Italian racist politician also sexist


This video says about itself:

19 December 2015

In her keynote address at WINConference in Rome, Italy, Speaker of the House, Laura Boldrini shares her illustrious career with the UNHCR fighting for refugees right up to being elected to the 2013 House of Representatives of the Italian Parliament and how these life experiences inform her public and private life.

From Reuters news agency:

Italian Party Leader Catches Heat For Likening Female Lawmaker To Sex Doll

“With this rally he has passed every limit of decency.”

07/26/2016 04:18 am 04:18:00

ROME ― The outspoken leader of Italy’s anti-immigrant Northern League party drew a chorus of criticism on Monday for comparing the woman speaker of the lower house of parliament to an inflatable sex doll.

While Matteo Salvini addressed the crowd at a rally near the northern city of Cremona on Saturday, a blow-up doll was held up by supporters behind him.

“Boldrini’s clone is here on the stage,” Salvini said, referring to lower house speaker Laura Boldrini. He gave no explanation why he made the comparison. …

The Northern League leader often targets Boldrini, who comes from a small left-wing party, because of her appeals for humane treatment for immigrants. Before being elected to parliament, she was Italy’s spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). …

Maria Elena Boschi, minister for constitutional reforms, accused Salvini of “squalid sexism” which she said offended not only Boldrini but all Italian men and women.

More sexism in Italy. From ANSA news agency:

Naples, July 25 – Carabinieri police on Monday arrested 11 underage boys for the gang rape of a 15-year-old girl in a small town near Naples. The victim reported the incident some weeks ago, saying she was blackmailed into submitting to the gang rape with a video of her having sex with her boyfriend, who is reportedly related to a local Camorra mafia boss.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

According to Italian media the Camorra has tried to cover the incident up. A news site which recently reported on the incident pulled the piece offline after the journalist was threatened.

14-YEAR-OLD KILLED IN INDIA IN DOUBLE RAPE ATTACK She’s the second woman of a lower caste to be brutally attacked by her former rapist this month. [CNN]

Murdoch’s Fox News boss Ailes resigns in sexual harassment scandal


This video from the USA says about itself:

Roger Ailes Resigns as Fox News Chairman

21 July 2016

Roger Ailes Resigns as Fox News Chairman | His resignation is effective immediately.

By Michael Calderone, Senior Media Reporter, The Huffington Post in the USA:

Roger Ailes Stepping Down As Fox News CEO

He’s being sued for sexual harassment.

07/21/2016 04:36 pm 16:36:57

Embattled Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes resigned Thursday following a sexual harassment scandal that consumed the network during this week’s Republican National Convention, parent company 21st Century Fox announced.

It’s a stunning fall for Ailes, a longtime political operative and media visionary who built Fox News with Rupert Murdoch in 1996 and led the cable channel to ratings dominance.

Murdoch will now assume the role of chairman and acting CEO of Fox News and Fox Business, which Ailes also ran.

Murdoch didn’t mention the ongoing scandal, spurred by a sexual harassment lawsuit filed two weeks ago by former “Fox & Friends” co-host Gretchen Carlson, an event that’s prompted numerous other women to come forward both publicly and as part of an internal review.

Fox News star Megyn Kelly has reportedly accused Ailes of sexual harassment as part of her testimony to law firm Paul, Weiss, which is conducting the internal review. …

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

How Fox News Fired and Silenced a Female Reporter Who Alleged Sexual Harassment: here.

At Fox News, Kisses, Innuendo, Propositions and Fears of Reprisal: here.

That Feeling When You Get $40 Million For Sexually Harassing A Woman. Roger Ailes is being paid quite handsomely to leave Fox News: here.

American women protest at Trump’s Republican convention


This video from Ohio in the USA says about itself:

Code Pink Fights Back Against RNC Hate

20 July 2016

Code Pink Activists Alli McCracken and Chelsea Byers were escorted out of the GOP Convention by security after disrupting the first day of the Republican party’s controversial coronation of Donald Trump.

TYT Politics reporter Eric Byler spoke to both women shortly after their expulsion from Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena.

Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans, co-founders of Code Pink spoke with pride and satisfaction about the nonviolent direct action coup achieved by their proteges, refusing to divulge how they got them in. Fox News reporter Mike Tobin is shown interrogating Ms. Byers on the same subject, as well as questioning whether or not their acts of defiance amounted to free speech violations.

This video from the USA says about itself:

What The RNC Really Looks Like. BEHIND THE SCENES

Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks shows the behind the scenes of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Donald Trump, now official US Republican presidential candidate


This video from the USA says about itself:

19 July 2016

It is now official. Donald Trump is now the Republican nominee for president. Cenk Uygur, Ben Mankiewicz (What The Flick?), Ana Kasparian, and John Iadarola (ThinkTank), hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

Donald Trump officially became the Republican Party’s presidential nominee on Tuesday after a roll call vote overshadowed by dissent and apathy atypical of what is traditionally a celebration of the party’s White House candidate.

Trump easily earned the 1,237 delegates needed to capture the nomination. But sporadic boos could be heard as some states attempted to award delegates to Trump’s Republican primary competitors.

Trump‘s home delegation of New York put him over the top, announced on the convention floor with Trump‘s children standing nearby.”

Read more here.

This video from the USA says about itself:

19 July 2016

Donald Trump seems to have a problem with female voters. Cenk Uygur, Ben Mankiewicz (What The Flick?), Ana Kasparian, and John Iadarola (ThinkTank), hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

“Well, Donnie, the women don’t appear to love you anymore. U.S. Uncut reports that only 17 women showed up at a “Women for Trump” event at the RNC today. Yes, 17. As in SEVENTEEN. And a few were probably daughters or grandmothers that were dragged.

Turnout for Women For Trump event. The people in this picture are journalists and one media intern. #RNCinCLE

There were so few people in the audience that the panel had to ask each other questions. Awkward.

In stark contrast, over 100 women protested naked at the RNC, Huffington Post reports.

Seems the only women Trump is winning with are his daughter, his 3rd wife and maybe those 17 who showed up to pretend to support him. Newsflash – that won’t win him the election.”

Read more here.

Since launching his campaign last June, Trump has accused Mexican immigrants of being rapists, called for a blanket ban on Muslims entering the U.S., advocated the use of torture, encouraged supporters to physically attack protesters, praised murderous dictators, threatened U.S. allies and publicly repeated scores of falsehoods, exaggerations and outright lies: here.

IT’S OFFICIAL: TRUMP’S THE PARTY NOMINEE Even though 721 delegates cast their vote for a candidate other than Donald Trump, which is the “most significant expression of party dissent since 1976, when Republicans had a contested convention.” Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan spoke — but not really about Trump. Donald Trump Jr. used lines from a conservative column (he had reportedly been given permission) in his speech the day after Melania Trump came under fire for plagiarism. And here’s what to watch for today. [Christina Wilkie and S.V. Date, HuffPost]

Here’s what George W. Bush’s chief speechwriter said about Melania Trump’s plagiarism.

United States Fox News boss Ailes resigns in sexual harassment scandal


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Megyn Kelly Breaks Silence About Roger Ailes

19 July 2016

21st Century Fox is declining to comment on an explosive new report from New York magazine’s Gabriel Sherman that says Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly told lawyers she was also harassed by Fox News CEO and chairman Roger Ailes. “According to two sources briefed on parent company 21st Century Fox’s outside probe of the Fox News executive, led by New York–based law firm Paul, Weiss, Kelly has told investigators that Ailes made unwanted sexual advances toward her about ten years ago when she was a young correspondent at Fox.

From Variety in the USA today:

Roger Ailes Out at Fox News Amid Sexual Assault Allegations

Brian Steinberg, Senior TV Editor

Roger Ailes, who transformed Fox News Channel from a start-up into one of the nation’s most influential news organizations in under two decades, is leaving the 21st Century Fox-owned cable outlet in the wake of a bevy of sexual harassment allegations leveled at him, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Spokespeople for both the network and the parent company were not available for immediate comment. An official announcement was said to be imminent, this person said.

Ailes departs under a cloud. Gretchen Carlson, the former “Fox & Friends” anchor who left the network in June, filed a lawsuit in New Jersey earlier this month alleging Ailes had harassed her and derailed her career. Ailes had in a previous statement denied the charges. More women came forward alleging similar treatment by Ailes during his time as a producer in the decades before he set up shop at Fox News.

The final blow seemed to come on Tuesday: a report in New York magazine alleging that Megyn Kelly, one of the network’s primetime stars, had been the victim of unwanted sexual advances in her earlier days at the network. Those claims have not been independently verified, but the report seems to have played a role in determining the viability of Ailes’ tenure.

A posting on Drudge Report suggested Ailes could receive as much as $40 million as part of a settlement. Ailes was believed to be working under a contract with a term that expired in 2018.

More to come.

See also here.

United States Republican convention in Cleveland update


This video from the USA says about itself:

19 July 2016

Michael Shure and Ben Mankiewicz of The Young Turks sat down with reporters Michael Isikoff, and Ryan Grim from Day 1 of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland to discuss this election cycle. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

This video from the USA says about itself:

19 July 2016

Ben Mankiewicz of The Young Turks sat down with Nomiki Konst, Jordan Chariton and Daniel Lippman from the Twitter Data Visualization Wall on Day 2 of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland to discuss the event and the impact of social media on this election cycle.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Did Someone In Trump‘s Campaign Sabotage Melania [Donald Trump’s wife]’s Convention Speech?

19 July 2016

Thom talks about the obvious plagiarism in Melania Trump’s speech at the Republican convention.

This video from the USA says about itself:

19 July 2016

Melania Trump is accused of plagiarizing Michelle Obama’s speech after speaking at yesterday’s Republican National Convention.

This video from the USA says about itself:

GOP Delegate & Schoolteacher: Melania Trump Gets a “Zero” for Plagiarizing Michelle Obama Speech

19 July 2016

On Monday night, Donald Trump’s wife Melania Trump gave the keynote address. But the speech was not without controversy. Many commentators have accused Melania Trump of plagiarizing parts of first lady Michelle Obama’s speech from the 2008 Democratic National Convention. We ask two Republican delegates for their reaction.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Meet Trump VP Pick Mike Pence, Crusader Against Safe Legal Abortion and LGBTQ Rights

19 July 2016

We look at the record of Donald Trump and his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, on LGBT rights and restricting women’s access to reproductive healthcare with Dawn Laguens, executive vice president and chief experience officer of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

In 2015, Pence signed into law the highly controversial anti-LGBT Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which gave businesses license to discriminate against LGBT people. The law caused a nationwide backlash. Dozens of companies and professional sports teams and leagues, including the Indianapolis-headquartered NCAA, threatened to boycott Indiana.

Apple CEO Tim Cook slammed the law, likening it to the Jim Crow laws of the American South. Ultimately, Pence was forced to enact a revision specifying the law does not authorize anti-LGBT discrimination. As governor, Pence also oversaw a cut in Planned Parenthood funding in the state and signed legislation, since blocked, that would have restricted abortion access statewide. In 2011, he threatened to shut down the entire government if Congress didn’t defund Planned Parenthood.

RNC 2016: Republican convention staffers struck down with norovirus. At least a dozen California GOP staffers began showing symptoms over the weekend and have been quarantined in their hotel room: here.

British Blairite anti-Corbyn coup’s links to anti-women Jack the Ripper museum


This August 2015 video from London, England is called Jack the Ripper Museum Protest.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Eagle Diversity Guru Linked to Murderous Museum

Tuesday 19th July 2016

Linda Riley was director of Ripper firms

LABOUR leadership candidate Angela Eagle’s diversity guru had links to the notorious Jack the Ripper museum in Cable Street, the Morning Star can reveal today.

This is while Ms Eagle pitches herself as the “working-class woman” candidate during this week’s Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) hustings to garner approval ahead of the leadership election.

The Wallasey MP and rival Owen Smith, MP for Pontypridd, resigned from the shadow cabinet as part of an attempted coup against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Corporate adviser Linda Riley was appointed by the Labour Party in April to aid then-shadow business secretary Ms Eagle and act as a representative to firms on equality-related matters.

She was also pictured standing in the front row in support of her leadership campaign event last week.

But Ms Riley was previously involved in two companies with the founder of the notorious Jack the Ripper museum on Cable Street in London’s East End.

Ms Riley was a director of the now-dissolved firms Jack the Ripper Museum Ltd and Museum of Jack the Ripper Ltd, along with former Google diversity chief Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe.

Those companies shut down in March and August 2014, but Mr Palmer-Edgecumbe went on to open the museum itself in August 2015 under a new company, Jack the Ripper Museum (London) Ltd.

The museum has been accused of “glorifying” serial killings of working-class women in east London and was targeted by protesters as the original plans submitted to Tower Hamlets council suggested it would be a museum of women’s history.

Mr Palmer-Edgecumbe defended his museum, saying it was meant to “seriously examine” the crimes within the social context of the 1880s.

Ms Riley declined to describe her views on the museum.

LSE academic and Class War activist Lisa Mckenzie, who has protested against the museum, told the Morning Star it was “a disgrace” that “self-styled diversity gurus Riley and Palmer-Edgecumbe have constantly ignored the distress this ‘museum’ has caused the local community.”

She added: “The day Angela Eagle announced her friend Linda Riley’s appointment, I was shocked that such a person is constantly being given chances to ride roughshod over people’s concerns. This shows very poor judgement by Eagle.”

Ms Eagle’s parliamentary office did not respond to a request for comment.

Jeremy Corbyn increases dominant lead over Angela Eagle and Owen Smith among Labour Party members, poll finds. 54% of party members surveryed would give first preference to current Labour leader: here.