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Julian Bond: NC is the new Mississippi

Civil rights leader Julian Bond Friday called North Carolina the new Mississippi because of its voter-ID law.

"North Carolina has become the new Mississippi," Bond said on a program that will air Friday night on "Political Capital with Al Hunt'' on Bloomberg TV.

"They've just taken an enormous step backward in voting rights and a series of things because of the domination of Republicans in the House and the Senate and in the governor's chair,'' said Bond, who is a former chairman of the national NAACP and a former Georgia legislator.


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Shezanne Cassim, the American jailed in the United Arab Emirates after posting a video parody, was sentenced Monday to one year in prison and a fine of 10,000 UAE dirhams (approximately $2,700).
The young American living in the UAE has been imprisoned since April, his family says, for posting what was intended to be a funny video on the Internet.
He was accused of defaming the UAE's image abroad, according to The National, the country's main English-language newspaper.
The video in question is a 19-minute short that pokes fun at a clique of Dubai teens who are influenced by hip-hop culture. In the 1990s, the label "Satwa G" was coined for a group of suburban teens who were known to talk tougher than they really were.
The video depicts a look at a "combat school" in the suburb of Satwa, where these "gangsters" are trained. The training includes how to throw sandals at targets, using clothing accessories as whips, and how to call on the phone for backup.Cassim's family says the 29-year-old has been charged with endangering national security.The charges were not read out in court. UAE officials would only say "Mr. Cassim was charged under the UAE's penal code. Anyone charged with a crime under the laws of the UAE is entitled to the fair trial protections contained in the UAE's constitution."
Cassim, from Woodbury, Minnesota, moved to Dubai in 2006 after graduating from college to work for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
He and some friends made and posted the video online in 2012. He was arrested in April. He was interrogated and arrested in Dubai before being transferred to a maximum security prison in Abu Dhabi. His family says it was five months before he was notified of the charges against him.

This national attention is so destructive

North Carolina has spent decades building a reputation as a modern state with forward-thinking policies. How sad that Republican lawmakers have destroyed that reputation in less than two years. Worse, even as leaders across our nation -- including business leaders -- speak out against the extremist (and expensive) rollbacks in policies and rights taking place in NC, these same state lawmakers have no self-awareness whatsoever. They still think they're right and everyone else must be wrong. With an attitude like that, they won't be in power long. Thank god.

Proud to be associated with Mississippi

What is wrong with the good folk in Mississippi? I think NC should welcome the association. No state in our nation should be the object of discrimination. I love all my brothers and sisters in Mississippi and wish them all well.

J Bond

It is sad to see a talented man like Bond waste his life in bigotry and hate. I wonder what he expects to achieve by insulting honest Americans.


how long are we supposed to act surprised that GOP haters hate the GOP? Next Up: NC GOP Disagrees with President Obama!
theres a BREAKING story..

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