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Truthout Daily Digest December 15, 2013

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Expecto Patronum: Lessons From Harry Potter for Social Justice Organizing

Chris Crass, Truthout: Here are six critical lessons for social justice organizing from Harry Potter to help you develop your magic, build our liberation movement and defeat the Voldemorts of this world.

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Paul Krugman | As Obamacare Improves, Republicans Just Become More Enraged

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: Thanks to the botched rollout ofHealthcare.gov, Republicans’ delusions seemed confirmed by reality. Now that things are getting better, however, you can already see their rage building.

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Bill Moyers on the NRA: “The Armed Bully of American Politics”

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company: Bill discusses the work of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which has just released a moving video urging people to speak out against firearms violence.

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Obama’s Praise for Mandela Is an Insult

Patrick O. Strickland, Truthout: When President Obama denounced world leaders who praised Nelson Mandela while crushing dissent and resisting reform in their own countries, he should have had a look in the mirror.

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More Dishonesty About Thailand’s Upheaval From the International New York Times

Michael Pirsch, Truthout: International New York Times reporter Thomas Fuller downplays the seriousness of the corruption and brutality of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his allies in the present government and dismisses the democratic character of the protests against them.

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Walmart Seems Like a Deal, but Have You Crunched the Numbers?

Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Maura Stephens explains to Ted that not only do Walmarts get tax breaks after hoodwinking communities into thinking they’ll be a boon to the neighborhood, the public ends up supporting the lucrative store forever when its paltry wages force employees to go on public assistance.

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When Lenders Sue, Quick Cash Can Turn Into a Lifetime of Debt

Paul Kiel, ProPublica: How does a $1,000 loan turn into a $40,000 debt? It’s what can happen when high-cost lenders use the courts to collect.

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Why the First GMO Labeling Law in the US Doesn’t Matter

Beth Buczynski, Care2: Connecticut legislators are patting themselves on the back for the first GMO labeling law in the US, but upon inspection, this legislation is meaningless.

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Women and LGBT Activists Fighting Street Harassment Hollaback! – And It’s Working

Paromita Pain,Occupy.com: Empowered by its volunteers, Hollaback! has become a worldwide movement that uses mobile technology to end street harassment.

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This week on Speakout:

Lee Camp discusses how most of us are enslaved in a neo-feudal system and don’t even know it; James Zogby takes a look at Iranian adults in an effort to better understand their political priorities and expectations; Hakim talks about Afghan victims of war; Shepherd Bliss shines a light on the invisible injuries of returning veterans; Bruno Giuliani tells of the fight for freedom in Tunisia; and more.

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South Africa Buries Mandela

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

NSA Officials Consider Edward Snowden Amnesty in Return for Documents

Read the Article at The Guardian

White House Delayed Enacting Rules Ahead of 2012 Election to Avoid Controversy

Read the Article at The Washington Post

Dallas Bans Fracking in Most of the City

Read the Article at Grist

In the Age of Austerity, the Budget Deal Is a Big Win for the Pentagon

Read the Article at Mother Jones

When Will the US Learn From Australia? Stricter Gun Control Laws Save Lives

Read the Article at The Guardian

Poverty Nation: How America Created a Low-Wage Work Swamp

Read the Article at Salon

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