Dec
11

Afghanistan Women’s Rights Abuses Prevail Despite New Law, U.N. Says

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  KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan women are frequent victims of abuse, despite some success by authorities in prosecuting rape cases, forced marriages and domestic violence under a 3-year-old law, according to a report issued Tuesday by the United Nations. The report came out a day after gunmen shot and killed the head of the women's affairs department for eastern Laghman province. Afghan officials said Najia Sediqi, who took the job after her predecessor was killed in a bomb attack in July, was on her way to her office when she was shot dead. Afghanistan enacted its Elimination of Violence Against Women law in August 2009. It criminalizes child marriage, selling and buying women to settle disputes, assault and more than a dozen other acts of violence and abuse against women. The U.N. collected information from 22 of Afghanistan's 34 provinces during a 12-month period ending in September to find out how well the law was being implemented. "Although prosecutors and courts were increasingly applying the law in a growing number of reported incidents, the overall use of the law remained low, indicating there is still a long way to go before women and girls in Afghanistan are fully protected from violence through the law," the report said. Incidents of violence against women remain largely under-reported because of cultural restraints, social norms and religious beliefs, according to the report. It was filled with anecdotal evidence of abuse. A prosecutor … [Read more...]

Dec
03

Hairy Monkey Store Hilo, Hawaii Grand Re-Opening December 15

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Hairy Monkey Store gets Bigger and Better Big Island Weekly (When you are on the Big Island of Hawaii this is a MUST VISIT STORE) When the doors of Hairy Monkey Books closed earlier this year after only two years in business, those who supported the engaging and diverse shop knew it was only a matter of time until a new location was secured and the doors were reopened. That day has finally arrived.  Owners Lawrie Provost and her partner Janno Scheer will be celebrating the grand re-opening in their newly-renovated Keauhaka location on December 15. Follow the Monkey on Twitter @HairyMonkeystor Lawrie Provost shares that she and partner Janno had “a concept to produce an eclectic shopping experience for locals and visitors featuring a mix of beach reads and collectibles as well as hard to find Hawaiiana and antique literature such as Don Blanding and Mark Twain. The addition of books pertaining to women’s studies and GLBT created a unique and inviting atmosphere for hard-to-find references.”  The previous location also featured book signings from local authors including Roseanne Barr’s biography, "Roseannearchy." Provost says that event “put us on the map as having produced the largest book signing in the history of Hilo, Hawaii. Ms. Barr continues to support and contribute to the community at large and may be featuring homegrown items for purchase at the new Hairy Monkey Store.” After their lease ended in June, Provost says they felt the store … [Read more...]

Nov
30

Help Protect Marijuana Legalization

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Even as the drug policy reform movement celebrates our historic victories legalizing marijuana in Colorado and Washington, we still have to ensure that the states can implement their laws without federal interference. Several U.S. representatives from Colorado recently introduced a bipartisan bill to help protect our victories by giving the states room to implement the new laws. Although Colorado and Washington voted to regulate and tax marijuana, these ballot initiatives are not going to implement themselves. We need to do everything we can to ensure the federal government plays a constructive  rather than destructive  role. So I did something about it, and I hope you'll join me. Tell your legislators to support the bill that would enable the states to make their own marijuana laws. Click here to take action: To take action on this issue, click on the link below: http://dpa.convio.net/site/Advocacy?s_oo=75efmE_BW8ooWFGCOj4MaQ&id=901 If the text above does not appear as a link or it wraps across multiple lines, then copy and paste it into the address area of your browser. If you no longer wish to receive email messages sent from your friends on behalf of this organization, please follow the link below: http://dpa.convio.net/site/TellFriendOpt?action=optout&toe=f3d4a22ff4f1442369f74105426e032e3de7adeb4b3cbee5c157793613dbaef5 … [Read more...]

Nov
27

$3.4B Indian lawsuit ends, disbursements to begin

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    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — After nearly 17 years of courtroom arguments, congressional negotiations and Indian Country bickering, hundreds of thousands of Native Americans could see the first payments of a $3.4 billion U.S. government settlement by the end of the year, plaintiffs' attorneys said Monday. The settlement between American Indians across the nation and the government over more than a century's worth of squandered and mismanaged land trust royalties became final on Friday, when the appeal period expired. One of the largest U.S. government settlements in history began with a lawsuit filed in 1996 by Elouise Cobell of Browning, Mont. The Blackfeet leader observed that those who leased Indian land made money from its natural resources, while the Indians themselves remained in poverty with no accounting of the royalties from that land that were held in trust for them by the government Cobell herself led the fight against the government for more than 15 years before she died of cancer last year. "We all are happy that this settlement can finally be implemented," lead attorney Dennis Gingold said in a statement Monday. "We deeply regret that Ms. Cobell did not live to see this day." Approximately 350,000 beneficiaries could start receiving $1,000 checks by Christmas as the first part of the settlement goes forward, plaintiffs' attorneys said. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar released a statement that said the settlement marks a step forward … [Read more...]

Nov
27

Roseanne Barr Joins Slew of ‘Portlandia’ Season 3 Guests

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Click here for Link to Hollywood Reporter   Rose Byrne, Juliette Lewis and Bill Hader are also among those heading to the IFC series when it returns in January.   Ahead of the series Jan. 4 premiere (and the Dec. 14 holiday special), the IFC comedy has announced more than a dozen guest stars who will be dropping by the third season. VIDEO: 'Portlandia' Announces Return Date With New Short Perhaps most notably, Roseanne Barr is slated to appear on the Portland-loving sketch comedy show. She'll join Rose Byrne (Damages) Jim Gaffigan (Bored to Death), Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live), Juliette Lewis (Conviction), Matt Lucas (Little Britain), J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.), Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live), Martina Navratilova, Patton Oswalt (Young Adult), George Wendt (Cheers) and Dirty Projectors. That group joins the previously announced addition of Chloë Sevigny. The American Horror Story actress is set for several episodes, playing Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's new roommate, Alexandra. Previous guests Jeff Goldblum, Kyle MacLachlan and Kumail Nanjiani are also on board to return. … [Read more...]

Nov
26

Heading to Vegas in 2013

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Heading to Vegas in 2013! … [Read more...]

Sep
28

My Speech at Oaksterdam

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Roseanne's appearance was threefold: She pushed for total legalization of the marijuana plant as well as donations and voters for her newly adopted political party (a push to be a Green Party candidate didn't go so well). "Marijuana should be totally legal," she said. "We live in a free country, so it should be legal to smoke marijuana and drink." Barr is running on a ticket with antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan, who Bay Area voters may remember from her 2008 bid to unseat then-House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Her appearance in Oakland was initially scheduled to be a fundraiser at a private home, but when Oaksterdam officials found out she'd be in town, they invited her to the downtown campus of the marijuana school, one of the federal goverment's victims in the recent crackdown on state-legal weed. Read the rest of "Roseanne Barr And Marijuana: Former TV Star Campaigns In Oakland" on The Huffington Post... … [Read more...]