Jack Saturday

Monday, February 18, 2013

Anti Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 943-945


Incomes Flat in Recovery, but Not for the 1%
New data show uneven benefits from the economic recovery
of 2010-11, with a big rise for the highest earners and little change for others.
(emphasis JS)
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is lifting the military’s official ban on women in combat, which will open up hundreds of thousands of additional front-line jobs to them, senior defense officials said Wednesday.
As of last year, more than 800 women had been wounded in the two wars and more than 130 had died.
Women have long chafed under the combat restrictions and have increasingly pressured the Pentagon to catch up with the reality on the battlefield.
The decision clearly fits into the broad and ambitious liberal agenda, especially around matters of equal opportunity, that President Obama laid out this week in his Inaugural Address…

...meant to ensure that women as well as men “are given the opportunity to succeed
Pentagon Is Set to Lift Combat Ban for Women
New York Times
(emphasis JS)

Last year, nearly 3,200 rapes and sexual assaults were officially reported, but the Pentagon admits that represents just 15 per cent of all incidents.

A military survey revealed that one in five women in the US forces has been sexually assaulted, but most do not report it. Nearly half said that they "did not want to cause trouble in their unit".

A former army nurse told a member of the US Congress that during her tours in Iraq and Afghanistan she was more afraid of being attacked by her fellow soldiers than she was of the enemy.


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