Niraj Warikoo Detroit Free Press Published 1:54 PM EST Mar 5, 2019 DETROIT – An African-American civil rights advocate is now the president of the National Socialist Movement, a neo-Nazi group based in Detroit, and he says he wants to effectively dismantle the organization. James Stern, 54, of California filed incorporation records in January with the State of Michigan that show he is now the white supremacist group's leader after the previous leader, Jeff Schoep, handed over the group to him amid concerns over a lawsuit filed against the group tied to violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017. Stern told the Detroit Free Press on Monday he took over legal ownership of the group "for the purposes of obliterating it, getting rid of it. ... They are going to be destroyed." This is the second time Stern has assumed leadership of a white supremacist group to dismantle it, said the Southern Poverty Law Center. While serving time … [Read more...] about Black civil rights advocate James Stern is president of neo-Nazi group
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The following statement was released by the governments of the United States of America and Ukraine on the occasion of the 2018 U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Partnership Commission meeting in Washington on November 16. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin met November 16, 2018, in Washington, D.C., to hold a plenary session of the U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Partnership Commission. The plenary meeting marked the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-Ukraine Charter on Strategic Partnership, a document that enshrines the principles upon which the relationship between our two democracies is based. The plenary was also an opportunity to work toward implementation of the goals for the U.S.-Ukrainian relationship as outlined by Presidents Trump and Poroshenko during their previous bilateral meetings. During the 2014 Revolution of Dignity, the Ukrainian people voiced their desire to live in a modern, democratic, European state, free from corruption and foreign … [Read more...] about Joint Statement on U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Partnership
NEW DELHI -- The Democratic victory in the U.S. House of Representatives could echo from Moscow to Beijing to Riyadh, with empowered Democrats now able to launch new investigations into President Donald Trump's international business empire and his political dealings with the rest of the world. Mr. Trump welcomed the Midterm election results and said he's received "many congratulations from so many on our Big Victory last night, including from foreign nations." But the Democrats retaking of the House for the first time in eight years has given them a powerful weapon to wield against the president: the subpoena. The Democratic leaders of many House committees will have subpoena powers enabling them to obtain documents, emails and testimony. The White House would likely fight many such requests in court, but the subpoenas' reach could extend far beyond Washington. China That means Democrats could look into such issues as the 18 trademarks that China has granted in recent months to … [Read more...] about 2018 Midterm elections: As U.S. allies and rivals react, what do results mean for them?
Bill Theobald USA TODAY Published 12:33 PM EDT Sep 19, 2018 WASHINGTON – Across the country, particularly in the South, the movement to remove Confederate statues from public property continues to claim victories. In Louisville the mayor announced last month that two statues, including one of Confederate soldier John B. Castleman, were being relocated; in North Carolina, protesters took things into their own hands by pulling down a statue on the campus of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. But one very public place where more than a dozen of these symbols of the confederacy and racism remain relatively undisturbed – and little debated – is the country’s shrine to democracy: the U.S. Capitol. A minor, related skirmish that did get some national attention occurred in the wake of the death of John McCain late last month. Several members of Congress proposed renaming the Russell Senate office building after the Arizona GOP senator. … [Read more...] about Confederate statues remain in U.S. Capitol despite opposition
Deborah Barfield Berry USA TODAY Published 4:40 p.m. UTC Sep 2, 2018 WASHINGTON – Trupania Bonner is quick to warn groups registering minorities to vote to be alert for cybertricks. His training class for civic engagement groups now includes discussions about cyberthreats and the Media and Democracy Institute’s new resource guide coming out this month features tips on how to help guard against hackers and interference through social media. “We’re telling groups not only should they pay attention to what happens in the voting booth on Election Day, but what happens long before Election Day,” said Bonner, a facilitator for the New Orleans-based group that provides get-out-the-vote training across the South. “It’s just being on the lookout for fake websites, fake social media sites or ones nudging you to support a candidate or sway you from a particular candidate.” The institute’s effort is one of several civil rights and … [Read more...] about Midterms: Civil rights groups on high alert for cyberthreats as they register minorities