FDL Book Salon Welcomes Joshua E. S. Phillips, None of Us Were Like This Before: American Soldiers and Torture

By: Saturday February 18, 2012 1:59 pm

The Iraq war isn’t over. For tens of thousands of soldiers returning from the battlefield, it never will be. Some of these men and women will turn to alcohol and drugs to ease their mental injuries; some will end up homeless, unemployed and divorced. Some will commit suicide. Most will be forgotten.

That will be one of the lasting legacies of the nearly nine-year-long conflict.

Fortunately, there are investigative journalists like Joshua Phillips who have taken great pains to preserve the memories of veterans whose lives have been ravaged—and cut short—by the wars.

 

Apple Hoards Cash Offshore; Makes Products Abroad in Abusive Conditions

By: Wednesday November 2, 2011 11:30 am

Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM), a Hong Kong-based group, reports that Apple’s major manufacturing contractors in Asia routinely subject employees to forced overtime, wage theft and no breaks — and even unprotected exposure to toxins.

Unemployment is Killing People

By: Wednesday August 17, 2011 7:10 pm

When considering the effects of unemployment, and the desultory, really uncaring response of the current Democratic administration, as well as Republicans in Congress, to the human devastation of joblessness, it is important to consider the terrible emotional and psychological effects of such unemployment. Such effects are well-documented, but rarely mentioned in articles or blog postings.

Hopelessness, Despair, Suicide – Signs of the Times

By: Friday April 15, 2011 2:00 pm

Whether it is due to economic hopelessness and despair or post traumatic stress disorder hopelessness and despair from serving in war, we are seeing too many suicides from people who seem to feel the world has left them with no other option.

The Sufferings of the Millionaires, and the Sufferings of the Millions

By: Saturday March 19, 2011 9:10 am

42% of the millionaires in a recent Fidelity survey don’t feel wealthy. Seriously.

Maybe they should talk to the folks in Minnesota whom the GOP wants to prohibit from having more than $20 in cash in their pockets, or the family and friends of the Costa Mesa CA maintenance worker who committed suicide after getting a layoff notice.

As Paul Krugman noted, these are “the forgotten millions” — not to be confused with the poor, suffering millionaires. Poor babies. Poor, sad, miserable, suffering, pitiable babies.

How Unemployment Can Make You Sick

By: Tuesday December 28, 2010 4:45 pm

The usual suspects always make the structural argument because they just don’t believe in fiscal policy and the normal means of stimulating investment and consumption. And I think it’s important to understand the fate to which that consigns 15 million unemployed Americans.

Ken Mehlman’s Other Closet

By: Saturday August 28, 2010 9:11 am

Ken Mehlman left the gay closet earlier this week, asking for understanding if not support from the glbt community. That would be easier to find if Mehlman demonstrated a bit of understanding of that community and the toll that the Bush White House and RNC took on it while Mehlman was working there. No matter how much he did in his Off-The-Record political closet, it’s going to be hard to overcome what happened on the record.

Making Time for a Friend, as Suicide Takes its Toll

By: Saturday July 24, 2010 9:06 am

I got a phone call last night from a seminary classmate. An old college friend of hers had just committed suicide. Sadly, calls like this are far too common — whether related to military service, the economy, disasters like the Exxon Valdez or Katrina or the BP spill, or a hundred other causes.

More than ever, tough times call for us to care for one another.

Gulf Area Ship Captain’s Death Likely a Suicide

By: Wednesday June 23, 2010 3:30 pm

The ship captain found dead of a gunshot wound on his boat in Alabama this morning likely committed suicide.

Kandahar Riddle: How Many Soldiers Does it Take to Screw in a Light Bulb?

By: Monday April 26, 2010 4:05 pm

Answer: Zero. The military shouldn’t even be involved in Afghanistan. If we want to achieve our objectives in Afghanistan, we need sustainable, civilian-only solutions.

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