Anti-Taliban opposition forces have recaptured the town of Khawjah Ghuar, according to an opposition spokesperson.
The Taliban had only recently claimed the capture of this strategic town. Khawjah Ghuar is an important territory for both the Taliban and opposition forces because it has an airport.
Some agencies have reported that the Taliban's control over Afghanistan is nearly complete. Others argue that up to 25% of the country has evaded the Taliban's grip.
The Taliban is a violent, extremist regime intent on forcing its own fundamentalist interpretation of Islamic law on the Afghan people. Under the Taliban, women have lost their right to education, adequate healthcare, employment, and mobility. Women must have a close male relative chaperone them and must wear a debilitating head-to-toe garment whenever they appear in public. Women made invisible in every way. The windows of their homes must be painted black so that male passers-by cannot see them. They are forbidden from laughing in public and from wearing shoes that make noise when they walk.
8/31/2015 Chicago Activists Continue Hunger Strike to Save Predominately Black Public High School - Chicago residents have entered the second week of their hunger strike protesting the closure of Dyett High School, in the predominately African-American Bronzeville neighborhood located on the South Side of Chicago.
Parents and community members are calling on the Chicago Board of Education to keep Dyett - the only open-enrollment, neighborhood school in its area - open and accept a community plan to revitalize the school with a focus on science and green technology. . . .
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. . . .