing the tickets outside the Phillips Center about an hour before the speech.

Organizers of the protest against the white nationalists have questioned why the university is allowing Spencer to control ticketing for his event, which will create a “volatile situation” outside the event space and is a “huge danger”, student organizer Chad Chavira said.

While the University of Florida is not canceling all classes on Thursday, instructors are dealing with classes and student concerns on an individual basis, the university has said in statements. Raymond, whose one class on Thursday has been cancelled, later decided it did not make sense for him to spend the money to go to Disney World, so he plans instead to “relax by the pool, do some schoolwork”, far away from campus.

Some friends may “make it a beach day, something like that – start off the weekend very early”, said Brendon Jonassaint, a first-year graduate student.

Chavira, a junior who is one of the organizers of the “No Nazis at University of Florida” rally, said he understood if marginalized students made the choice to keep themselves safe and far away from the white supremacists. But white students, he said, had a responsibility to speak out against white nationalists on campus.

“For those people who think ignoring fascism is a good idea, I would say it’s not,” he said. “If you look at the history of fascism in the 20s and 30s in Italy and Germany, it was those good, nice people who thought they didn’t have to do anything, that Hitler was stupid, and that people would see how stupid he was.”

“We are committed to nonviolence,” Chavira added.

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Two Chinese Nationals Charged with Fentanyl Trafficking

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Two Chinese men have been charged with running massive drug networks that manufactured and shipped thousands of doses of the potentially lethal drug fentanyl directly to U.S. consumers.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in Washington on Tuesday that such dealers were responsible for helping drive an increase in U.S. overdose deaths. More than 20,000 Americans died last year after taking fentanyl, an opioid painkiller that has gained favor among drug users because it is much more powerful than heroin.

“Chinese fentanyl distributors are using the internet to sell fentanyl directly to U.S. customers,” Mr. Rosenstein said. “They use multiple identities to disguise their activities and their shipments and to obscure the trail of profits going back to China.”

Federal grand juries in Mississippi and North Dakota returned indictments in September against the two Chinese nationals, Xiaobing Yan, 40 years old, and Jian Zhang, 38. The charges were unsealed Monday. Messrs. Yan and Zhang are in China and not in U.S. custody, Justice Department officials said.

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The Justice Department also announced charges against three Americans allegedly tied to Mr. Zhang’s network: Elizabeth Ton, 26, and Anthony Gomes, 33, of Davie, Fla., and Darius Ghahary 48, of Ramsey, N.J. All three were arrested last week, officials said.

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Five Canadians have also been indicted. Two of them, Jason Joey Berry and Daniel Vivas Ceron, helped peddle Mr. Zhang’s fentanyl while incarcerated in a medium-security prison in Quebec, Canada, the indictment alleges. An attorney for Messrs. Berry and Ceron couldn’t immediately be located.

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Mr. Rosenstein said agents first stumbled across Mr. Yan’s network in 2013 after a traffic stop in Mississippi unearthed a drug ring selling synthetic marijuana. During that investigation, U.S. authorities identified Mr. Yan as “a distributor of a multitude of illegal drugs,” including synthetic opioids, Mr. Rosenstein said.

He said authorities determined that Mr. Yan operated websites advertising fentanyl directly to U.S. customers, whom he supplied from at least two chemical plants in China that were capable of producing “ton quantities” of the drug and related compounds.

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Physically Active White Men at High Risk for Plaque Buildup in Arteries

White men who exercise at high levels are 86 percent more likely than people who exercise at low levels to experience a buildup of plaque in the heart arteries by middle age, a new study suggests.

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CAC is a clinical measure of the accumulation of calcium and plaque in the arteries of the heart. The presence and amount of CAC, is a significant warning sign to doctors that a patient may be at risk for developing heart disease.

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Researchers categorized participants into three distinct trajectory groups, based on physical activity patterns.

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“We expected to see that higher levels of physical activity over time would be associated with lower levels of CAC.”

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When these findings were stratified by race and gender, they found that white men were at the highest risk-they were 86 percent more likely to have CAC. There was no higher odds of CAC for black participants who exercised at this level.

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Similar population-based cohort studies on cumulate exercise dose have caused some controversy by showing U-shaped trends of association between physical activity and disease risk.

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“Because the study results show a significantly different level of risk between black and white participants based on long-term exercise trajectories, the data provides rationale for further investigation, especially by race, into the other biological mechanisms for CAC risk in people with very high levels of physical activity,” said Laddu.

“High levels of exercise over time may cause stress on the arteries leading to higher CAC,” said Rana, “however this plaque buildup may well be of the more stable kind, and thus less likely to rupture and causes heart attack, which was not evaluated in this study.” Rana says they plan to evaluate for outcomes, such as heart attacks and death, next.

While the study suggests that white men who exercise at high levels may have a higher burden of CAC, “it does not suggest that anyone should stop exercising.”

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Arab Illegal Immigrant Raped British Woman, Abused Female Police Officer

According to The Telegraph, Al-Sharmary’s victim—who is white, British, and in her thirties—was in tears, with her underwear pulled down to her ankles, when found lying face down following the attack on May 17.

“I left the pub and he came over to me and pushed me over on the grass of the river bank,” she told police, in a video statement which was played to the jury.

“I fell face down with my arms in front of me and I turned to look at him and he punched me in the face.

“He punched me again with his fist and hit me on the nose, when I put my hand to my face it was covered in blood.

“Then he got on top of me from behind, I could feel his weight on me. He pulled down my jeans and my pants and I could feel that he was raping me.

“He told me not to say anything or he would come back and hurt me. He made me feel horrible, scared and frightened.”

Earlier in the trial, prosecutor Paul Abrahams told the court that the 21-year-old Kuwaiti had launched an attack on the British woman hours after drinking whisky and watching pornographic videos on his mobile telephone.

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After he was arrested nearby, Al-Shamar refused to speak to female police officers while in custody, and was heard to yell, “I am Saddam Hussein!”, and refer to England as a “bitch country” on two occasions.

A jury convicted the bearded Kuwaiti, who moved to Darlington at the end of 2016, by a majority verdict, but Judge Sean Morris adjourned sentencing for three weeks, while a “report looking into his attitude towards women” is prepared.

He said: “I need to know more about him and his attitudes to the female sex.

“It is clearly going to be a substantial sentence, the only issue is whether it is going to be an extended sentence.”

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Epidemic of South African Farm Murders Continues as Gunmen Shoot Elderly Victim Dead

Another South African farmer has been reported killed after three gunmen attacked his homestead—part of a sustained campaign of violence across the country.

The alleged attack took place in Potchefstroom in the North West province, according to Times Live. The elderly victim was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics from the private ambulance company ER24.

OFM, a radio station based in Central South Africa, put the farmer’s age at 69, and quoted police spokeswoman Pelonomi Makau as saying the killers were driven off by his son following a high-stakes altercation:

“They saw three suspects hiding at a fence who shot at the farm owner,” she said. “He died at the scene and the son managed to fight back the suspects. He managed to confiscate a firearm, knife and cell phone from the suspects. They then fled the scene.”

The killing is just the latest in a series of murders which the government has been accused of encouraging, and which have made farming in South Africa the most deadly occupation in the world.

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While they are little-reported even within South Africa itself—the government directed police to stop releasing information about victims’ ethnicity in 2007—one recent murder which made headlines was that of 64-year-old former pharmaceutical executive Sue Howarth, who was a British national.

Mrs Howarth and her husband, 66-year-old Robert Lynn, were confronted by a group of masked men at their isolated farm in the small town of Dullstroom, where they had lived for twenty years, in February this year.

The men tied up the elderly couple and tortured them with a blowtorch for several hours, with Mrs Howarth suffering “horrific” burns to her breasts.

Her attackers attempted to kill her by stuffing a plastic bag down her throat, before driving her and Mr Lynn to a roadside ditch where they shot her twice in the head and her husband once in the neck.

Miraculously, Mr Lynn survived, and was eventually able to flag down a passing car for assistance. Mrs Howarth was also still alive, somehow managing to breathe despite the bag in her throat, but died in hospital two days later.

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Hawaii Judge Blocks Trump’s New Travel Ban

A federal judge in Hawaii on Tuesday issued an order blocking major parts of President Trump’s newest travel ban, suggesting it violated immigration law.

The decision from U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu stops the administration’s travel restrictions nationwide before they were scheduled to take full effect Wednesday.

The newest travel rules, issued on Sept. 24, indefinitely ban entry to the U.S. by most nationals of Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea. They also restrict travel by certain Venezuelan government officials and their families.

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In March, Watson issued an order blocking a previous version of the ban in a case that, coupled with a similar one in a federal court in Maryland, was set for arguments in the Supreme Court. This month, justices canceled Oct. 10 arguments and dropped the case because the prior ban — which was temporary — had expired and was replaced by the new one.

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Double Standards: ‘Why Aren’t We All with Somalia?’

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More than 300 people were killed when a powerful bomb blast ripped through Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, on Saturday.

The attack marked the deadliest assault the country has ever witnessed.

Somalia‘s three-day national mourning period for the victims is coming to an end, with around 300 more people also injured in the blast.

Dozens are missing, hospitals are running out of blood and anger is growing.

But social media users have asked: Where is the collective outrage?

The attack in Somalia came little more than one week after a deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, but many noted a quieter response to events in Mogadishu.

“The world is unfair; social media can attest to that. 276 died in Somalia and we aren’t doing the same thing we did when it was Las Vegas,” tweeted Eke van Victor.

“We mourn with Somalia. 276 dead. 300 hurt. We confess that our tears are often limited to the West. Forgive us. We long for peace with you,” said Eugene Cho.

“You should be as devastated about the sheer loss of life in Somalia, as you were about the senseless killings in Vegas,” wrote Stacey Dooley, a British television presenter.

Some were also concerned by the low level of media coverage compared with other horrendous attacks.

Commentator and law professor Khaled Beydoun noted that a bomb attack in Manchester, a northern British city, was covered more widely. “The # of people killed in Somalia yesterday was 10x more than the # killed in Manchester in May (230 to 22). But it got 100x less coverage,” he tweeted.

Itayi Viriri, spokesman for the International Organization for Migration, questioned why the Somalia attack did not make an impact on social media sites or with entertainers, who often tweet their support and condolences for attack victims.

Clint Smith, a PhD candidate at Harvard, tweeted: “Imagine if 250+ ppl in the US or UK or France were killed in a truck bomb. That’s what just happened in Somalia. They deserve to be mourned.”

“More than 200 killed in a blast in Somalia, no twitter trends/headlines, proof tht world is governed only by power politics not by humanity,” said Pakistani actor Hamza Ali Abbasi.

More than 200 killed in a blast in Somalia, no twitter trends/headlines, proof tht world is

Some users suggested that the world cares more when attack victims are white.

“Y’all only care with your little hashtags when it’s rich white people,” tweeted Lucas R.

“Perfect example of how global solidarity only comes into play when white people die,” said user @lex_looper.

“500+ casualties. The West cares about terrorism when a POC attacks white people, but is silent when the victims are POC. #Mogadishu #Somalia,” said user @InvictaVis.

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‘Dr. Doom’ Faber: ‘Thank God White People Populated America’

Market doomsayer Marc “Dr. Doom” Faber has launched a racially charged diatribe in his latest newsletter, alleging that the U.S. is great primarily because it is ruled by white people.

The eccentric Gloom, Boom & Doom report author, who often speaks on CNBC and other financial media, generally forecasting some type of market downturn, focused his latest comments on the racial conflicts happening around the country.

(A CNBC spokesperson said it will not book him in the future.)

“And thank God white people populated America, and not the blacks. Otherwise, the US would look like Zimbabwe, which it might look like one day anyway, but at least America enjoyed 200 years in the economic and political sun under a white majority,” he wrote.

“I am not a racist, but the reality—no matter how politically incorrect—needs to be spelled out.”

Reached for comment via email, Faber did not back away from his statements to CNBC.

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Three Sisters Accused of Assaulting 12-Year-Old Girl

Columbia police have arrested three sisters who they say beat up a 12-year-old girl earlier this month.

The suspects are 29-year-old Shaquana Bacote, 20-year-old Shontavia Bacote, and 17-year-old Zaquiera Bacote.

All are charged with assault-first and burglary-first. Shaquana is also charged with malicious injury to property, while Shontavia is charged with strong arm robbery.

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In Center of Europe, Politics Takes a Trumpian Turn with Rise of Anti-immigrant Billionaire

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The man poised to lead the Czech Republic following elections this week is a polarizing billionaire who vows to drain the swamp of this capital city’s politics, run his country like a business and keep out Muslim immigrants.

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Andrej Babis is so similar to the U.S. president in profile and outlook that he feels compelled to offer at least one key distinction.

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Babis won’t be alone, either. If elections on Friday and Saturday vault him to the prime minister’s office, as polls suggest they probably will, he could plant a flag further west for a strongman vision of government that is testing young democracies to the east — and in the process straining European unity.

“He’s no democrat,” said Pehe, a former adviser to Vaclav Havel, the Czech anti-communist dissident-turned-president. “The danger here is that the Czech Republic could slide to the European periphery, along with Hungary and Poland.”

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But the Czech Republic does have persistently low wages, along with a political class that is notoriously beset by corruption. It also has older residents who yearn for the simpler days of their communist youth, when the all-powerful state protected them.

The combination has made the nation of 10 million fertile ground for populism. And Babis, the country’s second-wealthiest man, has seized the opportunity.

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“People are saying that I’m a danger to democracy in this country, which of course is ridiculous,” he said, his gray suit neatly pressed, his gray hair and beard trimmed tight. “I’m a danger to this corrupt system.”

It’s a message that he repeats relentlessly on the trail, where he signs copies of his slickly produced campaign book and gives out his cellphone number to people who say they could use his help battling the turgid Czech bureaucracy.

“He’s a normal guy,” said Zdena Krskova, a 69-year-old who was shopping for dinner one day at an open-air market in a working-class neighborhood of north Prague. “Plus, he has enough money, so he doesn’t need to steal from the people.”

Babis’s support is concentrated outside Prague, in smaller cities and towns that haven’t shared the same bump in prosperity as the country’s tourist-thronged capital. It also comes from older voters who are looking to the billionaire to cut through the messy logistics of democratic politics and use a firm hand to restore a simpler, bygone time, said Daniel Prokop, head of political polling for the research firm Median.

“His voters are authoritarian-oriented,” Prokop said. “If you ask whether it’s better to have a strong leader or democratic decision-making, his people say strong leader.”

And there’s a reason they gravitate to Babis.

“He’s used to getting his way,” said Jan Machacek, who runs a think tank funded by Babis’s firms. “Compromise is not in his genes.”

Machacek, who was a dissident during communist times, said the billionaire’s political rise reflects widespread disappointment among Czech voters who had high hopes for a democratic system they thought could solve the nation’s ills. Instead, he said, they got weak parties and corrupt politicians.

The consequence of such disillusionment, he said, “could be a lot worse than Mr. Babis.”

Unlike Trump, Machacek said, Babis is no showboat. He is a demanding businessman but doesn’t deliberately sow chaos.

Yet Babis has shown a willingness to pick fights with powerful European leaders, particularly on the issue of refugees.

In the interview, Babis mocked programs under which E.U. members are supposed to share the burden of taking in asylum seekers, disparaged the notion of a “multicultural society” and, referring to the German chancellor, blamed the 2015 refugee crisis on “the stupidity of Madame Merkel.”

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All of which suggests that, like Trump, Babis may shift course on some of his campaign promises once he confronts the reality of governing. And unlike Trump, Gabal said, Babis is capable of admitting when he’s wrong.

“When you put data in front of him and say, ‘You’re not right. The situation is different,’ he’ll look at it. And accept it,” said Gabal, whose party has been in coalition with Babis’s — and may be once again post-election. “He’s not stupid.”

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Immigrants and Their Children Now Account for a Record 60 Million in US

The immigration population in the United States jumped to a record 43 million people in 2016, according to a new report.

And when adding in the children of those individuals, the number jumps to over 60 million people.

That means that legal and illegal immigrants account for at least one in every five people in the United States, according to a review of federal statistics by the Center for Immigration Studies.

The number of immigrants has skyrocketed in the past 16 years, the study concluded.

‘The enormous number of immigrants already in the country coupled with the settlement of well over a million newcomers each year has a profound impact on American society, including on workers, schools, infrastructure, hospitals and the environment,’ the Center’s director of research Steven Camarota said.

‘The nation needs a serious debate about whether continuing this level of immigration makes sense.’

This rhetoric and the concerns about an explosion of immigration – especially illegal immigration – helped Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election.

His administration has promised to crack down on illegal immigration and refugees, and has shown particular interest in halting people coming from Central and South America.

The report doesn’t specifically go into the percentages of legal and illegal immigrants.

However, according to the Washington Examiner, there are roughly 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.

The report did find though that since 2000 the immigrant population has increased by 8million people, and that a large portion of that number came from Mexico and Latin America.

Mexican immigrants, specifically, were found to be the largest foreign-born population in the country in 2016.

Between 2010 and 2016 1.1million new immigrants arrived in the United States from Mexico. However, because of the rate of return migration and mortality the Mexican-born population did not grow during that period.

The report also found that currently the proportion of immigrants living in the United states is the highest it has been in 106 years. As recently as 1980 there were 50 percent fewer immigrants.

Finally, the states with the largest increases in immigration were Texas, Florida and California.

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Big Lies Promote Our Demise

To the editor:

“Bad, bad, bad” (my letter to the editor, Sept. 3) argues that a key weapon in ongoing political battles is the “Three Bads”: Your ancestors were Bad People (racists, oppressors). You’re a Bad Person. Your leaders are Bad People. Media, entertainment, universities, schools supply steady doses of the Three Bads.

But there’s a still more potent weapon, the “Three Goods”: Mass immigration is Good. Multi-culturalism is Good. Diversity is Good.

One can read newspapers for years without seeing a skeptical report or commentary on mass immigration, multi-culturalism or diversity. That’s no accident. Three Bads and Three Goods propaganda enable a demographic revolution that Americans never voted for. Immigration is transforming America.

What’s happening? Before 1965, U.S. immigration laws favored Europe as the source of legal immigration. The U.S. discriminated in favor of people most likely to assimilate to American cultural norms. Then came the Civil Rights era. Discrimination seemed racist. So Congress opened immigration to the world.

In a bounteous gesture, Congress added generous “family reunification” provisions for bringing in extended family. Over time this produced “chain migration” of relatives. Nonetheless, champions of the 1965 law, such as Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, assured the public at the time that “the ethnic mix of this country will not be upset.”

The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, in fact, shifted source countries for future immigration from Europe to Latin America, Asia and, increasingly, the Middle East. Some results? Fracturing cultural cohesion, rising identity tribalism, increasing polarization.

Consider stats for the 2016 election. Donald Trump was the first presidential candidate to challenge the Three Bads/Three Goods status quo. He soared among white voters. In North Carolina, for example, Trump got 63 percent of the white vote. Hillary Clinton got 32 percent. Clinton, on the other hand, captured 79 percent of the non-white vote (89 percent of black voters, 59 percent of Latinos, 55 percent of others). Trump got only 18 percent of the N.C. non-white vote (8 percent black, 40 percent Latino, 40 percent other).

Trump’s victory aside, the 1965 Immigration Act, if not altered, will give Democrats/leftists a permanent political majority. That’s why you never read or see anything negative about the media’s sacred causes of mass immigration, multi-culturalism, or diversity. Victory is too near. The stakes are too high. The end-game is too close.

Expect a doubling down on Three Bads/Three Goods narratives.

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Big Lies Promote Our Demise

To the editor:

“Bad, bad, bad” (my letter to the editor, Sept. 3) argues that a key weapon in ongoing political battles is the “Three Bads”: Your ancestors were Bad People (racists, oppressors). You’re a Bad Person. Your leaders are Bad People. Media, entertainment, universities, schools supply steady doses of the Three Bads.

But there’s a still more potent weapon, the “Three Goods”: Mass immigration is Good. Multi-culturalism is Good. Diversity is Good.

One can read newspapers for years without seeing a skeptical report or commentary on mass immigration, multi-culturalism or diversity. That’s no accident. Three Bads and Three Goods propaganda enable a demographic revolution that Americans never voted for. Immigration is transforming America.

What’s happening? Before 1965, U.S. immigration laws favored Europe as the source of legal immigration. The U.S. discriminated in favor of people most likely to assimilate to American cultural norms. Then came the Civil Rights era. Discrimination seemed racist. So Congress opened immigration to the world.

In a bounteous gesture, Congress added generous “family reunification” provisions for bringing in extended family. Over time this produced “chain migration” of relatives. Nonetheless, champions of the 1965 law, such as Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, assured the public at the time that “the ethnic mix of this country will not be upset.”

The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, in fact, shifted source countries for future immigration from Europe to Latin America, Asia and, increasingly, the Middle East. Some results? Fracturing cultural cohesion, rising identity tribalism, increasing polarization.

Consider stats for the 2016 election. Donald Trump was the first presidential candidate to challenge the Three Bads/Three Goods status quo. He soared among white voters. In North Carolina, for example, Trump got 63 percent of the white vote. Hillary Clinton got 32 percent. Clinton, on the other hand, captured 79 percent of the non-white vote (89 percent of black voters, 59 percent of Latinos, 55 percent of others). Trump got only 18 percent of the N.C. non-white vote (8 percent black, 40 percent Latino, 40 percent other).

Trump’s victory aside, the 1965 Immigration Act, if not altered, will give Democrats/leftists a permanent political majority. That’s why you never read or see anything negative about the media’s sacred causes of mass immigration, multi-culturalism, or diversity. Victory is too near. The stakes are too high. The end-game is too close.

Expect a doubling down on Three Bads/Three Goods narratives.

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‘The Daily Show’ in Chicago Dishes Deep on the City

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With his first of four “Daily Shows” from Chicago this week, Trevor Noah presented America with a more nuanced version of the Windy City than it has been seeing lately.

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“‘It’s a good thing you’re wearing a suit, Trevor,’” Noah said folks would tell him. “‘You’ll save the undertaker some time.’”

President Trump, the host said, has been playing to that same bias with his complaints about Chicago being allegedly worse than Afghanistan.

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“Now I get it,” he said. “When there’s shooting, Obama’s from Chicago. All the other times, he’s from Kenya.”

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They stood and cheered lustily on Noah’s entrances and exits. They stood for the interview guest, Chicago rapper and activist Common, who further underscored the message that Chicago is so much more than crime statistics. They cheered the middle of the show’s three segments, too, between the monologue and the interview, in which correspondent Roy Wood Jr. visited with the Cease Fire community anti-violence group on the South Side.

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He wanted to bring the show here, the 33 year old said, because this had been one of the first cities to support his nascent American stand-up career and one of the first to embrace “TDS” during his rocky early days after the young South African took over for Jon Stewart in Sept. 2015.

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Asked what he liked about Chicago, he said, in a moment viewers at 10 p.m. will not hear on air, “Part of it is people constantly needing to defend their pizza, which is weird.” Plus, he added, “it’s got the beauty of New York, but at the same time it’s got the cleanliness of Chicago — and the segregation reminds me of home.”

During another break, he pointed out that President Trump splashed his name on his building here like the villain in a Superman movie.

While calling out Chicago’s segregation is hardly playing to the crowd, criticizing Trump certainly hit a sweet spot. Indeed, in a taping that came off smoothly on a technical level, the only bit that needed to be reshot, the host said, was because the crowd had booed more loudly than sound technicians expected during a clip segment showing the president’s criticisms of Chicago.

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Maybe, when all was said and done, Monday’s wasn’t the funniest “Daily Show” that has ever aired. Talk of murder rates, the very sincere interview with Common and a taped piece about tamping down gang violence aren’t exactly a recipe for recording America’s next great sitcom laugh track.

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During a break, Noah suggested that maybe the extreme anomalies of the Cubs winning last fall’s World Series and Trump winning the same season’s presidential election were not unrelated.

Would people be willing to let the Cubs lose this year in order to lose the president, he wondered aloud. And they cheered, and you knew that a fellow who can sell Cubs losses to a North Side crowd is one who has those people seeing things his way.

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Failed Integration: In Next 10-20 years, France Will Be New Lebanon

In just a few years, Islamic suburbs of Paris will obey their own set of rules, they will have their own laws, their own principles, maybe even their own police. It is already the case, Alexandre Mendel, author of the book ‘Partition’ told RT.

Europe has been facing a large number of migrants coming from the war-torn countries in Africa and the Middle East. Today many are concerned about the Islamization of Europe and the failure of Muslims assimilating into their new countries.

RT met with a writer Alexandre Mendel, whose new book “Partition” is devoted to the Muslims’ failure to integrate in France, and discussed the current situation in that country.

RT:  Please start by describing for our readers your book.

Alexandre Mendel: My last book, ‘Jihadist France,’ was only about the French terrorists. ‘Partition’ is mainly about Islamization of France, about what’s going on in France, in schools, hospitals, at work, in sports clubs, etc. I am not talking this time about terrorism itself, but about the way France decided whether the French government—like it or not—collaborated and accepted some kind of arrangements with Islam. This is the main topic of the book.

There are at least two things that are important about the Islamization. The first one is that you cannot be always blind with this problem. For 20-30 years we let down our rules, our principals, our republican ideals; we negotiated with Islamists. We are totally blind to this kind of small signals that some parts of France were becoming Islamized. That can explain the terrorism today in France. If we didn’t accept these little arrangements with radical Islam, we probably wouldn’t have had so many attacks in France. That is why it is so important today not to be blind anymore in France and to tell the truth.

My book is made of many, many reports in France. It is not a theoretical book—it is a book written by a reporter. We went there, we went to the schools, to the hospitals, to the cities where people and police never set foot to see the reality and just to talk about the reality. A lot of French people, especially a lot of French journalists and French politicians never go there. It is very important today to be a reporter in these areas where nobody sets foot anymore. This is a testimony of our modern time.

RT:  What should be done to integrate people into society? Is it only a Muslim thing, or other groups, as well?

AM: In my book, I say that there is no solution, because it is too late; there won’t be any solution. You can’t send them back to their country—they are French—the French cannot send them back. What France will become in the next 10 or 20 years will be a kind of new Lebanon in some places in France.

For example, take some suburbs in Paris: they will have their own set of rules, they will have their own laws, their own principals, maybe even their own police. It is already the case. The fact that in France right now in many places France has no control in these areas. We accepted it already and we won’t fight back to get these suburbs back to France. It is already done—we already lost the war against them.

So the rich people in France will be in the fancy neighborhoods of Paris, far from the problems, and then the poor people will have to deal with Islamism on a daily base. This is the way we accepted that already.

RT:  Why did integration fail in France, do you think?

AM: Integration has failed in France, but not only France—in many other countries, because we buried our republican principal to actually mimic what exists in Great Britain, in Canada, or in the US; accept that you could be French, get French citizenship without even speaking French, without even going to the Republican French School, get French citizenship, without living like the French. France is not a new country of immigration—it has a very long story of immigration. People in the 1920s came to France from all over Europe—from Poland, from Russia, from Armenia, Italy, and there was no problem to integrate them, not problem at all . . .

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Ireland Honors Mass Murderer with Postage Stamp

Among the many things the Irish (especially in the U.S.) are NOT infamous for is their dim-wittedness, party-poopery and cowardice.

Yet Ireland celebrated the 50th anniversary of Ernest “Che” Guevara’s death last week by issuing a commemorative postage stamp bearing the terrorist mass-murderer’s famous picture.

Che Guevara’s first decree when his “rebels” captured the town of Sancti Spiritus in central Cuba during the last days of the skirmishing against Batista’s army outlawed alcohol, gambling and regulated relations between the sexes—conditions not exactly conducive to a festive St Paddy’s Day. Popular outcry and Fidel’s sharp political sense made Ireland’s new hero grudgingly rescind his order.

“I have no home, no woman, no parents, no brothers and no friends,” wrote this new hero of Ireland in his diaries. “My friends are friends only so long as they think as I do politically.” Luckily Tip O’Neill and Ronald Reagan’s joint St Paddy’s Day festivities did not fall under Che Guevara’s jurisdiction.

“Individualism must disappear!” thundered Ireland’s new hero in a 1961 speech in Havana. Interestingly, the cheeky Ernesto Guevara’s signature on his early correspondence read “Stalin II.” In a famous speech in 1961 Ireland’s new hero the “party-animal” Che Guevara denounced the very “spirit of rebellion” as “reprehensible.” “Youth must refrain from ungrateful questioning of governmental mandates” commanded Guevara. “Instead they must dedicate themselves to study, work and military service!”

And woe to those youths “who stayed up late at night carousing and thus reported to work (government forced-labor) tardily.” Youth, wrote Ireland’s new hero, “should learn to think and act as a mass.” Those who “chose their own path” as in growing long hair and listening to Rock & Roll (Van Morrison, Jim Morrison for instance) were denounced as worthless “lumpen” and “delinquents.” In a famous speech Ireland’s new hero even vowed, “to make individualism disappear from Cuba! It is criminal to think of individuals!”

Tens of thousands of Cuban youths guilty of nothing more than trying to boogie to Light My Fire, Gloria or Brown-Eyed Girl while tipping a pint learned that Che Guevara’s admonitions were more than idle bombast.

By the mid 1960s the crime “digging” rock music or “effeminate” behavior got thousands of youths yanked off Cuba’s streets and parks by secret police and dumped in prison camps with “Work Will Make Men Out of You” in bold letters above the gate and with machine gunners posted on the watchtowers. The initials for these camps were UMAP, not GULAG, but the conditions were quite similar.

Many opponents of the regime co-founded by Che Guevara qualify as the longest-suffering political prisoners in modern history, having suffered prison camps, forced labor and torture chambers for a period over THIRTY TIMES as long in Che Guevara’s prisons and torture chambers as Michael Collins and Jerry Adams spent in British jails and internment camps.

“Certainly, we execute!” Che Guevara boasted while addressing the hallowed halls of the UN General Assembly on Dec. 9, 1964 to the claps and cheers of that august body. “And we will continue executing as long as it is necessary! This is a war to the death against the Revolution’s enemies!”

The communist firing squads gleefully set in motion by Che Guevara in Cuba murdered OVER ONE THOUSAND TIMES as many Cuban anti-communist rebels as the British executed Irish rebels during the Easter Rising. The figure of 16,000 firing squad murders by the regime co-founded by Che Guevara, by the way, issues from the Black Book of Communism, written by French scholars and published in English by Harvard University Press, (neither outfit exactly a bastion of those insufferable and loudmouthed “embittered Cuban exiles” with “an ax to grind!”)

Full-documentation and much, much more on these Che-Guevara initiated human-rights horrors here.

One day before his death in Bolivia, Che Guevara—for the first time in his life—finally faced something properly describable as combat. So he ordered his guerrilla charges to give no quarter, to fight to their last breaths and to their last bullet. With his men doing exactly what he ordered (fighting and dying to the last bullet), a slightly wounded Che snuck away from the firefight and surrendered with fully loaded weapons while whimpering to his captors: “Don’t Shoot! I’m Che. I’m worth more to you alive than dead!” His Bolivian captors viewed the matter differently. In the following day, they adopted a policy that has since become a favorite among Americans who encounter (so-called) endangered species threatening their families or livestock on their property: “Shoot, shovel and shut-up.”

Justice has never been better served.

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Gov. Scott Declares Emergency Before Spencer’s Speech

Gov. Rick Scott on Monday declared a state of emergency in Alachua County three days ahead of a scheduled speech at the University of Florida campus in Gainesville by the white nationalist Richard Spencer.

“I find that the threat of a potential emergency is imminent,” Scott said in a seven-page executive order.

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Opponents of Spencer’s visit have a Facebook account, No Nazis at UF, that includes a statement critical of school leaders for allowing Spencer to visit the campus.

Spencer’s UF appearance comes two months after a weekend of violence at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville marked by brawls between white racists and protesters. A woman was killed when a man drove his truck through a crowd of demonstrators.

UF President Kent Fuchs has urged students not to attend Spencer’s talk, but to “speak up for your values and the values of our university.”

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In a statement, Scott said: “We live in a country where everyone has the right to voice their opinion. However, we have zero tolerance for violence and public safety is always our number one priority.

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Scott’s order noted that prior speeches by Spencer in Virginia, Alabama, California and Texas “have sparked protests and counter-protests resulting in episodes of violence, civil unrest and multiple arrests.”

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Black Man Who Wielded Flamethrower During White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville is Arrested

Corey Long, the black man who wielded an improvised flamethrower against white nationalists two months ago at a violent far-right rally in Charlottesville, Va.—an incident captured in a photo that went viral—has become the second black counterprotester in two days to be arrested in relation to the rally.

Charlottesville police investigators arrested Long, 23, of Culpeper, Va., Friday on charges of assault and battery and disorderly conduct — a move that is likely to draw strong criticism from anti-racism advocates who have accused law enforcement of not acting swiftly enough to quell the violence that broke out during the August rally or to arrest a group of white men who were videotaped beating another black counterprotester, DeAndre Harris.

Lt. Stephen Upman, a Charlottesville police spokesman, said the disorderly conduct charge is related to the makeshift flamethrower and the assault and battery charge is related to a separate skirmish during the rally.

A series of confrontations took place in Charlottesville Aug. 12 when hundreds of white supremacists gathered for a Unite the Right rally to protest the city’s plan to take down a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

After a 32-year-old woman, Heather Heyer, died and 19 were injured after a car rammed into a crowd of counterdemonstrators, President Trump provoked outrage by blaming some of the violence on anti-racist protesters.

“What about the ‘alt-left’ that came charging at, as you say, the ‘alt-right?’” Trump said at a news conference at Trump Tower a few days after the incident. “Do they have any semblance of guilt? … “You had a group on one side that was bad. And you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. And nobody wants to say that, but I’ll say it right now.”

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Long was widely celebrated by anti-racism advocates after a photographer for the Associated Press captured him wielding a makeshift flamethrower, fashioned, he told the Root, by holding a lighter to a can of spray paint a white nationalist had thrown at him earlier.

“This graceful man has appropriated not only the flames of white-supremacist bigotry but also the debauched, rhetorical fire of Trump, who gloated, earlier this week, that he would respond to a foreign threat with ‘fire and fury,’” Doreen St. Félix, a staff writer for the New Yorker, wrote. “The resistance has its fire, too.”

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Court Records: Man Charged with Spray-Painting Swastika at UMD is African American

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Court records show the man accused of spray-painting a swastika inside a residence hall at the University of Maryland in September is African American.

Students were surprised to learn someone who is a member of a race which has been historically oppressed is accused of the hate-related incident.

“I guess it proves that you don’t have to be a certain race to hate people.

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University of Maryland police say 52-year-old Ronald Alford Sr. was served a criminal summons on Thursday and faces several charges including destruction of property and disturbing the operations of a school. Alford will not be allowed back on campus.

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White Supremacists Endorse Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan’s Black Separatism

American Renaissance, the self-styled “race realists” that count Richard Spencer among their ranks, on Friday re-tweeted Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan in support.

Farrakhan’s tweet advised black people to “be more convinced that it is time for us to separate and build a nation of our own.”

Retweeting Farrakhan, the white supremacist foundation said his sentiment is an example of “the sort of self-determination we and the broader Alt-Right support.”

“Would you like to discuss this in a public forum?” American Renaissance asked of the controversial Nation of Islam founder.

Shortly after American Renaissance offered their support, Spencer joined in, saying he too is “open to a real dialogue.”

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Colin Kaepernick to File Lawsuit Against NFL Owners over Collusion

Colin Kaepernick, who many believe has been blackballed by the NFL following his protest against racial injustice in the US, is reportedly set to file a lawsuit against the league’s team owners.

According to Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has hired attorney Mark Geragos and will claim NFL owners have colluded to keep him out of the league. Under the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement teams and the NFL are forbidden from coming together to deprive a player of employment.

“If the NFL (as well as all professional sports teams) is to remain a meritocracy, then principled and peaceful protest – which the owners themselves made great theater imitating weeks ago – should not be punished and athletes should not be denied employment based on partisan political provocation by the Executive Branch of our government,” Geragos said in a statement.

“Such a precedent threatens all patriotic Americans and harkens back to our darkest days as a nation. Protecting all athletes from such collusive conduct is what compelled Mr Kaepernick to file his grievance. Colin Kaepernick’s goal has always been, and remains, to simply be treated fairly by the league he performed at the highest level for and to return to the football playing field.”

Kaepernick chose to kneel last season during the national anthem. He was joined by other NFL players and the protests have continued into this season: on Sunday seven San Francisco 49ers players knelt during the anthem.

The movement has angered Donald Trump, who ordered Vice-President Mike Pence to leave a game last week in which players were protesting.

The protests have also been blamed for falls in the league’s TV ratings this year, although other factors, such as the decline of television viewership in general, could also be at play. Surveys have found the majority of white fans are opposed to the protests while most black fans support them.

Kaepernick, who led the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2013, left San Francisco last season and has not been picked up since. The fact that many teams with a need for a quarterback have passed up the chance to sign Kaepernick left many to believe owners are either punishing him for his stance or believe his presence would alienate fans.

“It’s difficult to see because [Kaepernick] played at such a high level, and you see guys, quarterbacks, who have never played at a high level being signed by teams. So it’s difficult to understand,” said Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman earlier this year.

“Obviously he’s going to be in a backup role at this point. But you see quarterbacks, there was a year Matt Schaub had a pretty rough year and got signed the next year. So it has nothing to do with football. You can see that. They signed guys who have had off years before.”

Another potential opening for Kaepernick appeared on Sunday when the Green Bay Packers lost their star quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, to a broken collarbone.

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NFL: No Plans to Force Players to Stand During Anthem

The NFL said Friday it has no plans to force players to stand during the national anthem, but will convene to discuss ways to end the controversial protests without imposing new rules.

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NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said that Goodell “has a plan that he is going to present to owners about how to use our platform to both raise awareness and make progress on issues of social justice and equality in this country,” according to Reuters.

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The league released a joint statement with the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) earlier this week saying that they would work to advance the mission of the protests, which have called attention to issues of racial injustice and police brutality toward African-Americans.

“What we don’t have is a proposal that changes our policy, we don’t have something that mandates anything. That’s clear,” Lockhart added.

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Goodell said in a previous statement on Tuesday that “everyone should stand for the National Anthem.” The commissioner said that while he respected the players and their concerns, the protests are a “barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues.”

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Howard Cheerleaders Add Voices to the Anthem Debate by Taking a Knee

A few minutes before kickoff on Oct. 7 at Howard University’s Greene Stadium—about two miles from the White House—the public address announcer said, “We ask that you please rise as we honor the United States of America.” At the 50-yard-line, four members of the Air Force R.O.T.C. presented the colors.

But when the university’s “Showtime” marching band played “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Howard’s cheerleaders, who were lined up at one end zone, did not heed the request. They were kneeling.

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The cheerleaders’ gesture, which began in September 2016 shortly after Kaepernick’s protest gained notice, is not the only distinguishing mark in Howard’s pregame program. For decades, at home games the anthem has been paired with “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the turn-of-the-century hymn that has become known as the black national anthem.

The “Lift Every Voice” tradition at Howard games goes back at least to the 1980s, according to Howard’s former sports information director, Edward Hill Jr. And the song’s informal stature as the black national anthem predates the codification of “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the national anthem in 1931, said Imani Perry, a Princeton professor whose book on “Lift Every Voice” is due out next year.

During “Lift Every Voice,” which last Saturday was played immediately before the national anthem, the Howard cheerleaders, the band’s dancers and some spectators in the crowd of several hundred raised their arms in the Black Power salute. Then, with a flourish, the cheerleaders, one at a time down the line, switched from raised fist to bent knee, like a row of falling dominoes.

There was no booing from the crowd, as there has been at several N.F.L. stadiums where players have knelt. The lack of drama also contrasted with what reportedly happened the same day at Kennesaw State, a public university in Georgia, where five cheerleaders attracted controversy and drew threats for kneeling during the national anthem.

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Demarco Brooks, who became the cheerleaders’ coach this season, said that he opposed kneeling—“it wouldn’t be my first choice”—but that he was respectful of their rights. He insisted that each cheerleader decide for herself whether to kneel. The captains said it would have been fine had anyone declined, but no one did.

And the squad is intent on sticking to this ritual.

“Injustice is still continuing,” Stallworth said. “So we’re going to continue to kneel until we see a change.”

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Apple’s Diversity VP Apologizes for Controversial Statement at Summit This Week

Apple’s VP of inclusion and diversity, Denise Young Smith, made an appearance this week at the One Young World Summit in Colombia and caught fire for some of the statements she made.

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At the event this week, Smith was explaining how Apple focuses on diversity and commented that there could be 12 white blue-eyed blonde men in a room who are still diverse:

“Diversity is the human experience,” the Apple executive said. “I get a little bit frustrated when diversity or the term diversity is tagged to the people of color, or the women, or the LGBT.”

“There can be 12 white blue-eyed blonde men in a room and they are going to be diverse too because they’re going to bring a different life experience and life perspective to the conversation,” Smith remarked.

In her apology, which was sent to team members at Apple yesterday, Smith explained that she understands why some were offended by her statement and attempted to clarify what she meant:

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I regret the choice of words I used to make this point. I understand why some people took offense. My comments were not representative of how I think about diversity or how Apple sees it. For that, I’m sorry.

More importantly, I want to assure you Apple’s view and our dedication to diversity has not changed.

Understanding that diversity includes women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and all underrepresented minorities is at the heart of our work to create an environment that is inclusive of everyone.

Denise Young Smith was originally Apple’s head of Worldwide Human Resources, but she moved to the newly created inclusion and diversity role earlier this year, with Apple explaining that the efforts in this area are “critically important to Apple’s future.”

Denise Young Smith

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Austrian Nationalist Party Surge Sends Shockwaves Across Europe

Sebastian Kurz’s election victory last night has sent shockwaves through Europe as it appears he may seek a coalition with the country’s anti-immigration Freedom Party.

The Eurosceptic leader of Austria’s right-leaning People’s Party has declared victory in a national election that puts him on track to become the world’s youngest leader.

Kurz, 31, fell well short of a majority and may be looking to strike a deal with another party.

The Freedom Party (FPO) got around 26 percent of votes in Sunday’s parliamentary vote, boosted by a European migration crisis in 2015 that affected Austria and also led Kurz to campaign on an anti-migration platform.

FPO leader Heinz Christian Strache and Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz before a television debate. (Credit Image: © Georg Hochmuth/APA Picturedesk via ZUMA Press)

Today European Union ministers congratulated Austria’s Sebastian Kurz on his election victory but some were uneasy about the far-right, eurosceptic party that may enter the new government.

And German chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the surge in support for the FPO posed a ‘big challenge’ for other parties.

Before arriving to talks with his EU peers Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said: ‘I don’t have a problem with Sebastian Kurz as a person. We’re not following the same line politically, that has never been the case and it never will be.’

He listed pro-European Austrian politicians as role models for Kurz and warned Vienna not to side with migration hardliners, including Hungary, whose government is also eurosceptic.

Austria became a member of the European Union in 1995 after voting in favour of joining the bloc with a two-thirds majority. Recent opinion polls suggest three quarters of Austrians want the country to stay in the bloc.

The FPO demanded a referendum only last year to exit the EU, as Britain is doing now. The party has toned down its anti-EU rhetoric in recent months but continues to call for weaker members to leave the euro zone and Austria to pay less into the common EU budget.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto, entering the same talks in Luxembourg, said the 31-year-old Austrian conservative was his friend.

‘We are happy that a sister party of ours won the elections … and we are happy that their candidate has won who in many cases represented similar positions regarding migration to the Hungarian government,’ Szijjarto told reporters.

He added he expected that the anti-immigration eastern EU states – Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic – to work more closely with Austria now, which would only deepen the east-west divides weakening the bloc’s unity.

As Austria turns to the right, the bloc’s top official dealing with EU’s ties with its neighbours, Commissioner Johannes Hahn of Austria, sought to ease concerns that Vienna may cause problems for the bloc.

‘One should not forget that only a year ago Austria elected the first Green president and now it looks as if the Greens will be kicked out of parliament. There is a huge volatility among voters,’ Hahn said in Luxembourg. ‘Each government will have a very pro-European agenda because all the major political parties are very much committed to the European Union,’ he added.

Kurz has not ruled out the possibility of forming a minority government once the final result comes in.

The young leader, dubbed Wunderwuzzi in his home country, which translates to Wonderkid, has pledged to cut benefits for all foreigners in Austria and has vowed to stop the European Union meddling in the country’s politics.

Kurz, also dubbed the Conservative Macron due to his age and his party reform, said: ‘I would of course like to form a stable government. If that cannot be done then there are other options,’ adding that he planned to talk to all parties in parliament but would first wait for a count of postal ballots that began today.

That count will settle the close race for second place between the Social Democrats and the far-right Freedom Party.

The projections had the People’s Party getting 31.7 per cent of the vote, a gain of more than seven percentage points from the 2013 election.

Final results will not be available until mid-week after absentee ballots and ballots cast by voters away from their home districts are counted.

The projections showed the centre-left Social Democrats receiving 26.9 percent and the vote and the anti-migrant, eurosceptic Freedom Party 26 percent.

What are the options now? New Austrian leader refuses to rule out taking power with a minority but coalition with far-right party emerges as most likely outcome

With the right-leaning People’s Party winning the election, but without a majority, the make-up of the Austrian cabinet is yet to be resolved.

Austrian foreign minister Sebastian Kurz, 31, claimed the win on Sunday night after projections gave his party a comfortable lead with more than 90 percent of the ballots counted.

He veered away from a commitment of a coalition, insisting every option was still on the table – including going into government with a minority.

More likely is a coalition with either the far-right Freedom Party or the Social Democrats.

With the Eurosceptic Freedom Party edging closer to finishing second in the election and with Kurz’s policies on immigration shifting right, a right wing alliance is emerging as the most likely outcome.

Centrist coalitions between the Social Democrats and the conservatives have dominated Austrian politics since World War Two, but many are deeply frustrated with the lack of progress in tax, pension, education and administrative reform.

For the Freedom Party, forming a coalition with the conservatives would be a milestone in Europe.

Here’s what the two parties stand for: 

People’s Party 

  • Cap basic welfare payments for refugees at 540 euros a month
  • No inheritance tax and introduce 1,500 euros-a-month minimum wage
  • Cutting income tax on annual earnings up to 60,000 euros

Freedom Party

  • Push for Brussels to hand more powers back to member states
  • Shut sectors of economy to non-EU workers
  • Cut proportion of foreign pupils in schools
  • Deport foreign convicts

Where they agree… 

  • Stop rescue missions of refugees in the Mediterranean
  • Cut EU influence on the day to day governing of Austria
  • Higher standards of integration before granting citizenship
  • Foreigner benefits ban for five years

In his victory speech, he said: ‘I can only say, I am really overwhelmed. We campaigned for several months.

‘We built a massive movement. We had a goal to be the first ones over the (finish) line on October 15.

‘We have made the impossible possible. Thank you for all your work and for this historic success.’

‘Today is not about triumphing over others. But today is the day for real change in our country. Today has given us a strong mandate to change this country, and I thank you for that.’

‘We were handed a great responsibility from the voters, and we should all be aware of it. We should also be aware that a lot of people have put their hopes into our movement.

‘I can promise you that I will fight with all my strength and all my commitment for change in this country, and I want to invite you all to come along this path together with me.’

As well as his pledge on payouts to migrants, Kurz wants to slash Austria’s red tape and keep the EU out of national affairs.

At 31, Kurz is young even by the standards of Europe’s recent youth movement, which saw Macron enter the Elysee Palace at the age of 39 and Christian Lindner, 38, lead Germany’s liberal Free Democrats (FDP) back into the Bundestag.

Kurz and Lindner showed that young new faces can inject dynamism into old establishment parties that have lost their way with voters.

Kurz rebranded the OVP as the New People’s Party and changed its colours from black to turquoise.

Lindner used trendy black-and-white campaign posters that showed him staring at his smartphone to revitalise the FDP’s image.

Macron, who formed his own political movement, was able to paint himself as a rebel outsider despite having served for four years under failed French Socialist Francois Hollande.

And in Italy, where the two top candidates in next year’s election are likely to be Luigi Di Maio, the new 31-year-old leader of the upstart 5-Star movement and former prime minister Matteo Renzi, who at 42 looks old by Europe’s new standards.

By taking a hard line on immigration that left little daylight between him and the far-right Freedom Party (FPO), 31-year-old Foreign Minister Kurz managed to propel his People’s Party to first place and draw some support away from an FPO buoyed by Europe’s migration crisis.

Both parties increased their share of the vote from the last parliamentary election in 2013, marking a sharp shift to the right. Chancellor Christian Kern’s Social Democrats were in a close race with the FPO for second place.

Today Kurz was pictured voting in the Austrian capital Vienna alongside his girlfriend Susanne Thier – a finance ministry worker who he met at the age of 18.

Without revealing which way he was leaning on coalition talks, the 31-year-old told his supporters: ‘It is our task to work with all others for our country.’

Austria, a wealthy country of 8.7 million people that stretches from Slovakia to Switzerland, was a gateway into Germany for more than 1 million people during the migration crisis that began in 2015.

Many of them were fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Austria also took in roughly one percent of its population in asylum seekers in 2015, one of the highest proportions on the continent.

Many voters say the country was overrun.

Kurz’s strategy of focusing on that issue appears to have paid off.

Kurz, named party leader only in May, has been careful to keep his coalition options open, but he called an end to the current alliance with the Social Democrats, forcing Sunday’s snap election.

He has pledged to shake up Austrian politics, dominated for decades by coalitions between those two parties.

While that would suggest he will turn to the anti-Islam FPO, he has also said there could be leadership changes within the losing parties, a possible hint at being willing to work with the Social Democrats if Chancellor Christian Kern were ousted as leader by Defence Minister Hans Peter Doskozil.

Kern, however, said he intended to stay on as party leader.

Asked if the loss would have an impact on his political career, Kern said: ‘No, I have said I will stay in politics for 10 years and there are nine years to go.’

The resurgent far-right: How politics across Europe has taken a shift from the centre 

Austria’s hard-right Freedom Party has a shot at sharing power after elections on Sunday, having narrowly lost out in a presidential vote last year.

A far-right party has also had some success in Germany, in September becoming the first such party to enter the Bundestag since the end of World War Two, but their counterpart in France is faring less well.

Here is a snapshot of some of the far-right parties in Europe.

Austria

The eurosceptic and anti-immigrant Freedom Party (FPOe) came close to winning the presidency in December, which would have made its leader the European Union’s first far-right president.

One of Europe’s most established nationalist parties, it is forecast to come second or third in this weekend’s vote and could become junior coalition partners to the favourites, the conservative People’s Party (OeVP).

Founded in 1956 by ex-Nazis, the party earned a stunning second place in 1999 elections with nearly 27 percent.

Last year its candidate Norbert Hofer narrowly lost a presidential runoff against Greens-backed economics professor Alexander Van der Bellen.

Germany

The openly anti-immigration and Islamophobic Alternative for Germany (AfD) is the third-biggest party in the Bundestag after the September election, a political earthquake for post-war Germany.

The party took nearly 13 percent of the votes, having failed in the 2013 election to make even the five percent required for representation in parliament.

It has more than 90 seats on the benches of the parliament that meets for the first time on October 24.

France

Marine Le Pen’s National Front (FN), founded by her firebrand father Jean-Marie in 1972, took nearly 34 percent of votes in the May presidential election run-off won by Emmanuel Macron.

This was double her father’s 17.8 percent score when he reached the second round in 2002.

In campaigning, Le Pen vowed to abandon the euro, reinstate control of the nation’s borders and curb immigration if she won.

But the party fared badly in June parliamentary elections, taking just eight seats out of 577.

Tensions since then burst into the open when Le Pen’s right-hand man Florian Philippot quit and looks set to go his own way.

Hungary

The Movement for a Better Hungary, known as Jobbik, is ultra-nationalist and eurosceptic. It is the second largest party in the legislature but has been outflanked by Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s own hardline anti-immigration stance.

Italy

The Northern League is a ‘regionalist’ formation that evolved into an anti-euro and anti-immigrant party that secured 18 seats in the 2013 parliamentary election.

The next general election must be held by spring 2018 and the party is hovering at around 14 percent of voter intentions.

Greece

The neo-Nazi Golden Dawn finished third in the September 2015 election, with seven percent of the vote and 18 MPs. One later defected and the party is now the fourth biggest in parliament.

Sweden

The Sweden Democrats party, with roots in the neo-Nazi movement, made a breakthrough in September 2014 to become the country’s third biggest party with 48 of 349 seats and nearly 13 percent of the vote.

Netherlands

The anti-Islam Freedom Party (PVV) of Geert Wilders in March became the second party in parliament, with 20 seats in the 150-member parliament.

Bulgaria

The nationalist United Patriots coalition entered government for the first time in May after coming third in a March election. It is the junior party in the governing coalition.

Slovakia

In March 2016 the People’s Party Our Slovakia benefited from Europe’s refugee crisis to enter parliament for the first time, winning 14 seats out of 150.

Experts say a right-wing government could turn Austria into a tricky partner for the EU

The Social Democrats (SPO) have also opened the door to forming coalitions with the FPO, meaning the far-right party may be able to play the two parties off against each other during coalition talks.

But it is highly unlikely that the Social Democrats would ally with the FPO if the SPO came third.

A clear picture of the race for second place may not be available until Monday, given the large number of postal votes – roughly one in seven – most of which will not be counted until then.

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