Taliban Refuse to Hand Over bin Laden Without Proof
The Taliban militia has issued an ultimatum to the United States stating that evidence against suspected Saudi terrorist, Osama bin Laden, must be submitted by November 20 or bin Laden would be cleared of any crimes. The United States hold Osama bin Laden responsible for the August 7 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
The Taliban's chief justice, Noor Mohammed Saqid, stated recently, "If there is no proof submitted against bin Laden, then he is innocent." State Department spokesman, James Rubin, offered a retort by saying that "... there is no expiration date on terrorist acts of this kind."
Bin Laden has taken refuge in Afghanistan for some time after participating in the "holy war" to fight the Soviet occupation that began in 1979. It is believed that he lives near the city of Kandahar, the same city that houses the majority of the Taliban leadership. The Taliban have allowed bin Laden to stay in Afghanistan as a "guest".
A Manhattan grand jury has issued a 238-count indictment that blames bin Laden for the bombings that killed 263 people, including 12 Americans.
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. . . .