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Published 23 August 2019

· Wave of Shooting Threats Renews Debate over How to Combat Domestic Terrorism

· Brazil President Blames NGOs for Record Amazon Wildfires

· Ailing Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Puts “Professor” Abdullah Qardash in Charge of ISIS

· Democrats Press FBI, DHS on Response to White Supremacist Violence

· Flooding from Below, a Year After Historic Wisconsin Rains

· Cyberhackers Hold 22 Cities to Ransom

· The Pentagon Is Turning to Nature to Solve Its Most Complex Problems

· How Do We Stop Driverless Cars and Autonomous Delivery Drones from Becoming Weapons?

· Ottawa to Fund Research on Far-Right Extremism in Quebec

· The Tit-for-Tat Dynamics of 21st Century Extremism

Wave of Shooting Threats Renews Debate over How to Combat Domestic Terrorism (CBS News)
There’s been a wave of arrests of people who police said threatened to carry out mass shootings after this month’s massacres in Dayton and El Paso, renewing the debate over how to best combat domestic terrorism threats. CBS News senior national security analyst Fran Townsend said on “CBS This Morning” Wednesday that the U.S. needs to start employing the strategies used to fight terrorism abroad here at home.
“It is an epidemic. There is no question there’s a rise in anti-Semitism, racism,” Townsend said. “What we need to understand is many of the lessons learned about fighting international terrorism apply here domestically.”
But applying those same tactics isn’t that simple. International agencies have a different set of resources to work with than domestic law enforcement, primarily in terms of surveillance and subpoena capability, according to Townsend.

Brazil President Blames NGOs for Record Amazon Wildfires (AP)
Brazil’s official monitoring agency is reporting a sharp increase in wildfires this year, and President Jair Bolsonaro suggested Wednesday, without citing evidence, that non-governmental organizations could be setting them to make him look bad.
Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, a federal agency monitoring deforestation and wildfires, said the country has seen a record number of wildfires this year, counting 74,155 as of Tuesday, an 84 percent increase compared to the same period last year. Bolsonaro took office on Jan. 1.
“Maybe — I am not affirming it — these (NGO people) are carrying out some criminal actions to draw attention against me, against the government of Brazil,” Bolsonaro said in a video posted on his Facebook account. “This is the war we are facing.”