What we know about mass school shootings in the US – and the gunmen who carry them out

Published: May 25, 2022 1.52pm BST Updated: May 25, 2022 6.52pm BST The Conversation

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  1. James DensleyProfessor of Criminal Justice, Metropolitan State University
  2. Jillian PetersonProfessor of Criminal Justice, Hamline University

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When the Columbine High School massacre took place in 1999 it was seen as a watershed moment in the United States – the worst mass shooting at a school in the country’s history. Tiếp tục đọc “What we know about mass school shootings in the US – and the gunmen who carry them out”

What a Nobel laureate’s take on Donald Trump reveals about today

Opinion by Jane Greenway Carr

Updated 1734 GMT (0134 HKT) May 22, 2022, CNN

'It is White supremacy': CNN speaks to son of Buffalo massacre victim

(CNN) Shortly after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, Nobel laureate Toni Morrison wrote in The New Yorker: “Unlike any nation in Europe, the United States holds whiteness as the unifying force. Here, for many people, the definition of ‘Americanness’ is color.” Reflecting on efforts — largely by White men — to define themselves by sustaining that poisonous definition, Morrison argues that those “who are prepared to abandon their humanity out of fear of black men and women, suggest the true horror of lost status.”

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How to stop China and the US going to war – podcast

Armed conflict between the world’s two superpowers, while not yet inevitable, has become a real possibility. The 2020s will be the decade of living dangerously. By Kevin Rudd

Written by Kevin Rudd, read by Paul-William Mawhinney, and produced by Jessica Beck. Executive producer is Max Sanderson

theguardian – Fri 15 Apr 2022 06.00 BST

FOR LONG READ - US CHINA WAR COLLAGE
 Illustration: Getty/Guardian Design

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How the US created a world of endless war – podcast

In 2008, many of Barack Obama’s supporters hoped he would bring the global war on terror to a close. Instead, he expanded it – and his successors have done nothing to change course. By Samuel Moyn

A US Reaper drone at a base in Nevada.

A US Reaper drone at a base in Nevada. Photograph: Josh Smith/Reuters

 theguardian – Fri 17 Sep 2021 12.00 BST

Written by Samuel Moyn, read by Christopher Ragland and produced by Esther Opoku-Gyeni

Listen here

Read the text version here

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A Peace That Couldn’t Last – Negotiating the Paris Accords on Vietnam

ADST – Signed on January 27, 1973, the Paris Peace Accords were intended to finally end the Vietnam War, which had cost the lives of thousands of American soldiers, not to mention the millions of Vietnamese civilians who were killed, injured, or displaced. Initially, the Accords were negotiated in secret by National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho, the lead North Vietnamese negotiator. These secret negotiations took place over the course of five years in Paris, from 1968 to 1973, but it was only in the early 70’s that any real progress was made.

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Khi sách bị cấm ở trường học

TRÚC ANH 25/2/2022 6:10 GMT+7

TTCT Nhà tù kiểm duyệt sách đã đành, ngay ở chốn học đường, chuyện cấm sách cũng đã liên tục diễn ra trong hơn một thế kỷ qua ở Mỹ, nhân danh bảo vệ trẻ em. Làn sóng đó đã trở lại và vẫn tiếp diễn, từ cuối 2021 đến nay.

 Ảnh: AFP

Tại Tennessee, nơi những quyển sách văn học hư cấu bị vùi trong lửa, hội đồng trường học quận McMinn hồi cuối tháng 1 yêu cầu cấm Maus, hồi ký dưới dạng truyện tranh về nạn diệt chủng Holocaust của tác giả Art Spiegelman, lưu hành trong trường học. Các quan chức giáo dục McMinn cho rằng họ không phản đối chuyện dạy về thảm sát, nhưng những lời nói tục tĩu, cảnh khỏa thân, hình ảnh bạo lực và mô tả cảnh tự tử trong Maus “quá người lớn để được dùng trong nhà trường”.

Tiếp tục đọc “Khi sách bị cấm ở trường học”

Vietnam Airlines direct flight to US takes off next week

VNE – By Anh Minh, Doan Loan   November 16, 2021 | 07:25 pm GMT+7

Vietnam Airlines direct flight to US takes off next weekA Boeing 787-9 aircraft of Vietnam Airlines. Photo courtesy of Vietnam AirlinesNational flag carrier Vietnam Airlines will operate its first regular direct flight to the U.S. on November 28, achieving a dream conceived nearly two decades ago.

The flight will depart from HCMC in the evening and arrive at San Francisco 13 hours and 50 minutes later, CEO Le Hong Ha said at a press briefing Tuesday.

The return flight will leave San Francisco on the evening of November 29 (U.S. time) and arrive in HCMC on December 1, 16 hours and 40 minutes later.

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Mười điều rút ra từ sự ra đời của Liên minh AUKUS

Nghiên cứu quốc tế –

Tác giả: Hoàng Anh Tuấn

Hiệp định Đối tác tăng cường an ninh ba bên giữa Mỹ, Anh và Australia (AUKUS) có phiên âm khá thú vị (ô kis) – “Hôn nhau cái nào” – đến mức Tổng thống Biden cũng cảm thấy thích thú khi phát âm tên liên minh mới trong bài diễn văn đánh dấu sự ra đời của AUKUS.

Tuy nhiên, việc thành lập AUKUS thì hoàn toàn nghiêm túc, chẳng “lãng mạn” chút nào, và là kết quả của những nỗ lực thương lượng không ngừng nghỉ trong nhiều tháng trước đó của quan chức cấp cao 3 nước, trước khi AUKUS chính thức ra đời ngày 15/9/2021 vừa qua.

Tạm thời có thể rút ra 10 nhận xét nhanh từ sự ra đời của AUKUS như sau:

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Asian American: 8 killed in shootings at 3 metro Atlanta spas. Police have 1 suspect in custody

By Jamiel Lynch and Steve Almasy, CNN

Updated 0820 GMT (1620 HKT) March 17, 2021

Atlanta (CNN)Video evidence suggests “it is extremely likely” that the same person was responsible for the three deadly shootings at massage parlors in the metro Atlanta area, police said Tuesday.Eight people were killed and one person was wounded in the attacks. Two of the shootings were at spas across the street from each other in northeast Atlanta and the other happened about 30 miles away in Cherokee County to the northwest of the city.”Video footage from our Video Integration Center places the Cherokee County suspect’s vehicle in the area, around the time of our Piedmont Road shootings,” the Atlanta Police Department said in a news release. “That, along with video evidence viewed by investigators, suggests it is extremely likely our suspect is the same as Cherokee County’s, who is in custody. Because of this, an investigator from APD is in Cherokee County and we are working closely with them to confirm with certainty our cases are related.”Officials in each jurisdiction said there were no immediate indications of motive.Booking photo of suspect Robert Aaron Long

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The Pitfalls and Promise of America’s Founding Myths

Maintaining a shared sense of nationhood has always been a struggle for a country defined not by organic ties, but by a commitment to a set of ideals

Smthsonian

Westward Course of Empire
For generations, Americans have sought to understand the sense of shared destiny—or perhaps, civic obligation—that forged the nation. (Emanuel Leutze via Wikimedia Commons under Public domain)

By Colin Woodard SMITHSONIANMAG.COM
FEBRUARY 22, 202122332

Alexander Hamilton had no illusions about what would happen to Americans if the United States collapsed.

If the newly drafted Constitution wasn’t ratified, he warned in Federalist No. 8, a “War between the States,” fought by irregular armies across unfortified borders, was imminent. Large states would overrun small ones. “Plunder and devastation” would march across the landscape, reducing the citizenry to “a state of continual danger” that would nourish authoritarian, militarized

Tiếp tục đọc “The Pitfalls and Promise of America’s Founding Myths”

The War on Thanksgiving

TĐH: See my article on The History of the Thanksgiving Day (in Vietnamese) here >>

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. pictured on Aug. 11 Minneapolis, Minnesota, criticized Sen. Tom Cotton’s speech on the Pilgrims. (Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

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Will Americans still be celebrating Thanksgiving 100 years from now?

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ arrival in America. The moment, which deserved wider recognition, was celebrated in an excellent speech by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.

“A great American anniversary is upon us,” Cotton said on Nov. 18. “Regrettably, we haven’t heard much about this anniversary of the Mayflower; I suppose the Pilgrims have fallen out of favor in fashionable circles these days. I’d therefore like to take a few minutes to reflect on the Pilgrim story and its living legacy for our nation.”

Cotton delivered a fitting tribute to the Pilgrims and their story of faith and perseverance, which is so intertwined with the Thanksgiving holiday and the values we cherish most.

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Perhaps predictably, the speech was attacked by media outlets and Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., who hurled an ad hominem attack at Cotton on Twitter.

Of course, it was The New York Times editorial board that was so “terrified” of Cotton’s opinions that it slapped an apology on an editorial he wrote for it about riots and fired the editor responsible for publishing it to appease woke staffers.

Omar’s comment, as utterly unserious as it was, demonstrates the great crisis confronting modern Americans.

She is not alone in dismissing the Pilgrim story or Thanksgiving as a whole. Many of our elite institutions—and now, elected officials—have a knee-jerk reaction to attack or dismiss much of our hsitory.

Clearly, a steady drumbeat of woke ideologues in the media and on Twitter have convinced enough people to view the Pilgrim story as another example of oppressor against oppressed, of racist versus antiracist.

How did this happen?

It’s unclear what “actual history” Omar was referring to, but perhaps something akin to it is Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States,” a work often celebrated by her left-wing allies. In this book, Zinn created a dishonest, distorted, and ultimately shallow picture of the Pilgrim arrival in America.

As Mary Grabar, author of “Debunking Howard Zinn,” wrote for The Federalist in 2019, Zinn deconstructs the Pilgrims’ “first” Thanksgiving to advance his Marxist ideas of oppressors versus oppressed.

In these simplistic narratives, the Pilgrims are portrayed as wicked oppressors and the native people as angelic, oppressed victims. This is the narrative now being peddled in elementary schools around the country.

In her critique of Zinn-inspired literature used in Portland, Oregon, public schools, Grabar wrote:

It makes a cartoonish presentation of myriad people groups from the Bahamas and South America to New Mexico and New England. They are falsely oversimplified as universally peace-loving, Mother Earth-respecting, generous, and welcoming. All Indian tribes are lumped together as a mass of childlike people oppressed by the greedy capitalist explorers and settlers.

It’s no surprise that in 2020, Portland became an epicenter of Jacobin-like rioters, who targeted statues of George Washington and countless others while making absurd demands to abolish the police.

Here we see the fruits of a generation raised on Zinn.

While it is likely pointless to convince the vandals who attack statues and businesses that their views are misguided, we need to take the propaganda that has undermined our country and driven fellow citizens to lunacy and extremism seriously.

Thanksgiving is in the beginning stages of receiving the Columbus Day treatment. We can’t underestimate the threat of a few militant voices amplified by America’s elite culture-shaping institutions.

Columbus was once nearly universally admired in America, his holiday only questioned by an odd collection of left-wing radicals and, at an even early date, white nationalists who resented the celebration of a Catholic and Italian-born hero.

Now, the holiday has nearly collapsed. Even his statues are going undefended by the descendants of Italian immigrants who helped construct them.

Columbus may receive a revival someday, and I firmly believe the spirit of his holiday will. But for now, the radicals have mostly won.

Thanksgiving is much harder to cancel at the moment, but it is clear that leftists want it on the chopping block.

As I wrote in my book “The War on History: The Conspiracy to Rewrite America’s Past,” the real target here isn’t really the Pilgrims and Puritans, it’s the very heart of the Thanksgiving holiday, a holiday that—from its more modern origin in the 19th century—stands for faith, family, and patriotism.

All of these virtues are anathema to woke social justice warriors, who want to purge religion from the public square, obliterate the “Western-prescribed” traditional nuclear family, and redefine love of country as a mask for hatred of others.

This year’s Mayflower anniversary, as Cotton eloquently explained, is particularly noteworthy:

[T]he Thanksgiving season is upon us and once again we have much to give thanks for. But this year we ought to be especially thankful for our ancestors, the Pilgrims, on their four hundredth anniversary. Their faith, their bravery, their wisdom places them in the American pantheon.  Alongside the Patriots of 1776, the Pilgrims of 1620 deserve the honor of American founders.

As Cotton noted in his speech, prominent Americans of ages past have made speeches marking the centuries since the landing at Plymouth. Perhaps the most famous is by New England statesman Daniel Webster, whose Plymouth Oration of 1820—delivered on “Forefathers Day”—was one of the most important steps in turning the New England story into a national story.

Webster’s speech was both deeply conservative and “progressive” at the same time. He explained how the Pilgrim forefathers laid down the foundation, the building blocks of what would become a country attached to both self-government and religious liberty.

The Pilgrim experience of fleeing religious repression and inaugurating their newly founded community in the New World with a simple, 200-word Mayflower Compact affirming the rule of law set in motion the inertia for a people rooted in but diverging from their European origins.

However, Webster’s speech was not merely a celebration of the past. He called on his generation and the generations to come to perpetuate and extend what we had been given: the great gift of free government.

The speech was mixed with a general, genuine, and unquestionable love of country, with a specific demand for what needed to be changed—the abominable institution of slavery in particular.

It is perhaps a symbol of Webster’s triumph that it is a senator from Arkansas, a Southerner and not a New Englander, who delivered a great oration in celebration of the Pilgrims for the fourth-century mark in a republic where slavery has long been buried. 

In his own words, Cotton proudly declared:

Some—too many—may have lost the civilizational self-confidence needed to celebrate the Pilgrims … But I for one still have the pride and confidence of our forebears, so here today, I speak in the spirit of that cabin and I reaffirm that old Compact.

The future of our country, and the continuity of ideas and institutions that we should all be deeply grateful for, depend on Thanksgiving.

If we fail to cherish the special achievements of 1620, Americans a century from now will look forward through the lens of grievance and back with a feeling of contempt.

This war cannot be lost, or our country is lost.

Một bước tiến trong vụ kiện của bà Trần Tố Nga

Thứ tư, 01/07/2020 | 13:34

Ngày 29/6, Tòa án Evry của Pháp đã ra một thông báo mới về vụ kiện của bà Trần Tố Nga, theo đó quá trình tiến hành các phiên thủ tục sẽ kết thúc vào ngày 28/9/2020 và ngày 12/10/2020 sẽ tiến hành phiên tranh tụng để xét xử vụ kiện.

Như mọi người đã biết, ngày 14/5/2014, bà Trần Tố Nga, một Việt kiều sống ở Pháp từ năm 1993 đến nay, đệ đơn lên Tòa Đại hình ở Evry kiện 26 công ty hóa chất của Mỹ đã cung cấp chất độc hóa học cho quân đội Mỹ sử dụng trong chiến tranh ở Việt Nam, làm cho bà bị nhiễm độc, bị nhiều căn bệnh nguy hiểm, làm cho con gái đầu của bà bị di nhiễm nên đã chết lúc 17 tháng tuổi, con gái thứ hai bị bệnh Alpha Thalassemia (thiếu máu huyết tán). Tiếp tục đọc “Một bước tiến trong vụ kiện của bà Trần Tố Nga”

Mỹ trừng phạt công ty Trung Quốc vì dự án tại Campuchia

16/09/2020 /Pháp luật TP.HCM

Mỹ trừng phạt một công ty Trung Quốc liên quan dự án khu du lịch tại Campuchia với cáo buộc phục vụ mục đích quân sự cũng như tham vọng “Vành đai và Con đường”.

Đường băng đang được doanh nghiệp Trung Quốc xây dựng tại sân bay quốc tế Dara Sakor của Campuchia. (Ảnh: THE NEW YORK TIMES)

Tờ South China Morning Post  đưa tin Bộ Tài chính Mỹ hôm 15-9 đã trừng phạt công ty Union Development Group của Trung Quốc liên quan dự án khu du lịch Dara Sakor ở Campuchia, với cáo buộc chuyển đổi phục vụ mục đích quân sự và phục vụ tham vọng “Vành đai và Con đường”.

Động thái cho thấy cuộc cạnh tranh ngày càng gay gắt của Mỹ với Trung Quốc hiện đang lan sang khu vực Đông Nam Á. Tiếp tục đọc “Mỹ trừng phạt công ty Trung Quốc vì dự án tại Campuchia”

Cùng một tổ phụ Abraham…

  • DANH ĐỨC
  • 21.08.2020, 12:00

TTCT – Tha thuận giữa Israel và Các Tiểu vương quốc Ả Rập thống nhất (UAE) ngày 13-8 vừa qua quả là “lịch sử” với tên gọi Hiệp ước Abraham, trong ý nghĩa muốn hàn gắn các con cháu của tổ phụ Abraham, nhưng tất nhiên, quan trọng nhất vẫn là chính trị thực dụng.

Cùng một tổ phụ Abraham…
Bộ ba hoàn cảnh Israel, Mỹ, UAE. Ảnh: The Wall Street Journal

Có một thực tế oái oăm là cả ba tôn giáo “đâm chém” nhau suốt bao thế kỷ qua các cuộc thánh chiến, rồi sau này là bắn giết trong thời hiện đại ở Trung Đông: Do Thái, Kitô, và Hồi giáo, đều có chung một ông tổ là Abraham, được cho là sinh trưởng tại thành phố Ur thuộc đế quốc Babylon (nay ở nam Iraq, gần giáp Kuwait) vào thế kỷ 20 trước Công nguyên.

Sau này phân nhánh, do những khác biệt tầm nhìn về Đấng Tối cao, họ dần xa nhau, thậm chí phủ định nhau. Với thời gian và sau vô vàn những thương đau, chỉ ở thời hiện đại, hi vọng về sự xích lại gần nhau lâu dài mới được nhen nhóm. Sự hòa giải giữa Israel và UAE cũng phải đặt trong xu hướng đó. Tiếp tục đọc “Cùng một tổ phụ Abraham…”