The Don and the judge: How a Trump presidency could undermine the rule of law | The Economist

This excellent Economist blog suggests that the presumptive Republican nominee’s attack on a judge suggests a worrying disregard for judicial independence.

Source: The Don and the judge: How a Trump presidency could undermine the rule of law | The Economist

Of course, suppression of freedoms may start with the judiciary but it typically soon includes the media, where the end justifies the means and evidence is subordinated.

In the rush to embrace right-wing populism, basic freedoms seem to be increasingly at risk.

Thoughts?

Outrage as French govt reveals plan to teach Arabic in primary schools — RT News

Najat Belkacem

Najat Belkacem (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Russia‘s RT reports that France’s Education minister, Najat Vallaud Belkacem, has found herself on the firing line since revealing a plan to teach Arabic to primary school kids as young as six. Belkacem has suggested including Arabic among the language choices for French pupils.

Source: Outrage as French govt reveals plan to teach Arabic in primary schools — RT News

This is a highly political issue ahead of the French national election in April/May 2017. I suspect that this statement will push more ordinary French people to towards Marine Le Pen.

It’s a very irresponsible remark in my view. I suspect that Ms  Belkacem was looking for headlines and patronage from her supporters. Although she describes herself as a non-practicing Muslim, her remarks will strengthen the power of Muslims in France.

For me, this illustrates the dangerous politics that is coming from the far-left in Europe. Rhetoric and headlines come first and evidence is subordinated. It’s just like the casual remarks of former London mayor, Ken Livingstone. Perhaps, Livingstone will propose Arabic in the UK’s schools?

Thoughts?