This Week’s Under-reported News Summary March 13, 2019

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Afghanistan suffers worst floods in 7 years
  • International Criminal Court may give Mali’s women justice
  • ICE has kept tabs on 'Anti-Trump' protesters in NYC

• Afghanistan in recent months has been hit hard by extreme weather. First it was an intense drought that forced tens of thousands of villagers to flee their farms. Now, record flooding and snowfall have struck provinces including Kandahar. United Nations humanitarian officials complain European nations have not responded “sufficiently” to waves of hunger and human suffering in the war-ravaged nation.

(“Chilling Reality: Afghanistan Suffers Worst Floods in 7 Years,” Guardian, March 6, 2019;  “Farmers Grappling With Afghanistan Drought Urgently Need Seed and Animal Feed Support,” UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Nov. 27, 2018)

• Women from Mali in West Africa who were victims of sexual violence are pressing their case before the International Criminal Court in the Hague for justice and accountability.  Yet, according to the Christian Science Monitor the ICC, under growing criticism from African leaders, has never successfully prosecuted a single case of gender-based violence.

(“How International Court May Give Mali’s Women a Change at Justice,” Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 7, 2019)

• The Nation magazine reports investigators from the Department of Homeland Security were closely monitoring “anti-Trump protests” and activists in New York City in the summer of 2018. According to documents obtained by The Nation via a Freedom of Information Act request, Homeland Security Investigations, the investigative arm of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, transmitted detailed information about left liberal group protests to an undisclosed number of recipients, including at least one Department of Homeland Security supervisor.

(“Ice Has Kept Tabs on “Anti-Trump” Protesters in NYC,” The Nation, March 6, 2019)

News narrator: Ruthanne Baumgartner

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