The Taliban embassy in Pakistan issued a written statement admonishing the United Nations for not doing enough to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and demanding that it provide more relief. “It is unfortunate that the UN does not realize the problems of the Afghan nation,” the statement read. Ironically, the Taliban pointed to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in its appeal to the UN. The statement even publishes the Internet address for the declaration, although the Taliban has banned use of the Internet in Afghanistan. Critics call the statement a propaganda ploy to curry favor and sympathy from Muslim countries in the United Nations.
The United Nations has provided the bulk of humanitarian aid to the Afghan people. After September 11, UN workers pulled out of Afghanistan because of safety concerns. Afghans have been staffing those operations, which have continued. The Taliban claims that the UN’s safety concerns are “totally baseless.” The Taliban, however, has raided two UN food warehouses last month, has threatened UN workers, and has stolen UN property.
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. . . .