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.
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. . . .
8/25/2015 Fraternity Signs Promote Rape Culture, Elicit Outrage - Old Dominion University (ODU) in Virginia is receiving national attention for a fraternity's vulgar and offensive signs that were on display as first-year students moved into their dorms.
The signs, which were hung on fraternity Sigma Nu and displayed derogatory messages for incoming female students- and their mothers- have since been removed, and the University has promised disciplinary action. . . .