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Proud Boys’ post-election crackup offers revealing glimpse of their deep white nationalist nature

first_img“I love being white and I think it’s something to be very proud of. I don’t want our culture diluted. We need to close the borders now and let everyone assimilate to a Western, white, English-speaking way of life,” McInnes has said. Kyle Chapman, his onetime cohort, fully agrees to this day—and then some.Chapman first made a name for himself at a “March 4 Trump” in Berkeley on March 4, 2017, by coming to the event prepared for battle with homemade implements: a shield adorned with an American flag, football-style padding and a helmet, and a long wooden sign post he wielded like a baseball bat. A video of Chapman breaking the post over the head of an antifascist protester that day went viral and gave birth to his nickname. Chapman was charged with multiple counts of felony assault, which he eventually plea-bargained down to a single charge and five years’ probation.  Kyle Chapman and Nathan Damigo at BerkeleyKyle Chapman, in helmet and goggles, with Identity Evropa founder Nathan Damigo, center in blue shirt, at the Proud Boys event in Berkeley, California, on April 15, 2017.His next big moment, however, was also the Proud Boys’ inaugural event: the April 15, 2017, “free speech” rally they dubbed “the Next Battle of Berkeley” and which proved to be a seminal moment for white nationalist groups such as Identity Evropa and the Rise Above Movement, the leaders of which were all present.- Advertisement – Though they were designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in 2018, the Proud Boys have been adamant that they are not a white nationalist or racist organization. Their favorite piece of evidence to bolster this claim is to trot out Tarrio, an African-Cuban man who became the group’s chairman after founder Gavin McInnes resigned in November 2018 and was replaced by a national board with Tarrio at its head.Tarrio himself likes to tell reporters that the Proud Boys have “longstanding regulations prohibiting racist, white supremacist or violent activity,” and “I denounce white supremacy. I denounce anti-Semitism. I denounce racism. I denounce fascism. I denounce communism and any other -ism that is prejudice towards people because of their race, religion, culture, tone of skin.” He denies that the Proud Boys are white supremacists by saying: “I’m pretty brown, I’m Cuban. There’s nothing white supremacist about me.”McInnes has sued the SPLC over the hate group designation and claimed that “we are not an extremist group and we do not have ties with white nationalists,” the latter of whom, he told The Guardian, “don’t exist.” However, the reality is that the ethos that McInnes describes as being the core of the Proud Boys—what he calls “Western chauvinism”—is just a public relations-friendly reformulation of the “white genocide” myth that animates modern white nationalism.- Advertisement – Kyle Chapman, a Bay Area commercial diver who gained national notoriety in 2017 as “Based Stickman” after he brought homemade weapons and armor to an alt-right protest in Berkeley, California, created an uproar within the ranks of Proud Boys by announcing this weekend that he intended to “resume” the group’s leadership reins because their current chairman, Enrique Tarrio of Florida, had disgraced himself and the group.Chapman posted the notification on the right-wing platform Parler, fueled apparently by an incident in which Tarrio claimed to have stopped a stabbing of Proud Boys in Washington, D.C., though video did not bear out his claims:Due to the recent failure of Proud Boy Chairman Enrique Tarrio to conduct himself with honor and courage on the battlefield, it has been decided that I Kyle Chapman reassume my post as President of Proud Boys effective immediately. We will no longer cuck to the left by appointing token negroes as our leaders. We will no longer allow homosexuals or other ‘undesirables’ into our ranks. We will confront the Zionist criminals who wish to destroy our civilization.Enrique Tarrio of Proud BoysEnrique Tarrio with the Proud Boys in Portland in August 2019.- Advertisement – McInnes was so impressed that he promptly anointed Chapman a leader of the Proud Boys and placed him in charge of organizing what he considered the group’s “tactical defensive arm,” dubbed the Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights (FOAK). Chapman described FOAK as a “fraternal organization,” a Proud Boys affiliate chapter, “with its own bylaws, constitution, rituals and vetting processes.”However, over the ensuing months and years, nothing ever came of the FOAK project, mainly because Chapman wound up facing multiple charges arising from a variety of violent incidents: for hitting a Texas man over the head with a barstool, for fighting a person in Berkeley while filming a promotional video, for operating a vehicle off-road.Kyle Chapman speaks in PortlandChapman speaking at a Patriot Prayer event in Portland, Oregon, in June 2017.After McInnes left the Proud Boys, Chapman mostly became an afterthought. He largely disappeared from the alt-right protest scene, skipping out on such major Proud Boys gatherings as their August 2019 march in Portland. His only notable involvement was with the white nationalists who organized Boston “Straight Pride Parade” in June 2019, lending his name and image to promoting the event.However, even in his time as a leader of the Proud Boys, he made pronouncements that belied the group’s disavowals of white nationalism, such as his speech at a July 2017 gathering in Sacramento:I am not afraid to speak out about the atrocities that whites and people of European descent face not only here in this country but in Western nations across the world. The war against whites, and Europeans and Western society is very real and it’s time we all started talking about it and stopped worrying about political correctness and optics.Over time, his public references to such white nationalist tropes as “white genocide” and expressions of simple bigotry (including against feminists and women) became even more pronounced. And in his Nov. 9 Proud Boys “coup” announcement, the mask came off entirely.Chapman announced that the organization would embrace its underlying white nationalist ethos by rebranding itself as the “Proud Goys”—a reference to the alt-right belief that Jews secretly control the world’s politics and media in order to oppress non-Jewish “goyim.” He added, “The coup is complete,” and then launched into a nakedly racist rant:We will no longer cuck to the left by anointing token negros as our leaders. We will no longer allow homosexuals or other “undesirables” into our ranks. We recognize that the West was built by the White Race alone and we owe nothing to any other race. Proud Goy members will pay homage to the White men who gave their lives to build our civilization: White men who provided their intellect inventing the modern world, spreading enlightenment, and providing the framework for lesser civilizations to thrive. … We will boldly address the issues of White Genocide, the failures of multiculturalism, and the right for White men and women to have their own countries where White interests are written into law and part of the body politic. We will no longer stand by as Whites are murdered in the streets because of the color of their skin. …Tarrio responded sharply on Parler, saying he had earned the group’s chairmanship and calling Chapman a “grifter.” Chapman retorted: “All you do is grift. Nobody respects you anymore n—-r. Go back to diverting medical supplies with the rest of the slimy Cubans in Miami”—a reference to Tarrio’s own previous conviction, 15 years ago, for participating in a scheme to sell stolen medical equipment, for which he spent 16 months in federal prison.The coup, such as it was, seems so far to have been restricted strictly to Chapman and a few of his cohorts. Tarrio told Kelly Weill of The Daily Beast he thought Chapman was drunk or kidding. “He hasn’t been part of the organization in probably two years,” Tarrio said. “Obviously he still probably has friends.“I’ve never had an issue with Kyle,” he added. “I think he went on a drunken rant that night, and he thought it was funny to put the things he did on his channel, then he said it was a joke. Which regardless of whether it was a joke or not, I think it was stupid.”Chapman, as Weill reports, later denied that it was a joke, and moreover was joined in the call to depose Tarrio by another openly white supremacist Proud Boy, Jovi Val.These incidents exposing the Proud Boys’ bigoted and hateful white underbelly aren’t merely accidental. It’s who they really are, and always have been. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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PREMIUMPalm oil-based green fuel program unlikely to empower palm oil farmers: smallholders

first_imgGoogle Log in with your social account Forgot Password ? Topics : Indonesia palm-oil green-energy smallholder pertamina biodiesel domestic-consumption Wilmar BPDP-KS Linkedin Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Oil palm farmers have raised doubts that the palm oil-based “green fuel” scheme laid out in the government’s recent five-year plan will benefit them, taking past biodiesel developments as cautionary tales.Palm Oil Smallholders Union (SPKS) secretary-general Mansuetus Darto said that the scheme could risk repeating mistakes of keeping farmers out of the supply chain just like previous biodiesel programs.As an example, he said agribusiness giant Wilmar Group “did not involve” smallholders in producing its assigned 2.5 million liters of the 30-percent blended biodiesel (B30) quota. Instead, around 162 companies are supplying the crude palm oil (CPO) for the group’s B30 production.”It will be really regrettable if we develop […] the palm oil-based green fuel where only big corporations can benefit,” said Mansuetus in Jakarta on Feb. 11,…last_img read more

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Delay routine dental checkups, WHO urges, until COVID-19 risk is known

first_imgTopics : Dental patients and staff need to be protected from any potential infection by aerosol-generating procedures, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday, as dentists return to work in areas where the COVID-19 pandemic is easing.There is currently no data on the spread of coronavirus from the dentist’s chair, it said, calling for more research into common procedures that produce tiny floating particles that may cause infection if inhaled.These include three-way air/water spray, ultrasonic cleaning equipment that removes deposits from the tooth surface, and polishing, the WHO said in new guidance. “We think that the most pressing issue is related to the availability of essential personal protective equipment, PPE, for all health care personnel undertaking or assisting in the clinical procedures,” Varenne said.center_img “WHO guidance recommends in case of community transmission to give priority to urgent or emergency oral cases, to avoid or minimize procedures that may generate aerosol, prioritize a set of clinical interventions that are performed using an instrument and of course to delay routine non-essential oral health care,” Benoit Varenne, a WHO dental officer, told a news briefing.He added: “The likelihood of COVID-19 being transmitted through aerosol, micro-particles or airborne particles … today I think is unknown, it’s open to question at least. This means that more research is needed.”The WHO last month released general guidelines on the transmission of the coronavirus which acknowledged some reports of airborne transmission, but stopped short of confirming that the virus spreads through the air.Dental facilities must have adequate ventilation to reduce the risk of the virus spreading in closed settings, it said on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Finnish roundup: Elo hails new business gains, VER laments 3.4% loss

first_imgHanna Hiidenpalo, CIO, EloCIO Hanna Hiidenpalo said: “The return on equity investments fluctuated strongly during the year and turned to a steep decline at the end of the year. The main drivers were the tightening of monetary policy, increasing uncertainty over the development of economic growth, and trade disputes.”She said Elo had decreased its risk level during the year by divesting from emerging markets and shrinking the equity weighting in its portfolio, before the major equity market falls in the last quarter.Of Elo’s unlisted investments, private equity generated the strongest return at 16%, compared with 14.9% in 2017. Other unlisted equities returned 10.6% last year.Within real estate, direct investments generated a 5.7% return versus 7.4% in 2017, and investment funds returned 6.3%, compared with 8.2% the year before.The fund said the real estate investment market was active, but steep increases in prices in Finland over recent years had come to an end.Despite a slight dip in the size of the portfolio – from €23.1bn in 2017 to €22.6bn at the end of 2018 – Elo’s funding position held up, with solvency capital at 1.6 times the solvency limit at the end of the year, unchanged from 2017.VER CEO laments lack of hedging optionsFinland’s state pension fund posted 3.4% loss for 2018 – a year that the buffer fund’s chief said presented scant opportunities for hedging the portfolio.The investment loss represented a steep fall from the 6.6% gain the fund in 2017. Elo, the third largest of Finland’s pensions insurance companies, lost 1.4% on its investments last year but added significant new business.The €22.6bn provider described 2018 as “two-fold” because of its success in winning business. Premiums written for private-sector earnings-related pensions – Elo’s main category of pensions provision – increased to €3.24bn in 2018, from €3.1bn, the firm reported.Chief executive Satu Huber said: “The year was a success in terms of customer transfers. Customers who transferred to Elo from other pension insurance companies increased our premiums written by almost €36m.”Last year marked five years since Elo was created from the merger of LocalTapiola and Pension Fennia, and in each of these years it had increased market share, Huber said. Elo’s investment loss compared to a gain of 7.4% produced in 2017. The firm’s average five-year nominal return was 4.5%, it said.Huber said 2018 was a challenging year for investors, marked by increasing uncertainty in international investment markets.While listed equities lost 10.2%, Elo said that Finnish equities performed the best of any region, despite difficult markets.center_img Timo Viherkenttä, CEO, VERChief executive Timo Viherkenttä said: “The opportunities for hedging the portfolio were poorer than normal because most returns on equities and fixed income instruments were negative.“Finally, a sharp fall in share prices in December swept away the returns for the year as the markets did not recover until early 2019.”In real terms, the fund said its investments made a loss of 4.5%, compared to a positive real return of 6% in 2017.According to Viherkenttä, returns on illiquid fund investments were strong but allocation within the portfolio was limited due to regulations governing VER’s activities.Liquid fixed income investments declined by 1.9% in 2018, compared to a 2% gain the year before, while listed equities fell by 7.4%, after an 11% gain in 2017.The fund, designed to balance out Finland’s central government pension expenditure, reported private equity as its highest returning asset class, generating 13.4%. Infrastructure funds and unlisted real estate investment trusts gained just over 11%.VER said it received €1.4bn in pension contributions last year, and transferred €1.9bn to the government budget. The Helsinki-based pension fund contributes 40% of the state’s annual pension expenditure to the budget every year.The fund’s total investments fell to €18.5bn by the end of last year, from €19.6bn at 2017’s close.last_img read more

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Tickets Available for Whiskey City Festival

first_imgLAWRENCEBURG, Ind. — Lawrenceburg is celebrating the Third Annual Whiskey City Festival.The festival will take place Saturday (11/5) at the Lawrenceburg event center from 7:00 to 11:00 PM.There will be tastings from different distillers, craft brewers, and local wineries.There will also be displays and live music.VIP tickets are $50, and will get you in to the event starting at 6:00 PM, while general admission tickets are $25.For more information or to buy tickets visit http://www.whiskeycityfestival.net/.last_img read more

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Mirallas hoping to avoid injuries

first_img Press Association Mirallas has scored on three occasions in Everton’s four pre-season friendlies and he is looking to carry that form into the coming campaign under new manager Roberto Martinez. “I have scored three goals in four games so for me it’s been a good pre-season,” he told evertonfc.com. “More importantly I have had no injuries. It’s my second season. I played a lot of games last season and I hope to stay injury-free and score a lot of goals. “Of course I want to make a lot of assists as well and play some nice games.” The Belgium international struck nine times in 32 matches having signed from Olympiacos but was hampered by a niggling hamstring injury which initially sidelined him for a month and then a further six weeks soon after returning. It reduced his effectiveness when he finally returned to the first team but he ended the season strongly with six goals in his last 13 appearances. center_img Everton forward Kevin Mirallas is hoping to avoid the injuries which disrupted his maiden Premier League season so he can improve his goalscoring record.last_img read more

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CBA girls hoops still unbeaten; J-D, ESM strong in league openers

first_imgThrough the first couple of weeks of the regular season, it was Christian Brothers Academy that was making the biggest impression among area girls basketball teams.Already off to a 2-0 start, the Brothers made it three wins in a row by going north to face Oswego last Tuesday night and roaring past the Buccaneers 63-39.A 40-20 first half allowed CBA to breeze through the game’s latter stages. Leana Heitman, with 18 points, led a three-pronged attack that saw Brooke Jarvis get 17 points and Emily Hall add 15 points.Not letting up one bit, the Brothers picked up its production in Friday night’s game against Homer, more than doubling what the Trojans could manage in an 86-38 victory.It was 50-15 by halftime as Heitman’s 26 points included five 3-pointers. Jarvis earned 19 points, with Bonacci getting 15 points and Hall gaining 10 points,That happened as Jamesville-DeWitt was back in Central New York after a tough Dec. 7-8 opening weekend where it took losses to Averill Park and Shenendehowa.Cortland was next, and the Red Rams rolled past the Purple Tigers 58-33, the effort led by Gabby Stickle, whose 20 points included five 3-pointers. Momo LaClair had 10 points, with Paige Keeler getting nine points and Riley LaTray adding six points.Much improved from a season ago, East Syracuse Minoa moved to 2-1 last Tuesday night against Jordan-Elbridge, prevailing 54-32 as the Spartans steadily built a 43-22 lead through three quarters.Angelima Thomason led the way with 16 points, seven of them free throws. Isabella Pickard had seven points, with Aneglina Polcaro and Natalie Quonce each earning six points. Raychel Underwood, Gianna Quonce, and Lailani Carrion had five points apiece.Earning back-to-back wins, the Spartans got past Carthage 42-28 on Friday without a player scoring in double figures.Instead, the production was spread around, Carrion and Polcaro each earning eight points, with Pickard adding seven points and Gianna Quonce six points. Underwood finished with five points.Fayetteville-Manlius answered its first defeat of the season to Rome Free Academy on Dec. 6 quite well, traveling to Utica Proctor last Tuesday and, getting a big night from Lexie Roe defeating the Raiders 60-47.A 21-10 second quarter accounted for most of the Hornets’ winning margin, and throughout the game Proctor found it impossible to stop Roe, who amassed 36 points, including four 3-pointers. Lily Fish helped out, too, earning 11 points.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: CBAESMF-Mgirls basketballJ-Dlast_img read more

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Thanksgiving break extended

first_imgThe university will no longer hold classes on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, according to a recent memo from Elizabeth Garrett, the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.“USC is a truly international university with undergraduate and graduate students from across the country and around the world,” Garrett wrote in the memo to university administrators and student leaders. “The Thanksgiving holiday provides an important break in the fall semester for students to relax with friends and family before final exams and the completion of projects.”Although the Academic Calendar Committee did not recommend making this change for the 2011-2012 academic calendar, Garrett still directed the registrar to include Wednesday, November 23, 2011 in the Thanksgiving break. The school will remain open, however, and Wednesday will not be considered a staff holiday.Garrett’s memo cautions deans and faculty to be “rigorous” about holding classes on Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving, saying that it is “important that [the university] maintain the very highest academic standards.”last_img read more

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Limam brings different philosophy to Syracuse tennis in 1st season as head coach

first_img Published on January 20, 2015 at 12:25 am Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+ When Younes Limam became the Syracuse head coach in June of 2014, he did so knowing that things needed to change.No longer would it be a team where every player would work to play professionally. No longer would every athlete be American, with an American flag donning the back of every warm-up jacket. And no longer would every practice be centered on game planning for future opponents.Limam wasn’t only planning to change a losing program, he intended to redefine its culture.“It’s definitely a different philosophy,” Limam said, “and I guess whenever you make a move or you change from one job to another, you have to adjust.”In his first season as the head coach, Limam’s changes have already paid dividends. The No. 68 Orange has started out the season 2-0, which includes a road win over then-No. 39 South Florida on Jan. 10.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textUnder former head coach Luke Jensen — who resigned in the middle of last season after an inquiry into players’ concerns — players attended Syracuse expecting to play in offseason professional tournaments to prepare them to try and turn pro after college. All of Jensen’s scholarship players were also American citizens, and everyone who is part of the current Orange team was recruited under Jensen’s tenure.Though the team is a product of its former head coach, there is a consensus that Limam’s style of coaching is preferred.“I don’t think we’ve ever been this close,” senior Breanna Bachini said of the team’s chemistry. “And I think a lot of that has to do with the new energy and new coach … I like it a lot better.”Limam understands the desire to play professionally. Growing up in Morocco, that was always his dream. He was in the top three of the Moroccan junior circuit and on the national team for about 18 months before going to college in the United States.Playing professionally was all he wanted to do, he said, so he sympathizes with those on the current roster that want the same. Amanda Rodgers, a contributing writer for The Daily Orange, and Rhiann Newborn are two players that have vocalized those goals. In the fall, they went to two tournaments, while the rest of the team played in Intercollegiate Tennis Association competitions. Limam said it was beneficial to compete in college tournaments because the athletes typically get to play more matches.Making a team of star-studded professionals is no longer the goal for Syracuse tennis — he wants to see success at the collegiate level first — but Limam is still willing to help those that have those aspirations.“I can relate to them, and I understand what they’re going through,” he said. “I understand what they need to be doing in order to get to that level. It doesn’t matter what kind of tournaments you’re playing. If you’re winning at the collegiate level, then for sure, let’s try and take it to the next level.”With Limam, things are more laid back. The vision for the program is to garner success, without the previous restrictions of how that success is earned. Limam said he wants to find the best players for the program, regardless of where they’re from or what language they speak.Jimena Wu was a former No. 3 singles player for Syracuse who never received a scholarship and left the team after the 2013 season. She was from Peru.It was a mentality that senior Amanda Rodgers said she didn’t like and said was “biased.”Next year, Limam plans to have a scholarship player from the Czech Republic, something that wouldn’t have likely happened under Jensen.In practices, Limam doesn’t tell players what they need to do differently and he doesn’t tell players what they need to do to beat specific players, Bachini said. Instead, he asks his athletes what they think they need to work on. Rodgers said it feels as though every practice counts in a way it never used to in the past.The team does more sprints as opposed to long-distance runs. There’s more of a focus on footwork, and Rodgers said there’s a better balance of drills and match play in practice.“Everything we’re doing, it feels like I’m changing my game in a big way,” Rodgers said. “In the years past I didn’t really feel like that.”Limam said a realistic goal for this season would be to make the NCAA tournament, something that SU has never accomplished before.He’s not overly confident or cocky. His demeanor is conducive to the humble nature he exudes. But he does believe in his methods, and he does acknowledge an overhaul of direction within a program that was seeking it.Now Syracuse gets set to start a slate that includes seven teams in the Top 25, including three in the Top 10 and so far, everything has followed his blueprint.“I don’t think it was a dramatic change or a quick change, it’s a process,” Limam said. “We needed to adjust to each other, and it takes time to do that. At the end of the day, I have to do what’s best for the team.” Commentslast_img read more