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 on: Today at 09:25 AM 
Started by Rad - Last post by Darja
Three Trump accusers reveal to Megyn Kelly new details about ‘gross and dirty’ experience with president

Sarah K. Burris
Raw Story
11 Dec 2017 at 09:21 ET                   

During an interview Monday with Megyn Kelly, three women who allege they were sexually assaulted or sexually harassed by President Donald Trump came forward to reveal more about their stories.

Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks all revealed horrifying details about the president.

Leeds met Trump in the 1970s while working as a saleswoman. Times were different, she explained in a New York Times interview before the election in 2016. According to her account, Trump groped and kissed her while the two sat next to each other in first class seats.

“Whether it was 15 minutes or not, it seemed like forever,” she recalled.

“They served a dinner. After the dinner was cleared he began encroaching on my side of the seat,” Leeds later told NPR’s Audie Cornish. “Mr. Trump started coming over to me and groping me and trying to embrace me. And then his hands started going up my skirt.”

“I don’t recall saying no, I don’t recall saying stop,” she said. “I don’t recall saying anything. It was like a silent pantomime. I remember at one point looking over at the guy in the seat across the aisle, and his eyes were like bugging out of his head.”

“At that point, I had been in the city long enough to read about the Trump family and some of the gossip that was going around and I recognized him immediately as the guy on the plane,” Leeds said. She went on to say that Trump told her, “I remember you. You were that c*nt woman from the airplane.”

When Trump began “going up my skirt,” Leeds said she struggled and stood up and went to the back of the plane. When the flight landed she said that she waited for everyone to get off before she did because she didn’t want to risk running into him.

She went on to tell Kelly about her encounter with Trump years later. He remembered her.

Former Miss USA contestant Samantha Holvey once recalled Trump treating women like a “piece of meat.”

She represented her home state of North Carolina in the 2006 pageant, but after her experience with Trump, she stopped. She explained that none of her childhood dreams “involved a creepy old man checking me out backstage.”

The accusation seems to match up with Trump’s own 2005 admission during a Howard Stern, prior to Holvey’s pageant.

“Before a show, I’ll go backstage and everyone’s getting dressed, and everything else, and you know, no men are anywhere, and I’m allowed to go in because I’m the owner of the pageant and therefore I’m inspecting it,” Trump boasted. “You know, I’m inspecting because I want to make sure that everything is good.”

Forcibly kissing and touching women seemed to be a theme in many of the accusations. Crooks’ story was remarkably similar. The same year as Trump’s “hot mic” moment on “Access Hollywood,” Trump allegedly accosted her while waiting for an elevator.

During a recent appearance on CNN’s “New Day,” Crooks said that she was grateful the “Access Hollywood” tape came to light, because he admitted to what he did to her. “I mean yeah, he’s basically admitting to the behavior that I was a victim of,” she said.

“I’m automatically attracted to beautiful women — I just start kissing them, it’s like a magnet,” Trump told former host Billy Bush. “Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything,” he said in the 2005 conversation. “Grab ’em by the pussy.”

Trump has denied all of the claims made by the women and now alleges that the “Access Hollywood” tape is fake. Bush came forward to confirm that he was present and that it is not only authentic but he cooperated Trump’s comments.

“Nothing shocks me anymore about him,” Crooks said of Trump’s denial. “I think he’s a pathological liar — it’s not shocking, but it’s sad that people don’t hold him more accountable.”

She brought email exchanges with her sister from the time, which she said proves it wasn’t something she simply invented.

She told Kelly that it all happened so fast. She said she ran back into her office and hid in her boss’ office and called her sister to talk about how disgusting she felt. It was more difficult for her because she was forced to see him every day at work. At one point, days later, he asked her for her phone number. He claimed it was standard procedure and that it was for his modeling agency.

“I felt like I didn’t have a choice,” she told Kelly. “You feel like you have to say yes to guys. Like you don’t want to be the ‘nasty girl’ the ‘mean girl’ who doesn’t comply and puts up a fight, I guess. So, yeah, I wish I had been stronger then. I’m now. It would be different now.”

Kelly introduced the interviews by quoting Nikki Haley saying that these women all deserve to be heard. She cited Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), who has asked for the resignation of Trump. Kelly then played videos from the 16 women who have publicly detailed allegations.

It was difficult for Holvey to come out and have America say that they didn’t care, she told Kelly. She told the story of Trump looking at her like she was a piece of meat not as a person. She said it felt “gross and dirty.” When she was in her robe doing hair and makeup, she described Trump walking in past two security guards assigned to protect them from anyone coming in.

Kelly wondered if people believed that as a pageant contestant this was what she signed up for.

“It’s not what I signed up for!” the former Miss North Carolina pageant contestant said. “I felt so gross. That something that I had dreamed and worked hard for — and I had just turned 20 years old. I was very young and naive and I just felt so gross and that wasn’t what I signed up for. I wanted to be a good role model. I wanted to do charity work. I more than doubled my scholarship for college. I didn’t have to take out any more student loans because of the Miss North Carolina/USA title. Nobody dreams of being ogled when you’re a little girl wanting to wear a crown.”

She described Trump’s behavior as being like because Trump owned the pageant “he owns us.”

When Kelly’s show reached out to the White House head of the episode, they said they had nothing to say. However, during the airing of the show, the White House said that the claims were “false” and “totally disputed in most cases by eyewitness accounts.” It went on to say that because the American people still elected Trump they have “voiced their judgement.”

Crooks called the statement “laughable” and noted that people have told her that security footage would be available if it was real. She’s asked that the footage be released. “I would love for that to be made public.” For those who have accused Crooks of simply trying to take Trump down or get her 15 minutes of fame, she said that she never would want to be known for something horrible like this that happened to her. Rather, she’d like to be known for her accomplishments.

“The things that happened to us spanned decades, state, you know, all over. What could we possibly — could we have colluded to come up with these tales that all sound so similar,” Crooks said.

Watch the videos below:

 https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6bhi30

and https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6bhk7u

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‘That c*nt woman from the airplane’: Accuser Jessica Leeds reveals her first entanglement with Trump after he groped her

Sarah K. Burris
Raw Story
11 Dec 2017 at 09:58 ET                   

During an interview with Megyn Kelly, Jessica Leeds walked through what happened to her when she said President Donald Trump grabbed her and forcibly kissed her on an airplane.

Leeds met Trump in the 1970s while working as a saleswoman. Times were different, she explained in a New York Times interview before the election in 2016. According to her account, Trump groped and kissed her while the two sat next to each other in first class seats.

“Whether it was 15 minutes or not, it seemed like forever,” she recalled.

“They served a dinner. After the dinner was cleared he began encroaching on my side of the seat,” Leeds later told NPR’s Audie Cornish. “Mr. Trump started coming over to me and groping me and trying to embrace me. And then his hands started going up my skirt.”

“I don’t recall saying no, I don’t recall saying stop,” she said. “I don’t recall saying anything. It was like a silent pantomime. I remember at one point looking over at the guy in the seat across the aisle, and his eyes were like bugging out of his head.”

When Trump began “going up my skirt,” Leeds said she struggled and stood up and went to the back of the plane. When the flight landed she said that she waited for everyone to get off before she did because she didn’t want to risk running into him.

While speaking to Kelly, Leeds wondered why no one was coming to her defense during her ordeal. There was a man near them who said nothing and a flight attendant who didn’t intervene. She said she didn’t complain or inform the airline. But when she moved to New York things changed. She was working for the Humane Society of New York and had a fundraising gala at Saks Fifth Avenue. She was assigned to hand out the seating assignments. That’s when she encountered Trump.

“At that point, I had been in the city long enough to read about the Trump family and some of the gossip that was going around and I recognized him immediately as the guy on the plane,” Leeds said. She went on to say that Trump told her, “I remember you. You were that c*nt woman from the airplane.”

Leeds wished that there could be some reckoning with Trump and that he couldn’t be “teflon” and get away with it.

Samantha Holvey, who witnessed Trump’s behavior at the Miss USA pageant said that the most difficult thing for her was looking at the number of women who still supported Trump in the election.

“Women who have lived through this!” she exclaimed to Kelly. “Everyone has their own story of a man touching them inappropriately. Men, multiple men, this isn’t an incident that happens once in a blue moon this happens daily to women. And for them not to say, ‘You know, that’s wrong. I don’t support that. I’m not voting for that. I don’t want that person to be leading my country.’ That was so painful.”

Watch: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6bhkvk

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Obama joins campaign against accused child molester Roy Moore: ‘This one’s serious… you can’t sit it out’

David Edwards
Raw Story
11 Dec 2017 at 09:42 ET                   

Former U.S. President Barack Obama has joined the fight against accused child molester Roy Moore (R-AL) and his bid to be the next U.S. senator from Alabama.

CNN first reported on Monday that voters in Alabama were receiving recorded phone messages from the former president urging them to elect Democratic candidate Doug Jones.

“This one’s serious,” Obama reportedly tells voters. “You can’t sit it out.”

CNN was told by sources close to the Democratic candidate that the call was recently recorded after President Donald Trump became more vocal about his support for Moore, who has been accused of sexual misconduct with girls as young as 14.

Obama never mentions Moore’s name in the call and focuses on Jones instead.

“Doug Jones is a fighter for equality, for progress,” Obama explains. “Doug will be our champion for justice. So get out and vote, Alabama.”

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 on: Today at 08:13 AM 
Started by Cantewasake - Last post by Gonzalo
Hola Cantewasake,

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'Para eso habría que entender primero cabalmente cuáles son esos patrones o dinámicas que vienen del pasado. Es decir, son temas que habría que analizar primero para ver cómo se entienden desde un punto de vista de AE.'

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Para entender aquellos patrones en general, del pasado , sería con Plutón natal y nodo sur y el modo de operación con el Sol en casa VII, y los pasos saltados de mercurio rx en tauro casa VII, verdaad? Que , en general, hablan de esos patrones de auto definirse en base a los demás u opiniones ajenas por la necesidad innata del alma de servir al todo social y mantenerse en comunicación al punto de ser dependiente de esto o de los demás, dejando de lado su sentir y su ser ella misma., creándose asi la herida o trauma con la auto-imagen, emociones ?

Sí, y además, en lo relativo a los pasos saltados siempre es necesario entender también el punto de polaridad de Plutón, y el Nodo Norte  y su regente. El planeta en cuadratura a los Nodos ha servido de medio por el cual el Alma ha pasado de operar de la forma simbolizada por la 'trinidad del pasado' a la forma simbolizada por la 'trinidad del futuro', aunque de maneras en que ambas 'trinidades' han quedado no resueltas en el 'pasado'.

Así, por ejemplo, el punto de polaridad de Plutón en Tauro en la Casa VI, el Nodo Norte en Acuario en la Casa IV y su regente Urano Rx en la Casa II en Capricornio, en relación con Mercurio Rx en la Casa VII en Tauro, refleja entre otras cosas que han ocurrido ciclos de total y radical retraimiento, los cuales han sido motivados, más que por la necesaria intención de 'escuchar', por dinámicas de no querer escuchar, debido a criticismo - Mercurio, Casa VI - y enjuiciamiento - Capricornio, Saturno - por los que el Alma ha sentido que no 'merece' desempeñar un rol relevante. También en el área de relaciones personales, ciclos de retraimiento, de no-comunicación, basado en dinámicas relacionadas, dentro de extremos creados por el Alma en uno y otro sentido, y el impacto de esas dinámicas en las relaciones personales.   

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Leí de nuevo Plutón en casa X para entender mejor el nodo sur en casa X y menciona el sentimiento de culpa y/o bloqueos de la sociedad para que el individuo desarrolle sus roles. Esto en el caso de esta carta porqué sucede?

Como hemos hablado, ha operado una exigencia de ajustar los roles a las valoraciones y expectativas sociales, y eso ha implicado una valoración condicional: ser valorada en la medida en que los roles se ajustan a las exigencias y parámetros sociales del consenso. Eso esta simbolizado en que el regente de Nodo Sur de la Casa X, el Sol, está en inconjunción con Neptuno y Saturno en Capricornio, y con Plutón en la Casa XII; y el propio Sol en la Casa VII en Géminis, regido por Mercurio Rx en la Casa VII en Tauro en cuadratura a los Nodos. 

Esto ha creado distintas respuestas. Dentro de ellas, han habido ciclos de una radical rebeldía y de no querer integrarse en dinámicas o estructuras sociales. Y también ha creado ciclos en que han coexistido deseos duales de integrarse con deseos de no integrarse o no participar en las dinámicas/estructuras sociales. Esto está simbolizado también el Nodo Norte en Acuario regido por Urano Rx en Capricornio, Casa II, en trígono con el Nodo Sur, y Mercurio en la Casa VII en cuadratura a los Nodos Lunares, siendo Mercurio regente de la Casa XI. Esto ha creado el efecto de producir 'bloqueos', intencionales desde el punto de vista del Alma.

El Alma necesita crear condiciones a través de las cuales sí poder integrar su quehacer en el contexto de estructuras sociales y de necesidades sociales existentes, pero usar esas estructuras de maneras personales que reflejen sus propios valores, capacidades únicas,  etc. Esto está reflejado en la sesquicuadratura de Plutón y Venus en la Casa VIII en Géminis, regente del punto de polaridad de Plutón en Tauro; las inconjunciones del Sol - regente de la Casa X - con Neptuno/Saturno - y con Plutón.

Para poder hablar de formas más concretas sobre las vías actuales que el Alma necesita evaluar para su avance en relación con esto, hay que hacerlo de forma muy realista. 

En cuanto a los sentimientos de culpa, desde un punto de vista de AE existen sentimientos de culpa artificiales, cuando se basan en la experiencia de ser juzgado, enjuiciado o criticado/perseguido basado en creencias artificiales. Y también existen sentimientos de culpa naturales, que se basan en transgresiones de leyes naturales que son inherentes al Alma. Ambas especies de culpa se correlacionan con Saturno, la Casa X, Capricornio. En la signatura de la que hablamos hemos mencionado dinámicas que han creado culpa a través de la proyección de estándares y creencias artificiales del consenso social. También pueden existir dinámicas que han creado culpa natural. Una de estas formas es a través de dinámicas de opiniones o juicios, o de 'cortes' en relaciones producto de evaluaciones basadas en información, opiniones o juicios, cuyas bases el Alma ha creído ciertas, y después ha sentido que no lo son tanto. Habría que analizar algunas otras dinámicas, en su momento, aunque en general quizás sería mejor no hacerlo en un foro público.

También hay que tener presente, en relación con el tema de la culpa, que otra razón de los sentimientos de culpa se encuentra en elevados estándares e ideales que interiormente definen la naturaleza del Alma con Plutón en la Casa XII. Cada vez que el Alma siente que no está a la altura de esos ideales o estándares, por elevados que sean, puede de hecho experimentar sentimientos de culpa más o menos difusos. 

Bendiciones,
Gonzalo

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 on: Today at 07:39 AM 
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Mueller zeroes in on what Trump did in the 18 days Sally Yates warned about Flynn’s lying: report

Brad Reed
Raw Story
11 Dec 2017 at 07:48 ET                  

A new report from NBC News indicates that special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is zeroing in on what President Donald Trump and his administration did in the 18 days after former acting Attorney General Sally Yates warned them that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn lied to the FBI about his contacts with Russian officials.

Multiple sources tell NBC that investigators have been grilling Trump administration officials about what happened during the 18 days it took for Trump to fire Flynn after Yates had warned them of the possibility that the national security adviser might be compromised by the Russian government.

“The questions about what happened between Jan. 26 and Flynn’s firing on February 13 appear to relate to possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump,” NBC reports. “Some of those interviewed by Mueller’s team believe the goal is in part to determine if there was a deliberate effort by President Trump or top officials in the West Wing to cover up the information about Flynn that Sally Yates… conveyed to [White House counsel] McGahn on January 26.”

Even though Yates warned the administration about Flynn’s deceptions on January 26, Trump did not fire Flynn until after the Washington Post reported on February 9 that Flynn had discussed sanctions with Russian government officials during the presidential transition in December 2016.

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Carl Bernstein: Anti-Mueller Fox hosts are now Trump’s co-conspirators in possible criminal cover-up

David Ferguson
Raw Story
11 Dec 2017 at 17:03 ET                  

Former Washington Post reporter and Watergate investigative journalist Carl Bernstein said on Sunday that Fox News hosts are now President Donald Trump’s co-conspirators because they are “abetting a cover-up” by attacking special counsel Robert Mueller and undermining his investigation.

Mediaite.com said that Bernstein was appearing on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” when he said that it could be obstruction of justice or a criminal matter that the White House is hiding, but Sean Hannity, “Judge Jeanine” Pirro and others are aiding and abetting in its concealment.

“It abets a cover-up because there is a cover-up going on in the White House and among Trump’s aides and former aides relating to the investigations,” Bernstein told “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter. “We don’t know what the cover-up is about, whether it constitutes an obstruction of justice or a criminal conspiracy at this point.”

“But yes,” he went on, “because the commentators that you are hearing and showing are not open in any way to the best obtainable version of the truth, to facts, context, who seem to be oblivious to the serial lying of the President of the United States and members of his family and staff. They are abetting a cover-up.”

Bernstein has taken shots at Fox News in the past, calling it the closest thing that the U.S. has to North Korea-style state-run TV.

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Trump watches CNN and ‘Morning Joe’ to get fired up

Newsweek
11 Dec 2017 at 14:02 ET  

Its common knowledge that President Donald Trump enjoys watching a lot of television.

But according to a  New York Times article published on Saturday based on conversations with dozens of Trump's advisers and confidants, the President doesn't watch T.V. just for fun and reassurance--he also watches it to get fired up.

"Around 5:30 each morning, President Trump wakes and tunes into the television in the White House’s master bedroom. He flips to CNN for news, moves to 'Fox & Friends' for comfort and messaging ideas, and sometimes watches MSNBC’s 'Morning Joe' because, friends suspect, it fires him up for the day," the Times article says.

Once the sun sets and he puts his phone down, Trump tunes into Fox News most of the time to end his day. But if he's looking for a fight, aides who spoke with the Times say that the President can always count on one CNN host to rile him up.

"Trump sometimes 'hate-watches' CNN to get worked up, especially Don Lemon," the article states.

Lemon's affinity for angering the President makes sense given the news' hosts unflinching criticism of Trump during last year's presidential campaign and throughout Trump's first year in office.

Most recently, Lemon slammed Trump's use of a derogatory slur aimed at Senator Elizabeth Warren during a ceremony honoring the Navajo Code Talkers.

Trump denied any wrongdoing, but Lemon wasn't having any of it.

“Just because you say you’re not racist doesn’t make it so,” said Lemon, “especially if you say, do, and defend racist behavior over and over and over again. Especially if you have lost your credibility by telling countless lies, big and small.”

In the past, Lemon has called the President an " unhinged child," adding that Trump is " ignorant" of the history of race relations in the United States.

Trump is quoted in the Times piece as calling reports of his copious television binges "fake news," saying that he is kept busy with official White House business.

“I do not watch much television,” Trump told reported on Air Force One last month en route to Vietnam. “I know they like to say — people that don’t know me — they like to say I watch television. People with fake sources — you know, fake reporters, fake sources. But I don’t get to watch much television, primarily because of documents. I’m reading documents a lot.”

However, according to the  Times, the President went on to complain later that day that the only thing he could watch while in the Phillippines was CNN.

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Trump sex assault accusers to appear on Megyn Kelly’s show before Monday press conference

David Ferguson
Raw Story
11 Dec 2017 at 22:08 ET                  

Three women who have accused President Donald Trump of sexual assault will appear on Megyn Kelly’s NBC show at 9 a.m. on Monday before they have a national press conference at 10:30.

The official Twitter account for “Megyn Kelly Today” made the announcement Sunday night, tweeting, “Tomorrow in a #MegynTODAY exclusive: Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey & Rachel Cooks, three women who have publicly accused President Trump of sexual misconduct, sit down live with Megyn at 9am.”

    Tomorrow in a #MegynTODAY exclusive: Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey & Rachel Cooks, three women who have publicly accused President Trump of sexual misconduct, sit down live with Megyn at 9am.

    — Megyn Kelly TODAY (@MegynTODAY) December 11, 2017

CBS News confirmed that the three women will be holding a press conference on Monday, writing, “NEW: Women who have publicly accused President Trump of sexual harassment and assault will speak at a news conference, hosted by @bravenewfilms, Monday at 10:30 a.m. ET. The women are calling for an investigation by Congress of sexual misconduct by the president.”

    NEW: Women who have publicly accused President Trump of sexual harassment and assault will speak at a news conference, hosted by @bravenewfilms, Monday at 10:30 a.m. ET. The women are calling for an investigation by Congress of sexual misconduct by the president. pic.twitter.com/MSPevMF0os

    — CBS News (@CBSNews) December 11, 2017

More than a dozen women have accused President Trump of touching them inappropriately, forcibly kissinghem or rape.

While some say that Trump’s ascendency to the presidency has primed the country for its current conversation about sexual harassment and abuse, the lack of consequences for Trump has been an ongoing frustration to his accusers and anyone who advocates against the abuse of women.  

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Trump accused of forcibly attempting to kiss Fox host in 2005 elevator incident

Newsweek
11 Dec 2017 at 08:25 ET  

President Donald Trump tried to kiss former Fox News anchor Juliet Huddy around the time he was marrying First Lady Melania Trump, Huddy said.

Huddy, who is now a radio show host on WABC Radio, told Mornin With Bill Shulz on compoundmedia.com that Trump tried to kiss her while she was in an elevator with him. It's unclear whether it was before or after he married Melania, since, according to Page Six, Huddy doesn’t remember the exact date.

“He took me for lunch at Trump Tower, just us two,” Huddy said. “He said goodbye to me in an elevator while his security guy was there, rather than kiss me on the cheek he leaned in to kiss me on the lips.”

Huddy said she wasn’t offended but was definitely surprised.

“But I didn’t feel threatened,” she said. “He used to watch Fox & Friends, the show I was hosting on the weekend. Whatever, everything was fine. It was a weird moment. He never tried anything after that, and I was never alone with him.”

After the awkward kiss, she went outside to meet a friend when Trump invited both of them back up to see The Apprentice set.

“Everything was copacetic after that,” she said.

But it wasn’t “copacetic” forever. Huddy said that she wasn’t offended at the time, yet she wished she would have resisted his advances.

“Now I have matured I think I would say, ‘Woah, no,’ but at the time I was younger and I was a little shocked,” she said. “I thought maybe he didn’t mean to do it, but I was kind of making excuses.”

This isn’t something Trump has been private about, either. Huddy said he later joked about it in an appearance on her Fox News show.

“Trump was a guest and he came on stage, he said, to the audience and producers, not on camera, ‘I tried hitting on her but she blew me off.’ He was laughing,” Huddy said.

Huddy left Fox News after she allegedly received a settlement for a harassment complaint against anchor Bill O’Reilly. And she wasn’t happy with Trump’s reaction to O’Reilly’s alleged sexual misconduct news.

“When all the stuff came out about Bill O’Reilly, Donald Trump was one of the people who said, ‘I don’t believe this happened and I don’t believe he did it,’” Huddy said. “I was actually very disappointed in Trump, I thought, ‘You know what, f--- you.’”

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Roy Moore: Reinstating slavery and taking the vote back from women would ‘eliminate many problems’

David Ferguson
Raw Story
11 Dec 2017 at 20:21 ET                  

In a 2011 radio interview, ousted Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore revealed that he fervently wants to move the U.S. back to the 40s — the 1840s.

CNN’s K-File unearthed the audio, in which Moore said that eliminating all Constitutional Amendments after the 10th would “eliminate many problems.”

The 10th Amendment — which passed in 1791 — enshrined the Bill of Rights into law, stating that any power not given to the federal government is shared between the people and the states.

There are 27 Amendments to the Constitution, the last of which passed in 1992. Among the Amendments Moore would happily do away with are the 13th and 14th Amendments, which abolished slavery and established equal representation. The 19th Amendment gave U.S. women the right to vote.

Moore was guesting on far-right radio show, “The Aroostook Watchmen” in June of 2011, when one of the show’s hosts suggested passing an Amendment that would nullify all Amendments from 11 to 27.

“That would eliminate many problems,” Moore said. “You know people don’t understand how some of these amendments have completely tried to wreck the form of government that our forefathers intended.”

One of the hosts said that the U.S. south only reluctantly agreed that slaves should be freed and allowed to enjoy human rights.

“People also don’t understand,” he said, “and being from the South I bet you get it, the 14th Amendment was only approved at the point of the gun.”

“Yeah, it had very serious problems with its approval by the states,” said Moore. “The danger in the 14th Amendment, which was to restrict, it has been a restriction on the states using the first Ten Amendments by and through the 14th Amendment. To restrict the states from doing something that the federal government was restricted from doing and allowing the federal government to do something which the first Ten Amendments prevented them from doing. If you understand the incorporation doctrine used by the courts and what it meant. You’d understand what I’m talking about.”

As one Twitter user pointed out:

    To be clear…

    13th Amendment: Ended Slavery
    14th Amendment: Guaranteed Equal Protection Under Law
    15th Amendment: Granted African Americans Right To Vote
    18th Amendment: Alcohol
    19th Amendment: Granted Women Right To Vote

    This is the man y’all want? https://t.co/JIjpVvoPmU

    — Dominique Hamilton (@Underrated_Dom) December 11, 2017

“Aroostook Watchmen” host Jack McCarthy is a far-right extremist who spreads 9/11 conspiracy theories and considers himself a “sovereign citizen” who is immune to U.S. laws.

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Trump group sends 12-year-old girl to interview Roy Moore

Newsweek
11 Dec 2017 at 07:36 ET  

A political group backing President Donald Trump has sent a 12-year-old girl to interview embattled Alabama Republican Senate contender Roy Moore.

The America First Project published a video Sunday that showed Millie March—who rose to fame at the age of 11 during the 2016 election due to her support for Donald Trump—interviewing Moore as part of his campaign for election in Alabama.

In the interview, Moore tells March he believes illegal immigration to the U.S. could be stopped “in a relatively short time” using America’s military before President Trump builds a wall on the border.

“I think the military can be used down with the border patrol and stop illegal aliens coming across the border,” he said during their conversation at Alabama GOP headquarters. “If we need to stop it permanently we build the wall, and I think it would be not an inexpensive way to do it.”

In the short video Moore said he believes religious liberty, healthcare, and taxes will be at the top of Alabama voters' minds as they head to the polls on December 12 to vote in the state’s special election. Moore also tells March he would like to do away with income tax and impose taxes on goods and services instead.

Moore has been accused of sexual assault by multiple women, but the scandal was not discussed during the interview with March.

In early November Leigh Corfman told The Washington Post that Moore initiated a sexual encounter with her when he was 32 and she was 14. Beverly Young Nelson also accuses the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama of attempting to force her into a sex act when she was 16 and working as a waitress at a restaurant in Gadsden, Alabama, when he was a district attorney.

Several other women have come forward with stories that Moore tried to pick them up, or that they dated him, when he was in his thirties and they were in their teens.

Moore has denied the allegations and many of his supporters claim the women have been paid to come forward.

The accusations have split Republicans. Alabama’s Republican Senator Richard Shelby denounced Moore and his candidacy on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday. “I couldn’t vote for Roy Moore. The state of Alabama deserves better,” Shelby said.

He added that he didn’t vote for Moore’s opponent, Democrat Doug Jones, but wrote in the name of another Republican on his early voting ballot. Polls show Moore leading Jones by four points.

President Trump has supported Moore, arguing at the White House early this month: “We certainly don't want to have a liberal Democrat [in Alabama] that's controlled by Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.”

Moore’s campaign released a robocall recorded by Trump on Sunday, telling voters: "We need Roy to help us with the Republican Senate.”

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WATCH: CNN gives a definitive rundown of Roy Moore’s most batsh*t crazy statements

Brad Reed
Raw Story
11 Dec 2017 at 08:34 ET                   

Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore was controversial long before he was ever accused of molesting teenage girls.

On CNN Monday, host Chris Cuomo delivered a definitive rundown of Moore’s history of making crazy and unhinged statements, including his belief that teaching evolution in schools leads to drive-by shootings and that he thinks America would be better off if we got rid of constitutional amendments that abolished slavery and gave women the right to vote.

Cuomo also pointed out that Moore has shown that he does not believe in respecting laws in the United States if he deems them to be in conflict with God’s divine law, and that the United States is the “focus of evil” in the world today because of its acceptance of same-sex marriage.

As if that weren’t enough, Cuomo pointed out that Moore has said that the Koran is equivalent to Hitler’s Mein Kampf, that accepting homosexuality is the same as accepting people having sex with animals, and that the only things Muslims have contributed to the United States are terrorist attacks.

“He has plenty to answer for,” said Cuomo. “And voters have plenty to swallow.”

Watch the video: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6bhaz7

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French opposition elects hard-right leaning leader

Laurent Wauquiez took 74.6% of Les Républicains votes, on an anti-immigration, anti-welfare platform that critics say plays into Front National hands

Kim Willsher in Paris
Guardian
11 December 2017 16.19 GMT

France’s bitterly divided conservative opposition party has elected a new hardline leader, marking a move away from centre ground toward the territory of the far right.

Laurent Wauquiez will take control of the Les Républicains (LR) party after its disastrous performance in the presidential election earlier this year when its candidate, François Fillon, failed to make it into the second-round vote.

Wauquiez was elected president of LR on Sunday with 74.6% of the votes. However, less than half of the 235,000 paid-up party members bothered to cast a ballot. In total, just under 99,600 voted.

Wauquiez has run a hawkish leadership campaign, running on an anti-immigration and anti-welfare programme, and has worried some party heavyweights with his possible “porosity” to far-right Front National ideas. He refused to call on LR supporters to back Emmanuel Macron against the FN’s leader, Marine Le Pen, in the second round of the presidential vote in May.

There were two other, largely unknown, candidates but members gave Wauquiez, 42, a clear victory, making a second-round vote unnecessary.

Wauquiez is expected to consolidate his victory by appointing a youthful shadow cabinet to challenge Macron and raise the party from what he described as the ruins of its presidential catastrophe.

His hard-right line does not, however, have unanimous support. Franck Riester, a former LR member of parliament, has left the party, accusing Wauquiez of playing into the FN’s hands. “By running after the Front National, we will end up by giving the far right power,” Riester said recently.

Valérie Pécresse, a former budget minister under Nicolas Sarkozy and influential leader of the Ile de France region, said Wauquiez’s victory could shrink, or at worst, destroy LR.

“It’s a risk. To avoid it we have to accept our differences and not try to bury them,” she has said.

Pécresse said the party had to learn the lesson of its defeats in 2012, when Sarkozy lost the presidential election to Socialist François Hollande, and 2017, when Fillon’s chances were destroyed by a financial scandal. Above all, she said, it had to avoid being a conduit for FN ideas.

“Each time, there’s the reflex to creep towards the hardcore right,” she said. There should be no “porosity with the Front National … that’s a red line. If the right ends up on that slippery slope, then it’s no longer my right.”

Until now, the LR, previously led by Sarkozy, had followed the centre-right tradition that has been a dominant force in French politics, providing an umbrella for centrists, economic liberals and those who leaned further to the right.

Macron, however, has captured the centre ground in French politics and headhunted some of the LR’s emerging stars, including his prime minister, Édouard Philippe, and budget minister, Gérald Darmanin.

Wauquiez, a devout Catholic, supports economic protectionism and state intervention to regulate the economy, takes a tough line on immigration and social welfare – he considers France’s social model obsolete – and is opposed to the 35-hour maximum working week, same sex marriage and IVF.

He has promised “intransigent secularism” seen as anti-Islam, and believes France should not have to apologise for events in its past, all subjects that echo with the far right, though he recently rejected doing any deals with the FN.

Hervé Gattegno, the editor of Le Journal du Dimanche and a political commentator, said Wauqiuez risked pushing more moderate conservatives into the arms of Macron’s ruling La République en Marche.

“The more radical Laurent Wauquiez becomes, the more the centrist and moderate LRs are tempted to rally to the president. So it’s a strategy of making the right more extreme, which doesn’t seem to be to be very clever.

“Perhaps he hasn’t understood what most [centre] right voters have and what all the opinion polls reveal: the real head of the [centre] right is, for the moment, in the Elysée. It’s Emmanuel Macron,” Gattegno told Europe1 radio.

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Venezuela’s Maduro threatens to ban rivals from future elections

President delivers threat after three of four main opposition parties refuse to take part in Sunday’s mayoral polls

Jonathan Watts, and agencies in Caracas
Guardian
Monday 11 December 2017 12.23 GMT

President Nicolás Maduro has threatened to disqualify major opposition parties from future elections in Venezuela after boycott-affected mayoral polls left him more dominant than at any time since he took power in 2013.

The ruling socialists won 300 of the 335 mayoral offices on Sunday as three of the four main opposition groups refused to participate, claiming the voting was rigged by a “dictator”.

Maduro, undaunted by widespread criticism that democracy is being eroded in the oil-rich country, said the opposition’s boycott would result in their electoral oblivion.

“A party that has not participated today cannot participate any more,” the president said while casting his vote. “They will disappear from the political map.”

This raises concerns that voters may have a restricted choice in next year’s presidential election, when Maduro is expected to run again despite a dire economy, triple-digit inflation, one of the world’s highest murder rates and shortages of food and medicine.

The president’s ratings are low, but he has strengthened his position thanks to a mix of strong-arm government tactics – including arrests of political rivals – and a weak opposition that vacillates between engagement and disengagement with the electoral system.

He has also been helped politically by Donald Trump’s escalation of sanctions on Venezuela and threat of military intervention, which have allowed Maduro to appeal to patriotic sentiment and blame the country’s economic woes on hostile foreign forces, even though the crises began several years ago.

Since being routed by the opposition in legislative elections in 2015, the Venezuelan Socialist party (PSUV) government has sidelined Congress by creating the constituent national assembly. It has arrested opposition leaders and banned others from running. Street protests against these tactics have resulted in 46 deaths.

With the opposition cowed and divided, the PSUV has this year won three elections – for the constituent assembly, governships and mayoralties – and now dominates the political landscape.

“The imperialists have tried to set fire to Venezuela to take our riches,” Maduro told a chanting crowd after the latest victory on Sunday. “We’ve defeated the American imperialists with our votes, our ideas, truths, reason and popular will.”

The official turnout was about 47% of eligible voters. Maduro’s opponents in the three boycotting groups – Justice First, Popular Will and Democratic Action – cast doubt on the figures and said they were right not to take part because it would have legitimised a rigged ballot.

However, they have come under fire for backing away from the electoral process so close to a presidential race in which they are likely to struggle to unite behind a candidate.

“These were absolutely predictable results,” the pollster Luis Vicente Leon said on Twitter. “It’s absurd to think that an abstaining political force can win the majority of mayorships.”

With the price of oil – which accounts for 95% of Venezuela’s export earnings – up by a third over the past six months, Maduro is in a strong position to seek a second term, though the democratic options have rarely looked weaker.

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Iraq formally declares end to fight against Islamic State

Extremist group driven from all Iraqi territory, says prime minister, but surviving militants could launch guerrilla war

Emma Graham-Harrison
Guardian
11 December 2017 14.10 GMT

Iraq has formally declared its fight against Islamic State over after three years of heavy combat, although surviving militants are widely expected to launch a guerrilla war.

Isis has been driven from all the territory it once held inside Iraq, the prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, announced in Baghdad on Saturday.

At the peak of its military power, the extremist group controlled nearly a third of the country, including Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city.

The full length of the border between Iraq and Syria, which Isis fighters traversed freely for years, is also now held by Iraqi forces, a top military commander said. “All Iraqi lands are liberated from terrorist Daesh [Isis] gangs and our forces completely control the international Iraqi-Syrian border,” Lt Gen Abdul-Amir Rasheed Yar Allah said.

The slow and extremely bloody battle against Isis began in the summer of 2014, soon after a few thousand of the group’s fighters stunned Iraq and the world by seizing Mosul. The Iraqi military fled the city, leaving their weapons and equipment to Isis, and the city’s riches to bolster its coffers. For three years it was a financial and political hub for the extremists’ self-declared caliphate.

Iraqi forces pushed back against the group city by city, finally retaking Mosul this summer. Abadi had declared victory over Isis then, but battles continued in a string of smaller towns and through swaths of surrounding desert.

The US-led coalition that has backed the ground war with airstrikes offered congratulations and promised continued support:

    The Global Coalition (@coalition)

    The Coalition congratulate the people of Iraq on their significant victory against #Daesh. We stand by them as they set the conditions for a secure and prosperous #futureiraq pic.twitter.com/pJlGImT1Yu
    December 9, 2017

Theresa May, also congratulated her Iraqi counterpart, but warned that the extremist group was yet to be defeated.

“This signals a new chapter towards a more peaceful, prosperous country,” the British prime minister said. “We must be clear however, that whilst Daesh (Isis) is failing, they are not yet defeated. They still pose a threat to Iraq, including from over the Syrian border.”

May said she was proud of the UK effort in standing alongside Iraq as part of the global coalition.

“The UK ... has played a leading role in supporting the Iraqi security forces, including the armed forces and the Peshmerga. UK aircraft have launched over 1,350 airstrikes in Iraq and have trained over 60,000 members of the Iraqi security forces.

“UK aid provides a vital lifeline to millions of Iraqis with emergency food, shelter, medical care and clean water. We are now supporting the government of Iraq to lay the foundations for an economy that meets the aspirations of all Iraqis.”

Isis is likely to prove a problem for Iraqi authorities for many years to come. The group grew out of an insurgent movement, and was preparing for a return to guerrilla tactics as its territory shrank this summer.

Large numbers of Isis fighters are thought to have retreated into the countryside or formed sleeper cells among civilian populations. Soon after Abadi’s announcement, an Iraqi news agency reported that a group of suicide bombers had been found in a tunnel in the city of Hawija.

Iraq must also now reckon with the daunting task of reconstruction in areas once held by Isis. The fighting caused terrible physical damage to towns and infrastructure, and particularly around Mosul, Isis rule ripped apart communities that had been famous for their diversity.

About 3 million Iraqis are still displaced, and the distrust sown between former neighbours and friends will be hard to overcome.

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Palestinians to reject meeting with Trump as anger over Jerusalem rises

As the Gaza death toll mounts, France and Turkey want the US president to change his mind over recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Peter Beaumont
Guardian
12/11/2017

The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, is expected to reject an invitation to meet Donald Trump in Washington, amid a strong emerging consensus among key advisers that there are “no conditions” for dialogue following the US president’s formal recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The issue of how best to respond to Trump’s announcement is at the centre of a series of emergency meetings of senior Palestinian leaders, which began on Saturday. They are expected to conclude early next week with a rare meeting of the PLO central council, and have already concluded that Abbas should not meet vice president Mike Pence when he visits Israel and Palestine just before Christmas.

Confirming the decision that Abbas would not meet Pence, the Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki said Palestinians would also seek votes on resolutions at the UN security council and Arab League. Although the US has a veto on the security council, support for drafting a resolution would be seen as pressuring the US.

The fraught Palestinian deliberations – which are taking place amid widespread Muslim and international anger over Trump’s unilateral move that broke international diplomatic consensus – come as Palestinian medical sources confirmed two members of Hamas had been killed in an Israeli air strike following a missile launch from Gaza, bringing the death toll in the last two days to four.

Despite widespread fury, however, the Palestinian leader has been caught between his anxiety to avoid an escalation of violence, amid calls by some for a new intifada – or uprising – and his need to make a meaningful response.

But in a boost for Abbas, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and France’s Emmanuel Macron agreed they would work together to try to persuade the United States to reconsider its decision, following a phone call focusing on the risks to stability in the region.

The conversation between Erdoğan and Macron followed hard on the heels of a meeting of the UN security council in which an isolated US struggled to defend accusations from European countries that its action was in breach of UN resolutions.

And as the diplomatic crisis continued, an increasing chorus of voices was asking precisely what Trump had actually achieved, as evidence of damage to the US standing in the Middle East and international forums continued to mount.

If there was one place at the weekend where no doubt had been allowed to enter, however, it was in Trump’s estimation of what he had achieved. On Thursday, as he greeted his guests to mark the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, he indulged himself again with a moment of invited congratulation.

“Well, I know for a fact there are a lot of happy people in this room,” he told the guests, before adding to a ripple of applause: “Jerusalem.”

While Trump has been basking in both self- and mutual admiration of his decision to upend decades of US foreign policy by recognising Jerusalem – a city claimed both by Israelis and Palestinians – as the Israeli capital, across the Middle East US diplomats, their families and other citizens were contemplating the coming holidays in a region suddenly more hostile to America.

In Jordan and elsewhere – according to reports – diplomats’ children were advised not to go to school, other movements were heavily restricted and meetings cancelled as the anger over a 13-minute speech continued to reverberate in flag burnings and demonstrations.

In Israel – beyond the euphoria of the rightwing political elites – the decision was greeted with little more than an anxious shrug, the rain-slicked streets of west Jerusalem empty of celebrations even in the immediate aftermath of Trump’s declaration.

Instead, the emotional energy has been concentrated almost exclusively on a single side – the sense of outrage among Palestinians and the wider Muslim community that Trump had sought to give away something that was not his to give.

There have been condemnations, statements and threats from groups as diverse as Hezbollah, Hamas, al-Qaida and Iraqi militias both against the US and Israel. But the real impact for now is more likely to be felt at a more granular level in a city where even the smallest perceived changes to its status or the status of its religious sites can detonate sudden explosions of violence.

In recent years there has been a wave of stabbing attacks attributed in part to fears that Israel planned to change the status of the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount compound, and there were two weeks of street protests this summer after Israel installed metal detectors at the entrances to the same site following a lethal attack in the same compound.

“Jerusalem is a time bomb,” explained Hamdi Dyab, a Palestinian activist in Shuafat refugee camp, the only camp within the city’s municipal limits last week, on the evening of Trump’s speech.

“This is an unprecedented escalation by the US president and it will detonate a third intifada. History will not have seen an intifada like this. Unfortunately it will jeopardise the interest of the US and the lives of US people all over the world if he does this.

“The declaration has destroyed the peace process and all the agreements that have been signed. This will be met with a wave of public reaction.

“The day before yesterday we met with Mr Abbas and we told him, as the people of Jerusalem we had won the 14 days of protests over al-Aqsa mosque [over the Israeli installation of metal detectors] and we are telling the Americans that, as the people who ran those protests, Jerusalem will always stay Islamic with its heritage and its culture.

“We had a meeting between all the Palestinian factions in Ramallah headed by Fatah, and Hamas also. If Trump declares Jerusalem as capital of Israel an intifada will spread all over the West Bank and also including the green line.”

For many Palestinians last week – already deeply disillusioned with the international policies of the weak and ageing Abbas – Trump’s speech was seen as final evidence of failure.

Even those not critical suggested the time had come for a new approach. “Abu Mazen [Abbas’s nickname] is 83 but it is time to take a courageous decision and write his name in history. They have left no choice for him. All he can do is lead a third intifada,” said Sheikh Abdullah al-Qam, a coordinator of the Jerusalem committee representing Palestinian factions in east Jerusalem.

And while Israel so far does not see the risk of Abbas’s Fatah party taking the kind of active role seen during the second intifada, what it does fear is that Hamas – which called for an intifada last week – might seek to exploit anger to bolster its own position.

More likely still, security officials fear, is a return to the sporadic deadly violence of the wave of knife attacks, often launched by Palestinian individuals without warning, that only recently died down.

Another unintended consequence, and potentially more serious, is how Trump’s move will affect a wider region where Sunni Arab allies have complained about America’s declining influence even as Russia and Iran have rapidly extended theirs. In the final analysis, there is only one clear beneficiary of Trump’s controversial speech, as Aluf Benn, editor-in-chief of the liberal Israeli daily Haaretz, argued in a commentary on Friday. In it, he wrote that Trump had both helped Benjamin Netanyahu deflect attention from a series of corruption investigations, and reflected a US shift in focus from the Middle East to Asia.

“Trump didn’t give the Palestinians anything in return,” wrote Benn, “and even weakened America’s commitment to the eventual establishment of a Palestinian state.

“Netanyahu knows that Israel’s existence and security depend on US support, so he fears an American withdrawal. But he also knows that Israel can’t stop this process or even delay it, so instead he’s trying to mine it for opportunities to improve Israel’s position in its uncompromising conflict with the dying Palestinian national movement. Trump’s speech on Wednesday was just such an opportunity.”

Writing for the Israeli site Walla, Amir Oren was even more damning, warning that Trump’s declaration would have a “cost in blood”, either in the form of a “Trump intifada” or in a series of terror attacks.

“Every needless fatality that follows in the wake of this childish whim … will be Trump’s responsibility, and indirectly the responsibility of those who encouraged him, by action or inaction.”

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Women in sub-Saharan Africa forced into sex to pay hospital bills, study says

Patients too poor to settle medical debts are chained to drainpipes, starved and abused in health centres across parts of Africa and Asia, report reveals

Kate Hodal
Guardian
12/11/2017

Hospitals are detaining hundreds of thousands of people against their will every year – many of them mothers and their newborn babies – simply because they are too poor to pay their medical bills, a study has found.

The practice, which is widespread across parts of sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, sees patients chained to drainpipes, starved and abused, and forced to perform sexual acts in exchange for cash to pay off their bills, according to the paper published by Chatham House this week.

Campaigners are calling on the global health community to take immediate action against medical detentions ahead of a high-level forum in Tokyo on universal healthcare, which begins on Tuesday. The UN, World Health Organization and World Bank will meet world leaders to discuss ways to improve healthcare for all by 2030.

“This is a systemic problem, and the number of rights abuses is quite profound: people are being detained without trial, they’re being locked up with security guards, and women are giving birth to babies who are entering the world, in effect, as prisoners,” said Robert Yates, project director at the Centre on Global Health Security, who co-authored the paper.

“Healthcare user fees are at the root of the problem, and this just shows how bad a privately financed health system can get. We need to do more research on this and the global health community needs to start taking this seriously.”

While exact numbers of medical detentions are unknown, in some countries the practice is so common that patients consider it “normal” for hospitals to detain those who cannot pay their bills. Politicians have used it to their advantage in the run-up to elections. Recently in Nigeria, an aspiring governor paid off a number of patients’ bills at a public hospital in Osun state, while the wife of a state governor in Abia showered nursing mothers with gifts, and paid off their bills, after visiting them in a hospital presided over by her husband.

Those most at risk of being detained are the poorest people, according to the paper, among them those needing emergency treatment and pregnant women, with many of them resorting to desperate tactics in order to escape detention.

Over a six-week period in 2016 in one health facility in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 54% of women who had given birth and were eligible for discharge were detained for nonpayment of user fees, according to the study, with many women and children held for months at a time. In a Nairobi hospital in Kenya, women who had been detained post-childbirth for fees amounting to 210,000 shillings (£1,500), were having sex with doctors for as little as 300 shillings (£2.16) in order to pay off their bills.

“Healthcare really needs to be free of charge to the patient, because this is the consequence of making patients pay, and it is the worst situation in a whole range of very difficult situations: they may get the medical care they need but then they, or their belongings or their ID papers, are kept hostage,” said Dr Mit Philips, health policy advisor at Médecins sans Frontières.

“Unfortunately, because many of these health facilities don’t receive sufficient funding to provide adequate care even when patients can afford to pay, this is the kind of economic logic that results. If we’re serious about universal health coverage, then abolishing user fees would be a good place to start.”

Campaigners have called for national leaders to ban medical detentions and prosecute the hospitals that imprison their patients, as well as reform their health financing systems towards publicly financed universal health coverage. The paper cites Burundi as a clear example of how the abolition of user fees can improve health services, as public finance to hospitals and the provision of free maternity services saw deliveries in health units quadruple and infant mortality decline by 43% within five years.

“The only countries that have achieved universal health coverage have done so through scaling up public financing, and a core part of universal health coverage is removing user fees,” said Oxfam’s health policy advisor Anna Marriott.

“But we’re just seeing inaction around this across the world. This is the most grotesque violation of people’s rights that you could imagine, and progress is far too slow for what is a very urgent need.”

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Time ‘Person of the Year’: ‘The Silence Breakers’ who started the #MeToo movement

Brad Reed
Raw Story
12/11/2017

Time on Wednesday revealed its choice for its annual “Person of the Year” award: The women whom it deemed the “Silence Breakers” who founded the #MeToo movement to combat sexual harassment in the workplace.

Time announced its “Person of the Year” on NBC’s “Today” show, where editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal talked about the magazine’s decision to pick sexual harassment accusers over President Donald Trump.

“This is the fastest moving social change we’ve seen in decades,” explained Felsenthal. “Individual acts of courage by hundreds of women, and some men too, who came forward to tell their own stories of sexual harassment.”

Felsenthal told “Today” that he viewed 2017’s movement of women coming forward with their stories of sexual harassment as “just the beginning” of a broader social change that holds powerful men accountable for their sexual misconduct.

The Time editor also emphasized that this wasn’t just a story about female celebrities being sexually harassed, as plenty of American women from all walks of life have experienced similar situations.

“A woman we talked to, a hospital worker in the middle of the country, who… shared her story with us, but she doesn’t feel like she can come forward without threatening her livelihood,” he said.

Watch Felsenthal’s interview below.

    WATCH: “The image you see partially on the cover is of a woman we talked to… who doesn’t feel that she can come forward without threatening her livelihood.” @TIME EIC @efelsenthal talks #TIMEPOY cover pic.twitter.com/q3bPbKNPbg

    — TODAY (@TODAYshow) December 6, 2017

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