New Additions to AllGov

Date: Monday, May 10, 2010 1:48 AM
Category: Allgov Blogs

AllGov has added several countries to the Nations section. These are:

Latest News

Syrian Refugees Already Face a 21-Step Vetting Process for Entering the U.S.

“The process is the most intensive of any check conducted for people seeking admission to the United States,” wrote CAP’s Jawetz and Gude. “It is specially designed to mitigate any threats and helps ensure Americans are not placed in harm’s way.” The ordeal takes a year-and-a-half to two years. “If at any stage in that process there is ever the slightest shadow of a doubt or the slightest whisper of suspicion, they are removed from the process. That is that,” said the U.N.'s Christopher Boian.   read more

As World Makes Slow Progress in Closing Gender Equality Gap, U.S. Backslides

U.S. ranking in the report was 28th, down eight spots from last year, due to slightly “less perceived wage equality for similar work,” the report states. In some areas, the U.S. fell even further in the rankings. Measured for political equality, it dropped 18 spots to No. 72. “The number of American women in cabinet-level positions dropped to just 26 percent from 32 percent last year, and only 19 percent of congressional positions are held by women,” ThinkProgress noted.   read more

Majority of Republicans Mistakenly Think Unemployment Rate has gone up Since Obama became President

Seventy-two percent of Americans believe that the country is still in recession, although the Great Recession ended in 2009. Janell Ross at The Washington Post said these numbers may reflect how bad off many people still are financially. “A situation where people’s personal economic circumstances remain either so bad or so reduced from what they were in the run up to the Great Recession that they continue to view the economy through irrationally grim glasses,” she wrote.   read more

Birth Control Access Expanded in Two States that Authorize Pharmacists to Prescribe Contraceptives

Supporters of the laws say the change will help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies. But some medical professionals say the new laws don’t go far enough, preferring that birth control be available over the counter, cutting both pharmacists and doctors out of the process. “My basic tenet is there should be nobody between the patient and the pill,” said Dr. Mark DeFrancesco. “I’m afraid we’re going to create a new model that...[will] derail the over-the-counter movement.”   read more

At Current Rate of Decline, Homelessness in U.S. Won’t be Eradicated for Another 40 Years

A new report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development says the number of those living without proper housing has gone down every year since 2010. Last year, for example, the number of homeless in the U.S. dropped by 2%, or 11,742 individuals. Homelessness among youth and veterans declined even faster, according to ThinkProgress. Still, the number of homeless exceeds 560,000, with 69% of those people staying in shelters.   read more
see more...