Politics – Rayyes News https://rayyesnews.com Fri, 26 Nov 2021 07:08:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.2 https://rayyesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/cropped-1latest-32x32.png Politics - Rayyes News https://rayyesnews.com 32 32 Cabinet Ratings 2021: Who should’ve failed? Who did we undervalue? Tell us what https://rayyesnews.com/2021/11/26/cabinet-ratings-2021-who-shouldve-failed-who-did-we-undervalue-tell-us-what/ https://rayyesnews.com/2021/11/26/cabinet-ratings-2021-who-shouldve-failed-who-did-we-undervalue-tell-us-what/#respond Fri, 26 Nov 2021 07:08:22 +0000 https://rayyesnews.com/2021/11/26/cabinet-ratings-2021-who-shouldve-failed-who-did-we-undervalue-tell-us-what/ President Cyril Ramaphosa President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Cabinet had some rough waters to steer the country through in the past year. From the unrests in July following former president Jacob Zuma’s arrest, to increased load shedding, Covid-19 and controversial municipal elections – it certainly was no easy task. Were Ramaphosa, Deputy President David Mabuza and the 28 […]]]>


President Cyril Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Cabinet had some rough waters to steer the country through in the past year.

From the unrests in July following former president Jacob Zuma’s arrest, to increased load shedding, Covid-19 and controversial municipal elections – it certainly was no easy task. Were Ramaphosa, Deputy President David Mabuza and the 28 ministers in Cabinet up for it?

Judging by our Cabinet ratings – put together by journalists and editors who have closely followed the individual ministers over the course of the year – not really.

See all the Cabinet ratings here.

But we want to know what you think. Who were we too generous with? Who should’ve failed but was given a pass? And who did we undervalue? 

Using the below ratings key, tell us in the comments section of this article which scores you would’ve given.

1. Dismally failed. Should not be in Cabinet

2. Poor performance. Why are they not yet fired?

3. Does the bare minimum

4. Some targets achieved but far from satisfactory

5. Performance targets met

6. Satisfactory

7. Gets the job done. Room for improvement

8. Excels in performance

9. Outstanding work

10. Should be president 

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Sudan military to reinstate PM Hamdok after deal – Umma Party head https://rayyesnews.com/2021/11/21/sudan-military-to-reinstate-pm-hamdok-after-deal-umma-party-head/ https://rayyesnews.com/2021/11/21/sudan-military-to-reinstate-pm-hamdok-after-deal-umma-party-head/#respond Sun, 21 Nov 2021 13:08:10 +0000 https://rayyesnews.com/2021/11/21/sudan-military-to-reinstate-pm-hamdok-after-deal-umma-party-head/ Umma Party says deal to reinstate Hamdok agreed FCC civilian coalition calls for protest to continue Military ousted Hamdok in coup on Oct. 25 KHARTOUM, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Sudan’s military plans to reinstate Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and release all political detainees under a deal to end weeks of deadly unrest, the head of […]]]>


  • Umma Party says deal to reinstate Hamdok agreed
  • FCC civilian coalition calls for protest to continue
  • Military ousted Hamdok in coup on Oct. 25

KHARTOUM, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Sudan’s military plans to reinstate Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and release all political detainees under a deal to end weeks of deadly unrest, the head of one of the country’s main political parties told Reuters on Sunday.

A source close to Hamdok said he had agreed to the deal to stop the bloodshed but the civilian coalition that shared power with the military previously said it opposed any talks with the “putschists” and called for protests to continue on Sunday.

Sudan’s military has lifted restrictions on Hamdok’s movement and removed the security forces that were stationed outside his home on Sunday, his office told Reuters.

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Even as news of the deal spread, thousands of protesters marched towards the presidential palace in Khartoum in the early afternoon and called for the downfall of military leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.

Hamdok was placed under house arrest when the military seized power on Oct. 25, derailing a transition towards democracy agreed after the overthrow of Omar al-Bashir in 2019 that ended his three decades of autocratic rule.

The military dissolved Hamdok’s cabinet and detained a number of civilians who held top positions under the power-sharing deal agreed with the military after Bashir was ousted.

Under the new agreement between the military and civilian political parties, Hamdok will form an independent cabinet of technocrats, said Fadlallah Burma Nasir, head of the Umma Party who attended the talks that led to the deal.

Hamdok is on board with the agreement to stop the bloodshed following protests against the coup, said a source close to the ousted prime minister, who could not immediately be reached for comment.

The coup triggered mass demonstrations against the military and medics aligned with the protest movement say security forces have killed 40 civilians in increasingly violent crackdowns.

The constitutional declaration struck between the military and civilians in 2019 after Bashir was ousted would remain the foundation in further talks, the source close to Hamdok said.

URGENT MEETING

Sudan’s Sovereign Council will hold an urgent meeting on Sunday before announcing the agreement, a source with knowledge of the talks said.

The media adviser of military leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan could not immediately be reached for comment.

Activist groups leading the protests since the coup have demanded the military gets out of politics altogether, however.

A statement on Sunday on the Facebook page of the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) civilian coalition that had been sharing power with the military said it did not recognise any agreement with the armed forces.

“We affirm our clear and previously announced position: no negotiation and no partnership and no legitimacy for the putschists,” the FFC statement said.

Those who carried out and backed the coup should face justice, the statement said, calling on people to turn out for the latest round of anti-military protests on Sunday.

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US ambassador to UN visits Gaza, Lebanon borders https://rayyesnews.com/2021/11/16/us-ambassador-to-un-visits-gaza-lebanon-borders/ https://rayyesnews.com/2021/11/16/us-ambassador-to-un-visits-gaza-lebanon-borders/#respond Tue, 16 Nov 2021 19:08:27 +0000 https://rayyesnews.com/2021/11/16/us-ambassador-to-un-visits-gaza-lebanon-borders/ US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield visited Israel’s borders with Gaza and Lebanon on Tuesday. The tour was led by IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Herzy Halevy, and Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan accompanied her. Erdan said the tour was “an important milestone in the strategic cooperation between Israel and the US. cnxps.cmd.push(function […]]]>


US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield visited Israel’s borders with Gaza and Lebanon on Tuesday.

The tour was led by IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Herzy Halevy, and Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan accompanied her.

Erdan said the tour was “an important milestone in the strategic cooperation between Israel and the US.

“The ambassador and I work together to stop initiatives against Israel in the Security Council, and today she learned in depth the security picture in the region,” he stated. “In the North and South, the ambassador saw the many threats we deal with and the terror organizations that are right over the border, as extensions of Iran.”

Thomas-Greenfield saw Iron Dome missile-defense batteries that Erdan said are “an inseparable part of our security alliance, which protects the citizens of Israel and will soon also protect the lives of American soldiers in war zones in the world.”

 Prime Minister Naftali Bennett with US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield, November 15, 2021. (credit: CHAIM TZACH/GPO) Prime Minister Naftali Bennett with US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield, November 15, 2021. (credit: CHAIM TZACH/GPO)

Erdan said he thinks that next time the US ambassador has to speak about Israel in the UN Security Council, she will surely remember this trip.

The ambassador’s two-day trip was the first by a member of US President Joe Biden’s cabinet to the new government in Jerusalem, and her first visit to Israel.

She is expected to continue to Ramallah, where she will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and to Amman.

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Boris Johnson news live: PM warned over Thatcher-like toppling amid sleaze row https://rayyesnews.com/2021/11/11/boris-johnson-news-live-pm-warned-over-thatcher-like-toppling-amid-sleaze-row/ https://rayyesnews.com/2021/11/11/boris-johnson-news-live-pm-warned-over-thatcher-like-toppling-amid-sleaze-row/#respond Thu, 11 Nov 2021 19:08:05 +0000 https://rayyesnews.com/2021/11/11/boris-johnson-news-live-pm-warned-over-thatcher-like-toppling-amid-sleaze-row/ Related video: Nicola Sturgeon says ‘there is corruption at the heart of Westminster’ The Labour Party has increased its lead over the Tories in the latest opinion poll, with Keir Starmer’s party up two points, on 38 per cent, and Boris Johnson’s down one on 36 per cent. It comes as Scotland’s first minister accused […]]]>


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The Labour Party has increased its lead over the Tories in the latest opinion poll, with Keir Starmer’s party up two points, on 38 per cent, and Boris Johnson’s down one on 36 per cent.

It comes as Scotland’s first minister accused the UK government of being “corrupt” at its core, saying ongoing allegations of sleaze against the Conservatives may have been a “distraction” at Cop26 – but they at least “shone a light on issues that need to be resolved in Westminster politics”.

Meanwhile, Tory grandee Malcolm Rifkind – a Cabinet minister during those dramatic events in 1990 – issued a warning to the PM that he is in danger of becoming “a liability” to his party and of being toppled by his own MPs, as Margaret Thatcher was.

“I was in the Cabinet when [Ms] Thatcher was required to fall on her sword … no prime minister can assume they’re free from that risk,” he told The Independent, amid continued anger at Mr Johnson’s botched attempt to clear ex-MP Owen Paterson for breaching lobbying rules, which ended in a humiliating government U-turn.

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Negotiators face ‘monumental challenge’ as Cop26 nears end

Alok Sharma has warned negotiators at Cop26 in Glasgow they face a “monumental challenge” to deliver a credible deal in the few days left.

There are fears that the crucial reference in Wednesday’s draft agreement – unprecedented in a UN climate document – to phasing out coal and ending subsidies for fossil fuels is unlikely to survive horse-trading as the deadline approaches, writes our political editor Andrew Woodcock.

It comes after UN secretary general Antonio Guterres today said the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C is “on life support”.

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How the Blair and Brown documentary was made

Liz Mermin, director of episode two of the BBC’s Blair & Brown: The New Labour Revolution, which covered the 1997 election victory and the peace settlement in Northern Ireland, has discussed the unusual conditions in which the series was made.

First, the programmes were made without knowing if Gordon Brown would take part. Then, “just as he said yes, finally” at about this time last year, the second lockdown started.

That is why, as one of the consultants on the project, along with Prof Jon Davis and Mary Ann Sieghart, The Independent’s John Rentoul saw several rough cuts of episodes without Brown. They lacked the tension of the central relationship, with Brown represented on screen by Ed Balls, Charlie Whelan, Stewart Wood, Tom Fletcher and Sue Nye.

John explains the rest in this fascinating piece:

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Gus Buttigieg: Pete Buttigieg says newborn son is home after hospital stay https://rayyesnews.com/2021/11/06/gus-buttigieg-pete-buttigieg-says-newborn-son-is-home-after-hospital-stay/ https://rayyesnews.com/2021/11/06/gus-buttigieg-pete-buttigieg-says-newborn-son-is-home-after-hospital-stay/#respond Sat, 06 Nov 2021 18:08:14 +0000 https://rayyesnews.com/2021/11/06/gus-buttigieg-pete-buttigieg-says-newborn-son-is-home-after-hospital-stay/ Buttigieg’s husband, Chasten, first announced that Gus had come home on Friday. “After 3 weeks in and out of hospitals, 125 miles in an ambulance, and a terrifying week on a ventilator, Gus is home, smiling, and doing great!” Chasten Buttigieg wrote in a tweet. “We’re so relieved, thankful, and excited for him and Penelope […]]]>


Buttigieg’s husband, Chasten, first announced that Gus had come home on Friday.

“After 3 weeks in and out of hospitals, 125 miles in an ambulance, and a terrifying week on a ventilator, Gus is home, smiling, and doing great!” Chasten Buttigieg wrote in a tweet. “We’re so relieved, thankful, and excited for him and Penelope to take DC by storm! Thank you so much for all of the love and prayers.”

Pete Buttigieg told CNN’s Boris Sanchez on Saturday that his son is back to being himself.

“He’s eating, he’s smiling, and we’re just so thankful for the great medical care that he got and the love and prayers and support that came our way during a tough stretch,” the secretary said.

Buttigieg said later on Fox News that both of his children were in the hospital recently.

“Actually, both of them were hospitalized with a respiratory virus — not Covid, but another one that if you or I got it, it’d be like a cold, but a premature child gets it, it’s serious business,” he told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto. “She got better, he got worse, and we went through something that you wouldn’t wish on any parent, but again, the best thing, the best news is they’re home and doing great.”

The secretary said in August that the couple was close to adopting, and in September they announced the birth of their twins, Penelope Rose and Joseph August.
Sunday, Chasten Buttigieg posted photos to Instagram of the twins on Halloween, which featured both newborns dressed as traffic cones, an apparent nod to Pete Buttigieg’s job and the administration’s infrastructure proposal.

“As you can see, we’re spending this Halloween in the hospital. Gus has been having a rough go of it but we’re headed in the right direction,” the post read, referring to a photo of the couple with their son in the hospital.

The secretary had faced criticism from some conservatives for his decision to take leave following the twins’ birth, but defended it last month in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, saying he wouldn’t apologize for taking leave to care for his children, who were born prematurely.

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Israel moves ahead with thousands of settler homes despite US opposition https://rayyesnews.com/2021/10/28/israel-moves-ahead-with-thousands-of-settler-homes-despite-us-opposition/ https://rayyesnews.com/2021/10/28/israel-moves-ahead-with-thousands-of-settler-homes-despite-us-opposition/#respond Thu, 28 Oct 2021 06:08:16 +0000 https://rayyesnews.com/2021/10/28/israel-moves-ahead-with-thousands-of-settler-homes-despite-us-opposition/ Israel moved forward on Wednesday with plans to build some 3000 homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, defying the Biden administration’s strongest criticism to date of such projects. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (centre) attends a cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem. Photo: AFP A senior Palestinian official said the decision […]]]>


Israel moved forward on Wednesday with plans to build some 3000 homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, defying the Biden administration’s strongest criticism to date of such projects.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (C) attends a cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, on October 24, 2021.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (centre) attends a cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem.
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A senior Palestinian official said the decision showed that Israel’s new government, led by far-right politician Naftali Bennett, was “no less extreme” than the administration of the veteran leader he replaced, Benjamin Netanyahu.

An Israeli defence official said a planning forum of Israel’s liaison office with the Palestinians gave preliminary approval for plans to build 1344 housing units and its final go-ahead for projects to construct 1800 homes.

It will be up to Defence Minister Benny Gantz, a centrist in Israel’s politically diverse government, to give the nod for construction permits to be issued, with further friction with Washington looming.

“This government is trying to balance between its good relations with the Biden administration and the various political constraints,” a senior Israeli official told Reuters.

The United States said on Tuesday it was “deeply concerned” about Israel’s plans to advance thousands of settlement units. It called such steps damaging to prospects for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and said it strongly opposes settlement expansion.

Asked about Wednesday’s developments, a State Department spokesperson said: “As we have said, this administration is strongly opposed to the expansion of settlements.”

Washington desisted from such criticism when Democratic President Joe Biden’s Republican predecessor, Donald Trump, was in office.

A senior US State department official said Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed the issue with Gantz on Tuesday. Their phone call was first reported by the Axios news website, which cited Israeli officials as saying it was a tense conversation in which the chief U.S. diplomat voiced US opposition to the settlement plan.

The State Department spokesperson declined “to characterize our private discussions.”

The latest projects, as well as tenders published on Sunday for more than 1300 settler homes, amounted to the first major test case over settlement policy with the Biden administration that took office in January.

“The behaviour of the Israeli government under Bennett is no less extreme than what it had been under Netanyahu,” Bassam Al-Salhe, a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, told Reuters.

“The US administration has words, and no deeds, to change the policy that had been put in place by Trump,” Salhe said.

Tightrope

Walking a political and diplomatic tightrope, Bennett has been facing calls from settler leaders to step up construction. Such projects are likely to be welcomed by his ultranationalist constituents, who share his opposition to Palestinian statehood.

But along with the prospect of straining relations with Washington, Bennett could alienate left-wing and Arab parties in a coalition governing with a razor-thin parliamentary majority, if they view settlement plans as too…



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Buttigieg aims to use Tucker Carlson flap to spotlight paternity leave https://rayyesnews.com/2021/10/23/buttigieg-aims-to-use-tucker-carlson-flap-to-spotlight-paternity-leave/ https://rayyesnews.com/2021/10/23/buttigieg-aims-to-use-tucker-carlson-flap-to-spotlight-paternity-leave/#respond Sat, 23 Oct 2021 12:08:16 +0000 https://rayyesnews.com/2021/10/23/buttigieg-aims-to-use-tucker-carlson-flap-to-spotlight-paternity-leave/ Transportation Secretary Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden’s Big Labor policies will create next round of inflation Airlines should give flight attendants 10 hours of rest between flights: FAA GOP memo urges lawmakers to blame White House ‘grinches’ for Christmas delays MORE is aiming to use the fierce criticism he faced from conservatives over taking paternity leave as […]]]>


Transportation Secretary Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden’s Big Labor policies will create next round of inflation Airlines should give flight attendants 10 hours of rest between flights: FAA GOP memo urges lawmakers to blame White House ‘grinches’ for Christmas delays MORE is aiming to use the fierce criticism he faced from conservatives over taking paternity leave as a way to have a conservation about the issue, amid efforts from the White House to get paid family leave into a social spending bill pending in Congress.

“The negativity was unfortunate but, in a way, maybe some good comes out of it too because it’s helped us have a conversation about parental leave,” Buttigieg said this week.

Buttigieg took shots for taking paternity leave during the supply chain crisis from Fox News host Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonBiden’s safe-space CNN town hall attracts small audience, as poll numbers plummet Country star Travis Tritt canceling shows at sites with mandates Sunday shows – Buttigieg warns supply chain issues could stretch to next year MORE, who criticized his absence from work.

“Paternity leave, they call it; trying to figure out how to breastfeed. No word on how that went,” Carlson said during a segment earlier this month.

Buttigieg, the first openly gay Cabinet official in U.S. history, and his husband announced the birth of twins Penelope Rose and Joseph August. Buttigieg reportedly started his leave in mid-August.

Carlson’s high-profile criticism drew attention to Buttigeig and the larger issue of paternity leave, something the Transportation secretary went on to discuss during a series of appearances.  

During an interview Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Buttigeig said that “paid family leave is important” and noted that “it’s not a vacation.” Separately, on CNN’s “State of the Union,” he said it’s work that “every American ought to be able to do” when they have a new child.

 He has stressed that paid leave is still work when asked on ABC’s “The View” how to shed the stigma around paternity leave.

“Culturally, we do have to get across the idea that this is work. My work day as secretary of Transportation starts at a relatively normal hour. My work day as a job starts around three in the morning,” he said.

He also said that parents need to be supported when they take leave, regardless of gender.

“This is important for women who find their ability to get ahead in their careers influenced by these judgments that are being made about whether you can be a parent and an effective employee at the same time. But also men. If there’s this idea that, you know, men have access to paternity leave but it’s frowned on if they actually use it, obviously that doesn’t work for a marriage like mine but also for a man who’s married to a woman,” he said.

The White House has also drawn attention to the issue and pushed back on a Newsmax reporter’s questioning this week about whether it would have been wise for Buttigieg, who is known to bike to his office, to “get back on the bicycle, so to speak, and come back to work?”

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It’s time to rethink who represents the U.S. at the WHO https://rayyesnews.com/2021/10/18/its-time-to-rethink-who-represents-the-u-s-at-the-who/ https://rayyesnews.com/2021/10/18/its-time-to-rethink-who-represents-the-u-s-at-the-who/#respond Mon, 18 Oct 2021 18:08:09 +0000 https://rayyesnews.com/2021/10/18/its-time-to-rethink-who-represents-the-u-s-at-the-who/ In June 1948, Congress enacted a joint resolution authorizing U.S. participation in the World Health Organization. In addition to outlining the rules for ending membership in the WHO — language which became relevant to President TrumpDonald TrumpRobert Gates says ‘extreme polarization’ is the greatest threat to US democracy Cassidy says he won’t vote for Trump […]]]>


In June 1948, Congress enacted a joint resolution authorizing U.S. participation in the World Health Organization. In addition to outlining the rules for ending membership in the WHO — language which became relevant to President TrumpDonald TrumpRobert Gates says ‘extreme polarization’ is the greatest threat to US democracy Cassidy says he won’t vote for Trump if he runs in 2024 Schiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt ‘a way of getting people’s attention’ MORE’s intended withdrawal in July 2020 — Public Law 80-643 also dictates the qualifications of the individual selected to represent the United States at the WHO executive board. 

The WHO Constitution notes that the representative to the executive board must be technically trained in health. The U.S. 1948 resolution interpreted this requirement to mandate that whomever represents the United States be a graduate of a recognized medical school and have no less than three years of experience practicing medicine or surgery. 

This rule has stood for 73 years. It is time to change the rule.

Every year, the executive board of  the WHO meets to review the most important topics in global health, set the agenda for the World Health Assembly, and guide the management of the WHO secretariat. The 34 Members of the executive board hail from every region of the world, including six representatives from the Americas. Members serve on a rotating basis, but the United States has held a seat at the table almost every year possible. (After three year cycles, members rotate off of the executive board for a minimum of one year.)

The issues debated at the WHO executive board are diverse and complex.  In January 2021, there were 47 agenda items. These ranged from discussion on budget and organizational structure of the international organization, to reform agendas, universal health coverage, patient safety, and not least of all, governing the multi-sectoral response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has to date impacted over 235 million people and been responsible for over 4.8 million deaths worldwide. 

The United States has been privileged to have had many excellent representatives to the WHO executive board over the past 70 years. Some have been exceptional diplomats, others have successfully negotiated reforms, and all have worked with global partners in a highly politicized organization to try to improve population health around the world. But it is safe to assume that it was not their training to perform surgical procedures or high marks in anatomy class that qualified them for success. 

A lot has changed since 1948. Medical doctors are not the only professionals working in global health, so what does it now mean to be “technically qualified in the field of health?” Thousands of people every year are graduating from schools of public health with advanced degrees, including in epidemiology. Lawyers are navigating complex international law impacting global governance of disease. Veterinarians, disease ecologists, environmental health experts, medical anthropologists, data scientists, communications experts, modelers, sociologists, virologists, microbiologists, biochemists, economists,…



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Opinion | What if You Had Abortion Pills in Your Medicine Cabinet? https://rayyesnews.com/2021/10/14/opinion-what-if-you-had-abortion-pills-in-your-medicine-cabinet/ https://rayyesnews.com/2021/10/14/opinion-what-if-you-had-abortion-pills-in-your-medicine-cabinet/#respond Thu, 14 Oct 2021 00:08:13 +0000 https://rayyesnews.com/2021/10/14/opinion-what-if-you-had-abortion-pills-in-your-medicine-cabinet/ Access to mifepristone, one of the drugs taken for a medication abortion, has been politically fraught since the drug was approved more than 20 years ago. Mifepristone is regulated under what’s called a risk evaluation and mitigation strategy, or REMS — a designation generally reserved for drugs that carry a high risk to patient safety. […]]]>


Access to mifepristone, one of the drugs taken for a medication abortion, has been politically fraught since the drug was approved more than 20 years ago. Mifepristone is regulated under what’s called a risk evaluation and mitigation strategy, or REMS — a designation generally reserved for drugs that carry a high risk to patient safety. As such, it can be dispensed only in clinics, medical offices and hospitals; only by, or under the supervision of, a specially certified doctor or other medical provider; and only to patients who have signed an F.D.A.-approved patient agreement.

For years, reproductive health experts have urged that the access requirements for mifepristone be permanently lifted, arguing that there are no significant safety reasons for a patient to get the pills in person from a doctor’s office when she is likely to take them, and experience the abortion, after she gets home. The rule places an especially great burden on low-income women, who may struggle to get to an abortion clinic, and those in areas with limited access to abortion providers.

In April, the F.D.A. said that for the duration of the pandemic, it would stop enforcing the requirement that mifepristone be dispensed in a medical clinic. That paved the way for telemedicine start-ups like Hey Jane in New York, California and Washington; Choix in California and Illinois; Just the Pill in Minnesota and Montana; and Abortion on Demand in many other states to mail abortion drugs to patients after a consultation via telemedicine.

Yet in the 19 states that require a clinician to be physically present with the patient when administering mifepristone, Aid Access is still the only option for physician-supervised medication abortion by mail. Dr. Gomperts consults with patients online from her office in Austria, writes a prescription and provides instructions on how to request the pills from a pharmacy in India — a process that generally takes up to three weeks. The cost, including shipping, comes to $110. Patients who cannot afford that amount are asked to pay what they can.

While importing drugs from abroad is illegal in most cases, the F.D.A. typically does not go after individuals who purchase medicines online for their personal use. And though a few states — South Carolina, Oklahoma, Idaho and Nevada — explicitly criminalize self-managed abortion, Texas does not outlaw terminating one’s own pregnancy, and S.B. 8 exempts abortion patients in the state from being sued. (People in any state seeking legal advice on these matters can consult the hotline run by the group If/When/How.)

Yet even more important than the access to medication abortion afforded by Aid Access may be what Dr. Gomperts’s move signals to health care providers in America. Indeed, some reproductive rights experts argue that not only can American health care providers follow her lead and prescribe abortion pills in advance — they have a responsibility to do so. Doing so would be just one way of helping patients access care, but it could be significant.

“What I’m saying to clinicians is, if you believe people should be able to have an abortion when they want one and that early abortions…



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Biden to restore boundaries of protected areas that were reduced by Trump https://rayyesnews.com/2021/10/08/biden-to-restore-boundaries-of-protected-areas-that-were-reduced-by-trump/ https://rayyesnews.com/2021/10/08/biden-to-restore-boundaries-of-protected-areas-that-were-reduced-by-trump/#respond Fri, 08 Oct 2021 06:08:14 +0000 https://rayyesnews.com/2021/10/08/biden-to-restore-boundaries-of-protected-areas-that-were-reduced-by-trump/ Oct 7 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden will restore the boundaries of three American nature reserves, known as national monuments, that were reduced in size by former President Donald Trump to allow commercial activity, the White House said on Thursday. The restoration will protect more than 3.2 million acres (1.3 million hectares) in Southern Utah […]]]>


Oct 7 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden will restore the boundaries of three American nature reserves, known as national monuments, that were reduced in size by former President Donald Trump to allow commercial activity, the White House said on Thursday.

The restoration will protect more than 3.2 million acres (1.3 million hectares) in Southern Utah known as the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, as well as the nearly 5,000 square mile (8,000 sq km) Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of New England.

Environmental groups and Native American tribes cheered the news, calling it a victory for conservation over development. But it was a blow to East Coast fishing interests and Utah’s Republican governor, who expressed frustration.

Trump had sought to allow ranching, drilling, mining and commercial fishing in the areas, which were established as monuments by two of his Democratic predecessors, former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

The reduction was part of Republican Trump’s broader agenda to loosen regulations on industry, which critics have decried as coming at the expense of the environment and wildlife.

Biden, a Democrat, said when he took office that he would review Trump’s decision to reduce the monuments’ boundaries. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, the first Native American U.S. Cabinet secretary, this year recommended restoring the boundaries.

Under federal law, presidents have the authority to create or alter national monuments unilaterally, which makes their protection uncertain.

Trump cut the size of the two Utah monuments by 2 million acres (809,372 hectares) in all at the request of the state’s Republican leadership. On Thursday, Utah Governor Spencer Cox said he was disappointed by Biden’s decision to expand the boundaries.

“These decisions clearly demonstrate the administration’s unwillingness to collaborate with and listen to those most impacted by their decisions,” Cox said, adding that the state would consider its legal options.

Bears Ears is home to thousands of cultural and archeological sites and is considered sacred to Native American tribes in the region, while Grand Staircase-Escalante holds significant geological sites, fossils and historical objects.

Protection of the marine monument means commercial fishing for red crab and American lobster will be phased out by September 2023, the White House said. Recreational fishing will be allowed.

“Prohibiting hard-working commercial fishermen from sustainably harvesting while allowing owners of luxury yachts to spear fish for the same species in the same location is hypocritical and calls into question this administration’s commitment to working families over wealthy donors,” Bob Vanasse, a spokesperson for seafood lobby group Saving Seafood, said in an emailed statement.

Reporting by Nichola Groom
Editing by Chris Reese and Sandra Maler

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.



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