America stands for freedom and for rights, and yet we take away more freedom and rights from our own citizens than any other developed nation through our systems of mass incarceration. Not only that, as Andrew Cohen’s article in The Atlantic proves, we often abuse those citizens while they are at their most vulnerable. We dehumanize criminals to such an extent that we don’t even consider criminal rights to be a human rights issue. That needs to change. We need to be the ones to change it.
Western forces continue their long withdrawal from Afghanistan, scheduled to be complete within a year, save for a small number NATO advisers and security teams. Recent reports and evaluations of the state of affairs in Afghanistan indicate a bleak immediate future, despite billions of dollars of foreign aid. Human rights groups report that violence against women is intensifying, malnutrition is mysteriously on the rise nationwide, economic growth has dropped sharply, and continued foreign aid is threatened by possible instability post-withdrawal. Gathered here are recent images from this war-weary country, part of the ongoing series here on Afghanistan.
From The Atlantic.
“In what is being seen as a major boost for Saudi women seeking legal advice and help, Bayan Mahmoud Al-Zahran, the first Saudi woman lawyer who was issued license to practice law in the Kingdom, launched the first female law firm for the benefit of Saudi women on Wednesday.”
Fourteen years ago, Turkish American lawmaker Merve Kavakci was booed out from parliament when she wore a headscarf to her swearing-in ceremony. Her Turkish citizenship was later revoked. In September, the government lifted the ban on wearing hijabs in governmental offices. In response, four female lawmakers recently wore their hijabs in a parliament session for the first time since Kavakci was shunned. Their bold move is being hailed by many as a step in the right direction for religious freedom and women’s rights in Turkey.
Read more via Saudi Gazette.
Last week violence broke out on the streets of Juba, South Sudan, and more than 50,000 people have sought refuge in U.N. compounds.The situation there is dire — sanitation facilities, food and shelter are extremely limited. We’re distributing tents, mosquito nets and other critical supplies to families who are too terrified to return home. Read more.Photo: Matheiu Rouquette/Mercy Corps
“Where Children Sleep is an eye-opening project by photographer James Mollison that takes a look at children from all across the globe and the diverse environments they go to sleep in. The series presents a portrait of each child or adolescent accompanied by a shot of their bedrooms. While some have a bounty of possessions and a lavish bed to rest their head on at night, the images reveal that some are not as fortunate.”
Really incredible project.
“After all, demeaning moms demeans the vast majority of women. And at the societal level, this doesn’t just hurt feelings. It hurts pocketbooks. Motherhood is now a greater predictor of inequality than gender in the United States.”