Indonesia passes landmark sexual violence law

Indonesia’s parliament on Tuesday passed a long-awaited bill to combat sexual violence, aimed at providing a legal framework for victims to seek justice in a country where sexual abuse has often been considered a private matter. A majority of lawmakers backed the bill in the plenary session of parliament, overcoming opposition from some conservative groups … Read more

Access to abortion under renewed threat in Oklahoma and Missouri

CNN — As abortion rights advocates could score several victories across US states in the coming days, they are sounding the alarm over a bill from Oklahoma that would ban nearly all abortions that might be enacted into law. . Here are some of the moves this week in state legislatures and by heads of … Read more

Two GOP senators chose to disrespect Ketanji Brown Jackson. And it’s a bad look

CNN — History was made Thursday in the United States Senate. And neither Lindsey Graham nor Rand Paul could mind being on the floor for it. Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed as the next Supreme Court justice by a 53-47 margin, with three Republicans joining all Democrats in voting for her. The vote paves … Read more

Abortion, LGBTQ Rights and More: A Roundup of Controversial Red State Actions

CNN — Republican-led states across the country have enacted a series of new restrictions on abortion, the rights of LGBTQ and transgender youth, and the discussion of critical race theory. Here’s a look at some of the legislation passed this session, where the bills are coming from, and what’s under consideration. The flurry of activity … Read more

Indiana: How a Diverse Coalition in a Red State Ended Anti-CRT Legislation

CNN — Parents and teachers were shocked after an Indiana state senator introduced a bill requiring teachers to remain neutral when teaching about Nazism. And in less than two days, a coalition to defeat the bill was born. “Within 36 hours, we had organized more than a dozen community members and partners to testify against … Read more

A Georgia bill that would allow residents to carry a concealed weapon in public without a permit is sent to the governor’s office for approval

CNN — The Georgia State Senate on Friday gave final approval to legislation that would allow eligible residents to carry a concealed weapon in public without a permit. The state’s Constitutional Carry Act, or SB319, was approved by the Senate on a 34-22 vote. The measure passed the House on Wednesday. The measure now heads … Read more

Utah enacts ban on anti-trans sports after Republican lawmakers override GOP governor’s veto

CNN — Young transgender athletes in Utah have been banned from competing on women’s and women’s sports teams after GOP state lawmakers on Friday overturned their Republican governor’s veto to enact the controversial measure. HB 11 had been vetoed earlier this week by Governor Spencer Cox, who questioned its necessity and stressed that it targets … Read more

‘It’s scary’: Ron Johnson delves into transgender issues | local government

US Senator Ron Johnson on Tuesday objected to transgender women participating in women’s sports and said “it’s scary” that they are allowed in women’s restrooms. After trans woman Lia Thomas’ NCAA title win last week infuriated Republican politicians across the country and sparked a national debate about the place of trans athletes in sports, the … Read more

With the option to rule for life, China’s Xi targets Taiwan

hong kong CNN — Xi Jinping began his second term as president of China with a stark warning for Taiwan, an island he considers a breakaway province. “All deeds and tricks aimed at dividing the motherland are doomed to failure and will be condemned by the people and punished by history,” Xi said Tuesday at … Read more

Climate groups launch pressure campaign targeting Biden ahead of State of the Union

CNN — Climate advocates are sounding the alarm ahead of Biden’s State of the Union address on Tuesday amid what they see as slow action on the climate crisis. Now that President Joe Biden’s climate bill is effectively dead, and with little momentum in Congress to revive it, these groups are pushing at the start … Read more