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Truthout Highlights October 31, 2013

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Unmasking the Patriarchal Values in Halloween Costumes: Naughty Leopards, Sassy Space Girls, Warrior Ninjas

Jeffrey Nall, Truthout: Critically examining costume trends can go a long way in teaching us about our society’s values, particularly its gender ideals. In addition to thinking about costume names, consider these questions as you browse the aisles of costume shops.

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Why Anytown, USA, Privatizes Its Water System

Ellen Dannin, Truthout: When Allentown, Pennsylvania, rented its water and waste systems for 50 years this August, it was fortunate to find a public partner with closely aligned interests. Yet some of the problems with public infrastructure privatization remain very much the same.

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Stories of the Disappeared: The World Court of Women Against Poverty

Jackie Smith, Truthout: The World Court of Women against Poverty convened in Philadelphia to hear the stories of those disappeared by their socio-economic circumstances and to effect “social transformation through truth-telling, healing and building collective visions and strategies.”

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Chilean Students Poised for Congressional Victories

Jonathan Franklin, Truthout: Three Chilean student activists who fought for education as a human right are poised to become members of Congress in the country’s November 17 elections.

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Laura Gottesdiener: On Housing and Fighting Back Against Dreams Delayed

Laura Flanders, GRITtv: “This rise in home prices that we are experiencing isn’t largely being driven by new families buying their first home. It’s largely being driven by hedge funds – huge private equity companies,” says Laura Gottesdiener.

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Stop the Cruelest Cuts!

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: We are the richest country on the planet – yet 50 million Americans need federal help just to eat. And tomorrow, millions of them could lose access to that vital lifeline. That’s because the House is expected to vote on a plan that would slash $5 billion from the federal food stamps program.

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Paul Krugman | Janet Yellen: The Economist’s Economist

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: “Ms. Yellen is, if you like, a member of my tribe here, and I think that’s a very good thing in today‘s economy. The fact that her appointment also makes history – she’d be the first woman to lead the Fed – is just gravy.”

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In Fight Over Abortion Access in Texas, a New Focus Emerges

Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check: Just one day before provisions of a new anti-abortion law were set to take effect and close at least 24 clinics in Texas, a federal judge blocked a portion of the law and brought into focus the emerging frontline battle over abortion rights.

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Interview: Texan Julia Trigg Crawford’s Valiant Effort to Stop TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline

Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog: Julia Trigg Crawford is one of a handful of Texas property owners waging a fierce battle against the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline. Her fight began in August 2011, when she turned down TransCanada’s final offer for an easement across her family’s 650-acre farm.

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Dr. Willie Parker, Doctor at the Last Abortion Clinic in Mississippi

Sunsara Taylor, Revolution Newspaper: To bring attention to the emergency that confronts the women of Mississippi, Sunsara Taylor conducted the following interview with Dr. Willie Parker, one of the two heroic abortion doctors who regularly flies to Mississippi to provide abortions.

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CIA’s Washington Post Leaks Aimed at Silencing Drone Critics

Jaisal Noor, The Real News Network: On Capitol Hill on Tuesday, for the first time, Pakistani drone strike survivors appeared in front of a Congressional hearing and testified about the devastating effects that the US drone program has had on their lives.

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Economic Update: Banks and Austerity

Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: Updates on Goldman Sachs charity/PR, bank scandals, housing “recovery” exposed, suicides rising in Kansas, and a Benedictine nun who is leading the new anti-austerity party in Catalonia.

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