Several Republicans Endorse Democratic Candidate in Pa. Governor Race

At least 16 Republican leaders have announced their endorsement for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro, days after Reuters reported that Mastriano posed for a photo wearing a Confederate uniform in 2014, while he was an instructor at the US Army War College. Source: Several Republicans Endorse Democratic Candidate in Pa. Governor Race

Sri Lanka: End Use of Terrorism Law Against Protesters | Human Rights Watch

“President Wickremesinghe’s use of antiterrorism legislation to lock up people peacefully calling for reform sends a chilling message to Sri Lankans that rights won’t get priority during his administration,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The president’s suppression of dissent at home flies in the face of his pledges to allies abroad.”

The PTA was first adopted as a “temporary” measure in 1979, and contains numerous provisions in contravention of international legal standards that have enabled arbitrary detention and torture. It has repeatedly been used to target government opponents and members of minority communities.

 

Source: Sri Lanka: End Use of Terrorism Law Against Protesters | Human Rights Watch

Loneliness

Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

Loneliness is such a cliché that one wears it like armour, sharpened, shiny? Or is it simply a fault in our makeup? You were manufactured with a loose wire, a missing screw? To be alone is to admit defeat? Diminished in character, low self, absent ego? One or one hundred friends, does it make any difference? I don’t know. I just noticed that when I’m present in a moment of kindness, a moment of love… I forget I was born alone, at that hour just before dawn.

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OCTOBER 2018


Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm, the blogger, poet and translator, born 1971 in Phu Nhuan, Saigon, Vietnam. The pharmacist currently lives and works in Western Sydney, Australia.

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NY AG cautions Walgreens, CVS against denying customers birth control, reproductive services – Gothamist

New York Attorney General Letitia James sent out letters this week to CVS and Walgreens, cautioning the pharmacy giants that it is illegal in the Empire State to deny customers reproductive health products.

The warnings come in response to recent news reports that employees at Walgreens stores elsewhere in the country have delayed or refused reproductive services such as refilling a birth control prescription or selling condoms because of their religious beliefs.

While the AG’s office has not seen this happen yet in New York, reports of such incidents in other states have gone viral on social media, sparked calls to boycott Walgreens and raised questions about Walgreens’ and CVS’ policies on this type of employee conduct.

Walgreens stated in a 2018 tweet that it allows individual employees to “step away from filling a prescription for which they have a moral objection.” It added that “they are required to refer the prescription to another pharmacist or manager on duty to meet the patient’s needs in a timely manner.”

 

Source: NY AG cautions Walgreens, CVS against denying customers birth control, reproductive services – Gothamist