Content curated by Jennifer Wendel
How fair are elections? With Citizens United the Supreme Court ruled that corporations were essentially people and are equally protected by the first amendment when it comes to political campaign donations. Corporations have a free path to help shape elections. Arizona recently attempted a Citizens Clean Elections act that would require the lesser-funded candidate to be supported by the state to even out the election, but a majority of the justices disagreed with the bill. Who is really shaping elections now? Read a New Yorker article here.
Mubarak, the former Egyptian president, is currently on house arrest following corruption charges. He is not allowed to leave the country or travel, and his assets will be frozen. Various human rights groups are also considering bringing charges against him. Meanwhile Mubarak released a statement saying he is saddened by all the charges against him and attempts to clean his record. Listen to the speech and read a copy here. Read an article about this here.
Today France’s ban on full-face coverings, or the burqua and niqab, goes into effect. Supporters of the ban argue that the burqua is a symbol of male oppression on women and that it hinders women from rising to prominent positions because of the stigmatism around the full-face coverings. French president Nicholas Sarkozy said “In our country, we cannot accept that women be prisoners behind a screen, cut off from all social life, deprived of all identity … The burqa is not a religious sign, it’s a sign of subservience, a sign of debasement — I want to say it solemnly, it will not be welcome on the territory of the French Republic” source. Opponents argue that wearing the burqua is a choice women should be able to make, that in many cases it is cultural, not religious, and that the purpose of the burqua allows women a kind of freedom to not fall prey to visual judgment. Read an article about enforcing the ban here.