Afghan Women Tell European Parliament of Taliban Atrocities
Three Afghan women testified to the European Parliament last week about their first hand accounts of the abuse, murder and a terrorizing they experience daily at the hands of the Taliban. They spoke of teachers who were dragged into the streets and beaten publicly for teaching English. They recounted the story of a woman whose feet were beaten and bloodied because she wore white shoes—the color of the Taliban flag. Parliament President Nicole Fontaine said the Taliban was “an apartheid regime, founded on discrimination. All women in Europe and beyond are with [the women of Afghanistan]. Their distress is our distress.” Fontaine also called for an arms embargo on the Taliban and pressure on the regime’s supporters, who include Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
10/29/2014 North Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Restrictions - The North Dakota Supreme Court yesterday upheld a set of misguided restrictions on medication abortion, allowing what is effectively a ban on early, non-surgical abortions in the state to go into effect immediately.
The decision overturned a lower court order finding the law, known as HB 1297, unconstitutional and permanently blocking its enforcement. . . .
10/29/2014 Georgia Court Refuses to Recognize 40K Voter Registrations From Primarily People of Color and Young People - A state court judge on Tuesday refused to order the Georgia Secretary of State to add some 40,000 voters to the voter rolls, potentially disenfranchising thousands of African Americans and other people of color in the state.
Judge Christopher Brasher of the Fulton County Superior Court denied a petition from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCR), the New Georgia Project and the Georgia branch of the NAACP asking the court to force Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) to process an estimated 40,000 "missing" voter registrations.
More than 100,000 voters were registered by the three groups, but about a third of those registered never made the rolls. . . .