Today is World Autism Awareness Day. Coming April 18 - 26, veteran reporter Robert MacNeil will return to the NewsHour for series “Autism Today.” The subject that drew him back is one that resonates deeply with his own family and many others. Robert MacNeil’s six-year-old grandson, Nick, has autism.
In the uprisings across the Arab world, protesters are finding that revolution is sometimes child’s play. AN FP Photo Essay.
In Libya, where nearly 35 percent of the population is under age 18, children have been stepping up to fight the battle for their country’s future. The NGO Save the Children estimates that a million children in Libya — almost half the country’s total youth population — are in serious danger as government forces battle rebels in towns and cities across the country. Some children - including mercenaries hired by Qaddafi loyalist — are fighting on the frontlines. Here, a young child stands guard for opposition forces in Benghazi, the capital of the uprising, on March 14.
We already knew Maria Bashir, Afghanistan’s first female chief provincial prosecutor, was a total badass. She has taken on the cause of abused women and stood up against the Taliban, all while being threatened, bombed, and otherwise intimidated.
Today, we were thrilled to see that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama honored Bashir with an International Women of Courage award, “For defending those who have no legal voice, fighting corruption, and bringing hope to women survivors of violence, disfigurement, and child marriage, we salute you.”
The disturbing spread of laws designed to make it harder for college students to vote. Why? Because college students tend to vote for Democrats. Funding the group behind this push, you’ll be unsurprised to learn, is the Koch brothers. Via Campus Progress and Kevin Drum
Ras Lanuf remains one of Libya’s main battlegrounds. In the west, casualties were reported in Zawiya (near Tripoli) as 50 tanks and 120 pick-up trucks launched attacks on the town, according to witnesses.