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Trump Administration ‘Wants to Cut White Supremacism from Counter-Extremism Programme’

Plans reportedly underway to rename Countering Violent Extremism programme to ‘Countering Radical Islamic Extremism’

By Lizzie Dearden | 2 February 2017

INDEPENDENT — Donald Trump’s administration is reportedly pushing to erase neo-Nazis and white supremacists from the US government’s counter-extremism programme by moving it to focus exclusively on Islamist terrorism.

American officials briefed on the proposed changes told Reuters the Countering Violent Extremism (DVE) initiative could be renamed to “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism”.

The reclassification would remove its work combating far-right attacks and mass shootings, such as the massacre of black churchgoers in Charleston, which are rarely classified as terrorism by American authorities. […]

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