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Birth Certificate just Jim Crow all Over Again | Informed Comment

Birth Certificate just Jim Crow all Over Again | Informed Comment

There isn’t actually any mystery about the phenomenon of birtherism, the denial that Barack Obama is a US citizen and has a right to vote and hold office, or why obnoxious billionaire Donald Trump is resorting to it in his farce of a presidential bid.

Birthers are concentrated in former slaver, former Jim Crow states, which were forced to stop legal discrimination against African-Americans by the intervention of the Federal government from the 1960s, but many of whom retain a commitment to race and caste hierarchies as a way of ordering their societies.

America and the Arabs: No freedom dividend | The Economist

America and the Arabs: No freedom dividend | The Economist: "THE Egyptian people's opinion of America has not changed for the worse. That, for now, is the only consolation America can derive from a fascinating opinion poll just published by the Pew Research Centre. This shows that although nearly two out of three Egyptians are happy with the way things are going in their own country, the end of the Mubarak regime, and the role some people say Barack Obama played in helping to ease out the dictator, have not made them any better disposed towards the United States. Only one in five Egyptians have a positive view of America and only 15% would like to see closer ties. A majority (54% to 36%) would like to annul the peace treaty with Israel. More Egyptians (82%) say that better economic conditions are important to them than say that about honest multi-party elections. The institution that has come out best from the upheaval is the army: 88% say it is having a positive impact on th…

Gaza civilians wounded in Israeli attack - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Gaza civilians wounded in Israeli attack - Middle East - Al Jazeera English: "At least four people, including children, have been injured in an Israeli tank fire in central Gaza, Israeli and Palestinian sources said.

Witnesses said the Israeli army fired at least three rounds at an area east of the Al-Bureij refugee camp, wounding several Palestinians.

Hamas officials said Israeli forces fired in the direction of a home after darkness fell on Thursday.

Medical workers said four people including a woman and two children had been taken to a hospital with slight injuries.

The Israeli military confirmed the incident, saying it targeted fighters 'identified as planting an explosive near a border security fence' and that 'uninvolved civilians were apparently injured in this incident'.

'Israeli tanks fired shells at terrorists and hit them as they were about to place explosive devices near the security barrier' between the Gaza Strip and Israeli territory, a military …