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Ranger changers

"Ranger changers" Continued...

Issue: "Effective Compassion," June 16, 2012

Meanwhile, Vatican officials fired the president of the Vatican bank, saying that Ettore Gotti had leaked Vatican documents unrelated to the current scandal and failed to perform his duties. Carl Anderson, a member of the board of the Vatican bank that ousted the president, said the controversy had grown surreal: "If you wrote this in fiction, you wouldn't believe it."

Successful fight

The lives of more than 740,000 people in nine African countries were saved between 2004 and 2008 by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, according to a study by the Stanford University School of Medicine. The health program, known also as PEPFAR, started under President George W. Bush and focused on fighting AIDS and malaria in 15 countries. But researchers found that it reduced adults' risk of death from all causes by 16 percent to 20 percent during those four years.

"Despite all the challenges to making aid work and to implementing HIV treatment in Africa, the benefits of PEPFAR were large and measurable across many African countries," said Stanford assistant professor of medicine Eran Bendavid. The study analyzed health and survival data from more than 1.5 million adults in 27 African nations.

Republicans proposed slashing PEPFAR's budget by 10 percent in 2011.

Military protection

President Barack Obama told the graduating class of U.S. Air Force Academy cadets on May 23 that they are starting their service at a time when the burden of national security no longer falls so heavily on their shoulders: "You are the first class in nine years that will graduate into a world where there are no Americans fighting in Iraq." But battles over military policy continue: An approved amendment to the House defense bill explicitly prevents same-sex marriage services from taking place on U.S. military bases.

"The administration's recent actions have created uncertainty regarding ceremonies permitted on military installations," said Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., as the House approved an amendment to the defense reauthorization bill explicitly preventing same-sex marriage services on U.S. military bases. Also, Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., pushed through a second amendment to create a statutory conscience protection clause for service members. It came at the request of military chaplain organizations that have reported an increase in censorship and discipline directed at soldiers who have moral or religious concerns about same-sex marriage.


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