7 Reasons Why Training Doesn't Produce the Desired Results and What You Can Do To
Seven Reasons Why Training Doesn't Produce the Desired Results and What You Can Do To Improve Your Results
Overview Abraham Maslow said, "If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail." As managers, leaders and change agents, we want to improve our organizational performance. Often training is seen as an important tool in this pursuit. Training is a fabulous tool! It can provide awareness, knowledge, skills and maybe even a chance to practice. However, all of our change efforts aren't nails, so training isn't our only tool. This special report identifies seven common reasons why training doesn't meet it's goals - even when it is the right tool - and more importantly - gives you some action steps to avoid these pitfalls.
The "Who's Accountable?" Game People rarely are held accountable for using what they learned in a course or workshop when they get back to the workplace. So some people recognize going to training as a game. That's why training is seldom seen (by anyone in the organization) as what it could and should be - a strategic part of the business, with responsibility for performance enhancement. Regardless of how training is viewed, if people aren't held accountable, how likely is it that real performance change will occur? All of the actions below will make accountability clear.
What You Can Do
? Give people a clear message before participating in training what the expectations of them will be when they return. ? Plan some time with the participant both before and after the training session. ? Let participants know before they attend that an action plan is expected as a result of the training session. (Then be interested in the outcome.) ? Ask participants how you can help them reach their new performance goals.
The Cafeteria Cause - "Course du Jour" Often training has no connection to the strategic objectives of the organization. Whether true or not, the prevalent perception in the organization is that there is no rhyme or reason to the latest training course. This cause is called "Course du Jour" because often organizations offer new training just like some people try new diets. New business books (and accompanying "hot" new training topics) are published with the frequency of new diet plans - and the similarities continue! With the fad popular diets, people hear about the new approach, buy the book, get excited, try the diet, and soon leave it - usually before they received any real benefit. The same thing happens in an organization. The new training topic, approach, idea or craze is tried and dropped before results can occur.. There's usually nothing wrong with the training introduced, but usually it isn't supported in the organization - or given the time to work. In these instances, the company is wasting time and money and confusing the majority of the employees. Maybe most costly however is the risk of fostering cynicism and reducing the credibility of leadership.
What You Can Do
? Make training decisions based on strategic direction and real performance gaps. Once those training priorities have been set, stick to them. ? Make a commitment to get a return on that training investment. ? Resolve to give the training time and support to work. ? Determine clear performance outcomes for the effort up front. ? When a new "hot topic" training course is proposed, ask, "How does this fit with what we've been doing? Is this just our next diet?" ? Use real work in the training when possible.
The Piling on the Work Paradigm Many times managers and leaders see training as an expensive waste of time. When they attend classes, they continually think about all the work that is piling up "back in the office". Their employees see this attitude through their leader's actions. This thinking grows because leaders don't explain the reasons for the course and don't help people deal with the workload while they are gone. Since you can't make people learn, these situations can be disastrous in the training session itself. People may resent having to be in the training because they don't understand why they're there, and they know they'll have to work harder when they get back to the job to catch up. In this situation the participants may leave more cynical than when they arrived, with few if any new skills to counteract that possible effect.
What You Can Do
? Do everything possible to make sure all of management is on-board with the training and its purpose. ? Make a commitment to get a return on that training investment. ? Resolve to give the training time and support to work. ? Determine clear performance outcomes for the effort up front. ? Set up a plan to handle the work while the participant is learning. This action speaks volumes about the importance of the training. It will also improve their ability to focus on the session (e.g. "My critical work is being handled", and " Whew, I'm sure glad that most of my mail will have been handled when I get back!")
The January Third Application Assignment Well designed training with motivated learners will result in people leaving training with some clear ideas about how they plan to apply what they've learned back on the job. But well intentioned as those plans might be, they may be no more effective than most New Year's Resolutions. Old habits are hard to break! Habits are especially hard to break when there is no support for the new skills and behaviors back in the workplace.
What You Can Do
? Give people a clear message before participating in training what the expectations of them will be when they return. ? Plan some time with the participant both before and after the training session. ? Let them know before they attend, that an action plan is expected as a result of the training session. (Then be interested in the outcome.) ? Ask them how you can help them reach their new performance goals. All of these actions will make accountability clear. ? Give an entire work group training in new information and skills at the same time. (Whenever possible and appropriate.) ? Use real work in the training when possible.
The Sleepwear Syndrome - "One-Size-Fits-All" Often times a T-shirt or sleepwear is designed to be "one size-fits-all" and serves its purpose. Training isn't sleepwear and probably won't be effective that way. Look at it this way: though all the teen-age kids might wear one size of sweatshirt to school, would people wear the same size suit or skirt to work? If they did, would they look as good or perform well? In other words, one-size-fits-all garments aren't all that versatile for different situations. The basic goal of clothing - to cover our body and provide warmth - would be achieved, but many other reasons why we wear clothing would not be satisfied. The same is true for training in the workplace. Too often, generic, across-the-board training is administered. The basic premise with this syndrome is that "We'll give it to everyone - to be fair - maybe everyone doesn't need this information or lack the skills, but at least we will make sure we don't leave anyone out." In reality often management doesn't really know who needs the new skills and knowledge.
What You Can Do
? Base training and participation decisions on skills needed to be effective in the workplace.
The Lone Ranger Situation Often people are sent to training as a perk, a reward, or as a way to get them in a new surrounding for awhile. In most cases, people in a team or work group may never all see the same training, except for the "Course du Jour" or "One-Size-Fits-All" variety. Some times people need specific skills to perform a specific part of their work. Often though, the "perk" training workshops are for skills many people in the group could use (or maybe they'll all be sent over-time; after all, everyone can't be gone at once.) The result? People come back to work in a vacuum. Not only are they not accountable (Reason Number One above), but no one they work with has the same new skills and knowledge that they do. Without support, as a Lone Ranger, the new ideas they bring back may not get implemented due to peer resistance or ignorance.
What You Can Do
? Give an entire work group training in new information and skills at the same time. (Whenever possible and appropriate.) ? Build training that is linked to the problems at work as well. ? Use real work in the training when possible.
The "Name That Tune" Game This problem arises when, in the name of expediency or efficiency, training time is compacted. Trainers are asked to "Name That Tune" (or complete the training) in shorter and shorter time blocks. This show starts with "The Management Team only needs an overview", and ends with training being designed to fit a time slot, as opposed to being designed to build specific skills. The typical result of the "Name That Tune - shorten the session for my people Game", is training that is little more that exposure to a topic area - not training which can transfer real skills, with real practice time in the classroom.
What You Can Do
? Give the training staff some muscle - let them be strong advocates for training that is skill based, and not just meant to fill the ever-shortening time slot. ? Determine clear performance outcomes for the effort up front.
Final Thoughts Training can be expensive, often time consuming, and disappointing - both to the individuals and to the organization. Training and learning is also vitally important to the success of organizations. These Seven Reasons are often why training is so disappointing and time consuming. Taking the actions listed will help reduce the cost, lower the frustration and disappointment and drastically increase the effectiveness of the training in your organization.
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Responding to a question about hiring vans, May said:
We must look carefully, of course, at the powers that our police and agencies need to be able to deal with terrorism. Thatâs why the government has initiated a review, which we did after the attacks that took place in Manchester and London earlier this year, to look at the capabilities that our police have to deal with this threat.
But, as we see from the attack in Barcelona, this is a threat that is faced across the world and we must work together to rid the internet of the poisonous material that drives terrorism and to deal with the terrorists.
Theresa May says the authorities are looking into reports of a British child believed to be missing in Spain following the attacks.
Can you make a city safe against terrorists using vehicles as weapons? No, is the short answer, no more than you can against terrorists using other everyday items to execute attacks.
But authorities can do much to mitigate the threat, at least to some obvious targets. With hindsight, officials will be regretting not moving faster to boost security measures on Las Ramblas boulevard, packed with tourists on a sunny August afternoon, after vehicle attacks elsewhere in Europe since last year.
There is no way Zimbabwean first lady will be arrested over modelâs allegation of assault in hotel, says source in Pretoria
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Pact would give Saudi Arabia a leading role in rebuilding war-torn country, and allow it to shepherd Iraq away from its rival Iran
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Meetings between senior officials on both sides over the past six months have focused on shepherding Iraq away from its powerful neighbour and Saudi Arabiaâs long-time rival, Iran, whose influence over Iraqi affairs has grown sharply since the 2003 ousting of Saddam Hussein.
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Other city residents are luckier. They can avoid the outdoors altogether, escaping the inferno by sheltering in malls, cars and office buildings, where temperatures are kept polar-cold.
Donald Trump on Thursday lamented the removal of âbeautiful statues and monumentsâ commemorating the Confederacy, saying that he was âsadâ to see Americaâs history and culture âripped apartâ by efforts to take down the memorials.
Trump finds himself increasingly isolated after defending the white supremacists who led a march on Saturday to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Alex Chow, Nathan Law, and Joshua Wong given six to eight month sentences for roles in anti-government occupation known as the umbrella movement
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In choosing a jury for entrepreneurâs fraud trial, the court dealt with anger over his treatment of the Wu-Tang Clan and concerns that he looked like âa snakeâ
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Shkreli was convicted of fraud earlier this month after deceiving investors in two failed hedge funds. But the perpetually smirking âpharma broâ is best known for hiking the price of a drug used by people with Aids by 5,000% and for buying the only copy of a 2014 Wu-Tang Clan album, then refusing to let people listen to the whole thing.
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All have their tales of violence, told fast and quietly while looking at the red soil between naked and calloused feet, or staring into the vast blue sky above the bush. These memories are too fresh to confront face on.
Wayne Lotter had received numerous death threats while battling international ivory-trafficking networks
The head of an animal conservation NGO who had received numerous death threats has been shot and killed by an unknown gunman in Tanzania.
Wayne Lotter, 51, was shot on Wednesday evening in the Masaki district of the city of Dar es Salaam. The wildlife conservationist was being driven from the airport to his hotel when his taxi was stopped by another vehicle. Two men, one armed with a gun opened his car door and shot him.
White House figure tells the American Prospect magazine there is no military solution to North Korea and warns of a China trade war
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Bannon, who has been called the mastermind behind Donald Trumpâs nationalist agenda, made the controversial and unsolicited remarks to Robert Kuttner, co-founder and co-editor of the American Prospect, a leftwing political magazine, in an interview published Wednesday.
Late musicianâs family write an open letter to demand the âCash name be kept far away from destructive and hateful ideologyâ
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Games company launches lawsuit accusing food giant of âplain and blatantâ breach of its copyright in classic video game
NestlĂŠ has been accused of copying Atariâs classic 1970s video game Breakout for a KitKat marketing campaign.
In a complaint filed on Thursday in a federal court in San Francisco, Atari said NestlĂŠ knowingly exploited the Breakout name, look and feel through social media and a video, hoping to leverage âthe special place it holds among nostalgic baby boomers, Generation X, and even todayâs millennial and post-millennial gamersâ.
Officers seeking younger brother of man arrested on suspicion of hiring van that was used to kill 13 people on Las Ramblas
Spanish police investigating the Barcelona terrorist attack are hunting an 18-year-old man who is suspected of driving the van that ploughed along Las Ramblas on Thursday, killing at least 13 people and injuring more than 100.
Police sources told Spanish media they were looking for Moussa Oukabir, the younger brother of Driss Oukabir, who was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of hiring the van used in the attack. Driss Oukabir has denied involvement and is reported to have told police that his identity documents were stolen before they were used to obtain the vehicle.
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In a timelapse video of an intersection without any traffic signals in Ethiopiaâs capital, Addis Ababa, this apparent chaos has been captured in action.
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Appearing on the front seat of buses in the South Korean capital earlier this week, the statues were installed by the Dong-A Transit company as a potent reminder of an unresolved wartime atrocity whose roots lie in Japanâs 1910-1945 occupation of the Korean peninsula.
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As the centre of operations for allied forces in the Balkans during the first world war, Thessaloniki had no fire service and its water supply was requisitioned by foreign soldiers â which, along with the Vadaris wind, is why the Great Fire attained historic proportions.
Streets across the world are littered with gum, and although many cities have tried and failed to eradicate these sticky circles, Mexico City continues to wage this seemingly unwinnable war
Each night dozens of trucks carrying 15 people depart from Mexico Cityâs downtown to Francisco I Madero Avenue, the most famous pedestrian street in the capital. Armed with 90C vapour guns called Terminators, the group begins the laborious task of combing the street looking for small, black circles fastened to the ground.
It takes them three days, working in eight-hour shifts, to go through the 9,000 sq metre avenue. By the end, they have removed a total of 11,000 pieces of chewing gum.
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On a particularly hot Saturday afternoon, a former gang member turned community activist, Israel RĂos, appears at the house. âYou are too young for this!â he scolds. RĂos promises to give the assembled kids English classes, despite El Botellasâ insistence that he is not interested in learning.
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Behind her, a group of women wearing T-shirts and skinny jeans are dancing to loud pop music. One of them climbs on top of a table and sways her hips to the rhythm of the music. A group of schoolgirls wearing white headscarves stop to watch.
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Confederate symbols have become a crucible of racial tension in the US. White nationalists claim they are important monuments â but are they just a way to rewrite an ugly history and revive the battles of the past?
In St Paulâs memorial church in Charlottesville, Virginia, last Friday, just up the street from where white supremacists were gathering for a torchlight rally, Cornel West explained why African Americans saw the removal of Confederate monuments as so important.
On hearing that hundreds of white supremacists were gathered in a nearby park, the civil rights leader said, with a hint of weariness: âThese are chickens coming home to roost. We should have eliminated these statues a long time ago.
The Jewish couple have kept quiet since presidentâs defence of antisemitic protesters. Asks a rabbi: âWho knows if this is what will set people over the edge?â
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The US presidentâs daughter and son-in-law have been conspicuously silent since his reiterated claim on Tuesday that âboth sidesâ were responsible for last Saturdayâs violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one civil rights activist dead. White supremacists waved insignias from Nazi Germany, abused Kushner and yelled: âJews will not replace us.â
Chris Birch remembers the British empireâs scramble to destroy its records as colonial rule came to a close, and Nitin Mehta lists the achievements of India since partition
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â˘ In the article titled Partition, 70 years on (Review, 5 August) your contributors failed to acknowledge a single Indian achievement. India is a relative place of calm. Tens of millions of people from different faiths and ethnic background go about their lives with no fear. Many have achieved the highest positions in Indian society. This is a country where persecuted Zoroastrians, BahĂĄâĂs, Tibetans and many others have found a safe home; that embraced mother Theresa and gave her the highest honour; where Jewish people have lived for 2,000 years and never faced any persecution. Indiaâs education system has produced people who now dominate Nasa and the Silicon Valley in US. Some Indian educational institutions are among the best in the world. India is a world leader in IT, it has a multibillion-dollar space commerce business, launching satellites for many countries. It is one of the few countries to have designed a super computer. There are 56 Indian companies featured in the Forbes 2000 list of the largest and most powerful companies in the world. Midnightâs children have achieved a lot. Nitin Mehta London
An open letter from political figures around the world calls on Beijing to free three jailed pro-democracy activists
The decision by the courts in Hong Kong to sentence three courageous, principled young men to jail yesterday is an outrageous miscarriage of justice, a death knell for Hong Kongâs rule of law and basic human rights, and a severe blow to the principles of âone country, two systemsâ on which Hong Kong was returned to China 20 years ago.
Joshua Wong, Alex Chow and Nathan Law helped lead the umbrella movement in Hong Kong in 2014 â one of the most peaceful and restrained movements of public protest the world has ever seen. Joshua Wong and Nathan Law have already served the penalties imposed by a court a year ago. Joshua Wong served 80 hours of community service and Nathan Law 120 hours. Alex Chow received a three-week suspended prison sentence a year ago. Yet the Hong Kong government decided to reopen the case and seek tougher punishments. Yesterday the court of appeal jailed Joshua Wong for six months, Alex Chow for seven months and Nathan Law for eight months.
As Barnaby Joyce and Fiona Nash face high court cases over citizenship, the constitution says parliamentarians cannot be ministers if not validly elected
Labor has opened a new front in the Turnbull governmentâs citizenship crisis, raising the prospect that ministers may be unable to validly execute their ministerial duties under the constitution while there is a question about whether they have been validly elected.
Fourteen people have been confirmed killed in two attacks in Spain on Thursday. Thirteen died when a van was driven in to crowds on Las Ramblas in Barcelona, and one person was killed by a car in Cambrils, a coastal town 75 miles (120km) to the the south. The horrific events appear to have begun the night before, in another town 120 miles south of Barcelona.
The deadly attacks in Catalonia â in which at least 13 people were killed in a van attack in Barcelona, before five suspected terrorists were shot dead in a second incident in Cambrils â appear to be connected to an explosion on Wednesday night in Alcanar, 200km south-west of Barcelona
Political figures from the UK, US and around the world call for release of three jailed umbrella movement activists
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Marise Payne says Australia has power to âred flagâ coalition attacks but declines to comment further on death of Sharroufâs two sons in the airstrike
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But she would not say if Australia played an operational role in the airstrike â on an Islamic State stronghold in Syria â that also caused the deaths of Sharroufâs two sons, Abdullah, 12 and Zarqawi, 11.
Women of the Baiga tribe have traditionally been marked as a sign of identity. But as more girls go to school, they are starting to reject the practice, which they say is âpainful and embarrassingâ
Transparency campaigners highlight alleged human rights abuses in Egypt as controversial conflict, stability and security fund comes under scrutiny again
The government is facing questions over transparency after almost ÂŁ2 million in aid and defence funding was given to security projects in Egypt, including support for policing, the criminal justice system and the treatment of juvenile detainees.
The news comes with Egyptâs security forces under fire from human rights groups for routine disappearances, the torture of detainees, and the jailing of political opponents and journalists.
Land rights activists applaud rejection of case brought by Brazilian state that claimed it was due compensation for award of territory to native inhabitants
The Brazilian supreme court has ruled in favour of two tribes in a case that is being hailed as a significant victory for indigenous land rights.
The unanimous decision â which went against the state of Mato Grosso do Sul â settled a dispute over land traditionally occupied by indigenous people and ordered the authorities to respect the demarcation of land.
A port city in the Tunisian capital might seem an innocuous setting for the celebration of a Christian tradition, yet the rekindling of the procession of the Assumption speaks of a culture that defies sectarianism
About 150 people are crowded into the 19th-century church of Saint Augustin and Saint FidĂ¨le in the Tunis suburb of La Goulette. More are gathered outside in the summer heat, behind the iron railings lining the narrow streets of Little Sicily, the neighbourhood where the fishing townâs Italian migrants once settled and established themselves.
The crowds have come to see the first procession of the Assumption to be staged in the city since the tradition died out in the early 60s. In its heyday, the flower-decked statue of the Virgin of Trapani would be carried through the packed streets of La Goulette to the harbour where, alongside the areaâs Muslim and Jewish population, priests would bless the fishing boats and their crews.
Hundreds gather at Freetown mortuary to search for loved ones as UN evaluates risk of further landslides, after disaster that has so far claimed 400 lives
Hundreds have queued outside a mortuary in Freetown to search for their loved ones, following a mudslide on Monday that has claimed at least 400 lives.
A further 600 people are still unaccounted for, according to the Red Cross, which has continued to search for bodies buried in the debris. Recovery efforts have been hampered by the countryâs dangerous terrain, a lack of equipment and the sheer scale of the tragedy.
Hundreds feared dead, thousands still missing and many more left homeless after mud engulfs houses near the capital, Freetown
Sierra Leoneâs president has appealed for urgent help to support the thousands of people affected by a devastating mudslide on the outskirts of the countryâs capital.
A national emergency has been declared after the city suffered heavy flooding, thought to be the worst in Africa over the past two decades.Freetownâs mayor, Sam Gibson, said 270 corpses had been recovered and were âbeing prepared for burialâ, while the chief coroner told Reuters that nearly 400 bodies had been found. Estimates of the numbers missing vary: the Red Cross reported that 600 people have not been traced, while the countryâs interior minister has said thousands are unaccounted for.
Critics allege that it is not just caste discrimination leading many Dalits in Nepal to turn away from Hindu beliefs and become Christians
Ram Maya Sunar had two miscarriages. Then she had a daughter, who died of pneumonia when she was one. âMy second child died from tuberculosis at just six months. Iâm still haunted by it,â Sunar says, sitting outside her concrete block hut in the village of Thakaldanda, in southern Nepalâs Makwanpur district.
The apparent terrorist attack in Barcelona underlines three harsh lessons learned by security services â and the general public â over recent months and years.
The first is that the use of vehicles as weapons is now an established tactic by extremists, one of the dozen or so employed in the last two decades that should be considered a standard part of the terrorist arsenal. In the last 13 months there have been similar attacks in France, Germany, Sweden and the UK.
Detention of protest leaders highlights how âone country, two systemsâ framework is on a knife edge, activists say
For Hong Kongâs embattled democracy movement the 20th anniversary of the UKâs handover to China has been nothing short of an annus horribilis.
But on Thursday afternoon, just minutes after the former British colonyâs high court had transformed him into one of the cityâs first prisoners of conscience, Joshua Wong struck a decidedly an upbeat tone.
The Republican party was left reeling after the president defended those who took part in a white supremacist rally. Hereâs a look at who said what
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The president insisted there was âblame on both sidesâ as he appeared to assert a moral equivalence between activists protesting racism and neo-Nazis carrying signs with swastikas and racial slurs during the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
In 2016, Louise Vincent lost both her teenage daughter and her right leg. The leg had been injured in a car accident; after doctors failed to treat her pain effectively, she ultimately relapsed into opioid addiction and an infection festered.
Her daughter, Selena â who, like her mother, had diagnoses of both addiction and bipolar disorder â died at 19 of an opioid overdose while in rehab. Her mother had sent her away to try to protect her. But the program turned out to be so negligent that it had no overdose protocol or antidote on hand.
We break down how the White House, Breitbart News, Steve Bannon and Trumpâs cabinet are all connected to recent events in Charlottesville
Activists say so. A group of civil rights and faith leaders called on Donald Trump to directly disavow the white supremacists marching in Charlottesville on Saturday and fire White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka and senior adviser Stephen Miller, whom they say âhave stoked hate and divisionâ.
The presidentâs refusal to properly condemn the attack in Charlottesville is consistent with past comments and a divisive campaign that stoked hatred
After the deadly violence involving white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Donald Trumpâs failure to find the right response, Barack Obama stepped into the void with an assist from South Africaâs first black president, Nelson Mandela: âNo one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.â
Trumpâs tepid response, so stark in contrast to his predecessorâs handling of tragedies such as the Sandy Hook school and Charleston church shootings, is arguably the low point of his short presidency to date. It is likely to dominate journalistsâ questions at his next public appearance â originally expected in Washington DC on Monday but now unlikely during his single day in the capital.
No previous US president of modern times would have failed to condemn his countryâs white nationalists. This one did
As George W Bushâs speechwriter put it this weekend, it is one of the âdifficult but primary dutiesâ of a political leader to speak for a nation in traumatic times. A space shuttle explodes, a school student goes on a shooting spree, a terrorist flies a plane into a building, a hurricane floods a city. When such things happen, Michael Gerson wrote in the Washington Post, âIt falls to the president to express something of the nationâs soul.â Yet if Donald Trumpâs words about the violent white extremist mobilisation in Virginia on Saturday â which an under-pressure White House was desperately trying to clarify on Sunday â are an expression of its soul, America may be on the road to perdition.
The original United States of America was built on white supremacy. The US constitution of 1787 treated black slaves as equivalent to three-fifths of a free white and gave no rights at all to Native Americans, who were regarded as belonging to their own nations. After the civil war, Jim Crow laws enforced segregation across the defeated south and comprehensively disfranchised African Americans for nearly a century. Writing Mein Kampf in the 1920s, Adolf Hitler praised Americaâs institutional racism as a model from which Nazi Germany could learn. Only in the postwar period, and then slowly and incompletely, was meaningful racial equality pursued by the land of the free.
The white supremacists Donald Trump is loath to criticise made cityâs plan to remove a Confederate statue their rallying point
Eight years ago, as the nationâs first black president took office, pundits debated whether Barack Obamaâs election marked the rise of a âpost-racial Americaâ.
On Saturday, hundreds of American neo-Nazis and white nationalists clashed with anti-fascist demonstrators in the streets of a liberal university town, sending the city into chaos as the governor declared a state of emergency. The white nationalists had planned to rally around a statue of the Confederate general Robert E Lee, which Charlottesville, Virginia, had decided to remove from a public park.
Police commissioner Josep Lluis Trapero says two people have been arrested who are suspected of direct links to the Barcelona van attack and an earlier explosion at a flat 200km away in Alcanar in which one person was killed and several injured. Neither of the detainees was the driver of the van in Thursdayâs atrocity, he said. The arrests took place in the northern Catalan town of Ripoll and in Alcanar. The incidents in Barcelona and Alcanar are being linked to the killing by police of four terror suspects in Cambrils, 120km from Barcelona.
People take cover as approximately eight shots ring out in the town of Cambrils, about 120km from Barcelona early on Friday. Catalan police later confirmed that officers shot dead four alleged âperpetratorsâ and injured one more during the counter-terror raids there. It follows the deaths of at least 13 people in a van attack in Barcelona.
A Canadian woman who lost her engagement ring 13 years ago while weeding her garden on the family farm is wearing it proudly again after her daughter-in-law pulled it from the ground attached to a misshapen carrot. Mary Grams, 84, says she never told her husband, Norman, that she lost the ring
The Dugway proving ground is run by the US military in the middle of the Utah desert. Inside the 800,000-acre facility, staff test some of the deadliest biological and chemical agents on Earth, developing procedures to counter their effects and train military units in simulated hostile environments
Hundreds of people gather at the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville on Wednesday evening for a candlelit vigil against hate and violence. Marchers assembled peacefully in the same place where hundreds of torch-carrying white nationalists marched on Friday, when several fights broke out. There were chaotic scenes at the weekend during another rally in which a counter-protester was killed.
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