France: From state repression to state scandal

first_imgAlexandre Benalla (wearing a helmet), an “assistant” to President Macron’s chief of staff, intimidates a protester, while two passers-by film the incident.Paris, July 29 — In recent months, crackdowns on social movements in France have jumped several notches. The state of emergency, replaced in November 2017 by the Anti-Terrorism Act, has played a major role. But it is above all the multiplication of workers’ struggles, in many sectors of society, which underlies the expansion of police and military operations.Until very recently, visible opposition to President Emmanuel Macron came from the streets, the unions and the mobilized public, much more so than from the politicians and the media. Everything changed on July 18 with the eruption of the “Benalla affair.” Three days were enough to take the French presidential palace from the euphoria of the French soccer team’s victory at the football world cup to a political earthquake of unimaginable magnitude.The same media that had served as Macron’s war machine to get him elected head of state remind him today that his executive power is limited to that of carrying out the demands of the big capitalists. In Parliament, the shock caused by the “Benalla affair” has managed to unite the traditional right (the Republicans) and what I will call the “new right” (what remains of social democracy) alongside the parliamentary far left (Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s France Insoumise and the Communist Party) and the extreme right (former National Front, now National Rally) in generalized opposition to Macron.What is this “affair” about? On July 18, videos dating from May 1 began to circulate on the internet showing a man wearing a helmet — who turned out to be the assistant to Macron’s chief of staff, Alexandre Benalla — arresting and beating a young couple after the Workers’ Day demonstration in Paris.Benalla showed himself to be brutal — the very image of such repressive attacks — but even worse: He wore police insignia, although he is neither a police officer nor a soldier. He is only a bodyguard, bloodthirsty and a fighter, but much appreciated by Macron, who recruited him during his election campaign and then propelled him into his presidential cabinet.We then learn that Benalla, barely 26 years old and having received only on-the-job security training for the “Socialist” Party, was benefiting from the following privileges: ultrafast promotion, a comfortable salary, carrying weapons obtained by irregular procedures, allocation of an apartment in one of the nicest neighborhoods in Paris.Some of these favors were clearly outrageous, including the authority to give orders to police and soldiers, the right to wear a law enforcement armband, free access to the National Assembly and “friendly contacts” with police officials who provided him with the surveillance video footage that implicated him. In addition, Macron’s cabinet claims to have immediately punished the perpetrator for his excessive zeal — without any trace of such a punishment. Indeed, Benalla continued to run with the president, collect his salary and hold onto his privileges.Campaign slogans promising an “exemplary Republic” gave way to suspicions that a parallel (illegal and “private”) police force obedient to the president had been created. Macron and his government — stunned — remained mute for several days in the face of demands for explanations from all sides.Ten hours of parliamentary battle were necessary for the opposition to suspend debate on constitutional reform (sought by Macron because it would give him even greater powers than the immense ones he already wields) and to form a commission of inquiry. The minister of the interior told this commission he knew nothing, while a parade of senior officials added that they knew little more.And for good reason: Everything was happening at the Elysée (presidential palace). It took a week (of chaos) before Macron intervened. He did it his way, provocatively, saying in substance: “I alone am responsible. And whoever would like to try, let them come get me!”Come get him? But those who know French political institutions know that the Constitution of the Fifth Republic strongly protects the president. What Macron is actually saying is that, as a little puppet of big finance, he will act forcefully to carry out the will of his capitalist masters in defiance of all counterpowers: Parliament, the media, popular demonstrations.Some nonparliamentary voices are demanding the French equivalent of Macron’s impeachment. Two motions of censure against the government were tabled in the National Assembly. The “Benalla affair,” which still hasn’t run its course, has profoundly — and opportunely — tar­nished Macron’s image at home and abroad. It is paving the way for the workers to resume in September, under better conditions, their struggle for social benefits.Herrera is a Marxist economist, a researcher at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), who works at the Centre d’Économie de la Sorbonne, Paris. WW staff translated this article.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Letter to President Evo Morales about decree on how community radio frequencies are to be assigned

first_img Mr. Evo Morales AymaPresident of BoliviaDear Mr. President,Reporters Without Borders, an international press freedom organisation, would like to raise the matter of decree 29174 with you. Issued by your office on 20 June, this decree establishes new rules for community radio stations and gives them six months to comply, failing which their broadcast licences could be withdrawn by the Superintendency for Telecommunications.Decree 29174 is meant to serve a necessary and desirable purpose. Its goal is to facilitate the creation of media in rural areas whose inhabitants, for technical reasons, lack ready access to news and communication media (Internet, phone and broadcast coverage). Like so-called cultural and educational radio stations, community radios will not have to pay taxes on the acquisition and use of frequencies. From now on, only commercial stations will be taxed. This is a step in the right direction.However, the criteria for assigning and renewing frequencies pose a problem. Decree 29174 says that a representative of the government, legislature or judiciary cannot own a community radio. This provision also applies to politicians in general, trade union leaders and religious ministers. But they are all citizens, with a right to possess a news media like any citizen. What are the grounds for banning them?This is the most problematic aspect of the decree. Assigning and renewing a frequency is conditioned on the community radio station’s abstaining from “broadcasting partisan or proselytising messages of any kind” and limiting itself to educational, cultural or community messages. We think it is up to each media to define its own editorial policies. Curiously, this provision does not apply to some 30 newly-created community radio stations because they fall under the category of cultural and educational media. Such unequal treatment before the law is astonishing.For this reason, Reporters Without Borders hopes that decree 29174 will be amended and made more flexible, in consultation with representatives of the press and civil society. By way of example, our organisation welcomed a bill regulating community media which Uruguayan legislators passed on 5 June. This bill establishes an Honorary Consultative Council consisting of government, civil society and academic representatives with authority to intervene in the process of assigning and renewing frequencies.I thank you in advance for giving this letter your careful consideration.Respectfully,Robert MénardSecretary-General July 2, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Letter to President Evo Morales about decree on how community radio frequencies are to be assigned Organisation News Reporters Without Borders has written to Bolivian President Evo Morales about a 20 June decree establishing rules for assigning frequencies to community radios. Its intentions are praiseworthy, but it restricts broadcast content and this poses a problem. Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom News RSF_en Bolivian journalist hounded after accusing boss of sexual harassment February 1, 2018 Find out more BoliviaAmericas News Receive email alerts BoliviaAmericas June 12, 2020 Find out more to go further Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Bolivia News Editor still unable to return to Bolivia after six months in exile November 18, 2016 Find out morelast_img read more

Pasadena Appeals Court May Hear Arguments Next Month in L.A. Homelessness Lawsuit

first_img Community News Community News Pasadena Appeals Court May Hear Arguments Next Month in L.A. Homelessness Lawsuit By FRED SHUSTER, CITY NEWS SERVICE Published on Thursday, June 10, 2021 | 3:33 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  HerbeautyTips From A Professional Stylist On How To Look Stunning In 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? 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Required fields are marked * STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribecenter_img Community News Top of the News A federal appeals court today extended a stay of a judge’s ruling ordering the city and county of Los Angeles to find shelter for thousands of indigent people living on downtown streets and set a hearing to determine whether to keep the mandate on hold or allow it to go forward.The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments from city and county attorneys on July 7, according to a docket item filed Thursday with the appellate panel. It did not clarify whether the hearing will take place in San Francisco or Pasadena, but it is expected that the proceedings will be broadcast via Zoom.City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas said the circuit court’s decision to continue the stay “means one thing to me: solving the homelessness crisis does not happen in a courtroom. It happens when all parties that have a responsibility to take up the mantle with renewed urgency, do so. I am confident that our local, state and federal leadership get this — and are ready to double down on the investments and interventions that work.”Ridley-Thomas, who is chair of the City Council’s Homelessness and Poverty Committee, said that homelessness is solved by “providing interim and permanent housing, coupled with supportive services, and reimagining ouroutreach and engagement on the streets, with the ultimate objective of establishing a Right to Housing.”The stay stems from a year-old lawsuit brought in federal court in Los Angeles by the L.A. Alliance for Human Rights, a coalition of downtown residents and business owners who seek to compel the city and county to find housing for the thousands of people camping on city sidewalks.In April, the judge in the case, U.S. District Judge David O. Carter, ordered that all homeless inhabitants of Skid Row must be offered some form of shelter by the middle of October, starting with single women and unaccompanied children. The city and county requested that the 9th Circuit order a staypending appeal.The appeals court then said it would not issue a ruling until after a May 27 hearing in Carter’s courtroom in which the role of racism would be explored as the driving force behind the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles.The defendants filed papers arguing that racism is besides the point of the lawsuit, which does not allege a constitutional violation on the basis of race.At the four-hour court hearing last month, government officials and community members spoke, but “nobody contested the existence of racism. Indeed, appellants acknowledged the obvious: it would be challenging, if not impossible, to find a societal dilemma in this country that is not impacted by racism. But that is not why the parties are in federal court,” according to the city and county’s brief filed with the appellate court.Instead of clarifying the issues, Carter’s May 27 hearing “amplified,” rather than mitigated, the need for a stay pending appeal,” appellants wrote.“If a stay is not issued, appellants will be left scrambling toimplement provisions in an injunction that advocates have warned will do more harm than good,” lawyers for the city and county wrote. “Given the court’s comments that it would not alter any deadlines, appellants will also face the dilemma of finding themselves in immediate contempt.”Carter urged the city and county to begin immediate settlement talks to resolve the lawsuit — or adhere to his timetable for offering shelter to the homeless population of Skid Row. STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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USA: COMSUBGRU 2 Voices Importance of STEM Educational Fields to Students

first_imgThe commander of Submarine Group 2 discussed science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational fields with more than 80 students at Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School in New London, Conn., Nov. 15.“A world of opportunities are available to you and a lot of doors open if you pursue studies in STEM-related fields,” said Rear Adm. Rick Breckenridge, who spoke for nearly two hours about his career in the Navy and the importance of math and science, especially in the submarine force.Breckenridge further discussed the importance of math in one’s daily life and by demonstrating “mental gymnastics” with the students asking them to provide answers to his mathematical questions related to target course and bearings.“Mental gym works out our minds like we work out our bodies in gym class,” said Breckenridge.Breckenridge was invited to speak at Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School through a daughter of a naval colleague and mentor he had served with at the beginning of his naval career.“My father, retired Rear Adm. Tony Watson had served with Rear Adm. Breckenridge aboard USS Hammerhead in the late 1980s,” said Erica Watson, an 8th grade science teacher at the middle school. “I’m thrilled to have Rear Adm. Breckenridge speak to the students at Bennie Dover because he is a huge proponent for STEM education for school age kids.”Watson added that a few of her students have expressed interest in joining the Navy, in particular the submarine force.“I have a couple of students who have expressed interest in serving aboard submarines, and a few others who are interested in serving in the other services,” said Watson, who has worked at the middle school since August of this year.Watson and more than 60 students will visit Naval Submarine Library and Museum Nov. 19 as a way to continue their STEM educational focus.Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School was named in honor of the first African American teacher in New London.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, November 19, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: Educational View post tag: usa View post tag: COMSUBGRU Training & Education View post tag: 2 Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: COMSUBGRU 2 Voices Importance of STEM Educational Fields to Students November 19, 2012 View post tag: Fields View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: students View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: STEM View post tag: importance USA: COMSUBGRU 2 Voices Importance of STEM Educational Fields to Students View post tag: Voices Share this articlelast_img read more

QPR confirm Gladwin’s return for run-in

first_imgQPR have confirmed that Ben Gladwin’s loan spell at Bristol City has been cancelled and he will return to the first-team squad for the run-in.The 23-year-old was recalled earlier this month for treatment on a knee injury sustained during his time at Ashton Gate.It restricted him to just one appearance for the Robins but he is now fit enough to play a part for Rangers in the final eight games of the season.Boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink told QPR’s website: “Ben wasn’t playing at Bristol City so it is better that he is here with us.“We are heading into the last month or so of the campaign, and he is going to feature so that we can integrate him ahead of next season.”Gladwin signed from Swindon Town last summer and returned there on loan in October after making just two league appearances for Rangers.The former Hayes & Yeading man was recalled soon after Hasselbaink was appointed manager at Loftus Road, but although he featured in the FA Cup defeat against Nottingham Forest, he was promptly loaned out again.See also:QPR v Middlesbrough line-ups: key duo return, Hoilett and Robinson on bench, one Boro changeFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

NBA: Ever improving DeRozan looks to further develop ‘much better’

first_imgBiggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan, right, shoots past Denver Nuggets’ Wilson Chandler during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Toronto.  APToronto Raptors superstar DeMar DeRozan has made significant strides in his game since entering the NBA in 2009.The 28-year-old shooting guard has blossomed into a three-time NBA All Star, displaying incredible foot work and a mid-range arsenal seldom used in today’s game.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img With the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics expected to rule the East once more this coming season, DeRozan understands that his improvement will be vital if the Raptors will be contenders once more.“It’s great to have this opportunity to carry a franchise, and just show them that I come back every year much better,” he shared.  Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ After averaging a career-best 27 points per game last season, the former USC Trojan expressed his desire to keep improving on other aspects of his craft.“Continue to get better, continue to win,” DeRozan told ESPN’ Carl Champion when asked of his goals for the upcoming season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Continue to grow as a player, as a leader, and keep pushing the envelope. Understand my flaws from the year previously and come back better this year.”Entering the league primarily a slasher and a dunker, DeRozan worked hard on his ball-handling skills, which eventually translated into a formidable mid-range game. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Mayweather-McGregor is a pay-per-view smash This year, the 6’7″ athletic specimen aims to become a better playmaker and a more accurate three-point threat.He recently posted an Instagram story of his midnight shooting session, which was posted on Twitter by Raptors beat reporter Josh Lewnberg.DeMar DeRozan hit 64% of his 700 3pt attempts during a late-night workout, according to his IG story— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) July 25, 2017ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

NU secures twice-to-beat edge, FEU trumps UP

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bryan Bagunas and Angelo Almendras led the Bulldogs with 15 points apiece while James Natividad played a supporting role finishing with 13 points.In the second game, Far Eastern University got at least a playoff for a twice-to-beat advantage after brushing off University of the Philippines, 25-20, 25-14, 19-25, 25-9.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Tamaraws stayed in the second spot at 10-2 while the Fighting Maroons dropped to a lowly 1-11 card for the worst record in the tournament.Peter Quiel had 15 poits for FEU with Jude Garcia and Richard Solis pitching in 12 and 11 points, respectively. MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Chinese arm wrestling yanks hard for recognition NU Bulldogs. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—National University clinched a twice-to-beat advantage heading into the Final Four after blasting University of Santo Tomas, 25-20, 25-21, 25-9, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Bulldogs posted their 11th straight win to improve to 11-1  while the Tiger Spikers, who are eliminated from Final Four contention, dropped to 4-9.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View commentslast_img read more

a month agoAnderlecht assistant manager Davies defends Kompany over sack talk

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Anderlecht assistant manager Davies defends Kompany over sack talkby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAnderlecht assistant manager Simon Davies has defended the work of player-boss Vincent Kompany.There’s talk the former Manchester City pair could be sacked if they lose in the Cup tonight against Beerschot.Davies said, “Vinnie works very hard for the club to bring us back to where Anderlecht should be. “We will reverse this and get results quickly.”The injuries, the many young players and the new system cost us a lot of time. It is a process that requires a lot of time and effort. Together with my staff we continue to focus on the process. But talking about it is easy, of course, we have to show it on the field.” last_img read more

Video: Iowa Governor Terry Branstad Hit The Dab In Iowa State’s Locker Room After Win Over Kansas

first_imgA Nike logo is visible on a basketball before the match-up between the Iowa State Cyclones and the Baylor Bears.AMES, IA – JANUARY 7: A Nike logo is visible on a basketball before the match-up between the Iowa State Cyclones and the Baylor Bears on January 7, 2014 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)It’s a good time to be a college basketball fan in Iowa. The Iowa Hawkeyes are No. 3 in the AP Poll and No. 4 in the Coaches’ Poll, and Iowa State may be back on the rise after a big home win on Monday night against Kansas. After the game, governor Terry Branstad made his way to the Cyclones locker room. There, he was convinced to hit “the dab,” which is still a dance that people are doing.I’m a bit disappointed that they didn’t get him to “run off on da plug twice,” but its probably for the best.last_img read more

King Abdullah Ports Box Volumes Rise by 21 Pct

first_imgzoom Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Port became the country’s second largest port in terms of container handling as it witnessed a rise of 21 percent in container volumes in 2017.The port handled 1.69 million TEU by the end of 2017, up from 1.4 million TEU seen in the year before.The increase in annual throughput was mainly due to the increased activity in imports and exports, amounting to an average of a 4 percent increase, with exports at 3 percent and imports at 5 percent. “The port’s success in reaching second place in container handling in the Kingdom after only four years of operations proves that we are confidently moving towards becoming a main hub on the maritime navigation and logistics map, both locally and regionally,” Rayan Qutub, CEO of King Abdullah Port, said.King Abdullah Port’s transshipment volume also surged by 28 percent in 2017, while the number of vessels received by the port increased to 820 vessels, with a 14 percent increase compared to 716 vessels received in 2016.Qutub added that the port is moving forward with executing its development plans to utilize best practices in the field of developing and operating ports and logistics support services.last_img read more