‘US army bans PSTD diagnosis over costs’

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Wed, 08 Apr 2009 18:13:46 GMT

The US Army has reportedly pressured its medical staff not to diagnose combat veterans, who had fought in Iraq, with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The shocking news was revealed after an Iraq veteran recorded an Army psychologist at Fort Carson, Colorado, during a medical appointment.

A Combat veteran, who has been seeking treatment at Fort Carson for a brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, had put a recording device into his pocket and set it on voice-activation in order to capture what the doctor tells him because of his war-damaged memory, Salon magazine reported Wednesday.

His recording, however, unlocked a dark secret and documented the fact that the US military does not want Iraq veterans to be diagnosed with PTSD– something that wounded soldiers and their advocates have long suspected.


via ‘US army bans PSTD diagnosis over costs’


“I am under a lot of pressure to not diagnose PTSD” | Salon News h/t: CLG

Listen to a segment of the recording of an Army psychologist at Fort Carson, Colo., saying that he was under pressure not to diagnose combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.


Mosaic News – 4/7/09: World News From The Middle East

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This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.


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“Can Obama Repair the Damage?” Al Jazeera English, Qatar
“Does Obama Know What He’s Doing?” IBA TV, Israel
“Israel Seizes Ancient Stone,” Jordan TV, Jordan
“More Home Demolitions in Jerusalem,” Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
“Abbas Envoys Hold Palestinian Unity Talks With Hamas in Gaza,” Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
“Palestinian Comedians Poke Fun At Internal Divisions,” Al Arabiya TV, UAE
“Facebook Intifada in Egypt,” New TV, Lebanon
“No Luxury Purchases in Kuwait,” Dubai TV, UAE
“Journalist Hurls Shoe at Indian Minister,” Dubai TV, UAE
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Somali pirates overpowered by US crew but captain still held prisoner

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by Ewen MacAskill in Washington and Xan Rice in Nairobi
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 8 April 2009 21.08 BST

When Somali pirates skimmed across the Indian Ocean and muscled their way aboard a US food aid ship today, it had all the hallmarks of a depressingly familiar scene: a hostage cargo ship, a vulnerable crew and a well-organised team of brigands with the firepower and knowhow to seize a ship and demand a fat ransom.

But as a dramatic tussle on the high seas played out tonight, it became clear this was a startlingly different confrontation to the regular string of hijackings and hostage-takings that have plagued the waters off the Horn of Africa in recent months.

The standoff was apparently defused when the 20-man crew turned on their captors and managed to overpower them, seizing one pirate and sending three others fleeing for their dinghy.


The drama began when the Maersk Alabama, a container vessel owned by the Danish shipping giant, was hijacked 280 miles southeast of Eyl off Somalia’s eastern coast this morning. It was the pirates’ sixth successful strike in the past fortnight. It was also the first US ship, and crew, to be seized by Somali pirates. Although hostages are seldom hurt while ransoms are negotiated, the kidnapping of Americans would pose serious concern in the White House.

Obama and the White House team had only arrived back in Washington at about 3am (EST) after a week-long tour of Europe and Iraq, but they monitored the crisis, facing the prospect of paying millions in ransom money, as other countries have done, or ordering military action.


via Somali pirates overpowered by US crew but captain still held prisoner | World news | guardian.co.uk

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Latest On Somali Pirates Hijacked Ship



April 08, 2009 CNN

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Protests in Moldova

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http://www.euronews.net People demonstrate in front of the presidential palace in Chisinau in Moldova to protest against an alleged forgery of the vote results in the latest elections.


Moldova awaits larger protests


In Moldova, opposition leaders say they’ll stage protests on a larger scale on Wednesday over the results of the recent election.


Moldovan turmoil grew out of unresolved social problems

I Almost Regret Voting For Obama by Josh Sidman

by Josh Sidman
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Featured Writer
April 8, 2009

The “almost” is due to my firm belief that electing John McCain would have led to World War III. That being said, in terms of the economy, I don’t believe McCain could possibly have done worse than Obama is doing.

Those who read my blog regularly may have noticed that despite supporting Obama in the election, I quickly became critical of him when he took office. I felt somewhat bad about doing so – as if he deserved some kind of “grace period”. So, although I made a number of criticisms, I felt conflicted – like maybe I was being a little too hard on the guy. As of now though, I am convinced that Obama is either a) incompetent, or b) a bought-and-paid-for stooge of the banking industry.

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