Denying a Visa to Dalai Lama Is Submitting to China, the Horrific Conditions of Afghan Prisons, Why Vote for Sweden's Feminist Party, Chile's Fight against Terrorists, Winning the Hearts of Islamic State

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Denying a Visa to Dalai Lama Is Submitting to China, the Horrific Conditions of Afghan Prisons, Why Vote for Sweden's Feminist Party, Chile's Fight against Terrorists, Winning the Hearts of Islamic State


Editors, The Christian Science Monitor


Cape Times / Cape town, South AfricaDenying a visa to Dalai Lama is submitting to China's demands

"I find it difficult to understand why granting a visa to His Holiness Dalai Lama to attend the annual Nobel Peace Laureates Summit in Cape Town in October, is seen as impossible. The Dalai Lama is the global image for peace. Everywhere he goes a core message is spread - Peace...," writes Chaeli Mycroft about South Africa's decision to deny the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader a visa to the country for the third time amid pressure from China. "I'm sad, given [South Africa's] proud fight for freedom, to think that our political leaders are creating the global perception that South Africa has become a submissive nation, bending the knee to foreign powers with their own political agendas."

Daily Outlook Afghanistan / Kabul, AfghanistanThe horrific conditions of Afghan prisons

"Afghanistan is one of the countries where the prison and punishment system is in a pathetic condition.... Neither, the facilities provided in the detention centers are satisfactory, nor there are activities that can support the detainees to have better social lives," states an editorial. "[D]etainees claim that most of the prisoners get sick due to overcrowded rooms, wet conditions, pools of water during winter and lack of proper toilets. Though promised several times, the prisoners are yet to see better conditions and facilities.... There should be group activities, encouraging the prisoners to ... be trained in the skills of their choice, so that after coming out they can find some work to support them financially."

The Local / StockholmA vote for Sweden's feminist political party

"I believe the Feminist Initiative has the best chance of making sure that women stop being paid less than men.... We need to introduce quotas on company boards to speed up the pace of change and to make sure that more women secure top ministerial posts," Matti White told the news outlet when asked if he would vote for the Feminist Initiative, a progressive political group whose platform calls for, in part, gender equality in the workforce, more child- care services, and an emissions tax on food production. The group failed to reach the 4 percent threshold required to win a parliamentary seat in the Sept. …

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