Woman Journalist Documents Holocaust-like Events in Afghanistan
Last night on “CNN Presents,” British journalist Saira Shah risked her life entering Taliban-controlled Afghanistan to document on film the horrific treatment of women and girls, unimaginable destitution, and the mass murder of ethnic minorities. Shah is one of few journalists to go to the front-lines of Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. The piece confirmed that the Taliban’s repressive treatment of women leads to the starvation and malnutrition of countless Afghan women and children, as well as the unimaginable “destitution created by the world’s most stringent restrictions on women.” Video footage shows public executions of women at the Kabul football stadium and mass graves filled with disfigured bodies reminiscent of the Nazi Holocaust of millions of Jews during World War II. The film also documents Taliban massacres of civilians in central and northern Afghanistan.
Shah’s footage documents a woman buying handfuls of moldy bread scraps, intended for use as animal feed, to grind up to feed to her starving children. Shah also documents terrible conditions in women’s hospitals. Meanwhile, more than 400 people seeking political asylum, most of them Afghans, continue to float aboard a ship just off the coast of Australia, where they were refused permission to dock last week. Earlier this year, the Taliban issued an edict requiring all non-Muslims to wear a yellow patch on their clothing, recalling the Nazi edict requiring Jews to wear the yellow star.
“The Feminist Majority commends CNN for airing this courageous journalist’s coverage of gender apartheid in Afghanistan,” says Eleanor Smeal, FM President. “We are troubled, however, at anchor Leon Harris’ trivializing of the fate of thousands of Afghan women, men, and children by ending the program with a mention of the Taliban’s recent ban on playing cards and lipstick. We urge CNN to continue airing and updating this coverage of gender apartheid and the draconian edicts that the Taliban has imposed in Afghanistan until the international community responds to this present-day Holocaust.”
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. . . .