Category Archives: US Elections

USA– For Abortion Rights, Against Trump, Against Fascism: Why American Jews Won’t Stop Fighting – Opinion

For the great majority of Jewish Americans, any embrace of Trump is impossible, the potential overturning of Roe is abhorrent, the MAGA culture wars are madness and the moral collapse of the Supreme Court is a tragedy

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Haaretz  

This past weeks were terrible for America.

The apparent decision of the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade was one more blow, and a devastating one, to America’s system of democratic governance.  

Do you remember, not so long ago, when American democracy was a beacon in a world clouded by tyranny? But that time has passed.        Continue reading

U.S.A — Anti-democratic forces deploying Black Codes against autocracy opponents – By Mohamed Hamaludin

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

Chris Wallace, formerly of Fox News, was visibly surprised when, in a CNN+ interview, journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones reminded him that the United States was not established as a democracy. The creator of the 1619 Project informed Wallace that, at its birth, the nation still enslaved millions of Africans. She could have added genocide against Indigenous peoples and that, anyhow, only land-owners could vote.

The matter of a universal franchise did not surface until after the Civil War ended in 1865 and the right to vote, fundamental to democracy, has been on a tortuous journey which is now being traveled backwards more than 150 years later. President Andrew Johnson scuttled Reconstruction and empowered the defeated states to set up their governments and, between 1865 and 1866; they promptly enacted laws — the Black Codes –denying citizenship to African Americans.              Continue reading

USA: New York: Senator Brian Benjamin. accepts nomination of lieutenant governor

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New York Governor Kathy Hochul and New York Senator Brian Benjamin.
Office of the Governor of New York/File
Caribbean American New York State Lieutenant Governor, Brian Benjamin on Thursday accepted the nomination of the New York State Democratic Party for lieutenant governor.

The State Party voted unanimously at the New York State Democratic Convention, at the Sheridan Hotel in midtown Manhattan, to nominate Benjamin, 44, the son of a Guyanese mother and Jamaican father, as the party’s choice for lieutenant governor in this year’s election.        Continue reading

U.S.A.: Sabotage of Build Back Better plan another act of one-sided class warfare – By Mohamed Hamaludin

– By Mohamed Hamaludin

Poverty in the United States has been so pervasive that some adjunct professors, facing homelessness because of low pay, resorted to sleeping in their cars or doing sex work, The Guardian once reported.

A quarter of part-time college academics were said to be enrolled in public assistance programs such as Medicaid. “They resort to food banks and Goodwill and there is even an adjuncts’ cookbook that shows how to turn items like beef scraps, chicken bones and orange peel into meals. And then there are those who are either on the streets or teetering on the edge of losing stable housing,” The Guardian said.

Also, some teenagers in low-income communities trade sex work for food, according to a study cited in another Guardian story. They “do sex work, save school lunches, sell drugs and join gangs for food,” The Guardian said, citing a report from the Washington, D.C.-based Urban Institute.            Continue reading

USA: Listen Up! — Dr. King Still Speaks to Us if We Will Listen – by Patrick Murfin

Dr. Martin Luther King

SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2022

 Posted by Patrick Murfin – Dr. King Still Speaks to Us if We Will Listen

When the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jrwas being held in jail in Alabama in 1963 he received a letter signed by several well-known White self-proclaimed racial moderates and liberal ministers who decried the unpleasantness and social disruption of the on-going campaign against racial discrimination in Birmingham.

Since he had unaccustomed time on his hands he took the time to patiently, even lovingly explain the situation in America’s most segregated city and why he and the Black citizens of the city were compelled to launch their campaign of non-violent direct action braving beatings, dogs, firehoses, threats, bombings, and jail to do so.        Continue reading

U.S.A.: Filibuster: the 10-letter dirty word Democrats hope to clean up – By Mohamed Hamaludin

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

The Democratic Party controls the White House, the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives and yet cannot pass critical voting rights reform legislation because fellow travelers Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Krysten Sinema of Arizona, regarded as “moderates” in a party which has turned increasingly progressive, wield unofficial veto power through a political quirk.

The Senate is evenly divided but Democrats have a slim majority because the Vice President is also the Senate president with one vote, giving them a 51-50 majority. That should be enough for them to pass legislation not just in the House, where they have a majority, but also in the Senate, except for something called the filibuster. The word originated from the Dutch “vrijbuiter” or “freebooter” but came to mean “obstructing progress in a legislative assembly” or “political stonewalling,” Wikileaks notes.      Continue reading

U.S.A.: No good sign for a return to normalcy a year after the failed coup – By Mohamed Hamaludin

— By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

For the past 365 days, the most startling video footage has been of the violent attempt to nullify the results of the November 2020 presidential election.

One woman was shot trying to force her way into the Capitol building, five people died, including Capitol police officers who killed themselves, and 140 of them were wounded. The FBI has so far arrested 700 people, has charged at least 150 of them and about 50 have so far been convicted in court. A bipartisan House panel is investigating the insurrection. Five months into its work, the commission had interviewed 250 people, the Associated Press reported.

Yet, only 54 percent of Americans say the insurrectionists were “mostly violent,” 19 percent said they had been “mostly peaceful” and 27 percent said they were equally peaceful and violent, the Washington Post reported, citing the findings of a poll. While 85 percent of Democrats call it an “insurrection” aimed at “trying to overthrow the government,” only 21 percent of Republicans agreed, with 56 percent describing it as “defending freedom” and 47 percent calling an act of “patriotism,” Politico reported, citing a CBS poll.        Continue reading

U.S.A: Dog-whistle racism in elections dates back decades before the Virginia election – By Mohamed Hamaludin

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

Republican Gregg Youngkin’s victory in Virginia’s November 2 gubernatorial election is credited to many factor but none more significant than racism.

As The Guardian’s David Smith wrote, Youngkin “promised to ban critical race theory from Virginia’s schools on his first day in office. It mattered little that CRT, an academic discipline that examines the ways in which racism operates in U.S. laws and society, is not taught in Virginia’s schools but has become a catch-all for any teaching about race and American history.”

Smith, and others, noted that this was not the first time the “right dog-whistle” was blown during an election. Richard Nixon’s “law and order” campaign in 1968 appealed “to racial fear and resentment without using overtly racist language” in the South. Ten years later, Ronald Reagan attacked “welfare queens” to demonize African American women, basing it on just one person, Linda Taylor, without naming her.        Continue reading

USA: To Trump’s Hard-Core Supporter; His Rallies Weren’t Politics. They Were Life.

What 2020 looked like from the front row on the campaign trail

Michael C. Bender | The Washington Post

Donald Trump soaked in the adoration as he commanded a rally stage inside a massive central Florida arena. I stewed in my seat and stopped taking notes.

It was the third summer of Trump’s presidency, and the event had been billed as the official kickoff of his re-election campaign. What unfolded, however, was effectively the same rally I’d already covered at least 50 times since 2016 as a White House and political reporter for the Wall Street Journal.          Continue reading

USA — Myths provide safe harbor for refugees from reality – By Mohamed Hamaludin

– By Mohamed Hamaludin

Edgar Maddison Welch, a 28-year-old warehouse worker, drove the 350 miles from his home in Salisbury, N.C., to Washington, D.C., on Dec. 4, 2016, and stormed into the Comet Ping Pong restaurant with an AR-15 assault rifle and a Colt revolver. His mission: to destroy a pedophile ring identified by the Internet. On the way, he made a cellphone recording, according to The Washington Post, for his two young daughters: “I can’t let you grow up in a world that is so corrupt by evil, without at least standing up for you and other children just like you.”

The story was false, Welch quickly discovered, and he surrendered to police. He later wrote to the judge that he realized “just how foolish and reckless my decision was.”          Continue reading

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