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Fri Nov 20, 2015, 01:43 PM

The right exploits fear for political gain

The fact that governors don't have the power to ban refugees from their states--under the United States Refugee Act of 1980, it's the president who is authorized to accept refugees--didn't stop the ludicrous posturing. "There is a close collaboration with governors and mayors and community leaders about the capacity of the area for refugees and where they can go, but once they have legal status, you cannot impede their transit between different states," Lucy Carrigan, a spokeswoman for the International Rescue Committee, told the Washington Post.



Nicole Colson reports on the response of the U.S. political elite after the Paris attacks.
November 19, 2015

AMID THE outpouring of grief following the November 13 attacks in Paris, U.S. politicians and the media are, true to form, asking the question they always ask: What can we get out of it? How do we turn a tragedy into an opportunity for narrow-minded political gain? The answer, it turns out, is a hefty dose of xenophobia and racism about the supposed threat if refugees and asylum seekers are allowed to relocate to the U.S.

Never mind that the U.S. has pledged to take a pitifully small number of those risking their lives to escape violence. Some 800,000 refugees and migrants, largely from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, have fled to Europe this year, while according to the New York Times, as of September 2015, the U.S. had accepted just 1,854 Syrian refugees.

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Those basic facts haven't stopped a wave of Republican politicians from posturing about the threat of terrorism from refugees, particularly from Syria. As of November 18, 29 governors had released statements to that effect. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was typical. In a letter to Barack Obama, Abbott said his state would refuse to participate "in any program that will result in Syrian refugees--any one of whom could be connected to terrorism--being resettled in Texas." ...

More here - http://socialistworker.org/2015/11/19/the-right-exploits-fear-for-political-gain



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Fri Nov 20, 2015, 01:51 PM

1. They have always LOVED fear!

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Fri Nov 20, 2015, 01:59 PM

2. The Power of Nightmares



This BBC documentary has had a very difficult time getting airplay in the U.S. (Which means it frightens the power elite with its honesty). This episode 1, which gives a great, simple primer for the topic of political fear in modern times. It would be interesting to see an updated version. But, it leads me to believe that the terrorist attack in Paris was "Manna from Heaven" for the Neo-Cons.

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