International Peacekeeping Troops to Increase in Afghanistan
For several years, feminists have urged that the number of international peacekeeping (ISAF) troops in Afghanistan be increased and that they be deployed throughout the nation. The US has now announced that in the summer of 2006 it will reduce its troop presence from 19,000 to 16,500 and transfer power in southern Afghanistan to ISAF, which is being led by NATO troops, reported the Washington Post. ISAF will increase its numbers from 9,000 to 15,000. The Taliban presence is stronger in the Southern region, which includes Kandahar, the former Taliban capitol.
The US also announced it will cut Afghan funding from $1 billion in 2005 to $600 million in 2006. This, combined with the announced US troop cutback, is worrying Afghans that the US may be, once again, deserting Afghanistan as it did in the early 1990s after the Soviet defeat. However, Congress could increase the Afghan funding in 2006 in supplemental funding packages as it has in the past.
“The Bush Administration has promised a Marshall Plan for Afghanistan but has delivered much, much less,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority. “Electricity is in short supply even in Kabul, girls schools are still being attached by Taliban-like forces, the homeless number in the hundreds of thousands, and poppy growth and its illicit drug trade has increased.”
7/27/2015 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Blocked Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood - An attempt in the Senate to defundÂ Planned Parenthood by Mike Lee (R-UT) was blocked this weekend by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).Â Lee tried to attach the elimination of federal funds for Planned Parenthood to a vote for highway legislation, a move which was rejected by McConnell asÂ out of order.
Republican legislators have redoubled their efforts to block funding for Planned Parenthood since the release of twoÂ heavily edited clandestine videos of different PPFA employees taken without their knowledge. . . .
7/24/2015 Katherine Spillar Urges Cleveland to Dramatically Increase Hiring of Women Police to Mitigate Police Violence - In a well-received speech at the City Club of Cleveland today, Katherine Spillar, Executive Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation urged Cleveland city officials to dramatically increase the hiring of women police officers as a way to decrease police brutality incidents.
Following a number of high profile police killings in Cleveland of African Americans, and an eight-month investigation by the US Attorney's office of the Northern District of Ohio, the City of Cleveland has now entered into a Consent Decree that requires numerous reforms in how the city oversees and investigates police operations, including training in use of force.
"Among the most important reforms mandated by the consent decree - and the most easily overlooked - are the changes the Cleveland Division of Police must make in its recruitment and hiring practices,
said Spillar. . . .