The average Afghan — and, indeed, the average American — may be deriving very little benefit from the United States’ continued occupation of Afghanistan and the billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars that continue to be poured into that country, but in both countries the well-connected make out quite handsomely. In Afghanistan, the key to prosperity and power, it seems, is having the surname of Karzai, as in President Hamid Karzai.
Susan Reverby, Wellesley College (MA) Professor of Women’s Studies, has unearthed evidence of a study conducted in Guatemala by the U.S. government between 1946-48 in which Guatemalan subjects were deliberately inoculated with sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs). More than 60 years ago, government medical researchers intentionally infected hundreds of Guatemalans with gonorrhea and syphilis, including prisoners and institutionalized mental patients, without their permission or even knowledge. Reverby posted her report on her website.
A poll released on October 5 by the nonprofit Public Religion Research Institute indicated that nearly half (47 percent) of Americans who consider themselves members of the Tea Party movement also consider themselves part of the "Christian conservative movement."
President Barack Obama's Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, resigned from his post on October 1 amid rampant speculation that he would run for Mayor of Chicago in the wake of incumbent Mayor Richard M. Daley's announcement that he will not stand for reelection next year.
Scott Bradley aims to give Utah voters a real choice in the November U.S. Senate race. The longtime Republican-turned-Constitution Party candidate faces an uphill battle in the race, but is running on a pure constitutionalist platform.