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From the Global Justice Center:

Hundreds of women and girls have been forcibly impregnated by Boko Haram. Unofficially, 214 of the recently rescued girls have been reported pregnant after facing horrific circumstances of sexual slavery and violence. Organizations like the UNFPA are working as best they can to provide for the women, with a spokesperson saying, “We look after them and ensure they get antenatal care and that they deliver properly and that they even get cesarean section when necessary.”  While UNFPA are doing good work helping these pregnant women and girls, they are hamstrung, by a decades old US policy, from providing the full range of medical services these women and girls require.
Yes, thanks to the late Senator Jesse Helms, and the persistence of this deadly, utterly retrograde foreign aid policy, these survivors of war may have to bear their rapists' children. Not that it's being discussed much in American media.

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Mon May 25, 2015 at 06:50 AM PDT

Cartoon: The bad intelligence

by Tom Tomorrow

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A Pew survey came out last week showing that the ranks of Christians are declining in America, while the unaffiliated and other faiths are growing. Of course Christianity will remain a super-majority in the U.S. for decades to come, but it offers some hope that in the distant future, the religious right might lose their grip on national politics. Maybe.

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Jeb Bush has performed a valuable service with his recent missteps and flubs, he’s reminded the world of the baggage he willingly carries. I’m not tarring him with the same brush as George W. Bush just because they are brothers. Jeb has voluntarily staffed his foreign policy team with 17 people from his brother’s administration. (This is out of a foreign policy team of 21, mind you.)

Sure, the dynasty thing is bad enough and it’s the same Bush family as before—but whether Jeb is a Bush or not, he deserves to be pilloried for putting people like Paul Wolfowitz in places where they might have an impact on, you know, foreign policy. (It boggles my mind Wolfowitz is actually showing his face in public, never mind appearing on cable news and advising another Bush.)  

Besides Wolfie, there are loads of other people on Jeb’s list of advisers—people like Porter Goss, who gets a bone-chilling shout out in this week’s Frontline piece. (Right after the 43 minute mark.) While the run up to the Iraq war may seem like a long time ago and a president or two away, Jeb is actively bringing these guys back.  

These inept hawks are the ones who took this country to war on a lie and actively contributed to the deaths of thousands of United States servicemen and women and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens. And remember, this was not just about "faulty intelligence," the George W. Bush administration (many of who are now in Jeb Bush’s circle of advisers), knowingly used false intelligence to make the case for an unnecessary war. It’s important to remember the recent past so we don’t put the same criminals and idiots in power again. Fortunately, things aren’t looking too good for Jeb right now, but the campaign has barely begun. Enjoy the cartoon, like, comment and all that other good stuff—and be sure to check out the links behind the cartoon.

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Wed May 20, 2015 at 02:50 PM PDT

Cartoon: I'm my own man!

by laloalcaraz

Terrible Presidential candidate Jeb Bush has had a very hard time distancing himself from his brother George Jr., the worst President in US history. Okay, maybe he is showing some of them Republican Family Values they're always going on about, but man, Jebby can't seem to get the stink of the Iraq War, (a war which is unpopular with 66% of the public) because he won't deny his dumb bro. Who's the dumb bro now?
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Wed May 20, 2015 at 06:50 AM PDT

Cartoon: Biker Lives Matter

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Tue May 19, 2015 at 02:50 PM PDT

Cartoon: My alma mater

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Mon May 18, 2015 at 02:59 AM PDT

Cartoon: Critical reactions

by Tom Tomorrow

Cartoonists have been getting attention lately, and not in a good way, from the renewed debate over Charlie Hebdo to Pamela Geller's provocations to the story that I just ran across about a 28 year old woman arrested in Iran for drawing a cartoon about contraception. Meanwhile, jihadists continue to call for the death of cartoonists -- as if we didn't have enough to worry about already. Who knew this profession would turn out to be so fraught with peril?

Oh, and if you want to save Sparky, all you have to do is clap your hands and believe -- and join Sparky's List!

Update: I strongly urge you to read this newly-released report from the Committee to Protect Journalists: Cartoonists Under Threat.

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