Gazipur city polls campaign begins today

first_imgGazipur City CorporationThe Awami League and the BNP-backed mayoral aspirants begin today (Monday) their official campaign for the upcoming Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) polls scheduled to be held on 26 June.AL-backed candidate Jahangir Alam earlier collected his symbol ‘boat’ and BNP-backed Hasan Uddin Sarker collected his symbol ‘paddy stack’ from the regional election commissioner Rakibuddin Mandol.Gazipur Peshajibi Somonnyo Parishad will hold an exchange of views meeting at Gazipur Press Club at 11:00am on 20 June (Tuesday).On 6 May, the High Court stayed the Gazipur City Corporation election which was scheduled to be held on 15 May. The election commission (EC) later on 13 May set 26 June to hold the Gazipur City Corporation polls. after the upper court suspended the stay orderlast_img read more

Khaledas Gulshan office vandalised

first_imgThe supporters of three BNP leaders who fails to get party nomination stage demonstration at party chairperson Khaleda Zia`s Gulshan office on Saturday evening. Photo: Prothom Alo.Supporters of some BNP leaders who did not get party nomination to contest upcoming polls on Saturday evening attacked party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office and staged demonstration there, reports UNB.Several hundred supporters of BNP international affairs secretary ANM Ehsanul Haque Milon (Chandpur-1), Taimur Alam Khandaker (Narayanganj-1) and Selimuzzamn Selim (Gopalganj-1) gathered in front of Khaleda’s office around 5:30pm and started demonstrating there.They chanted slogans against BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir for what they said depriving their leaders of nominations.The protesters demanded the party nominate their respective leaders as candidates reviewing its decision.At one stage, they tried to break the two gates of the office.They also hurled stones at the office, damaging its windowpanes.Fakhrul, BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Nazrul Islam Khan and some other party leaders were there in the office during the demonstration.Earlier in the day, Ehsanul Haque Milon’s supporters kept BNP central office under lock and key for nearly an hour protesting the party’s decision not to pick him its candidate for Chandpur-1 seat.The protesters unlocked the BNP central office’s main gate around 2:15pm giving the party high-command a 12-hour deadline to review the decision on the party’s final candidate for Chandpur-1 constituency.last_img

Trump Vision Of MexicoUS Border Roils Mexicos Domestic Politics

first_imgLorne Matalon/Marfa Public RadioMexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has low approval ratings following a series of scandals. The leading presidential candidate in Mexico’s 2018 election, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, is critical of both Peña and U.S. President Donald Trump.Mexico will elect a new president next year. Although he has now at least temporarily delayed withdrawing the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement, continued uncertainty over NAFTA and U.S. President Donald Trump’s plans for a border wall are roiling Mexican politics. The outcome may have implications for the nearly five million American jobs that are tied directly to trade with Mexico.Former Mexico City mayor Andrés Manuel López Obrador is one of several figures who have either declared their candidacy or expressed interest. Others include Margarita Zavala, wife of former president Felipe Calderón and Miguel Ángel Mancera, Mexico City’s current mayor. Peña Nieto’s six-year term ends next year. The constitution bars him from seeking re-election. Mexico’s political parties must nominate presidential candidate by March 2018 for the a vote that will take place the following July. The jockeying has already started.Trump’s election has triggered a rise in Mexican nationalism. A populist Mexican leftist who wants to reduce economic dependence on the United States is channeling that nationalism.  Though defeated in Mexico’s last two elections,  López Obrador is leading in numerous polls as Mexico’s next presidential cycle approaches. He’s riding revulsion over Trump’s anti-Mexico rhetoric. López Obrador told Univisiontelevision journalist León Krauze that Mexico should not accept American military assistance currently provided each year under terms of the Merida Initiative.“I never dreamed in my lifetime of a U.S. president that would be afraid of Mexico, afraid of competition,” Juan Carlos Romero Hicks says.Romero Hicks is a member of the Mexican Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee. He says Trump has given the left a political gift. Since Trump’s victory, Romero Hicks has continued to promote an integrated North American economy. But he said that has not been an easy task since the American election.“In the U.S. there’s notion that is not correct that Mexicans are taking jobs from Americans, that we are a security threat. Building a wall is absurd,” he says.López Obrador is leveraging that feeling. He opposes the 2014 opening of Mexico’s oil and gas markets to foreign investors, many in the U.S.– names like Exxon Mobil and Chevron that’ve already moved in. He wants to import less U.S. corn and gasoline. He believes Mexico should stand up for itself. There is a blueprint of sorts. In 2009, Mexico placed tariffs on certain goods from Oregon and California during a trade dispute. The tariffs were only lifted when the U.S. stopped blocking Mexican trucks from gaining full access to U.S. highways. Sharelast_img read more

Teen Raises Voice in Baltimores Black Lives Matter Movement

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — Makayla Gilliam-Price is a 17-year-old high school senior applying to colleges. She’s also an activist bent on dismantling racism, on making Baltimore a place where Black kids have an equal shot at safety, at an education, at the future.And already, Gilliam-Price has found her voice.She found it at debate camp a couple of years before Freddie Gray suffered a fatal neck injury in police custody in April 2015, before national media trained klieg lights on her city.“She was just a 15-year-old girl trying to figure things out,” said Adam Jackson, who coached her at that debate camp and who continues to mentor her through his work at the Baltimore group Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle. “Now she’s on a steady rise to be a world-class leader.”Gilliam-Price believed the Black Lives Matter movement that grew out of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, had to be about more than fighting police brutality. It had to be about fighting racism on other fronts, including segregated schools, academic tracking that kept black kids and poor kids from taking advanced classes, and immigration raids that made Latino students afraid to go to school.“Saying Black lives matter isn’t just about a Black man being shot by a White police officer,” Gilliam-Price said.She co-founded a grass-roots student organization, City Bloc; led a high school walkout to protest a proposal to arm school police; and helped organize rallies for police reform in Annapolis.Six months after Gray’s death, she was among a group arrested during an October sit-in at Baltimore’s City Hall, a protest against police officers’ use of force and lack of community voice in the hiring of a new police commissioner. Her activism has been covered in the pages of the Baltimore Sun, Baltimore City Paper and the Nation.Recently, a high-ranking Baltimore police officer and police union vice president was removed from his post and transferred to overnight security after Gilliam-Price wrote a blog post calling attention to tweets of his that she said showed “deeply entrenched racism” within the police department.She wasn’t interested in taking the individual officer down, she wrote, but in highlighting the fact that he was allowed to be employed, in a position of great power, despite his public statements.“Exposing the problematic actions of people in power can often shed light on not who, but what should be our true target: the systems that create and uphold the individual instances of oppression that we struggle against daily” she wrote.“Thugs,” the lieutenant, Victor Gearhart, had called the protesters who took to the streets after Gray’s death. He said they “act like animals” and called them “unbathed parasites.”And: “What % of the kids are committing crime,” he asked. “In Baltimore probably 90%.”His tweets weren’t racist, Gearhart said in a recent interview, and he is not racist, either. He was speaking for himself, he added, and not for the department.“She wrote that screed accusing me of every rotten thing in the book, and, you know, what was I supposed to do? I’m supposed to be libeled by this woman and then sit back?” he said. “This country was founded with a Constitution, and just because you put on a badge doesn’t mean you give up your right to free speech.”Gearhart did not stop tweeting after Gilliam-Price called attention to his account. “Don’t think you can bully me or silence me,” he tweeted. He wrote (inaccurately) that Gilliam-Price was the daughter of a convicted murderer with “Daddy issues.”The Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police quickly moved to distance itself from its own vice president, tweeting that Gearhart’s statements “do not represent or reflect the opinion or beliefs of our organization.” Police Commissioner Kevin Davis also condemned Gearhart’s statements on Twitter.“That was cool,” Gilliam-Price said of Davis’s willingness to speak out, given how frequently and publicly she has criticized his leadership. “I was low-key speechless.”She said the fact that Gearhart has been transferred from Southern District shift commander to overnight security is a step in the right direction, but it’s not enough. She wants to see systemic reforms, starting with changes to state law governing how police misconduct is investigated.“She has this fiery spirit about her, as much as I try to quell it — ‘Makayla, you can’t save the world, you have to go ride your bike,’ ” said her mother, Zelda Gilliam.But Gilliam-Price said she’s living up to her mother’s legacy: When Gilliam was nine months pregnant, she was marching against the death penalty, marching to save the life of her brother, who was convicted of murder and who was executed by the state of Maryland when her daughter was 7 months old.“I was literally born into a movement to save and affirm Black lives,” Gilliam-Price said.Now a senior at Baltimore City College — a competitive public magnet school — she hopes to go on to Occidental College in Los Angeles or the New School in New York. When she graduates from college, she wants to be a photojournalist. She wants to create an organization for people of color to cover their own communities.She saw how the national media covered Baltimore’s unrest after Gray’s death, and she hardly recognized her city. There had been no such attention for so many issues that mattered to her community and for so many efforts to create positive change. “They only wanted to consume the spectacle of Black people struggling,” she said.She recently co-founded Assata’s Syllabus, a website dedicated to reporting on Baltimore and “controlling our narrative.” Her first piece for the site was the blog post about Gearhart’s tweets.___Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.comlast_img read more