‘Nashville’s district attorney recently banned his staff from using invasive surgery as a bargaining chip, after it became apparent that local attorneys had been using sterilization as part of plea bargains.
In the most recent case, a woman with a long history of mental illness was charged with neglect after her young baby died. Jasmine Randers, 26, suffers from paranoia and had fled from a Minnesota treatment facility where she was under state commitment. The district attorney refused to go forward with a plea unless she agreed to be sterilized.’
‘The scientists behind a recent World Health Organization study which concluded the herbicide glyphosate “probably” causes cancer, say they stand behind their assessment. The comments come in response to criticisms from Monsanto Co., who said the study was based on “junk science”. The main ingredient in Monsanto’s Round Up product is glyphosate. Monsanto executives said they are reviewing their options as they move forward.
Aaron Blair, a scientist emeritus at the National Cancer Institute and lead author of the study, told Reuters,“There was sufficient evidence in animals, limited evidence in humans and strong supporting evidence showing DNA mutations and damaged chromosomes.” The WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) published their study of glyphosate on March 20, finding that the popular herbicide may contribute to non-hodgkins lymphoma.’
‘US President Barack Obama has lifted an arms freeze on Egypt imposed following the 2013 military ouster of the first democratically elected government.
During a Tuesday phone conversation with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the US president announced that he would allow 12 F-16 aircraft, 20 Harpoon missiles, and 125 M1A1 tank kits to be delivered to Cairo.
Obama also said he would continue his support for $1.3 billion in annual military assistance.’
‘The head of the Tripoli-based government in Libya has been sacked after an overwhelming majority of lawmakers backed his ouster.
The General National Congress (GNC), which was reinstated after Libya Dawn seized the capital in July 2014, voted to dismiss Omar al-Hassi for his poor performance.
“The head of the government was dismissed by the parliament in a vote on Tuesday that was backed by the rest of the ministers,” media outlets quoted a senior lawmaker as saying on Tuesday.’
‘The boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel is gaining momentum as students from one more British university join the movement.
Students at the University of Sussex voted overwhelmingly in support of their student union being part of the BDS movement. In a referendum held across the campus, 806 students voted in favor of BDS compared to just 373 votes against.’
‘UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein has warned that Yemen is on the brink of complete collapse amid Saudi-led airstrikes against the country.
“The country seems to be on the verge of total collapse,” the UN official said in a statement released on Tuesday.
He also expressed worries about the fatalities caused by the airstrikes, saying the situation in Yemen “is extremely alarming, with dozens of civilians killed over the past four days.”
The UN official added that he was shocked by a Monday airstrike on the al-Mazrak camp for displaced people in northwestern Yemen, which reportedly left some 45 people dead.’