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Truthout Daily Digest November 17, 2013

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Women Lead the Way in Sustainable and Organic Agriculture

Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: Female farmers now make up the fastest-growing sector of the country’s changing agricultural landscape. Many bring overtly political goals to their profession, including sustainability, family- and Earth-friendly labor practices and community development.

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Ready for Hillary? Really?

Pierre Guerlain, Truthout: Will a Hillary Clinton presidency be “feminist?” Will it be good for women? Or men?

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Betraying Our Soldiers Wounded in Wars of Empire and Profit

Ann Jones, Truthout: Heroics in wars abroad are praised by politicians and generals, but the returning wounded are largely shunted aside, only infrequently covered by the press or discussed by government officials. Ann Jones sets the record straight with her book, They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars – The Untold Story, from which Truthout features an excerpt.

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“World Toilet Day” No Joke for Billions Without Sanitation

Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service: The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution, initiated by Singapore, to declare November 19 “World Toilet Day,” to address the criminal inequality of sanitation in countries where clean water seems an impossible dream.

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German Expose of America’s “Secret War” Attracts Quick, Strong US Rebuttal

Matthew Schofield, McClatchy Newspapers: Recent reports by the highly regarded German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung and German public television station NDR about the depth of American trespasses in this country have been dismissed by the US Embassy as false, in the latest of America’s political debacles since the NSA surveillance scandal.

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Imperatives for a New Economic Model that Saves the Humans: Truthout Interviews featuring Richard Smith

Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Truthout interviews economic historian Richard Smith who explains how we need to get beyond capitalism and reconceive our lives so they are satisfied by something other than consumption of goods.

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“I Sold My Sister for 300 Dollars”

Annabell Van den Berghe, Inter Press Service: Reduced to immense poverty in the refugee camps in Damascus, Amani was forced to sell her 14 year old sister into an arranged marriage for money in an agreement that borders on modern slavery.

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Boeing Blackmails Washington Workforce on 777X Production

Jenny Brown, LaborNotes: Threatening to take their latest project out of Washington, Boeing is manipulating machinist union leaders into agreeing to a contract that strips almost all workers of their rights and benefits.

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In the Wake of Haiyan, We Must Divest from Fossil Fuels

Jamie Henn, Yes! Magazine: The devastation in the Philippines reminds us of our responsibility to stop profiting from the wreckage caused by companies whose business plan includes destroying the planet.

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Abortion Providers Are Heroes: In Defense of Abortion On Demand and Without Apology

Dennis Trainor Jr., AcronymTV: Sunsara Taylor is interviewed about her recent trip to Jackson defending the Women’s Health organization from the anti-choice group Operation Save America, described byStopPatriarchy.org as an “extreme, violence inciting, women-hating Christian fascist organization.”

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This week in SpeakOut:

Emily Johnston writes about how cognitive dissonance might be the key to creating dialogue about the future of the planet; education activist Jesse Hagopian documents the struggle of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers as they take a stand against standardized testing; E. Douglas Kihn explains how workers and unions across the nation do have the power to demand a better life from the corporate ruling class; Sunsara Taylor gives the facts on Albuquerque’s latest in the war against women; Mickey Z. highlights the importance of “undoing the latches on the gates that keep our minds imprisoned”; Camillo Mac Bica urges veterans to reject the false myth of the noble war and hold politicians accountable for the violence they endorse for profit; and more.

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Hawaii: The New Battleground for GMO Regulation

Read the Article at Salon

Scott Walker: “I Love Paul Ryan”

Watch the Video at Talking Points Memo

Jailed for Life for Stealing a $159 Jacket? 3,200 Serving Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Crimes

Watch the Video at Democracy Now!

EPA Weighs Environmental Consequences of Ethanol With Proposed Cuts

Watch the Video at PBS

Doris Lessing, Novelist Who Won 2007 Nobel, Is Dead at 94

Read the Article at The New York Times

What Did He Say? Arne Duncan: “White Suburban Moms’ Upset that Common Core Shows their Kids Aren’t ‘Brilliant,'” No, Arne, it’s the Tests That Suck.

Read the Article at The Washington Post

Growing Protest About Inequities of Climate Crisis

Read the Article at The New York Times

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