Jordan urged to stop imprisoning women for defying the wishes of men

Amnesty calls for end to detentions under male guardianship system Amnesty International has called on Jordan to end what it has described as an abusive system that jails women if they disobey their male guardians or have relationships deemed inappropriate. Despite recent efforts to give women better protections, Amnesty said in scrapping laws that allowed rapists to escape punishment provided they marry their victims. Amnesty said the country has in recent years carried out a number of reforms, including opening the Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

More than 20 dead as violence flares between Gaza and Israel

Air and tank strikes kill 19 Palestinians after Netanyahu orders massive attacks, while rockets kill four in Israel Militants in Gaza and Israeli forces engaged in a bloody and spiralling clash over the weekend, with Palestinian factions launching hundreds of rockets towards towns and cities in Israel, which tweeted his 100% support for Israels actions after a barrage of deadly rocket attacks by terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad. He added: To the Gazan people these terrorist acts against Israel will bring you nothing but more misery. End the violence and work towards peace it can happen! The violence is following a pattern established over the past year in which short-lived exchanges have erupted on a near-monthly basis, usually dying …

I watched my family die: Shatila refugees’ suffering laid bare

Cartoonist Ella Baron travelled to Shatila refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon, to hear the stories of women at Mdecins Sans Frontires womens health clinic Located on one square kilometre in central Beirut, Shatila is home to an estimated 14,000 people, although the true number may be more than twice that. The camp is not policed by the Lebanese authorities and most residents have limited access to housing, employment, electricity and water. Established in 1949 to accommodate Palestinian refugees, Shatila now has a population that is more than half Syrian. Syrian refugees seeking mental health services from Mdecins Sans Frontires (MSF) in Shatila are suffering less from the acute trauma of war than from shifts in family dynamics and relationships caused …