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Italy Elects Its First Ever Black Senator, Elected For Far-Right Party

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Toni Iwobi has been apart of the far right political party Northern League for 25 years, he denies the party is racist.

Italy has voted in its 1st ever black legislator, a Nigerian migrator that is an active member of the anti-immigration Lega (League) party.

Toni Iwobi declared “with joyful emotion” he had been electoral in Brescia, Lombardy, to the higher house of the country’s parliament.

The far-right League became the second-largest party in parliament in Italy’s election.

In a Facebook post, Mr Iwobi said: “After more than twenty five years of battles as a part of the League’s great family, i’m getting ready to begin another great adventure!”

The League’s political economy chief cited Mr Iwobi’s election as proof the party wasn’t racist.

TONI LOWBI ADDRESSING THE LEGA PARTY (2014)

“I’d like to point out that the first black senator within the history of the italian republic is one amongst ours,” Claudio Borghi told Reuters.

His comments came once hundreds of African immigrants and Italians protested in Florence for a second day, singing “no more racism” and criticising the anti-immigrant party for stoking racial tensions after an Italian man shot dead a Senegalese street marketer.

Italian politicians, particularly those from the League, often depicted migrants as criminals and required mass deportations throughout the country’s parliamentary election.

Last month, a person with neo-Nazi sympathies and ties to the League opened gun fire on African migrants within the town of Macerata, wounding six before he was captured.

On Tuesday, protesters targeted the League’s leader, Matteo Salvini, singing: “Salvini vaffanculo (f@#! off).”

Mr Iwobi, the party’s spokesperson on immigration, has been a League member for twenty five years.

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US Federal Court Bans Trump form blocking on Twitter

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President Donald Trump violated the US constitution by blocking Twitter users who disagree with him, a federal judge ruled Wednesday in a case closely watched for implications for online free speech.

Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald said the blocking of Trump critics — which prevent them from seeing and interacting with the president’s tweets — violated the free speech rights of those users guaranteed in the Constitution’s First Amendment.

In a 75-page opinion, the New York federal judge said the users “were indisputably blocked as a result of viewpoint discrimination” and that this was “impermissible under the First Amendment.”

The ruling comes in response to a lawsuit filed by a group of Twitter users and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University.

The lawsuit contended that because Trump uses Twitter for a variety of policy announcements, his Twitter account is “a designated public forum” that cannot exclude people due to their political views.

The judge acknowledged that even though the president has certain free speech rights, he cannot violate the rights of other Twitter users.

“While we must recognize, and are sensitive to, the president’s personal First Amendment rights, he cannot exercise those rights in a way that infringes the corresponding First Amendment rights of those who have criticized him,” she said in her opinion.

Buchwald stopped short of accepting the request for an injunction against Trump and his social media aide, Dan Scavino, who was also named in the complaint, saying she expected the White House to abide by her “declaratory” ruling.

“Because no government official is above the law and because all government officials are presumed to follow the law once the judiciary has said what the law is, we must assume that the president and Scavino will remedy the blocking we have held to be unconstitutional,” she wrote.

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Palestinians protest against relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem

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RAMALLAH, May 14, 2018 (WAFA) – Thousands of Palestinians Monday took out to streets in the central West Bank city of Ramallah in protest against the relocation of the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which is planned for later on Monday.

Protestors gathered at Yasser Arafat Square, located in the center of Ramallah, before they headed to Qalandia military checkpoint, south of Ramallah.

Scout groups marched the streets banging their drums as protestors wearing black t-shirts waived the flags of Palestine and holding keys and placards affirming the right of return.

Protestors also released seventy black balloons, signifying the mourning of lost lands and rights 70 years ago when Israel was established on usurped Palestinian homes and land, and burnt the US flag in protest of the US embassy relocation.

Palestinian factions have called for mass rallies towards contact points with Israeli forces in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to protest the US embassy move.

The official inauguration of the US embassy comes a day before Palestinians mark the 70thanniversary of the Nakba Day (Day of Catastrophe), in which over 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly displaced from their homes to make way for the creation of Israel in 1948.

Repost from: Palestinian News & Info Agency

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Nigerian Woman And Child Allegedly Forced Off United Airlines Flight DUE To ‘Pungent’ Body Odor, Sues.

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In yet another incident that is bound to bring negative publicity to United Airlines, a Nigerian woman is suing the company for reportedly kicking her and her two children off a flight in a federal discrimination lawsuit. The reason? A fellow passenger claimed that she had “pungent” body odor, and he was uncomfortable flying with her. Worst of all, the pilot and attendants allowed the complaining passenger to call the shots and effectively forced her and her two kids off the plane. The lawsuit says that it was an intentional act of discrimination, based on her race and that they were denied equal rights by United Airlines.

The Nigerian woman, named Queen Obioma, was on her with her two children in Ontario, Canada from Nigeria. Obioma was dropping her kids off at a Canadian school. The incident occurred as she attempted to fly from George Bush Intercontinental Airport to San Francisco.

When Obioma first boarded the plane on March 3, 2016, she found a passenger already in her seat. When she complained, the attendant suggested Obioma sit in a different seat rather than forcing the passenger to move. The woman said she saw the passenger walk to the cockpit. She then alleges that when she went to the bathroom and tried to return to her seat, the passenger who had refused to move from her seat blocked her in the aisle, and ignored her as she said “excuse me” three times, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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