A United Nations Election Office located near Kabul, Afghanistan was attacked by rocket-propelled grenades early this morning. Another UN Election Office in Kandahar was attacked a few hours later, killing a policeman and injuring an election worker. According to Reuters, the UN Special Representative to Afghanistan, Jean Arnault, said, “We are facing attacks – direct attacks – with fairly heavy weapons, against the office of the electoral process … [T]his is clearly an attempt at undermining the process and again it stresses the importance of the international community to do more in order to assist this process.”
In response to the recent attacks, Arnault urged that more NATO troops be sent to secure Afghanistan before the first post-Taliban elections in Afghanistan scheduled for September. Arnault also pointed out that the recent attack in the Logar Province was “so close to Kabul and so close to the security umbrella provided by the international community” consisting of only 6,000 NATO-led peacekeepers in Kabul.
The attacks on the UN Election Offices are the latest in a string of violence directed at relief workers, government employees and private contractors in Afghanistan. Already the elections that were to take place in June have been postponed until September due to the lack of security.
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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. . . .