Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has secured public support from nearly half the Senate, but not enough votes, for her proposal to give victims of rape and sexual assault in the military an independent route outside the chain of command for prosecuting attackers.Gillibrands solution for a problem the military calls an epidemic appears to have stalled in the face of united opposition from the Pentagons top echelon and its allies in Congress, including two female senators who are former prosecutors.Opponents of the proposal by Gillibrand, D-N.Y., insist that commanders, not an outside military lawyer, must be accountable for meting out justice.Even so, major changes are coming for a decades-old military system just a few months after several high-profile cases infuriated Republicans and Democrats.”Sexual assault in the military is not new, but it has been allowed to fester,” Gillibrand said in a recent Senate speech.
Over the last 10 years the sepia tone of November has become blood-soaked with paper poppies festooning the lapels of our politicians, newsreaders and business leaders. The most fortunate in our society have turned the solemnity of remembrance for fallen soldiers in ancient wars into a justification for our most recent armed conflicts.
What he will do:
Next year, I won’t wear the poppy but I will until my last breath remember the past and the struggles my generation made to build this country into a civilised state for the working and middle classes. If we are to survive as a progressive nation we have to start tending to our living because the wounded: our poor, our underemployed youth, our hard-pressed middle class and our struggling seniors shouldn’t be left to die on the battleground of modern life.
A UN report summary contradicts other research findings about birth defects seen in Iraq which would point to the use of Depleted Uranium (DU) as a cause. The DOD’s own training film on DU claims that it is safe as long as the tanks and missiles made of this recycled radioactive waste are not damaged so aerosols of fragmented DU become airborne. At that point the DU can be breathed in and absorbed into the blood stream by the lungs to become life threatening . Of course in a war zone like Iraq this is exactly what has happened to the DU used to harden tanks, bullets and missiles.
Dr. Keith Bavistock of the Department of Environmental Science, University of Eastern Finland, a retired 13-year WHO expert on radiation and health, criticizes the summary:
“The way this document has been produced is extremely suspicious. There are question marks about the role of the US and UK, who have a conflict of interest in this sort of study due to compensation issues that might arise from findings determining a link between higher birth defects and DU. I can say that the US and UK have been very reluctant to disclose the locations of DU deployment, which might throw further light on this correlation.”
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Malala said she was honored to meet Obama and that she raised concerns with him about the administration’s use of drones, saying they are “fueling terrorism.”
“I thanked President Obama for the United States’ work in supporting education in Pakistan and Afghanistan and for Syrian refugees,” Yousafzai said in a statement published by the Associated Press. “I also expressed my concerns that drone attacks are fueling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people. If we refocus efforts on education it will make a big impact.”
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Winter solstice Concert December 15th
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Pickets for Peace and Justice
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