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Front Page: Petraeus Testifies, Polygamy Compound Hits 500, Haiti Riots Over Food

  • Gen. David Petraeus, the top American commander in Baghdad, is currently testifying before the Senate, including all three presidential candidates. Facing questions from the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Gen. Petraeus is expected to recommend a temporary halt in troop withdrawals and to explain more about Iran’s influence in Iraq. The three candidates will have opportunities to ask questions, which will highlight their positions on the war. The last time Gen. Petraeus appeared before the committees, the sessions lasted 10 hours. The session this morning has already been interrupted once by protesters.
  • The number of women and children removed from the polygamy compound in Texas has surpassed 500. Authorities say more than 400 children and 130 women have left the compound after raids stemming from a child abuse inquiry. State troopers are holding an unknown number of men inside as they search the 1,700-acre compound, and officials have been authorized to remove computers, DVDs, and photos in the search. Members of the sect believe a man must marry at least three wives in order to ascend to heaven.
  • Protesters in Haiti, angered by food prices, took to the streets of the capital, Port-au-Prince. The demonstrations forced businesses and schools to close as unrest spread from the countryside. During the protest someone called out, “we’re hungry!” Haitians are particularly affected by worldwide rising food prices. Eighty percent of the population lives on less than $2 a day. The price of staples like rice, beans, fruit and condensed milk has gone up 50 percent in the past year.
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megnmac megnmac 9 years
Hootie, thank you for pointing out that the abuse allegations go beyond the much publicized sex abuse of the girls and that the victims live in isolation from anyone that could offer them aid. I am so proud that law enforcement in both AZ and TX is addressing these issues and attempting to protect victims the best that they can. These are very difficult cases due to the inherent secrecy of the community, but cases that need justice.
Hootie Hootie 9 years
j2e1n9, your thinking of what they call the "Lost Boys". Some have been forced out, some have been evicted out and some have found the courage to run away. So sad and horrible. These poor kids don't have a chance unless they are brave enough to speak out and if they do they lose contact with their whole family.
Hootie Hootie 9 years
The Hope Organization We are just ordinary citizens who share a concern for the welfare and safety of the women and children living in polygamy. We are advocates working to make a difference in the lives of the women and boys and girls who are often living in intellectual, social and physical isolation. We are informing the general public about the allegations of physical, psychological, sexual, and financial abuses occurring within the polygamous communities. These abuses MUST stop; "Religion" is no excuse for committing child abuse! We are against domestic violence and child abuse, especially underage marriage; we are not activists against polygamy. Although polygamy is illegal, our purpose is not to eliminate it, but to help its victims.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Re: the polygamy compound...WOW! I, too have heard that when/if they try to break out they basically dont have the skills or education to provide the amount of survival skills they would need on their own :( Has anyone else heard about how the boys sometimes get kicked out for no reason and have to fend for themselves? And everyone just treats them like runaways.
piper23 piper23 9 years
The problem with the polygamist sect is that the girls born into the sect do not have a choice. They are forced to marry when they are very young. The polygmist life is all they know. And then if one should happen to want to break out, its pretty much too late because by the time they are mature enough to understand the life they are living, they may already have a child. Then they are stuck because they probably wouldn't be allowed to take the child. If its their choice then I see no problem with it. But I guarantee that out of the 500, there is at least one who is not there by choice.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
The only illegalities I have heard of so far was forcing young girls (14 or 15) to marry adult men. I'm sure we will hear about other abuses shortly.
DCStar DCStar 9 years
Was there harm being done at the polygamist compounds? Not that I agree with the idea at all, I just don't see why people can't live the life they choose, IF they are peaceful and aren't hurting anybody.
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