A devastating report published by the U.N. on Monday shows widespread torture methods have been used by the Afghan intelligence service against detainees held in camps in the war-torn country. The report highlights that methods including beatings, twisting of genitals, and hanging people by their hands have been used to gain information from prisoners in the country. According to the New York Times, the information, released in draft form several months ago, was apparently discouraging enough to convince NATO to stop sending terrorist suspects to Afghan intelligence. The report raises many questions about the proper response to torture claims, as well as questions about whether the United States pulling out of Afghanistan is the proper move. Continue reading
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On Monday, researchers reported findings that suggest that throat cancer cases have increased dramatically in the United States over the last 5-10 years. The study suggests that many of the new cases of throat cancer have developed because of HPV virus transmission during oral sex. Though noted for its risk of causing cervical cancers, HPV is often overlooked for its chances of causing throat and tonsil cancers. But the studies released Monday, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, suggest that at the rate the virus is developing now, cases of throat cancer will surpass cases of cervical cancer caused by HPV by 2020. Continue reading
It is a long accepted fact in the United States that drug companies are the most profitable business in the country – bringing in well over 640 billion dollars each year. It is also accepted, though not as widely spoken about, that the cost of researching and developing life-saving medications is very high. Oftentimes conversations about drug company earnings go without proper acknowledgement of this fact. And yet recently, new studies and the release of increasingly advanced medications has once again raised concerns that the price of drugs – especially those developed to ease the symptoms of prolonged diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, and HIV – may be so high that Americans coping with the diseases will be denied access to the medications. Continue reading
You’ve probably heard by now about the group Saudi Women for Driving, who are protesting Saudi Arabia’s ban against women driving by taking to the roads, uploading videos to YouTube, and tweeting. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world to ban women from driving and is ranked 129th out of 134 nations for its gender disparities by the Global Gender Gap Report. The movement has been gaining momentum and international support over the past week–so what can you do to contribute?
1. Sign this petition to encourage Subaru to pull out of Saudi Arabia in order to show solidarity with the women. “It is our hope that this will put huge pressure on the Saudi royal family and shine a bright light on the ‘gender apartheid’ in our country,” Saudi Women for Driving said.
2. Send (pre-written) letters to UN and Saudi Arabian officials expressing your support for the movement here. This site is organized by the Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine.
3. Upload a video to the HonkforSaudiWomen YouTube channel–you can send videos with your own statements of support to firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Facebook (or Tweet or blog or just talk about) it! Spread the word in any way you can, just like these women have done.