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Truthout Daily Digest Sunday April 20, 2014

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Tech Companies Adopt Astroturf to Get Their (Wicked) Way

Toshio Meronek, Truthout: Tech corporations out to increase their already immense profits have begun funding organizations whose professed goals aim to bring positive change for the masses, but which actually serve the interests of a wealthy few.

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Truthout Interviews John Logan on the Antiunion Campaign in Tennessee

Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: John Logan talks about the unprecedented and coordinated interference of national and local politicians as well as GOP astroturf groups’ efforts to prevent United Auto Workers from winning a unionization election at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Paul Krugman: What the 1% Don’t Want You to Know

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company: Economist Paul Krugman discusses how jumps in executive compensation may have a profound effect on widening income inequality and explains how the United States is becoming an oligarchy – the very system our founders revolted against.

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US Tribe Looks to International Court for Justice

Michelle Tullo, Inter Press Service: The Onondaga Nation has filed a petition against the federal government, alleging that officials have repeatedly broken treaties and that the court system has failed to offer remedy.

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The Corruption of Mainstream Media

Danny Schechter, Consortium News: The United States’ mainstream media still pretend they are custodians of “serious journalism,” but those claims continue to erode as the corporate press shies away from its duty to challenge propaganda emanating from various parts of the US government.

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Laura Flanders | The Underground Railroad Was One of America’s First Co-Ops: A Black History Tour of Cooperative Economics

Laura Flanders, Yes! Magazine: From slavery to Jim Crow to cities today, African-Americans have been leading the cooperative movement. Author Jessica Gordon Nembhard talks to Laura Flanders about why cooperative economics and civil rights should appear together in history books.

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Bangladesh Factory Owner Charged With Murder

Kevin Mathews, Care2: Sohel Rana, the owner of the garment factory that collapsed last year, could be subject to the death penalty if convicted. The severity of the charges indicates that an investigation turned up evidence that the collapse was preventable and was the result of reckless working conditions enabled by the supervisors.

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Feds Quietly Toughen Standards for Immigrant Asylum Seekers

Franco Ordoñez, McClatchy Newspapers: Federal officials have quietly introduced new guidelines that make it tougher for asylum seekers to get their cases heard before judges. A memo highlighted concerns that previous standards had been wrongly interpreted for those who file “credible fear of persecution” claims.

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The Selective Subservience System

Michael Murry, The Contrary Perspective: “Make enough Americans miserably poor and destitute and a sufficient number of them will join the US military as the least bad alternative from among only awful choices.”

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Bending Aid Toward Business

Nathan Weller, EcoViva: In the context of Public-Private Partnership Law reforms, the US is clearly backing the private sector at the expense of a sustainable public sector and rule of law. Business drives US foreign policy in El Salvador; here is what to do about it.

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This week in SpeakOut:

Niall McLaren satirically suggests the NSA turn its talents to preventing now-endemic government corruption; Iraq vet Jon Turner discusses the long term impacts of PTSD; the Drug Policy Alliance decries a 13-year prison sentence given to a Louisiana man convicted of possessing two marijuana cigarettes; MPHOnline offers a stunning infographic that details sad realities about homelessness and unemployment in the US while highlighting the potential of “tiny homes”; the American Studies Association points to increased membership after supporting student divestment from Israel movements; Musa al-Gharbi highlights the ways misinformation, disinformation and ignorance adversely affect policy in the geopolitical and tactical spheres; Paul Thomas reviews The Trials of Muhammed Ali; and more.

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EPA Gives BP a “Get Out of Jail Free Card” on the Fourth Anniversary of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Disaster

Read the Article at EcoWatch

US Documents Detail Another Delayed GM Recall

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

Justice Scalia Tells Law Students “Perhaps You Should Revolt” If Taxes Become Too High

Read the Article at The Huffington Post

New Report: More Than 100 Hate Crime Murders Linked to a Single Far-Right Website

Read the Article at The Guardian

State Department Delays Decision on Keystone XL Pipeline

Read the Article at The New York Times

Brooklyn Landlords Forcing Black Tenants Out in Favor of Whites

Read the Article at the Atlanta Black Star

Edward Snowden | Vladimir Putin Must Be Called to Account on Surveillance Just Like Obama

Read the Article at The Guardian

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