Suspect in Quebec Mosque Attack Quickly Depicted as a Moroccan Muslim. He’s a White Nationalist.
The Intercept – A mass shooting at a Quebec City mosque last night left six people dead and eight wounded. The targeted mosque, the Cultural Islamic Center of Quebec, was the same one at which a severed pig’s head was left during Ramadan last June. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the episode a “terrorist attack on Muslims.”
Almost immediately, various news outlets and political figures depicted the shooter as Muslim. Right-wing nationalist tabloids in the UK instantly linked it to Islamic violence. Fox News claimed that “witnesses said at least one gunman shouted ‘Allahu akbar!’,” and then added this about the shooter’s national origin:
— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 30, 2017
But these assertions are utterly false. The suspect is neither Moroccan nor Muslim. The Moroccan individual, Mohamed Belkhadir, was actually one of the worshippers at the mosque and called 911 to summon the police, and played no role whatsoever in the shooting.
Obama Supports Protests: ‘American Values Are At stake’
Politico – Barack Obama spoke out Monday afternoon against his successor — and in support of the protests opposing President Donald Trump — with a spokesman saying the former president thinks they’re “citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake.”
Obama, who left office vowing to uphold the presidential tradition of not criticizing his successor but also promising to speak out when he saw core values under threat by Trump, made it all of 10 days before releasing a statement following Friday’s executive order that temporarily halted the nation’s refugee program and severely restricted immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
Trump Signs ‘2-for-1’ Order to Reduce Regulations
The Hill – President Trump on Monday signed an executive order that would require agencies to revoke two regulations for every new rule they want to issue. The executive order is aimed at dramatically rolling back federal regulations, one of his top campaign promises.
Trump met with a handful of small business owners at the White House prior to signing the order. He called the executive order “a big one,” according to a pool report.
“We want to make … life easier for small businesses,” he said, adding that it would also benefit large businesses. “There can’t be any discrimination.”
The order requires agencies to control the costs of all new rules within their budget. Agencies are also prohibited from imposing any new costs in finalizing or repealing a rule for the remainder of 2017 unless that cost is offset by the repeal of two existing regulations.
Trump Administration Formally Withdraws from Asia-Pacific Trade Deal
The Hill – A top U.S. trade official on Monday formally withdrew from a sweeping Asia-Pacific trade agreement with 11 other nations.
Acting U.S. Trade Representative Maria Pagan asked New Zealand in a letter to notify the 10 other nations in the agreement that the United States “does not intend to become a party” to the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and has “no legal obligations arising from its signature on February 4, 2016.”
A week ago, President Trump signed an executive order withdrawing the United States from the far-reaching TPP agreement to mixed reviews on Capitol Hill and throughout the business community.
“The United States remains committed to taking measures designed to promote more efficient markets and higher levels of economic growth, both in our country and around the world,” the letter said. “We look forward to further discussions as to how to achieve these goals,” Pagan wrote.