Follow recent figures showing a rise in anti-semitic attacks in France, Euronews' Hassan Refaei asked Pascale Alhadeff, director of the Jewish Museum in Brussels what she made of the current situation. Her answers were sent on email. Four years ago, four people were killed when a gunman opened fire at the museum. Question Hassan Refaei: French government statistics published last week that nearly 500 anti-Semitic attacks happened in the country last year, an increase of 74 percent in comparison with 2017. In your opinion, is this escalation in anti-Semitism intensifying in France in particular, or perhaps you find that it is a wave moving throughout Europe, and what is the specificity of France in this context? Pascale Alhadeff: Anti-Semitism remains pervasive across the EU and has become disturbingly normalized. The phenomenon is not limited to France. The escalation and specificity of France is that it is taking place within a context of social protests. Anti-Semitic acts happened … [Read more...] about What is anti-semitism and why is it spreading in Europe?
Why is voting important in a democracy
POLITICS 12/18/2018 05:00 am ET People like Mason with felony convictions can’t vote. Why is that? By Sam Levine “Shut Out” is a three-part podcast series produced by HuffPost. We don’t make it easy to vote in America. A citizen can be disenfranchised for a typo, a scrawled signature or for a felony. Then there are the politicians who tout “voter fraud” when it’s a proven myth. Host Catherine Saint Louis and reporter Sam Levine examine why we should be worried about the weakening of our democracy with 2020 on the horizon. Crystal Mason couldn’t believe it when a police officer told her she was being arrested for illegally voting. She was handcuffed, prosecuted and eventually imprisoned for her so-called crime. Mason didn’t even want to vote in the 2016 election, but her mother insisted. So one day after work, she drove to the polling place where she’d always voted and cast a provisional ballot. Mason … [Read more...] about Why Is America OK With Banning Felons From The Voting Booth? ‘Shut Out,’ Episode 2
Ben Nadler, Associated Press Updated 5:37 pm PDT, Tuesday, October 23, 2018 This combination of May 20, 2018, file photos shows Georgia gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams, left, and Brian Kemp in Atlanta. The final stretch of the hotly contested Georgia governor's race is being consumed by a bitter political battle over access to the polls. Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, says that Democrat Stacey Abrams is fighting for immigrants without legal status to cast ballots in the Nov. 6 election. Abrams' campaign says that's untrue and Kemp is trying to deflect from his own record of making it harder for legal citizens to vote. less This combination of May 20, 2018, file photos shows Georgia gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams, left, and Brian Kemp in Atlanta. The final stretch of the hotly contested Georgia governor's race is being ... more Photo: John Amis, AP … [Read more...] about Abrams, Kemp spar over voting access in Georgia debate
Fenit Nirappil, The Washington Post Published 3:13 pm PDT, Thursday, October 4, 2018 Washington lawmakers have long complained that residents of the nation's capital pay federal taxes and serve in the military yet are denied self-governance because they lack a vote in Congress. But on Tuesday, the D.C. Council reduced even the limited ability of Washington residents to decide local matters - by repealing a ballot measure that voters passed just four months ago. The council voted 8 to 5 to overturn Initiative 77, which would have raised the minimum wage for bartenders, servers, bellhops and others who receive tips. "I feel like our vote doesn't count and our voices aren't being heard," said Richard Jones Jr., a 38-year-old physician who voted for Initiative 77. The move seemed hypocritical to some because local lawmakers howl when Congress uses its power to overturn laws and spending decisions made by the D.C. Council. Resident Lisa Cohen has been watching the repeal … [Read more...] about In a city without representation in Congress, repeal of ballot measure angers residents
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByKatharine Q. Seelye and Astead W. Herndon Sept. 1, 2018 CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — It’s not a sight you see every day, certainly not around Boston — a black woman mounting a plausible challenge to a 10-term white congressman from her own party, a politician with vast connections who votes the progressive line and opposes everything Trump. But here was Ayanna Pressley, a Boston City Council member and rising Democratic star, exhorting volunteers in a Cambridge restaurant with an impassioned performance style she learned as a child at her grandfather’s storefront Baptist church in Chicago. “This is not just about resisting and affronting Trump,” she declared, garbed in a flowing red jumper. “Because the systemic inequalities and disparities that I’m … [Read more...] about Ayanna Pressley Seeks Her Political Moment in a Changing Boston