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By leaving Trump's panel, CEO's made things worse

The CEOs who quit Trump's business councils


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Story highlights

  • Trump dissolved business advisory panels after exodus of CEOs who said they were troubled by his handling of Charlottesville
  • Mark Bauerlein: Liberals have made it impossible to sit at table with someone with whom you disagree. This hurts democracy
Mark Bauerlein is a professor of English at Emory University, senior editor of the journal "First Things" and author of "The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future; Or, Don't Trust Anyone Under 30." The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.
(CNN)It's hard to imagine that mob violence over a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, has any bearing on business groups organized by the White House, but the President's two CEO panels ended up toppled in the chaos of the past week anyway. There is a lesson here, but it may be different from what you think.
Mark Bauerlein
After three, then four, then six, and finally eight business and union leaders resigned in rapid succession from the Manufacturing Council and the Strategic and Public Policy Forum, President Donald Trump dissolved the panels entirely.
This is where we are. Nothing is immune to partisanship; everything is political; you can't disagree with others and remain at the table together.
The members resigned because of something that had no relation to corporations and the workforce. They believed that Trump didn't denounce white supremacists quickly and unambiguously enough -- and thus, he was complicit in American racism, a view the President seemed to bolster with comments Tuesday that walked back his more moderate comments on Charlottesville from two days earlier. The CEOs took their cue from the media.
A column in USA Today maintained that President Trump's initial tweets "provided aid and comfort to the Nazis and white supremacists." The headline at Mother Jones says it all: "What Does It Take for Conservatives to Acknowledge that Donald Trump Is Racist?" On the right, too, we find voices joining the chorus. Commentary's John Podhoretz claimed that Trump's instinct is: "Do not attack the white supremacists."
Against this background came the statements of the CEOs who fled Trump's council. Scott Paul, head of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, stated, "I'm resigning from the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative because it's the right thing for me to do." Kenneth Frazier said in a statement, "As CEO of Merck and as a matter of personal conscience, I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism." Others in the groups expressed similar opinions.
While they sound reasonable and benign, each resignation has an implicit message: Trump is not inclusive and tolerant; he is regressive. After all, how is resigning from the council taking "a stand against intolerance and extremism" unless Trump is intolerant and extreme?
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The tacit equation is this: Trump equals the KKK. And according to the resigning leaders, avoiding him, rejecting him, distancing one's self, are all "the right thing to do" -- not arguing with him, urging him to take a different course, or demanding that he choose sides between white supremacists and hostile groups on the left.
In truth, the President's only crime was that he spoke too generally about the violence in Charlottesville, with his remarks that "many sides" were responsible. This comment, which he initially made on Saturday, and reiterated on Tuesday, was one that the CEOs deemed punishable. Trump wouldn't acknowledge the "white" factor, and so the resigners decided to join the countless Americans who seek to shun and shame him.
 
If they wished only to criticize the President's response, they could easily have done so while remaining members of the newly formed panels. They could have even used their position to start a dialog with Trump about the issue: "Mr. President, I join you in advancing the cause of US workers, but your take on what's going on in Virginia and elsewhere is backward." That is, in fact, what Walmart's CEO had done, as well as had the head of Blackstone.
But in the climate liberals have created, especially where race and sex are concerned, criticism isn't enough, no matter how stern and slashing. The villain must be isolated. Interaction of any kind is the same as endorsement. Even sitting down to debate with the President at a meeting would violate their moral code.
It's the kind of righteous distaste I've seen from liberal academics when they've found themselves at professional gatherings stuck in the presence of a conservative. Contentious, but polite conversation is asking too much of them.
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In other words, the resignations are another version of the social ritual of exclusion. They are passive-aggressive in that they explicitly indicate that the CEOS are separating themselves from the administration, but implicitly they are an exile of Trump from the society of well-meaning, open-minded souls.
We are polarized as never before, but while in the past we understood the two camps in political terms, left and right, liberal and conservative, increasingly we see it cast in personal terms, the enlightened vs. the ignorant, respectable vs. deplorable, tolerant vs. bigoted.
Given this division, how will we ever reconcile with one another in a shared democracy?
 

Zambian opposition leader walks free in treason case

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FILE PHOTO: United Party for National Development (UPND) presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema speaks at a rally in Lusaka, Zambia January 18, 2015.Rogan Ward/File Photo
LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema was freed from prison on Wednesday after the state prosecutor dropped charges of plotting to overthrow the government, but a judge warned him he could be arrested again at any time.
Hichilema and five others were arrested in April and charged with treason after his convoy failed to make way for President Edgar Lungu's motorcade. His release could help defuse tensions in the southern African country, where Lungu imposed a state of emergency in July.
High Court judge Charles Chanda told Hichilema and his co-accused that the prosecutor had terminated the proceedings but their discharge was conditional.
"This is not an acquittal as you can be arrested any time over the same offence. For now you are free to go home," he said.
Hichilema's supporters were jubilant, but he showed no emotion as he listened to the judge. He then drove from prison to the headquarters of his United Party for National Development (UPND) in an open-roof Toyota Land Cruiser and waved to supporters over the 5 km (3 miles) stretch.
In a speech outside the building, he called on the government to free several members of the party who are still detained over various charges.
"As of yesterday, some of our members were arrested. Even today, as I speak, others were arrested," Hichilema told hundreds of supporters, without giving details of the cases.
"Zambia's criminal justice system has broken down. I can't say I am free when our members are in detention," Hichilema said, adding "I am willing to go back to prison" if the arrests persisted.
Hundred of people celebrated outside the prison, singing, dancing and waving red and yellow UPND flags. Others marched outside the party's headquarters, shouting Hichilema's name and punching the air in victory.
"It is good he is out, but sad that he has been released conditionally. We would have loved him to be acquitted," said Peter Simukonda, a 26-year-old University of Zambia student.

DISPUTED ELECTION

After the initial treason charge over the motorcade incident, Hichilema was later accused of plotting to overthrow the government.
The case has heightened political friction in Zambia, a major copper producer which is seen as one of Africa's more stable democracies, after a bruising election last year in which Lungu's Patriotic Front defeated Hichilema's UPND.
A government spokesman said the release of Hichilema showed the state did not interfere with the courts.
"We accept what has happened today and respect the decision of the DPP," chief government spokeswoman Kampamba Mulenga said. "This shows that the government does not interfere with the judicial system."
Hichilema, an economist and businessman widely known as HH, mounted an unsuccessful legal challenge claiming the poll was rigged. His release could ease tensions in the run-up to elections in 2021, analysts said.
"It signifies the beginning of the reconciliation process, with the next elections being central," said Alex Ng'oma, a political science lecturer at the University of Zambia.
Government and legal sources had told Reuters on Sunday that Zambia's government would drop the treason charges and free Hichilema under a deal brokered by Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland.
Scotland visited Zambia last week and told reporters she had met Lungu and Hichilema separately and that the two leaders had agreed to a process of dialogue facilitated by her office.
In a statement, Scotland said she hoped the decision to drop charges would help Zambia "achieve political cohesion and reconciliation through dialogue".
A Zambian official said the Commonwealth would be appointing a special envoy to facilitate the talks between Lungu and Hichilema along with other political players.
Last month Lungu invoked emergency powers to deal with "acts of sabotage" by his political opponents, after fire gutted the country's biggest market. The powers allow police to ban public meetings, detain suspects longer than usual, search without a warrant, close roads, impose curfews and restrict certain people's movements.

Nigeria's Chibok girls say kidnap by Boko Haram was accidental

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By Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
ABUJA, Aug 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The mass abduction of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls from Chibok - the biggest publicity coup of Boko Haram's jihadist insurgency - was the accidental outcome of a botched robbery, say the girls who spent three years in their brutal captivity.
The Chibok girls made the surprise revelation in secret diaries they kept while held prisoner and a copy of which has been exclusively obtained by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Recalling the night of their kidnapping in April 2014, Naomi Adamu described in the diaries how Boko Haram had not come to the school in Chibok to abduct the girls, but rather to steal machinery for house building.
Unable to find what they were looking for, the militants were unsure what to do with the girls.
Arguments swiftly ensued.
"One boy said they should burn us all, and they (some of the other fighters) said: 'No, let us take them with us to Sambisa (Boko Haram's remote forest base) ... if we take them to Shekau (the group's leader), he will know what to do'", Adamu wrote.
She was one of about 220 girls who were stolen from their school in the northeastern town of Chibok one night in April 2014 - a raid that sparked an international outcry and a viral campaign on social media with the hashtag #bringbackourgirls.
Championed by former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama - along with a diverse cast of media celebrities - the campaign won international infamy for Boko Haram and helped galvanise the Nigerian government into negotiating for the girls' release.
Adamu was among 82 of the Chibok girls released by Boko Haram in May - part of a second wave after 21 of them were freed in October. They are being held in a secret location in Abuja for what the government has called a "restoration process".
A few others have escaped or been rescued, but about 113 of the girls are believed to be still held by the militant group.
The authenticity of the diaries, written by Adamu and her friend Sarah Samuel, cannot be verified, nor their intended role as the government negotiates with Boko Haram for more releases.
CLANDESTINE CHRONICLES
The diaries shed light not only on the horrors the girls endured under Boko Haram, but their acts of resistance, and their staunch belief that they would one day go home.
The girls said they started documenting their ordeal a few months after the abduction, when Boko Haram - whose name loosely means 'Western education is sinful' in the local Hausa language - gave them exercise books to use during Koranic lessons.
To hide the diaries from their captors, the girls would bury the notebooks in the ground, or carry them in their underwear.
Three of the other Chibok girls also contributed to the undated chronicles, which were written mainly in passable English, with some parts scribbled in less coherent Hausa.
"We wrote it together. When one person got tired, she would give it to another person to continue," Adamu, 24, said from the state safe house in the capital, where the girls are being kept for assessment, rehabilitation and debriefing by the government.
"CONVERT OR BURN"
Life in the Sambisa involved regular beatings, Koranic lessons, domestic drudgery and pressure to marry and convert.
The girls' spirits remained intact, as they devised amusing and mocking nicknames for the fighters, the diaries show.
Yet cruelty and brutality were ever present.
When five girls tried to escape, the militants tied them up, dug a hole in the ground, and turned to one of their classmates.
The jihadists handed her a blade and issued a chilling ultimatum: 'cut off the girls' heads, or lose your own'.
"We are begging them. We are crying. They said if next we ran away, they are going to cut off our necks," Adamu wrote.
On another occasion, the militants gathered those girls who had refused to embrace Islam, brought out jerrycans and threatened to douse them in petrol then burn them alive.
"They said: 'You want to die. You don't want to be Muslim,(so) we are going to burn you," read the diary entry.
As fear set in, the militants cracked into laughter - the cans contained nothing but water, the girls wrote.
FEAR DOES THEIR BIDDING
One of the most striking excerpts illustrates the pervasive fear spread by Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria, where the group has killed 20,000 people and uprooted at least 2 million in a brutal campaign that shows no signs of ending soon.
During their captivity in the Sambisa forest, some of the Chibok girls escaped, and ended up in a nearby shop where they asked the owners for help, as well as food and water.
"The girls said: 'We are those that Boko Haram kidnapped from (the school) in Chibok,'" Adamu wrote. "One of the people (in the shop) said: 'Are these not Shekau's children?'"
The shop owners let the girls stay the night.
But the next day they took them back to Boko Haram's base, where the girls were whipped and threatened with decapitation.
Despite being flushed with relief at her own freedom, Adamu worries about her closest friend and co-author, Samuel, who is still with the group, having married one of its militants.
"She got married because of no food, no water," Adamu said from the government safe house in Abuja.
"Not everbody can survive that kind of thing," she added. "I feel pained ... so pained. I'm still thinking about her." (Reporting By Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, Editing by Lyndsay Griffiths and Kieran Guilbert.; Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women's rights, trafficking, property rights, climate change and resilience. Visit http://news.trust.org)

Charlottesville violence: Donald Trump goes off rails in rambling 'infrastructure' press conference, blames both sides again


Washington: United States president Donald Trump sparked a political firestorm on Tuesday when he doubled down on his initial response to the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville that ended in bloodshed, saying there was "blame on both sides".
The Republican president — who one day ago solemnly denounced racism and singled out the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis as "criminals and thugs" — also hit out at the "alt-left" over the weekend melee.
Trump has faced days of criticism from across the political spectrum over his reaction to Saturday's unrest in the Virginia college town, where a rally by neo-Nazis and white supremacists over the removal of a Confederate statue erupted in clashes with counter-demonstrators.
File image of US president Donald Trump. AP
File image of US president Donald Trump. AP

The violent fracas ended in bloodshed when a 20-year-old suspected Nazi sympathizer, James Fields, plowed his car into a crowd of anti-racism protesters, leaving one woman dead and 19 others injured.
In a rowdy exchange with journalists at Trump Tower in New York, Trump made clear on Tuesday that he was fed up with continued questioning about the issue.
"I think there is blame on both sides," Trump said.
"You had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. And nobody wants to say that, but I'll say it right now," Trump added.
"What about the alt-left that came charging... at the, as you say, the alt-right? Do they have any semblance of guilt? (...) There are two sides to a story."
'No words'
Trump's comments were immediately welcomed by David Duke, a former "grand wizard" of the Ku Klux Klan and a key figure at Saturday's rally.
"Thank you President Trump for your honesty & courage to tell the truth about #Charlottesville & condemn the leftist terrorists," Duke tweeted.
But on the political left, the president's words were met with indignation.
"Charlottesville violence was fueled by one side: white supremacists spreading racism, intolerance & intimidation. Those are the facts," said Tim Kaine, a former Democratic vice presidential candidate and senator from Virginia.
The state's other Democratic senator, Mark Warner, tweeted: "No words."

NBA superstar LeBron James tweeted: "Hate has always existed in America. Yes we know that but Donald Trump just made it fashionable again!"
After the contentious press conference, the head of the main United States labor union, the AFL-CIO, joined several high-powered executives in stepping down from Trump's advisory panel on manufacturing.
"President Trump's remarks today repudiate his forced remarks yesterday about the KKK and neo-Nazis," union leader Richard Trumka said in a statement.
"We must resign on behalf of America's working people, who reject all notions of legitimacy of these bigoted groups."
Michael Moore led an audience of his Broadway play to Trump Tower to protest his comments. On Facebook, Moore urged people to join him at Trump Tower after Tuesday night's performance of his one-man show "The Terms of My Surrender" to "nonviolently express our rage".
'Is it George Washington next week?'
When asked why he waited until Monday to explicitly condemn hate groups present in Charlottesville, Trump said he wanted to be careful not to make a "quick statement" on Saturday without all the facts.
"I wanted to make sure, unlike most politicians, that what I said was correct," Trump insisted.
Trump called Fields, who has been charged with second-degree murder, a "disgrace to himself, his family and this country".
But he also said that while there were troublemakers at the rally, there were also many people there "to innocently protest and very legally protest" the removal of a "very important statue" of Confederate general Robert E Lee.
"I wonder, is it George Washington next week? And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after?" he said angrily.
"Are we going to take down statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson?"
The president also used Tuesday's press conference to defend his controversial far-right chief strategist Steve Bannon, saying: "I like Mr Bannon. He's a friend of mine... He is a good man. He is not a racist."
Trump, however, did not rule out Bannon's departure from the West Wing, after The New York Times reported that media mogul Rupert Murdoch had urged him to dump the former head of ultra conservative outlet Breitbart News.
"We'll see what happens with Mr Bannon," Trump said.
Published Date: Aug 17, 2017 08:09 am | Updated Date: Aug 17, 2017 08:06 am
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US designates Kashmir militant organisation Hizbul Mujahideen as 'foreign terrorist group'


Washington: The US on Wednesday designated Kashmir militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen as a "foreign terrorist organisation", nearly two months after declaring the group's Pakistan-based chief Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist.
The designation, which slaps a series of US sanctions on the outfit, came against the backdrop of upsurge in the terrorist activities of the militant group in Kashmir in recent months.
"These designations seek to deny Hizbul Mujahideen th resources it needs to carry out terrorist attacks," the Stat Department said in a statement. Doordarshan also tweeted a picture of the official statement from the US Department of State.
Among other consequences, all of Hizbul Mujahideen' property and interests in property subject to US jurisdiction are blocked, and US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with the group.
Hizbul Mujahideen chief Sayeed Salahudeen. Image courtesy: @ANI_news
FIle image of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Sayeed Salahudeen. ANI
The US decision marks a severe blow to Pakistan which has been projecting the militant group as a voice of Kashmir people.
Pakistan's powerful Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa an ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif have repeatedly praised th militant group's slain commander Burhan Wani who was killed in July last year in an encounter in Kashmir.
Formed in 1989, Hizbul Mujahideen is one of the larges and oldest militant groups operating in Kashmir.
Hizbul Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for severa attacks in Jammu and Kashmir.
The State Department said terrorism designations expos and isolate organizations and individuals, and deny the access to the US financial system. Moreover, designations ca assist the law enforcement activities of US agencies and othe governments, it said
Published Date: Aug 16, 2017 09:01 pm | Updated Date: Aug 16, 2017 09:10 pm

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