In his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday, US Secretary of State Colin Powell declared that genocide has occurred in the Darfur region of the Sudan. According to Reuters, Powell stated “that genocide has been committed in Darfur and that the government of Sudan and the Janjaweed bear responsibility and genocide may still be occurring.”
According to Bloomberg, up to 100,000 people have been killed by the mostly-Arab government-backed Janjaweed militia. The attacks have driven 1.3 million black Africans out of their homes and into refugee camps in Chad. Another horrific result of the government-led attacks against black Africans is the rape of large numbers of Sudanese women by the Janjaweed.
Meanwhile, the Sudanese government rejected the US declaration of genocide stating that the Bush Administration is using the crisis for its own political gains. The US recently urged the international community to send peacekeepers to Sudan to stop the genocide, reports Reuters.
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. . . .