Just days after announcing that it would allow the World Food Program to employ local Afghan women in its survey of the food needs of hundreds of Afghan families, the Taliban militia has ordered the United Nations Special Mission to Afghanistan to vacate its offices in Kabul, according to the Associated Press (AP). The Taliban notified the U.N. six months ago that it must renew its contract and pay rent on the Kabul offices, a Taliban foreign ministry official argues, and the U.N. did not respond to this request. The U.N. has offered no official comment, but an anonymous Afghan staff member told the Associated Press that the Special Mission has been paying the Taliban electricity charges and municipal taxes on the property in Kabul.
The Taliban has hindered humanitarian missions in Afghanistan with its restrictive edicts barring “inappropriate contact” between women and men, and closing U.N. offices in cities around Afghanistan in May of this year. With one million Afghans facing starvation and a continuing ban against work, education and mobility for women, the situation in Afghanistan is worsening daily.
7/27/2015 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Blocked Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood - An attempt in the Senate to defundÂ Planned Parenthood by Mike Lee (R-UT) was blocked this weekend by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).Â Lee tried to attach the elimination of federal funds for Planned Parenthood to a vote for highway legislation, a move which was rejected by McConnell asÂ out of order.
Republican legislators have redoubled their efforts to block funding for Planned Parenthood since the release of twoÂ heavily edited clandestine videos of different PPFA employees taken without their knowledge. . . .
7/24/2015 Katherine Spillar Urges Cleveland to Dramatically Increase Hiring of Women Police to Mitigate Police Violence - In a well-received speech at the City Club of Cleveland today, Katherine Spillar, Executive Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation urged Cleveland city officials to dramatically increase the hiring of women police officers as a way to decrease police brutality incidents.
Following a number of high profile police killings in Cleveland of African Americans, and an eight-month investigation by the US Attorney's office of the Northern District of Ohio, the City of Cleveland has now entered into a Consent Decree that requires numerous reforms in how the city oversees and investigates police operations, including training in use of force.
"Among the most important reforms mandated by the consent decree - and the most easily overlooked - are the changes the Cleveland Division of Police must make in its recruitment and hiring practices,
said Spillar. . . .