So glad we are fighting in Afghanistan so the government can repress women.
Conservative religious lawmakers in Afghanistan blocked a law that aims to protect women’s freedoms, with some arguing that parts of it violate Islamic principles or encourage women to have sex outside of marriage.
The failure highlights how tenuous women’s rights remain a dozen years after the overthrow of the Taliban. Khalil Ahmad Shaheedzada, a conservative lawmaker for Herat province, said the legislation was withdrawn shortly after being introduced in parliament because of fierce opposition from religious parties who said parts of the law are un-Islamic. “Whatever is against Islamic law, we don’t even need to speak about it,” Mr Shaheedzada said.
The law on elimination of violence against women has actually been in effect since 2009 by presidential decree. It is being brought before parliament now because the lawmaker Fawzia Koofi, a women’s rights activist, wants to cement it with a parliamentary vote to prevent its reversal by any future president who might be tempted to repeal it to satisfy hardline religious parties.
Among the law’s provisions are measures to criminalise child marriage and ban baad, the traditional practice of selling and buying women to settle disputes. It also criminalises domestic violence and specifies that rape victims should not face charges for fornication.
Wow. The whole family was in it together.
A police officer has been charged with organising drug runs for a methamphetamine ring and accessing the police computer system to tip off his colleagues in the Head Hunters gang. Father of five, Peter Pakau, was arrested yesterday on 27 counts relating to methamphetamine, in addition to allegedly accessing the computer system and supplying information to gang members.
The 36-year-old from Henderson stood in the dock with his arms folded during his appearance in the Waitakere District Court. His wife, Diane Pakau, a Waikato health worker, and seven others arrested in relation to the alleged enterprise also appeared at court. Peter Pakau is allegedly part of the enterprise, which manufactured and distributed methamphetamine.
He was linked to two methamphetamine cooks whom he organised to manufacture the drug, which he would then take in “substantial amounts” to his dealer or supplier, according to the summary of facts.
WTF – Texas Judge Uses ‘Morality Clause’ to Divide Lesbian Couple, Gives Woman’s Partner 30 Days to Move Out.
A Texas judge is forcing a lesbian couple apart because he disagrees with their “lifestyle”.
The Dallas Voice reports: Roach
Judge John Roach Jr., a Republican who presides over the 296th District Court, enforced the “morality clause” in Compton’s divorce papers on Tuesday, May 7. Under the clause, someone who has a “dating or intimate relationship” with the person or is not related “by blood or marriage” is not allowed after 9 p.m. when the children are present. Price was given 30 days to move out of the home because the children live with the couple.
Price posted about the judge’s ruling on Facebook last week, writing that the judge placed the clause in the divorce papers because he didn’t like Compton’s “lifestyle.”
“Our children are all happy and well adjusted. By his enforcement, being that we cannot marry in this state, I have been ordered to move out of my home,” Price wrote.
Price also mentions that Compton’s ex-husband rarely sees their two children and was once charged with stalking Compton. She said he also hired a private investigator in order to bring the case before the judge. Court records show the ex-husband, Joshua Compton, was charged with third-degree felony stalking in 2011 but pleaded to a misdemeanor charge of criminal trespassing.
Alarming and terrifying scenes out of Tblisi, Georgia today where a Gay Pride rally was abandoned after thousands of people in an angry mob descended upon the marchers.
Watch two videos of the mob I discovered this morning, AFTER THE JUMP…
Police guarded the several dozen activists before they could board buses to be evacuated from the area. Even then, as the buses departed, the violent mobs surrounded them, chanting and beating on the windows.
Oh bless them trying to read. How sweet.