Monthly Archives: May 2019

Saudi Rights Activists Jailed, Tortured, Killed

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2019/05/15/saudi-arabias-year-shame-crackdown-critics-and-rights-activists-continues? Loujain al-Hathloul, Iman al-Nafjan and Aziza al-Yousef, Saudi Arabia’s leading women’s rights campaigners, were detained on 15 May 2018 and have been facing trial for their human rights work since March 2019.

While Iman al-Nafjan and Aziza al-Yousef were amongst seven women provisionally released in the past two months, Loujain al-Hathloul and several other women activists remain in prison. Women human rights defenders, Nassima al-Sada and Samar Badawi, have been detained since July 2018 without charge with tens of other fellow activists. In April 2019, the authorities escalated their crackdown on critics, arbitrarily detaining at least 14 journalists, writers, academics and family members of women’s rights defenders.

Ahed Tamimi Marches in London

17-year-old Palestinian Ahed Tamimi, the teen who stood up to Israeli soldiers after they shot her cousin and was then arrested by Israeli forces, joined London’s “National Demonstration for Palestine” today to mark the Nakba, which commemorates the 750,000 Palestinians forced to flee their homes in 1948.

High School Student Money Issues

Six years ago, Ron Lieber started asking high school seniors to send in any college application essay that happened to be about money, work, social class or related topics. Immediately, it was clear that there was plenty we could learn from their writing, as they and their parents prepared to make what may be the biggest financial decision of their lives: where to spend up to $300,000 on a college education.

This year’s collection of five essays is a reminder of how rich the idea of money is for the writers who dare to tackle it.