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Bottom Line Up Front Yes, there was violence perpetrated by both AntiFa and the White Supremacists. Ben Shapiro's show the day after properly highlights the violence on each side (specific parts showing violence will be referenced below). That there was violence on one side does not dismiss or excuse the violence on the other side. That there was violence ...


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The Black Lives Matter campaign is predicated on the position that people of color are met disproportionately with death or other mistreatment at the hands of law enforcement, and that this phenomena is enabled by generalized cultural under-valuation of Black lives. The complex is not merely in that the cops themselves are belligerent or apathetic or ...


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Brexit is more popular among Britons than what is happening in Hong Kong is among Hong Kong residents There was a vote for Brexit where a majority of voters voted for Brexit, but there was absolutely no vote in Hong Kong for any of the things happening in Hong Kong. To draw a parallel between these two events as if something that was actually voted on by ...


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There is no single definition of terrorism that everyone agrees to. However, Involve violent acts or acts dangerous to human life that violate [... the] law; Appear to be intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; ... Is used in the USA. (Title 18, section 2331) So was it violent? Yes. Was it criminal? Yes, I don't see any ...


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A bit of background is necessary. Recently India passed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). It allows only non-Muslim illegal immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan to get citizenship on the grounds of religious persecution. The CAA itself is controversial because they exclude Muslims. Also, to understand the full power of CAA, you need to ...


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Lee was romanticized following the South's bitter defeat The American Civil War was horrible. Tons of people died (about 3% of the population), and the South was wrecked. Following the Confederacy's loss, the slaves were freed - which both further wrecked the Southern economy and created a new population of black folks that most white Southerners really ...


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As Vox explains it is directed at Senator Rubio, who has opposed the March and their movement, representing the value they believe he has placed on their lives by dividing the number of dollars he has received from the NRA by the number of school children purportedly harmed by his pro-gun stance: [T]hey came up with it by dividing the amount the National ...


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There's two general arguments that I've seen tossed around defending the Lee/Confederate statues (at least those not mentioned while chanting with a literal torch in hand) They're historical landmarks - The Lee statue that sparked the Charlottesville incident has stood since 1924. There's a suggestion that this is an attempt to rewrite history by hiding ...


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The stated intention on their website is to bring economic disruption to the capital as part of the ongoing campaign to convince the Government to take meaningful action on the Climate and Ecological Emergency. Time will tell what the Government takes meaningful action on. The Guardian article to which Denis linked says that "the results of an internal ...


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Note that those free services have some way for the company to make money. This can be by way of advertising or gathering data which they can sell or otherwise use to make money (for example provide some other service which does make money). Having said that, a company boycotting a country would generally result in fewer users which in turn leads to less ...


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The printable PDF on marchforourlives.com explains the meaning behind this symbol: There are 3,140,167* students enrolled in Florida. Marco Rubio has received $3,303,355** from the NRA. That comes out to $1.05 per student. ON MARCH 24TH WEAR THIS PRICE TAG TO PROTEST POLITICIANS WHO ACCEPT NRA BLOOD MONEY AND DEMAND THEY PASS MEANINGFUL GUN CONTROL ...


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Possibly. There is no internationally accepted definition of a coup. It is a coup if the legitimate government is overthrown by force. It is not a coup if the government finds it politically expedient to follow the wishes of the population. It is not a coup if the military refuses orders of an unconstitutional government, either. Has the Morales government ...


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According to the Charlottesville Chief of Police, there were "mutually engaged combatants". His statement is available for viewing here. When pressed on the question of assigning blame, he maintained his neutrality on that matter and reiterated that there were "mutually engaged combatants".


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There were confrontation and violence (small skirmishes) between the 2 sides; but it was minimal (other than the car attack) This is the only link I could find about arrests, it does not say if there were from one side or the other. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/white-nationalists-rally-charlottesville-live-updates/ Virginia State Police said Saturday ...


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As a general rule, when I use the word terrorism, I mean it to involve a small group using terror to attack the general population. Under that kind of definition, it includes the Irish Republican Army and Daesh but excludes the Nazis in Germany or Sherman's March to the Sea. Here, we seem to have an official government (China's) using clandestine force ...


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Sanctions relief and sanctions being in action, didn't have any direct connection with our lives in Iran. See the government is shadowed by another government (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps - IRGC). They don't answer to anybody and do as they wish. So, when the elected government tries to open up, actual people don't get so much! If there is an opening ...


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Stability. Security is an illusion. Take this to mean even security in the belief of a set of rules as protecting you or anyone else. If rules by themselves are enough then making murder illegal should solve all murder. Protests mark civil instability. Any instability can be a potential weakness to be exploited. The instability of a protest can have far ...


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I don't know their actual reasons, but I can offer two valid reasons: Right now the horror of that event and video is fresh on everyone's mind. Protests held now have the maximum exposure and most chance of making people realize there is something systemically wrong, that it's not just an unfortunate incident. The main focus is not punishing those ...


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This isn't going to be a complete answer, but it's too long for a comment so I'll put it here. There are some things to beware of when you are thinking about the differences between Europe and US here. The US has had plenty of riots. Rioters threw stones at Police in Anaheim in 2012. The Rodney King riots shut down whole neighborhoods in 1992. Occupy Wall ...


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Constitutional vs. human rights Did the protestors, by effectively making the area surrounding the planned talk so unsafe that it had to be cancelled, infringe on the speaker's first amendment rights Individuals cannot infringe on a speaker's first amendment rights in the United States. The first amendment is a restriction on federal power that was ...


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The Citizenship Act of 2019 gives refugees who have fled persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan a path to Indian citizenship, but it only applies to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi, and Christian refugees. Muslims are not eligible. This is a charged issue because many people living in India have no documentary proof of their citizenship. It ...


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My answer ultimately boils down to the same core point as Frank Cedeno's one (give it love and upvotes please), but from a non-US angle. Revering one's ancertral culture's heroes, especially military leaders, who aren't exactly saintly (and often supported slavery, more to the point) and who may often be outright reviled by outsiders is the norm in human ...


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Three key reasons: To influence the investigation. The position of BLM is that these incidents have been swept under the rug and ignored for decades. Waiting in the hopes that someone will care has not worked so far and it doesn't seem to be a strategy worth trying. To draw attention to a problem that transcends a single event. Six months from now, people ...


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Too much hyperbole in reporting might distort the perception of what happened. That was not an "attack" as in the usual sense of "terrorism" but a badly coordinated small and temporary disruption of transport to grab the public attention. Even internally other members of Extinction Rebellion (XR) were not much agreeing on this action. Extinction Rebellion ...


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tl;dr: Iranian living conditions have improved, but not as much as expected. This is because banks are still afraid of US punishments, and investment is hence not in line with previous expectations. Iranian living conditions have improved since sanctions relief First, it's important to recognize that Iranian living conditions have improved since sanctions ...


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The fraud accusations were mostly proven on Sunday 10th of November with a preliminary report of the audit being held by the OAS. I'm not privy with the details, but I'm familiar with where the coup chatter is coming from. According to reporting by The Nation (which got picked up by other outlets, such as Democracy Now), the OAS said there was fraud, but ...


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Why do they protest early, when the NRA withholds judgement? I think the paradigm that best explains it is the risk/reward pay-off. Here is the relevant pay-off matrix (further explained below): NRA BLM act risk high low reward low high wait risk low high reward ? low This ...


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In the United States (including territories), Puerto Rico recently held a referendum about officially declaring for statehood. 97% of the votes were to become a state. But turnout was only 23%, as most of the population boycotted the vote; essentially the only group that didn't call for a boycott were those who wanted to become a state. So the vote was ...


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Unless we rule out usual reason / excuse in any big organisation, that with neither leadership knowledge nor approval, someone overeager made something not specially thought of, I could also think about an alternative explanations. As one of the founders openly stated in his blog: Extinction Rebellion isn’t about the Climate It's not a clickbait, as he ...


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How about we let a relatively objective number speak? According to Governor McAuliffe, from multiple interviews Monday, not a single "alt-right" protestor ended up dead or hospitalized from the rally.* He seemed quite proud of that. According to news sources, 1 person died and 19 were hospitalized as a result of the violence at the rallies. That's of ...


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