Thursday Briefing

Afghanistan Nominates First Female Judge For High Court
In a groundbreaking move, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani introduced Anisa Rasooli as a nominee to the nation’s high court, but she must first earn the approval of the Wolesi Jirga (lower house) before her tenure can begin.

Rasooli, a graduate of Kabul University law school, has served as the head of the Afghan Women Judges Association and currently heads the Juvenile Appeals Court, reports The Euro News.

According to a presidential decree, under the constitution of Afghanistan, female judges with can be appointed if they have “higher education in law or in Islamic jurisprudence,” and sufficient experience. Supreme Court is comprised of nine members who serve ten-year terms.

A Call For Communities To Rally Against ISIS
Stephen Weine of the Brookings Institution reports on a June speech delivered at the U.S.-Islamic World Forum by Marine General John Allen in which he evoked the sociocultural and psychological problems being caused by ISIS around the world.

Pope Francis Expresses “Deep Concern” For Fate Of Earth
After much speculation, The Vatican today released a groundbreaking encyclical letter on care for creation, which will play a key role in United Nations Paris Climate Change Conference this November.

“Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods. It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day,” wrote Pope Francis.

As The Guardian newspaper demonstrates, the reaction to the document has been mixed and reflects the continuing debate about the roots of climate change and the solutions which should be adopted to mitigate any environmental degradation.

Foreign Policy Magazine Releases Fragile States Index
Today, Foreign Policy magazine released its latest Fragile States Index, which is the product of the Fund for Peace. The index uses 12 social, economic, and political indicators to examine how global conflicts, peace accords, environmental calamities, and political movements “have pushed countries towards stability or closer to the brink of collapse.”

The index then ranks the countries accordingly, from most fragile to least.

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