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Dispatches From the Culture Wars - August 20, 2019

Workers Getting Woke; Exporting Theocracy; GOP's Memo; Trolling Antifa; Arabic-Hebrew Theater; Evangelicals Face 2020; Banning "The Hunt"; Jay-Z's Football Fumble

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The poster for "The Hunt", New York Post

Trump: Bad Boss, Great Organizer

By Sarah Jaffe
August 14, 2019
The Progressive

Under Trump groups of workers who would previously have been unlikely to feel shop-floor militancy have taken to workplace organizing, realizing that the power they have is rooted in their ability to refuse to work. 

 

The White House's World Theocratic Crusade

By Giannina Segnini and Mónica Cordero
August 12, 2019
Univision

A group of fundamentalist religious leaders with ties to the White House expanded their ministries in Latin America and made deals with presidents with checkered records in Nicaragua, Guatemala and Honduras. 

 

GOP: Blame the Left

By Steve Contorno
August 16, 2019
Tampa Bay Times

A GOP memo falsely pinned the El Paso massacre and other notable mass shootings on the left.

 

Nazi Troll Fakes an Antifa Twitter Account

By David Gilmour
August 19, 2019
The Daily Dot

The fake account appeared on Saturday to coincide with a rally by far-right groups in Portland, Oregon—where clashes with counter-protesters were anticipated and did happen—in an apparent bid to incite and heighten violence.

 

Jaffaʹs Arabic-Hebrew Theatre

By Alexandra Föderl-Schmid
August 14, 2019
Qantara

For 20 years now, the Arab-Hebrew Theatre in Jaffa has defied all conflicts and wars. It is an extraordinary institution in a country where equal co-existence is not a matter of course. "It's the only theatre where there's genuine co-operation between Jews and Arabs," says director Igal Ezrati with evident pride.

 

Evangelicals on Trump

By Elizabeth Bruenig
August 14, 2019
Washington Post

Evangelicals view Trump as their protector. Will they stand by him in 2020?

‘The Hunt’ Director Breaks Silence on Film’s Cancellation 

By Gene Maddaus and Brent Lang
August 19, 2019
Variety

Universal canceled the film’s release in the wake of a series of mass shootings and amid a mounting conservative backlash. The film depicts a group of elites who hunt “deplorables” for sport. Fox News commentators have condemned it as “sick” and “awful.”

 

Jay-Z’s Football Fumble

By P.R. Lockhart 
August 16, 2019
Vox

Hip-hop’s first billionaire will help with the NFL’s social justice efforts. Critics are angry that the deal excludes Colin Kaepernick.