What are the chances of this ever happening?
“The ‘we didn’t know’ narrative has always been ridiculous.” The Army’s top brass must be held accountable for Afghan war crimes rather than soldiers way down the chain of command, writes army veteran and retired officer, Stuart McCarthy.
Source: They didn’t know, really? Pursue top brass over alleged war crimes in Afghanistan, says veteran – Michael West
In other words, terrorism is practiced by marginalized groups that cannot influence government’s policies through legitimate means. However, developments on the violent far right since the victory of Donald Trump, I’d argue, present a different reality.
The nonprofit Anti-Defamation League found that anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. rose by 57 percent in 2017, the largest single year increase since it started recording such statistics. My own data set documents all far-right violent incidents since 1970 – not just anti-Semitic ones – and was first published in 2012. It reveals that in 2017 the United States experienced a 70 percent increase in violent attacks perpetrated in the name of far-right ideology.
Could a victory at the ballot box actually facilitate violence? Examples from other countries indicate that this may not be such a rare phenomenon.
via When Terrorism is a Weapon of the Strong
The wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went on trial Sunday for allegedly using state funds to fraudulently pay for hundreds of meals, part of a list of legal troubles facing the family.
The start of Sara Netanyahu’s trial was the latest chapter in a saga intensely scrutinised in Israel but dismissed by the Netanyahus as another “absurd” attempt to discredit them.
via Israel PM Netanyahu’s Wife Goes on Trial for Corruption and Fraud