Malala Urges ‘No Compromise’ On Girls’ Education In Afghan Peace Talks

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai says that “there should be no compromise” on the right to education for Afghan girls in ongoing peace negotiations between the government and Taliban militants.

In an exclusive interview with RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal on September 21, Yousafzai said that “peace is precious” for the Afghan people after suffering through four decades of war, losing their family members, homes, and livelihoods.

Malala, who was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for her campaign supporting the education of girls, stressed that women’s freedoms and human rights should not be undermined in any peace process.

“We all hope that peace comes to this world so that our people have their own normal life. But it is very necessary that [the government and the Taliban] have to listen to the voices of civil society and women and there should be no compromise on girls’ education and human rights

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Northwestern University students, senior citizens hold monthly science talks

Olga Ricketts-Peart is not what she calls a “science person.” But she loves science anyway.

The 77-year-old has been attending “Science with Seniors,” a program offered at the Levy Senior Center in Evanston that’s gone online in the past few months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The third Thursday of each month, graduate students from Northwestern University meet virtually with seniors from the Levy Center for lectures on science and technology, topics that range from sleep to solar cells.

“It’s a good, brief overview on how these topics affect their lives as adults and seniors,” says Tim Carter, program coordinator of the Levy Center. “And it’s a good way for the Northwestern students to reach out and share what they have learned about their studies.”

The idea for the program came from Suyog Padgaonkar, a chemistry student working on a doctorate at Northwestern. When Padgaonkar started at the university in

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Mayor Johnson talks slight COVID-19 uptick, CARES Act funding, city manager candidates

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – It’s been six months since the COVID-19 pandemic hit close to home and Mayor Van Johnson says Savannah businesses are hurting.

The mayor says more than 400 people applied for a second round of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding.

Johnson says coronavirus aid should go into the pockets of small businesses who need it most. He says the first time around that didn’t happen.

“Somehow or another there was some miscommunication,” said Johnson during his weekly press conference. “There was more money given to loan forgiveness than was given to new folks seeking loans and so, therefore, the numbers were skewed.”

This time around the city will only have less than $2 million to divvy up between hundreds of applicants.

“Everybody has needs, but I think the way that we have designated the

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Jill Biden talks education in the age of COVID-19

Coping with and overcoming the stress of the coronavirus pandemic took center stage at the virtual Nevada stop of Jill Biden’s Back to School tour, with six students sharing how they had been affected by COVID-19 and resulting school closures with the former second lady.

Biden, a teacher and community college professor, said her husband, Joe Biden, understood that both students and teachers would need more mental health support upon returning to schools, along with more funding for protective gear and classroom space to allow for social distancing.

“Joe knows the best policies don’t come from politics, but from listening to parents and students and educators,” Biden said.

The virtual campaign event took place by videoconference and was hosted by Columbia University professor Sonya Douglass Horsford, the spouse of Democratic Nevada Rep. Steven Horsford. Other stops tare taking place in battleground states like Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida and Pennsylvania.

The students

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In virtual stop, Jill Biden talks school reopenings with Duval educators, students

As part of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign for presidency, Jill Biden made a stop in Jacksonville on Tuesday to talk about schools — virtually, that is. 

Jill Biden, Afrika Bambaataa are posing for a picture: Jill Biden's Jacksonville Back-to-School tour stop featured a mix of parents, educators and students.

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Jill Biden’s Jacksonville Back-to-School tour stop featured a mix of parents, educators and students.

“The virtual bus has stopped in Duval County,” School Board member Darryl Willie said as he introduced the former Second Lady on a Zoom panel. “I can’t wait to have a teacher as our First Lady.”


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Biden hosted an online roundtable focused on school reopenings in Jacksonville. The virtual discussion was part of her national Back-to-School Tour, a news release said. Biden has made similar virtual stops in Tampa, Wisconsin and North Carolina.

“Joe knows that the best policies don’t come from politics, they come from educators,” Biden said. “Parents and students like you, and Joe’s going to

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Senate returns to stalled stimulus talks and government funding deadline

STIMULUS STALEMATEAnd we’re back! The Senate returns to Washington today after its summer recess, with a government funding deadline looming and Republicans looking to revive the stalled stimulus talks by pushing a new “skinny” proposal. But lawmakers only have a few weeks before they leave town again for the campaign trail, and as of right now, the path to a coronavirus deal is narrow at best and going nowhere at worst.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn’t even have 51 votes for the Senate GOP’s pared back coronavirus bill yet, let alone the 60 needed to overcome a filibuster, per my colleagues. And some Senate Republicans want to include language related to “school choice” programs, further complicating McConnell’s effort to round up GOP support for the package. (Though our friends at Playbook report that the White House will embrace a $1.5 trillion price tag this week, which represents some

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