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Unrest in Avon? Trump’s message of law and order, loaded with racist undertones, takes aim at safety and security in Connecticut suburbs

In the eyes of President Donald Trump and some Republicans, electing the Democrats in 2020 would lead to a clear and frightening outcome: tranquil suburbs in Connecticut and elsewhere would be overrun by crime, violent protests, and social decay.

It’s an old message with a new twist, fueled by the backlash against Black Lives Matter protests and demonstrations this summer that were largely peaceful in Connecticut, but turned violent in Portland, Chicago, Los Angeles and other cities.

Referring to the prospect of civil unrest, David X. Sullivan, a Republican candidate for the 5th Congressional District, told the Courant that he is “concerned about Avon, Farmington and Simsbury becoming as violent as Portland, New York and Chicago.”

Unrest in Avon?

Trump’s law and order message and its many versions may sound far-fetched to some. But there is a racist undertone to the rhetoric that has proven effective in the past, said Noel A. Cazenave, a professor of sociology at UConn. It reflects a long history of American politicians attempting to secure votes by playing up racial fears.

A Trump campaign video from July conjures up a world of defenseless suburbs under attack, showing a fictionalized scene of an elderly white woman watching a news segment about the defunding of the police as a shadowy intruder breaks into her house. She calls 9-1-1 but there is no dispatcher to pick up. The ad flashes a message: “You won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America.”

Sullivan said he rejects any implication that there is a racial element to his campaign messaging, which he described as an effort to “promote safety, in our homes, in our workplaces.”

But Cazenave notes that fear-mongering in political campaigns has deep roots in America, from Richard Nixon’s “Law and Order” campaign in the late 1960s to George H. W. Bush’s late 1980s political ad centered on Willie Horton, a Black man incarcerated in Massachusetts who raped a white woman while released on furlough, meant to demonstrate his Democratic opponent’s weak stance on crime. Trump is exploiting those same themes this year, Cazenave said.

“Donald Trump’s appeal to European-American suburban women voters is intended to exploit fear that if Joe Biden is elected, low-income African Americans and African American protestors will invade their suburbs,” Cazenave said. He noted that the tactic is “an extension of the old racist trope of imperiled white women.”

Message resonating?

Many Trump supporters in the state say they find comfort in Trump’s promise of safety and were angered to see Connecticut law enforcement come under attack during Black Lives Matter protests this summer and through the recent police accountability bill signed by Gov. Ned Lamont.

In a Biden White House, Trump supporters say they fear the dismantling of constitutional liberties and a lax approach to public safety.

“We haven’t seen the Democrats come out and really put a squash on the increase in crime or the rioting out West and even though we haven’t seen it here, there is that fear that

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U.K. Plans New Law to Undo Foreign Deals on Security Grounds

(Bloomberg) — Boris Johnson’s government is drawing up plans for a radical new law that would give ministers power to unravel foreign investments in U.K. companies — potentially casting major doubt on deals that have already been concluded — to stop hostile states gaining control over key assets.



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The National Security and Investment Bill is in the final stages of drafting and could be published later this month, according to people familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity because the subject is sensitive.

It aims to cover deals in sectors such as defense and critical infrastructure, and will make provisions to protect sensitive intellectual property.

Among the most potentially controversial parts of the draft law is a proposal to allow the government to intervene retrospectively in circumstances where national security is an issue. That would mean allowing government officials to look back at past takeovers and mergers where concerns have been raised.

While the draft legislation as it stands does not explicitly target any particular country, it comes against a backdrop of heightened political concerns in the U.K. over China’s involvement in critically important infrastructure programs.

Members of Parliament in Johnson’s ruling Conservative Party pressed him to ban Huawei Technologies Co. from the U.K.’s next-generation wireless networks, reversing an earlier decision to allow the company a role.

China Concerns

Longstanding concerns have also been raised over China’s involvement in Britain’s nuclear power program. In 2016, then Prime Minister Theresa May paused the Hinkley Point C nuclear project, which is backed by Chinese investment, before eventually allowing it to proceed.

“The bill will be brought forward when parliamentary time allows and remains a priority for the government’s agenda,” a spokesman for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said.

The draft law is likely to be presented to Parliament later this month, the people said, though the timetable could slip. The bill is a blueprint to allow Johnson’s government to strengthen its powers of scrutiny and to intervene in takeovers and mergers to protect national security.

Outlining its proposals last December, the government said its aim was to safeguard key assets while providing a transparent system for business.

Unusual Step

At the time, the government said its plan would include powers to mitigate the risks to national security by “adding conditions to a transaction or blocking the transaction as a last resort.” A regime of sanctions for companies that fail to comply with the new regime was also proposed.

But introducing a law that could apply retroactively would be highly unusual in the U.K. and risks undermining investor confidence at a time when the government wants to boost trade and attract foreign partners after Brexit.

The proposed law is close to being finalized, but some parts are still subject to internal debate, the people said.

Under the plans, the bill would include certain elements that are retroactive, enabling ministers to look back

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Academics warn of ‘chilling effect’ of Hong Kong security law | Education

Some of the world’s leading scholars on China have called for a united international front in defence of university freedoms, amid claims of an increased Chinese threat to academic inquiry since the passing of Hong Kong’s national security law.

Individual universities will be picked off unless there is a common agreement to resist Chinese state interference in academic research and teaching on China, a group of 100 academics including scholars in the US, UK, Australia and Germany say.

They highlight the threat posed by article 38 of the sweeping national security law, which states that the law is applicable to individuals who live outside the territory and individuals who do not come from there.

The law was imposed on Hong Kong by Beijing in June after more than a year of pro-democracy protests.

The academics say article 38 raises the unsettling prospect that students travelling through Hong Kong and China face being handed lengthy prison sentences on the basis of academic work deemed to be subversive by Chinese authorities.

The signatories, representing 71 academic institutions across 16 countries, cite claims that China-related modules are being dropped and writings self-censored by students for fear of reprisals.

“Universities are supposed to be a place for vigorous debate, and to offer a safe space for staff and students to discuss contentious issues without fear or favour,” says a letter signed by the academics. “The national security law, which under article 38 is global in its scope and application, will compromise freedom of speech and academic autonomy, creating a chilling effect and encouraging critics of the Chinese party-state to self-censor.”

Dr Andreas Fulda, a senior fellow at the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute and one of the initiators of the letter, said: “Several students – both from the United Kingdom and from mainland China – have told me in private that they are concerned that comments made in class or essays will be used as evidence against them.

“Universities cannot meet this challenge alone. A united front of academic leaders, politicians and senior government officials is needed to mount a common defence of our academic freedoms. We must call out the national security law for what it is: a heavy-handed attempt to shut down critical discussion of China, antithetical to the pursuit of knowledge and understanding.

He added: “It is widely known that the Chinese party-state is weaponising students to monitor their university instructors in mainland China and Hong Kong. Such attempts to instrumentalise students do not stop at China’s border. Prof Vanessa Frangville has revealed that the Chinese embassy in Brussels tried to hire Brussels campus students to express their disapproval of a Uighur demonstration in 2018.”

A lecturer in Sinology at the University of Leipzig recently told the Hong Kong activist Glacier Kwong that “his students from Hong Kong, Taiwan and China asked if they could drop his class, because they worried about being associated with the criticism others made of the Chinese Communist party in class”.

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Ballet dancer could reskill with job in cyber security, suggests UK government ad | Oliver Dowden

The culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, has condemned a “crass” advertising campaign which suggested a ballet dancer could “reboot” their career by moving into cyber security.

The advert, part of the government’s Cyber First campaign, featured a young dancer tying up her ballet pumps alongside the caption: “Fatima’s next job could be in cyber (she just doesn’t know it yet).”

It adds the slogan: “Rethink. Reskill. Reboot.”

The poster, one of a series which featured people from a variety of other professions, was heavily criticised on social media, prompting the intervention from Dowden.

The government has been approached for more information about when the campaign launched.

Among the critics was the singer Darren Hayes, who posted on Twitter: “Stick with your dreams, don’t listen to this shit campaign written by people who, when not working, turn to the arts – music, tv, film, theatre, dance, photography, etc etc for joy. Making joy is our job. Reboot your terrible advertisement.”

Author Caitlin Moran responded: “I don’t know if the government know they appear to have recently created a ‘Hopes & Dreams Crushing Department’, but for a country already depressed and anxious, I would suggest it’s a bit of a ‘Not now, dudes’ moment?”

The shadow mental health minister, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, tweeted: “Fatima, you be you. Don’t let anyone else tell you that you aren’t good enough because you don’t conform to their preconceived social norms.”

Shortly after “Fatima” began trending on Twitter, Dowden responded: “To those tweeting re #Fatima. This is not something from DCMS & I agree it was crass. This was a partner campaign encouraging people from all walks of life to think about a career in cyber security.”

He added: “I want to save jobs in the arts”, pointing to the government’s culture recovery fund, which announced its first recipients on Monday.

The controversy came after the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, denied encouraging workers in the struggling arts industry to retrain.

Sunak insisted he was talking generally about the need for some workers to “adapt” and suggested there would be “fresh and new opportunities” available for those who could not do their old jobs.

According to Arts Council England, the arts and culture industry contributes more than £10bn a year to the UK economy, with £3 spent on food, drink, accommodation and travel for every £1 spent on theatre tickets.

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Dogs ‘kidnapped’ from Thane; case against security guard of housing society





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A case has been registered against a security guard of a housing society in Thane for allegedly kidnapping eight street dogs and leaving them at an unknown place in Ambernath. The role of the society members is under scrutiny. Ambernath police are yet to arrest anyone in the case, but investigation is on.

According to Ambernath police, two days ago, animal activists Archana Nair and Mukund Pande approached them with the complaint of eight street dogs being kidnapped. Members of the society allegedly took away these dogs and left them in a different area with the help of a security guard as these dogs were creating dirt inside the society.

Ambernath police station senior police inspector, S Dhumal, said, “We checked the CCTV footage and found three to four times the security guard has taken two dogs each time in an auto rickshaw somewhere. The animal activists on their own found three of the eight dogs in Kalyan. Those three found were injured and in bad condition. Therefore, we have registered a case initially against security guard under IPC Section 428. Further the roles of society members are under scrutiny.”

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security law ‘good for stability’



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The controversial national security law (NSL) imposed by Beijing will boost rather than damage Hong Kong’s status as a global financial hub.

This is the view of Edward Yau, Hong Kong’s Secretary for Commerce.

In an interview with Talking Business Asia, Mr Yau said the one-country-two-systems arrangement with China would remain intact under the law.

The NSL came into effect in June after more than a year of protests sparked by a proposed extradition bill.

“I think the best judgment would be left to people who actually work here and see for themselves how things go,” he said.

“Particularly when we are going through a difficult time from the social unrest to Covid-19 and also heading towards a lot of uncertainty in the international economic political climate.”

The security law criminalises any act of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion.

A number of people have already been arrested under the NSL including prominent businessman Jimmy Lai, who owns the pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily.

Its ambiguous wording has fuelled fears that it will be used to silence critics and erode the city’s independence from China.

While calm has returned to the streets, members of Hong Kong’s international business community have expressed concern about what it could mean for them.

In July, an American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong survey found that over half of its members’ main worries was that the law might jeopardise Hong Kong’s status as a financial hub.



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Still relevant

Mr Yau pointed to the amount of money that has flowed into Hong Kong as a testament to its international relevance.

“Since April this year, despite the global economic anxiety, over US$18bn have actually come into Hong Kong,” he said.

“(For) eight years we have enjoyed the highest IPOs globally so I think money is finding Hong Kong as the place for (a) financial centre.”

The most recent high profile listings to go to Hong Kong have been Chinese.

Mainland companies are flocking to the Hong Kong stock exchange, in what some analysts say is an attempt to escape increased scrutiny of Chinese firms in the US.

Open for business

He is also confident about Hong Kong’s financial future, although he acknowledges its destiny will be shaped even more by China in the years to come.

“I think we will remain international, we will remain open, we will remain a marketplace and not just for the mainland but also for this part of Asia,” he said.

“We also see a lot of mainland companies using Hong Kong as a springboard going to the wider world for outward investment, for trading, or sometimes coming to Hong Kong to enjoy the professional services.

“I think that’s the role Hong Kong will continue to serve.”

Additional reporting by Lucy Martin

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Motley Fool to Leave Hong Kong, Citing National Security Law

(Bloomberg) — Motley Fool, the investing news site, said it will shut its Hong Kong operations because of the growing uncertainty of doing business in the city.



a group of people in uniform: Riot police raise a purple flag warning protesters of actions that violate the new national security law, during a protest on National Day in Hong Kong, China, on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Riot police flooded Hong Kong streets on a tense National Day, a show of force intended to back up leader Carrie Lam's morning declaration that stability had returned to the Asian financial center.


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Riot police raise a purple flag warning protesters of actions that violate the new national security law, during a protest on National Day in Hong Kong, China, on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Riot police flooded Hong Kong streets on a tense National Day, a show of force intended to back up leader Carrie Lam’s morning declaration that stability had returned to the Asian financial center.

The publication, which expanded into Hong Kong in 2018, made the decision because of the difficulty foreseeing how the company would fare in the city in the coming years in the wake of the turmoil that’s been gripping the financial hub since last year, Hayes Chan, lead analyst at Motley Fool Hong Kong, wrote on the site this week.

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Chan cited the flaring of the anti-Beijing protests last year, followed by the national security law and the ongoing decoupling between the U.S. and China as factors contributing to uncertainty and the publication’s decision.

Media Tycoon’s Arrest Sends Warning to Hong Kong’s Free Press

The controversial new law, which went into effect in late June and grants Beijing sweeping powers to clamp down on dissent in the name of national security, has raised concerns that freedoms will deteriorate in one of the most freewheeling cities in the world. Soon after the legislation’s enactment, the New York Times announced it would move some of its Hong Kong operations to Seoul, South Korea.

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Huawei Has Failed To Resolve Security Flaws, U.K. Government Report Says

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Huawei has failed to adequately resolve security flaws in the equipment used by the U.K. telecom networks, the British government’s cyber-spy agency said in an official report released a few months after the Chinese telecom equipment-maker was barred from the country’s 5G mobile networks over security concerns.

Key Facts

The report, prepared by a U.K. government board led by a member of the cyber-intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) found that there had been no evidence that the Chinese firm has made a significant shift on the matter, the BBC reported.

The report added that while some improvements were made by Huawei, the board could only provide “limited assurance that all risks to UK national security” could be mitigated in the long-term.

The U.K. government had initiated a review of Huawei’s network equipment after the U.S. government issued sanctions against the company in May restricting it from sourcing key components from American suppliers.

Following the sanctions, Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre had determined that Huawei’s equipment could no longer be considered safe as it had to rely on non-US components.

The Trump administration has cracked down on Chinese tech firms over security concerns within the U.S. while also engaging in diplomatic efforts to pressure European governments to bar Huawei devices from being used in their 5G networks.

Big Number

£2 billion. That is how much the ban on Huawei would cost the U.K government, as the move would result in a delay of up to three years in the country’s planned 5G rollout, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden had told the British parliament.

Tangent

Germany is set to impose new restrictions on telecom equipment providers which would effectively prevent Huawei’s devices from being used in the country’s 5G phone networks, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday. An IT security bill that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet plans to pass will introduce a two-stage approval process for equipment makers, including a technical check of individual components along with a political assessment of the manufacturer’s “trustworthiness”. While the bill doesn’t explicitly ban Huawei, the report stated that the added bureaucratic approval process would make it nearly impossible for the Chinese firm to participate in building Germany’s 5G network.

Key Background

In July, the U.K. government announced that it was banning Huawei from its upcoming 5G networks. Under the new law, telecom operators in the country will be forced to stop buying hardware from the Chinese firm by the end of the year and will have until 2027 to strip out existing Huawei devices from their infrastructure. This move was a reversal from a January decision, which allowed limited use of Huawei equipment and angered U.S. President Donald Trump. In June, the Federal Communications Commission had officially designated Huawei as a threat to U.S. communications networks, claiming the company has close ties to the Chinese government and its military services. The agency has barred U.S. telecom

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Government Will Quash Oracle’s TikTok Deal If Security Requirements Not Met

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday that the government will shut down the TikTok app if its presumptive lead strategic investor, Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), does not enact stricter standards for the video-sharing app’s security.

One of the key demands from the government is that the code for the app is held within our borders. “All of the code will have to be in the United States. Oracle will be responsible for rebuilding the code, sanitizing the code, making sure it’s safe in their cloud, and … it’ll satisfy all of our requirements,” said Mnuchin in remarks made during a CNBC investor conference.

Under pressure from U.S. authorities to divest TikTok, the app’s owner — China-based ByteDance — reached a deal earlier this month for Oracle to buy a 12.5% stake in the business. Walmart (NYSE:WMT) will subsequently purchase a 7.5% TikTok stake.

Those holdings, combined with the 40% of ByteDance owned by venture capital firms in this country, will give U.S. politicians sufficient scope to claim that TikTok is majority-owned by U.S. entities.

TikTok is the latest video-sharing app wildly popular with consumers, particularly young ones. Echoing security concerns that have been prevalent since the app’s rise to prominence, the government-mandated a divestment. It set Sept. 20 as a deadline for such a move to be completed or else TikTok would be banned in the U.S.

This article originally appeared in the Motley Fool. 

Eric Volkman has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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StrawMan Are You A Person Or Collateral? Does Your Social Security Card Prove You Are

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