Taliban Again Offers Trade of Poppy Cultivation for Recognition
Last Friday, Afghan Minister Maulvi Kalamud-Din reiterated an offer first made by Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar in October. Kalamud-Din promised to end poppy cultivation in Afghanistan in exchange for U.N. recognition of the Taliban as the legitimate government.
Kalamud-Din insisted that the cultivation of poppies does not violate Islamic law, and takes no responsibility for the fact that the chief product derived from poppies is heroin.
Given that the sale of poppies for heroin production is a major source of income for Afghanistan, Kalamud-Din said that "if the world community wanted to elimination cultivation of poppy," it would have to "provide assistance" to Afghanistan. Kalamud-Din did not elaborate as to what that assistance would include.
1/23/2015 #HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality - The United Nations' gender equality campaign #HeForShe has launched a new program called IMPACT 10X10X10.
United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, together with UN Women Executive DirectorPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, introduced the one-year pilot effort aimed at encouraging corporations, universities, and governments to play an active role in enhancing women's empowerment and equality in Davos, Switzerland today at the World Economic Forum.
"Women need to be equal participants in our homes, societies, in our governments, and in our workplaces," Watson said.
First introduced in September, HeForShe is a solidarity movement that calls on men and boys to confront gender inequalities that face women and girls globally. . . .
1/22/2015 BREAKING: House to Vote on Abortion Coverage Ban - After they were forced to scrap plans for a 20-week abortion ban, House Republican leaders decided late last night to instead ram through a vote today on a different extreme anti-abortion bill.
House Republicans are now pushing HR 7, a bill promoted as a ban on federal funding of abortion that would actually prevent women from using their own money to purchase health insurance that includes abortion care. . . .
1/22/2015 House Cancels Abortion Ban After GOP Congresswomen Drop Support - House Republicans cancelled plans to vote on a 20-week ban on abortion after Republican Congresswomen removed their names publicly as co-sponsors of the bill.
The vote on the unconstitutional 20-week ban had originally been scheduled for today, the anniversary of Roe v. . . .