Non-Democratic Nature of US System Never More Apparent! (8.11.2022)

“One of the most consequential outcomes of this redistricting cycle has been the continuing decrease in the number of competitive congressional districts,” Michael Li and Chris Leaverton of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law pointed out.

“All told, there are now fewer competitive districts than at any point in the last 52 years,” they wrote in an analysis. “If the good news is that both parties emerged with reasonable opportunities in coming years to win control of a closely divided House, the bad news is that they will fight that battle on the narrowest of terrains under maps artificially engineered to reduce competition.”

“American democracy was never designed to be democratic,” wrote American critic and essayist Louis Menand in a piece published in The New Yorker earlier this year.

“The partisan redistricting tactics of cracking and packing aren’t merely flaws in the system — they are the system,” Menand continued, stressing that the American government has never been a government “by the people.”

Palestine: Israeli Voting Population Continues Down ‘Fascist’ Path! (7.11.2022)

Sadeq Al-Shafi’ee, a political analyst from the West Bank city of Ramallah, expected the new Israeli government to “use the most extreme degree of excessive violence to deal with the Palestinians trying to confront occupation.”

“The Israeli voters’ choice of the right is evidence of rejecting any peace agreement with the Palestinians, or negotiation over the establishment of a Palestinian national entity on any part,” he explained.

Abdulmajid Sweilem, a Ramallah-based political analyst, suggested the Palestinians “get rid of the signed agreements,” because “the next Israeli government is not only a non-partner but hostile to peace.”

“What the elections in Israel resulted in is an opportunity for Fatah Movement led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and (Gaza’s ruling movement) Hamas to rise up against reality, end their internal division and make real unity to confront the coming future,” Sweilem said.

Hate Crime Reports in U.S. Chicago Surge! (25.10.2022)

“The fear runs deep through some of Chicago’s most prominent communities: Black, Asian, LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender), and Jewish,” said ABC7 in its report of the data from the city’s Commission on Human Relations.

During the pandemic, Asian Americans faced increased incidents of bias-related attacks, noted the report, adding that eight of the 125 total hate crimes being investigated by Chicago police this year were against Asians, a number city leaders fear is far under-reported.

“The number of hate crimes reported in Chicago increased by 44 percent compared to this time in 2021,” said the report.

The state of Illinois has reactivated a group similar to the Human Rights Commission in Chicago, that is looking at ways to increase reporting of potential hate crimes, and strengthen legislation against offenders, it added.

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