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Oakland, CA is plagued with violence: "The casualty rate for young Black men in Oakland is higher than for Black men in the U.S. military fighting in Afghanistan." Historically, the authors argue in this OP-ED piece, the Oakland police have done more harm than good. Their radical idea? Dissolve the police force and create a "peace army" of salaried 20-somethings from the most impoverished neighborhoods.
Staff Sgt. Easter Jackson, clinical instructor, explains the functions of a transport ventilator to Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Speight, an Interservice Respiratory Therapy Program student, as Maj. Thomas Zanders, the program's medical director, looks on in the Pulmonary Department at San Antonio Military Medical Center, May 23, 2012. (Photo by Elaine Sanchez)
Not Fighting ISIS: How Iraq's 50,000 'Ghost Soldiers' Run Their Scam
As a paid member of the Iraqi army, Mazin should be helping his country fight ISIS. Instead, the father-of-three is 'battling traffic as a taxi driver' in Baghdad | Mazin is one of the 50,000 "ghost soldiers" who pay a portion of their monthly military salary to superior officers in exchange for not having to turn up for duty. Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has vowed to put an end to the scam — which has weakened his U.S.-trained army in the face of an ISIS insurgency.