Archive | July 13, 2014

Hijab Ban Overturned on French Beaches*

Hijab Ban Overturned on French Beaches*

A French court has suspended a by-law banning wearing religious symbols on a public beach in a Paris suburb. The local mayor maintains the legislation protects the secular community and had previously banned two women from the beach for wearing hijabs.

The Versailles Administrative Court has temporarily reversed the ban in the suburb of Wissous after plaintiffs alleged the by-law “violates the principals of the Republic” and amounts to “religious discrimination” reports AFP. The court will now decide whether to overturn the legislation for good.

The by-law was challenged after the mayor of Wissous refused two women wearing hijabs entry onto a temporary beach. Mayor Richard Trinquier, of the right-wing UMP party, claimed that he was protecting France’s commitment to secularism by barring the two women from the public space.

“We wanted to affirm our commitment to secularism to promote community harmony,” said Trinquer. He said the legislation was inspired by a 2004 law that made it illegal to wear religious garments or symbols in state schools. According to Trinquer Wissous, the beach should also be subject to the law because it is “an establishment that receives the public” and not “a public place.”

However, rights group, the Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF), beg to differ.

They argue that Trinquer’s interpretation of the 2004 legislation shows a misunderstanding of the law. The CCIF lodged an appeal with the court on Friday describing the situation as “unacceptable.”

Have we gone back to the time of the apartheid? Where only certain people are allowed access to certain places and services,” said the CCIF in a statement.

Their lawyer Guezguez told the hearing on Saturday that the mayor had confused the total eradication of religious expression with secularism.

“In the past, veiled women went to Wissous beach without the least problem…. I do not see how life is improved by excluding one part of the population,” he said.

In 2010, the French government introduced a law banning anyone from covering their face in a public place. The legislation was criticized as purposely targeting Muslim women who wear the traditional burqa – a garment that covers the entire body.

In spite of criticism the European Court of Human Rights upheld the French government’s ban, supporting their argument that it contributed to a more cohesive society.


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Deputy Police Chief Identified as KKK by the FBI*

Deputy Police Chief Identified as KKK by the FBI*

By Scott Kaufman

Police morale in Fruitland Park, Florida has been shaken after a deputy chief and officer resigned when the Federal Bureau of Investigations identified them as members of the Ku Klux Klan.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement presented Chief Terry Isaacs with copies of a confidential FBI report last week that allegedly identified Deputy Chief David Borst and Officer George Hunnewell as members of the KKK.

Earlier this year, a Florida Klan leader boasted to WFTV 9 that the organization has “police officers, paramedics, judges…everywhere.”

However, Chief Isaacs would only tell reporters for the Orlando Sentinel that the pair belonged to a “subversive organization,” because he did not believe he was authorized to release the results of the report.

“It’s a tough situation. He was my assistant,” he said, adding that he never witnessed any behavior that would lead him to believe former Deputy Chief Borst was in the KKK. “But I’ve read the report, and it’s convincing.”

Chief Deputy State Attorney Ric Ridgway – from whom Isaacs sought counsel concerning the FBI’s report – told the Orlando Sentinel that “it’s not a crime to be a member of the KKK, even if you are the deputy chief. It’s not a crime to be stupid. It’s not a crime to hate people. It may be despicable, it may be immoral, but it’s not a crime.”

The loss of two officers is significant for a town that only employs 13 full-time cops.

“They’re a good group of people,” Isaacs said.

“The last thing I was expecting to hear in the year 2014 was for a professional law-enforcement officer to be a member of a subversive organization.”

In 2009, however, another Fruitland Park officer, James Elkins, resigned after pictures emerged online of him wearing a Klan hood and robe. Elkins initially claimed that he was not involved with the organization, but eventually admitted that he was the “district Kleage,” or local recruiter, for the National Aryan Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.


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Criminalizing Pregnancy or is Something Else Afoot!?*

Criminalizing Pregnancy or is Something Else Afoot!?*

The arguments against are coming from profiteers and push the emotive button. Surely, a pregnant mother should take responsibility for the unborn child by encouraged to not take drugs illegal/prescribed unless in the case of prescribed drugs it is absolutely necessary. The problem as alluded to in the case mentioned is when the powers that be abuse the system…

By Tara Culp-Ressler

At the beginning of July, 26-year-old Mallory Loyola gave birth to a baby girl. Two days later, the state of Tennessee charged her with assault. Loyola is the first woman to be arrested under a new law in Tennessee that allows the state to criminally charge mothers for potentially causing harm to their foetuses by using drugs.

The legislation, which officially took effect about a week ago, stipulates that

“a woman may be prosecuted for assault for the illegal use of a narcotic drug while pregnant, if her child is born addicted to or harmed by the narcotic drug.”

However, this may not actually apply to Loyola’s case. So far, there’s no evidence the young woman either used a narcotic drug or caused harm to her newborn child.

According to local news reports, Loyola tested positive for methamphetamine and admitted that she smoked that drug several days before giving birth. Meth is not considered to be a narcotic, which is a legal class of drugs that refers to opiates like heroin and prescription painkillers. Tennessee’s new law was passed specifically in response to fears about babies being exposed to opiates in utero, something that can lead to “Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.”

“This law was sold as if it were just about illegal narcotics. But sure enough, the first case has nothing to do with illegal narcotics — and nothing actually to do with harm to anybody,” Lynn Paltrow, the executive director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW), one of the groups that’s firmly opposed to laws that criminalize drug use during pregnancy, told ThinkProgress. “There’s no injury. There’s just a positive drug test.”

The opposition to the new state law, which is the first of its kind in the country, isn’t driven solely by Paltrow’s group. Every major medical organization — including the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Public Health Association — has come out against efforts to arrest pregnant women who use drugs [of course, it might affect their profit margin]. A diverse coalition of reproductive rights and criminal justice groups in Tennessee launched a huge campaign against the proposed legislation, called “Healthcare Not Handcuffs,” to point out that threatening women with criminal charges dissuades them from coming forward to get the medical help they need [i.e. profits].

“These punitive measures are proven to be ineffective, and yet our state chooses to waste tax dollars locking up women instead of getting them the health care they need,” Rebecca Terrell, the chair of Healthy and Free Tennessee, one of the groups involved in the opposition campaign, told ThinkProgress via email.

“We are already receiving reports of women seeking out non-licensed health providers to avoid having a medical record and risking arrest. This is extremely dangerous.”

It’s not uncommon for women to be arrested for testing positive for drugs either while pregnant or shortly after giving birth. This particular criminal approach is animated by the 1980s era image of the “crack baby.” However, there’s no scientific evidence that being exposed to illegal drugs in the womb actually causes long-lasting health issues in young children. In fact, studies have found that exposing fetuses to cocaine, meth, and opiates is about as harmful as exposing them to cigarettes.

Although medical professionals would obviously prefer that pregnant women don’t use drugs, advocacy groups like NAPW argue that charging them with criminal negligence for doing so is a gross overreach — and one that strips women of their fundamental rights once they become pregnant.

“This view of pregnant women essentially means that as soon as you’re carrying a fertilized egg, you’ve lost your medical privacy and your right to make medical decisions,” Paltrow pointed out. “But all matters concerning pregnancy are health care matters. Pregnancy, like other health issues, should be addressed through the public health system and not through the criminal punishment system or the civil child welfare system.”

Plus, the criminalization of pregnant women disproportionately impacts low-income women of color who often end up losing custody of their children. The vast majority of cases that NAPW has tracked involve African American mothers.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee is currently seeking plaintiffs to challenge the state’s new law.

“This dangerous law unconstitutionally singles out new mothers struggling with addiction for criminal assault charges,” the group notes in a statement, encouraging people who are concerned about the impact that the measure will have on their families to get in touch.


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Court Annuls Verdict Against Morsi-Era Premier*

Court Annuls Verdict Against Morsi-Era Premier*

As over 40,000 so-called Muslim Brotherhood members and protestors have been imprisoned, and over a 1,000 have been sentenced to death, the release of the prime minister who made the country’s first surplus in 50 years is a significant move

An Egyptian court has annulled a previous court verdict sentencing former Prime Minister Hisham Qandil, who served under ousted president Mohamed Mursi, to one year in prison, a judicial source said on Sunday.

Egypt’s Court of Cassation, the highest appellate court, has accepted an appeal filed by Qandil against a court verdict in April 2013 sentencing him to one year in prison and a fine of LE 2000 (some $285), according to the source.

In 2013, a Cairo court had ruled against Qandil for failing to implement a court verdict annulling a cabinet decision to privatize public-sector Nile Cotton Ginning Company.

Qandil, detained since last December, should be released on bail following Sunday’s court order, a legal source told Anadolu Agency.

The Egyptian Interior Ministry had announced that Qandil, who quit office in the wake of Mursi’s military ouster last July, was arrested from a mountainous area while attempting to flee into neighboring Sudan.

Egypt’s military-backed authorities have unleashed a sustained crackdown on Mursi’s supporters since his ouster, which came after massive opposition protests against his one-year rule.

July 13th 2014, adjourned to August 18, Mohammed Mursi and co-defendants are accused of staging a mass jailbreak during Egypt’s January 2011 uprising that led to the ouster of autocratic president Hosni Mubarak. As he stepped into the courtroom, the ousted president started shouting in solidarity with Gaza, promoting other defendants to follow suit.


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