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Explaining The Rise In Hate Crimes Against Muslims In The U.S.

By Brian Levin/The Conversation

Hate crimes against Muslims have been on the rise. The murder of two samaritans for aiding two young women who were facing a barrage of anti-Muslim slurs on a Portland train is among the latest examples of brazen acts of anti-Islamic hatred.

Earlier in 2017, a mosque in Victoria, Texas was burned to the ground by an alleged anti-Muslim bigot.

And just last year, members of a small extremist group called "The Crusaders" plotted a bombing "bloodbath" at a residential housing complex for Somali-Muslim immigrants in Garden City, Kansas.

I have analyzed hate crime for two decades at California State University-San Bernardino's Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. And I have found that the rhetoric politicians use after terrorist attacks is correlated closely to sharp increases and decreases in hate crimes.

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Posted on July 20, 2017

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By The Beachwood Bookmaking Bureau
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Posted on July 4, 2017

Not Just For The Poor: The Crucial Role Of Medicaid In America's Health Care System

By Simon Haeder/The Conversation
Both the American Health Care Act and the Trump budget would be truly devastating.

Posted on July 17, 2017

Reminder: Among Wealthiest Nations, U.S. Healthcare System Comes In Dead Last

By Jake Johnson/Common Dreams
We spend more by far - with far worse outcomes. We suck.

Posted on July 17, 2017

What We Know - And Don't Know - About Hate Crimes In America

By Rachel Glickhouse/ProPublica
There are a few questions for which answers continue to elude us: How many hate crimes happen each year, and why is the record keeping so inadequate?

Posted on July 14, 2017

Destroying Mosul To Save It: Possible U.S.-Backed War Crimes In Iraq Exposed

By Julia Conley/Common Dreams
"The horrors that the people of Mosul have witnessed and the disregard for human life by all parties to this conflict must not go unpunished."

Posted on July 12, 2017

Who Has Your Back 2017

By The Electronic Frontier Foundation
Not Amazon, for one.

Posted on July 11, 2017

WTF, Democrats

By Jake Johnson/Common Dreams
"Literally the stupidest fucking idea I've ever seen."

Posted on July 5, 2017

A Wisconsin Republican Looks Back With Regret At Voter ID And Redistricting Fights

By Topher Sanders/ProPublica
I asked my colleagues to show me three specific examples of voter fraud, and all I got was a bunch of hand-wringing and drama-filled speeches about the "buses of Democrats being brought up from Chicago." I said, "Show me where that was ever prosecuted or even charges brought." It was crickets. Nobody could give me an answer.

Posted on July 5, 2017

The Cynical Opposition Of Some Democrats To Universal Health Care

By Joshua Cho/Common Dreams
Obama's challenge has already been met by almost every other industrialized country, where universal health care plans like single-payer and national health service systems cover everyone at far lower costs than our current privatized system.

Posted on July 3, 2017

Elite Public Schools That Rely On Entry Exams Fail The Diversity Test

By Jake Murray/The Conversation
When it comes to student diversity, elite high schools leave much to be desired.

Posted on July 7, 2017

Bruce Bartlett: Why I'm Not A Democrat

'I Am Part Of The Reason Why Democrats Have Not Been Successful In The Trump Era'
The dictatorship of the idiocracy drove me out of the GOP. And yet . . .

Posted on June 28, 2017

Psychopath CEOs Destroy Value

By James Saft/Reuters
A new UK study finds that companies with leaders who show "psychopathic characteristics" destroy shareholder value, tending to have poor future returns on equity.

Posted on June 26, 2017

'The Sky Didn't Fall': Study On Seattle $15 Minimum Wage Proves Critics Wrong

By Jake Johnson/Common Dreams
"These findings are consistent with the lion's share of rigorous academic minimum wage research studies."

Posted on June 22, 2017

How U.S. Gun Control Compares To The Rest Of The World

By John Donohue/The Conversation
I've been researching gun violence - and what can be done to prevent it - in the U.S. for 25 years. The fact is that if the NRA claim that guns helped reduce crime were true, the U.S. would have the lowest homicide rate among industrialized nations instead of the highest one - and by a wide margin.

Posted on June 21, 2017

UN Investigator: U.S. Coalition Airstrikes Causing 'Staggering Loss of Life' In Syria

By Andrea Germanos/Common Dreams
"We have been killing a lot of civilians in and around Raqqa for quite some time now, yet these incidents are rarely admitted by the coalition and there is almost no interest from international media."

Posted on June 20, 2017

Self-Regulation Protects The Wolves Of Wall Street

By Benjamin Lesser and Elizabeth Dilts/Reuters
FINRA - the industry-financed overseer of brokerages - knows which firms tend to employ advisers with histories of misconduct sanctions, legal disputes and financial distress. But it keeps that data secret and says it can't prevent longstanding hiring practices it acknowledges are a threat to investors.

Posted on June 19, 2017

U.S. Plans Threaten To Undermine Global Bank Reforms

By Huw Jones and Michelle Price/Reuters
But welcomed by global banks.

Posted on June 16, 2017

Michigan's Top State Health Official Among Five Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter For Role In Flint Water Crisis

By Andrea Germanos/Common Dreams
Now what of the governor?

Posted on June 15, 2017

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