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Pagan News Beagle: Fiery Tuesday, September 13

American Indian commentators reflect on the legacy of the September 11 attacks. A look at efforts to stop recruitment by Daesh in North Africa. And how climate change could severely impact our communities in the near future. It's Fiery Tuesday, our weekly segment on political and societal news from around the globe. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

For many people, September 11, 2001 was a wake-up call to how destructive people could be to one another. But for the American continents' pre-colonial inhabitants the attacks were less shocking, though still terrible. To explain why, Gyasi Ross relates his own experience leading up to and after the 9/11 tragedy.

With the rise of Donald Trump an increasingly large number of political commentators have been making note of the candidate's wide support among the so-called "alt right." But what is the alt right? Vox's Dylan Matthews offers a primer here.

The Arab Spring has tragically seen the rise of civil war and sectarian violence throughout the Arab-speaking world but one country has remained remarkably stable: Tunisia, the one which started it all. Despite this, Tunisia still faces problems as Daesh seeks to recruit from among the country's dissatisfied citizenry. To combat Daesh, Nazanine Moshiri advocates more transparency and public discussion in the country.

Since the decline of relations between Russia and the West has set in and President Vladimir Putin has monopolized more power, non-governmental organizations have become the target of increasing scrutiny and persecution. One such group is the Jewish Community of Cherepovets, which has alarmed Russian Jews.

As global warming progresses, sea levels are rising and weather is getting more violent. As a consequence, many communities are now facing an increasing risk of flooding while the government continues to do little to alleviate the problem. Virginia Eubanks outlines the problem here.


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