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Truthout Daily Digest April 4, 2014

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William Rivers Pitt | The Endless Chronicles of Stupid, Childbirth Edition

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: The idea that the experience of childbirth is scorned and demeaned, even in the glory of this 21st century, is disgraceful. Maybe it’s time to throw the whole idea of diminishing what a woman endures when bearing a child, the idea that says the man is separated from that experience, out the damned window.

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UN Human Rights Committee Finds US in Violation on 25 Counts

Adam Hudson, Truthout: A UN Human Rights Committee excoriates the US civil and political rights record, enumerating 25 lapses – including torture, drone attacks, police violence, racialized justice, Guantanamo, criminalization of homelessness and failures of accountability.

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Economy Adds 192,000 Jobs in March, Unemployment Rate Unchanged

Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research: There is some evidence in this report that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is having its predicted impact on the labor market. The ACA appears to be allowing workers to opt for part-time jobs and older workers to retire early.

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All for One and One for All: Learning To Build a Social Justice Union

Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: How to Jump-Start Your Union: Lessons from the Chicago Teachers, a Labor Notes book, tracks how the Chicago Teachers Union built itself up as an agent of community and social justice.

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The Perp in the Greatest Mass Extinction on Earth? Methane

Gaius Publius, AMERICAblog: We’re sitting on a “methane bomb” in the Arctic region – frozen, sequestered methane locked into the permafrost both on land and in the ocean – and climate change is releasing it.

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One Year of Resistance in Rio Blanco

Beverly Bell, Foreign Policy in Focus: April 1 marks one year since the Rio Blanco community began a human barricade that has so far stopped a corporation from constructing a dam that would privatize and destroy the sacred Gualcarque River. Adults and children have successfully blocked the road to the river with their bodies, a stick-and-wire fence, and a trench.

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Amy Goodman | Sen. Bernie Sanders: Supreme Court Undermines Democracy by Allowing Billionaires To “Buy Elections”

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont speaks about Wednesday’s landmark decision in McCutcheon v. FEC and his fight to remove big money from the electoral process.

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Did Nonviolence Fail in Egypt?

Mark Engler and Paul Engler, Waging Nonviolence: The Egyptian revolution should be seen neither as an uncomplicated success nor a mere staging ground for pessimism. For it is far more valuable when recognized as something different: a perfect case study both of what can be accomplished by mass mobilizations that harness the power of disruptive protest – and of the limits of these mobilizations.

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What the Proposed NSA Reforms Wouldn’t Do

Kara Brandeisky, ProPublica: Ten months after Edward Snowden’s first disclosures, three main legislative proposals have emerged for surveillance reform. All the plans purport to end the bulk phone records collection program, but there are big differences – and a lot they don’t do.

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Are Politicians’ Perceptions Out of Touch With Reality?

Crystal Shepeard, Care2: As the public has become more engaged and aware of the issues and as technology has allowed more voices to be heard directly, it seems that legislators across the country and at the national level pursue policies that are not in line with the public’s interests.

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Will Venezuela’s New Floating Exchange Rate Curb Inflation?

Sharmini Peries, The Real News Network: Since Venezuela exports petroleum and imports most of what it needs, the exchange rate is crucial for economic stability. Hoping to quell recent protests, last week the Bank of Venezuela introduced another exchange system, Sicad II, hoping to take control of inflation and scarcity. Mark Weisbrot discusses.

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Is an “Eco-Terrorist,” as He Permits World’s Largest Open-Pit Iron Ore Mine

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Politicians who enable fossil fuel companies to have free rein in plundering the Earth are eco-terrorists. They are knowingly allowing the destruction of our atmosphere and life as we know it.

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Health Professionals Worldwide Demand Urgent Climate Action Following IPCC Report

Read the Article at EcoWatch

Pelosi: SCOTUS Ruling Suffocates the Voice of the Many

Read the Article at Roll Call

Glenn Beck Sued for Defamation

Read the Article at Right Wing Watch

TV Networks Denied Obama Airtime To Tout Obamacare Enrollment

Read the Article at Talking Points Memo

Madness: Fox News Says Overtime Pay Is Harmful to the American Work Ethic

Read the Article at Crooks and Liars

Democrats Target Republican Ties to Koch Brothers

Read the Article at The Los Angeles Times

Solartopia: Winning the Green Energy Revolution

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

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