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WATCH: Ex-Veep Joe Biden blisters Trump’s ‘hate speech’ in Cornell commencement address – Raw Story

Vice President Joe Biden speaks on stage at an event to discuss the about the minimum wage at the Javitz Convention Center in New York, on Sept. 10, 2015. Photo by Brendan McDermid for Reuters.

Former Vice President Joe Bidentook some sharp jabs at President Donald Trump while addressing the graduating class at Cornell University on Saturday.

Without mentioning the Republican president by name, it was hard to miss who he was attacking when he railed against hate speech and fringe ideologies.

I thought we had passed the days when it was acceptable for political leaders at local and national levels to bestow legitimacy on hate speech and fringe ideologies. But the world is changing so rapidly, Biden told the graduates.

The immigrant, the minority, the transgender, anyone not like me became a scapegoat, Biden continued. Just build a wall, keep Muslims from coming into the United States.

There are a lot of folks out there who are both afraid and susceptible to this kind of negative appeal. We saw the forces of populism not only here but around the world call to close our nations gates against the challenges of a rapidly changing world, he added.

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Biden at Cornell’s commencement: “I’ve got to admit the real reason I came todayI love ice cream.” https://t.co/yAE1ZxsuiK

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Two Good Samaritans Stabbed to Death Trying to Stop Man Yelling Slurs on Portland Train – PJ Media

Threemen who stepped in to stop a man from shouting slurs at passengerswere stabbed, two fatally, on a Portland train Friday.

Portland police said a man on the MAX train at the Hollywood Transit Station was “yelling various remarks that would best be characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions” when people “attempted to intervene with the suspect and calm him down.” Ricky John Best, 53, of Happy Valley, Ore., andTaliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, of Southeast Portland were stabbed to death.Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, of Southeast Portland was in the hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.Train service was halted for several hours Friday evening as the scene was investigated.

Best, a 23-year Army veteran, worked as a technicianfor the city’s Bureau of Development Services and once ran for Clackamas County commissioner.Namkai-Meche had recently finished his economics degree and was working at a consulting firm.

Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35,of North Portland is charged with aggravated murder, attempted murder, intimidation in the second degree, and being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon. He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Multnomah County Court. His criminal record includes robbery; police said he was not flagged as a gang member and does not have any known mental health history. The department said officers are reviewing “information publicly available about the suspect’s extremist ideology” including his trove of Facebook posts.

The Oregonian posted video ofChristian participating in the April 29 March for Free Speech, a counterprotest against Antifa, video that Christian posted on his Facebook page. “Another video of the event shows Christian, standing in a Burger King parking lot and wrapped in a Revolutionary War-era American flag, casting Nazi salutes while shouting: ‘Die Muslims!'” the paper said.

Police have spoken with, but are not releasing the names of, two youngwomen, one wearing a hijab, who were reportedly being harassed by Christian. Portland police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson said the assailant was using “hate speech or biased language.”

“In the midst of his ranting and raving, some people approached him and appeared to try to intervene with his behavior and some of the people that he was yelling at,” Simpson said. “They were attacked viciously.”

“Our thoughts are with the Muslim community,” the police spokesman later added. “As something like this happens, this only instills fear in that community. We have already reached out previous to this incident to our Muslim community partners and the different imams about extra patrol during Ramadan. We want to reassure them that that will continue.” Ramadan began Friday evening.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler was flying to London when the attack occurred and caught the first flight home.

“Two men lost their lives and another was injured for doing the right thing, standing up for people they didn’t know against hatred. Their actions were brave and selfless, and should serve as an example and inspiration to us all. They are heroes,” Wheeler said in a statement.”There is too much hatred in our world right now, and far too much violence. Too much of it has arrived here in Portland.”

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Following Hate Speech, Two Dead and One Wounded at Hollywood … – The Portland Mercury (blog)

Details are still coming in regarding a heinous crime this afternoon at Northeast Portland’s Hollywood Transit Center.

Two were killed and another was wounded after a man on an eastbound MAX train shouted “various remarks that would best be characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions,” according to the Portland Police Bureau (PPB).

At around 4:30 pm, police received calls regarding the disturbance on the MAX, which at some point involved the suspect directing slurs at two women.

“Witnesses described to police two young women, possibly Muslim, who were on the train at the time of the disturbance and attack, but left prior to police arrival,” according to the police report. “The young women have not been identified but one was described as wearing a hijab.”

“In the midst of his ranting and raving, some people approached him and appeared to try to intervene with his behavior and some of the people that he was yelling at,” Portland police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson told the Oregonian. “They were attacked viciously.”

After at least two of those people attempted to intervene, the subject stabbed three people.

Officers “began immediate medical treatment to the victims at the scene until medical personnel arrived,” according to the PPB. “One victim, an adult male, died at the scene. The other two victims were transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital, where one was pronounced dead and the other was treated for injuries that are not expected to be life-threatening.”

Police have detained the suspect, and note there is “there is no further public risk.” Simpson told the Oregonian that police believe the event to be “an isolated incident.”

Police are still investigating, and urge witnesses or those with more information to call their non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

We’ll have more as this story develops.

UPDATE 10:25 PM: The FBI has responded to today’s attack, “offering any resource that may assist Portland Police in their investigation.” From their statement:

FBI Response to Homicide Investigation – 05/26/17

The FBI is aware of the attacks tonight, and we are offering any resource that may assist Portland Police in their investigation. We will certainly be looking at the facts and evidence as the investigation unfolds to determine whether there is any potential federal violation.

At the core of the FBI’s mission is the belief that every person has the right to live, work and worship in this country without fear. Hate and bigotry have no place in our community, and we will not allow violence in the name of hate to go unanswered.

UPDATE 10:47 PM: A candlelight vigil has been scheduled for Saturday night to pay tribute to those who died in the attack. From Facebook:

Gather with Portland Indivisible D-3 for a peaceful candlelight vigil to honor the upstanders who were attacked and murdered on a MAX train Friday for trying to intervene as a man yelled racial slurs at two young women, one who was wearing a hijab.

“We ask that our community come together in love and solidarity in the face of this horror to honor the memory of the victims and in support of those in our city and nation who feel terrorized and targeted,” said Laurel Carrasco with Portland Indivisible D-3.

Please help us spread the word and bring your own candle to the event.

That’s tomorrow, Saturday May 27, from 8:30 pm-9:30 pm 6:30 pm -9:30 pm, at the Hollywood/Northeast 42nd Avenue Transit Center MAX Station, 1410 NE 42nd.

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Two men were stabbed to death and a third was badly wounded while trying to prevent an alleged hate crime in the US city of Portland, Oregon, late on Friday. Police announced that they have the suspect in custody.

According to witnesses, a man began to shout and direct ethnic slurs at two women who appeared to be Muslim on a local commuter train shortly before the start of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan.

“In the midst of his ranting and raving, some people approached him and appeared to try to intervene with his behavior and some of the people that he was yelling at,” said police spokesman Pete Simpson during a press conference. “They were attacked viciously by the suspect.”

According to police, one of the men died at the scene while another died at the hospital. The third victim was still receiving treatment but was expected to recover. The assailant was arrested shortly after getting off the train.

The two women who were reportedly the target of the suspect’s hate speech left the scene of the crime before they could be interviewed by police, but witnesses said at least one of them was wearing a hijab. On Saturday, the mother of one of the girls, both teenagers, said that her daughter was African American and that she was with her friend, who is Muslim and was wearing a headscarf.

Police later named the suspect as 35-year-oldJeremy Joseph Christian, who has previously served time in prison for robbery and kidnapping. He is currently being heldon suspicion of aggravated murder and attempted murder.

The incident shook the local community in Portland, a city perhaps best known as a haven of tolerance and liberal views.

‘Trump must speak out personally’

Following the attack, the head of the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Nihad Awad, released a statement laying part of the blame on anti-Muslim sentiment stirred up by the election campaign of President Donald Trump, which was heavily focused on Islamic extremism.

According to CAIR, Islamophobic incidents in the US were up by more than 50 percent in 2016 as compared to 2015.

“President Trump must speak out personally against the rising tide of Islamophobia and other forms of bigotry and racism in our nation that he has provoked through his numerous statements, policies and appointments that have negatively impacted minority communities,” said Awad.

The Trump administration has given contradictory impressions on its attitude towards Islam, first trying to ban travel from seven Muslim-majority countries before declaring in a recent speech in Saudi Arabia that “there is no battle between different faiths.” He then laid most of the blame for instability in the Middle East on the government of Iran.

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EU Approves Plans to Force ‘Hate Speech’ Videos Off the Internet – Breitbart News

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The proposals for stronger internet regulation, which would be the first EU-level legislation on the issue, would establish a universal set of video content censorship rules that social media companies would be forced to follow.

We need to take into account new ways of watching videos, and find the right balance to encourage innovative services, promote European films, protect children and tackle hate speech in a better way, said Andrus Ansip, EU Commission vice-president for the Digital Single Market.

Tuesdays agreement, which would see videos which contain expressions of racism and xenophobia wiped from media companies websites, came a day after a suicide bomber killed 22 people in Manchester. According to Euractiv, ministers offered their condolences to the British delegation at the meeting.

The proposals would also require on-demand services such as Amazon Prime and Netflix to devote at least 30 per cent of their libraries to European films and TV shows, and services could additionally be made to contribute financially to the production of films and TV shows in EU states in which they are established.

Though the European Parliament will have to vote on the proposals before they become law, MEPs have been vocal in demanding measures to crack down on so-called hate speech.

In February, EU lawmakers introduced new rules enabling Brussels to wipe populist speeches from the system without citizens ever knowing that they had taken place.

The unprecedented move gave the president the power to pull the plug on speakers deemed offensive during live broadcasts of parliamentary debates, and to purge offending audiovisual material from the record.

Under Rule 165 of the parliaments rules of procedure, the chair of debates is able to halt the live broadcast in the case of defamatory, racist or xenophobic language or behavior by a member.

Gerolf Annemans, from Belgiums populist Vlaams Belang party, expressed concern that the rule can be abused by those who have hysterical reactions to things that they qualify as racist, xenophobic, when people are just expressing politically incorrect views.

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Critics blast SSU graduation poem as ‘hate speech’ – Santa Rosa Press Democrat

(1 of ) A large crowd watches the graduation shown on a giant screen at the Green Music Center, during the 2017 Commencement for the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University, in Rohnert Park, Calif., on Saturday, May 20, 2017. (Photo by Darryl Bush / For The Press Democrat) (2 of ) Dee Dee Simpson. (Amber Rodarte / Sonoma State Star) (3 of ) Dee Dee Simpson. (Amber Rodarte / Sonoma State Star)

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A spirited poem decrying racial injustice and conservative politics read before hundreds at Sonoma State Universitys weekend graduation ceremony drew sharp criticism from some parents over its tone and coarse language while prompting an email apology from President Judy Sakaki.

Graduating senior Dee Dee Simpson recited her poem from memory Saturday night on stage at Weill Hall in the Green Music Center, where a record-setting 2,651 students received diplomas during the two-day commencement.

In the poem, Simpson, who is African-American, railed against police violence that has claimed black lives and made disparaging references to President Donald Trump and Fox News. The several minutes of verse contained a number of expletives.

Cara Freedman was outraged. The San Diego parent, who sat on the lawn waiting for her daughter, Alexa Grossman, to graduate, said she looked around to see people shaking their heads after Simpson dropped the F-bomb.

We were shocked, Freedman said Tuesday in an interview. Im still a little bit shocked. What kind of school is this? Who in the world would allow this to take place?

Freedman and her ex-husband, Marc Grossman, also of San Diego, each fired off angry emails to Sakaki, who listened to Simpsons poem from a few feet away. University officials said the two parents complaints were among four or five received to date.

How could you allow anyone to give a hate speech like that? Grossman wrote. You should be ashamed of yourself. There were kids in the audience.

Sakaki did not respond Wednesday to a either a request for comment through the schools interim communications director or a message left on her cellphone. She was in Long Beach at the California State University Board of Trustees meeting where she received the California State Student Association President of the Year award.

However, Sakaki, who is completing her first year as president, apologized in an email to Grossman, saying she regretted the reading of Simpsons poem. She blamed a new graduation format of six separate ceremonies for insufficient oversight of program content.

While a university should include and allow for all kinds of voices and perspectives, and while this individual student is among our accomplished poets, having her offer this particular piece at the Arts and Humanities commencement was a mistake, Sakaki said. It simply should not have happened.

Simpson, who graduated over the weekend with a degree in English education, did not respond to an emailed request for comment.

In her poem, she talked about black mothers instructing their children how to behave before police so they come home at night. She also seemed to chastise people upset by the Trump administration, saying black people have been suffering government abuses for decades.

My people live in places you wouldnt drive through in an armored truck, Simpson told the crowd.

Kim Baptista, past managing editor of the campus newspaper who sat in the audience waiting to receive her communications degree, said she sympathized with the message but the venue in which it was delivered was wrong.

People were taken aback, Baptista said. Here it was supposed to be a celebratory time. And youre up there wagging your finger at us.

A copy of Simpsons poem was not available. In years past, graduation videos have been posted on YouTube in about a week.

Gillian Conoley, an English professor and the universitys Poet-in-Residence, defended the poem, which she said addressed a difficult time in race relations. Conoley, who also read a poem at the ceremony, said Simpsons work was met with applause.

Im not surprised it evoked strong reactions, she said. Thats a sign of good work.

You can reach Staff Writer Paul Payne at 707-568-5312 or paul.payne@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @ppayne.

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EU close to making Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter block hate speech videos – The Verge

The European Council has approved a set of proposals that would require companies such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to block videos containing hate speech and incitements to terrorism. The proposals, which were approved by EU ministers Tuesday, will still need to be passed by the European Parliament before becoming law, as Reuters reports.

If approved, the regulations would be the first at the EU level to hold social media companies accountable for hate speech published on their platforms. European lawmakers have called on tech companies to do more to curb the spread of hate speech and terrorist propaganda, though there are concerns that aggressive legislation could curtail free speech.

Under the proposal, social media services would be required to implement mechanisms to block videos that promote terrorism, incite hatred, or contain hate speech. Citing an EU diplomat, Reuters reports that the regulations would not apply to live video platforms, such as Facebook Live.

We need to take into account new ways of watching videos.

The proposals also call for on-demand services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime to devote at least 30 percent of their libraries to European films and TV shows. The European Commission had previously proposed a 20 percent quota for European content. Services such as Netflix could also be required to contribute to the production of films and TV shows in EU member states.

It is essential to have one common set of audiovisual rules across the EU and avoid the complication of different national laws, Andrus Ansip, vice president of the European Commissions Digital Single Market initiative, said in a statement Tuesday. We need to take into account new ways of watching videos, and find the right balance to encourage innovative services, promote European films, protect children and tackle hate speech in a better way.

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Microsoft signed on last year to a voluntary code of conduct in Europe, under which the companies agreed to review and remove content flagged as hateful within 24 hours. But a study commissioned by the Commission in December 2016 found that the tech companies have largely failed to comply with the agreement.

Lawmakers in Germany are considering far more aggressive legislation that would impose fines of up to 50 million ($56 million) on social media companies that fail to swiftly remove hate speech or other illegal content.

In his press statement, Ansip said negotiators from the European Parliament, Council and Commission will meet to discuss the proposed rules in the coming weeks.

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EU states approve plans to make social media firms tackle hate speech – Reuters

By Julia Fioretti | BRUSSELS

BRUSSELS European Union ministers approved proposals on Tuesday to make social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube tackle videos with hate speech on their platforms. The proposals, which would be the first legislation at EU level on the issue, still need to be agreed with the European Parliament before becoming law. But EU lawmakers have similarly pushed for social media companies to do more to tackle hateful content on their platforms.

The proliferation of hate speech and fake news on social media has increased pressure on companies to remove such content promptly, while internet campaigners have warned an excessive crackdown could endanger freedom of speech.

Tuesday’s agreement came a day after a suicide bomber killed at least 22 people at a concert in the English city of Manchester. Ministers all offered their condolences to the British delegation.

Where the provision of videos forms an “essential part” of the services provided by a social media company, they will have to take measures to block videos with hate speech, incitement to hatred and content justifying terrorism from their platforms.

This could include establishing mechanisms for users to flag such content.

“We need to take into account new ways of watching videos, and find the right balance to encourage innovative services, promote European films, protect children and tackle hate speech in a better way,” said Andrus Ansip, EU Commission Vice-President for the digital single market.

The proposals will not extend to live streaming, for example Facebook Live, but just videos stored on a platform, an EU diplomat said.

The proposals also include a quota of 30 percent of European films and TV shows on video streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, up from the 20 percent originally proposed by the European Commission.

In addition, member states will be able to require video-sharing platforms to contribute financially to the production of European works in the country where they are established and also where they target audiences.

(Reporting by Julia Fioretti; Editing by Alissa de Carbonnel and Tom Heneghan)

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EU approves plans forcing Facebook and YouTube to act on hate … – Engadget

If the law gets passed, this would mark the first European law that actively intervenes in social media. Interestingly, these regulations would only apply to recorded videos, not live streamed content. Still, given the rampant rise of hate speech and the EU’s previous statements, its stance on the matter is fairly unsurprising. Yet for those who relish the autonomy afforded by the internet, the move could be seen by some as encroaching on people’s freedom of speech.

Interestingly, the same proposals that were approved in a bid to help protect EU citizens also have a clause about European representation on video streaming services. If passed, the new laws would demand that streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video hit a content quota, ensuring 30 percent of their video catalog consists of European films and TV shows. Even more surprisingly, the law would also mean that video streaming companies have to help fund the production of shows and movies in the EU countries they operate in. Given the whole Cannes Netflix debacle, we’re sure that France will be very keen to get this law passed.

When it comes to social media regulation, however, many of the big names have already made promises to help clean up their platforms. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft have already agreed to review and remove content flagged as hateful within 24 hours, but according to the EU and the UK, all the companies have failed to deliver.

With Germany also imposing aggressive fines on companies that fail to remove hate speech, it seems likely that the European Union will pass the legislation. While an exact date for the discussions has yet to be set, a statement from the European Commission states that the issue will be raised “in the coming weeks”.

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WATCH: Ex-Veep Joe Biden blisters Trump’s ‘hate speech’ in Cornell commencement address – Raw Story

Vice President Joe Biden speaks on stage at an event to discuss the about the minimum wage at the Javitz Convention Center in New York, on Sept. 10, 2015. Photo by Brendan McDermid for Reuters. Former Vice President Joe Bidentook some sharp jabs at President Donald Trump while addressing the graduating class at Cornell University on Saturday. Without mentioning the Republican president by name, it was hard to miss who he was attacking when he railed against hate speech and fringe ideologies. I thought we had passed the days when it was acceptable for political leaders at local and national levels to bestow legitimacy on hate speech and fringe ideologies. But the world is changing so rapidly, Biden told the graduates. The immigrant, the minority, the transgender, anyone not like me became a scapegoat, Biden continued. Just build a wall, keep Muslims from coming into the United States. There are a lot of folks out there who are both afraid and susceptible to this kind of negative appeal. We saw the forces of populism not only here but around the world call to close our nations gates against the challenges of a rapidly changing world, he added. Watch the video below via Twitter: Biden at Cornell’s commencement: “I’ve got to admit the real reason I came todayI love ice cream.” https://t.co/yAE1ZxsuiK Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 27, 2017

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Two Good Samaritans Stabbed to Death Trying to Stop Man Yelling Slurs on Portland Train – PJ Media

Threemen who stepped in to stop a man from shouting slurs at passengerswere stabbed, two fatally, on a Portland train Friday. Portland police said a man on the MAX train at the Hollywood Transit Station was “yelling various remarks that would best be characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions” when people “attempted to intervene with the suspect and calm him down.” Ricky John Best, 53, of Happy Valley, Ore., andTaliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, of Southeast Portland were stabbed to death.Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, of Southeast Portland was in the hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.Train service was halted for several hours Friday evening as the scene was investigated. Best, a 23-year Army veteran, worked as a technicianfor the city’s Bureau of Development Services and once ran for Clackamas County commissioner.Namkai-Meche had recently finished his economics degree and was working at a consulting firm. Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35,of North Portland is charged with aggravated murder, attempted murder, intimidation in the second degree, and being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon. He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Multnomah County Court. His criminal record includes robbery; police said he was not flagged as a gang member and does not have any known mental health history. The department said officers are reviewing “information publicly available about the suspect’s extremist ideology” including his trove of Facebook posts. The Oregonian posted video ofChristian participating in the April 29 March for Free Speech, a counterprotest against Antifa, video that Christian posted on his Facebook page. “Another video of the event shows Christian, standing in a Burger King parking lot and wrapped in a Revolutionary War-era American flag, casting Nazi salutes while shouting: ‘Die Muslims!'” the paper said. Police have spoken with, but are not releasing the names of, two youngwomen, one wearing a hijab, who were reportedly being harassed by Christian. Portland police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson said the assailant was using “hate speech or biased language.” “In the midst of his ranting and raving, some people approached him and appeared to try to intervene with his behavior and some of the people that he was yelling at,” Simpson said. “They were attacked viciously.” “Our thoughts are with the Muslim community,” the police spokesman later added. “As something like this happens, this only instills fear in that community. We have already reached out previous to this incident to our Muslim community partners and the different imams about extra patrol during Ramadan. We want to reassure them that that will continue.” Ramadan began Friday evening. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler was flying to London when the attack occurred and caught the first flight home. “Two men lost their lives and another was injured for doing the right thing, standing up for people they didn’t know against hatred. Their actions were brave and selfless, and should serve as an example and inspiration to us all. They are heroes,” Wheeler said in a statement.”There is too much hatred in our world right now, and far too much violence. Too much of it has arrived here in Portland.”

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Following Hate Speech, Two Dead and One Wounded at Hollywood … – The Portland Mercury (blog)

Details are still coming in regarding a heinous crime this afternoon at Northeast Portland’s Hollywood Transit Center. Two were killed and another was wounded after a man on an eastbound MAX train shouted “various remarks that would best be characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions,” according to the Portland Police Bureau (PPB). At around 4:30 pm, police received calls regarding the disturbance on the MAX, which at some point involved the suspect directing slurs at two women. “Witnesses described to police two young women, possibly Muslim, who were on the train at the time of the disturbance and attack, but left prior to police arrival,” according to the police report. “The young women have not been identified but one was described as wearing a hijab.” “In the midst of his ranting and raving, some people approached him and appeared to try to intervene with his behavior and some of the people that he was yelling at,” Portland police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson told the Oregonian. “They were attacked viciously.” After at least two of those people attempted to intervene, the subject stabbed three people. Officers “began immediate medical treatment to the victims at the scene until medical personnel arrived,” according to the PPB. “One victim, an adult male, died at the scene. The other two victims were transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital, where one was pronounced dead and the other was treated for injuries that are not expected to be life-threatening.” Police have detained the suspect, and note there is “there is no further public risk.” Simpson told the Oregonian that police believe the event to be “an isolated incident.” Police are still investigating, and urge witnesses or those with more information to call their non-emergency line at 503-823-3333. We’ll have more as this story develops. UPDATE 10:25 PM: The FBI has responded to today’s attack, “offering any resource that may assist Portland Police in their investigation.” From their statement: FBI Response to Homicide Investigation – 05/26/17 The FBI is aware of the attacks tonight, and we are offering any resource that may assist Portland Police in their investigation. We will certainly be looking at the facts and evidence as the investigation unfolds to determine whether there is any potential federal violation. At the core of the FBI’s mission is the belief that every person has the right to live, work and worship in this country without fear. Hate and bigotry have no place in our community, and we will not allow violence in the name of hate to go unanswered. UPDATE 10:47 PM: A candlelight vigil has been scheduled for Saturday night to pay tribute to those who died in the attack. From Facebook: Gather with Portland Indivisible D-3 for a peaceful candlelight vigil to honor the upstanders who were attacked and murdered on a MAX train Friday for trying to intervene as a man yelled racial slurs at two young women, one who was wearing a hijab. “We ask that our community come together in love and solidarity in the face of this horror to honor the memory of the victims and in support of those in our city and nation who feel terrorized and targeted,” said Laurel Carrasco with Portland Indivisible D-3. Please help us spread the word and bring your own candle to the event. That’s tomorrow, Saturday May 27, from 8:30 pm-9:30 pm 6:30 pm -9:30 pm, at the Hollywood/Northeast 42nd Avenue Transit Center MAX Station, 1410 NE 42nd. UPDATE 11:04 PM:

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Two men were stabbed to death and a third was badly wounded while trying to prevent an alleged hate crime in the US city of Portland, Oregon, late on Friday. Police announced that they have the suspect in custody. According to witnesses, a man began to shout and direct ethnic slurs at two women who appeared to be Muslim on a local commuter train shortly before the start of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan. “In the midst of his ranting and raving, some people approached him and appeared to try to intervene with his behavior and some of the people that he was yelling at,” said police spokesman Pete Simpson during a press conference. “They were attacked viciously by the suspect.” According to police, one of the men died at the scene while another died at the hospital. The third victim was still receiving treatment but was expected to recover. The assailant was arrested shortly after getting off the train. The two women who were reportedly the target of the suspect’s hate speech left the scene of the crime before they could be interviewed by police, but witnesses said at least one of them was wearing a hijab. On Saturday, the mother of one of the girls, both teenagers, said that her daughter was African American and that she was with her friend, who is Muslim and was wearing a headscarf. Police later named the suspect as 35-year-oldJeremy Joseph Christian, who has previously served time in prison for robbery and kidnapping. He is currently being heldon suspicion of aggravated murder and attempted murder. The incident shook the local community in Portland, a city perhaps best known as a haven of tolerance and liberal views. ‘Trump must speak out personally’ Following the attack, the head of the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Nihad Awad, released a statement laying part of the blame on anti-Muslim sentiment stirred up by the election campaign of President Donald Trump, which was heavily focused on Islamic extremism. According to CAIR, Islamophobic incidents in the US were up by more than 50 percent in 2016 as compared to 2015. “President Trump must speak out personally against the rising tide of Islamophobia and other forms of bigotry and racism in our nation that he has provoked through his numerous statements, policies and appointments that have negatively impacted minority communities,” said Awad. The Trump administration has given contradictory impressions on its attitude towards Islam, first trying to ban travel from seven Muslim-majority countries before declaring in a recent speech in Saudi Arabia that “there is no battle between different faiths.” He then laid most of the blame for instability in the Middle East on the government of Iran. es/rc (AP, Reuters)

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EU Approves Plans to Force ‘Hate Speech’ Videos Off the Internet – Breitbart News

SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER The proposals for stronger internet regulation, which would be the first EU-level legislation on the issue, would establish a universal set of video content censorship rules that social media companies would be forced to follow. We need to take into account new ways of watching videos, and find the right balance to encourage innovative services, promote European films, protect children and tackle hate speech in a better way, said Andrus Ansip, EU Commission vice-president for the Digital Single Market. Tuesdays agreement, which would see videos which contain expressions of racism and xenophobia wiped from media companies websites, came a day after a suicide bomber killed 22 people in Manchester. According to Euractiv, ministers offered their condolences to the British delegation at the meeting. The proposals would also require on-demand services such as Amazon Prime and Netflix to devote at least 30 per cent of their libraries to European films and TV shows, and services could additionally be made to contribute financially to the production of films and TV shows in EU states in which they are established. Though the European Parliament will have to vote on the proposals before they become law, MEPs have been vocal in demanding measures to crack down on so-called hate speech. In February, EU lawmakers introduced new rules enabling Brussels to wipe populist speeches from the system without citizens ever knowing that they had taken place. The unprecedented move gave the president the power to pull the plug on speakers deemed offensive during live broadcasts of parliamentary debates, and to purge offending audiovisual material from the record. Under Rule 165 of the parliaments rules of procedure, the chair of debates is able to halt the live broadcast in the case of defamatory, racist or xenophobic language or behavior by a member. Gerolf Annemans, from Belgiums populist Vlaams Belang party, expressed concern that the rule can be abused by those who have hysterical reactions to things that they qualify as racist, xenophobic, when people are just expressing politically incorrect views.

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Critics blast SSU graduation poem as ‘hate speech’ – Santa Rosa Press Democrat

(1 of ) A large crowd watches the graduation shown on a giant screen at the Green Music Center, during the 2017 Commencement for the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University, in Rohnert Park, Calif., on Saturday, May 20, 2017. (Photo by Darryl Bush / For The Press Democrat) (2 of ) Dee Dee Simpson. (Amber Rodarte / Sonoma State Star) (3 of ) Dee Dee Simpson. (Amber Rodarte / Sonoma State Star) PAUL PAYNE THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | May 24, 2017, 6:15PM | Updated 4 hours ago. A spirited poem decrying racial injustice and conservative politics read before hundreds at Sonoma State Universitys weekend graduation ceremony drew sharp criticism from some parents over its tone and coarse language while prompting an email apology from President Judy Sakaki. Graduating senior Dee Dee Simpson recited her poem from memory Saturday night on stage at Weill Hall in the Green Music Center, where a record-setting 2,651 students received diplomas during the two-day commencement. In the poem, Simpson, who is African-American, railed against police violence that has claimed black lives and made disparaging references to President Donald Trump and Fox News. The several minutes of verse contained a number of expletives. Cara Freedman was outraged. The San Diego parent, who sat on the lawn waiting for her daughter, Alexa Grossman, to graduate, said she looked around to see people shaking their heads after Simpson dropped the F-bomb. We were shocked, Freedman said Tuesday in an interview. Im still a little bit shocked. What kind of school is this? Who in the world would allow this to take place? Freedman and her ex-husband, Marc Grossman, also of San Diego, each fired off angry emails to Sakaki, who listened to Simpsons poem from a few feet away. University officials said the two parents complaints were among four or five received to date. How could you allow anyone to give a hate speech like that? Grossman wrote. You should be ashamed of yourself. There were kids in the audience. Sakaki did not respond Wednesday to a either a request for comment through the schools interim communications director or a message left on her cellphone. She was in Long Beach at the California State University Board of Trustees meeting where she received the California State Student Association President of the Year award. However, Sakaki, who is completing her first year as president, apologized in an email to Grossman, saying she regretted the reading of Simpsons poem. She blamed a new graduation format of six separate ceremonies for insufficient oversight of program content. While a university should include and allow for all kinds of voices and perspectives, and while this individual student is among our accomplished poets, having her offer this particular piece at the Arts and Humanities commencement was a mistake, Sakaki said. It simply should not have happened. Simpson, who graduated over the weekend with a degree in English education, did not respond to an emailed request for comment. In her poem, she talked about black mothers instructing their children how to behave before police so they come home at night. She also seemed to chastise people upset by the Trump administration, saying black people have been suffering government abuses for decades. My people live in places you wouldnt drive through in an armored truck, Simpson told the crowd. Kim Baptista, past managing editor of the campus newspaper who sat in the audience waiting to receive her communications degree, said she sympathized with the message but the venue in which it was delivered was wrong. People were taken aback, Baptista said. Here it was supposed to be a celebratory time. And youre up there wagging your finger at us. A copy of Simpsons poem was not available. In years past, graduation videos have been posted on YouTube in about a week. Gillian Conoley, an English professor and the universitys Poet-in-Residence, defended the poem, which she said addressed a difficult time in race relations. Conoley, who also read a poem at the ceremony, said Simpsons work was met with applause. Im not surprised it evoked strong reactions, she said. Thats a sign of good work. You can reach Staff Writer Paul Payne at 707-568-5312 or paul.payne@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @ppayne.

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EU close to making Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter block hate speech videos – The Verge

The European Council has approved a set of proposals that would require companies such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to block videos containing hate speech and incitements to terrorism. The proposals, which were approved by EU ministers Tuesday, will still need to be passed by the European Parliament before becoming law, as Reuters reports. If approved, the regulations would be the first at the EU level to hold social media companies accountable for hate speech published on their platforms. European lawmakers have called on tech companies to do more to curb the spread of hate speech and terrorist propaganda, though there are concerns that aggressive legislation could curtail free speech. Under the proposal, social media services would be required to implement mechanisms to block videos that promote terrorism, incite hatred, or contain hate speech. Citing an EU diplomat, Reuters reports that the regulations would not apply to live video platforms, such as Facebook Live. We need to take into account new ways of watching videos. The proposals also call for on-demand services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime to devote at least 30 percent of their libraries to European films and TV shows. The European Commission had previously proposed a 20 percent quota for European content. Services such as Netflix could also be required to contribute to the production of films and TV shows in EU member states. It is essential to have one common set of audiovisual rules across the EU and avoid the complication of different national laws, Andrus Ansip, vice president of the European Commissions Digital Single Market initiative, said in a statement Tuesday. We need to take into account new ways of watching videos, and find the right balance to encourage innovative services, promote European films, protect children and tackle hate speech in a better way. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Microsoft signed on last year to a voluntary code of conduct in Europe, under which the companies agreed to review and remove content flagged as hateful within 24 hours. But a study commissioned by the Commission in December 2016 found that the tech companies have largely failed to comply with the agreement. Lawmakers in Germany are considering far more aggressive legislation that would impose fines of up to 50 million ($56 million) on social media companies that fail to swiftly remove hate speech or other illegal content. In his press statement, Ansip said negotiators from the European Parliament, Council and Commission will meet to discuss the proposed rules in the coming weeks.

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EU states approve plans to make social media firms tackle hate speech – Reuters

By Julia Fioretti | BRUSSELS BRUSSELS European Union ministers approved proposals on Tuesday to make social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube tackle videos with hate speech on their platforms. The proposals, which would be the first legislation at EU level on the issue, still need to be agreed with the European Parliament before becoming law. But EU lawmakers have similarly pushed for social media companies to do more to tackle hateful content on their platforms. The proliferation of hate speech and fake news on social media has increased pressure on companies to remove such content promptly, while internet campaigners have warned an excessive crackdown could endanger freedom of speech. Tuesday’s agreement came a day after a suicide bomber killed at least 22 people at a concert in the English city of Manchester. Ministers all offered their condolences to the British delegation. Where the provision of videos forms an “essential part” of the services provided by a social media company, they will have to take measures to block videos with hate speech, incitement to hatred and content justifying terrorism from their platforms. This could include establishing mechanisms for users to flag such content. “We need to take into account new ways of watching videos, and find the right balance to encourage innovative services, promote European films, protect children and tackle hate speech in a better way,” said Andrus Ansip, EU Commission Vice-President for the digital single market. The proposals will not extend to live streaming, for example Facebook Live, but just videos stored on a platform, an EU diplomat said. The proposals also include a quota of 30 percent of European films and TV shows on video streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, up from the 20 percent originally proposed by the European Commission. In addition, member states will be able to require video-sharing platforms to contribute financially to the production of European works in the country where they are established and also where they target audiences. (Reporting by Julia Fioretti; Editing by Alissa de Carbonnel and Tom Heneghan) JERUSALEM Microsoft has agreed to acquire cyber security firm Hexadite for $100 million, Israeli financial news website Calcalist reported on Wednesday. PRAGUE Tech entrepreneurs in central and southeastern European, many of whom already have experience of launching their own businesses, are now having more success at enticing global investors the second time around. HONG KONG Electronic device makers such as Hong Kong-listed SUGA and other start-ups are looking to cash-in on a boom in China in so-called pet wearables, like smart collars, leashes and feeders.

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EU approves plans forcing Facebook and YouTube to act on hate … – Engadget

If the law gets passed, this would mark the first European law that actively intervenes in social media. Interestingly, these regulations would only apply to recorded videos, not live streamed content. Still, given the rampant rise of hate speech and the EU’s previous statements, its stance on the matter is fairly unsurprising. Yet for those who relish the autonomy afforded by the internet, the move could be seen by some as encroaching on people’s freedom of speech. Interestingly, the same proposals that were approved in a bid to help protect EU citizens also have a clause about European representation on video streaming services. If passed, the new laws would demand that streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video hit a content quota, ensuring 30 percent of their video catalog consists of European films and TV shows. Even more surprisingly, the law would also mean that video streaming companies have to help fund the production of shows and movies in the EU countries they operate in. Given the whole Cannes Netflix debacle, we’re sure that France will be very keen to get this law passed. When it comes to social media regulation, however, many of the big names have already made promises to help clean up their platforms. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft have already agreed to review and remove content flagged as hateful within 24 hours, but according to the EU and the UK, all the companies have failed to deliver. With Germany also imposing aggressive fines on companies that fail to remove hate speech, it seems likely that the European Union will pass the legislation. While an exact date for the discussions has yet to be set, a statement from the European Commission states that the issue will be raised “in the coming weeks”.

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