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Truthout Daily Digest Monday, April 21, 2014


Dahr Jamail | BP: Four Years On, No Restoration in Sight

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: For large numbers of fishermen and coastal residents living in the impact zone of BP’s 2010 oil spill, encompassing Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, the disaster has never ended. Along with marine life and the broader ecosystem, they continue to show clear signs of the chronic impact of the largest marine oil disaster in US history.

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Dean Baker | Economic Policy in a Post-Piketty World

Dean Baker, Truthout: Thomas Piketty’s new book, Capital in the 21st Century, has done a remarkable job of focusing public attention on the growth of inequality in the last three decades and the risk that it will grow further in the decades ahead. This raises the obvious question of what can be done to offset this tendency toward rising inequality?

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Rancher-Indigenous Alliance Stands the Line in DC Against Keystone XL

Anne Meador and John Zangas: On Earth Day, April 22, ranchers and members of native communities along the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline will arrive in Washington DC to reject the pipeline and protect their land. The coalition, called the Cowboy Indian Alliance, will set up an encampment on the National Mall through April 27 to oppose the pipeline.

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“He Gave Us Back Our History”: Isabel Allende on Gabriel García Márquez

Amy Goodman and Juan González, Democracy Now!: In this interview, Chilean novelist Isabel Allende remembers the life and legacy of late writer Gabriel García Márquez. She reads from his landmark novel One Hundred Years of Solitude and talks about how García Márquez influenced generations of thinkers and writers in Latin America and across the world.

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Knowledge Is Crime in Washington: Kidnapping, Torture, Assassination and Perjury Are Not

Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch: There is but a single crime that can be committed within the national security state for which our leaders now believe jail time is appropriate. In Washington today, knowledge is the only crime. That’s a political reality of the 21st century. But how wide is the category, and is knowledge always a crime when it ends up in the wrong brains?

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Chris Hedges | The Rhetoric of Violence

Chris Hedges, Truthdig: Chauvinism, violent retribution, a perverted Christianity and the celebration of a mythic Anglo-Saxon history will sever sections of the population from reality, enticing them into an American fascism. This is what is coming. It cannot be fought with counter-violence. It can be fought only with ideas. We better prepare.

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Conflict Fuels Child Labor in India

Stella Paul, Inter Press Service: Sumari Varda is one of thousands of children trafficked out of central India’s Chhattisgarh state every year. According to a 2013 study published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, more than 3,000 children are trafficked from the state each year.

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BP Gets an Anniversary Gift From the Obama Administration

Richard Schiffman, Care2: You wouldn’t think that BP would get an anniversary gift from the federal government. But the Environmental Protection Agency has just given BP a big one, ruling that the corporation could start bidding on lucrative new oil leases in the Gulf of Mexico after having been suspended since the fatal 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion.

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Five Things to Know About How Corporations Block Access to Everything From Miracle Drugs to Science Research

Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet: Should a company be able to patent a breast cancer gene? What about a species of soybean? How about a tool for basic scientific research? Or even a patent for acquiring patents. There’s increasing concern that intellectual property rights may be keeping us from getting the things we need.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Coastal Regions Are Still Dealing With the Effects of the BP Oil Spill, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Despite what we’ve heard from BP, the wildlife, the environment and the residents of the Gulf are still dealing with the effects of that massive oil spill; according to the latest IPCC report, we can afford to make the switch to renewable energy; there’s been another dangerous mistake at Japan’s Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant at Fukushima; and more.

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Bolivian Vice President: “Bolivia Marked the Start of a Major Indigenous Awakening”

Marianela Jarroud, Inter Press Service: In this interview, Bolivian Vice President García Linera said Bolivia has taught Latin America a lesson by recognizing, in its 2009 constitution, that it is a “plurinational” state.

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Five Ways the 1% Are Killing Us

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: You cannot smell carbon monoxide, but it is lethal in a closed space. In the same manner, the top 1% are putting all our lives at risk for their greed.

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The Meritocracy Myth: How the Super-Rich Really Make Their Money

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Obama Seeks Wider Authority to Release Drug Offenders

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Federal Court Orders US to Release Memo Describing Legal Justification for Anwar al-Awlaki Drone Killing

Read the Article at The Guardian

US Promotes Alternative “Mesh” Network to Foil Digital Spying

Read the Article at The New York Times

David Sirota | Will the Government Use Its New Leverage Over the Financial Industry?

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Fifteen Years After Columbine, How “Never Again” Became “Oh Well”

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Oregon and Tennessee Have a Bold Plan That Could Radically Change Higher Education

Read the Article at PolicyMic