When you first encounter the word “populism,” you might think it’s a close cousin of democracy, with all the positive connotations that go along with it. And for some, it may well seem a purer form of a process by which politicians harness the will of the majority.
But that’s only part of the picture. Populism—ostensibly a belief in the rights, wisdom, or virtues of the common people—often requires a bogeyman, be it an existing government, the supposed cultural elite, the media, or a particular ethnic, racial, or religious group.
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Time For Truth: (Bloomberg) – Populism Takes Over the World
Demonstrators with signs reading “Not my president!” clogged streets in New York City on Saturday during a fourth day of anti-Trump protests nationwide, a day after a person was shot during a protest in Portland, Oregon.
Two 18-year-old men detained early Saturday were arrested later in the day in connection to the shooting on Portland’s Morrison Bridge, which occurred after 1 a.m. local time (4 a.m. ET) Saturday, police said. It was unclear whether the shooting was politically motivated.
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Time For Truth: (NBC News) – Anti-Trump Protests: 1 Shot After 'Confrontation' in Portland; Marchers Hit NYC, L.A.
Facebook has been forced to back down after censoring a birthday photo of Swedish former fireman whose face was seriously disfigured in a blaze as a young man.
The social networking site twice removed a picture of Lasse (Lars) Gustavson which his friend Bjorn Lindeblad posted up on Sunday to celebrate his 60th birthday.
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Time For Truth: (The Telegraph) – Facebook slammed for censoring burn victim's birthday photo
Before even 24 hours had passed since the FBI director informed Congress on Friday that it was reopening the probe into Hillary Clinton’s emails, Clinton suggested the director was in cahoots with the Republican Party.
“We’ve made it very clear that, if they are going to be sending this kind of letter that is only going originally to Republican members of the House, that they need to share whatever facts they claim to have with the American people,” Clinton said on Friday, after initially being blindsided by the FBI’s announcement.
One night a young Palestinian man living abroad fell victim to an online scam, involving a web camera and a beautiful woman. Here Samir (not his real name) tells the story of how he was trapped – and below the BBC’s Reda el Mawy visits the Moroccan boomtown where many of the scammers are based.
WARNING: this story contains descriptions of sexual acts
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Time For Truth: (BBC News) – The Skype sex scam - a fortune built on shame