World International Affairs Tens of millions of women in the world’s poorest countries have gained access to contraception in the past few years, while Republicans in the U.S. continue to try and reduce access to such family planning methods. About 46 million women and girls have gained access to contraceptives in the world’s lowest-income countries over the past six years, according to a new report from Family Planning 2020 (FP2020). The international organization was formed after a 2012 family planning summit in the United Kingdom. “Our goal by 2020 is to reach an additional 120 million women and girls who want to use contraceptives but don't have access to these services or products and to improve the health systems in general,” Beth Schlachter, FP2020's executive director, told Al Jazeera. Schlachter explained that there are now 317 million women and girls “who have access to contraceptives” in the 69 lowest-income countries, “which … [Read more...] about Birth Control Access Rising in World’s Poorest Countries as Republicans Try to Limit it in U.S.
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WASHINGON, DC – The Supreme Court ruled in favor of President Trump and his “extreme vetting” immigration policy across the board in a 5-4 decision on Tuesday, holding that the permanent entry restrictions from seven terror-prone nations codified in Presidential Proclamation 9645 is fully consistent with Congress’s Immigration and Nationality Act as well as the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution. “The Proclamation is squarely within the scope of Presidential authority,” the Court declared in its opinion authored by Chief Justice John Roberts.“Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, foreign nationals seeking entry into the United States undergo a vetting process to ensure that they satisfy the numerous requirements for admission,” Roberts began. “The Act also vests the President with authority to restrict the entry of aliens whenever he finds that their entry would be detrimental to the interests of the United … [Read more...] about Supreme Court’s Historic Immigration Decision in Trump v. Hawaii
In a study released this week, the Pew Research Center revealed that restrictions on religious belief and practice increased around the world for the second year in a row in 2016, the latest year for which comprehensive data were available. As the United States gears up for an unprecedented global summit on religious liberty to be held in late July, Pew found that 28 percent of all countries have “high” or “very high” levels of government restrictions on religion, up from 25 percent the prior year and up from 20 percent in 2007, when the Washington-based think tank began following the trend.Between 2015 and 2016, more than twice as many countries had increases in their level of government restrictions on religion as had decreases. At the rollout of the State Department’s annual Report on Religious Freedom last month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called religious freedom the “most fundamental of human rights” and declared that “the … [Read more...] about Pew: Religious Practice Faces Increasing Legal Restrictions Worldwide, Christians Hardest Hit
TomDispatch, ContributorA regular antidote to the mainstream media. An unsettling tolerance of Islamophobic views is noticeable in other realms as well. 06/15/2018 02:24 pm ET Updated 2 hours ago This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. By Arnold R. Isaacs Imagine that a nominee for secretary of state had shared platforms with white nationalist Richard B. Spencer and been given a major award by his National Policy Institute, which describes itself as “an independent organization dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent in the United States and around the world.” With that on his record, is it likely the nominee would have been confirmed, or nominated in the first place, to head the State Department? Or what if someone under consideration for a top White House job had written an admiring foreword for a book by Holocaust denier David Irving or … [Read more...] about How Islamophobia Is Entering The Law And Becoming Increasingly Acceptable In America
World Russia Saudi Arabia Religion Economy On Thursday, two large and influential countries will face off at the World Cup: Russia and Saudi Arabia. Both countries play important roles in world affairs and have powerful, authoritarian leaders. But their similarities end there. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a desert country surrounded by the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf, and it shares a land border with Jordan, Kuwait, Iraq, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Oman. The country has a population of around 32 million people who are ruled by an absolute monarchy led by the powerful family of King Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud. The King serves as the head of state and as the head of the government. Although a basic law, signed by royal decree in 1992, lays out the responsibilities of the state’s institutions, it is not legally binding or specific enough to be considered a constitution—in reality, the royal family and the religious institutions hold the most … [Read more...] about Russia Vs. Saudi Arabia: How the World Cup Opponents Compare in Population, GDP, Military and More