A shooting in Utrecht
We woke up this morning to news that in the Dutch town of Utrecht, multiple people were hurt in what police are calling a tram shooting. Rosanne Roobeek was updating the feed at CNN. Local police confirmed on Twitter that the incident took place at the 24th of October Square in the central Holland town. The square has been closed off and people are encouraged to stay inside with the doors locked, according to reports.
That's because police say the gunman is still at large and the shooting "appears to be a terrorist attack.” The BBC quoted reports which said that “one person is feared to have died.” For more updates, here’s where they are publishing their latest news on the attack.
The revolution wasn’t televised, the mass murder was
“When YouTube took down a video of the New Zealand massacre, another would appear, as quickly as one per second. Inside the tech giant as it raced to contain ‘a tragedy almost designed for the purpose of going viral,’” Drew Harwell tweeted. The Washington Post’s Elizabeth Dwoskin and Craig Timberg likely worth through the weekend to bring us a piece that goes Inside YouTube’s struggles to shut down video of the New Zealand shooting -- and the humans who outsmarted its systems. “The revolution wasn’t televised, the mass murder was. Things have gone to another, profoundly disturbing level, with the way this grub and his mates exploited social media platforms,” Peter Lalor wrote.
You might have heard over the weekend of someone called “Egg Boy,” also known as Will Connolly - an Australian 17-year-old who went viral for egging alleged Islamaphobic senator Fraser Anning at an event in Melbourne. The New Zealand Herald reported today that “Egg Boy” is going to donate most of the money raised for him towards the victims of the Christchurch mosque attacks. Natasha Robinson pointed out, “The NZ Herald now refers to Anning as ‘disgraced Australian politician’ which is how we all should address him.”
Speaking of Islamaphobes, Nesrine Malik published a piece in The Guardian admitting: Until Christchurch, I thought it was worth debating with Islamophobes. Not any more. She added in a tweet: “I used to assume that people didn’t quite see the danger of casual hate speech against Muslims, and how it has been racialized. I no longer believe this to be the case. Politicians and the media know exactly what they are doing.”
White-nationalist violence is on the rise
On the note of politicians, David Leonhardt wrote in his opinion piece for the New York Times this past weekend: It Isn’t Complicated: Trump Encourages Violence. Andrew Zimmern shared this bit from Leonhardt’s op-ed: “The man with the world’s largest bully pulpit keeps encouraging violence and white nationalism. Lo and behold, white-nationalist violence is on the rise.”
In rather complete contrast, the Washington Post’s Anna Fifield wrote that New Zealand’s prime minister wins worldwide praise for her response to the mosque shootings. On Twitter, Fifield called it “Jacindamania 2.0.”
And back in America, Christopher Mathias published an exclusive piece in HuffPost reporting that 7 U.S. Military Members Were Identified As Part Of White Nationalist Group. “HuffPost's @letsgomathias found that two Marines, two Army ROTC cadets, an Army physician, a member of the Texas National Guard & a member of the Air Force belong to the white nationalist group Identity Evropa,” Jenna Amatulli wrote.
‘Not withdrawing immediately...or at all’
The U.S. Military is Now Preparing to Leave as Many as 1,000 Troops in Syria, according to Dion Nissenbaum and Nancy Youssef at the Wall Street Journal. Vivian Salama pointed out this comes “three months after President Trump sought complete withdrawal.” Charles Johnson concluded that “Trump [is] actually not withdrawing immediately from Syria, or at all.”
In another part of the world, Mark Mazzetti and Ben Hubbard published in the New York Times that It Wasn’t Just Khashoggi. Their piece for the New York Times revealed A Saudi Prince’s Brutal Drive to Crush Dissent. “The Saudi team was so busy carrying out a campaign of rendition and torture, they asked MBS for a bonus for Eid, the annual holiday commemorating the end of Ramadan,” Mazzetti added in a tweet.
“Incredible. 30 percent of Offutt Air base, home of U.S. Strategic Command, is underwater after massive flooding. Comes months after Tyndall Air base in Fla. was wiped out in a hurricane. The New Normal.” Paul McLeary tweeted. He was referring to this story from Steve Liewer, Steve Liewer World-Herald, and Aaron Sanderford at the Omaha World-Herald which added that at least 30 buildings were damaged in the flood.
Minnesota representative Ilhan Omar published an op-ed in the Washington Post urging: We must apply our universal values to all nations. Only then will we achieve peace. “Many of the founders of Israel were themselves refugees who survived indescribable horrors. We must acknowledge that this is also the historical homeland of Palestinian,” Beatrice Peterson shared from the piece.
What went wrong, a Boeing story
FAA’s 737 MAX Approval Is Being Probed, according to Andrew Tangel, Andy Pasztor, and Robert Wall at the Wall Street Journal. The U.S. Department of Transportation is apparently investigating the Federal Aviation Administration’s approval of this aircraft model, which has now been implicated last week’s crash and in the October 29, 2018 Lion Air crash that killed 189 people.
Flawed analysis, failed oversight: How Boeing and FAA certified the suspect 737 MAX flight control system, Dominic Gates published in the Seattle Times.
Best story you will read today, paws down
Today’s true LOL comes from Jon Stone at the Independent who reported that France’s EU minister Natalie Loiseau named her cat “Brexit” because “he meows loudly to be let out but just stands there when I open the door.” “Best story you will read today, paws down,” Olivia Alabaster assured.
For more on Brexit, be sure to read The Chaotic Triumph of Arron Banks, the “Bad Boy of Brexit” from Ed Caesar in the New Yorker. “According to New Yorker investigation, Arron Banks’ Russian wife Katya was deported from Dubai prior to her arrival in the U.K., which later triggered interest from Special Branch. Banks and Katya declined to comment to the New Yorker,” Tom Harper told us. Praise from Oli Franklin-Wallis included: “That man @edcaesar back at it again, with his second outstanding story in as many weeks. Not quite sure how he does it.” For his part, Caesar wrote: “The strange, knotty, consequential life of @Arron_banks. My latest @NewYorker. (‘It’s a film a book and a thriller rolled into one lol.’)
Beto O'Rourke raised $6.1 million on his first day as a 2020 presidential candidate. Alex Seitz-Wald at NBC News wrote that that sum tops Sanders and all other rivals.
Robert Faturechi and Justin Elliott at ProPublica wrote of a different probe, this one involving Federal Authorities Raiding a Trump Fundraiser’s Office in a Money Laundering Probe. The Republican fundraiser is Elliott Broidy and the megadonor’s home and phones were searched last summer. For reference, that search warrant was sealed which is why we’re only just finding out about it now. The Washington Post reported in August that the Justice Department was investigating Broidy, ProPublica pointed out.
More Monday reads
“Haloti Ngata announces his retirement. A first-round pick by the Ravens in 2006, Ngata will be remembered as one of the top defensive linemen in franchise history,” Jamison Hensley tweeted. “Here is Ngata’s Instagram post,” Zach Berman announced.
The Telegraph introduced Telegraph Women's Sport, which they are calling “a new era of unprecedented coverage.”
Facebook Wants to Feed Users More Local News but Wall Street Journal’s Keach Hagey pointed out There Just Isn’t Enough of It. “In vast swaths of the US, there simply isn't enough local news to feed $FB's local-news feature. 1/3 of Americans live in a place where $FB can’t find enough local news being shared to justify a localized aggregator,” Patience Haggin tweeted.