An unidentified Afghan woman was killed in her home in the southern district of Zabul by Taliban militants yesterday. A spokesperson for the Taliban said that the woman was “a spy for the Americans,” according to Reuters. According to BBC News, after shooting the woman, the assassins abducted her brother and her father.
The Taliban have pledged to derail the parliamentary elections scheduled for the end of September in Afghanistan. Last month, suspected Taliban militants wounded a female election worker when they stormed a voter registration office and fired into the air, according to Reuters.
5/6/2015 Four Sentenced to Death, Eight to Prison for Brutal Murder of Afghan Woman - The verdict for the 49 men charged with the murder of 27-year- old Farkhunda came yesterday, following a highly publicized and televised week-long trial and public outrage for violence against women in Afghanistan.
Farkhunda, who was an Islamic law student, accused a local Mullah of acting inappropriately. . . .
5/5/2015 Sen. Reid Promises to Filibuster "Fast Track" for the TransPacific Partnership - Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid has promised to delay efforts to push through the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal until the Senate first deals with two stalled bills that may soon expire.
Reid says that the two measures, an infrastructure bill on highway funding, and reforms to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), are "very complicated issues," that require the Senate's attention "before we even deal with [the Trans-Pacific Partnership]."
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive free trade agreement currently being promoted by the Obama Administration, has been heavily criticized by humanitarian groups, environmental groups, and medical groups. . . .