The Taliban’s psychiatrist

Via BBC News: ‘In the late 1990s the Taliban controlled Afghanistan, but the fighting that brought them to power left many militants struggling with the psychological effects of war. One doctor recognised the problem and, although he disagreed with the Taliban’s ideology, agreed to treat them.

“I remember the first group of Taliban who came to see me,” says Afghan psychiatrist Nader Alemi. “They used to come in groups, not as individuals. When I treated one, he would spread the word.

“Fighters would turn up with my name on a piece of paper. They would say that I’d cured their friend, and now they wanted to be cured too. Most of them had never been to a doctor before.”

He was the only psychiatrist in northern Afghanistan to speak Pashto, the language of most Taliban.

“Language was very important – because I spoke their language, they felt comfortable opening up,” he says.’



14 greedy companies making their employees work on Thanksgiving

Via Salon.com: ‘Now known as “Black Thursday,” numerous large retailers are opening around 6pm on Thanksgiving Day.Kmart takes the cake this year by announcing it will open at 6am and remain open for 42 hours. ThinkProgressreported that when one Kmart employee requested to work a split-shift on Thanksgiving, she was denied and told if she didn’t come to work, she would be fired.

As a form of protest, nearly 100,000 people have liked the Boycott Black Thursday Facebook page, which states:

“Employees will be forced to work the majority of the day and evening in preparation for the huge sale. We believe this is an unethical decision that does not consider the families of the men and women who work at these stores, so we’re boycotting Black Thursday.”

It’s not just Big Box stores keeping their doors open on the holiday. Many workers in the service industry, such as those working at grocery stores, airports, restaurants and movie theaters, are forced to work as well. Many of these workers don’t get paid holidays. The United States is the only developed nation in the world that doesn’t guarantee paid holidays.

The following stores will require their employees to work Thanksgiving Day:

  • Kmart
  • Walmart
  • Macy’s
  • Target
  • RadioShack
  • Starbucks
  • Kohl’s
  • JCPenney
  • Sears
  • Toys”R”Us
  • Best Buy
  • Staples
  • Sports Authority
  • Gap/Old Navy/Banana Republic Company

Whether it’s a marketing move or actual sanity, these stores are keeping their doors closed:

  • Costco
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Sam’s Club
  • BJs
  • Home Depot
  • Lowe’s
  • Nordstrom
  • TJ Maxx
  • Marshall’s
  • GameStop
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Burlington Coat Factory
  • Crate and Barrel
  • Petco
  • Neiman Marcus
  • REI
  • Pier 1 Imports

Would you rather shop at a store that puts people first or its profits?’