Posted by: quiscus | April 1, 2012

April 1, 2012

1. “Link between PTSD and violent behavior is weak

Post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury can increase a person’s anger and hostility and diminish his or her self-control. But the link between those disorders and outright violent behavior is weak and hard to pin down with certainty.

That’s what the research suggests about the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI), two medical conditions suffered by tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers who fought in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

“We’ve asked [experts], ‘How do we predict violence in a soldier?’ and they haven’t been able to provide us with a good screen,” said Col. Rebecca I. Porter, a psychologist who heads the behavioral health division of the Army surgeon general’s office. “The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.”

In any case, mental disorders arising from trauma are unlikely to be a big contributor to a person’s violent tendencies, many experts believe. “To pick PTSD and highlight it in the way it’s been played out in the media is a gross distortion and contrary to what we know,” said Matthew Friedman, director of the VA’s national center. ”

2. “Polish PM Reveals that US Tortured at Black Sites in his Country”

3. “The Concept of “Revolutionary Freedom”

It has been said for quite some time that history is written by the victors. This is quite true, but there must be a closer examination of the type of history that is written by these victors. Usually, in the case of the United States, Britain, France, and other imperial colonizing powers, the histories of entire peoples and regions were rewritten to enforce racial and cultural inferiority of an indigenous population while elevating the race and culture of the colonial powers. The colonized were stripped of their actual history and had it replaced with one that was full of fabrications and distortions. This not only destroyed the indigenous population on a cultural level, but also destroyed them on a psychological level as it resulted in the near decimation of the identity of the colonized people.

In order to increase the intellectual destruction of the indigenous identity, new language was created to enforce that racial differences between colonizer and colonized and to enforce the inferiority of the latter. This resulted in a colonization of the mind in which the indigenous peoples were further degraded and more likely to develop a sense of self-hatred in which they would attempt to detach themselves from their identity in order to be more like their oppressors.


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