Paris’ left-wing Mayor Anne Hidalgo has blamed the “far-right” for a trending hashtag among French-language social media users denouncing garbage and dirt in the streets of the French capital. The Parisien mayor made her comments on a radio broadcast earlier this week claiming that the campaign was “very orchestrated” and noted that all of the accounts with larger followings mentioning the hashtag had “a lot of closeness to the far right.” “It’s a pretty simple method of Trumpizing political life everywhere, including in France,” Mayor Hidalgo said, invoking former President of the United States Donald J. Trump, Le Point reports . The “#saccageparis” hashtag, which translated to “trashed Paris”, has seen a surge of posts since the Easter holiday and was denounced by the Paris city government last week and labelled a “smear campaign.” Paris Decries Social Media ‘Smear Campaign’ Highlighting Dirty Streets https://t.co/FM1Y1M6nUx — Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) … [Read more...] about Paris Mayor Blames ‘Far Right’ For Dirty Paris Social Media Posts
Dean Obeidallah, a former attorney, is the host of SiriusXM radio's daily program "The Dean Obeidallah Show" and a columnist for The Daily Beast. Follow him @DeanObeidallah . The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion articles on CNN. (CNN) On April 4, 1968, a White gunman shot and killed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. More than 50 years later, the fight he waged to ensure Black Americans had equal access to vote is still very much alive. Dean Obeidallah We are now seeing a wave of voter suppression measures championed by Republican elected officials, with the Brennan Center for Justice reporting that 361 restrictive bills have been introduced in 47 states. The most notable (for now, at least) are in Georgia and Texas . Let's not pretend that race is not part of this GOP effort. As King pointedly declared at the conclusion of the 1965 civil-rights march … [Read more...] about MLK was killed 53 years ago. His fight for Black voting rights has yet to be won
As the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin enters its third week, all eyes are not just on the facts surrounding the death of George Floyd , but also on the state of policing in America. Unconventionally, the prosecution has called multiple current or former members of the Minneapolis police force to testify against Chauvin, painting a stark contrast between ethical policing and the horrors revealed through multiple videos taken on May 25, 2020. Meanwhile, a string of separate narratives has unfolded during the trial, with numerous bystander witnesses describing the helplessness they felt as they watched Floyd expire while pleading with Chauvin and the other officers to ease up and give him basic medical assistance. It’s impossible to watch any snippet of the trial without concluding that something went seriously wrong that day — and that it wasn’t a lack of sufficient police power. Yet that’s precisely what the Ohio legislature appears to be … [Read more...] about Protect the police or the First Amendment?
NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM/CNN) — Republican-controlled legislatures in Texas and across the country are adding new criminal penalties to their election laws. The changes come after record voter turnout for the 2020 elections. The proposals range from bills that would make it a crime for election officials to buck state guidance to measures that criminalize what some call “mundane” activities, such as Georgia’s controversial election law making it a misdemeanor to approach voters waiting in line to provide food or drink. READ MORE: Airbnb Bans Unauthorized Parties In Texas During Fourth Of July Election Officials Some of the proposals involve election officials themselves. A bill that passed a key committee in the Texas state House last week would make it a felony for an election official to send a voter an unsolicited ballot application or to pre-fill portions of ballot applications sent to voters. Under a bill introduced last month in the battleground state of … [Read more...] about Texas Republican Lawmakers Lead The Charge For New Criminal Penalties For Election Activities
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — On Monday, actor Will Smith and director Antoine Fuqua announced their movie “Emancipation,” will no longer be filmed in Georgia due to the new voting law that was passed in late March by Governor Brian Kemp. “At this moment in time, the Nation is coming to terms with its history and is attempting to eliminate vestiges of institutional racism to achieve true racial justice,” said Smith and Fuqua in a joint statement Monday. READ MORE: Staff, Students Evacuated Safely After Reports Of Man With Rifle Prompts Lockdown Of Sylmar High School “We cannot in good conscience provide economic support to a government that enacts regressive voting laws that are designed to restrict voter access,” they said. “The new Georgia voting laws are reminiscent of voting impediments that were passed at the end of Reconstruction to prevent many Americans from voting. Regrettably, we feel compelled to move our film production work from Georgia to another state.” READ MORE: … [Read more...] about Report: Will Smith Movie ‘Emancipation’ Will No Longer Film In Georgia Due To New Voting Rights Bill