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posted on 16 August 2017

Early Headlines: Asia Stocks, Dollar, Oil And Gold All Up, Trump Flip Flops, US Deaths By Ideology, UK Fracking Not Likely, India And China Clash Near Kashmir, IMF Warns On China Debt, And More

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Early Bird Headlines 15 August 2017

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  • Trump Blames ‘Alt Left’ for Charlottesville Violence (Daily Beast) President Donald Trump on Tuesday blamed the “alt left" for inciting violence in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday that he said led James Fields to “murder" a protester. “You had a group on one side and you had a group on the other and they came at each other with clubs and it was vicious and it was horrible and it was a horrible thing to watch. But there is another side," Trump said, adding there were “very fine people on both sides" of the demonstrations. “Do they have any semblance of guilt?" Trump said of the so-called “alt-left." Econintersect: Another WTF moment, which seem to happen more and more these days. If Heather Heyer had been raped instead of murdered, would the rape have been her fault?
  • Trump Gives White Supremacists an Unequivocal Boost (The New York Times) President Trump buoyed the white nationalist movement on Tuesday as no president has done in generations - equating activists protesting racism with the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who rampaged in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend. Never has he gone as far in defending their actions as he did during a wild, street-corner shouting-match of a news conference in the gilded lobby of Trump Tower, angrily asserting that so-called alt-left activists were just as responsible for the bloody confrontation as marchers brandishing swastikas, Confederate battle flags, anti-Semitic banners and “Trump/Pence" signs.
  • White Supremacists Loved President Trump's Latest Comments on Charlottesville (Time) President Donald Trump’s latest remarks about the clashes in Charlottesville, Va., drew praise on Tuesday from white supremacists after Trump said “both sides" were to blame for the violence. Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke wrote on Twitter:

“Thank you President Trump for your honesty & courage to tell the truth about #Charlottesville & condemn the leftist terrorists in BLM/Antifa."

  • Rebel yell: Southern nationalists again crying 'secede' (Associated Press) As 21st century activists seek to topple monuments to the 19th century Confederate rebellion, some white Southerners are again advocating for what the Confederates tried and failed to do: secede from the Union. It's not an easy argument to win, and it's not clear how much support the idea has: The leading Southern nationalist group, the Alabama-based League of the South, has been making the same claim for more than two decades and still has an address in the U.S.A., not the C.S.A. But the idea of a break-away Southern nation persists.
  • Trump Asks, ‘What About the Alt-Left?’ Here’s an Answer. (The New York Times) Antifa, or anti-fascist activists, certainly used clubs and dyed liquids against the white supremacists, according to the New York Times reporters Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Hawes Spencer, who covered the violence in Charlottesville. Other counterprotesters included nonviolent clergy members. But there is one stark difference between the violence on the two sides: The police said that James Alex Fields Jr. of Ohio drove his car into a crowd and killed at least one person, Heather Heyer. Mr. Fields was charged with second-degree murder. Brian Levin, the director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino said:

[Comparing Antifa to Mr. Fields’s act is like] “comparing a propeller plane to a C-130 transport. Using the fact that some counterprotesters were, in fact, violent, creates a structural and moral false equivalency that is seriously undermining the legitimacy of this president."

  • Terrorism Deaths by Ideology: Is Charlottesville an Anomaly? (Cato Institute) This post examines 25 years of terrorism on U.S. soil from 1992 through August 12, 2017. Fatalities and injuries in terrorist attacks are the most important measures of the cost of terrorism. The information sources are the Global Terrorism Database at the University of Maryland and the RAND Corporation. Religious and racially motivated crimes are not included. The ideology of the attackers was grouped into four broad groups: Islamists, Nationalists and Right Wingers, Left Wingers, and Unknown/Other.

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India

A source in New Delhi, who had been briefed on the military situation on the border, said soldiers foiled a bid by a group of Chinese troops to enter Indian territory in Ladakh, near the Pangong lake.

Some of the Chinese soldiers carried iron rods and stones, and in the melee there were minor injuries on both sides, the source said.

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China

  • The IMF issued its annual review of China, revising its growth forecast to 6.7 percent for 2017, from 6.2 percent
  • But Beijing, the IMF said, needs to address its growing debt problem

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