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The U.S. Has The Most Expensive And Least Effective Health Care In The Developed World

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  • The U.S. lags far behind when it comes to ensuring health care access, efficiency, and equity.
  • The U.S. Is The Only Developed Nation With A Rising Maternal Mortality Rate

Tara Culp-Ressler, Think Progress

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June 16, 2014 | For the fifth time in a row, the United States has been ranked last in a prominent think tank’s review of industrialized nation’s health care systems. Compared to other wealthy countries like Germany, France, Switzerland, and Australia, the U.S. lags far behind when it comes to ensuring health care access, efficiency, and equity.

Among the nations included in the Commonwealth Fund’s survey, the highest percentage of U.S. residents skip out on the medical care they need because they can’t afford it. Thirty-seven percent of Americans said they didn’t fill a prescription, visit a doctor, or seek out recommended medical care because they were worried about the cost; on the other end of the spectrum, just four percent of United Kingdom residents reported skimping on that care for the same concerns. That’s largely because the United States is the only country on the list that doesn’t offer universal health care, leaving a proportion of its population uninsured and unable to pay for medical services out of pocket.

Tara Culp-Ressler is the Health Editor for ThinkProgress.

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The U.S. Is The Only Developed Nation With A Rising Maternal Mortality RateAnna Almendrala, Huffington Post

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What is it about the U.S. that makes pregnancy more deadly?

 

 

Bowe Bergdahl and the Moral Rot of American Exceptionalism

  • “The future is too good to waste on lies,” Bowe wrote. “And life is way too short to care for the damnation of others, as well as to spend it helping fools with their ideas that are wrong. I have seen their ideas and I am ashamed to even be american (sic). The horror of the self-righteous arrogance that they thrive in. It is all revolting.” --From “America’s Last Prisoner of War”, by Michael Hastings. Rolling Stone, June 7, 2012
  • The Debate We Won't Have but Should

Winston Warfield, Counterpunch

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471*425/02bowe+gal53114.JPG U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Photo: U.S. ARMY, NYT - NYT 

June 6-8, 2014 | Nothing exposes the decadence of American militarism and the ideology of American exceptionalism better than the explosion of emotion sweeping the internet, Congress and the news media over the prisoner exchange of Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban. He is being vilified as a deserter and personally responsible for the deaths of fellow soldiers missioned to find him. The American right-wing located in the Republican party, some liberals like Chris Matthews and Dianne Feinstein and some of his fellow soldiers are all calling for his head in a display of vengeful nastiness bordering on psychotic. Bergdahl’s motivations for walking away from the bizarre U.S. counterinsurgency expedition in Afghanistan, a “dirty war” seemingly without purpose or end, are being lost in the fog of infantile political temper tantrums.

Bergdahl was according to an in-depth Rolling Stone article in 2012 by the late Michael Hastings, an exceptionally competent and motivated soldier during training, serious about preparing himself for combat. So serious and competent, that his fellow soldiers kidded him about being too gung-ho. He was moved in part by what he had read or viewed of reports of atrocities against civilians by the Taliban and other jihadist groups in other countries. His was an honest and heartfelt desire to “serve and protect” the poor and destitute in conflict zones. He was a highly-motivated foot soldier for “humanitarian imperialism”, the perfect youthful idealist falling for the good-vs-evil fairy tale of American exceptionalism.

Winston Warfield is a member of the Smedley D. Butler Brigade of Veterans for Peace, in Boston.

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Obama was right to bargain with Taliban for Bergdahl, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The criticisms can be countered. In the big picture, this made sense.
  • Part 1: The Real Villains of the Bergdahl Tale
  • Part 2: Bergdahl critics desert U.S. values

 

Iraq War Drums -- Again!

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  • The United States simply cannot be sucked into another round of war in Iraq.
  • sign-btn.png Sign our petition. Tell President Obama and Congress: No New U.S. War in Iraq!
  • Part 1: Obama Weighs 'All Options' for Iraq as Hawks Revive War Drums
  • Part 2: No New U.S. War in Iraq!
  • Tom Engelhardt | A Record of Unparalleled Failure

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



Part 1: Obama Weighs 'All Options' for Iraq as Hawks Revive War Drums

  • Sen. McCain said Obama should "bring the team in who won the conflict in Iraq in to turn this situation around."
  • Critical voices, however, warn that U.S. invasion is the root cause of the unfolding violence—not the solution.

Jon Queally, Common Dreams

/protest_13.jpgIraq War protest on January 27, 2007 in Washington, D.C. organized by United for Peace and Justice. (Photo: AudeVivere / Wikimedia Creative Commons)

Thursday, June 12, 2014 | As the crisis in Iraq continues to escalate, with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) vowing to attack Iraqi Army forces head on by advancing on Baghdad, U.S. war hawks are pressuring President Obama to intervene militarily. Critical voices, however, warn that U.S. invasion is the root cause of the unfolding violence—not the solution.

Speaking at the White House on Thursday, President Obama said his military advisers are monitoring events in Iraq closely and that he and his team are "looking at all the options" in order to offer assistance to the Iraqi government. “I don’t rule out anything because we do have a stake in making sure that these jihadists are not getting a permanent foot hold in either Iraq or Syria," said Obama, portending a decision about the possibility of U.S. military involvement in the coming weeks, if not days.

Jon Queally: staff writer, Common Dreams

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Part 2: No New U.S. War in Iraq!  

images/peacegallupcolorsmall_1.jpg President Obama was right to say that the Iraqi government must be responsible for security in Iraq. President Obama should resist calls for direct U.S. military action in Iraq, including airstrikes. Members of Congress must insist that before any direct U.S. military action in Iraq, including airstrikes, there must be explicit Congressional authorization.

Just Foreign Policy 

June 13, 2014 |  Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain have called for direct U.S. military action in Iraq in the wake of the failure of the Iraqi Army to defend Mosul against Sunni insurgents. 

But Senate Armed Services Chair Carl Levin has correctly called for caution. Levin said: "It's unclear how air strikes on our part can succeed unless the Iraqi army is willing to fight, and that's uncertain given the fact that several Iraqi army divisions have melted away." As the New York Times has written, “The United States simply cannot be sucked into another round of war in Iraq.” 

sign-btn.png Act now! Sign our petition at MoveOn telling President Obama and Congress NO to a new U.S. war in Iraq. 

Just Foreign Policy is an independent and non-partisan membership organization dedicated to reforming U.S. foreign policy by mobilizing and organizing the broad majority of Americans who want a foreign policy based on diplomacy, law and cooperation.

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Tom Engelhardt | A Record of Unparalleled Failure, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • More than half a century of American-style war by the most powerful and potentially destructive military on the planet adds up to worse than nothing.
  • Part 1: Don’t Walk Away from War 
  • Part 2: Stop Here

 

 

Tom Engelhardt | A Record of Unparalleled Failure

  • More than half a century of American-style war by the most powerful and potentially destructive military on the planet adds up to worse than nothing.
  • Part 1: Don’t Walk Away from War 
  • Part 2: Stop Here

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



Part 1: Don’t Walk Away from War 

  • It’s Not the American Way 
  • Here are five straightforward lessons -- none acceptable in what passes for discussion and debate in this country -- that could be drawn from that last half century of every kind of American warfare.

Tom Engelhardt, Tom Dispatch

End%20the%20War.jpg June 10, 2014 | The United States has been at war -- major boots-on-the-ground conflicts and minor interventions, firefights, air strikes, drone assassination campaigns, occupations, special ops raids, proxy conflicts, and covert actions -- nearly nonstop since the Vietnam War began.  That’s more than half a century of experience with war, American-style, and yet few in our world bother to draw the obvious conclusions.

Given the historical record, those conclusions should be staring us in the face.  They are, however, the words that can’t be said in a country committed to a military-first approach to the world, a continual build-up of its forces, an emphasis on pioneering work in the development and deployment of the latest destructive technology, and a repetitious cycling through styles of war from full-scale invasions and occupations to counterinsurgency, proxy wars, and back again.

Tom Engelhardt created and runs the Tomdispatch.com website, a project of The Nation Institute where he is a Fellow. He is the author of a highly praised history of American triumphalism in the Cold War, The End of Victory Culture, and of a novel, The Last Days of Publishing, as well as a collection of his Tomdispatch interviews, Mission Unaccomplished. Each spring he is a Teaching Fellow at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Part 2: Stop Here ~ Beverly Gologorsky

One summer reading recommendation tied to today’s piece: don’t miss TomDispatch author Beverly Gologorsky’s Stop Here, a powerful working class novel about the effects on this country of its endless, distant wars. It’s riveting! Tom

Described in Good Reads

books/1364250859l/17412773.jpg June 10, 2014 | Ava, Mila, and Rosalyn all work at Murray's Diner in Long Island. They are friends and coworkers struggling to hold together their disordered lives. While Ava privately grieves the loss of her husband in the first Iraq War, Mila struggles to dissuade her seventeen-year-old daughter from enlisting in the second. Rosalyn works as an escort by night until love and illness to disrupt the tenuous balance she'd found and the past she'd kept at a safe distance. The promise of a new relationship with a coworker soon begins to restore Ava's faith in her own ability to feel, and Mila learns through wrenching loss that children must learn from their own mistakes. But ultimately it is love–for one another and for their wayward families–that sustains them through the pain and uncertainty of a world with no easy answers.

With tender, unadorned prose and a supremely human sympathy for the triumphs and defeats of everyday life, in this long-awaited second novel Beverly Gologorsky delivers a moving and incisive story about loss, friendship, and healing in the shadow of a seemingly endless war.

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So Who's The Guy Who Just Beat Eric Cantor? Meet Dave Brat.

  • He's an Ayn Rand proselytizer, successfully tarred Cantor as a "pro-amnesty" candidate, thinks religion has been short-shrifted, and supports getting rid of the federal role in farm regulation.
  • Eric Cantor's Stunning Demise and What It All Means

Samantha Lachman, Huffington Post 

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goposaur_upsidedown.jpeg?13455644106/10/2014 | David Brat, a tea party activist and professor, scored one of the biggest upsets in political history Tuesday when he defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Republican primary to represent Virginia's 7th District.

Brat's campaign website crashed in the immediate aftermath of the news. Here, more about his background.

Samantha Lachman: Elections Fellow at Huffington Post

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Eric Cantor's Stunning Demise and What It All Means, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • This is a huge victory for anti-immigration extremists, including Ann Coulter, Matt Drudge, Laura Ingraham and Mickey Kaus. 
  • Part 1: Tea Party eats its own: Why Cantor’s right-wing obstruction wasn’t enough
  • Part 2: Eric Cantor got what he deserved: A political fraud’s stunning demise

 

The US Gun Culture, June 10, 2014

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  • America is living under the gun. America has lost its mind.
  • Part 1: If It's A School Week In America, Odds Are There Will Be A School Shooting
  • Part 2: Shooter And Student Reported Dead At Reynolds High School

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: If It's A School Week In America, Odds Are There Will Be A School Shooting

Including Tuesday's incident at a high school in Troutdale, Oregon, 74 school shootings have taken place in the approximately 18 months since the Dec. 14, 2012, Newtown shooting.

Nick Wing & Sam Stein, Huffington Post

2014_SchoolShootingsSinceNewtown1.png06/10/2014 | Since the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, there have been an average of 1.37 school shootings for each school week, according to data maintained by Everytown for Gun Safety, a group fighting to end gun violence.

Including Tuesday's incident at a high school in Troutdale, Oregon, 74 school shootings have taken place in the approximately 18 months since the Dec. 14, 2012, Newtown shooting. The average school year typically lasts about 180 days, which means there have been roughly 270 school days, or 54 weeks, of class since the shooting at Newtown. With 74 total incidents over that period, the nation is averaging well over a shooting per school week.

Nick Wing: Senior Viral Editor at Huffington Post

Sam Stein: Political Editor and White House Correspondent at Huffington Post

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Part 2: Shooter And Student Reported Dead At Reynolds High School

The Oregon violence came less than a week after a gunman opened fire on a college campus in neighboring Washington state, killing a 19-year-old man and wounding two others. It follows a string of mass shootings that have disturbed the nation, including one on Sunday in Nevada that left two Las Vegas police officers and a civilian dead.

Nigel Duara and Jonathan Cooper, Associated Press / Huffington Post

06/10/2014 | A teen gunman armed with a rifle shot and killed a student Tuesday and injured a teacher before he likely killed himself at a high school in a quiet Columbia River town in Oregon, authorities said.

After the shooting stopped, police spotted the suspect slumped on a toilet in a bathroom but couldn't see what was happening with him.

Nigel Duara: Associated Press (AP) legal affairs reporter, focusing on civil liberties, mental health and terrorism.

Jonathan Cooper: Associated Press (AP) reporter covering Oregon politics and government. 

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Chris Hedges | The Rules of Revolt

A nonviolent movement that disrupts the machinery of state and speaks a truth a state hopes to suppress has the force to terrify authority and create deep fissures within the power structure.

‘We Are Either Gonna Step Off the Board or They’re Gonna Kill Us’

Chris Hedges, Truthdig

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Jun 9, 2014 | There are some essential lessons we can learn from the student occupation of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, which took place 25 years ago. The 1989 protests began as a demonstration by university students to mourn the death of Hu Yaobang, the reformist Communist Party chief who had been forced out by Deng Xiaoping. The protests swiftly expanded to include demands for an end to corruption, for press freedom and for democracy. At their height, perhaps a million people were in the square. The protests were crushed on the night of June 3-4 when some 200,000 soldiers, backed by tanks and armored personnel carriers, attacked. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of unarmed demonstrators were killed.

Lesson No. 1. A nonviolent movement that disrupts the machinery of state and speaks a truth a state hopes to suppress has the force to terrify authority and create deep fissures within the power structure. The ruling elites in China, we now know from leaked internal documents and the work of a handful of historians, believed the protests had the potential to dislodge them from power. Monolithic power, as we saw in China, is often a mirage. Some of the internal documents that exposed the fears and deep divisions within the ruling elite have been collected by the Princeton University Library.

Chris Hedges, a weekly columnist for Truthdig, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries, specializing in American politics and society. 

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‘We Are Either Gonna Step Off the Board or They’re Gonna Kill Us’, Alexander Reed KellyTruthdig 

War—on the battlefield, for oil, in our minds. Chris Hedges and Mr. Fish about their dealings with our civilization’s war against itself in all its ugly forms.

 

 

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