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A critical moment for women’s political rights in intra-Afghan negotiations and beyond – Afghanistan

by Madhav Joshi and Louise Olsson A year ago, on February 29, 2020, the Doha agreement was signed between the United States and the Taliban. This agreement describes a process of gradual withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan, the commitment of the Taliban to prevent the use of Afghan soil against the security of the […]

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A critical moment for women’s political rights in intra-Afghan negotiations and beyond – PRIO Blogs

US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo meets with the Afghan government delegation in Doha, Qatar, September 12, 2020, including far-right Habiba Sarabi. Photo: Department of State Photo by Ron Przysucha / Public Domain A year ago, on February 29, 2020, the Doha agreement was signed between the United States and the Taliban. This agreement […]

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Unbalanced leaders, mental health and political rights

What happened in the United States in recent days, when thousands of staunch supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol complex housing the United States Congress, is a shocking reminder of what insane and unhinged leaders can do. At a time when political discourse – whatever its quality – has become too accessible to […]

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Carmen Alanís on electoral integrity and political rights

AAs the United States prepares for one of the most contentious national elections in its history, Judge María del Carmen Alanís Figueroa of Mexico watches with interest. In his country, all election-related proceedings were brought before the Federal Electoral Court. Designed during the reforms of the late 1980s and early 1990s, the tribunal hears only […]

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LendUp Review: Is This Payday Loan Alternative a Good Choice?

Payday loans are risky business. Coming in at an average interest rate of 400%, once you get involved in a payday loan, it’s hard to get out of it. But there are times when you may have no other option. So if these loans are a necessary last resort for some, are there responsible versions […]

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Civil and political rights in times of pandemic

To note: This play originally appeared in Spanish in Justicia en Las Américas. To read the original piece, click on here. This article briefly analyzes the restriction of civil and political rights in Latin America as part of the various exceptional but justified emergency measures adopted to deal with the global COVID-19 pandemic. In writing […]

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Once again, California lawmakers won’t crack down on payday lenders

In summary California now has more payday lenders than McDonald’s. While some states have restricted operations, the California legislature continues to bury bills aimed at cracking down on predatory lending. When Melissa Mendez, a 26-year-old telephone bank worker, felt financially strapped a few months ago – “I was strapped for cash and needed to pay […]

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China says its people have more civil and political rights than ever

BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Friday that its people enjoy the highest level of political and civil rights on record today, in a report released just days after the European Union and the United States expressed their extreme concern over the deterioration of human rights in China. FILE PHOTO: A man waves the Chinese […]

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Political rights for women in Arkansas

A century ago, women in Arkansas – or at least most of them – expected to vote for the first time. The 1917 legislature passed a measure allowing women to vote in primary elections for state political parties. It was three years before the United States Constitution was amended to empower women nationally. While Arkansas […]

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US urges Maldives to guarantee civil and political rights

The United States also expressed concern over reports of continued politically motivated arrests and called on the Maldives to provide all of its citizens with due process. The United States also expressed concern over reports of continued politically motivated arrests and called on the Maldives to provide all of its citizens with due process. The […]

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UN Human Rights Committee criticizes US civil and political rights record

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: [email protected] GENEVA – The United Nations Human Rights Committee today released a scathing report lambasting the United States’ record on a wide range of issues, including counterterrorism operations, immigrant rights, voting rights and the criminal justice system. The “Concluding Observations” of the committee, made up of 18 renowned independent experts, are the […]

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Outrageous facts about payday loans

flickr/andrewbain The payday loan industry is under increased scrutiny for allegedly attacking low-income borrowers and trapping them in a cycle of debt by charging exorbitant fees. The loans allow consumers to quickly get their hands on a small amount of money, which is typically around $375 for borrowers in the United States, according to Pew […]