links for 2011-01-21

  • The national conversation around mental illness and health care must change. Not because we need to target the mentally ill before they cause violence to others, but because we have to allow the space for those who don't feel "right" to be open about their issues. Doctors must be open to listen and to refer patients to psych doctors, rather than falling on the pharmaceuticals and prescribing psych medications they are unqualified to administer, without thought of the harm it's bringing to the patient. Mentally ill people don't want to be mentally ill any more than a cancer patient wants to have a body attacked by tumors. But one ailment is afforded the luxury of empathy and compassion, while the other is filled with derision and offensive commentary and speculation. As though we're no longer dealing with human beings.
  • MANILA, Philippines—What they failed to get from the mother, they now seek from her son.

    To commemorate the 24th anniversary of the Mendiola massacre, farmers from the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) will ask the Department of Justice (DoJ) to reinvestigate the case so that those behind it would be held criminally liable for the killing of 13 land tillers.

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