World News Briefs For Wednesday, 7 August 2019
Howdy Australia, sorry it's late - Three mass shootings, no path forward in the US - Countries warn their citizens to be careful of American violence - How cops rubbed the wrong racial nerve - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
The US is having a hard time trying to figure out how deal with the three mass shootings in a fortnight, because of the denial and division permeating American politics and society. The FBI formally opened an investigation into the shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival which resulted in the deaths of three people and the gunman, Santino William Legan. You may recall Legan's social media parroted far-right hatred of immigrants and mixed race people, and recommended a book associated with the neo-fascist movement. Despite this, the FBI is claiming Legan was exploring violent, competing ideologies, and "there was nothing that was all one-sided or the other."
In Dayton, Ohio, 24-year old gunman Connor Betts apparently left figurative "red flags" all over the place before he shot and killed nine people in an entertainment district before being fatally shot himself by police early Sunday morning. A former girlfriend said he was obsessed with mass shootings and guns. He performed with a heavy metal band known for violent and misogynist lyrics. And he apparently kept lists of people he wanted to kill, even after the one that got him suspended from High School nine years ago. Betts' social media indicated he considered himself a "Leftist", but investigators haven't found a link or manifesto that shows his politics was a motive, nor do they have any indication that Betts was a "copycat" inspired by the El Paso Massacre hours earlier.
Many residents and local officials are saying Donald Trump shouldn't come to visit El Paso, Texas because of how his white-nationalist, anti-immigrant rhetoric influenced the shooter who killed 22 people at a Walmart store in the culturally diverse border city. "Words matter. Trump's words killed people,” said Fernando Garcia of the Border Network for Human Rights, who said the 21-year old gunman Patrick Wood Crusius was "following a very evil and unfortunate narrative coming from the White House". Sylvia Saucedo, who dodged flying bullets in the Walmart store said, "Crazy white people listen to him and they're like, 'We don't want Mexicans in the US because they're bad and they don't belong here.'"
But one former Federal agent is casting doubt on whether US will crack down on the white nationalist extremists involved in more and more killings in America. "There's some reluctance among agents to bring forth an investigation that targets what the president perceives as his base," said former FBI counter-terrorism agent Dave Gomez. "It's a no-win situation for the FBI agent or supervisor." Two months ago, FBI director Christopher Wray testified before Congress that about a hundred arrests of domestic terrorism suspects in the past nine months and that most investigations of that kind involve some form of white supremacy.
Japan, Uruguay, and Venezuela individually issued travel advisories to their citizens who are travelling to the United States, because of the mass shootings. Uruguayans were also warned about US gun culture. Meanwhile, the Mexican government has said it may consider the El Paso shooting as a crime against Mexicans and could seek to extradite the suspected shooter.
But we're not done with America just yet..
The Police chief of Galveston - on the other side of Texas from El Paso - is apologizing after two of his white officers were photographed on horseback leading a handcuffed, black subject down a street, angering millions who saw the specter of racism and lynching in the troubling imagery. They were arresting 43-year old Donald Neely for trespassing, but it's not they're only contact with him - the department knew he is homeless and suffers from schizophrenia. Neely's family often has trouble finding him to make sure he is okay - they learned about his treatment from the photos gone viral on social media. The Neelys have engaged a lawyer.
Nobel- and Pulitzer Prize winning author Toni Morrison is dead at 88. She's known for eleven novels that documented the African-American experience, especially the acclaimed "Beloved" which was made into a movie starring her friend Oprah Winfrey.
Turkey's Ministry of Education says it has destroyed 300,000 books since the 2016 failed coup attempt, which is not the sort of thing you'd expect a Ministry of Education to be proud of. The government has cracked down on anything believed to be linked to exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom it blames for the coup attempt.
The Brazilian drug dealer who was caught trying to escape from prison while dressed as his teenage daughter was found dead in his jail cell. Prison officials said it appeared that Clauvino da Silva had hanged himself.
The Philippines has declared a Dengue Fever Epidemic, after 627 deaths of the mosquito-borne disease. The country has recorded 146,062 cases of dengue from January through mid-July, which is almost double the same period last year.