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Truthout Daily Digest Saturday March 15, 2014

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Mandatory Minimum Gun Laws Steal Lives

Maya Schenwar, The New York Times: We are accustomed to hearing about exorbitant mandatory minimum sentencing for drug offenses, but similar sentencing for gun possession is less frequently mentioned, though its effects are often just as devastating, especially for poor people and people of color.

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From Waterboarding to “Water Curing”: Guantanamo Detainee First To Legally Challenge Force-Feeding Abuse

Candice Bernd, Truthout: In the first legal challenge of its kind, Yemeni detainee Emad Abdullah Hassan’s attorneys argue the military protocols for force-feeding prisoners at Guantánamo Bay have been knowingly altered to inflict superfluous suffering, in a move to silence the prisoners’ nonviolent protests.

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Only Way To Get Big Money Out of Politics: Devalue Political Influence

Carmen Yarrusso, Truthout: Buying and selling political influence is, like money laundering and illegal drug trafficking, a consensual crime with a radically different nature than most crime that makes enforcing laws against this category of crime practically impossible.

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How Does Yasiin Bey’s Mathematics Add Up Now?

Chris Steele, Truthout: How have the politics and statistics Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) used in his 1999 song “Mathematics” changed in the 15 years since the song’s release?

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The Zombification of the West

Werner de Gruijter, Truthout: The West in general passively believes the narrative of its secret services in favor of state control. What’s wrong with us? Why do we give up our liberties so easily? How can we avoid this trend toward authoritarianism?

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Dismissal of Lawsuit Legitimizes Blatantly Racist Concert Promotion Policies

Kathleen Wells, Truthout: For 114 years, The William Morris Agency has perpetuated overtly racist policies, disallowing black concert promoters from contracting with white entertainers. Now Leonard Rowe has filed commercial liens against the agency and others following wrongful dismissal of his civil rights lawsuit.

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A Moral Blind Spot: The Catholic Establishment and the Y-2 Nuclear Protest

Michael Gallagher, Contrary Perspective: The enthusiastic world-wide support given the extraordinary trio failed to include so much as an absent-minded pat on the head from the American Catholic hierarchy. Nor did they get much more attention from the liberal Catholic media.

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Lakota Vow: ‘Dead or in Prison Before We Allow the KXL Pipeline’

Camila Ibanez, Waging Nonviolence: For a nation whose land and sovereignty has been threatened for hundreds of years by US politics, the Keystone XL pipeline is part of a long history of threats to the Lakota Nation – and to the earth itself.

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Why I Didn’t Make It to Gaza for International Women’s Day

Medea Benjamin, Pink Tank: Benjamin: When I boarded the plane to Cairo, Egypt, to make sure everything was in place for the women’s delegation headed to Gaza, I had no reason to think I’d end up in a jail cell at the Cairo airport and then violently deported.

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The Story of Atalissa Highlights America’s Long-Term Care Problem

Sarah Galli, Next New Deal: America’s health care system neglects people who require long-term care and denies them the opportunity to lead full, rewarding lives.

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The Buzzflash commentary for Truthout will return soon.

William Rivers Pitt | The Answer Is Turnout: Vote, You Jackass

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The CIA Has Brought Darkness to America by Fighting in the Shadows

Read the article at The Guardian

Pipeline Approved To Bring Tar Sands to Montreal and New England’s Doorstep

Read the article at EcoWatch

Arkansas’ 12-Week Abortion Ban Is Struck Down by Federal Judge

Read the article at Huffington Post

Paul Ryan’s Worst Nightmare: Here’s the Real Way To Cut Poverty in America

Read the article at Salon

Women Should Embrace the B’s in College to Make More Later

Read the article at the Washington Post

Yet Another Trader Suicide Rocks Financial World

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