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US Navy Sailors Deserting At “Staggering” Rate Amid Mental Health Crisis

US Navy Sailors Deserting At “Staggering” Rate Amid Mental Health Crisis A troubling new statistic shows U.S. Navy desertions are soaring and may point to an even more significant issue of an emerging mental health crisis in the service.  NBC News reports the Navy has 342,000 active sailors. In 2021, there were 157 deserters, compared with 98 in 2020 and 63 in 2019. The total number of deserters who remain at large last year increased to 166 from 119 in 2019. Most of them were under the age of 25.  An expert who reviewed the federal statistics obtained by NBC described the trend as shocking.  “That’s staggering,” said Benjamin Gold, a defense attorney for U.S. service members. Navy officials couldn’t explain what was causing the desertion rate to skyrocket. They pointed to “many different stressors” in the service.  Other military branches didn’t observe soaring desertions during the last several years. In fact, desertions in the Army and Marine Corps declined. The Coast Guard didn’t have any.  The average active-duty enlisted age was 21.6 years. Many at this stage in life don’t plan too far out and aren’t expecting harsh conditions upon joining the military. In fact, servicemen and women sign a multi-year contract that is nearly impossible to break. For a young person who joined the military and their expectations were immediately crushed, it’s near impossible to leave.  “It’s hard for a young person at that age to grasp the amount of power and control that their employer has over their lives,” said Rick Jahnkow, an organizer with the National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth, a nonprofit group. “They don’t understand the commitment.”  The jump in desertions follows a string of deaths, many of which are suspected suicides, outlining rising mental health issues plaguing the service.  Over the last year, seven

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“It’s Sick”: Polish PM Says Norway Should Share “Gigantic” Oil & Gas Profits

“It’s Sick”: Polish PM Says Norway Should Share “Gigantic” Oil & Gas Profits One by one European countries have cut energy ties with Russia, but often at a significant cost, and inter-EU rifts are beginning to show as the inevitable consequence of higher prices are felt. At the same time, Norway as western Europe’s largest oil and gas producer is reaping the profits windfall. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has taken the unusual step of urging for Norway to share its “gigantic” profits made as a result of soaring oil and gas prices, posing during a Sunday Q&A at a political youth forum, “But should we be paying Norway gigantic money for gas — four or five times more than we paid a year ago?” He then asserted in the negative, “This is sick.” Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, via AP. “They should share these excess profits. It’s not normal, it’s unjust. This is an indirect preying on the war started by Putin,” the Polish leader stressed. That’s when he presented the controversial ‘solution’, saying: “Write to your young friends in Norway…They should share it, not necessarily with Poland [but] for Ukraine, for those most affected by this war. Isn’t that normal?“ There will likely be further such possible similar scathing rebukes to come and sour grapes expressed at least behind close doors, given some ‘frontline’ European countries see themselves as first to make the greatest energy and economic sacrifices for the sake of supporting the West’s economic war on Putin, while others on the periphery indirectly reap the benefits. Poland, as a prime example, had weeks after the Russian invasion terminated a badly needed deal to receive Russian gas by way of the Yamal-Europe pipeline. Warsaw refused to pay according to Putin’s mandated rubles mechanism. As others sat on the

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