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Truthout Daily Digest Thursday, May 15, 2014

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The FCC’s Net Neutrality Proposal Is Out: It’s Time to Make Our Voices Heard

Truthout Staff, Truthout: We believe that a free and open internet is a crucial tool for sharing information that enables the public to hold the powerful accountable and to take the actions necessary to build a better world.

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Chevron in Ecuador Representative of Multinationals’ Continuing Abuse of Indigenous Peoples

Erica Glaser, Truthout: Chevron’s refusal to pay for the cleanup of oil contamination in Ecuador demonstrates the crisis of multinational corporations prioritizing profit over human rights.

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Building a Movement for Happiness

John de Graaf, Truthout: The world’s happiest countries share a few basic characteristics: a small gap between rich and poor; work-life balance; urban design that favors community over cars; high degrees of interpersonal trust; a strong social safety net; and the highest tax rates in the world.

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Beyond Marriage: Advocates Call on Obama Administration to Combat LGBTQ Criminalization

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: Despite the media hype, marriage equality is not the top issue on every agenda in the LGBTQ world. Many LGBTQ people – especially gender-nonconforming people and people of color – face the constant threats of imprisonment, assault and deportation.

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Why Do Police Unions in New York Want to Repeal the End Discriminatory Profiling Act?

Aaron Cantú, Truthout: The End Racial Profiling Act is being contested by the New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association and the Sergeant’s Benevolent Association, which claim a law “with teeth” will injure their members.

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Fast-Food Protests Go Global

John Logan, Truthout: Workers around the world are continuing the fast-food protests that started in New York in 2012. Their fight for dignity at work, better wages, stable hours, opportunities for advancement and a halt to wage theft has gone global.

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How Parasite Corporations Like Pfizer Are Chucking US Citizenship to Escape From Taxes

Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet: Relocating to a country with a lower tax rate is one giant middle finger to your fellow Americans. Companies like Pfizer vigorously lobby for lower taxes and leave no loophole unexploited.

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“The Stuff I Saw Really Began to Disturb Me”: How the US Drone War Pushed Snowden to Leak NSA Docs

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: “I watched NSA tracking people’s internet activities as they typed. I became aware of just how invasive US surveillance capabilities had become…. And almost nobody knew it was happening,” Edward Snowden told Glenn Greenwald.

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United States Divided: Galt’s Junction and the Canadian Dream

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: We should just let those far-right crazies have their dream of their own country. Let them secede and start their own Ayn Rand-inspired paradise. Meanwhile, the rest of us can get back to rebuilding the American Dream that Reaganomics has largely torn apart.

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India Poll 2014: The US Endorsement Keeps BJP Happy

Papri Sri Raman, Truthout: The votes have been cast in India’s general elections, and predictions are that the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies will form the next government.

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Jackson Rising: Black Millionaires Won’t Lift Us Up, but Cooperation and the Solidarity Economy Might

Bruce A. Dixon, Black Agenda Report: The first weekend in May saw about 320 activists from all over the country gather in Mississippi for Jackson Rising. The convergence allowed participants to visualize and explore cooperation and the solidarity economy.

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The US Military’s New Normal in Africa: A Secret African Mission and an African Mission That’s No Secret

Nick Turse, TomDispatch: Every new African nightmare turns out to be another opening for US military involvement. Each further step by that military leads to yet more regional destabilization. This is the “new normal” for US presence on the continent.

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Economic Update: Yet More Big Bank Misdeeds

Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update | Truthout: Updates on US sanctions against Putin’s aides; relative decline in US median disposable income; a stunning “accounting error” by Bank of America; and clever manipulation of US regulators by the 15 biggest US banks.

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Exploited Employee Resistance Needs to Be Coordinated Worldwide: It’s Beginning to Happen

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: As multi-national corporations continue to expand a worldwide overlay of economic power that is superceding nations, the time has come for workers to resist exploitation on a global level.

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“We Kill People Based on Metadata”

Read the Article at The New York Review of Books

Step on the Gas, Step on a Man: The New Abolition Movement

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Pipeline Break: Crude Oil Spill in Los Angeles Leaves Half-Mile Knee-Deep Slick

Read the Article at The Los Angeles Times

World Court to Target UK for War Crimes in Iraq

Read the Article at Common Dreams

Turkey Coal Mine Disaster at 247 Dead and Counting: Grief Turns to Rage as Hopes of Finding Survivors Fade

Read the Article at The Guardian

“You Need to Die”: Cliven Bundy and Violent Militias Still Terrorizing Utah, Nevada

Read the Article at Salon

No Slowdown in Low-Level Marijuana Arrests

Read the Article at The New York Times

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