We see the violence daily on our tv’s and often wonder how anyone can possibly lead a normal life. Chat the Planet produced a web series called Hometown Baghdad. It follows 3 young Iraqi men in Baghdad as they maintain a survival existence. I have added episode 5, Songs of Pain, to CHC Theater.
My Podcasts page also contains Alive in Baghdad. There you will find another perspective on life in the embattled city.
Peace & solidarity,
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The past several days have been filled with violence. Notably, Virginia Tech and Baghdad.
I have a couple of thoughts about the discussions coming out of the Virginia Tech tragedy.
While many people are instantly drawn to the question of our gun culture and our gun laws I think we have an opportunity to seriously discuss our views on mental illness. Check out the NAMI
website for information and to find out how your state measures up in a state by state analysis.
It is also an opportunity to support passage of the Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act
. Originally introduced by the late Senator Paul Wellstone the legislation would require insurance companies to treat mental illness the same as physical illness. It is now being championed in the House of Representatives by Congressmen Patrick Kennedy (D-RI)
and Jim Ramstad (R-MN).
Introduced in the House on March 7, H.R 1424 has 256 cosponsors. The Senate companion bill, “The Mental Health Parity Act of 2007”, is sponsored by Senators Kennedy (D-MA), Domenici (R-NM), and Enzi (R-WY).
Violence in Baghdad continues with horrific bombings
claiming many more innocent lives
. Presidential hopeful, Republican John McCain, has shown he is good at the BIG LIE when he made his infamous walk in the Baghdad market, cheerily buying carpets. wearing a baseball style cap (probably way to tight), and proclaiming the walk as proof that the surge is working. Never mind that he was surrounded by heavily armed U.S. troops with snipers on the roof tops and Apache helicopters hovering overhead. He should apologize to the men and women whose lives he put at risk for his photo-op and reimburse the taxpayers for this campaign event. The military officials who allowed it to happen should also be held accountable. He continues to show that he would be a frightening leader with his recent singing debut
. McCain should seriously think about retirement while he can still salvage some respect.
peace & solidarity
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