Trump governs by disruption — and overloads all the circuits. Are you wrestling with Trump fatigue? Lots of people are — and that may be a good thing. Engaging in politics these days is both toxic and exhausting. How American politics became so exhausting: Alan Jacobs looks at why it’s impossible for people who disagree to hold a civilized conversation. Nancy LeTourneau on the difference between “you are wrong” and “you are evil” and one of the things that makes politics exhausting these days. “Mindful resistance” is the key to defeating Trump: Outrage and disdain waste mental energy — and feed into a narrative that sustains the president.


What is white supremacy? A few thoughts on the question. The language of white supremacy: Narrow definitions of the term actually help continue the work of the architects of the post-Jim Crow racial hierarchy. Dell Upton on Confederate monuments and civic values in the wake of Charlottesville. Why the “alt-Lite” celebrated the Las Vegas massacre. The war against the Southern Poverty Law Center: Hate groups claim SPLC is the one actually inciting violence. How should the alt-Right be covered? Milo Yiannopoulos’s game has been obvious from the beginning, and the so-called liberal media keeps getting played.

Skin in the game: How antisemitism animates white nationalism. Can American Jews be white nationalists? White House adviser Stephen Miller is a spokesman for groups that wouldn’t have him as a member. Nicole Hemmer on the women fighting for white male supremacy. Tamara Holder on how the alt-Right’s view of women is worse than the Nazis’. Birth of a white supremacist: Andrew Marantz on Mike Enoch’s transformation from leftist contrarian to nationalist shock jock. When white nationalists chant their weird slogans, what do they mean?


Seth F. Kreimer (Pennsylvania): The Ecology of Transparency Reloaded. The world once laughed at North Korean cyberpower — no more. Ates Altinordu on political narratives and authoritarian consolidation in Turkey. Invoking Trump, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen dismantles the country’s democracy. “Squeal on the pigs”: French women bombard Twitter with tales of sexual harassment. Laura Gianino: I went public with my sexual assault — and then the trolls came for me. Internal White House documents allege manufacturing decline increases abortions, infertility, and spousal abuse. Uber pushed the limits of the law — now comes the reckoning. Lisa Appignanesi reviews Freud: The Making of an Illusion by Frederick Crews.


Aziz Z. Huq (Chicago): Terrorism and Democratic Recession. Lisa Blaydes and Martha Crenshaw on how 9/11 created a feedback loop for international jihadism. Paul Kamolnick (ETSU): The Al-Qaeda Organization and the Islamic State Organization: History, Doctrine, Modus, Operandi, and U.S Policy to Degrade and Defeat Terrorism Conducted in the Name of Sunni Islam. Mara Revkin (Yale): When Terrorists Govern: Why State-Building Terrorist Groups Require a New Targeting Approach. From RAND, when the Islamic State comes to town: The economic impact of Islamic State governance in Iraq and Syria.

From the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism, Anne Speckhard (Georgetown) and Ahmet S. Yayla (George Mason): The Runaway Bride of ISIS: Transformation a Young Girl with a Dream to a Lethal ISIS Enforcer. We spoke to women who married into ISIS in Syria — these are their regrets. Rape and slavery was lure for UK ISIS recruits with history of sexual violence. New UN team investigating ISIS atrocities raises questions about justice in Iraq and beyond.

“Come out and surrender”: Inside Raqqa, with the fighters who drove off ISIS. ISIS fighters, having pledged to fight or die, surrender en masse. Trump: ISIS “gave up” because he’s president. Trump’s boasts about ISIS crumble under scrutiny. ISIL was ended not by Trump or Obama but by Muslims. Why the fall of Raqqa doesn’t feel like much of a victory. ISIS “caliphate” fades but social media empire remains. Adam Badawy and Emilio Ferrara (USC): The Rise of Jihadist Propaganda on Social Networks.


From Lawfare, Ned Price on the civil-military divide: A temporary casualty of the Trump administration. It’s not organized military opposition to President Donald Trump, but day by day, generals and admirals are publicly stepping up and directly giving the American public their views in ways that don’t always match the Twitter rhetoric of their commander in chief. Weakest commander in chief ever: Trump likes to say that he’s strong on the military — but he’s weak, so weak. Trump breaks these 3 rules about how U.S. presidents relate to the military. Trump faces new scrutiny over grieving military families. Trump’s refusal to take responsibility is a deep moral failure. Bannon says criticizing Trump disrespects the military.

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