A survivor of the Waco Siege and an FBI veteran who led negotiations for the first half of the standoff warned that the toxicity of America's political discourse risks breeding more extremism and violence, noting parallels to the horrors they experienced. David Thibodeau, who was among the survivors of the massacre in central Texas, and former FBI lead negotiator Gary Noesner, both told Newsweek they see echoes of the 1990s when Ruby Ridge, Waco, and the Oklahoma City bombing rocked the U.S. They urged lawmakers and the media to tempter partisan rhetoric and abandon zero-sum politics in an increasingly polarized society marred by events such as the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The country now faces "terribly troubling times," Noesner said. Thibodeau told Newsweek : "I'm 70 years old. I've never seen it to this extent in our country. I find it very, very upsetting. I fear what other people will do." President Joe Biden 's pleas for unity … [Read more...] about Waco Survivor, FBI Negotiator Fear History Is Repeating Itself With QAnon, Toxic Politics
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Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), the Republican conference chairwoman, turned to the Jeff Bezos establishment media outlet Washington Post as the Republicans are set to oust her from leadership. Cheney, an establishment Republican, authored an op-ed for the Post Wednesday. She called the moment a turning point for Republicans. This comes as recent reports show Cheney is on the brink of being ousted by the rest of the Republican leadership. Cheney brought up her public dispute with former President Donald Trump that has been at the forefront of her argument ever since she voted to impeach the president. The “Justice Department and multiple federal judges have suggested , there is good reason to believe that Trump’s language can provoke violence again ,” Cheney wrote. The Republican said, “the Republican Party is at a turning point,” and she wants everyone to choose a side as she continues to argue with the president’s intentions about the January 6 rally and the events on … [Read more...] about Liz Cheney Turns to Establishment Media to Save Herself from Political Defeat
As we wind our way down to Diphu from Guwahati through large farms and rolling hills, our driver tells us that this “vastness” is what attracts Bangladeshi immigrants to India. “They think all this is free land,” he says. We can sense his simmering resentment towards immigrants, a sentiment that contributes significantly to the politically charged atmosphere of this region. The district of Karbi Anglong, Assam’s largest district, is home to a diversity of human cultures that include tribes such as Karbis, Bodos, Kukis, Dimasas, Hmars, Garos, Rengma Nagas, Tiwas, and Man. This district also has a history of political unrest. It is administered by the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) and has seen a long-drawn struggle for the creation of an autonomous State within Assam. Caught in the middle of this socio-political turmoil is a silent entity: wildlife. Located adjacent to Kaziranga National Park on one side and Nagaland on the other, Karbi Anglong has an official forest cover … [Read more...] about How wildlife trade features in the day-to-day politics of Assam
Trust in the Spanish political system is incredibly low, with 90 per cent of Spaniards saying they do not trust political parties, according to the Eurobarometer poll conducted by the European Union. The EU-wide study found that the level of distrust in Spain was higher than the already staggeringly high European average of 75 per cent. Meanwhile, 75 per cent of the Spanish public do not trust the Congress of Deputies (the lower house of Spain’s legislative branch, equivalent to Britain’s House of Commons) in the national parliament, compared to the EU average of 60 per cent distrust for equivalent bodies. Seventy-four per cent also said they distrusted the government, the newspaper La Vanguardia reports . While the Spanish distrust of political parties is among the highest in the European Union, it was beaten by Slovenia and Latvia, both with 93 per cent. The Netherlands was the only country in the study in which the majority of respondents (52 per cent) tended to … [Read more...] about Poll: 90 Per Cent of Spaniards Do Not Trust Political Parties
Adam Boulton and guests examine another challenging week for the Prime Minister who's faced days of scrutiny over allegations of inappropriate comments and sleaze. Who paid for what and when in terms of the refurbishment of the Downing Street flat? Did he suggest he would rather see bodies piled high than order another lockdown? The panel assess the Prime Minister's handling of events, why all this matters to the public, and the prospect of Dominic Cummings revealing more to Parliament in the coming weeks. Joining Adam this week are the deputy online editor of The New Statesman Rachel Cunliffe, editor of The Big Issue Paul McNamee and Sky's political correspondent Kate McCann. Subscribe to the All Out Politics podcast on Apple Podcasts , Google Podcasts , Spotify , Spreaker Advertisement … [Read more...] about All Out Politics podcast: Nothing to see here…or is there?
A dozen top megadonors have pumped a combined $3.4 billion dollars into federal elections since 2009, according to new research, a massive sum that made up almost one out of every 13 dollars raised during that time period. The analysis , put out this month by Issue One, a nonpartisan group working to curtail the influence of money in politics, shows that the top 12 big-dollar donors were split evenly between Democrats and Republicans. Issue One says the research underscores the flood of money that federal races have seen since restrictions were lifted by the Supreme Court in 2009. The study also found that the big-money contributions were geographically concentrated. The top 100 zip codes for political giving accounted for less than 1 percent of the country’s population but about 20 percent of federal donations from January 2009 to December 2020. ADVERTISEMENT “This research shows the alarming influence of just a handful of wealthy megadonors in our political system,” … [Read more...] about Top 12 political donors accounted for almost 1 of every 13 dollars raised since 2009: study