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independent.co.uk
US military spends five times as much on Viagra as it would for transgender troops' health care
The US military is said to spend roughly $41.6m (£31.7) annually on Viagra alone – roughly five times the amount it would reportedly spend on transition-related medical care for transgender service members.

It is estimated that transition-related medical treatment for transgender service members would cost the military between $2.4m and $8.4m annually, according to a Defense Department-commissioned study published last year by the Rand Corp.

In comparison, total military spending on erectile dysfunction medicines amounts to $84m annually, an analysis by the Military Times says, about 10 times the estimated spending on transition-related medical care.

Currently, more than 2,500 transgender people are actively serving in the US military.

[Trump’s]  move ends an Obama-era policy allowing current transgender service members to serve openly, receive medical care, and change their gender identity in the Pentagon’s personnel system.

Trump’s pathetic rationale for banning trans people from serving in the US armed forces on the grounds of cost barely merits busting. The US military currently spends $84m on viagra for impotent servicemen, compared with around $8.4m on trans health and associated services. It is no coincidence whatsoever that such a flagrantly outrageous policy has been announced with such great fanfare whilst Trump’s flagship Obamacare repeal is in the process of being humiliatingly defeated in Congress.

Yet again, another transparent attempt to demonise difference, imposing a moralistic taboo upon an oppressed minority. It’s already plainly obvious that blowing bigoted dog-whistles do not generate greater popularity and consent for Trump’s anti-working-class agenda, evinced by his rock-bottom opinion polling. This is something all right-thinking people should draw great solace from: this is not the policy of a confident, empowered overclass, but that of a regime thoroughly devoid of original ideas scrabbling to retain any semblance of political authority.

bbc.co.uk
Shell 'failing to clean up Nigeria oil spills' - BBC News
Oil giant Shell is accused of making false claims about the extent of its clean-up operations in Nigeria.

Oil giant Shell has been accused of making false claims about the extent of its clean-up operations in Nigeria. In a joint report, Amnesty International and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development said Shell had failed to implement UN recommendations. The report said several sites Shell claimed to have had cleaned up were still polluted.
Shell has said that it disagrees with the report’s findings. A 2011 report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) found that oil spills in the Ogoniland region of southern Nigeria had contaminated drinking water, wrecked the fishing industry and threatened the health of local people.

Shell stopped drilling oil in Ogoniland in 1993 after growing unrest in the area. Earlier this year, it agreed a $84m (£55m) settlement with residents of the Bodo community in Ogoniland for two massive oil spills in 2008 and 2009. Although Shell accepts that spills in the region have occurred through the failure of pipelines it says pollution is also caused by oil theft and illegal refining.

‘Failure of regulation’
The Amnesty/CEHRD report says four spill sites identified as highly polluted in 2011 all remained “visibly contaminated in 2015, even though Shell says it has cleaned them”. "The investigation demonstrates this is due to inadequate clean-up, and not new oil spills,“ it says. "By inadequately cleaning up the pollution from its pipelines and wells, Shell is leaving thousands of women, men and children exposed to contaminated land, water and air, in some cases for years or even decades,” said Mark Dummett, Business and Human Rights researcher at Amnesty.

The report also accuses the Nigerian government of failing to properly regulate the oil industry. Shell says it rejects the findings and says it is “committed to cleaning up all spills”.It says a thorough clean-up of Ogoniland will take many years to achieve.