FROM Yasmeen Hassan
Women's Equality: Violence and International Law At this week's 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women , world leaders are pledging gender equality by 2030. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said there's been progress, but he conceded there's not been enough . It's been 20 years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action established a plan for the global empowerment of women and, despite some progress against legal discrimination, more than a third of the world's women directly experience physical violence. Even where laws have been changed, implementation is lacking — and in some places, advances have been reversed. At this week's session of the Commission, we hear that the mood is one of impatience.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.