Posts tagged america
Posts tagged america
The repeal of the policy has been one of the most controversial issues for the military in recent years, and some service members are still resistant to gays and lesbians serving openly in the military.
Despite such training, service members expressed opposition to the repeal. With “more than enough stressors and dangers for young men that are risking their lives daily, why, if you care about the military, would you make it so much more difficult?” said Matthew Thomas, a Marine from Washington. Corporal Thomas says that sexuality is too controversial an issue and has no room on the battlefield.
Lance Cpl. Chris Cavey of Baton Rouge, La., who deployed to Afghanistan with an openly gay Marine in 2012, said, “It was probably one of the worst decisions in military history. It makes everything more awkward and tense than it has to be.” Lance Corporal Cavey’s opinion is based on his religious views. But he said his view was also colored by what he considered unprofessional comments and actions by the gay Marine in his squad. He added that serving abroad in the infantry was stressful enough, with fear of gunfire and improvised explosive devices, without adding the additional complication of openly gay Marines in his unit.
I’m sorry that LGB people (let’s not forget that Transgender folks cannot openly serve) are such an absolute burden to you on the battlefield because of your beliefs. I know it’s hard to focus on your orders when pesky homosexuals are constantly trying to have sex with your pure Christian American souls.
All joking aside, give me a break. The U.S. was one of the last Western nations to allow gay members to serve openly. Time to leave the Dark Ages and focus on the fact that the American military is a volunteer military.
If you don’t like being told what to do, don’t be a soldier.
PS: While I give no credence to statements arguing “who has suffered more”— people of color OR LGBT people OR women OR religious minorities, etc. etc— I do think that a comparison can be made regarding de-segregation of the American military and repeal of DADT. And I can assure you that bigots in both decades weren’t happy about either policy meeting its maker.
The biggest survey of Native American DNA has concluded that the New World was settled in three major waves.
But the majority of today’s indigenous Americans descend from a single group of migrants that crossed from Asia to Alaska 15,000 years ago or more.
Previous genetic data have lent support to the idea that America was colonised by a single migrant wave.
An international team of researchers have published their findings in the journal Nature.
“For years it has been contentious whether the settlement of the Americas occurred by means of a single or multiple migrations from Siberia,” said co-author Prof Andres Ruiz-Linares from University College London (UCL).
“But our research settles this debate: Native Americans do not stem from a single migration. Our study also begins to cast light on patterns of human dispersal within the Americas.”
The team analysed data from 52 Native American and 17 Siberian groups, studying more than 300,000 variations in their DNA known as Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms, or SNPs.
This allowed them to examine patterns of genetic similarities and differences between the population groups …
The team also found that once in the Americas, people expanded southward along a route that hugged the coast, with populations splitting off along the way.
After their divergence, there was little gene flow among Native American groups, especially in South America.
Two glaring exceptions to this simple dispersal were also discovered. First, Central American Chibchan-speakers have ancestry from both North and South America, reflecting a migration back from South America to Central America.
Second, the Naukan and coastal Chukchi from north-eastern Siberia carry distinctive “First American” DNA. Thus, Eskimo-Aleut speakers migrated back to Asia, bringing Native American genes.
The team’s analysis was complicated by the influx into the hemisphere of European and African immigrants since 1492 and the 500 years of genetic mixing that followed …
Read Whole: BBC News
I miss Anthropology.
The move would place the party in line with President Obama, who is the first sitting president to declare that gays and lesbians should be able to marry.
It’s about fucking time.
via Alanna Shaikh at Blood and Milk
An Argument Against Innovation
Now is not the time for programming innovation. Instead, we should focus the next fifteen years on expanding the programs that work. Innovation is aimed at system-changing efforts that will lead to huge success or major failure; that’s not what we need right now. US government resources are not limitless, and we have a deep body of research in what works in global health. We have highly effective programs that are begging for funding; that is where our money should go. The government is well suited for the role of supporting boring but effective health interventions.
Global health research is full of solid, evidence evidence-based interventions that can have been proven to improve health. These include increasing access to contraception, increasing vaccination coverage, home visits by nurses or community health workers, and strengthening primary health care and training health care providers in Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI).
There are many effective pilot projects – proven to work – that have not been broadly implemented. Three examples:
Incorporate IMCI into physician and nurse education in every developing country. IMCI prevents stunting, promotes breastfeeding, and gets mothers to support child development by talking to their children more. It provides inexpensive, effective care for children. We know how train health care works in the strategy, and we know how to include it in medical education. The only thing stopping global adoption is money.
Meet the unmet demand for contraception. Studies have shown that giving couples access to contraception reduces child mortality rates, maternal mortality rates, and deaths from unsafe abortion. Letting women control their fertility also helps to promote gender equality and improve a family’s income. And contraception can be provided by trained health workers; a physician is not needed.
Put more resources into tropical diseases. Onchocerciasis control is a demonstrated success story, but 18 million people are still infected with the nematode that causes it. The African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control seeks to control the illness through universal treatment by 2010, but it will require financial support to keep providing the necessary drugs.
If we want to innovate, we should innovate with our funding models. The United States should start a fund that is devoted to supporting pilot projects that want to expand their reach. That would be an effective counterpoint to the many funding programs that provide “venture capital” for innovative efforts. Governments, NGOs, or UN agencies could apply for funding to scale up pilot programs with a certain number of years of experience, and a certain level of proven effectiveness.
Individuals and foundations love to fund innovative ideas and exciting new programs are easily marketed to foundations and philanthropic individuals. The Gates Foundation, for example, has a clear focus on innovation. In contrast, there is an important role for the US government in supporting the interventions that have been proven to succeed. The American government doesn’t need to sell its ideas to fickle donors or get intensive publicity for the work it does. Instead, it can commit to the slow and steady underpinnings of global health. It’s good for global health efforts to have reliable donors supporting programs that work, and it’s good for the American taxpayer to know that their money is going to projects that will definitely have an impact in improving global health.
Fault Lines’ Seb Walker travels to the Persian Gulf to look at US policy in the region, and to explore why the US has taken an interventionist policy in Libya, but not in Bahrain, where there has been a brutal crackdown on protesters. Why does the White House strongly back democracy in one Arab country, but not another?
Jesus, I love Fault Lines. And I really do love Al Jazeera English. I am well aware of issues related with the Arabic outlet, Qatari funding, etc. Yet compared to the major cable news outlets in the States, Al Jazeera is a quality step above. Real and in depth reporting that asks the tough and serious questions that no one else is fucking asking. CNN, MSNBC, Fox News— even as a self-identified liberal, I don’t care about Rachel Maddow’s views on healthcare. I don’t care what the homophobes and Islamaphobes at Fox think about Obama. I want to see how people in the world react to issues that directly affect them and their lives. I want the stories, not the punditry.
As for the complex situation in Bahrain, watch this episode to understand the lack of US response. The episode is from 2011 but unbelievable in its scope and coverage; still very much relevant. The responses from prominent Sunnis and American military personnel is comedic. A Sunni businessman mentions that no Shia mosques have been destroyed; a minute later, the reporter drives to one of the destroyed mosques.
Sigh. I have a huge crush on Al Jazeera English.
With the specter of mounting violence in some countries, the threat of future mass killings was a prime concern at a symposium in Washington.
The Obama administration’s latest overuse of executive authority at Guantánamo Bay is a decision not to let lawyers visit clients in detention under terms that have been in place since 2004. Because these meetings pose little risk and would send a message about America’s adherence to the rule of law, the administration looks as if it is imperiously punishing detainees for their temerity in bringing legal challenges to their detention and losing.