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Truthout Daily Digest December 31,2013

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Make New York City Ungovernable: Lessons From the Anti-Apartheid Struggle in the Age of Bill de Blasio

Arun Gupta, Truthout: If liberals drew the conclusion that real power lies in the markets, with the corporate-owned media and think tanks and universities endowed by the wealthy, then they would be calling for massive street protests to counter the full-court press Wall Street is placing on new Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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Conscious Defiance: Catriona Rainsford’sUrban Circus

Peter Handel, Truthout: Author Catriona Rainsford ran away with the circus in Mexico, living and performing with an itinerant, fluid group of unicycle riding jugglers and fire “spinners.” We offer an excerpt from her memoir, Urban Circus, and an interview that provide fresh insight into Mexico.

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2013 in Review: Congress Bickers, People Take Action

Maureen O’Hagan, Equal Voice News: Government may come late to the party; sometimes, it fails to show up at all. But in communities around the country, work is getting done.

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The Year of the “Leaker”

Robert Parry, Consortium News: Critics of “leakers” Manning and Snowden claim that unauthorized disclosures risk lives, but a stronger case can be made that many more lives have been lost due to government deceptions on issues of war or peace, lies that secrecy made possible.

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Real Family Values: Flexible Work Arrangements and Work-Life Fit

Sarah Jane Glynn and Emily Baxter, Center for American Progress: Issues of workplace flexibility take different forms in different industries, but the roots of the problems are the same: Our modern labor standards make it unnecessarily difficult for workers to be both good workers and good family caregivers.

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Eugene Robinson | The Cruelest Cut of All

Eugene Robinson, Washington Post Writers Group: Those 1.3 million unemployed whose benefits expired Saturday are precisely who will suffer most from a cutoff, since they have been scraping by on unemployment checks for so long that their financial situations are already precarious, if not dire.

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WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Calls on Computer Hackers to Unite Against NSA Surveillance

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Julian Assange addressed a major gathering of computer experts at the Chaos Communication Congress in Hamburg, Germany, calling on them to join forces in resisting government intrusions on internet freedom and privacy.

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“Honey, I Shrunk Killed the Middle Class”

Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: Even as the stock market roars ahead, the legitimacy of the ruling classes erodes quickly when ordinary citizens recognize how badly the deck is stacked against them.

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“Are You Serious?” Awards 2013

Conn Hallinan, Dispatches From the Edge: A look back at the news stories and newsmakers that fall under the category of “Are you serious?” in 2013.

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Winning and Losing the “Great Game” at the Same Time

Emily Schwartz Greco and William A Collins, OtherWords: China is content to let the United States spend itself into military-induced bankruptcy as the Soviets did.

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The Buzzflash commentary for Truthout will return soon.

Bernie Sanders: Congress Is Dysfunctional and Putting the US at Risk

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Japan’s Homeless Recruited for Murky Fukushima Clean Up

Read the Article at Reuters

Former Drone Program Analyst Speaks Out on What the Public Should Know

Read the Article at The Guardian

The Most Important Surveillance Order We Know Almost Nothing About

Read the Article at the ACLU Blog

“Worst” of Climate Predictions Are the Most Likely: New Study

Read the Article at Common Dreams

FAA Picks Six States for Drone Testing Sites

Read the Article at The Hill

David Sirota | Retired Cops, Activist Pensioners and the Economic Blowback Over Snowden

Read the Article at PandoDaily

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