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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Women’s rights in Afghanistan could be under threat. 

 

THE BACKGROUND.

About 20 years ago, on September 11th, the US was attacked by Al Qaeda in what’s now known as 9/11. Thousands of people were killed. In response, the US launched a war on terror - starting with the invasion of Afghanistan and eventually spreading to other parts of the Middle East. Only a slight problem...the war in Afghanistan still hasn’t ended. So last month, Prez Biden declared that he’d be withdrawing all US troops from Afghanistan by this coming fall. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Despite a Trump-era peace deal with the Taliban, there have been lots of concerns that ditching Afghanistan could have some consequences. And apparently, one of those consequences could be the erosion of women’s rights in the country. 

 

THE DEETS. 

Case in point: a US intelligence report is warning that any gains made in women’s rights over the last two decades will be at risk when Afghanistan is fully free of US troops. Plus that the Taliban’s policies toward women, girls, and ethnic minorities have stayed largely the same - meaning those groups could be put in danger over things like child marriage and sexual violence. As of now, the Taliban is pledging to uphold women’s rights in “education, business, health, and social fields,” but it’s unclear to what extent. 

 

THE TAKE. 

All eyes will be on women’s rights after the US ditches Afghanistan. Stay tuned. 


THE ACTION

CORONAVIRUS: ICYMI, about a month ago, Brazil’s Supreme Court ordered the country’s Senate to take a magnifying glass to the gov’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has taken over 400,000 lives. That investigation has officially begun. So far, it’s been revealed that Prez Jair Bolsonaro was warned about the consequences of ignoring science and bashing pandemic safety measures. In other news, Prez Biden is changing his vaccine goal. By July 4, he wants 70 percent of US adults to have at least one dose and 160 million Americans to be fully vaccinated. At this point, about 56 percent of US adults have gotten at least one shot. On that note: Pfizer’s planning to get its vaccine authorized for kids ages 2 to 11 in September. 

 

PEOPLE: Israel’s whole putting-together-a-gov thing isn’t going so well. Quick refresher: over the past couple of years, the country’s gone through four elections. And every time, a candidate has failed to get a group of political parties together in a coalition. This most recent election...is no different. Incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just missed his deadline to form a new gov, meaning Israel could potentially be headed toward its fifth election. In other news, Derek Chauvin’s attorney just filed a motion for a new trial. You read that right. This comes after a picture surfaced of a juror at last year’s March on Washington wearing a shirt that read “Get your knee off our necks.” The juror maintains he was there to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, not protest George Floyd’s murder. 

 

COURT: Recently, the Facebook Oversight Board - aka the platform’s Supreme Court - made a ruling on Trump’s Facebook account. Reminder: after the January 6th Capitol attack, pretty much every social media platform banned Trump over fears his posts were inciting violence. In Facebook’s case, that ban was indefinite, which meant he could hypothetically get his account back if the platform allowed it. So fast forward to this morning, and the Oversight Board ruled that the ban can stay in place - but that Facebook should reassess everything and make a final finallll decision in six months. Suspense, thick. Speaking of Trump, a judge just rejected the Justice Dept’s attempts to withhold the release of a secret memo on its decision not to charge Trump with obstruction at the end of the Mueller probe. Expect the memo to be made public sometime soon. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Snow days:” what are getting axed in New York City in favor of online school. Oh hell snow. 


SAY WHAT?

“He made Belgium bigger and France smaller, it's not a good idea” - a mayor after a Belgian farmer accidentally moved the border. Oops. 

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