Criticism of Democracy – Freedom Toons http://freedomtoons.org/ Thu, 30 Jun 2022 17:45:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://freedomtoons.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default.png Criticism of Democracy – Freedom Toons http://freedomtoons.org/ 32 32 Biden plans to deliver Jan. 6 speech once House committee completes investigation: report https://freedomtoons.org/biden-plans-to-deliver-jan-6-speech-once-house-committee-completes-investigation-report/ Thu, 30 Jun 2022 17:45:22 +0000 https://freedomtoons.org/biden-plans-to-deliver-jan-6-speech-once-house-committee-completes-investigation-report/ President Biden plans to deliver a speech on the House committee’s findings on Jan. 6 once the panel completes its investigation, according to reports. The speech will focus on what Mr. Biden thinks is at stake if former President Donald Trump returns to the White House, according to NBC, citing a senior administration official and […]]]>

President Biden plans to deliver a speech on the House committee’s findings on Jan. 6 once the panel completes its investigation, according to reports.

The speech will focus on what Mr. Biden thinks is at stake if former President Donald Trump returns to the White House, according to NBC, citing a senior administration official and a Democrat familiar with the planning.

The White House has not confirmed the president’s plans to respond to the committee’s findings and has previously noted the panel’s independence.

The committee began releasing its findings in a series of public hearings this month after its nearly year-long investigation, which is still ongoing.

Lawmakers on the panel teased future hearings before the committee releases its final report, expected in the fall.

The expected timing of the committee’s report and the president’s potential speech coincides with the upcoming midterm elections this year in which Democrats are expected to face a tough sell to voters facing soaring inflation, at prices of high gasoline prices and rising crime rates.

Republicans argue that the problems facing the country are the direct result of Democratic policies.

Mr. Trump’s influence in House and Senate races nationwide is unmistakable. The former president has deployed the full force of his political and financial capital to ensure his picks win in Republican primary races across the country.

Mr Biden has sought to counter Republican challengers by rallying Democratic voters to flood the polls and give Congress the votes needed to “reinstate the protections” of the old Roe v. Wade.

He laments the Supreme Court’s decision that overturned the 1973 Roe decision as an ideological holdover from his Republican predecessor.

But Democrats are also banking that voters will be swayed by the committee’s findings, and early indications from the committee’s series of public hearings suggest that the Capitol riot has at least maintained its appeal with Americans.

A poll released Thursday by The Associated Press and the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center showed 48% of US voters say Mr Trump should face criminal charges over the riot at the US Capitol, up from 31% who said he shouldn’t and 20% who had no opinion.

Fifty-nine percent said Mr Trump deserved “a lot” or “a fair bit” of blame for the riot.

The poll was conducted from June 23 to 27 among 1,053 voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

President Biden has already used the Capitol riot as a rallying cry for his party.

On the anniversary of the attack, Mr Biden spoke from the United States Capitol’s Statuary Hall, offering a scathing criticism of Mr Trump, calling him a “defeated former president” and linking him to an extremist movement that he says threatens American democracy. .

“Those who stormed this Capitol, and those who instigated and incited, and those who called them to do so, held a dagger to the throat of America – to American democracy,” he said. -he declares.

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Former Chinese Professor Secretly Arrested by Police for Demanding Democracy and Political Reform https://freedomtoons.org/former-chinese-professor-secretly-arrested-by-police-for-demanding-democracy-and-political-reform/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 10:35:26 +0000 https://freedomtoons.org/former-chinese-professor-secretly-arrested-by-police-for-demanding-democracy-and-political-reform/ A former Chinese teacher disappeared on June 6 after being invited by local police to a conference in the city of Handan in northern China’s Hebei province. Wang Gang has been an active critic of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). In 2012, he published an open letter to CCP decision-makers, calling for action against corruption, […]]]>

A former Chinese teacher disappeared on June 6 after being invited by local police to a conference in the city of Handan in northern China’s Hebei province.

Wang Gang has been an active critic of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). In 2012, he published an open letter to CCP decision-makers, calling for action against corruption, demanding democracy, and asking netizens to repost his open letter if they agreed with him. Last year he drafted the outline for the establishment of a federal republic of China.

Wang, 64, was an associate professor at the Medical College of Hebei Engineering University. He was fired by his employer in 2018, allegedly for his criticism of the Chinese regime and his call for political reform in his open letter to the CCP, according to Radio Free Asia (RFA).

“[In 1945]when you [the CCP] negotiated with the nationalist Kuomintang government, you said you wanted to establish a democracy with multiple ruling parties, but now you say democracy is not in line with China’s national conditions,” the open letter read. of Wang. “Which of your words is correct?” Don’t tell us both are right, which is a trick used by political hooligans! »

His letter was quickly removed from his blog on a Chinese social media platform and he was twice placed in administrative detention, a form of punishment invented by the CCP in which a person is held without charge or trial for periods ranging from 15 days to four years.

In September 2021, he wrote “Fundamentals of National Reconstruction of the Federal Republic of China [or “the Fundamentals” for short]and “Calls to Arms Against the CCP” and was detained by local police for 10 days, according to Wang in an interview with the Chinese edition of The Epoch Times in May 2022.

His messages were quickly deleted from Chinese social media by Chinese cyberpolice and he did not find time to send them overseas, he said. He was detained for 10 days as a mild punishment, as the posts were silently censored and did not generate much controversy in China or elsewhere, Wang said.

Lin Shengliang, a dissident living in exile in the Netherlands, told the Chinese-language Epoch Times on June 25 that he had been in contact with Wang on WeChat.

“He left a message for me on WeChat, saying he was taken to Lianxi Police Station in Congtai District, Handan City, Hebei Province,” Lin said.

Wang’s ideal state is that of a federal republic, with several parties jointly governing the country in a democratic manner. He called on Chinese people to use non-violent forms to stand up against the CCP.

“There are about 1.5 billion Chinese people in the world. When 150 million people sign [the open letter], China will have hope. It will be the best result and it is the only way to avoid social unrest,” he wrote in his letter.

Wang himself sensed the danger before he disappeared. He told The Epoch Times earlier in May that police investigated his activities in Fujian, Guangdong, Hunan and Hainan provinces.

In a WeChat message to Lin dated May 21, Wang said, “An officer from Lianxi Police Station told me to come to his office at 10 a.m., saying that the newly appointed political instructor wanted to see me, at alongside the deputy captain of the anti-terrorism, anti-infiltration and anti-subversion brigade.

In a previous online post by Wang, he said that if he disappeared for 15 days, he would most likely end up in a detention center or a mental hospital.

A friend of Wang’s, who wished to remain anonymous for security reasons, told The Epoch Times on June 25 that Wang was secretly arrested by local police in Handan for his draft of “Basics” and is currently detained at Congxi Police Station in Handan City. . Wang’s family has not received any official documents about his arrest, the friend said.

The Epoch Times contacted the local police station, and responding officers offered no information about Wang’s whereabouts, case, or well-being.

Wang previously told The Epoch Times that he was not afraid to die.

“I am already 64 years old; I’m not afraid to die. I made a will,” he said, “I just want to express my true feelings and stand up for justice, even at the cost of my life.”

Li Yun and Li Xi contributed to the article.

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Sophia Lam joined The Epoch Times in 2021 and she covers China-related topics.

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Lawyers condemn Johnson’s criticism of lawyers https://freedomtoons.org/lawyers-condemn-johnsons-criticism-of-lawyers/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 07:09:12 +0000 https://freedomtoons.org/lawyers-condemn-johnsons-criticism-of-lawyers/ Tired, meaningless and dangerous: Lawyers condemn Johnson’s criticism of lawyers Calendar An icon of a desktop calendar. to cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across it. Caret A right-pointing solid arrow icon. E-mail An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of Facebook’s “f” mark. Google An icon of Google’s […]]]>





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The Commonwealth meets in the shadow of a migrant, the line of rights https://freedomtoons.org/the-commonwealth-meets-in-the-shadow-of-a-migrant-the-line-of-rights/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 02:00:20 +0000 https://freedomtoons.org/the-commonwealth-meets-in-the-shadow-of-a-migrant-the-line-of-rights/ Published on: 06/24/2022 – 04:00Amended: 06/24/2022 – 03:58 Kigali (AFP) – A Commonwealth leaders’ summit opens in Rwanda on Friday as the host country comes under scrutiny for its rights record and a migrant deal with Britain threatens to eclipse the meeting. A bitter contest also looms for the leadership of the 54-nation club made […]]]>

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Kigali (AFP) – A Commonwealth leaders’ summit opens in Rwanda on Friday as the host country comes under scrutiny for its rights record and a migrant deal with Britain threatens to eclipse the meeting.

A bitter contest also looms for the leadership of the 54-nation club made up mostly of former British colonies as it grapples with its changing identity and future relevance.

The Commonwealth represents a third of humanity spanning parts of Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, but some of its most prominent leaders skip the top, sending emissaries in their place.

Prince Charles, representing Queen Elizabeth II as head of the Commonwealth, made the first visit by a member of the British royal family to Rwanda for the gathering, which culminates in two days of leadership meetings.

He will meet on the sidelines Friday with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has been promoting his much-criticized deal to deport migrants to Rwanda since arriving in Kigali on Thursday.

The scheme involves Britain deporting asylum seekers thousands of miles away to Rwanda and has been fiercely opposed by the church, rights groups and – apparently – Charles himself.

Johnson – who discussed the plan with his fellow architect Paul Kagame during a meeting with the Rwandan president on Thursday – said he would defend the proposal to Charles and other critics.

“What critics of the policy need to understand, and I’ve seen loads and loads of criticism, is that Rwanda has undergone an absolute transformation over the past two decades,” the British leader said.

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Johnson pledged to press ahead with the deal, which faced legal challenges in UK and international courts, and was looming large ahead of the Commonwealth heads of government meeting.

A first flight of asylum seekers from the UK to Rwanda was due to take off last week but was halted following an intervention by the European Court of Human Rights.

Johnson also praised Kagame for the “leaps and bounds” achieved in Rwanda, despite widespread concerns about the lack of political freedom and civil liberties in the small African nation.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed Rwanda’s achievements under President Paul Kagame Dan Kitwood Pool/AFP

Rights groups have openly questioned Rwanda’s suitability for hosting the Commonwealth, which has a charter that enshrines respect for democracy and human rights as core shared values.

More than 20 rights groups and civil society organizations have warned the Commonwealth is risking its credibility by hosting the summit in Rwanda, where they say a “climate of fear” exists under Kagame’s rule.

The Democratic Republic of Congo has also called on Britain to condemn Rwanda for its alleged “aggression” in mineral-rich eastern Congo, where Kigali has been accused of stoking a rebellion.

Rumblings of leadership

At least publicly, these concerns have not been raised and a “Ministerial Action Group” tasked with examining the behavior of Commonwealth members has issued no statement after their meeting.

Forums before the summit touched on everything from trade and investment to malaria, climate change and mental health.

Britain's Prince Charles, pictured with Rwandan President Paul Kagame, is said to have criticized the migrant deal
Britain’s Prince Charles, pictured with Rwandan President Paul Kagame, is said to have criticized the migrant deal Simon MAINAAFP

The leaders’ meetings for the next two days behind closed doors will miss some heavyweights, including India’s Narendra Modi, South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa and Australia’s Anthony Albanese.

Republican movements are taking root in some Commonwealth countries and there have been new discussions about the royal family’s future role in the club and its wider purpose in a post-colonial world.

Meanwhile, the West African states of Togo and Gabon are set to become the Commonwealth’s newest members despite having no historical ties to Britain – like host country Rwanda, who joined in 2009.

Friday will also bring to a climax a struggle for the leadership of the Commonwealth that has at times turned sour.

Kamina Johnson Smith challenges Patricia Scotland for the post of General Secretary, despite Commonwealth convention dictating that the incumbent should run unopposed for a second term.

Smith, who is Jamaica’s foreign secretary, has the backing of the UK, which has publicly expressed its dissatisfaction with Scotland’s handling of the organisation.

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A timeline of the unfolding events of the January 6 Uprising https://freedomtoons.org/a-timeline-of-the-unfolding-events-of-the-january-6-uprising/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 21:02:00 +0000 https://freedomtoons.org/a-timeline-of-the-unfolding-events-of-the-january-6-uprising/ Supporters of then-President Donald Trump climb the west wall of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. (Jose Luis Magana/AP) The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol is expected to continue presenting its findings in a public hearing this morning. When and how the events happened that day was […]]]>
Supporters of then-President Donald Trump climb the west wall of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. (Jose Luis Magana/AP)

The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol is expected to continue presenting its findings in a public hearing this morning. When and how the events happened that day was a key part of their investigation.

Supporters of then-President Trump stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, engulfing the building in chaos after Trump urged his supporters to protest the ceremonial counting of electoral votes to certify President Biden’s victory.

here’s how key events have taken place throughout the Capitol on January 6, 2021, after Trump’s speech:

  • At 1:10 p.m. ET, As Congress began the process of claiming victory for President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College, Trump encouraged his supporters to demonstrate at the United States Capitol. Despite promising to join them, Trump retreated to the White House in his SUV and watched on television as the violence unfolded on Capitol Hill.
  • Shortly after 1 p.m. ET, Hundreds of pro-Trump protesters broke through barriers set up along the perimeter of the Capitol, where they clashed with officers in full riot gear, with some calling the officers “traitors” for doing their jobs.
  • About 90 minutes later, police said protesters entered the building and the doors to the House and Senate were locked. Shortly after, the floor of the house was evacuated by the police. Then-Vice President Mike Pence was also kicked out of the chamber due to play his part in counting the electoral votes.
  • An armed confrontation took place at the front door of the house from 3 p.m. ET, and the police pointed their guns at someone trying to break it. A Trump supporter was also pictured standing in front of the Senate dais earlier in the afternoon.
  • The Senate floor was cleared of rioters starting at 3:30 p.m. ET, and an officer told CNN they managed to move them away from the Senate wing of the building and toward the rotunda, and were removing them from the Capitol’s east and west gates.
  • United States Capitol Police worked to secure the second floor of the Capitol first and were seen just before 5 p.m. ET pushing protesters off the steps on the east side of the building.
  • With about 30 minutes before Washington, DC 6 p.m. ET curfew, Washington police gathered in a long line to push back the crowd from the Capitol grounds. It took around 5:40 p.m. ET for the building to be secured again, according to the Sergeant-at-Arms.
  • Lawmakers began returning to the Capitol after the building was secured and made it clear that they intended to resume their scheduled activities of confirming Biden’s victory over Trump by counting votes in the Electoral College.
  • Debates resumed at 8 p.m. ET with Pence — who never left the Capitol, according to his press secretary — bringing the Senate session back to order.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement earlier the evening of Jan. 6 that congressional leaders wanted to continue the joint session that evening.

Then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the floor that “the United States Senate will not be intimidated. We will not be kept out of this chamber by thugs, mobs or threat”.

It took until the early hours of Thursday morning (January 7, 2021), but Congress finally counted and certified Biden’s election victory.

See the full timeline of events here.

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Arrests at Prague town hall cause turmoil in Czech government – ​​POLITICO https://freedomtoons.org/arrests-at-prague-town-hall-cause-turmoil-in-czech-government-politico/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 20:25:03 +0000 https://freedomtoons.org/arrests-at-prague-town-hall-cause-turmoil-in-czech-government-politico/ PRAGUE — A scandal at Prague’s town hall prompted the Czech Republic’s education minister to resign on Sunday and threatens the stability of the country’s coalition government, which came to power on a promise to root out corruption and to restore liberal democracy. The Czech Republic will take over the rotating EU Council Presidency next […]]]>

PRAGUE — A scandal at Prague’s town hall prompted the Czech Republic’s education minister to resign on Sunday and threatens the stability of the country’s coalition government, which came to power on a promise to root out corruption and to restore liberal democracy.

The Czech Republic will take over the rotating EU Council Presidency next month.

Petr Hlubuček, who resigned as deputy mayor of Prague, spent the weekend in jail after being arrested on Friday evening, one of 11 people linked to the city’s transport company DPP to be charged of corruption, involvement in organized crime and suspicion of illicit drug use.

Hlubuček is a member of the Movement of Mayors and Independents (STAN), the second largest of the five parties forming the national governing coalition. Lobbyist Michal Redl, a former associate of fugitive mafia kingpin Radovan Krejčíř, who is in jail in South Africa, was also arrested.

Education Minister and STAN member Petr Gazdík reportedly had several meetings with Redl. He said he was innocent of any wrongdoing, but resigned to avoid harming the government.

“I don’t want to shake the government or the coalition on the threshold of the EU presidency,” he said. said.

“Petr Gazdík is neither accused nor indicted. It is therefore an honest solution, which we have not been used to in high politics in recent years,” said Prime Minister Petr Fiala. wrote on Twitter. He told state news wire CTK that he was waiting for “clarifications” from STAN.

STAN leader and Deputy Prime Minister Vít Rakušan announced that the party will propose an assembly to vote on its leadership, initially scheduled for the fall.

Hlubuček said he was resigning to prevent “unwarranted political criticism” of STAN by other city council members.

The arrests are rocking the coalition government, which was formed in November after promising to restore faith in mainstream politics among a deeply cynical electorate.

If STAN imploded, Fiala’s hold on power would be threatened. The coalition has 108 seats in the 200-member parliament, but would lose its majority without the 37 MPs from the Pirates Party and STAN.

This would provide an opening for Andrej Babiš, the former prime minister ousted in October’s election after being accused of fraud. His opposition party Ano has 72 seats.

“The real leader of the Hydra is Mr. Rakušan, who covers STAN’s organized crime from the position of Minister of the Interior”, Babiš said. “By leaving Rakušan in government, Mr. Fiala endorses the mafia and STAN’s theft practices.”

The unrest and arrests recall the 1990s and 2000s when the country was mired in corruption scandals.

“It reminds of the dark days,” said Jiří Pehe, political analyst and director of New York University in Prague. “Unfortunately, this seems to be a recurring theme in Czech politics and risks further undermining people’s trust in politics.”

The country’s previous Council presidency in 2009 was undermined when Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek’s government lost a vote of confidence.

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Donna Edwards gets help from Nancy Pelosi to fight back against AIPAC-affiliated attack ad https://freedomtoons.org/donna-edwards-gets-help-from-nancy-pelosi-to-fight-back-against-aipac-affiliated-attack-ad/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 22:41:52 +0000 https://freedomtoons.org/donna-edwards-gets-help-from-nancy-pelosi-to-fight-back-against-aipac-affiliated-attack-ad/ Placeholder while loading article actions A new super PAC affiliated with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is spending money to attack former Democratic Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards as she asks voters to return her to Congress in Maryland’s 4th District. Edwards pushed back forcefully Friday — including with a virtual appearance by House Speaker […]]]>
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A new super PAC affiliated with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is spending money to attack former Democratic Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards as she asks voters to return her to Congress in Maryland’s 4th District.

Edwards pushed back forcefully Friday — including with a virtual appearance by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — against a $600,000 ad buy from the United Democracy Project. The super PAC has inserted itself into races across the country, spending millions against candidates opposed by AIPAC, long one of the most powerful pro-Israel lobbying weapons in Washington. The group’s attacks, however, have often focused on issues unrelated to Israeli politics.

The group announcement — who does not broadcast an affiliation with AIPAC — attacked Edwards for criticizing his constituent services during his tenure from 2008 to 2017; she did not seek reelection so she could run for the Democratic Senate nomination, a race in which her record on constituent services was also an issue. (The United Democracy Project ad quotes extensively from editorials by the Washington Post editorial board, which is separate from the newsroom — though the ad also includes a 2016 Post news article.)

At a Friday press conference, Edwards said the ad “lies about my record” and that his Democratic opponent, former Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Glenn Ivey, “knows he loses and now he’s desperate”. Ivey has been approved by AIPAC.

“My opponent has his super PAC in black silver. I have grassroots support. And you know what? I like those chances,” Edwards said. “I have to tell you one thing about black women that many of you already know: when you pick us up, we don’t run. We double down and we do the work.

At the end of the press conference, Edwards’ campaign manager placed a laptop on the lectern and pulled out a video message from Pelosi. “When Donna Edwards first represented Maryland’s fourth congressional district, and that was for almost a decade, she was one of the most effective members of Congress,” Pelosi said on the video. “Donna fought for Prince George’s County – for jobs and investments in her community, to help voters in need and to get results.”

The United Democracy Project’s foray into the 4th District race indicates that a proxy war between pro-Israel groups — AIPAC backing Ivey and liberal J Street backing Edwards — could dent the race in its latest straight ahead of the July 19 primary. A UDP spokesman, Patrick Dorton, said this was the sixth race the UDP had been involved in this year, including helping Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Tex.) and Rep. Shontel Brown (D-Ohio) by spending against their opponents. Dorton said the UDP plans to be active in the Maryland race until primary election day.

The Post previously reported in April that AIPAC funneled nearly $160,000 in donations from its supporters to Ivey’s campaign before formally approving it. Now on AIPAC’s list of “star contenders,” Ivey leads the way and is one of two “key races” prioritized by the organization.

“We strongly support Glenn Ivey because he deeply appreciates the importance of the US-Israel relationship,” AIPAC spokesman Marshall Wittman said in a statement. “His stance stands in stark contrast to that of one of his chief opponents, whose record in Congress was hostile to America’s alliance with Israel.”

AIPAC’s fallout with Edwards dates back to his first term in 2009, when Edwards voted “present” on a resolution “recognizing Israel’s right to defend itself against attacks from Gaza.” Dorton also cited Edwards’ “present” votes on a 2011 resolution expressing support for direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and 2012 legislation aimed at enhancing security cooperation between the United States and Israel, between others.

But Edwards retained strong support from J Street, which on Friday condemned UDP advertising and called on Ivey to do the same. He praised Edwards for supporting “peace, diplomacy and human rights for Israelis and Palestinians.”

“It’s appalling. These baseless attacks on a veteran Democrat like Donna Edwards are being funded by a Republican-aligned hawkish group that actively raises money for those who threaten our democracy,” J Street vice president of public affairs Kevin Rachlin said in a statement. a statement. referring to the fact that AIPAC also supports Republicans who opposed the 2020 election results. “As Speaker Pelosi has made clear, these attacks on Donna are baseless. Glenn Ivey must show his commitment to American democracy by calling on the United Democracy Project to remove its misleading ads from this race.

A spokesman for Ivey, Ramón Korionoff, said Ivey will “continue to focus on educating voters every day on the issues that matter most to them, fighting crime, reducing inflation and the education of our children”.

“As the ad states, [Edwards] was the least effective Democrat in Congress while in office and she failed to meet the needs of her constituents when they needed her most,” Korionoff said. “Glenn has a reputation for getting things done and always showing up and getting the job done.”

When faced with criticism over her past work in constituent services elsewhere on the campaign trail, Edwards struck a softer tone. A voter at a campaign forum at Riderwood Senior Living in Beltsville, Md. last month said she heard about issues with Edwards Voter Services while in office. The voter asked the crowd, “How would it be different this time you’re in power?”

Edwards then did not contest the criticism.

“I think that’s a fair question and criticism,” Edwards replied. “After stepping back for the past six years, I’ve had a chance to really think about it. I think we’ve done great things in our office, from the college fairs we’ve hosted and homes we’ve saved from foreclosure, to opening up opportunities for small businesses. … But I hear the criticism. And all I can say is the commitment that every legislator makes, which is to say that I will do better. I heard it and I will do better.

Edwards was joined by several allies at his Friday press conference who spoke of their positive experiences with Edwards and his work helping voters, including one who said Edwards helped save his home from foreclosure .

Of the. Karen Toles (D) also stressed the importance of electing a liberal woman to Maryland’s federal delegation, which has not had a female member since Edwards and Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) left office in 2017.

“The stuff you hear is BS, OK? It’s just BS,” Toles said, referring to the attack on Edwards. “Let me say that when we re-elect the congresswoman, she will be the only woman in the entire state delegation… Only women have these problems when it comes to trying to get elected. You don’t hear them talking about men saying they have problems with their constituents. They only talk about women. Women who are mothers. Women who are educators. Women who work multiple jobs but have the courage to run for office. We will not be discouraged. We will send it back.

The primary for the 4th congressional district represents something of a rematch between Ivey and Edwards. Ivey launched a short-lived primary against Edwards in 2012 but dropped out. He sought to fill the seat vacated by Edwards in a 2016 Democratic primary, but lost to Rep. Anthony G. Brown (D-Md.), who is not seeking reelection to run for office. Attorney General of Maryland.

Former Prince George delegate Angela Angel is also seeking the Democratic nomination.

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Key takeaways: how to deal with Trump; and the texan blues https://freedomtoons.org/key-takeaways-how-to-deal-with-trump-and-the-texan-blues/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 22:24:03 +0000 https://freedomtoons.org/key-takeaways-how-to-deal-with-trump-and-the-texan-blues/ Jim Kessler, a prominent center-left Third Way strategist, wrote on Twitter that the race demonstrated that “Democrats should take their Latino playbook and throw it in the trash.” And Chuck Rocha, the senior campaign adviser for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign, responded that he “TOTALLY” agrees. But National Democrats brushed off those concerns, […]]]>

Jim Kessler, a prominent center-left Third Way strategist, wrote on Twitter that the race demonstrated that “Democrats should take their Latino playbook and throw it in the trash.” And Chuck Rocha, the senior campaign adviser for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign, responded that he “TOTALLY” agrees.

But National Democrats brushed off those concerns, saying it would have been a waste of money to invest in a special election to hold the seat for a few months. In November, they plan to attack Flores as an extremist who promoted the QAnon conspiracy theory and spread misinformation about COVID-19.

“The one thing the NRCC proved last night is that they can barely get their Republican MAGA candidates across the finish line when they outspend the Democrat 20 to 1 and if only 7% of the electorate votes,” said Monica Robinson. , spokesperson for the DCCC. “This seat is a rental for Republicans and we look forward to welcoming Vicente Gonzalez to Congress this fall.”

Demonstrate establishment strength

The odds were high against real upset in the Nevada primaries, and there were none, but Democratic Rep. Dina Titus’ margin of victory in her primary against challenger Amy Vilela seems to highlight the enduring strength of the Nevada Democratic establishment and Local 226 of the Culinary Workers Union.

The union and Nevada Democratic Victory campaigned for Titus as she faced re-election in a new district and defeated a challenger that garnered considerable excitement thanks to endorsements from Sanders and the band Our Revolution. Titus was victorious, getting over 82% of the vote.

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South Africa’s Foreign Policy Decisions – Ambiguous or Misunderstood? https://freedomtoons.org/south-africas-foreign-policy-decisions-ambiguous-or-misunderstood/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 05:02:49 +0000 https://freedomtoons.org/south-africas-foreign-policy-decisions-ambiguous-or-misunderstood/ The misalignment of South Africa’s foreign policy strategy has recently been the subject of much scrutiny and criticism. Could the issues at stake be due to ambiguities in South African foreign policy or are they due to a misunderstanding? This article focuses specifically on South Africa’s foreign policy decisions made in relation to Russia’s invasion […]]]>

The misalignment of South Africa’s foreign policy strategy has recently been the subject of much scrutiny and criticism. Could the issues at stake be due to ambiguities in South African foreign policy or are they due to a misunderstanding? This article focuses specifically on South Africa’s foreign policy decisions made in relation to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – and the resulting protracted conflict – and the insurgency in northern Mozambique. .

In 1993, in an article published in Foreign Affairs magazine, Nelson Mandela claimed that South Africa’s first democratic foreign policy would be guided by a commitment to human rights, the promotion of democracy, justice, peaceful conflict resolution and economic cooperation as fundamental principles. This new foreign policy stance was a reversal from the foreign policy of the apartheid regime. This new posture has been informed by the Constitution, and since then by the White Paper on South African Foreign Policy (2011) as well as by the precedents set by foreign policy decisions over the years.

During the 1990s and early 2000s, South Africa was a newly democratic country with a material and moral base of influence, gained through its successful negotiation of a peaceful end to apartheid and the transfer of power to a majority elected government. It has used this base of influence as a diplomatic tool when interacting with its regional neighbors in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and continental peers in the African Union (AU). This base of influence has also allowed South Africa to “stretch above its weight” when engaging on global issues in multilateral forums.

Yet critical discussions of South Africa’s foreign policy positions have increased over the past decade, with many questioning whether the country has developed them clearly and coherently. Recent positions on the international scene have been controversial. Critics have argued that they demonstrate contradictions between the country’s stated foreign policy principles and its values ​​and interests in practice.

The universally accepted norm is that a country’s national interests and values ​​determine its foreign policy. It refers to the calculation of a nation’s key objectives, which could be its economic, ideological, political and/or security interests. However, the values ​​expressed by incumbent governments change over time, often in response to actual developments. For example, on May 12, 2022, Dr. Naledi Pandor, Minister for International Relations and Cooperation, delivered the budget vote for his ministry in Parliament and reaffirmed South Africa’s current position. She placed this in a global context which she characterized as involving “complex shifts in global relations and unprecedented global instability”. Factors cited were the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the conflict in Ukraine and social stability issues in Eswatini, Lesotho and Mozambique.

South Africa’s history of apartheid and its successful transition to democracy have profoundly shaped an approach to foreign policy that emphasizes normative ideals, and in the past these have given the country a unique position as the moral voice of reason in the international context. This distinctive position has had more influence than its military instruments, as evidenced by its contribution to the resolution of conflicts on a global scale and the promotion of multilateralism. However, as noted above, critics argue that there are signs that South Africa’s position as a champion of peace and human rights is in decline.

On the international front, South Africa’s position, adopted in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolution “Aggression against Ukraine” of March 2022, is a matter of frustration and confusion. given the mixed messages that preceded it. For example, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as U.S. Ambassador-designate to South Africa, Reuben Brigety said that South Africa’s decision to refrain from supporting the resolution had been “quite disappointing” and “unfortunate”. He called for a return to “ubuntu”-based diplomacy. At home, criticism has been leveled at the ruling party’s reliance on and continued solidarity with former Cold War allies, as well as the ANC’s analysis of the changing balance of power around the world in his report on the 2022 National Policy Conference.

In response to certain criticisms, South Africa seemed to reconsider its initial position, or rather that expressed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Subsequently, the position said that Russia’s actions in Ukraine “violated international law”. However, the country said it remained firm in its call for a negotiated end to the conflict, a position based on the idea that “ultimately, negotiations will end the conflict”. Following criticism, South Africa continued to call for “coherence in the international community’s approach to countries that violate international law”, citing uneven responses to the case of the continued occupation of Palestine by Israel. The Government appeals to the observation that most Western powers do not give this problem the same importance and attention as Russia’s violations.

When Russia invaded Ukraine nearly four months ago, South Africa’s proposal for a negotiated settlement was criticized by several Western leaders. As the conflict drags on, some Western leaders nonetheless seemed to soften their stance; calls for the immediate withdrawal of Russian troops have become calls for peace talks with Moscow. President Volodymyr Zelensky recently said: “Negotiation is [the] only way out of the war,” although Zelensky made it clear that he would not cede Ukrainian territory.

Some may still argue that South Africa’s position undermines its ability to act as a credible normative broker on the global stage. However, history may judge otherwise. South Africa’s history in achieving a negotiated peace settlement may yet give the country a moral standing. Minister Pandor said: “The international community must focus on finding a lasting solution. It will not consist of isolating a party or bringing it to its knees. We do not want to take the path that follows the Treaty of Versailles. The merits of such an argument should be rigorously debated. Abstention – however it looks – is not technically a disagreement or necessarily anti-NATO per se. Nevertheless, whether or not abstention on such an issue offers a seat at the negotiating table must be part of the debate.

Regionally, one would also have expected South Africa to play a bigger role in the growing insurgency currently unfolding in northern Mozambique. South Africa has been criticized for not being as proactive and aggressive as Rwanda in its involvement in tackling rising insecurity in the neighboring country. However, the Rwandan deployment is a bilateral agreement, which means the deployment is faster. South Africa’s room for maneuver is limited, as it is guided by SADC’s more bureaucratic multilateral response.

Respect for sovereignty is a key SADC principle. Without it, the regional organization would falter, fail to carry out its mandate effectively and may cease to exist. South Africa’s perceived slowness to deploy troops to the SADC force in Mozambique can be attributed to Mozambique’s reluctance to allow a SADC force to be deployed in the country. As soon as Mozambique accepted and approved the deployment of a SADC force, in July 2021, South Africa was quick to deploy 1,495 SANDF personnel to the SADC force. This deployment was extended to April 2022 at a cost of R2.8 billion. Part of what makes the issue complex is that those who respect the pre-eminence of sovereignty are confused that South Africa did not, on this principle, vote in favor of the UN motions. As noted above, there are also other factors to consider.