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Life after reconciliation: East Ghoutans who stayed behind grapple with delayed settlement papers, disappearances - Syria Direct, Jan 24, 2019
Yet some four months after the grace period ended, many of those who filed their taswiyye papers are still waiting to hear a response from Damascus, unsure of whether they’ve been welcomed back into the “nation’s embrace” or are now wanted by the state.

“Everyone did their taswiyye,” a-Shami says, including himself and his family. “[And] we were supposed to get documents back by the end of the six-month deadline.”

But even now, months after the grace period ended, a-Shami has yet to receive any word from the government—let alone any form of paperwork from the reconciliation committees. As a result, his family is essentially trapped in East Ghouta. While he can pass through local checkpoints within the former rebel pocket, he can’t travel to nearby Damascus. Without that paperwork, he is constantly at risk of being detained.

“There’s nothing happening right now,” al-Shami tells Syria Direct, adding that no one even knows who to ask about the process.

“If it’s an electricity issue, or a problem with services, you go to the municipality. But who do you ask when it’s a security issue?”

“It’s not clear,” a-Shami adds. “Nobody knows anything.”

“There are a lot of people coming from the south to the north,” a-Thaer says. Some of those smuggled northwards come from East Ghouta, while even more come from Syria’s Daraa province, where residents are also expected to reconcile with Damascus after the government captured the province last summer.
Damascus  fear  tasweiye  smuggling  Mar15  surveillance  arrest 
yesterday by elizrael
The opposite of anxiety | Seth's Blog
Writing yourself fan mail in advance and picturing the change you've announced you're trying to make is an effective way to push yourself to build something that actually generates that action.
anxiety  success  fear  failure  sethgodin 
2 days ago by bobpotter
(509) Neuroscientist: Why Trumpists Will Never Abandon Trump - YouTube
Neuroscientist: Why Trumpists Will Never Abandon Trump
- cult of personality
- cognitive dissonance
- fear, "Denial of Death" Book / Martha Nussbaum book on fear
awareness of own mortality. Ease fear of death by world view through ideologies (that outlive the individual)
- thus strengthens your world view, ideology
- immigration attacks existence and place in history ("we will not erase us")
- Trump exaggerating threats, heightens fear, and existencial threat (and felt place in history) thus strengthens grip onto ideology and world view 'I will not erased.'
- Donald Trumps communication is more engaging.
- Conservatives are more hyper-vigilant (tuned in to threats)
Cult  of  Personality  cognitive  dissonance  Psychology  Brexit  Corbyn  Jeremy  AfD  PEGIDA  Sociology  fear  book  mortality  communication  evolution 
5 days ago by asterisk2a
Amazon’s Home Security Company Is Turning Everyone Into Cops - Motherboard
Ring sells a very particular message: while you shouldn’t trust your neighbors, you can trust Amazon to help police it. The Neighbors app is free. But the more unsafe the app makes you feel the most inclined you would feel to dole out money for a Ring home security system.
Amazon  CCTV  surveillance  Neighbors  policing  crime  suspicion  Ring  NextDoor  racism  theft  discrimination  trust  distrust  fear  bias 
6 days ago by petej
Trump Once Said Power Was About Instilling Fear. In That Case, He Should Be Worried. - The New York Times
As president, he initially tried to intimidate some of the nation’s strongest allies, including Canada, Mexico, Britain, France and Germany, in trade talks. He demanded political loyalty from Republicans in Congress and drove several who bucked him from office, notably Senators Bob Corker and Jeff Flake. But as his presidency enters its third year, a less convenient truth is emerging: Few outside the Republican Party are afraid of him, and they may be less intimidated after the disastrous government shutdown.
But Mr. Trump has shown little inclination to modulate his style, and that carries risks. He could well face a challenge for the Republican nomination in 2020, and congressional Republicans from swing states could begin to distance themselves from him.
Trump  Leadership  state  Latino  war  fear  Pol.12  Power_in_America  Violence_y_Power  Pol.11  presidents 
15 days ago by Jibarosoy
Spy chief warns of foreign interference in 2020 election (Politico)
Coats wrote that competitors "probably already are looking to the 2020 U.S. elections as an opportunity to advance their interests."
clippings  politics  media  elections  democracy  fear  deep+fakes  intelligence 
24 days ago by mjb
From Stigma Power to Black Power: A Graphic Essay | Blog | The Sociological Review
This graphic essay brings Ferguson’s insights to bear on Goffman’s stigma concept. In particular, it reveals that placing Goffman's account of stigma into dialogue with Civil Rights and anti-racist activism from the 1960s, and foregrounding racism as a preeminent form of social stigmatisation, transforms our understanding of what stigma is and what the social and political purpose of stigmatisation might be in particular contexts. It also highlights the ways in which stigma power has been fiercely and collectively resisted from below.
graphics  sociology  fear  Power_materials  Violence_y_Power 
25 days ago by Jibarosoy
Opinion | What a Murder by Mussolini Teaches Us About Khashoggi and M.B.S. - The New York Times
How could the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, be so reckless as to sanction this horrifying murder carried out in such a clumsy and shameless fashion?

The answer, I think, is that dictatorships are inherently obtuse. Dictators live in their own self-created bubble of adulation and impunity, which leads them to huge misjudgments when they are forced to act outside of the bubble.

The premeditated and coldblooded murder of Mr. Khashoggi by the Saudis has striking parallels with the premeditated and coldblooded murder of the Italian socialist leader Giacomo Matteotti by Fascist thugs operating on the orders of Benito Mussolini.
Trump  state  Latino  war  fear  Violence_y_Power  Power_materials 
25 days ago by Jibarosoy
Why Does the Far Right Hold a Near-Monopoly on Political Violence? | The Nation
Liberals believe that mature institutions and the separation of powers are what keep tyranny at bay, not an AR-15. If James Hodgkinson looked around himself and saw a president who acts as if he’s above the law and a Congress that’s working in the dark to strip away health insurance from millions of people to finance tax cuts for the wealthy but is unwilling to perform its oversight duties, and decided that he would stand up to tyranny with an assault rifle, he would have taken a theme that’s exceedingly common on the right to its bloody logical conclusion.
Trump  Psychology  Violence_y_Power  state  Latino  fear  war  Power_in_America 
25 days ago by Jibarosoy
Escape From the Trump Cult | The New Republic
Trump, like the populist authoritarians before and around him, has also understood (or, at least, instinctually grasped) how indispensable his own individual persona is to his ultimate goal of grasping and maintaining power. Amidst his string of business failures, Trump’s singular talent has been that of any con man: the incredible ability to cultivate a public image. Of course, Trump did not build his cult of followers—his in-group—ex nihilo; in many ways, the stage was set for his entrance. America had already split into two political identities by the time he announced his campaign for president in 2015, not just in terms of the information we consume, but down to the brands we prefer and the stores we frequent. And so with particularly American bombast and a reality TV star’s penchant for manipulating the media, Trump tore pages from the us-against-them playbook of the European far right and presented them to a segment of the American public already primed to receive it with religious fervor.
Trump  Latino  fear  war  Leadership  state  Violence_y_Power  Power_materials  Psychology 
25 days ago by Jibarosoy
Psychology Today -- Expecting a Crisis? by Loretta G. Breuning
'We mammals evolved to seek safety in numbers. A mammal relaxes and lowers its guard in the safety of a herd or pack or group, but it must run when its herd mates run to survive. If a mammal insisted on seeing the predator for itself, it would be weeded out of the gene pool. We are descended from mammals who trusted their mates' alarm calls. -- ... Animals stick together when predators lurk, and disperse when the threat declines. They'd rather be dispersing because it brings more resources with less effort. You'd rather be dispersing too, but alarm signals from your troop keep bringing you back. What's a big-brained mammal to do? -- You are told to be empathetic so you watch the news and feed your brain endless alarm signals. You feel threatened constantly, and you're sure the threat is real. -- It is real in the sense that real cortisol is flowing in your veins. You will suffer endless cortisol if you keep going with the flow. -- But you have a choice. -- Now that you know how your brain works, you can resist the urge to treat every alarm signal as a real threat. You can do nothing and live in the unknown for a moment. -- This feels awful at first. -- Resisting perceived threats feels scarier than running from them. Your inner mammal feels like you'll be eaten alive. You'd rather relieve this sense of urgency by sharing the alarm with a herd. -- If you refuse to react to alarm signals in the usual way, you don't know what to do. You are stuck in the unknown. This feels dangerous because your brain has no proven response. But if you linger in the unknown, your inner mammal learns that it doesn't kill you. A new pathway builds and your cortisol eases. It takes time, but it's worth the effort. -- You will be so thrilled when you build this new pathway that you will want to share it with everyone. But they may not be interested. It feels horrible to have your new insights ignored. It feels like endless isolation to your inner mammal. You may even be tempted to re-join the crisis-mongering herd. But you still have a choice.' -- Why Aren't You an Anarchist? http://freeliberal.com/archives/001869.php
psychology  fear  cortisol  herd  statism  anarchism  * 
26 days ago by adamcrowe

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