Republican representatives wrote a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland Tuesday to demand that he investigate ongoing violence in Portland. Reps. Dan Bishop (R-NC), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Mike Johnson (R-LA), and Cliff Bentz (R-OR) signed the letter to know how the Department of Justice will be examining “Antifa’s orchestrated campaign of violence and intimidation.”
This letter comes after journalist Andy Ngô survived yet another violent attack over Memorial day weekend. Ngô was undercover, reporting on the most recent riots in Portland, Oregon, when he says he “was chased, attacked and beaten by a masked mob.”
The House Judiciary Committee sent similar letters in the past. “We have repeatedly urged the Biden Administration to address the left-wing violence in Portland,” this most recent letter reads. “Your refusal to do so has only emboldened these radical agitators to the degree that they feel comfortable targeting and viciously attacking a member of the press.”
Now, the committee wants to know if the Justice Department is pursuing the identification and prosecution of Antifa members. They are also calling for a briefing on the matter.
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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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