Numerous reports of open resistance to Taliban rule by the Afghan people indicates that the militia is losing its grip over the population, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. Anti-Taliban activities, such as bombings, riots, and demonstrations have been sprouting in the very regions where the Taliban have boasted popular support. Women, who have felt the harshest consequences of the Taliban's draconian policies, are risking their lives in defiance by sending their daughters to clandestine schools and challenging Taliban edicts forbidding them to leaves their homes without a close male relative. "Today, so many women flout the rules that Taliban leaders insist that they never spoke such things," reports the LA Times. However, women are very aware of the beatings and other consequences that come with violating the Taliban decrees.
Another indication of the lack of popularity of the militia is that many Afghans are rejecting the Taliban's call to join their ranks and families are fleeing or paying bribe money to the Taliban in order to avoid the militia's draft. Behind their discontent, Afghans have sited that the Taliban have not brought the peace and security they promised, nor have they worked to rebuild the country, and that the corruption and hypocrisy behind their iron-fisted rule is increasingly apparent. The Times reporter covering this story was detained and later expelled from Afghanistan by the Taliban and his translator, an Afghan national, was beaten, arrested and jailed.
Media Resources: Los Angeles Times - 14 August 2000
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .