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THE BANLIEUES OF BADROU AND MEHDI

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THE FACES BEHIND THE STORIES OF DISAFFECTION AND MARGINALIZATION


Two young men, Badroudine Said Abdallah and Mehdi Keklat, both aged 23, are apparently the latest incarnations of France’s rich intellectual legacy joining the ranks of such giants as Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Jean Paul Satre.Kudos to them both!Prolific producers of books, films, blogs and television and radio appearances, Badrou and Mehdi are intent on showing the world the complicated reality of minority life in the Paris suburbs – the banlieues – where they grew up and which suburban communities ringing central Paris are tagged with fomenting violence, anti-Semitism and Islamic violence.These minority communities have long been home to disaffected and marginalized youth from Algeria, Morocco, and French West Africa, and other parts of France’s former colonial empire.
Back in 2005 the Paris banlieues were ground zero for riots that triggered a national emergency.Most recently French authorities arrested a man man from …

A BIT OF OLD NEWS BUT WORTH REVISITING

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Yes They DO Hate Him Because He Is Black.


FROM DAILY KOS
As a black American, I feel compelled to rebut thisdiary by Crashing Vor. While I believe the diarist is well-intentioned and makes a solid argument, I strongly disagree with his/her thesis that racism doesn’t underpin the unprecedented Republican hate against President Obama.  Here’s why I’m saying this: It’s a given that Republicans will hate a Democratic president. It’s what Republicans do — hate is essentially a virtue on the right. We all saw how they went after Bill Clinton relentlessly, how they trash former President Jimmy Carter and so on. But, there is something significantly different about Republican animus towards Obama — it goes way beyond the regular partisan antagonism.  The difference here is that Republicans have crossed lines with Obama that they have never crossed — or would even entertain crossing — with previous Democratic Presidents (who were all white). From the get-go theyrejected his legitimacy. In fact, ev…

IT’S OFFICIAL: REPUBLICANS HAVE SIMPLY LOST THEIR MINDS

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I JUST CAN’T TAKE ANY MORE OF THIS CRAP
For a long time I have tried my best to understand Republicans, you know, in some liberal posture of thinking that “Well, maybe government is too big.Maybe the private sector can do it better.Maybe cutting taxes really does create jobs.”And trust me, given the Sara Palin’s, Michelle Bachmann’s and Jason Chaffetz’s who populate the Republican world, it’s not been an easy task.I have tried.Believe me.But when Republican candidates for the office of the President of the United States – allegedly the most powerful position on the planet - call for the “banning of Muslims from entering the United States” and recommending the “patrolling of Muslim neighborhood to root out terrorists” something has changed. Radically.

Is it our poisoned political environment?Maybe.But even so, the fact-less homily “cutting taxes creates jobs” that is the bedrock foundation of Republican economic policy despite not a single factual study that bears this out, any thinking…

UNTRUSTWORTHY HILLARY IS MORE HONEST THAN BERNIE? CAN'T BE TRUE!

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Fact Checkers Confirm Hillary Clinton Is More Honest Than Any Of Her 2016 Opponents
NOTE: Before you read this fairly factual piece, let me give you some context. Late last year, around October if I recall correctly, Breitbart published another Hillary smear, not that this is unusual among right wing "news" and web sites.  It was about the death of Vince Foster, a White House aide during the Bill Clinton Administration.  Well, along with the dozens of other "Gate" scandals of the 1990's, right wing rumor had it that Vince Foster didn't commit suicide, but that he had been murdered by the Clintons.  More, specifically, Hillary Clinton.  It sort of died out but then Breitbart re-energized the murder scenario with the following:  "Hillary Clinton didn't actually pull the trigger on the gun that killed Vince Foster, she "arranged for his murder."  I promise you, I am not making this up.    

And there you have it.  the latest Breathless Breaking…