According to several European physicians interviewed last spring in Kabul, Afghanistan. Zohra Rasekh, a researcher for the group Physicians for Human Life, reported that Shiite Muslim Afghans, known as Hazara, were "gang-raped and killed and left at the doorstep of their homes." Rasekh added that homosexual men in the cities of Kandahar, Orezgan and Heart are "lined up against walls, bulldozed and buried alive." Norr Ullah Zadran, a Taliban representative, said that this practice is "100 percent correct," and also said that homosexuality, which is considered adultery, is punished by burying that person into a wall.
The Washington Post also reports that Ben Laden, a suspect in the recent embassy bombings in East Africa, has aided Islamic militants fighting in Afghanistan. Zadran commented while there is no proof that Laden supports the Taliban, but "I wish he could do it. That is what we need from anyone who is willing to help us.The country has been at war for 25 years. We really do not care."
Media Resources: The Washington Post - August 14, 1998
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. . . .