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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

At Least 65 Injured as Police Clash with Protesters in Spain

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Local television reported that at least 65 people were injured and 27 arrested as baton-wielding police clashed with protesters attempting to surround the building of the Spanish parliament in Madrid. On Tuesday night, violence flared up after participants of the Occupa el Congresso (Occupy the Congress) movement tried to break through metal barriers set by police and move closer to the parliament building. Television reported that 27 policemen, who also fired rubber bullets on protesters, were injured in the clashes, whilst the authorities estimated the total number of protesters at 6,000. Participants of the movement, which is also known as “los indignados”, are protesting the high level of Spanish unemployment, corruption in the current political system, and unpopular “reforms” in economic, educational, and health spheres.

26 September 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/world/20120926/176229768.html

US Voter ID Laws Could Bar 10 Million Hispanics

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Controversial new voter identification laws in nearly two dozen US states could disenfranchise 10 million eligible Hispanic voters in the upcoming election. Host Jessica Jordan spoke with Erin Hustings, senior policy analyst with the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, to discuss the study’s findings.

Erin Hustings

This study underscores what we’ve known all long since this law came to be passed at the state level, which is that it has serious implications for Latino voters, in particular, and for the health of our democracy. Now, it’s important, more than ever, that we create voting mechanisms in which citizens are able to fully participate in. The Latino electorate is growing and reaching historic numbers. Therefore, we feel that now it’s time to determine how to get those people involved in voting rather than to figure out ways to set new barriers for voters.

Jessica Jordan

How do the laws differ from state to state at this point?

Erin Hustings

The worst form of ID law requires voters to show a government-issued photo ID at the polls. Other states have more flexible laws, which allow voters to prove their identities by showing non-photo documents, or, documents issued by other institutions, such as an employer or a school. That flexibility is important, because there’re many-many hundreds of thousands of voters who don’t have a state-issued photo ID, because they simply don’t need it.

Jessica Jordan

Can you talk about some of those cases in which they don’t need ID?

Erin Hustings

Sure! Studies have shown us that young voters tend to lack ID at disproportionate rates. The youngest voters, who’re 18, 19 or in their 20s, are less likely to be drivers today, so they didn’t go to the DMV and get a driving licence. There’re also people who are struggling in the current economic recession and they’ve been disproportionately unable to pay the fees associated with getting a license or government-issued ID.

Jessica Jordan

Which state would be mostly affected if Latino voters don’t go to the polls?

Erin Hustings

Some of the states with largest percentages of Latino electorate include states that are battleground states and where the presidential election certainly will be closely contested, like New Mexico and Florida. In 2008, for example, more than a third of all voters in New Mexico were Latino. A few other states amongst the battleground states that people look to when they’re trying to project the outcome of the election are also states with very significant Latino electorates. Colorado is another one, as is Nevada. In fact, the Latino electorate is growing rapidly in states that are not battleground states now, but they may be battleground states in future. The Latino influence on the outcome of the election is only going to grow. In general, the Latino population in the USA grew most rapidly in the South-east, actually. Thus, we expect the Latino electorate to have an increasing influence on the outcome of elections from here to the future in states like Texas, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee… they’re actually the states with fastest-growing Latino population.

Jessica Jordan

Are there certain states that will really feel the effect then from the new Voter ID Law?

Erin Hustings

The particular states where Voter ID Law could have the biggest numerical impact on the Latino electorate would clearly be Texas amongst the states that have passed a strict ID Law already. The Federal Court in DC halted Texas, and we don’t believe it’ll implement this law, but surveys and calculations tell us that as many as 700,000 Latino voters in Texas may not currently have a state-issued photo ID card. Consequently, if that law were to go to effect, it could have an impact on a very large number of Latino voters

26 September 2012

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_09_25/US-voter-ID-laws-could-bar-10-million-Hispanics/

Editor’s Note:

The Republican Party is scared shitless of Hispanic voters… as far too many of them were screwed to the wall by soulless GOP businessmen (often, they’re pietistic Evangelical “tithers”… fancy that… trying to “buy off” God). That’s why the GOP is trying to steal this election for Willy in the same manner as the 2000 election was stolen for GWB. Texas is no surprise… it’s had a crank political culture since the Anglo slave-owners revolted in 1836… it’s no mistake that Texas has the most nasty and brutal prison system in the country. Not only is its ruling class scared to death of Hispanic revanche and a Mexican Reconquista, its cruelty is magnified by the godless “Christian atheism” of the sectarianism regnant in the state (Louisiana next door has a much more humane prison system… because of the influence of Christianity in Catholicism).

Therefore, the Republican Party seeks ways of disenfranchising people. That’s why all decent people must oppose them. Do you want a set of ultra-religious yahoos dictating to the rest of us? Think deeply on that…

BMD

26 September 2012. We Lost a Little Friend This Morning… RIP Poochie

Filed under: animals,domestic life,moral issues — 01varvara @ 00.00
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We had three cats… early this morning, at 01.45 EDT, one of them passed on. Yes, animals aren’t people… but they have their God-given lives, just as we do. Our little Poochie is gone. Last night, he didn’t seem himself at all, not in pain, but not “normal”. I held him close, as I sensed that the end might be near for him. He didn’t suffer, which was a kindness. Yet, his little presence is gone from our lives… and I weep, unashamedly. Nicky held him and petted him until the end. He came into Nicky’s life on 26 December 1999… he pawed at the door as a stray, and Nicky, with his big heart, took him in. He was a happy and inquisitive little beast…

If you can’t weep for an animal, you can’t weep for people… and there’s all too many hard-hearted people out there, aren’t there? We’re only temporary, too… don’t forget that. Death comes knocking for us as well… we forget that at our peril. That’s why I’m less patient with hypocrisy, hatred, falsehood, and lies the older I get. If I can help it, I won’t have such on my conscience when I die and meet my Maker… what about you?

God rest you, Poochie… you were a little light in our lives…

BMD

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Poll Shows Over 80% of Russians Favour “Blasphemy” Draft Law


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A survey by state-run pollster VTsIOM showed that over 80 percent of Russians support draft legislation that would introduce harsher penalties for blasphemy and desecrating religious sites. Next week, MPs in the RF Gosduma will debate amendments to the Criminal Code. The amendments envisage a prison term of up to three years or a penalty between 100,000 and 200,000 Roubles (3,200 to 6,400 USD. 2,500 to 5,000 Euros. 1,975 to 3,950 UK Pounds) for desecration of religious sites and attacking people’s religious beliefs. According to the survey, 82 percent of those polled favour the new draft law, whilst 12 percent spoke against it.

The initiative first emerged after a Moscow court handed down a two-year sentence to three members of the all-female anti-Putin punk band Pussy Riot in late August, in a case that divided Russian society and sparked a wave of protest actions in support of the group. The group members were jailed after a protest at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour over Church support for Vladimir Putin ahead of the March presidential election that returned him to the Kremlin for a third term. The draft law also comes after four wooden crosses were chopped down throughout Russia last month. A senior Moscow priest, Fr Dmitri Smirnov, said the cross attacks amounted to a declaration of war against the Church. Several Church figures previously called for blasphemy to be made a crime. Currently, it’s an administrative offense punishable by a fine of up to 1,000 roubles (32 USD. 25 Euros. 20 UK Pounds). The survey was conducted on 7-8 September, among 1,600 respondents in 138 Russian localities. The margin of error is below 3.4 percent.

26 September 2012 (MSK)

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/politics/20120926/176228857.html

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