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Truthout Daily Digest Sunday April 27, 2014

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The Bleaching of San Francisco: Extreme Gentrification and Suburbanized Poverty in the Bay Area

Adam Hudson, Truthout: From tech shuttles to rising rents and evictions, to corporate tax breaks and hosing of the homeless, from closing public chess games to police attacks on black and brown residents, San Francisco sacrifices large swaths of its population for the benefits of “development.”

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Racism and Criminalization in the Media

Bethania Palma Markus, Truthout: A recent People magazine cover sparks consideration of the hiding-in-plain-sight but never-discussed racism that characterizes the United States and the ways US media subtly sustain that racism.

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In Love and Trouble: Climate Change and the Power of Honesty

Emily Johnston, Truthout: “Warrior up!” Even though we know there will be climate change tragedy no matter what we do now, we can still avert some disasters, save some species that would otherwise be lost and reduce the number of prospective victims – if we act.

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US Plutocracy and the Dodd-Frank Sausage Machine

JP Sottile, Consortium News: Anyone still suffering from the illusion that the United States is a democracy need only examine what has happened to the Dodd-Frank bill since its first iteration.

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Persecuted and Imprisoned for Environmental Activism

Samantha Sarra, Truthout: Around the world, environmental activists are imprisoned for peaceful acts to save us all.

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Truthout Interviews Bethania Palma Markus on Racism in the Media

Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Bethania Palma Markus talks about the “invisible” racism on magazine covers and in news coverage.

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Earth: Game Over?

John Feffer, Foreign Policy in Focus: We’re in the middle of a sixth mass extinction, and this will be the first one – and possibly the last – we will witness as human beings.

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Why Getting Arrested to Resist Keystone XL Is Legally Justified

Jeremy Brecher, Waging Nonviolence: Direct action in protesting the Keystone XL pipeline is necessary to prevent a far greater harm. These actions represent not only the assertion of a public right, but also the fulfillment of a citizen’s duty under US law and the US Constitution.

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Ostracized and Isolated: Muslim Prisoners in the US

Kanya D’Almeida, Inter Press Service: For many Muslim citizens of the United States, ostracism has become a matter of routine, forcing family members of terror suspects to double up as legal advocates and political supporters for their brothers, husbands and sons.

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The Syrian Refugee Crisis: A First-Hand Account From the Turkish Border

Diego Cupolo, Toward Freedom: If and when military intervention is undertaken in Syria, the question remains: Where will the Syrian civilian stand when the dust settles?

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General Bentley Rayburn Is Wrong Regarding Air Force Academy Cadets’ Religious Rights

Mikey Weinstein, AlterNet: The Department of Defense routinely places nontrivial restrictions on free speech as well as religious practice for the sake of maintaining optimal unit cohesion, morale, good order and discipline.

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This week in Speakout:

Lisa Guenther juxtaposes the hypocrisy of Tennessee Republicans criminalizing pregnant women who abuse drugs while bringing back the electric chair; Amir Azarvan asks if we need to define “consensus” to agree there is one on climate change science; Kevin Zeese calls for action on net neutrality; Rev. Osagyefo Sekou provides a new perspective on Jesus’ social position and its consequences; Rob Hager writes an open letter to the governor of Massachusetts asking how he can support the Supreme Court’s authority to further corruption with the McCutcheon decision; Felice Cohen-Joppa and David Polden decry the restrictions placed on anti-nuke activist Mordechai Vanunu by the state of Israel; the Institute for Policy Studies looks at the cost to taxpayers subsidizing restaurant executive pay; Science of Weed offers a moving video on the sometimes life-saving powers of cannabis; the Cornucopia Institute discusses expected backlash over weakened government regulations overseeing organic food; Lisa Guenther documents how the Free Alabama Movement (FAM) seeks to analyze, resist, and transform prison slavery from within the prison industrial complex; Black Star News explains why Secretary of State John Kerry should deny a visa to Uganda’s Sam Kutesa; Nuclear Zero describes the Marshall Islands lawsuit against the US for failure to honor its NPT commitments; Sasha Brookner details how her disagreement with Obama’s policies have caused her alienation from Facebook friends; and more.

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#NoKXL: Thousands Marched in DC Saturday Against Keystone Pipeline

Read the Article at RT News

DC Thinks It Can Silence a New Snowden, but the Anti-Leak Hypocrisy Is Backfiring

Read the Article at The Guardian

Chicago’s Violence Tied to Policies of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Past

Read the Article at The Chicago Reporter

How a Gulf Settlement That BP Once Hailed Became Its Target

Read the Article at The New York Times

No Seat at the Table: The Invisible Victims of Detroit’s Bankruptcy

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

California Considers Taxation for Excessive CEO Pay

Read the Article at Crooks and Liars

The NRA Way: Celebrate Buying Guns in a City Where Four People Just Got Shot

Read the Article at The Guardian

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