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Tucker Carlson Finds Tammy Duckworth ‘Unimpressive.’ So Who Does He Find ‘Impressive’?

09.07.2020 12:51


Nearly all of the attention is focused on Fox News primetime host Tucker Carlson calling Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth—an Iraq War veteran who lost both of her legs in combat—a “coward” and a “fraud” who “hates America,” but don’t forget: He also called her an “unimpressive person.”If you have the unfortunate brain rot that comes with working in, regularly covering, or watching cable news then you likely recognize “unimpressive” as one of the insults most frequently deployed by Carlson in his nightly unhinged-paleoconservatism-but-with-boyish-charm diatribes. A common setup during Carlson’s rants about various Fox News bogeymen and women—Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Joe Biden, James Comey, various CNN anchors, take a guess and you’re probably right—is to tell viewers that they are “expected” to find this villain “impressive” but, Carlson assures you, they are “not impressive.” The barb is sometimes airdropped, almost like a tic, into the middle of sentences (“Gov. Gretchen Whitmer—not impressive—has imposed…”). Immigrants, whom Carlson has made a career of terrifying the Fox audience over, are frequently divided into two camps: those who “impress” Tucker Carlson and those who are “unimpressive.” Pro-immigration activists, the Fox host repeatedly tells his audience, will “lecture” you that all immigrants “are so much more impressive than you are,” but, alas, Carlson sneers, many are not.Schools (Northwestern University), generalized groups (“the ruling class,” “U.S. intel agencies,” “college administrators,” a nebulous “they” after a long, labyrinthian tirade that only loosely identifies some possible targets), and newspapers (The New York Times) have also been “unimpressive” to King Tucker, the prep-school educated son of a former media executive and a frozen-dinner fortune heiress. Some people are categorized with a damning modifier: “Formerly impressive.”In fact, the act of being “unimpressive” in Tucker Carlson’s eyes is so often used as an insult that it’s safe to assume that somewhere in the Fox star’s life someone told him he was “not impressive” and it was the most withering critique he’d ever heard.But the perennial cable-news star has never given any standard of what actually constitutes impressiveness or who the people he finds so deeply unimpressive are actually supposed to impress. And so one can’t help but wonder: Who or what does the perpetually unimpressed Tucker Carlson actually find impressive?Oftentimes Carlson finds people “impressive” as a form of mockery, usually delivered with his trademark shit-eating grin—snarking that Michael Bloomberg is just “so impressive,” or deadpanning that Chelsea Clinton is “more impressive than you are” for having attended Stanford. And, of course, there was the time in 2017 when he trollishly joked that Trump staring at the solar eclipse without protective eyewear was “perhaps the most impressive thing any president has ever done.”But believe it or not, some animals, places, and people not named Tammy Duckworth have managed to impress him. Based on a review of his show’s transcripts, here are the many things that Tucker Carlson has declared “impressive,” broken down and categorized into a guide for how you, too, could one day impress him.The least surprising way to impress Tucker Carlson is to be his friend or ideological ally: * Rush Limbaugh. * Mike Lindell, the MyPillow guy and pretty much the only remaining advertiser on Carlson’s show. * Peter Thiel. * Brett Kavanaugh. * Ryan Cleckner, a columnist for The Federalist. * Ayaan Hirsi Ali. * Michigan GOP Senate candidate John James. * Mike Rowe, the Dirty Jobs guy and frequent Fox News guest. * Charles Krauthammer, the late conservative commentator. * Harry Kazianis, head of the Council for the National Interest, an anti-Zionist foreign-policy advocacy group. * Daniel Turner, head of a dark money anti-environmentalist group called Power the Future. * Ret. Gen. John Kelly (in June 2018; no word on how Carlson feels about him now that Trump hates him). * The Harvard Law School Class of 1991, which included Justice Neil Gorsuch. * Ryan Wolfe, a conservative Wake Forest student who said he was harassed at school for his views. * Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson, for organizing “the largest conservative rally in the history of Portland” in 2017 (Gibson and some other far-right activists were charged last year in a violent altercation outside a cidery).You can also impress Tucker Carlson by being a Fox News colleague who does something neat: * Fox anchor Bret Baier, for writing a book about Reagan’s 1988 speech at Moscow State University. * Dion Baia, a Fox News audio technician, for writing a detective novel. * Fox reporter Mike Tobin, for hiking to the summit of Mount Aconcagua. * Now-former Fox host Ed Henry’s mom, for being a good cook.You could even be a political foe who does something Tucker Carlson finds impressive but, in the end, his admiration feels more like the setup for an insult: * Dr. Anthony Fauci, an “impressive person,” to be sure, but also “wrong.” * Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, for being “bold” against the Democratic establishment (but elsewhere, he says, “she’s not impressive, she’s awful”). * Elizabeth Warren’s 2003 book, The Two-Income Trap, “was impressive,” he admits, but she got “infected with a virulent strain of identity politics” and “like tertiary syphilis, it drove her insane.” * Nancy Pelosi, for managing “to hold Democrats together for the health-care vote.” * Vladimir Putin, for “playing ice hockey at whatever age he is.” * Hartford’s Mayor Luke Bronin, who, according to Carlson, “seems” to suck less than the usual Democratic mayors. * Madeleine Albright, “impressive” by being a “great bureaucrat.” * Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s “speaking Norwegian and playing piano.” * Ronan Farrow’s act of taking his Harvey Weinstein reporting away from liberal NBC. * David Campos, a Santa Clara County official, who Carlson notes is among the “impressive” immigrants.Or you could be a collection of people or a species that does something that manages to impress him: * Iran, “in some ways,” because it is sophisticated, unlike “the chintzy prefab capitals of the Arab world like Riyadh or Dubai.” * The state of New Hampshire, for its high SAT scores and low crime rate. * The American cigar industry, “which is vibrant and impressive.” * The U.S. women’s national soccer team’s record-setting 13-0 victory over Thailand. * Raccoons, “one of the most impressive and underrated animals.” * Dandelions, for being a completely edible superfood, from flower to root.But it seems there is only one surefire method to achieve instant “impressive” status in the eyes of Tucker Carlson. You must be a Fox News star who is good at trivia: * Fox host Greg Gutfeld, for handily defeating Jesse Watters in a trivia segment. * Fox host Lou Dobbs, for correctly answering which NFL jersey Garth Brooks fans mistook for a liberal political endorsement by the country singer. * Fox host Jesse Watters, on several nights, for winning multiple trivia segments. * Fox host Kennedy, for beating colleague Janice Dean in a trivia segment. * Sean Spicer, for correctly answering what title Gov. Gavin Newsom bestows upon his spouse instead of “first wife.” * Fox host Carley Shimkus, for correctly answering the limit to how many kids Prince Harry plans to have. * Fox anchor Martha MacCallum, for correctly answering what type of food the Biden campaign spent more than $12,000 on. * Fox correspondent Lauren Blanchard, for correctly naming the dog that won the 2019 Westminster Dog Show. * Fox reporter Mike Emanuel, for correctly answering how many hot dogs Joey Chestnut ate in the 2018 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

AP source: Ruff to become Devils coach, Fitzgerald stays GM

09.07.2020 11:13

AP source: Ruff to become Devils coach, Fitzgerald stays GM

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Judge orders Brazil to protect Indigenous people from ravages of COVID-19

09.07.2020 10:56


Brazil must take emergency measures to protect its Indigenous communities from the novel coronavirus, the Brazilian Supreme Court ruled on July 8.Justice Luis Roberto Barroso gave the Brazilian government just three days to establish a crisis response team. The team must get check points installed on Indigenous lands - with military support if necessary - to prevent outsiders from entering without permission and to test for COVID-19. Within a month, the government must issue a comprehensive pandemic plan to stop trespassing on Indigenous territory – which potentially exposes residents to the virus – and provide health care for all Indigenous peoples. The order responded to a June 29 petition filed by a Brazilian indigenous rights organization and six political parties asserting that COVID-19 could lead to a “genocide” of Brazil’s already at-risk Indigenous population.Data from the pandemic shows that Indigenous Brazilians are getting sick and dying at higher rates than the general population. Most of Brazil’s roughly 896,000 Indigenous people live in the Amazon region, where the nearest hospital may be days away by boat and offer limited care. Indigenous Brazilians also have high rates of malnutrition, anemia and obesity - risk factors for severe COVID-19. As of July 8, Brazil’s Health Ministry reported 8,098 COVID-19 infections among Indigenous people and 184 deaths. The National Committee for Indigenous Life and Memory, an advocacy group for Indigenous people during the pandemic, estimates more than 12,000 infections and 446 deaths. For Native communities with just a few hundred or thousand members, that’s an existential threat. At current rates of infection, 5,600 Indigenous Yanomami people – or 40% of their entire population – could get COVID-19, according to Brazil’s Indigenous Environmental Institute. What is genocideBrazil’s uncontained coronavirus outbreak is just the latest deadly threat to Indigenous people under President Jair Bolsonaro, who recently tested positive for COVID-19. Since taking office in January 2018, Bolsonaro has dismantled environmental protections for the Amazon, allowing deforestation and wildfires to spike. He has also curtailed the land rights of Indigenous people and turned a blind eye to illegal mining, logging and farming operations on their territory. The president’s policies and rhetoric toward Indigenous Brazilians are so hostile that they essentially amount to an extermination campaign, our research finds. In late 2019, two leading Brazilian human rights organizations argued to the International Criminal Court of the United Nations that the right-wing leader was “inciting genocide” against Indigenous people.That case is still pending, but under international law, the crime of genocide requires “intent to destroy, in whole or in part,” a group based on their nationality, ethnicity, race or religion – not explicit mass killing. Causing serious harm to a population and destroying their way of life can constitute genocide. [Deep knowledge, daily. Sign up for The Conversation’s newsletter.]As scholars of mass atrocity prevention and Indigenous rights, we have watched with alarm the warning signs that a slow genocide was underway in Bolsonaro’s Brazil. Then came COVID-19, which is killing Indigenous people by the hundreds. Warning signsIn theory, many Brazilian Indigenous people should be able to escape COVID-19 exposure. An estimated 10,000 live in voluntary isolation across the Amazon, separated from broader Brazilian society. Many others have only limited contact with the outside world. Their rights to self-determination and isolation are confirmed by two international agreements on indigenous rights, both of which Brazil signed. In recent years, however, loggers, miners and farmers have aggressively violated these land rights and begun operating in the Amazon, sometimes with the Bolsonaro government’s explicit endorsement. The illegal land grabs have worsened during the pandemic, as the world’s attention turned away from the Amazon. The number of non-Indigenous gold miners working on Indigenous lands in Brazil increased from 4,000 in 2018 to over 20,000 so far in 2020. Beyond bringing the coronavirus into isolated communities, such incursions endanger the very survival of Indigenous Brazilians.Indigenous people have lived in the Amazon for centuries, protecting the rainforest in a manner that not only supported their traditional way of life but also protected this global natural resource. Historically, they could count on at least minimal government regulations intended to defend the Amazon rainforest, though deforestation has long been a challenge.Bolsonaro does not believe in defending the Amazon or its inhabitants. One of his first acts in office was to slash environmental protections. Deforestation of the Amazon has increased 34% since 2018, according to the Brazilian Amazon monitoring program. On Indigenous lands it is up almost 80%.Illegal property seizure and rights violations like those experienced by Indigenous Brazilians are known warning signs of genocide. So is the physical destruction of a persecuted group’s homeland. According to the UN, “deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part” constitutes genocide. Denying the humanity of a group is another frequent precursor to genocide, history shows. Before the Holocaust, for example, Nazis referred to Jews as rats. Bolsonaro has not gone so far as to characterize Indigenous Brazilians as vermin. But he refers to them using derogatory language. “The Indians do not speak our language, they do not have money, they do not have culture,” he told Campo Grande newspaper in 2015, when he was still a congressman. Earlier this year, Bolsonaro said Indigenous people exposed to the outside world are “increasingly becoming human beings, like us.” A preventable atrocityLand grabs, insufficient health care, deforestation and stigmatization all threatened Indigenous Brazilians before the pandemic. Genocides can happen that way: They are processes, not sudden, isolated events. Risk factors and warning signs can smolder for years in a country. Then a “trigger” like COVID-19 ignites them, resulting in mass death. The Supreme Court’s 40-plus page emergency ruling makes no mention of genocide. However, its quick issuance and strict deadlines acknowledge the urgency of the situation facing Brazil. Compliance is not guaranteed. The Bolsonaro administration has ignored past court rulings related to Indigenous rights, with only occasional fines as a consequence. But by ordering emergency protections, Justice Barroso demonstrated that at least one branch of Brazil’s government accepts its responsibility to protect its people - all of them - from a preventable atrocity. This is an updated version of an article first published on July 7.This article is republished from The Conversation, a nonprofit news site dedicated to sharing ideas from academic experts. * Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro has coronavirus – what it could mean for him politically * Indigenous people may be the Amazon’s last hopeThe authors do not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and have disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

Fox News Host Grills Betsy DeVos on ‘Reckless’ Plan to Reopen Schools

08.07.2020 17:30


President Donald Trump threatened to “cut off funding” to schools that don’t reopen amidst the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday. And his Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is right there with him. On Fox News Wednesday afternoon, host Neil Cavuto repeatedly pressed DeVos on the administration’s official “schools must open” policy. But she didn’t budge, dismissing the risks to not only school children but especially to teachers and their families. “There’s nothing in the data that suggests that it would not be appropriate to have kids in school,” DeVos claimed. “And while there may be spikes in certain areas and certain communities, those are exceptions to the rule. The rule should be that kids need to be back in school. It’s important for their health across the board.”DeVos told Cavuto that the administration was “strongly urging” governors to reopen schools in the fall, the host explained to her that “you’re doing more than that.” “The president is threatening aid to those that don’t. What do you think of that?” Cavuto asked. When DeVos said that schools that don’t reopen are breaking a “promise” to families in their communities, the host interrupted her to say, “But there are extenuating circumstances, right?” Smiling, he added, “There was this little thing called the coronavirus.” An increasingly flustered DeVos kept pushing for schools to reopen regardless, ignoring the health implications. In the communities that have seen spiking cases, Cavuto asked her, “Would it be reckless of a governor or even a mayor in those locales to go ahead and reopen schools as if none of that were going on?”Instead of answering his question, DeVos focused on states like Florida and Texas that have said they will go along with the Trump administration’s push to reopen. “The fact is that kids have to get back to schools and schools have got to reopen,” she said. “We can’t sit around while everything else is opening back up again and have a huge segment of the population—our kids, our future—biding their time and not going back and learning.” DeVos would not ultimately say whether she agreed with Trump’s threats to withhold funding for states that deem reopening schools fundamentally unsafe. Kellyanne Conway Loses It Over Mary Trump Book on Fox NewsRead more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

Georgia Cities in Open Revolt Against Governor Over Masks

08.07.2020 16:51


When Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced she would sign a mask-wearing mandate Wednesday, she wasn’t just protecting her citizens—she was adding fire to a growing revolt over Gov. Brian Kemp’s refusal to require face coverings in Georgia. “Atlanta is going to do it today because the fact of the matter is that COVID-19 is wreaking havoc on our city, specifically black and brown communities with higher death rates,” said the mayor, who recently tested positive for the coronavirus, making hers the third and largest city to defy Kemp’s orders. While Kemp has encouraged Georgians to mask up in public spaces—and even embarked on a “Wear a Mask” tour to that effect—he has repeatedly said that mandates are unnecessary and discouraged local governments from instituting them. His latest order, issued as cases in Georgia reached record levels, extended existing COVID-19 safety measures but did not require masks. Previous orders have barred local governments from enforcing public safety orders that exceed the governor’s.Despite this, legislators in Atlanta, Savannah, and Athens have all enacted mask ordinances in their cities in recent days, and several others are considering it. The Atlanta order came just one day after Bottoms told Good Morning America that Kemp had expressly forbidden her from requiring masks in the city.Asked about Kemp’s decision to declare a state of emergency in Atlanta over a recent spate of violent crime, Bottoms said, “The irony of that is that I asked Gov. Kemp to allow us to mandate masks in Atlanta and he said no, but he has called in the National Guard without asking if we need the National Guard.”No, Face Coverings Don’t Cause Carbon Dioxide Poisoning. Five Mask Myths Debunked.Savannah Mayor Van Johnson has also bucked the governor’s orders, saying last week that the rising case count in the city “necessitates a substantial paradigm shift and corresponding drastic action.” (According to state data, cases increased 125 percent in Chatham County between May and June.)“Frankly and honestly, I do not believe we have another choice,” Johnson said at a press conference announcing the city’s mask ordinance. The city of Doraville has also announced that it will implement a mask ordinance starting Monday, and the city councils of South Fulton and Fairburn are discussing similar ordinances this week. The governing body for all 26 of Georgia’s public colleges and universities, which previously told schools they could not mandate masks for students, announced Monday that all students, staff, faculty, and visitors would be required to wear face coverings on campus.Even Kemp’s hometown of Athens has issued a mask mandate, which the Athens-Clarke Commission unanimously approved Tuesday. Commissioner Patrick Davenport said the mandate was about saving lives, not about politics, telling the Athens Banner-Herald, “Your life is 10 times more precious to me than any politics you can throw at me.”But experts say Kemp’s handling of the situation could have political impacts. Andra Gillespie, a political science professor at Emory University, said the showdown over mask mandates is unlikely to bother Kemp’s most ardent supporters. But she predicted that Democratic strategists were already thinking about how to use Kemp’s handling of the pandemic—especially his rush to roll back restrictions—against him in the 2022 campaign.The professor described the local ordinances as a game of “chicken” that would likely end only if someone attempted to challenge a punishment they received for not wearing a mask in public.“I think what everyone is hoping for is that with the mandate, people will put the mask on without any argument,” she said. “The problem comes if they actually seriously try to enforce the law and someone reminds them [that] they didn’t have the authority to do so, and all of a sudden that lack of enforcement comes back to bite them in the butt.”Kemp has so far taken a muted response to the defiant local ordinances. Asked how he would respond to Savannah’s ordinance earlier this month, he said he had not discussed options with his legal team. In a conference call with local leaders Tuesday, the governor allowed that “many on this call have different opinions on the appropriate response to this pandemic—and that’s fine.”“We all agree that masks are good and can help stop the spread,” he said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We all know that social distancing makes it hard for the virus to travel. We agree that handwashing can limit exposure. So instead of mandates, I’m asking you to join me in raising awareness.”Arizona Is Awash in COVID-19 and Testing Is a ‘Shitshow’Several local politicians told The Daily Beast that the governor’s muted reaction to Savannah’s mandate had convinced them to go forward with their own. South Fulton City Councilwoman Catherine Foster-Rowell said her mayor had been in touch with Kemp’s office about the issue, and she felt confident they would not experience backlash if they voted to implement a mandate Wednesday night. Doraville Mayor Joseph Geierman went even further, saying he hoped that cities passing their own mask mandates would push the governor to implement one statewide. “Cities were the first to implement lockdowns and try to flatten the curve when this first started, and the governor eventually followed up,” Geierman said. “He’s going to have to see that he needs to lead, so that the cities aren’t getting out ahead of him.”Public health experts have also weighed in in favor of mask mandates. Harry Heiman, a public health professor at Georgia State University, told the Associated Press that the evidence is “unequivocal” that simply encouraging people to wear masks does not go far enough, saying that “the idea that kind of pleading and coaxing people to put on masks is going to get you to where you need to be is nonsensical.”“These are exactly the times when we have to leverage policies that are effective,” he said.Kemp was one of the first governors to start lifting restrictions in his state, declaring as early as April that gyms, bowling alleys, nail salons, barbers, and tattoo parlors could open for business. Early last month, he signed an order allowing for gatherings of as many as 50 people without social-distancing requirements. On Tuesday, Georgia became the ninth state to surpass 100,000 cases, on the same day the state broke its record for the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19. The spike in cases Tuesday was only the second-highest in recent days, just behind an increase of nearly 3,500 cases and 22 deaths last Thursday.If the number of deaths continue to rise, Kemp’s strategy of least resistance could backfire, political pollster and strategist Joel Benenson told The Daily Beast. Benenson compared Kemp’s strategy to President Donald Trump’s lax approach to public safety measures, noting that most Americans disapprove of how the president has handled the pandemic.“When a leader minimizes the steps that people should take, they’re gonna pay the consequences,” he said. “It’s just not a good strategy, particularly in a state where you’ve got a diverse population and a growing crowd of suburban voters.”Benenson also pointed to what he called the “hypocrisy” of going on a state-wide tour to encourage mask wearing while encouraging local governments not to enact mask mandates.“You can’t have it both ways,” he said. “What you’re gonna do when you straddle the fence is you’re going to hurt yourself in places you don't want to hurt yourself.” Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

Boy, 13, praised after performance of song about George Floyd leaves GMB viewers with 'goosebumps'

08.07.2020 11:32

A 13-year-old boy stunned Good Morning Britain viewers with his "powerful" rendition of a song written by his mother about George Floyd.

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The 8 Best New Brow Products and Eye Makeup of 2020

08.07.2020 10:02

From pigment-rich eyeliner to a versatile brow pencil, these are best brow products and eye makeup for SELF's 2020 Healthy Beauty Awards.

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Srebrenica, 25 years later: Lessons from the massacre that ended the Bosnian conflict and unmasked a genocide

08.07.2020 8:17


Europe’s worst massacre since World War II occurred 25 years ago this July. From July 11 to 19, in 1995, Bosnian Serb forces murdered 7,000 to 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the Bosnian city of Srebrenica. The Srebrenica massacre occurred two years after the United Nations had designated the city to be a “safe area” for civilians fleeing fighting between Bosnian government and separatist Serb forces, during the breakup of Yugoslavia. Some 20,000 refugees and 37,000 residents sheltered in the city, protected by fewer than 500 lightly armed international peacekeepers. After overwhelming the UN troops, Serb forces carried out what was later documented to be a carefully planned act of genocide. Bosnian-Serb soldiers and police rounded up men and boys ages 16 to 60 – nearly all of them innocent civilians – trucked them to killing sites to be shot and buried them in mass graves. Serbian forces bused about 20,000 women and children to the safety of Muslim-held areas – but only after raping many of the women. The atrocity was so heinous, that even the reluctant United States felt compelled to intervene directly in – and finally end – Bosnia’s conflict. Srebrenica is a cautionary tale about what extremist nationalism can lead to. With xenophobia, nationalist parties and ethnic conflict resurgent worldwide, the lessons from Bosnia could not be timelier. Perpetrators must be held accountableBosnia’s civil war was a complex religious and ethnic conflict. On one side were Bosnian Muslims and Roman Catholic Bosnian Croats, who had both voted for independence from Yugoslavia. They were fighting the Bosnian Serbs, who had seceded to form their own republic and sought to expel everyone else from their new territory.The carnage that ensued is epitomized by one street in one town I visited in 1996, as part of my study of the Bosnian conflict. In Bosanska Krupa, I saw a Catholic church, a mosque and an Orthodox church on a narrow stretch of road, all left in ruins by the war. Fighters had targeted not only ethnic groups but also the symbols of their identities. It took more than two decades to bring those responsible for the atrocities of the Bosnian civil war to justice. Ultimately, the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia, a UN court that ran from 1993 to 2017, convicted 62 Bosnian Serbs of war crimes, including several high ranking officers. It found Bosnian Serb Army Commander General Ratko Mladić guilty of “genocide and persecution, extermination, murder, and the inhumane act of forcible transfer in the area of Srebrenica” and convicted Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić of genocide. The tribunal also indicted Yugoslav President Slobodan Miloŝević on charges of “genocide, crimes against humanity, grave breaches of the Geneva Convention, and violations of the laws or customs of war” for his role in supporting ethnic cleansing, but he died during his trial. [Deep knowledge, daily. Sign up for The Conversation’s newsletter.]Though many other people have never been tried, the criminal indictments that followed Srebrenica show why the perpetrators of wartime atrocities must be held accountable, no matter how long it takes. Criminal convictions provide some closure for victims’ families and remind the guilty they can never be certain of escaping justice. It also emphasizes that guilty individuals must be held accountable after war – not entire populations. “The Serbs” didn’t commit genocide. Members of the Bosnian Serb Army and Serbian paramilitaries, led by men like Mladić, did the killing. Denialism is dangerousDespite the landmark international convictions and painstaking documentation of the crimes against humanity that occurred in Bosnia, some in Serbia still claim the genocide never happened. Using arguments similar to those made by deniers of the Armenian genocide and the Holocaust, Serbian nationalists insist the number of dead is exaggerated, the victims were combatants, or that Srebrenica is but one of many atrocities committed by all parties to the conflict. During wartime, it is true, belligerents on both sides will do terrible things. But evidence from Bosnia clearly demonstrates that Serb forces killed more civilians than combatants from other groups. At least 26,582 civilians died during the war: 22,225 Muslims, 986 Croats and 2,130 Serbs. Muslims made up only about 44% of Bosnia’s population but 80% of the dead. The Hague tribunal convicted only five Bosnian Muslims of war crimes.In 2013, the president of Serbia apologized for the “crime” of Srebrenica, but refused to acknowledge that it was part of a genocidal campaign against Bosnian Muslims. Indifference is complicitySrebrenica is a stark warning that any effort to divide people into “them” and “us” is cause for grave concern – and, potentially, for international action. Research shows that genocide starts with stigmatization of others and, if unchecked, can proceed through dehumanization to extermination.Srebrenica was the culminating event in a yearslong campaign of genocide against Bosnian Muslims. In 1994, over a year before the massacre, the U.S. Department of State reported that Serb forces were “ethnically cleansing” areas, using murder and rape as tools of war and razing villages. But the Clinton administration, fresh from a humiliating failure to stop a civil war in Somalia, wanted to avoid involvement. And the United Nations refused to authorize more robust action to halt Serb aggression, believing it needed to remain neutral for political reasons. It took the slaughter in Srebrenica to persuade these international powers to intervene. Acting sooner could have saved lives. In my 1999 book, “Peacekeeping and Intrastate Conflict,” I argued that only a heavily armed force with a clear mandate to halt aggression can end a civil war. The U.S. and UN could have supplied that force, but they dithered. Massacres continueRemembering past genocides like Srebenica will not prevent future ones. Marginalized groups have been brutally persecuted in the years since 1995, including in Sudan, Syria and Myanmar. Today, the Uighurs – a Muslim minority in China – are being rounded up, thrown into Chinese concentration camps and forcibly sterilized.Nonetheless, remembrance of past atrocities is critically important. It allows people to pause and reflect, to honor the dead, to celebrate what unites humanity, and to work together to overcome their differences. Remembering also preserves the integrity of the past against those who would revise history for their own ends. In that sense, commemorating Srebrenica 25 years later may, in some small measure, make us more willing to resist the evil of mass murder going forward.This article is republished from The Conversation, a nonprofit news site dedicated to sharing ideas from academic experts. * Brazil’s Bolsonaro has COVID-19 – and so do thousands of Indigenous people who live days from the nearest hospital * Nkurunziza’s life and Burundian politics: beyond the mourning and controversiesTom Mockaitis received a USIP grant in 1995 to fund research on the book "Peacekeeping and Intrastate Conflict: The Sword or the Olive Branch?" (Praeger, 1999), which has a chapter on the Bosnian Conflict. Some small DePaul grants and paid leave also supported his book project.

Mercedes' big MBUX update: Here's all the cool infotainment tech coming to the new S-Class - Roadshow

08.07.2020 5:30

An augmented reality head-up display, enhanced facial recognition and screens, screens, screens. And that's only the beginning.

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Tucker Carlson Doubles Down on Duckworth Attacks, Calls Her a ‘Coward’ and ‘Fraud’

07.07.2020 21:30


A night after saying Iraq War veteran Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) hates America, Fox News host Tucker Carlson doubled down on his attacks, describing the Purple Heart recipient who lost her legs in combat as a “coward” and “fraud.”During his Monday night broadcast, the primetime conservative star played an abbreviated clip of Duckworth saying there should be a “national dialogue” over the possible removal of statues, touting it as proof that she supposedly wants to “get rid of George Washington” while questioning her patriotism.“You’re not supposed to criticize Tammy Duckworth in any way because she once served in the military,” he added. “Most people just ignore her. But when Duckworth does speak in public, you’re reminded what a deeply silly and unimpressive person she is.”Duckworth would quickly respond via Twitter, wondering if the longtime TV personality would “want to walk a mile” in her legs and then tell her whether or not she loves America.On Tuesday night, with Duckworth’s fiery response still gathering tons of attention, Carlson fired back by once again calling her love of country into question. “Senator Duckworth was asked if we should tear down statues of George Washington,” the Fox host said. “We played that for you last night and we noted how grotesque it was. Only someone who hates the country would suggest ripping down monuments to its founder.”Claiming that the Democratic lawmaker was unable to disagree with his argument, Carlson then added: “Instead she questioned our right to criticize her at all since she was once injured while serving in the Illinois National Guard. That’s what passes for an argument in modern identity politics.”Repeatedly asserting that Duckworth believes that Washington is a “dead traitor,” he went on to say that she has “contempt” for him despite the fact that he “paid his dues” in the military and was a “combat veteran.” “George Washington was a genuinely great man,” he sneered. “But to morons like Tammy Duckworth, Washington was just some old white guy who needs to be erased.”He would go on to note that he reached out to Duckworth’s team to see if she would come on his show for a “vigorous reasonable exchange” of ideas, but they declined unless Carlson was willing to issue a public apology.“Keep in mind, she is also described as a hero,” Carlson scoffed, adding: “Yet Duckworth is too afraid to defend her own statements on a TV show, what a coward. Tammy Duckworth is also a fraud.”Carlson wrapped up his segment by calling the Illinois senator a “callous hack,” accusing her of mistreating veterans, and then comparing her to Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN)—a favorite target of Carlson’s, who he regularly claims hates America.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

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