On Monday, President Clinton signed an executive order imposing sanctions against the Taliban in Afghanistan for its support of Osama bin Laden, the international terrorist accused of bombing U.S. embassies in both Kenya and Tanzania.
The sanctions "freeze any property of the Taliban within U.S. jurisdiction...and prohibit transactions and trade with the Taliban or in territory controlled by the Taliban, preventing any U.S. investment." Clinton said the sanctions would "deepen the international isolation of the Taliban, limit its ability to support terrorist networks and demonstrate the need to conform to accepted norms of international behavior." The sanctions do not affect humanitarian aid, food, or medical supplies.
The U.S. has demanded that bin Laden, who has been placed on the FBI's most wanted list, be turned over for a trial either in the States or in a third country where he can be punished for his actions.
Several news reports have said that bin Laden was sighted in a rural town of Afghanistan near the border of Pakistan, but his whereabouts have yet to be confirmed.
5/1/2015 House Reverses DC Law Banning Reproductive Health Discrimination by Employers - The US House of Representatives voted Thursday night to overturn a Washington, DC, law that makes it illegal for employers to retaliate against employees who use their insurance to cover procedures like in-vitro fertilization or abortion and contraception like birth control pills and IUDs for themselves, their spouses, or their children.
The District's council passed the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act last year. . . .
4/30/2015 400 Women and Children Have Been Rescued From Boko Haram in Nigeria - In two different operations in under a week, Nigerian troops have rescued more than 400 women and children who had been kidnapped by Boko Haram.
On Tuesday, Nigerian troops announced they rescued 200 girls and 93 women from Boko Haram - and today news has come out that troops rescued another 160 women and children.
While the news is promising and shows progress made in Nigeria to combat Boko Haram, the girls rescued were not the Chibok girls who inspired the #BringBackOurGirls movement last year. . . .
4/29/2015 Hillary Clinton Calls for Criminal Justice Reform and an End to Mass Incarceration - Hillary Clinton delivered the keynote address at the 18th Annual Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum today, addressing directly criminal justice reforms she would like to see to prevent another "incarceration generation."
"It's time the end the era of mass incarceration," Clinton declared to much applause, citing statistics about the disproportionately higher rate of incarceration that black men in America face. . . .