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Sunday, den 5. August 2012

The strategy of using unions as a foil apparently worked by making it difficult for the unions to pressure lawmakers to support. “As a result,” notes the presentation, “rather than targeting specific [lawmakers] in a negative way, …

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Thursday, den 28. June 2012

Reuters reports today that Mitt Romney’s campaign foreign policy advisers are increasingly at odds, with the moderate faction fighting the neocons. “[F]ights have broken out over touchstone issues such as Russia and China,” Reuters says. The New York Times reported as much back in May and the campaign stresses that internal disputes are part of the normal process.

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Wednesday, den 27. June 2012

Iranian Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi declared in a speech on Tuesday that the Talmud, the central text of Judaism, was responsible for the spread of drugs around the world, reports The New York Times’ Thomas Erdbrink . “The Islamic Republic of Iran will pay for anybody who can research and find one single Zionist who is an addict,” Rahmini said.

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Wednesday, den 27. June 2012

With an announcement to allow women in its official Olympic delegation, Saudi Arabia became the last country in the world to send a woman to the Olympics .

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Saturday, den 9. June 2012

NATO combat operations in Afghanistan are expected to draw to a close by the middle of next year and the U.S. completed its withdrawal of troops from Iraq last December. But while fewer American soldiers are in the line of fire each day, new Pentagon statistics show that an average of one military suicide occurred each day in the first six months of 2012, the fastest pace in the past ten years. The statistics reported by The Associated Press show that military deaths from suicide outweighed combat deaths by a two-to-one ratio, a dramatic uptick since 2010 and 2011 when military suicides decreased from previous years. See the chart below: The 154 suicides for active duty troops in the first 155 days of 2012 raises serious questions about why military suicide rates have surged in the first half of 2012. Studies conducted by the Defense Department suggest that soldiers with multiple combat tours are more likely to commit suicide and other studies have found that combat exposure, post-traumatic stress, misuse of prescription medications and personal financial problems can all contribute to military suicides. A report released last year [ PDF ] by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) found that while the military and the Veterans Authority have taken admirable steps to improve suicide prevention and mental health counseling services but serious obstacles remain. They include: Frequent personnel transfers complicate efforts to provide consistent mental health services. Personnel transfers occuring quickly after return from deployments hampers efforts to identify mental health conditions in the post-deployment period. Commanders are not always aware when subordinates are the subject investigation, an event which is sometimes a suicide trigger. Soldiers are sometimes encouraged to provide untruthful answers in post-deployment mental health screening questionnaires. A cultural stigma against mental health care persists in the armed forces. Last month, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta sent an internal memo to the Pentagon’s top civilian and military leaders addressing the stigma associated with seeking helping for mental distress in the military. “We must continue to fight to eliminate the stigma from those with post-traumatic stress and other mental health issues,” Panetta wrote, adding that commanders “cannot tolerate any actions that belittle, haze, humiliate or ostracize any individual, especially those who require or are responsibly seeking professional services.”

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Thursday, den 7. June 2012

After last Sunday’s protest of thousands of Turkish women against a proposed law that would restrict abortions, a group of Turkish men are set to join their cause this weekend. The proposed law would restrict abortions to the first 4 weeks of pregnancy, down from the 10 weeks established when Turkey legalized abortions in 1983. The group, Irritated Men, was formed in 2008 in response to violence against women. After comments by Ankara mayor Melih Gökçek — who said, “Why do babies die because of these so-called mothers? Let mothers kill themselves.” — Irritated Men decided to take up the abortion issue . “It’s not just women; men are also irritated by the government’s anti-abortion campaign, but we also should show it,” said the group’s spokesman Orhan Cerav. The group will rally on Sunday in Istanbul.

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Thursday, den 7. June 2012

Foreign policy hawks frequently portray military action against Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program as a preferable alternative to the possible outcome of a nuclear weapons possessing Iran. While President Obama remains committed to preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, telling an audience in March that, “Iran’s leaders should know that I do not have a policy of containment,” a report released yesterday by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) explores the policy implications of a nuclear armed Iran and the potential repercussions of a military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. The report, whose authors include Colin Kahl, a former top Middle East policy official at the Pentagon, concurs with Israeli , U.S. and IAEA reports that Iran’s leadership has not yet committed to constructing a nuclear weapon. More importantly, “if Iran’s nuclear progress continues, the supreme leader could conceivably be satisfied with stopping at a ‘threshold’ capability just short of full-fledged weaponization,” reads the report. And while a nuclear armed Iran would “be more aggressive and dangerous than an Iran without nuclear weapons,” Kahl and his coauthors Melissa Dalton and Matthew Irvine find that “Iran is unlikely to deliberately use a nuclear weapon or transfer a nuclear device to terrorists for use against Israel.” Addressing policymakers, the CNAS report, “Risk And Rivalry: Iran, Israel And The Bomb,” advise that preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon should remain a priority and that Israeli and U.S. policymakers should avoid drawing red-lines and taking “steps that limit diplomatic options.” The CNAS authors find that an Israeli strike on Iran “would likely backfire, increasing the risks to Israeli security and regional stability” and a U.S. attack could, at best, produce “a significant delay in Iran’s nuclear program.” While a nuclear armed Iran is, as the authors acknowledge, a dangerous outcome, they push-back at the notion that Iran’s leadership is suicidal and irrational, finding that “the actual behavior of the Islamic Republic over the past three decades indicates that the regime is not suicidal and is sufficiently rational for nuclear deterrence.”

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Thursday, den 26. April 2012

During his second day of testimony at a  parliamentary hearing  on the phone hacking scandal, Rupert Murdoch apologized for the scandal, and, according to The New York Times,  “coupled his apology with suggestions that there had been what he called a cover-up ‘from within The News of the World’ to hide the extent of the phone hacking scandal.” From  The New York Times :  After a day of testimony at a British judicial inquiry over his ties, friendships and disputes with British politicians, Rupert Murdoch returned to the witness stand on Thursday, saying he apologized for failing to take measures to avert the hacking scandal that has convulsed his media outpost here. “I also have to say that I failed,” Mr. Murdoch told the so-called Leveson inquiry. “I am very sorry about it.” He said that he had not paid adequate attention to the newspaper at the center of the scandal, The News of the World tabloid, which Mr. Murdoch closed in July as the affair widened. “It was an omission by me,” he said, adding that he wished to apologize “to a lot of people, including all the innocent people” at The News of the World, a Sunday tabloid, “who lost their jobs.” Casting himself as a victim, Mr. Murdoch coupled his apology with suggestions that there had been what he called a cover-up “from within The News of the World” to hide the extent of the phone hacking scandal. And, like James Murdoch on Tuesday, he seemed to blame subordinates for not alerting him to the practices being used at the newspaper to secure its scoops.  Bloomberg recently reported that there were likely more than 1,000 victims of the News of the World ‘s phone hacking. On Wednesday, Murdoch testified that he doesn’t “believe in using hacking, in using private detectives or whatever, that’s a lazy way of reporters not doing their job. But I think it is fair when people have themselves held up as iconic figures or great actors that they be looked at.” Also on Wednesday, an aide to British culture secretary Jeremy Hunt submitted his resignation after the revelation on Tuesday of close communications between Hunt’s office and James Murdoch.

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Saturday, den 7. January 2012

By Rebecca Kemble, January 6, 2012 More “socialize the costs, privatize the benefits” laws proposed before Walker recall. read more

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Sunday, den 13. November 2011

By Rebecca Kemble, November 10, 2011 Doing your job as a civil servant or appointed governmental board member in Wisconsin is becoming more complicated as the ramifications of newly passed laws and executive orders come into effect. read more

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