Here’s everything you need to know about the antifa network that’s trying to solidify a Nazi-punching movement. Diana Johnstone on antifa in theory and in practice. “Antifa isn’t a hobby or a fad”: Sarah Jones interviews Mark Bray, author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook. In month after Charlottesville, papers spent as much time condemning anti-Nazis as Nazis. White nationalists are trying to “dox” every antifa activist they can. Antifa has a rapid response team that targets alt-Right organizers. GOP candidate Michael Snyder says Vegas shooting was probably an antifa attack on Trump supporters (and more).

From the Platypus Review, Mark Kazanski, Bernard Sampson, Gloria Rubac, Gus Breslauer on anti-fascism in the age of Trump. Is nonviolence — or fighting back — the answer to far-Right thuggery? As Trump incites violence, the Left needs a counter-strategy. We have an ethical obligation to stand against fascism and racism — but we also have an ethical obligation to do so in a way that doesn’t help the fascists and racists more than it hurts them.


From Public Seminar, Andreas Huyssen on Breitbart, Bannon, Trump, and the Frankfurt School: A strange meeting of minds. Steve Bannon is a Swiss-cheese philosopher. Steve Bannon’s nationalism isn’t about the economy, stupid: If Bannon cared about his economic agenda, he would want Trump to work with Democrats — but he doesn’t, because he only cares about immigration. There is seemingly nothing Breitbart executive chair and GOP insurrectionist Steve Bannon enjoys more than declaring war. Faster, Steve Bannon, kill, kill. Steve Bannon’s insurrection might also be an anti-impeachment strategy. Bannon: Trump ended insurer subsidies to “blow up” Obamacare. Don’t be afraid of Steve Bannon.


Rosemary Lyster (Sydney) and Robert R. M. Verchick (Loyola): Protecting the Power Grid from Climate Disasters. After Trump travel ban, Chad pulls troops from Boko Haram fight in Niger. UNESCO gets first Jewish director, day after U.S. leaves over “anti-Israel” bias. Obamacare subsidies may continue despite Trump’s worst efforts. The opioid epidemic: How Congress and drug company lobbyists worked to neutralize the DEA. Despite clear risks, Santa Rosa neighborhood that burned down was exempt from fire regulations. This year’s latest major hurricane, Ophelia, is headed for Ireland. Trump given a subpoena for all documents relating to assault allegations. “Used to think it was an exaggeration, but there really is one for everything”.


Violence, threats, begging: Monica Hesse and Dan Zak on Harvey Weinstein’s 30-year pattern of abuse in Hollywood. Sarah Polley on the men you meet making movies. An empire unto himself: When it comes to sexual assault, Harvey Weinstein is old-school — but Trump has changed the rules of the game. Watching Harvey Weinstein fall, Trump’s accusers feel frustrated. It’s not just the powerful: Privilege lets predatory men get away with a lot, be they rich and famous or not. Hollywood’s inequality enabled Harvey Weinstein: Abuse flourishes in hierarchical milieus like the film industry — only democratic counter-institutions can stop it. Want to stop sexual predators like Weinstein? Stand up to bullies. Study finds 75 percent of workplace harassment victims experienced retaliation when they spoke up.


Trump is letting Congress determine the Iran deal’s fate — here’s what it can do. Trump loves to hate the Iran deal, despite not knowing what it is. Certifiable nonsense: Trump’s speech on the Iran deal might be his most dishonest, and also his most damaging. Trump just started a nuclear crisis with Iran. Trump’s Iran announcement backfires. Trump alienates America’s allies and hands Iran a victory. Iran: We will stick to nuclear deal if Europe does. EU will stand by Iran nuclear deal: Diplomats say there is strong consensus in EU not to be swayed by Donald Trump. From the International Crisis Group, a statement on saving the Iran nuclear deal, despite Trump’s decertification. Don’t believe the hype: Trump is not “decertifying” the Iran deal (and more).


Another victim of Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico’s treasured rainforest, El Yunque. Puerto Rico governor responds to Trump tweets about federal presence on island: Federal natural disaster assistance is required by law until emergency ends. Trump’s numbers on Puerto Rico are worse than Bush’s post-Katrina. “Trump is alternating between yelling at people saying he doesn't care about Puerto Rico and saying he doesn’t care about Puerto Rico”. Big decision: Will the US spend what it takes to save Puerto Rico? Abandoning Puerto Rico would be an impeachable offense. How to rebuild an island: Why Puerto Rico needs to get green.


From the Brookings Institution, Barry H. Berke, Noah Bookbinder, and Norman Eisen on Presidential Obstruction of Justice: The Case of Donald J. Trump. Elizabeth Drew on how the case for impeaching Donald Trump is real and serious. Trump urged by some to go on the attack against Mueller. President's lawyers may offer Mueller a meeting with Trump. Robert Mueller can’t save us: The special counsel is the anti-Trump — but our problems are beyond the scope of his investigation. Congress is dropping the ball on Trump’s obstruction of justice. Told about the 25th Amendment, Trump reportedly asked, “What's that?”

Could we reverse a hacked presidential election? The Constitution provides no clear answer — and we need a solution.


Jochem Zwier (Radboud) and Vincent Blok (Wageningen): Saving Earth: Encountering Heidegger’s Philosophy of Technology in the Anthropocene. The exodus: On a remote spit of land in the Bay of Bengal, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims are fighting for their lives (and more and more and more). Here’s the recording of the strange sound US diplomats heard in Cuba before suffering mysterious brain injuries. Mass hysteria may explain “sonic attacks” in Cuba, say top neurologists. The tipping point: When do female leaders become the norm? How Russia used social media to suppress the vote in 2016. Twitter’s suspension of Rose McGowan epitomizes the site's most infuriating problem.


From Vox, Trump’s executive order to undermine Obamacare, explained; and here’s what UNESCO is — and why the Trump administration just quit it. What Trump can and can’t do to bully broadcasters over negative coverage. Ariel Dorfman on Trump’s war on knowledge. Trump’s nonsensical comments to Hannity reveal he has no idea how the national debt works. “Toxic on a day-to-day level”: How Trump is mismanaging the White House. From the Washington Monthly, Nancy LeTourneau on the overwhelming evidence that Trump is unfit for office; and on how the discussion about Trump’s unfitness for office has shifted. Real disaster cannot be put off much longer.


Amazon TV producer goes public with harassment claim against top exec Roy Price. Not just Harvey Weinstein: The depressing truth about sexual harassment in America. Jia Tolentino on how men like Harvey Weinstein implicate their victims in their acts. Rebecca Solnit on Harvey Weinstein, Hillary Clinton, and blaming women for the acts of men. For conservatives, Weinstein proves a completely nonsensical point. “This is exactly how mainstream media made Trump president”. What enabled Harvey Weinstein: Changing the culture of maleness in this country is important — so is actually throwing rich sexual predators into prison. Harvey Weinstein’s contract allowed for sexual harassment.

The Harvey Weinstein story is Adam Smith’s “invisible hand” at work (in both senses), without the happy ending: Everyone pursues their individual interests as individuals; the result is a social catastrophe.

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