He criticizes doctors’ interpretation of the “Hippocratic Oath’s admonition to ‘use my power to help the sick to the best of my ability and judgment’ as an imperative to do everything for the patient regardless of cost or effect on others.” Emanuel argues that medical services must be restricted for the general population—unless, of course, the individual can pay extra for them.
Throughout the three years I lived in Canada, and the eight years I lived in Denmark, I would periodically return to the U.S. to see family and friends. I would regale my American acquaintances with stories of what it was like to live in a land with little to no poverty, absurdly cheap to outright free higher education, a generous minimum wage and free government healthcare. I was surprised and even hurt to find that instead of inspiring my listeners to lobby for such things themselves, I was branded an “America hater.”
In the Senate there is good news and bad news on the Healthcare Bill being crafted by insurance industry puppet Max Baucus. The good news is that work continues. Unfortunately, the bad news is that work continues too. Having already sold out our chances for real reform, Baucus is keeping the ball rolling on rewarding his insurance contributors with you guessed it, more Corporate Welfare.
When polled, "nearly three-quarters of physicians supported some form of a public option, either alone or in combination with private insurance options," says Dr. Salomeh Keyhani. She and Dr. Alex Federman, both internists and researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, conducted a random survey, by mail and by phone, of 2,130 doctors. They surveyed them from June right up to early September.
During the danse macabre of Saturday (otherwise known as the "Taxpayer March on D.C.") at least one voice of sanity was present, a Democrat with some very large cojones. The villagers were not happy.
The virus, named Lujo, is an arenavirus that over nine days caused rash, fever, muscle pain, diarrhoea, severe bleeding, vomiting, organ failure and death, said Nivesh Sewlall, who treated the first patient at Johannesburg's Morningside MediClinic Hospital. He reported the findings at an infectious disease conference in San Francisco yesterday.
American commandos killed one of the most wanted Islamic militants in Africa in a daylight raid in southern Somalia on Monday, according to American and Somali officials, an indication of the Obama administration’s willingness to use combat troops strategically against Al Qaeda’s growing influence in the region. VoltaireNet: AFRICOM: Pentagon’s First Direct Military Intervention In Africa.
"Being born in Norway is like winning a lottery," Stoltenberg once said. "I think we should be thankful because we are living in one of the world's absolutely richest countries." Norway has a fund worth $420 billion saved from oil revenues. TimesOnline: Norwegian PM Jens Stoltenberg 'claims victory' in election.
On Saturday, right-wing groups organized a demonstration in Washington to denounce the Obama administration, with particular focus on the proposed health care overhaul outlined in the president’s speech before Congress on Wednesday. The march, organized by former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey’s group, FreedomWorks, attracted an extremely confused social layer, combining demands for lower taxes and less government spending with fanatical anti-abortion and anti-immigrant politics. Reflecting views promoted by fascistic talk show commentators, many denounced Obama for attempting to introduce “socialism” in America, while others likened him to Hitler and questioned his status as a US citizen. The immediate political motive of the organizers was to denounce what they called “ObamaCare,” which the FreedomWorks web site characterizes as a “government takeover of health care.” They have focused particular attention on the so-called “public option,” a proposal that would establish a very limited government-run insurance plan to compete with private insurers in a revamped health care market.
A report by B’Tselem, the Israeli human rights group, shows that 1,387 Palestinians were killed during Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip last December and January. More than half of them, 773, were civilians, and 290 were under 17 years of age. These findings, which were carefully crosschecked, flatly contradict the Israeli Defence Force (IDF), which claimed that 1,166 Gazans were killed in the conflict, of whom 709 were militants from Hamas and other groups opposed to Israel, 295 civilians, with 89 of them under age 16.
Tens of thousands of samples of human tissue will be offered for use in controversial human/animal hybrid embryo research without the consent of the patients who donated them. New rules coming into force next month will give scientists working on stem cell research access to samples of blood and tissue collected by NHS hospitals during biopsies and treatments, as well as to giant "tissue banks" which built up stores of material before the legislation was introduced. Ethics experts, patients' groups and churches described the change as "absolutely frightening" and liable to destroy trust among thousands who donate, whatever their views on the use of hybrid embryos for stem cell research.
Hugo Chavez visited Moscow last week. Russia has agreed to lend Venezuela over $2bn (£1.2bn) to buy weapons, President Hugo Chavez has said. The credit will be used to purchase nearly 100 tanks and a series of anti-aircraft rocket systems from Russia.
Bart Becht, the chief executive of Reckitt Benckiser, was rewarded with £36.8m in pay, bonuses, perks and share incentive schemes. Executives at Britain's top companies saw their basic salaries leap 10% last year, despite the onset of the worst global recession in decades, in which their companies lost almost a third of their value amid a record decline in the FTSE.
United States Special Middle East Envoy, George Mitchell, denied Israeli reports that claimed an agreement has been reached with Israel regarding freezing settlement activities in the occupied territories.
Yunis al Masri was luckier than his two brothers from Gaza. Although the truck that ploughed into their car as they traveled to work in Israel 24 years ago killed Jaber and Kamal instantly, al Masri survived with shattered bones, internal bleeding and brain damage.
Haidar Eid, a professor of English, political commentator and resident of Gaza City, writes an open letter to South African President Jacob Zuma following Zuma's address to the South African Jewish Board of Deputies.
New York City teachers Emily Giles and Bill Linville describe how the drive to spread charter schools affected one public school in Harlem--and how teachers, parents and the community are organizing an opposition.
MEXICO is enduring its worst drought in 60 years, with crops drying up in the fields and water being rationed in the capital. Residents of poor neighbourhoods have hijacked water trucks, and there are other signs of social tensions building, with water supplies cut off frequently, and many people queuing from 4am to ask for water trucks to fill tanks in their houses.
"Israel’s new government has declared that it will not move ahead with the core issue of peace talks with the Palestinians until it sees progress in U.S. efforts to stop Iran’s suspected pursuit of a nuclear weapon. The emerging Israeli position, announced by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu during his May visit to Washington, flies in the face of U.S. policy enunciated by both Republican and Democratic administrations."
Israel's Arabs are right to call for a strike. Their sense of disenfranchisement is a problem too serious to ignore. The announcement that the Israeli Arab leadership is calling for a general strike next month demonstrates the further deterioration of relations between the authorities and the beleaguered Arab citizens of the state. The 1.3 million Arabs living within Israel's borders have never had the most cordial of relationships with the country's rulers, and in the wake of the hard-right coalition's election victory the gulf has grown even wider – culminating in the symbolic protest set for 1 October.
Al-Qaida has used the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and the spectre of Osama bin Laden to taunt the United States in a new audio message warning that Barack Obama is powerless to win the war in Afghanistan on his own terms.
The authoritarian culture of the Christian right pushed a deeply disturbed young man named Matthew Murray over the edge.
Get out your party hats and strike up the band. We are about to celebrate the second anniversary of the GFC - the Global Financial Crisis. No doubt the event will be marked by event-driven television programming and on the world's op-ed pages, even though this is a crisis that began long before most of the world found out about it.
Military blocks the publication of a book containing confidential information and may take author to court. A 42-year-old Special Forces soldier may be jailed for revealing sensitive information in a book about the elite force’s missions in Afghanistan. Sgt First Class Thomas Rathsack’s book ‘Jæger – i krig med eliten’ (‘Hunter – at war with the elite’) was due out on 25 September. But the Defence Command has reviewed it and demanded that it is not published in its current form...
Florence Hartmann, a former official at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, has been convicted of contempt of court and fined $10,000. Hartmann, a French journalist, revealed confidential court documents relating to the trial of the late Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic
A protest at the Toronto International Film Festival has taken center stage after a group of artists and writers signed a letter of protest against the festival’s decision to spotlight the city of Tel Aviv. Activists say the TIFF spotlight plays into Israel’s attempt to improve its global image in the wake of the assault on the Gaza Strip and the ongoing occupation of Palestinian land.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad expresses readiness to negotiate on a wide range of global issues but reiterates that Tehran will not hold talks on its "inalienable [nuclear] rights."
The federal Appeals Court decision to toss a lawsuit claiming contractors tortured detainees in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison is what you’d expect from a tyranny. The new ruling brushes off the charges by 212 Iraqis who said they or their late husbands were abused by U.S. personnel at Abu Ghraib. The suit charged private security firm CACI International Inc., of Arlington, Va., of crimes inside the Baghdad hellhole.
"Israel need not apologize for the assassination or destruction of those who seek to destroy it. The first order of business for any country is the protection of its people."Washington Jewish Week, October 9, 1997 I came from a country occupied militarily by Israel to the land of "the free and the brave" only to find out it too was occupied politically by Israel.
It was supposed to have been Annie Le’s wedding night. But hours after the 24-year-old graduate student at Yale was to have been married, investigators found a body stuffed inside a wall of the lab building in New Haven where she was last seen alive.
The CIA shared with George W. Bush’s Justice Department the details of how an interrogation strategy – with an emphasis on forced nudity and physical abuse – could train prisoners in “learned helplessness” and demonstrate “the complete control of Americans.” The 19-page document, entitled “Background Paper on CIA’s Combined Use of Interrogation Techniques” and dated Dec. 30, 2004, contains repeated references to keeping suspected al-Qaeda captives – called “high-value detainees” or HVDs – naked as part of the strategy for breaking down their resistance.
A U.S. soldier who lost two of his men questions a suspected insurgent about the attack. Afterward, a slain, naked Iraqi -- and the truth about what befell him -- are left behind in a dark culvert. In the open desert outside Baiji, Iraq, a naked man with a thick black beard crouched in the dust of a railroad culvert at twilight. Hours before, he had been mumbling and praying in Arabic. Now he spoke few words. Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna stood over him in the grainy darkness, his Glock pistol racked and pointed down at him.
"After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the U.S. and NATO immediately moved on Central Asia, and the war in Afghanistan has provided them with the opportunity to gain domination over all of South as well as Central Asia and to undermine and threaten the existence of the only regional security bodies – the SCO and CSTO – which could counteract the West’s drive for control of Eurasia."
Bribing leaders in the Afghan hinterland to take sides in the clash of civilisations is no easy task. The CIA used to offer local chiefs money for information, but then they would spend it so ostentatiously they effectively blew their own cover. Operatives used to give weapons before it turned out that the arms were being sold on and used against them.
Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Washington at the weekend in the largest manifestation yet of the angry anti-Obama sentiment being whipped up among rightwing Republicans.
In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, President George W. Bush and many policymakers and mainstream religious leaders were careful to emphasise that America was waging a war against global terrorism, not against Islam. Bush declared his respect for Islam and the need to distinguish between the religion of Islam and the actions of terrorists. However, America's pursuit and prosecution internationally and domestically of its broad-based war against terrorism, the rhetoric and policies of the administration that accompanied them, reinforced a negative reaction that cuts across much of the Muslim world, from North Africa to Southeast Asia, and was a serious concern of many of America's European allies.
Thousands of schoolgirls have suffered suspected adverse reactions to a controversial cervical cancer vaccine introduced by the Government. Doctors’ reports show that girls of 12 and 13 have experienced convulsions, fever and paralysis after being given the vaccine, which is now administered in schools as part of efforts to prevent women developing cancer.
Despite efforts by Washington in recent years to bring about a normalization of relations between Israel and the Arab world, Saudi Arabia has been steadily intensifying its enforcement of the Arab League boycott of Israel, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
The government has announced it will issue new guidelines giving detainees held in U.S. custody at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan more opportunity to challenge their detention. The guidelines would reportedly assign military officials to detainees to gather information about the circumstances of their detention, which could then be used to challenge their detention before a military-appointed review board.
Thirty Afghan civilians were among nearly 100 people killed after Nato aircraft destroyed two stolen oil tankers in the north of the country earlier this month, an Afghan government investigation has concluded. About 69 other people who died in the bombardment in Kunduz province on September 4 were Taliban fighters, an investigator told the AFP news agency on Sunday.
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