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Anti-Trump protesters march during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Pitt students offered extra credit to attend anti-Trump march

The University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work encouraged its professors to offer students extra credit to participate in an anti-Trump rally in downtown Pittsburgh.

On Thursday, students and faculty in Pitt’s School of Social Work received an email urging them to sign up for “A People’s Agenda for Change: National Day of Action” on Tuesday, November 29. The email, which Student Services Specialist and assistant to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Mary Patricia Elhattab sent, implored professors to give their students extra credit should they attend.

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New CIA director: ‘Silence of Islamic leaders across US potentially complicit in terror attacks’

Pompeo has made some controversial statements about Muslims. Weeks after the Boston marathon bombing in 2013, in a speech on the House floor, he not only accused Islamic faith leaders of not doing enough to condemn terrorist attacks, but also suggested they might be encouraging them.

“When the most devastating terrorist attacks on America in the last 20 years come overwhelmingly from people of a single faith, and are performed in the name of that faith, a special obligation falls on those that are the leaders of that faith,” Pompeo said. “Instead of responding, silence has made these Islamic leaders across America potentially complicit in these acts and more importantly still, in those that may well follow.”


Ottawa police, Toronto school board investigate multiple racist incidents

Police in Ottawa are investigating a series of graffiti hate crimes that they believe may be linked.

Insp. Mike Laviolette says there were three incidents targeting the city’s Jewish community over the past few days.

He says swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti were sprayed on two local synagogues, as well as the front door of a woman who runs a Jewish prayer centre.


Canadians might not realize ‘magnitude of challenge’ in 2050 climate strategy

The federal government has released its long-term climate strategy with a caution that most Canadians — while sympathetic to the cause — don’t yet understand the “magnitude of the challenge.”

The document suggests the country should find a way to cut emissions 80 per cent below 2005 levels by 2050 in order to match the ambition of the international Paris climate accord.

Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna was among those last year in Paris helping push for a target of limiting global warming to less than two degrees C above pre-industrial levels, and closer to 1.5 degrees.


Developer puts plan to build Muslim residential community near Montreal on hold

The developer behind a controversial proposal to build a Muslim housing community on Montreal’s south shore has temporarily put his plans on hold.

Nabil Warda said he’s not giving up on the idea, but decided to postpone a presentation to the local Islamic community centre in Brossard scheduled for Friday evening.

He said he put off the meeting because of the backlash he’s faced this week over his plan to build dozens of homes near the community.


Montreal film festival apologizes for screening ‘racist’ film last year

In a news release issued Thursday, organizers of the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) apologized “for having presented a film with a colonial perspective that perpetuates racist stereotypes.”

The film in question, of the North, is a 74-minute collage film about modern day life in Northern Canada, was screened at the festival last November.

A group of musicians says the mid-festival apology follows pressure they put on RIDM through a boycott and jointly signed letter Nov. 16.

One of the musicians scheduled to perform at an RIDM event Thursday night, Meghan Sivani-Merrigan, decided instead to perform at another event in solidarity with marginalized groups that “deal with systemic racism everyday.”

The original version of director Dominic Gagnon’s film was made up of publicly available clips drawn from the Internet, mixing images of snow, Ski-Doos and hunting with clips of Inuit appearing drunk, crashing ATVs and vomiting.


National Public Radio Falsely Links Breitbart to White Separatists

National Public Radio (NPR) is continuing a campaign to defame Breitbart News as a white nationalist website. Even after being set straight on Wednesday, the taxpayer-funded outlet continues to defy the facts in its effort to smear the incoming Trump administration and crush a conservative media upstart.

This time, the lie comes via Kelly McEvers, who filed a slanderous story on Thursday’s edition of All Things Considered: “‘We’re Not Going Away’: Alt-Right Leader On Voice In Trump Administration.”

In it, McEvers suggests that because Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon once told Mother Jones that Breitbart had become “the platform for the alt-right,” Bannon and Breitbart therefore share to the racial separatist ideas of Richard Spencer, one of the people involved in the alt-right movement.


Twitter User Replaces Word ‘White’ With ‘Black,’ Gets Banned

A Twitter user conducted an interesting experiment to sniff out double standards in the site’s censorship policy concerning race.

The person wrote the same comment on two different accounts with only two words changed, then reported each for abusive behavior.

The first comment read: “I f***ing hate white people and their inconsiderate asses for voting for Trump. F*** you.”

The second: “I f***ing hate black people and their inconsiderate asses for voting for Clinton. F*** you.”


Good news: Treatment may become available for terrified climate activists

From the University of Illinois at Chicago comes this study that made me think that this study might very well apply to some well known climate activists, such as Bill McKibben and his followers. Here’s the issue:

Uncertain threat is unpredictable in its timing, intensity, frequency or duration and elicits a generalized feeling of apprehension and hypervigilance.

The fear of climate change is exactly that; uncertain, sometime in the future, unpredictable and based on what we’ve seen, it causes “apprehension and hypervigilance” in people that can’t quantify the reality of the actual, probable threat, but rather live in fear of worst case scenarios that are constantly being vocalized by other activists. The uncertainty and open-endedness of it all lends to bigger and bigger threat pronouncements, which then cause more anxiety. It is a vicious cycle with many who see climate change as the biggest problem in the world. It breeds the “hypervigilance” mentioned in the study.


Switzerland Considers Banning Koran Distribution

Swiss authorities have been pushed to act after the German government launched raids on 200 sites in a probe against Salafist group “The True Religion” on Tuesday

Known for its controversial “Lies!” (or “Read!”, in English) programme, in which the organisation hands out German copies of a strict traditionalist version of the Koran, the group have also been active in Switzerland for several years.

The German government has banned the organisation on the basis of being unconstitutional and “inciting hate”. There is no legal basis on which to ban groups in Switzerland, so authorities are looking to a town which successfully clamped down on The True Religion by prohibiting copies of the Koran from being distributed.