Submitted by Lauren Kelley on Thu, 2012-09-13 06:43
Date: Thu, 09/13/2012 - 06:40
Protests are spreading in the Middle East over a movie made by a U.S. filmmaker considered blasphemous to Islam. Earlier today, hundreds of Yemeni demonstrators stormed the U.S. embassy in Sana’a, smashing windows and burning cars before breaking through the compound’s main gate. Protests have also occurred in Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Tunisia and Bangladesh, as well as the occupied Gaza Strip. We get updates from journalists Iona Craig in Sana’a and Sharif Abdel Kouddous in Cairo.
Submitted by Lauren Kelley on Thu, 2012-09-13 06:03
Date: Thu, 09/13/2012 - 06:02
Although the Obamacare provision that requires employers to provide contraceptive services free of charge contains an exemption for religious organizations that believe birth control is against their beliefs, conservative Christian institutions continue to fight against it as a perceived
Submitted by Steven Rosenfeld on Wed, 2012-09-12 14:06
Date: Wed, 09/12/2012 - 13:29
If you want to see why hyper-partisan state election officials cannot be trusted to oversee elections, look no further than the latest press release from Florida's top election administrator, Republican Secretary of State Ken Detzner, who once again is making allegations of voter fraud that he cannot back up.
Mitt Romney wasted little time in trying to capitalize on violent attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions in the Middle East, and many are concluding that the decision will cost him. Being seen to undermine foreign policy at a time of volatility can make a candidate appear to be more interested in winning an election than in the security of his country.
In an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity this week, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) compared the federal government’s decision to reclaim some of its own property to Nazi Germany’s confiscations of Jewish-owned art.
In terms of restricting access to abortion rights, the Supreme Court in Planned Parenthood v. Casey gave states a broad license to pass nearly any conceivable kind of restriction so long as that restriction did not pose an undue burden on a woman's right to chose to terminate a pregnancy. When faced with the question of what constitutes an undue burden, the federal judiciary has overwhelmingly come down on the side of supporting restrictions at the expense of women's access to abortion care.
In April, 2011 American pastor Terry Jones burned a Koran which set off days of riots in Afghanistan that killed 12 people, including four UN guards. Now Jones has released an online film mocking Islam and the Prophet Mohammed, depicting him having sex. This set off riots in Muslim countries including Libya and Egypt, where they later stormed US embassies. The U.S. ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, was killed in the attack, along with three other Americans.
There is still confusion over who the filmmaker is behind the movie that sparked angry protests in Egypt over the flick's negative depiction of the Prophet Muhammad. But more information has emerged on a consultant to the film, thanks to Max Blumenthal, a journalist and fellow at The Nation Institute.