Mark Graves // Proud Boys’ profile in Northwest rises after rallies, violence | OregonLive.com – Toese has emerged as one of the most well-known Proud Boys in the region, a stalwart of Patriot Prayer rallies. In one video posted on his Facebook account, he drives around in an open-top vehicle flying an Antifa flag with boasting of an anti-gay slur scrawled on it. He says he is headed from Vancouver to Portland, a left-wing stronghold. “Want some, come get some,” Toese taunts.
In videos posted to his Facebook account and elsewhere online, Toese, who is American Samoan, portrays himself as a kind of freedom fighter, a person of color who is part of a besieged conservative minority in this region.
At rallies he is sometimes introduced to speak by Joey Gibson, the Southwest Washington-based founder of that group who is running as a Republican this year for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington. In Seattle, he talked about what he says was his transformation from Trump hater to Trump supporter, a change he says was partly due to one of Gibson’s online speeches.
Mulugeta Seraw – Wikipedia – Mulugeta Seraw (October 21, 1960 – November 13, 1988) was an Ethiopian student who went to the United States to attend college. Seraw was killed in November 1988, at age 28, in Portland, Oregon by three white supremacists. His father and son successfully filed a civil lawsuit against the killers and an affiliated organization, holding them liable for the murder.
Shane Dixon Kavanaugh // Weapon checks, bomb-sniffing police dogs to greet protesters Saturday in Portland | OregonLive.com – Hundreds of people are expected to descend on downtown to oppose a march and rally organized by Joey Gibson and his right-wing group Patriot Prayer, which says it plans to bring supporters from around the country.
Those active in the movement nationwide say Gibson’s so-called “March For Freedom” may become the largest right-wing demonstration in the U.S. this year.
Samoan neo-Nazi in #Portland does the ‘Pacific-Islander-White-Power War Dance’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5iBFGh3C7M
Chemi Shalev // Netanyahu cons Druze and incites Jews to protect controversial nation-state law – Israel News – Haaretz.com – Even by Benjamin Netanyahu’s very high standards of skullduggery, the staged bust up of his meeting with Druze leadership on Thursday night was a beaut. The prime minister carefully prepared an ambush, blew up the meeting at its outset and then instructed his agents to spread a completely false account of what had transpired. The Druze leaders were flummoxed, reconciliation was shattered, and Netanyahu chalked up another one of his vile victories. The final result was Netanyahu 1, Israel 0.
A few minutes after the start of the evening prime time newscasts, reporters covering the meeting between the prime minister and the Druze delegation broke in with the story, exactly as it was concocted by Netanyahu’s distortion machine. A retired Druze general, Amal Asad, had incensed Netanyahu by asserting, out of the blue, that Israel was an “apartheid state.” A proud prime minister stood up for his country’s honor and stormed out of the meeting. Asad, by implication, had gone over to the dark side.
Roberto Rocha // Data sheds light on how Russian Twitter trolls targeted Canadians | CBC News – In the fall of 2017, when Americans were debating if athletes should kneel during the U.S. national anthem as a form of protest, Russian trolls on Twitter tried to inject the controversy into Canada.
“The Canadian Football League is Protesting THEIR OWN National Anthem!” tweeted the account @chirrismogui.
“Canadian NHL Player CONSIDERING ‘Taking a Knee’ During U.S. Anthem,” wrote another account, @brristasi.
These tweets and accounts — along with millions of others — have since been deleted after being outed as trolls with the Internet Research Agency, a company in St. Petersburg with ties to Russian government intelligence.
They are part of a cache of some 3 million archived tweets recently pulled together by two American researchers. And the newly released data sheds further light on how the now-notorious troll farm sought to sow discord not only among Americans, but Canadians as well.
According to a CBC News analysis, out of those 3 million tweets, close to 8,000 mentioned Canadian issues, like asylum seekers, the Quebec City mosque shooting and the Keystone XL pipeline.
Aris Folley // Portland officials worry far-right rally this weekend could be next Charlottesville | TheHill
In a “Hate Watch” report, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) warned “threats of violence” are looming over the upcoming rally, which it suggested could be “another Charlottesville,” referring to the Virginia march that left a counterprotester dead.
The report comes days after Gibson said in a Facebook post last week that the “Freedom March” would be held at a location that could allow attendees to carry handguns. Portland prohibits weapons in parks, but guns carried by those with a valid Oregon concealed handgun license are allowed, according to The Oregonian.
The rally comes about a month after members of the conservative group and self-described anti-fascist counterprotesters clashed in Portland in what police described as a riot.
The Patriot Prayer group reportedly had a permit for their rally, but police revoked the permit after the riot began.
Christopher Mathias // Portland’s Patriot Prayer Rally Could Be Most Violent Since Charlottesville, Activists Say | HuffPost – Members of the two violent far-right groups, Patriot Prayer and the Proud Boys — both of which have deep ties to white supremacist organizations — plan to rally in Tom McCall Waterfront Park at noon Saturday. The so-called “Gibson for Senate Freedom March” is being organized by Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson, who is running for Senate as a Republican from Washington state.
The upcoming event is the latest in a series of rallies Gibson has held along the West Coast since early 2017 in support of President Donald Trump, under the banner of “free speech” and “patriotism.” In several cases the rallies have become a pretext for Patriot Prayer members, and more recently Proud Boy members, to commit organized assaults on anti-fascist protesters.
The last rally, on June 30, was declared a riot by the city of Portland after Patriot Prayer and Proud Boy members, many in body armor and carrying weapons, repeatedly charged at anti-fascist protesters. A viral video showed one Proud Boy member knocking a masked anti-fascist unconscious. Other videos showed Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer members isolating and circling counterprotesters, beating them.
At least six people were sent to the hospital after the day’s chaos, one with a brain hemorrhage. Nine people were arrested.
Updated June 3, 2018 at 9:18 PM; Posted June 3, 2018 at 7:01 PM // Antifa and Patriot Prayer demonstrators clash in downtown Portland; 4 arrested | OregonLive.com – The rallies drew hundreds to a pair of parks near City Hall, including right-wing Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson of Vancouver, his supporters and counter-protesters, including black-clad antifascists, known as antifa.
The rallies began peacefully and escalated with shoving, a small bonfire on the antifa side of the gatherings and punches thrown. Portland police stepped in to quell the fights and asked people to stay away from the area as Patriot Prayer supporters started marching.
Portland police said officers with the Federal Protective Service and a Multnomah County sheriff’s deputy used pepper spray twice, when when protesters fought. Demonstrators used pepper spray too, police said, and some threw fireworks, bottles, rocks and ball bearings at each other.
They said four people were arrested on various allegations including disorderly conduct.
Colum Lynch, Robbie Gramer | August 3, 2018 // Trump and Allies Seek End to Refugee Status for Millions of Palestinians – Foreign Policy – Kushner, whom Trump has charged with solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has been reluctant to speak publicly about any aspect of his Middle East diplomacy. A peace plan he’s been working on with other U.S. officials for some 18 months has been one of Washington’s most closely held documents.
But his position on the refugee issue and his animus toward the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is evident in internal emails written by Kushner and others earlier this year.
“It is important to have an honest and sincere effort to disrupt UNRWA,” Kushner wrote about the agency in one of those emails, dated Jan. 11 and addressed to several other senior officials, including Trump’s Middle East peace envoy, Jason Greenblatt.
“This [agency] perpetuates a status quo, is corrupt, inefficient and doesn’t help peace,” he wrote.
The United States has helped fund UNRWA since it was formed in 1949 to provide relief for Palestinians displaced from their homes following the establishment of the State of Israel and ensuing international war. Previous administrations have viewed the agency as a critical contributor to stability in the region.
But many Israel supporters in the United States today see UNRWA as part of an international infrastructure that has artificially kept the refugee issue alive and kindled hopes among the exiled Palestinians that they might someday return home—a possibility Israel flatly rules out.