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    Quote Originally Posted by Wakeneuron View Post
    President Trump has ended trade benefits with the country of Mauritania 'due to insufficient progress in eradicating forced labor and slavery. Mauritania's slaves are all black Africans and they are owned by Arabs and Whites according to an article that came out today on frontpagemag.com 'Slavery's Decision Day in Mauritania.
    https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/274...n#.XSS2JUAB9cY

    Mauritania's Arabs believe that Blacks are inferior and are born to be slaves. Slavery is legal in all 4 sharia law codes. It allows slave owners to believe that they are doing nothing illegal or immortal in owning slaves'
    So you're claiming Sharia law is the reason for slavery in Mauritania?
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    My brother wants a washer and dryer for Christmas. I'm going to recommend not shopping at Home Depot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wakeneuron View Post
    President Trump has ended trade benefits with the country of Mauritania 'due to insufficient progress in eradicating forced labor and slavery. Mauritania's slaves are all black Africans and they are owned by Arabs and Whites according to an article that came out today on frontpagemag.com 'Slavery's Decision Day in Mauritania.
    https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/274...n#.XSS2JUAB9cY

    Mauritania's Arabs believe that Blacks are inferior and are born to be slaves. Slavery is legal in all 4 sharia law codes. It allows slave owners to believe that they are doing nothing illegal or immortal in owning slaves'
    That sounds fine and good, particularly as more and more conservative Islamic countries should be under fire for upholding the outdated Sharia, such as Brunei recently making homosexuality punishable with the death penalty.

    The problem is this boils more down to, "do you have money? No? Then screw you" than it does with striking a blow against regressive policies based on religion. Hell, I don't even think the average person can find Mauritania on a map.

    Besides, there's more to it than that in the country as why slavery is rampant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Maiden View Post
    I wish these billionaire corporate types would admit they really liked the Trump tax cut they benefited from and not necessarily his policies.
    Jeff Bezos's Amazon doesn't have to pay one cent this fiscal year.

    They sure love that laffer curve nonsense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChadH View Post
    So you're claiming Sharia law is the reason for slavery in Mauritania?
    If it fits the narrative.

    Too bad there's no socialism in West Africa. He could have blamed that too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDogindy View Post
    That sounds fine and good, particularly as more and more conservative Islamic countries should be under fire for upholding the outdated Sharia, such as Brunei recently making homosexuality punishable with the death penalty.

    The problem is this boils more down to, "do you have money? No? Then screw you" than it does with striking a blow against regressive policies based on religion. Hell, I don't even think the average person can find Mauritania on a map.

    Besides, there's more to it than that in the country as why slavery is rampant.
    I don't think I had ever heard the name Mauritania until seeing the initial post, and while I am not overly plugged into international events, I never considered myself overly ignorant either. Although my knowledge has always been better when dealing with Europe and Asia than Africa.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChadH View Post
    So you're claiming Sharia law is the reason for slavery in Mauritania?
    I'm only quoting what's in the article. If you do an internet search you'll find various articles in regards to slavery and sharia law but not from the mainstream media. I didn't know about slavery in Mauritania until today. The muslims conquered and colonised North Africa around 647 ad. They are not indigenous to Africa. They are from the Middle East. I assume that this is when slavery was installed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wakeneuron View Post
    President Trump has ended trade benefits with the country of Mauritania 'due to insufficient progress in eradicating forced labor and slavery. Mauritania's slaves are all black Africans and they are owned by Arabs and Whites according to an article that came out today on frontpagemag.com 'Slavery's Decision Day in Mauritania.
    https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/274...n#.XSS2JUAB9cY

    Mauritania's Arabs believe that Blacks are inferior and are born to be slaves. Slavery is legal in all 4 sharia law codes. It allows slave owners to believe that they are doing nothing illegal or immortal in owning slaves'
    A look at the front page of this right wing bigoted rag tells me that the article is reactionary bullshit.

    https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm

    A more unbiased article:

    http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2012/...old/index.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirby101 View Post
    A look at the front page of this right wing bigoted rag tells me that the article is reactionary bullshit.

    https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm

    A more unbiased article:

    http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2012/...old/index.html
    From wikipedia-Slavery in Mauritania- As a result of Mauritania failing to curb slavery, in January 2017, the African Union officially reprimanded the Mauritanian government. Along with the African Union's recent ruling, the United States is considering downgrading its trade relations with Mauritania because of its poor record on enforcing its anti slavery laws.

    So I guess this is what Trump did last November.

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    https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/ne...ery-activists/

    'Moussa Biram and Abdallahib Matallah should not have been detained in the first place but they have now spent two years behind bars simply for taking peaceful action to defend the rights of those suffering from slavery in Mauritania. This is an article published in 2018.

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    Any examples of where some one has put a political view you disagree with you in such a way that your respect for them increases?

    I came across one recently...

    I was watching old clips of Michael Parkinson interviews, and saw one of him interviewing John Wayne.

    John Wayne must have been expecting usual flattering showbiz interview (dear old Michael Parkinson has churned out plenty of those)..but Mike on this occasion asked a really tough question on John Wayne’s part in the Macarthy “witch hunt years”.

    Wayne can’t have prepared for it...but dealt with the question exhaustively, politely, and honestly.

    I still ended up thinking John Wayne was in wrong on the particular issue...but my respect for him increased.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wakeneuron View Post
    From wikipedia-Slavery in Mauritania- As a result of Mauritania failing to curb slavery, in January 2017, the African Union officially reprimanded the Mauritanian government. Along with the African Union's recent ruling, the United States is considering downgrading its trade relations with Mauritania because of its poor record on enforcing its anti slavery laws.

    So I guess this is what Trump did last November.

    I don't disagree that Mauritania is a terrible country with slavery. I linked a reliable news article about it. (CNN) I objected to the Right Wing bigoted garbage you linked.
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    Oh hey there Islamophobia we (didn't) miss you around here.

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    When Your Emergency Is a “Nuisance”

    Jane*, a resident of Bedford, Ohio, called 911 asking for help because she believed her boyfriend was suicidal. The police responded, wrote a report, and left. But the next day, Jane’s landlord got a fine and a form letter from the town’s chief of police ordering the landlord to stop the 911 calls coming from her home. Bedford had flagged Jane’s home a few months earlier because she had previously called the police when her boyfriend threatened to kill himself. When Jane called again, the city fined her landlord $250. Facing further fines and even a potential misdemeanor charge, the landlord began eviction proceedings against Jane—all because she called for help.

    Jane lost her home because Bedford is one of an estimated 2,000 municipalities throughout the United States that penalize households perceived to be “nuisances” under so-called chronic nuisance ordinances (also known as CNOs and “crime-free ordinances”). A household can be defined as a nuisance if it reaches a certain threshold number of nuisance infractions—anything from arrests on the property to suspected sex work to noise complaints. Most of these ordinances will also designate homes as nuisances based on calls to 911—no matter who makes the call. The threshold number of calls varies; for example, in Maplewood, Missouri, it takes just two 911 calls within a 180-day period for a home to be deemed a “nuisance.” Landlords are then encouraged, or even legally required, to “abate the nuisance,” a legal term that effectively means that landlords have to either evict the tenants or stop them from calling 911 for help.
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    Appeals court skeptical Obamacare can survive
    Health insurance for 20 million people and protections for pre-existing conditions are on the line.

    https://www.politico.com/story/2019/...awsuit-1404171

    A panel of federal appeals judges aggressively questioned whether Obamacare can survive during Tuesday afternoon oral arguments in a case that could upend the 2010 health care law.

    Two Republican appointees on the three-judge panel frequently interrupted attorneys to question whether the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate is unconstitutional and if not whether the entire law could stand without it. The ACA’s future appeared murky after two hours of oral arguments at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, but it’s not clear if the judges were ready to uphold a federal judge’s earlier decision invalidating the law.
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    Appellate Judge Jennifer Elrod, a George W. Bush appointee, on Tuesday posited that lawmakers — who failed to agree on an Obamacare replacement plan two years ago — deliberately eliminated the mandate penalty because they knew the rest of the law would have to fall. She said perhaps lawmakers thought, “Aha, this is the silver bullet that’s going to undo Obamacare.”
    This is some next level insanity right here.
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