Trump praises NFL’s new rule against anthem protests, says protesters should ‘maybe’ leave the US

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President Donald Trump has weighed in on the NFL’s new rule against US national anthem protests.
He said he supports the move, and suggested that players who want to protest the anthem should perhaps leave the US.
Trump said: “You have to stand proudly for the National Anthem. You shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there. Maybe they shouldn’t be in the country.”
The NFL approved a new national-anthem policy on Wednesday in response to ongoing player protests that took over the 2017 season.

President Donald Trump commented on the NFL’s new rule against US national anthem protests, giving it his broad support and suggesting that players who want to protest the anthem should perhaps leave the US.

The NFL approved a new national-anthem policy on Wednesday in response to ongoing player protests that took over the 2017 season.

The rule says that players must either stand on the field during the anthem, wait in the locker room, or face a fine for any kind of protest.

The rule follows a long campaign by Trump to compel players to show respect for the anthem, alongside flagging ratings on NFL games throughout 2017.

“I don’t think people should be staying in locker rooms,” Trump told FOX News Channel’s FOX & Friends on Thursday.

“You have to stand proudly for the National Anthem. You shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there.

“Maybe they shouldn’t be in the country” said Trump. “The NFL owners did the right thing”

But Trump downplayed his personal role in the new NFL role, saying “I think the people pushed it forward, this was not me.” Trump admitted he “brought it out,” but ultimately gave credit to the US public.

“This country is very smart, we’re very smart people,” said Trump.

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Source:: Business Insider

      

The outrage over a hijab reveals the hypocrisy of French secularism

Women hold signs reading 'Is it not a provocation, just my freedom of conscience'

“If we stay at home, they say we are submissive. If we speak up and take action, they say that we are not allowed to do so.”

A week ago, a French TV interview of a student union representative sparked a national debate. Not because of what she said, nor because her union supports the student protests against Emmanuel Macron’s reform of the French university system.

Maryam Pougetoux, 19, faces criticism for speaking publicly as the president of student union Unef for her university, Paris IV, while wearing her hijab. Defenders of French secularism, the media and even members of the French government have condemned her headscarf.

France is a secular state. But does it really mean a woman wearing a headscarf cannot advocate for political causes or represent a union?


Maryam Pougetoux

The French’s constitutional ideology of laïcité, or secularism, establishes state secularism in the public sphere. Church and state are separated by the 1905 law, which also recognises freedom of religion.

The concept of laïcité has led to rocky debates in the past. In the summer of 2016, the “burkini ban” made headlines worldwide after French towns banned the outfit from their beaches and the then prime minister, Manuel Valls, called for the “discretion” of Muslims in the expression of their faith. Islam, already subject of heated debates in France before the terrorist attacks of 2015 in Paris, has become the secularists’ favourite topic of discussion.

Since March 2016, a cross-party movement called “Printemps Républicain” (“Republican spring”) has been “promoting secularism” online. It was a Facebook post from Printemps Républicain that sparked the current row, citing an “incoherence” for a Unef representative: “How can she simultaneously defend progressive, feminist principles (contraception, abortion, gay marriage) and ostensibly display her religious beliefs?” (Unef is considered a left-wing, progressive …read more

Source:: New Statesman

      

Trump tells Fox & Friends that NFL players who don’t stand during the national anthem maybe ‘shouldn’t be in the country’

On Thursday morning, Fox & Friends broadcast an interview Brian Kilmeade conducted with President Trump on Wednesday, on short notice. Kilmeade informed Trump that the NFL owners had just approved a policy that fines teams if any of their players refuse to stand for the national anthem, though players also have the option to stay in the locker room during the anthem. Trump said he didn’t like the locker room option but was pleased with the other part — maybe a little too pleased. “You have to stand proudly for the national anthem,” Trump said, “or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there, maybe you shouldn’t be in the county.”

Trump on @foxandfriends to NFL players who don’t stand for the anthem: “You shouldn’t be playing … Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country.” pic.twitter.com/EDhdi9323O

— Axios (@axios) May 24, 2018

The NFL Players Association was less pleased with the decision, and at least one team owner — New York Jets chairman Christopher Johnson, the brother of Trump’s ambassador to Britain, Woody Johnson — said he would personally pay the fine of any player who decides to kneel anyway. Also in disagreement with Trump? The New York Daily News.

Say their names…

The NFL’s call is unAmerican https://t.co/3H7XABjZg9

An early look at Thursday’s front… pic.twitter.com/lm5eucXVrU

— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) May 24, 2018

So. Are you ready for some football?

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Source:: The Week – Lifestyle

      

Olga Tokarczuk has finally found major recognition in English

EVERYTHING in “Flights” is lucidly, if fragmentarily, recounted by its narrator. “My spatial reasoning is particularly advanced, almost eidetic, though my laterality is lousy. Personality unstable, or not entirely reliable. Age all in your mind. Gender ungrammatical. I actually buy my books in paperback, so that I can leave them behind without remorse on the platform, for someone else to find. I don’t collect anything.” Moments of such surprising self-revelation recur, like staccato mantras, throughout the book. It is this originality of voice that made Olga Tokarczuk, the author, and Jennifer Croft, who translated the work, the latest recipients of the International Man Booker prize. The judges noted that the novel “guides the reader beyond the surface layer of modernity and towards the core of the very nature of humankind”.

The prize is awarded each year to a work of foreign fiction translated into English. “Flights” appeared in Poland in 2007, winning the Nike prize there, and was quickly translated into French and German,…

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Source:: The Economits – Culture

      

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