President Biden will reportedly be waiving sanctions soon for the corporation behind Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline into Germany. The pipeline is already 95% finished as of this report.
Axios confirmed this turn of events with two sources. According to their report, it is proof that the “Biden administration is not willing to compromise its relationship with Germany over this pipeline.”
But, Secretary of State Antony Blinken swore that he would fight the completion of the pipeline during his confirmation hearing. “I am determined to do whatever we can to prevent that completion (of Nord Stream 2),” Blinken said at the time.
These sources told Axios that top officials’ opinion is that the only way to stop the pipeline is “to sanction the German end-users of the gas.”
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Mental health crisis spikes among Afghan women after Taliban regained control two years ago
The women of Afghanistan are suffering a mental health crisis since the Taliban regained power two years ago. According to a joint report from three U.N. agencies released Tuesday, approximately 70% of women experience feelings of anxiety, isolation and depression.
The numbers continue to rise, as there has already been a significant jump between April and June of this year alone, with an increase from 57% the preceding quarter.
The report, conducted by U.N. Women, the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, interviewed women online, in-person and in group consultations as well as individual telesurveys.
592 Afghan women in 22 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces took part in the study. The Associated Press reports:
They have barred women from most areas of public life and work and banned girls from going to school beyond the sixth grade. They have prohibited Afghan women from working at local and non-governmental organizations. The ban was extended to employees of the United Nations in April.
Opportunities to study continued to shrink as community-based education by international organizations was banned and home-based schooling initiatives were regularly shut down by the de facto authorities — a term use by the U.N. for the Taliban government.
Afghanistan is the only country in the world with restrictions on female education and the rights of Afghan women and children are on the agenda of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
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