Wednesday, August 14, 2019
This week... White Supremacists, and more
Dear Friends (you few, you happy few),
I was gratified to get so many warm responses to the revived e-mail list. I think this will be a much better way to keep in touch. For those close friends who are not receiving the mails, there is now a "landing page" — here — where you can sign up.
At the suggestion of Rosental Alves (my friend from Central America days, now at UT Austin), I am going to try to pull together a more or less weekly email including whatever it is I am writing, and perhaps a story or two by my colleagues at The Daily Beast, with flashbacks when they seem appropriate.
And even thought this list is an antidote to social media, do feel free to share these stories all over the place!
So, here goes:
The shootings in El Paso and Dayton over the weekend were powerful reminders of the threat posed by white nationalist terrorism, a subject we have written about extensively at The Beast, and several of our past articles may be of particular interest:
There's this investigative piece of mine from May 2017:
Inside the Head of Dylann Roof, Jihadist for White Hate
Never-before-reported documents about Roof's psychological exams give us a look deep inside the 'logic' of this murderous white supremacist—and terrorists everywhere.
This column of mine from March 2019 (after Christchurch):
It's Time to Attack White Nationalism for the Terror Group It Is
Nobody can claim, as George W. Bush did, that 'we're going to fight them over there so we don't have to fight them here,' because they're already 'here' with a vengeance.
And Kelly Weill's terrific, granular reporting from April this year:
America Under Attack by White Supremacists Acting Like ISIS
A widespread digital network is calling for people to carry out more terrorist attacks after Poway and Christchurch.
And from this weekend:
From El Paso to Christchurch, a Racist Lie Is Fueling Terrorist Attacks
By leaving manifestos, white supremacists are trying to add to a long and growing library of terror, and get others to follow their examples.
Also, some background to breaking news elsewhere in the world:
On the the Kashmir Crisis read Matthew Clayfield's epic from early this year:
For a few days in February two nuclear powers stood at the brink of war. This will happen again and if, or when, there is a South Asian Armageddon you'll find the reasons here.
On the Hong Kong Crisis read the ongoing coverage by Brendon Hong and Gordon G. Chang: https://www.thedailybeast.com/keyword/hong-kong
And for the multiple Korean crises, check out the coverage by Donald Kirk:
All the best, Chris
PS - You should be among the first to know. I will be publishing my next book with Random House, due out in 2021. But more about that later.
PPS - In case you missed it, this historical essay about John Steinbeck, Paris, and the CIA has gotten quite a bit of attention: https://www.thedailybeast.com/john-steinbeck-did-nobel-prize-winning-novelist-spy-for-the-cia-in-paris
And finally, my photo of the week: a restaurant revived by the Costes brothers that is now one of my favorite bistros:
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