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  • Left-wing union violence continues to increase in America
  • Terrorist group Jabhat al-Nusra gains support in Syria after U.S. designation
  • France urges immediate military intervention in Mali
  • North Korea launches long-range rocket

Left-wing union violence continues to increase in America

Steven Crowder (L) slugged in the face by union supporter on Tuesday (Fox News)
Steven Crowder (L) slugged in the face by union supporter on Tuesday (Fox News)

A legislative battle in Michigan over "right to work" labor laws, which unions oppose, has led to calls for violence from union officials and one of their legislative supporters, and actual violence by union supporters.

Fox News contributor Steven Crowder was punched in the face by a pro-union protester, breaking one of his teeth, while another pro-union protester shouted "get the f--- out of my face!"

Democratic representative Doug Geiss said:

"We’re going to pass something that will undo 100 years of labor relations and there will be blood, there will be repercussions, we will re-live the battle of the overpass."

The "battle of the overpass" refers to a bloody 1937 confrontation between union organizers and Ford security guards. Terry O’Sullivan, general president of the Labor International Union of North America threatened supporters of the labor legislation: "We are going to take you on and take you out."

The latter is reminiscent of the the call to violence and war against the Tea Party last year by Teamsters president James Hoffa, when he introduced President Obama by saying: "We are ready to march. Let’s take these sons of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong." Hoffa's call to violence was, in fact, heeded two weeks later by hundreds of members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union members (ILWU) labor union, who violently attacked guards protecting a non-union grain terminal in the Port of Longview in Washington state.

In my opinion, the first important call for left-wing violence began with the 2006 Hollywood film "Death of a President" (, which seemed to me to have the purpose of inciting violence against President Bush. After President Obama was elected in 2008, mainstream news commentators such as CNN's David Gergen and Anderson Cooper were inciting violence against Tea Partiers by referring to them with the epithet "teabaggers."

Left-wing violence in America has been sporadic, though there has been a lot more in Europe, where it's triggered countervailing right-wing violence, particularly in Greece. In this generational Crisis era, we can expect this kind of violence to continue growing. CBS News (Detroit) and Fox News

Terrorist group Jabhat al-Nusra gains support in Syria after U.S. designation

The group Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian wing of al-Qaeda in Iraq, has been designated as a foreign terrorist organization, as we've previously reported. The designation has generated a fresh wave of support for Jabhat Al-Nusra, which has been credited with executing numerous sophisticated attacks against the Syrian regime and playing a crucial role in weakening the latter. Syrian opposition websites and online campaigns on Facebook and Twitter have called on the public to take part in support rallies for Jabhat Al-Nusra to be held this coming Friday, under the slogan "No to American Involvement [in Syria] – We Are All Jabhat Al-Nusra." At the same time, the designation has also generated increased anti-U.S. sentiment among Syrians. Memri

France urges immediate military intervention in Mali

France has urged rapid foreign military intervention in Mali after the country's prime minister, Cheikh Modibo Diarra, was arrested and ordered to resign by the army. The northern two-thirds of Mali is under control of al-Qaeda linked jihadist groups, and France fears that if an Islamist state becomes firmly entrenched there, then it will serve as a base for terrorist attacks on Europe, especially France. However, other European countries and America are skeptical of a military intervention. Russia Today

North Korea launches long-range rocket

North Korea unexpectedly launched its long-range rocket test on Wednesday morning, after having announced on Sunday that it was extending its launch window to December 29. North Korea claims that the purpose of the test is to put a satellite into orbit, but it's thought that the real purpose was to develop a nuclear weapon delivery system that can reach the western United States. Japan had indicated that it would should the missile down if it threatened Japanese territory, but that didn't happen, even though the rocked passed over Okinawa. The Chosun Ilbo (Seoul)

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