President Donald Trump on Friday’s broadcast of Rush Limbaugh‘s show, when talking about Iran, had some harsh words for the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, telling them not to “f— around with us.”
“And [Iran]’s been put on notice. If you f— around with us, if you do something bad to us,” the president said, “we are gonna do things to you that have never been done before.”
Late last month, the Trump administration unilaterally sanctioned Iran’s Revolutionary Court System on human rights’ grounds for torturing and executing a wrestler who had participated in a protest, as well as other human rights abuses.
President Trump was on Limbaugh’s radio show holding a virtual campaign rally for his supporters when he made the comments. After contracting the Coronavirus late last week, Trump and his campaign said that they would be conducting virtual campaign events and rallies.
As a result of the president’s positive diagnosis, the Commission on Presidential Debates decided to make the second presidential debate a virtual one, which Trump rejected and subsequently backed out of. Because of this, the Trump and Biden campaigns have agreed to push this town hall-style debate to October 22 instead of next week so that it can be in person. The third debate, however, is up in the air.
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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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