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Truthout Daily Digest March 28, 2014

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Retaliation Measures Taken at Texas Detention Facility as Detainees Resume Hunger Strike in Tacoma

Candice Bernd, Truthout: Detainees’ family members claim Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers have retaliated against hunger strikers at a private detention center in Conroe, Texas, as detainees at a similar facility in Tacoma, Washington, resume their hunger strike this week.

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Do Humans Have a Madness Gene That Will Ensure the End of the Planet as We Know It?

Mark Karlin, Truthout: Journalist Elizabeth Kolbert explores in detail the likely extinction of a massive number of species – because of the destructive practices of humans – in the book The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.

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Sarah Jaffe | Teachers’ Strikes, Catching Fire

Sarah Jaffe, In These Times: The so-called “age of austerity” has seen teachers’ unions and other public-sector employees accept cut after cut. Yet in spite of that, teachers are beginning to win some battles – by winning over hearts and minds in the communities they serve.

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A Revolution Unraveled: Abdullah al-Arian on Egypt After Morsi

Paul Gottinger, Truthout: Abdullah al-Arian is an assistant professor of history at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar. His research includes Islamic social movements, globalization and the Muslim world and US policy toward the Middle East. Paul Gottinger speaks with him about the political situation in Egypt and Gaza.

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Anatomy of a Kleptocracy: State Capture in Tunisia

Yasmine Ryan, Truthout: There is a logical relationship between kleptomania and revolution. When the ruling elite’s desire to rule is mostly motivated by the pursuit of its own economic interests and citizens are neglected, at a certain point, people get fed up. This happened with Tunisia’s 2010-11 uprising.

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Why Are So Many Migrants Here in the First Place?

Henia Belalia, Waging Nonviolence: As the migrant justice movement gets away from the divisive notion of “who deserves to stay,” we must also tackle the question of why people are migrating in the first place. The stories we tell must expose the neoliberal policies and practices.

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Targeted by Firebombing, Legislation, and Now Vandalism, Montana Abortion Provider Shutters Clinic

Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Democracy Now!: A Montana medical office that provided abortions has been forced to close after a vandal broke or slashed practically every object and surface inside. The accused vandal, Zachary Klundt, is the son of a former board member of an anti-choice group. The hosts speak with All Families Healthcare owner Susan Cahill.

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The Last Link Between America’s Plutocratic Past and Present Has Left Us

Sam Pizzigati, OtherWords: One obituary describes Bunny Mellon as “the last standing true American aristocrat.” Bunny’s life actually holds a deeper historical significance. At her passing, she represented the last link between America’s original plutocrats and our contemporary plutocrats, the crew that gave us the Great Recession.

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California Report: Don’t Spend New Education Money on Campus Police

Susan Ferriss, The Center for Public Integrity: A policy brief released this month urges California school districts to reject beefing up campus police forces and security when they start receiving substantial funding aimed at improving education for needy kids.

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On Climate Impasse: Appetite and Substitutes

Subhankar Banerjee, Climate Story Tellers: The prospect of deep ocean industrialization forces us to think about varieties of “new frontiers.” To satisfy the promise of progress, nation states are continuously looking for substitutes. But progress is intimately connected to climate impasse.

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The Iraq War’s Real Legacy

Jessica Desvarieux, The Real News Network: Though President Obama attempted to justify Iraq’s invasion, Iraqi civilians and Iraq war veterans share their stories on the lasting environmental, social, and health effects of the US occupation still being felt today.

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Congress Uses Ukraine as “Shock Doctrine” Excuse To Expand Dangerous and Polluting Gas (LNG) Exports

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: As Naomi Klein has taught us, for every geopolitical shock, there are those who use it to their advantage. That is true of the fossil fuel industry, which is now claiming the Ukraine political standoff requires rapid expansion of perilous liquid natural gas shipments.

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Eugene Robinson | Tilting at Windbags: The GOP Pines for the Cold War Era

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Obama: Forget Russian Gas, Just Frack Europe

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How a Toxic Leak Made One Town the Subjects of a Live Human Experiment

Read the Article at National Journal

Borrowed Time on Disappearing Land: The Consequences of Climate Change

Read the Article at The New York Times

BP Doubles Initial Size Estimate of Lake Michigan Oil Spill

Read the Article at DeSmogBlog

Judge Rules Goldman Sachs Must Face Lawsuit Over Mortgage Securities

Read the Article at NBC News

80 Percent of US Adults Face Near-Poverty, Unemployment, Survey Finds

Read the Article at CBS News

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