Evergreen Issues: U.S. Interior Secretary Ethics in Question, U.S. Ranked in Top 10 Most Violent Country for Women and Sitting World Leader Gives Birth in Office

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1. Democrats Demand Ethics Investigation into U.S. Interior Secretary

Ryan Zinke is no stranger to scandal. Zinke hails from a small town, Whitefish Montana. You might remember back in 2017 when Whitefish Energy was given a bid to help rebuild Puerto Rico’s infrastructure after Hurricane Maria. Zinke and Presiden’t Trump denied that the federal government had anything to do with that contract.

Now, Zinke is back in the hot seat. Politico says Zinke’s family foundation made a land deal with ties to Haliburton, one of the largest oil and gas companies.

There’s a question of ethics because one of the interior secretary’s jobs is overseeing regulations for the oil and gas industry.

Public Watchdog, Craig Holman said to NPR:

“This is just unseemly for a government official — a Cabinet official, no less — to enter into a business relationship with those that he is regulating,” he says.

Zinke’s wife, Lola Zinke, took over control of the family foundation when Zinke accepted the federal position.

However, NPR says: 

“Newly surfaced emails are raising questions about that timing.”

House Democrats have requested a full federal investigation into the deal.  

2. U.S. 10th Most Dangerous Country for Women in the WORLD

The Thomas Reuters Foundation surveyed 548 women’s issues experts to find out what the ten most dangerous countries for women in the world are. Reuters conducted a similar survey 7 years ago and in 2018 they wanted to see how the situation had changed or not changed. Reuters asked experts to weigh “overall risks faced by women, and specifically regarding healthcare, economic resources and discrimination, cultural, tribal, religious or customary practices, sexual violence and harassment, non-sexual violence and human trafficking.”

Here’s the full list: .

  1. India
  2. Afghanistan
  3. Syria
  4. Somalia
  5. Saudi Arabia
  6. Pakistan
  7. Democratic Republic of Congo
  8. Yemen
  9. Nigeria
  10. United States

According to polling, the experts ranked the United States in the top five for issues like sexual violence (ranked 3) and non-sexual violence (ranked 6).

3. First in Decades: A Female World Leader Gives Birth In Office

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand gave birth Thursday to her daughter. The last world leader to do so was Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan in 1990, nearly three decades prior. Arden says she’s taking a 6-week maternity leave and will delegate to her Deputy Prime Minister.

In an NPR article Arden was quoted as saying: 

“I am not the first woman to multitask. I am not the first woman to work and have a baby; there are many women who have done this before.”