Beto O’Rourke goes after key immunity for social media companies if they allow users to incite violence

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is seen at the site of a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, August 4, 2019. Following the mass shooting in his hometown of El Paso, Texas last week, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is seeking to hold social media companies accountable for the hateful content their users post. O’Rourke says the legislation should be amended to allow tech companies to be held accountable “where they are found to knowingly promote content th


Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is seen at the site of a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, August 4, 2019. Following the mass shooting in his hometown of El Paso, Texas last week, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is seeking to hold social media companies accountable for the hateful content their users post. O’Rourke says the legislation should be amended to allow tech companies to be held accountable “where they are found to knowingly promote content th
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Beto O'Rourke goes after key immunity for social media companies if they allow users to incite violence

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is seen at the site of a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, August 4, 2019.

Following the mass shooting in his hometown of El Paso, Texas last week, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is seeking to hold social media companies accountable for the hateful content their users post.

As part of a plan released on his campaign website Friday called “Combating Hate and Violence in America, ” O’Rourke is going after a key piece of legislation known as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The law provides social media companies immunity from legal liability for their users’ posts and has been hotly debated by lawmakers as privacy scandals and antitrust probes have descended upon Big Tech. O’Rourke says the legislation should be amended to allow tech companies to be held accountable “where they are found to knowingly promote content that incites violence.”

O’Rourke’s plan draws a clear line between hateful messages on the internet and real life violence. In the case of the El Paso shooting, the link was clear — the gunman reportedly released an anti-immigrant manifesto on the message board 8chan just prior to the attack. Following the revelation, cybersecurity company Cloudflare cut its service from 8chan, and O’Rourke’s plan calls for other providers to do the same.

“We must connect the dots between internet communities providing a platform for online radicalization and white supremacy, as propaganda outlets like Fox News fuel that fire, and the fact that hate crimes against Black and LGBTQ+ Americans are on the rise,” according to the post on O’Rourke’s campaign website.

O’Rourke’s proposal could have serious implications for social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Google-owned YouTube, which all came under fire after videos of the shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand proliferated on their platforms earlier this year.

The plan would require “large internet platforms to adopt terms of service to ban hateful activities, defined as those that incite or engage in violence, intimidation, harassment, threats, or defamation targeting an individual or group based on their actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, immigration status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.”

The plan doesn’t just apply to Big Tech companies. Companies of all sizes would be liable if they host content that promotes violence.

If enacted, these platforms would likely have to amend their policies and removal processes or face a greater threat of legal repercussions.

In his latest stance, O’Rourke joins his former opponent Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to whom he narrowly lost a bid for the state’s Senate seat last year. Cruz’s motivations for opposing the legal protection for tech companies are far different, however. During a debate leading up to the 2018 election, Cruz said he believes Big Tech does not deserve immunity if they cannot eliminate bias from their platforms.

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No evidence that violent video games are causing mass shootings, despite politicians’ claims

After shooting massacres last weekend killed 31 people and wounded dozens, some politicians are once again turning to a familiar scapegoat: video games. It is a recurring mantra that dates back generations: “violent video games make people more violent.” “When we look at when people play video games, we actually see a dip in violent crimes … and we don’t see an uptick later on.” Markey noted that while over 70% of high school students play violent video games, only 20% of school shooters have


After shooting massacres last weekend killed 31 people and wounded dozens, some politicians are once again turning to a familiar scapegoat: video games. It is a recurring mantra that dates back generations: “violent video games make people more violent.” “When we look at when people play video games, we actually see a dip in violent crimes … and we don’t see an uptick later on.” Markey noted that while over 70% of high school students play violent video games, only 20% of school shooters have
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No evidence that violent video games are causing mass shootings, despite politicians' claims

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After shooting massacres last weekend killed 31 people and wounded dozens, some politicians are once again turning to a familiar scapegoat: video games.

It is a recurring mantra that dates back generations: “violent video games make people more violent.” Only, there’s no evidence to actually back up that claim, experts say.

“The research is not there to suggest that there is a link between violent video games and these horrific acts of violence,” Patrick Markey, director of The Interpersonal Research Laboratory and professor of psychology at Villanova University, said. “When we look at when people play video games, we actually see a dip in violent crimes … and we don’t see an uptick later on.”

While some research has suggested the violent video games can cause a slight rise in aggression after being played, Russell Shilling, chief scientific officer at the American Psychological Association, said such cases are a small subset of the population. He was quick to note that aggression doesn’t mean violence and that much of these research has been misrepresented in the media.

Markey noted that while over 70% of high school students play violent video games, only 20% of school shooters have reported playing these games.

“School shooters have less interest in violent video games,” he said. He added that playing these types of games is normal activity for teens and school shooters tend to not be doing what their peers are doing.


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Walmart is taking displays of violent video games out of stores following El Paso shooting

Following two deadly shootings at Walmart stores this summer, the company is taking displays of violent video games out of stores. While some argue video games incite violent behavior and raise mental health concerns, there isn’t substantial evidence to back this claim up. I think if they had stopped selling video games and kept selling guns that would have been more of a red flag.” “The research is not there to suggest that there is a link between violent video games and these horrific acts of


Following two deadly shootings at Walmart stores this summer, the company is taking displays of violent video games out of stores. While some argue video games incite violent behavior and raise mental health concerns, there isn’t substantial evidence to back this claim up. I think if they had stopped selling video games and kept selling guns that would have been more of a red flag.” “The research is not there to suggest that there is a link between violent video games and these horrific acts of
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Walmart is taking displays of violent video games out of stores following El Paso shooting

People pay their respects at the makeshift memorial for victims of the shooting that left a total of 22 people dead at the Cielo Vista Mall WalMart in El Paso, Texas, on August 6, 2019.

Following two deadly shootings at Walmart stores this summer, the company is taking displays of violent video games out of stores.

Walmart this week sent workers in its stores a notice telling them to take “immediate action,” to “remove signing and displays referencing violence.” It called out specifically turning off PlayStation and Xbox units with violent graphics, and also to “cancel and events promoting combat or third-person shooter games.”

“We’ve taken this action out of respect for the incidents of the past week, and this action does not reflect a long-term change in our video game assortment,” a spokeswoman told CNBC on Friday.

While some argue video games incite violent behavior and raise mental health concerns, there isn’t substantial evidence to back this claim up.

“I’m going to give Walmart the benefit of the doubt on this one,” Patrick Markey, director of The Interpersonal Research Laboratory and professor of psychology at Villanova University, said. “I think they simply don’t want to remind shoppers of the violence. I think if they had stopped selling video games and kept selling guns that would have been more of a red flag.”

“The research is not there to suggest that there is a link between violent video games and these horrific acts of violence,” he said. “When we look at when people play video games, we actually see a dip in violent crimes … and we don’t see an uptick later on.”

Back in 2017, the American Psychology Association’s media psychology division published a policy statement that reads: “Scant evidence has emerged that makes any causal or correlational connection between playing violent video games and actually committing violent activities.”

By Friday morning, there was an active discussion on social media about the retailer’s changes. Reddit users who claim to be Walmart employees were questioning the new policy, saying it removes “virtual violence,” while continuing to sell guns.

Walmart declined to comment beyond its earlier statement.

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon earlier this week took to his social media accounts to say the company will be “thoughtful and deliberate” in how it responds to the shootings, one of which took place on July 30 at its El Paso store, where 22 people were killed.


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2020 Democratic candidates announce plans to combat gun violence, white nationalism following El Paso, Dayton massacres

Callaghan O’Hare | ReutersIn the wake of the weekend massacres in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are pushing proposals to curb gun violence. Buttigieg’s plan would provide $1 billion to augment law enforcement and intelligence efforts to address white nationalism and emphasizes closer monitoring of and cooperation with social media platforms to track and eliminate such groups. Inslee’s 10-point approachInslee also announced a plan to address white nation


Callaghan O’Hare | ReutersIn the wake of the weekend massacres in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are pushing proposals to curb gun violence. Buttigieg’s plan would provide $1 billion to augment law enforcement and intelligence efforts to address white nationalism and emphasizes closer monitoring of and cooperation with social media platforms to track and eliminate such groups. Inslee’s 10-point approachInslee also announced a plan to address white nation
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2020 Democratic candidates announce plans to combat gun violence, white nationalism following El Paso, Dayton massacres

Amber Ruiz and Jazmyn Blake embrace during a vigil a day after a mass shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, August 4, 2019. Callaghan O’Hare | Reuters

In the wake of the weekend massacres in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are pushing proposals to curb gun violence. Both South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee introduced detailed, multi-point plans Tuesday. Buttigieg’s plan would provide $1 billion to augment law enforcement and intelligence efforts to address white nationalism and emphasizes closer monitoring of and cooperation with social media platforms to track and eliminate such groups. Buttigieg said the U.S. must “name and shame” websites that fail to limit hate groups’ use of their services, specifically mentioning 8chan, the fringe forum where the alleged El Paso shooter and other mass shooters have posted white nationalist screeds. He also called for implementing universal background checks, including building a national gun licensing system, implementing “red flag” laws that allow judges to seize guns from those they deem a threat to themselves or others, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, closing loopholes in background check laws, and funding federal gun violence research. Buttigieg was a high school student in 1999 when the Columbine massacre took place. “Weapons like the one I carried in Afghanistan have no place on our streets or in our schools — least of all in the hands of white nationalists,” Buttigieg said in his proposal. “We’ve traumatized an entire generation and are set to traumatize yet another.”

Inslee’s 10-point approach

Inslee also announced a plan to address white nationalism and gun violence on Tuesday. His 10-point approach outlines steps to address the rise of white nationalism and limit access to firearms. He harshly criticized President Donald Trump for his response to the national rise in gun violence and white nationalism. “Combating white nationalist violence starts with a president who is willing to call out racism and put the tools of the federal government to work in tracking the scourge of extremist violence,” he states in the proposal. His plan proposes increasing investments that will enable law enforcement to identify and prosecute white nationalist extremists and creating international alliances that will strengthen counterterrorism efforts at home. Inslee also proposed limiting the “ease-of-access” to firearms by creating a national assault weapons ban that will apply to firearms like the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, which was used in the Dayton shooting. Citing the rise in hate crimes under the Trump administration, he proposed making a misdemeanor hate crime one of the list of federal prohibiting factors that would prevent a person from purchasing or owning a firearm. The proposal suggests prosecuting those who attempt to buy a gun while ineligible, banning “ghost guns” that are untraceable, implementing “red flag” laws, and improving the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives systems so that they can conduct thorough inspections. Inslee’s campaign declined to provide CNBC with a cost estimate for his plan.

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NBA 2K, Grand Theft Auto V help Take-Two surge past estimates

Videogame publisher Take-Two Interactive Software raised its full-year revenue forecast on Monday, based on the success of its games NBA 2K, Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption 2. Grand Theft Auto V has sold nearly 100 million units since its launch in 2013, making it one of the best-selling games ever for the company. Both the games were among the top-10 selling video games in June, according to NPD. New York-based Take-Two forecast second-quarter revenue of $860 million to $910 million,


Videogame publisher Take-Two Interactive Software raised its full-year revenue forecast on Monday, based on the success of its games NBA 2K, Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption 2. Grand Theft Auto V has sold nearly 100 million units since its launch in 2013, making it one of the best-selling games ever for the company. Both the games were among the top-10 selling video games in June, according to NPD. New York-based Take-Two forecast second-quarter revenue of $860 million to $910 million,
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NBA 2K, Grand Theft Auto V help Take-Two surge past estimates

Videogame publisher Take-Two Interactive Software raised its full-year revenue forecast on Monday, based on the success of its games NBA 2K, Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption 2.

The company, which has been working to secure a foothold in the changing gaming landscape, has managed to prevail over challenges posed by the rise of mobile-based, free-to-play games with its series of popular games.

Grand Theft Auto V has sold nearly 100 million units since its launch in 2013, making it one of the best-selling games ever for the company.

NBA 2K19, which debuted last September, was the 5th best-selling game of 2018, according to research firm NPD.

Both the games were among the top-10 selling video games in June, according to NPD.

The company’s raised forecast of $2.60 billion and $2.70 billion in adjusted revenue, up from its prior forecast $2.50 billion to $2.60 billion, was in line with estimates of $2.65 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

New York-based Take-Two forecast second-quarter revenue of $860 million to $910 million, above analysts’ estimates of $852.5 million.

On an adjusted basis, the game publisher’s revenue in the first quarter ended June 30 stood at $422.2 million, soaring above the average analyst estimate of $356.8 million.

Rival Electronic Arts posted first-quarter revenue above estimates last month, boosted by the strength of its battle royale game Apex Legends.

Shares of the company as well as other video game companies tanked after President Donald Trump, in response to the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, called for an end to glorification of violence and blamed “gruesome and grisly video games” for that.

“More than 165 million Americans enjoy video games, and billions of people play video games worldwide. Yet other societies, where video games are played as avidly, do not contend with the tragic levels of violence that occur in the U.S.,” said Entertainment Software Association in a statement.

Take-Two’s net income fell to $46.3 million, or 41 cents per share, from $71.7 million, or 62 cents per share, a year earlier.


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Violence is escalating in Hong Kong. Here are three possible outcomes

Riot police fire tear gas, after a march to call for democratic reforms in Hong Kong Edgar Su | ReutersBeijing is set to deliver a formal response to the ongoing Hong Kong protests at 3 p.m. local time on Monday. Such a move would “break a lot of beliefs that Hong Kong is autonomous,” he explained, adding that “investors would probably flee initially.” Wong echoed Bland’s assessment, saying “the situation in Hong Kong is not good. But it’s not to an extent that we need the PLA in Hong Kong.” But


Riot police fire tear gas, after a march to call for democratic reforms in Hong Kong Edgar Su | ReutersBeijing is set to deliver a formal response to the ongoing Hong Kong protests at 3 p.m. local time on Monday. Such a move would “break a lot of beliefs that Hong Kong is autonomous,” he explained, adding that “investors would probably flee initially.” Wong echoed Bland’s assessment, saying “the situation in Hong Kong is not good. But it’s not to an extent that we need the PLA in Hong Kong.” But
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Violence is escalating in Hong Kong. Here are three possible outcomes

Riot police fire tear gas, after a march to call for democratic reforms in Hong Kong Edgar Su | Reuters

Beijing is set to deliver a formal response to the ongoing Hong Kong protests at 3 p.m. local time on Monday. Demonstrations started eight weeks ago in the city against a legislative push to allow people in Hong Kong to be extradited to Mainland China, but they’ve snowballed into a movement for full democracy and autonomy from Beijing. Over the weekend, protesters again took to the streets, clashing with authorities. A march on Saturday against an assault the previous weekend by suspected triad gang members ended in violent turmoil as riot police waded in to disperse crowds. On Sunday, riot police fired rounds of tear gas and rubber bullets as demonstrators marched toward the Chinese government’s office in the city. As tensions escalate, China watchers are waiting to see how Beijing will respond. According to Ben Bland, director of the Southeast Asia Project at Sydney-based think tank the Lowy institute, there are three possible scenarios how the demonstrations could pan out from here. Three directions Hong Kong could head from here: Authorities wait out protesters Beijing intervenes directly, imposes martial law Authorities make meaningful concessions The most likely outcome, said Bland, is that Beijing and Hong Kong will try to wait out the protests, arrest rally leaders after the momentum slows down and “slowly bring the city back to order.” It’s unlikely, but possible, that Mainland authorities would directly intervene, Bland said, explaining that Beijing could exercise martial law but that would be the end of the “one country, two systems” principle. That concept was promised to Hong Kong when the former British colony was reunited with the mainland, and guarantees that the city maintains a separate economic and legal system. If Beijing were to send the People’s Liberation Army out into Hong Kong’s streets to “stabilize the situation” (which it suggested last week it could do) that would have “a big negative impact” on markets, according to Jackson Wong, asset manager director at Amber Hill Capital. Such a move would “break a lot of beliefs that Hong Kong is autonomous,” he explained, adding that “investors would probably flee initially.” Wong echoed Bland’s assessment, saying “the situation in Hong Kong is not good. But it’s not to an extent that we need the PLA in Hong Kong.”

On the other end of possibilities, Chinese authorities could give “real concessions” and allow Hong Kongers full democracy — the right to an unrestricted vote for their own parliament and leader — which is what many protesters demand, Bland said. A day after protesters stormed the legislative building, demonstration leaders released a statement making five demands: a full withdrawal of the proposed extradition bill; a retraction of the characterization of the movement as a “riot,” a retraction of the charges against anti-extradition protesters, the establishment of an independent committee to investigate the Hong Kong Police Force’s use of force, and the implementation of universal suffrage for the city’s chief executive officer role and its legislature by 2020. Some experts have pointed out that there has not been a singular protest leader with whom authorities could negotiate, but Bland said that isn’t the issue. At the end of the day, he explained, the Mainland Chinese government has not shown interest in negotiating a resolution. “There is no sign yet from Beijing or the Hong Kong government that they are willing to make any meaningful concessions beyond the suspension of the extradition bill which started this,” said Bland. Sean King, senior vice president of public policy and business development strategy firm Park Strategies offered similar analysis to Bland. Citing the mass killing of pro-democracy student protesters at Tiananmen Square 30 years ago, King said, “Beijing will have no moral qualms about” bringing in the military to intervene. But such an act “would totally lose the Hong Kong populace once and for all,” said King. He said he expects the protests to continue on for weeks or even months before any settlement might be reached. As for why Hong Kong Chief Executive Officer Carrie Lam has yet to step down, King said if she resigns then it would symbolize Beijing admitting defeat. “That would be giving into the masses,” said King. He added that, if mainland authorities give Hong Kongers what they demand, which is full fledged democracy, then it’s conceivable that citizens of Beijing, Shanghai and other mainland cities will ask for the same.

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Protests against Kazakhstan’s presidential election lead to violence in the capital

Though that may seem a sweeping victory for Jomart-Tokayev, the transfer of office has spurred unrest in the country’s capital Nur-Sultan and largest city Almaty. About 500 protesters were arrested by police, the BBC reported, citing local officials. The demonstration, decrying what protests called a “dictatorship” in the country, is the largest Kazakhstan has seen in recent years. As protest is not tolerated in the country, the demonstration led to violence in the streets. A BBC correspondent i


Though that may seem a sweeping victory for Jomart-Tokayev, the transfer of office has spurred unrest in the country’s capital Nur-Sultan and largest city Almaty. About 500 protesters were arrested by police, the BBC reported, citing local officials. The demonstration, decrying what protests called a “dictatorship” in the country, is the largest Kazakhstan has seen in recent years. As protest is not tolerated in the country, the demonstration led to violence in the streets. A BBC correspondent i
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Protests against Kazakhstan's presidential election lead to violence in the capital

Kazakhstan’s first president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, has stepped down after a nearly three-decade-long tenure.

His successor, Kassym Jomart-Tokayev, confirmed his position after taking nearly 71% of the vote in Sunday’s election against six other government-approved candidates, according to Foreign Policy. His closest opposition candidate trailed behind with 16.2%.

Though that may seem a sweeping victory for Jomart-Tokayev, the transfer of office has spurred unrest in the country’s capital Nur-Sultan and largest city Almaty.

About 500 protesters were arrested by police, the BBC reported, citing local officials. The demonstration, decrying what protests called a “dictatorship” in the country, is the largest Kazakhstan has seen in recent years.

As protest is not tolerated in the country, the demonstration led to violence in the streets. A BBC correspondent in Nur-Sultan reported people being dragged onto buses by riot police. Many journalists were also detained covering the protest, while social media platforms such as Facebook and Telegram were reportedly inaccessible in the country during that time.


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Reddit Co-founder Alexis Ohanian on Warren Buffett, Facebook, IPOs and more

Reddit Co-founder Alexis Ohanian on Warren Buffett, Facebook, IPOs and more8:38 AM ET Fri, 3 May 2019Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit and Initialized Capital, joins “Squawk Box” at Berkshire Hathaway’s annual investor meeting to discuss a wide range of topics including Facebook’s new policy to ban public figures that it says “promote or engage in violence and hate.”


Reddit Co-founder Alexis Ohanian on Warren Buffett, Facebook, IPOs and more8:38 AM ET Fri, 3 May 2019Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit and Initialized Capital, joins “Squawk Box” at Berkshire Hathaway’s annual investor meeting to discuss a wide range of topics including Facebook’s new policy to ban public figures that it says “promote or engage in violence and hate.”
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Reddit Co-founder Alexis Ohanian on Warren Buffett, Facebook, IPOs and more

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8:38 AM ET Fri, 3 May 2019

Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit and Initialized Capital, joins “Squawk Box” at Berkshire Hathaway’s annual investor meeting to discuss a wide range of topics including Facebook’s new policy to ban public figures that it says “promote or engage in violence and hate.”


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Sri Lanka’s tourism sector counts the human and financial toll of Easter attacks

Sri Lankan hotelier Roman Scott swung into crisis mode after the Easter Sunday attacks, driving across the island to make sure his employees and guests were safe. “First you go through absolute shock and then you start quickly moving … you have to close things down, assess the situation … see what happened to your staff,” he told CNBC on Friday. “All of them have lost family … sadly, we had funerals to deal with,” Scott said. Some 10 years on from Sri Lanka’s three-decade long civil war, t


Sri Lankan hotelier Roman Scott swung into crisis mode after the Easter Sunday attacks, driving across the island to make sure his employees and guests were safe. “First you go through absolute shock and then you start quickly moving … you have to close things down, assess the situation … see what happened to your staff,” he told CNBC on Friday. “All of them have lost family … sadly, we had funerals to deal with,” Scott said. Some 10 years on from Sri Lanka’s three-decade long civil war, t
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Sri Lanka's tourism sector counts the human and financial toll of Easter attacks

Sri Lankan hotelier Roman Scott swung into crisis mode after the Easter Sunday attacks, driving across the island to make sure his employees and guests were safe.

“First you go through absolute shock and then you start quickly moving … you have to close things down, assess the situation … see what happened to your staff,” he told CNBC on Friday.

Luckily, no harm came to them, though many did lose family in the western coastal city of Negombo where dozens died after suicide bombers targeted worshippers attending mass at St Sebastian’s church.

“All of them have lost family … sadly, we had funerals to deal with,” Scott said.

Some 10 years on from Sri Lanka’s three-decade long civil war, the country stands “terribly wounded,” Dilhan Fernando, CEO of Sri Lankan tea company Dilmah, said in an e-mail. The island “experienced violence at a level of ferocity that we did not see even during the 30 year conflict,” he said, adding that “everyone knows someone” who has been affected.

Sri Lankans and business owners like Fernando and Scott are now asking if the Easter Sunday attack was a one-off, or whether it is the start of a cycle of violence that could send an already shaky economy into a downward spiral.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-05-01  Authors: sri jegarajah
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Fresh violence in Libya could provide new shock to oil markets

DUBAI — A resurgence in fighting around the Libyan capital of Tripoli this week has driven U.S. forces to pull out of the country and is providing a new upside risk to global oil prices, underscoring the OPEC producer’s importance to markets and the fragility of its supply. “The Libyan conflict coming back onto the front of the mind of the marketplace is actually very significant right now,” Dave Ernsberger, global head of energy at S&P Global Platts, told CNBC in Dubai on Monday. “We’ve seen Ve


DUBAI — A resurgence in fighting around the Libyan capital of Tripoli this week has driven U.S. forces to pull out of the country and is providing a new upside risk to global oil prices, underscoring the OPEC producer’s importance to markets and the fragility of its supply. “The Libyan conflict coming back onto the front of the mind of the marketplace is actually very significant right now,” Dave Ernsberger, global head of energy at S&P Global Platts, told CNBC in Dubai on Monday. “We’ve seen Ve
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Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-04-08  Authors: natasha turak, mahmud turkia, afp, getty images
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Fresh violence in Libya could provide new shock to oil markets

DUBAI — A resurgence in fighting around the Libyan capital of Tripoli this week has driven U.S. forces to pull out of the country and is providing a new upside risk to global oil prices, underscoring the OPEC producer’s importance to markets and the fragility of its supply.

Rebel forces loyal to renegade General Khalifa Hifter, who effectively controls the country’s breakaway east, launched a surprise offensive against the home of Libya’s UN-recognized government last week in a move that risks plunging the country back into civil war.

“The Libyan conflict coming back onto the front of the mind of the marketplace is actually very significant right now,” Dave Ernsberger, global head of energy at S&P Global Platts, told CNBC in Dubai on Monday.

“We’ve seen Venezuelan production fall of a cliff, we’ve seen already inventories against the five-year average move into more bullish levels, so the fact that there might be a lack of Libyan supply to the market is potentially a bit of a shock right now.”

The looming conflict follows a surge in crude futures in recent months on the back of tightening supply, with global benchmark Brent and U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) both rallying more than 20 percent since the start of 2019.

Brent crude stood at $70 a barrel on Monday, with WTI trading at around $63.

A 75-year-old general who holds American citizenship, Hifter was formerly a Gadhafi ally but returned to Libya in 2011, after years in the U.S., to join the NATO offensive that toppled the dictator.


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