ArtAppraiser asked for my thoughts on a New York Times article about the relationships Indonesia is forging with the United States and China. I have to admit I haven't been paying that much attention to politics and economics over here. There isn't much in-depth analysis in the English-language press and my friends are mostly fellow teachers, so we talk more about grammar and culture than geopolitical manuevering. But, for what's it's worth, I do have some thoughts.
SPLC will add chapters of the group White Lives Matter to its list of hate groups. Armed members of White Lives Matter showed up to protest at a Houston NAACP office waving Confederate flags. Leadership of some chapters have ties to the white supremacist group Aryan Strikeforce, an organization that is already on the SPLC hate group list.
Though Russia's technique is not that different from disinformation spread from other sources. Trump's steady emission of non-fact regurgitated by a thousand weird sites kept anything as being distantly possible, which is all you need in 2016 for a "truth". Too many alternate realities to keep track of.
Bernie's 'Our Revolution' is supposed to be a 504c organization to help elect progressives, but key staff quit as they are mad at Bernie, don't like the Director, are afraid of getting money from billionaires, Bernie is doing it all wrong..etc etc. "The group’s entire organizing department quit this week, along with people working in digital and data positions." The Revolution sputtering out before the current election? What about the midterms? Hello?