U.S. Officials Visit Afghanistan to Assess Humanitarian Need
Breaking from its ban prohibiting officials from traveling to Afghanistan, the U.S. sent three representatives, two from the State Department’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and one from the U.S. Embassy, on a humanitarian mission to Afghanistan to view the devastation, starvation and humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. The three are traveling with the World Food Programme, assessing the humanitarian need caused by the brutal warring brought on by the terrorist Taliban regime. The U.S. has provided 75,000 tons of food to Afghan refugees—nearly two thirds of all the food given to Afghanistan refugees, but this amount is not enough to feed the 170,000 refugees who are starving and dying in camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
In addition to the Taliban’s human rights violations and gender apartheid imposed on the women of Afghanistan, the country is experiencing its worst drought in 30 years. Thousands of refugees have sought aid in neighboring Pakistan, but the government of Pakistan prohibited aid to one refugee camp—Jalozai—as a warning to the throngs of people flooding the border that Pakistan will not support more refugees, and only relented last week to allow some aid.
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. . . .