By Andrew Hiller WASHINGTON (VR) – The idea that the sins of the brother shall be passed on to the sister is a particularly odd thought in the 21st Century. In Northern India, a fourteen year old girl was ordered raped by her own village council as retribution for the alleged actions of her brother. In this perverted case of tit for tat, the teen's brother's alleged actions (he has been accused of assaulting the wife of Birju Pasi) resulted in Pasi raping the young girl. The story, women's advocates say seems to point again to a trend against women and not just in India.
By Molly Seder WASHINGTON (VR) – Hundreds rallied outside the Israeli embassy in Washington, DC to demand an end to the ongoing airstrikes on the Gaza Strip that have killed more than 100 Palestinians.
By VR Web Team WASHINGTON (VR) – In an unprecedented retaliatory step between to major NATO allies, Germany has ordered the expulsion from its territory of the CIA’s station chief in the European nation. The name of the intelligence operative was not disclosed.
By Sean Nevins WASHINGTON (VR) – GDS, who is identified by his initials to protect his identity, is sixteen years old and was brought to the United States from Mexico by his mother when he was only one. He has legal status, the right to live and work in the United States, but the government is currently seeking to take that status away and remove him from the country. Leaving the US means that he would be permanently separated from his mother, his only family, and sent back to Mexico, a country where he has no support network, and knows nothing about, explained Matt Adams, the legal director at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) in Seattle, Washington.
By Tawab Malekzad WASHINGTON (VR)— Jihadist group Islam State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has recently managed to get uranium. On July 8th, Iraq’s Ambassador to the United Nations told the UN Secretary General that ISIS had seized 88 pounds of uranium from a university in Mosul, according to Reuters.
By Molly Seder WASHINGTON (VR)– Two Nobel Peace Prize laureates are taking aim at Human Rights Watch for not closing what they call a “revolving door” with the U.S. government. Highlighting the watchdog’s silence after the 2004 Presidential coup d’état in Haiti, their letter accuses HRW of bowing to U.S. foreign policy interests when choosing which human rights violations to highlight and which to ignore.
By VR Web Team. WASHINGTON (VR) – Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to visit Cuba, Argentina and Brazil Friday to strengthen alliances with some of Russia’s most important allies in the West.
By Lauren Murphy WASHINGTON (VR) – California is in the third year of a drought; the worst to hit the state in the last century. But when it comes to the facts surrounding it, how easy is it to tell fact from fiction? According to Jay Lund, Director of the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis and adjunct fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, many reports put out by groups on the drought don’t have a scientific basis. “It’s a very complex system out here and every side is trying to twist things to their advantage.”
By Tawab Malekzad WASHINGTON (VR) — Several small jihadist groups around the world have allegedly started to pledge their allegiance with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). One of these groups is a Pakistani Taliban group called Tehreek-e-Kalifefat (TeK) (The Caliphate Movement) according to a report by London’s The Telegraph.
By Sean Nevins WASHINGTON (VR) – The gas and electricity potential of Iran could be a boon for the entire Persian Gulf region if the P5 + 1 and the Islamic Republic adhere to the upcoming July 20th deadline to solidify a nuclear deal, according to Bijan Khajehpour, the Managing and Founding Partner of Atieh International, the overseas arm of a group of consulting firms based in Tehran.
By Crystal Park WASHINGTON (VR) – Nigerian officials have confirmed 63 women and girls managed to escape their Boko Haram captors, AFP reports. Last month, 68 females were taken hostage in the north-east Borno state after a four-day battle between militants and villagers. Thirty men were killed.
By Julio Urdaneta WASHINGTON (VR) – As Brazilians try to cope with their elimination from the World Cup, their coach has already taken one for the team. After the game with Germany, “people are going from disbelief to anger and sadness,” said Costa Rican soccer expert Alonzo Solano, who is in Rio de Janeiro covering the World Cup. “The public is blaming [Coach Luiz Felipe] Scolari, and they feel Thiago Silva was needed yesterday.”
By Andrew Hiller WASHINGTON (VR) –Israeli jets attacked at least 50 targets in the Gaza Strip earlier today. At least 15 people were reportedly killed, many others wounded. The action follows over 100 rockets being fired from Gaza into Israeli territory, failed US peace negotiations, the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers and a retaliatiatory murder by Israelis against a Palestinian teenager.
By David Kerans WASHINGTON (VR)— The wedge between Ukraine and Russia over how to handle unrest in the eastern regions of Ukraine is on the verge of producing a serious wedge between the US and Western Europe. The immediate catalyst for both of these wedges is, of course, the escalating aggression Ukraine’s government is visiting on its own population in the eastern regions of the country.
By Tawab Malekzad WASHINGTON (VR)— Some experts say that the June 14th election is an example of how corrupt, fraudulent and broken the Afghan elector system remains after 13 years of the international community and the United States pouring billions and billions of dollars into Afghanistan. Currently, there are protesters camped around the capital, Kabul, demonstrating against the results.
By Lauren Murphy WASHINGTON (VR) - The US government has just a few hours to respond to an emergency motion filed by a human rights group on behalf of two hunger striking detainees at Guantanamo Bay, who are claiming religious discrimination. The detainees are arguing that based on the Sebelius v Hobby Lobby that they cannot be denied the right to practice their religion.
By Crystal Park Former Georgian president and foreign minister to Mikhail Gorbachev, Eduard Shevardnadze, died today at the age of 86. Heralded as the man who helped end the Cold War, Shevardnadze had a positive reputation in the West. However, in his home country of Georgia, Shevardnadze was plagued by corruption scandals, and was eventually ousted out of office in 2003 after 11 years in power.
By Lauren Murphy WASHINGTON (VR) – Just a year after the revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden about the continuous spying by the US against German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a new spying scandal is boiling over between the two nations. It’s just been learned that an employee of Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service has been arrested on charges of spying for the United States. The 31-year-old man is accused of working as a double agent for the National Security Agency, and could further strain relations between the two countries.
By Molly Seder WASHINGTON (VR) – Unrest in Eastern Ukraine peaked today with the detonation of three bridges leading to Donetsk while at the same time Ukrainian troops barricaded Donetsk and Lugansk, two cities where residents have declared independent republics. As the unrest grows and larger numbers of Ukrainians flee their homes, some media analysts are questioning why Ukraine is slipping from headlines.
By Crystal Park WASHINGTON (VR) – Pope Francis I begged the forgiveness of the Church’s sex abuse victims today during a private Mass with six victims. Three men and three women from Britain, Ireland and Germany met with Francis at his home in Vatican City where they also celebrated Mass together.