Friday, August 25, 2017, 8:00am

5 Things to Read for Friday, August 25, 2017

Today’s reading list includes Nazis, white supremacists in Charlottesville and how other countries perceive America.

ProPublica: Police Stood By As Mayhem Mounted in Charlottesville
“State police and National Guardsmen watched passively for hours as self-proclaimed Nazis engaged in street battles with counter-protesters. ProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson was on the scene and reports that the authorities turned the streets of the city over to groups of militiamen armed with assault rifles.”

The New Yorker: Trump’s Business of Corruption
“It would be impossible to gain a full understanding of the various points of contact between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign without scrutinizing many of the deals that Trump has made in the past decade. Trump-branded buildings in Toronto and the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan were developed in association with people who have connections to the Kremlin.”

The Atlantic: What Trump Gets Wrong About Antifa
“If the president is concerned about violence on the left, he can start by fighting the white supremacist movements whose growth has fueled its rise.”

The Washington Post: An eye-opening exploration of how other countries perceive America
“Abounding with such anecdotes, ‘Notes on a Foreign Country’ is a compelling exhortation to introspection: Hansen, a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, urges Americans to recognize the perspectives that shape — and sometimes distort — how they understand their country’s role in the world.”

The New York Times: How to Make Fun of Nazis
“For decades, Wunsiedel, a German town near the Czech border, has struggled with a parade of unwanted visitors. It was the original burial place of one of Adolf Hitler’s deputies, a man named Rudolf Hess. And every year, to residents’ chagrin, neo-Nazis marched to his grave site. The town had staged counterdemonstrations to dissuade these pilgrims. In 2011 it had exhumed Hess’s body and even removed his grave stone. But undeterred, the neo-Nazis returned. So in 2014, the town tried a different tactic: humorous subversion.”

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