John Cleese's 30-year-old rant on extremists seems relevant today

British comedy legend John Cleese tweeted a timely message Friday that was recorded some 30 years ago. The footage riffs on extremists, "Extremism makes you feel good, because it provides you with enemies..." Watch:

In related news, BBC-owned UKTV pulled a different Fawlty Towers episode out of streaming services for being racially insensitive (N-word usage). Cleese criticized the decision and it was later reinstated with "extra guidance."

Speaking to Australian newspaper The Age, Cleese had said: “The Major was an old fossil left over from decades before. We were not supporting his views, we were making fun of them. If they can’t see that, if people are too stupid to see that, what can one say?”

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Infowars relaunches YouTube channel one day after Susan Wojcicki takes action to reduce extremist content

Infowars' “War Room” created a brand-new hate channel on YouTube exactly one day after chief executive Susan Wojcicki's letter to content creators about reducing extremist content. YouTube deleted Alex Jones's all-new garbage channel shortly after receiving reports of its relaunch from VICE. Read the rest

Russian feminist blogger faces 5 years for "inciting hatred" against men

Kazakh blogger Lyubov Kalugina has been charged under Russia's Article 282, an "anti-extremism" law now being used by men who claim women sharing jokes and memes offend them. Via Quartz: Read the rest

Nazi-puncher fined $1

Jeffrey Winder appealed his guilty verdict after punching "Unite the Right" organizer Jason Kessler in Charlottesville the day after protester Heather Heyer died. A jury determined Winder should serve no jail time and pay the lowest fine possible. Read the rest

Isis joins Donald Trump in denouncing Khizr Khan

Foundational to Trumpism is the idea that Islam and democracy are incompatible, so Muslims can never be true members of western, industrial states -- which is precisely what Isis believes about Muslims. Read the rest

History and future of bin Ladenist extremism

Juan Cole, Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan and an expert on middle eastern politics, has a long, meaty, informed comment on the assassination of Osama bin Laden and what it means for al-Qaeda. Cole's piece provides great background on the historical Cold War forces that gave rise to al Qaeda and bin Laden's brand of extremism, and what the future holds for the violent caliphate movement in the face of pro-democracy movements in the middle east.

They were all dictatorships- the Soviet Union, the Communist government of Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Sudan, and the Taliban. Usama learned to take the law into his own hands because he had no other way to effect change. He wanted to see the region's dictatorship overthrown in favor of his renewed Islamic Caliphate. It was a crackpot, fringe, pipe dream, but he brought to the aspiration all the experiences and training he and his men had learned during the Reagan Jihad against the Soviets. Then he and his number two man, Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri, came to the conclusion that the reason they could not overthrow the governments of Egypt (Hosni Mubarak's dictatorship) and Saudi Arabia and so forth was that these were backed by the United States. They decided it had been a mistake to hit the "near enemy" first. They decided to hit the "far enemy" on American soil. Bin Laden thought that if only he could entice the US into the Middle East, he could do to it what he thought he had done to the Soviet Union.

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