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Truthout Daily Digest Sunday 18 May 2014


Radical Art Is an Act of Uncompromising Passionate Resistance

Mark Karlin, Truthout: To be a radical and revolutionary artist is to be defiant of any imposition of form or content by any economic system, artistic academy or political status quo.

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Trans-Pacific Partnership: Another Trade Liberalization Scam

John Weeks, Truthout: The TPP represents not “freer” trade, but re-regulation of trade to entrench corporate profit making. Economist John Weeks skewers the free trade dogma that is the ideological justification and corporate sales pitch for neoliberal globalization.

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Louisiana’s New Abortion Law Is the First Step in Turning Private Physicians Back Into Illegal Abortion Providers

Robin Marty, Truthout: While clinics are being shut down throughout the country by restrictive and medically unnecessary state laws, patients may soon learn that their last hope – their own private physician – has lost the opportunity to provide abortion care as well.

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Truthout Interviews Ayanna Banks Harris on Stand Your Ground Laws and Reproductive Justice

Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Ayanna Banks Harris talks about Marissa Alexander, a jailed mother who faces a possible 60 years in prison – in a state that has Stand Your Ground laws on the books – for firing a warning shot to keep her estranged husband from attacking her.

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Returning Equality to the Campaign Finance Debate

Victoria Bassetti, Brennan Center for Justice: If money is speech, then rich people have more speech and more say in our political system, and that is anathema to our conception of how a democracy works.

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Saudi-Iran Thaw Troubles the Neocons

Paul R. Pillar, Consortium News: Neocons and other hardliners are still fanning the flames of confrontation with Iran, but the recent thawing of relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia is making the hawks’ work more difficult.

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Portland Is First US City to Divest Funds From Walmart

Laura Garcia and Molly Rusk, Yes! Magazine: On May 15, the city of Portland, Oregon got rid of $9 million, or 25 percent, of its investments in Walmart. The initiative also prohibits the city from purchasing Walmart bonds in the future.

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Why Don’t We Know How Many People Are Shot Each Year in the US?

Lois Beckett, ProPublica: How many Americans have been shot over the past 10 years? No one really knows. We don’t even know if the number of people shot annually has gone up or down over that time.

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Lessons From James Boggs: Capitalist Automation in the 21st Century

Danny Haiphong, Black Agenda Report: Black American revolutionary worker James Boggs firmly believed that the destructive impact of automation was not a problem of technology itself, but rather of the capitalist system that employed the technology.

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Wonderfully Deceptive Superfood Marketing

Jill Richardson, OtherWords: Pom Wonderful made such outlandish claims that the Federal Trade Commission stepped in and told them to cut it out.

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The Other Side of Paradise

Serena Nanda, The Indypendent: From Miami to West Palm Beach, Florida’s Gold Coast is not just paradise for the 1%, but also for middle- and working-class people. A closer look at the region highlights its massive inequalities.

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This week in Speakout:

Barbara Ellis writes an open letter to Warren Buffett about an alternative to investing in railcars that carry explosive fracked fuel; James and Jean Anton say that the bosses lost in Vermont with the passage of a GMO food labeling proposition; Dr. James Zogby expresses disappointment over John Kerry’s walk-back of his “apartheid state” comment; Richard Waddell argues that “surfer dude” Jason Greenslate does deserve food stamps; Bill Henderson wonders why the Obama administration continues to miseducate Americans about the global scope of climate change; Zachary Norris and Eveline Shen decry the treatment of struggling mother Shanesha Taylor who faces criminal charges for leaving her kids in a car during a job interview; James Mitchell wonders what John Lennon, a target for government scrutiny, would say now about mass surveillance; the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions characterizes the deadly mining disaster in Soma, Turkey as murder; Manash Bhattacharjee exposes what’s at stake in India’s general elections; Dr. Michael I. Niman excoriates the Obama response to looming environmental destruction; and more.

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Everyone Should Know Just How Much the Government Lied to Defend the NSA

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Switzerland Rejects World’s Highest Minimum Wage

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For the First Time, a Judge Halts the Force-Feeding of a Guantánamo Detainee

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The United States’ Homeless: The Rise of Tent City, USA

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Growing Evidence Points to Systemic Troubles in VA Health Care System

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Why Are Kids Being Tried in Kangaroo Courts?

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How Thomas Piketty and Elizabeth Warren Demolished the Conventional Wisdom on Debt

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Russia’s Moves: Outlawing GMO and Putin’s Holy Grail Gas Deal with China

Thank you for posting this. As always I so appreciate your broader understanding and discussion of the situation and players involved.

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Bravo! About time! And a great example for the rest of the world!

Russian President Vladimir #Putin announced that Russia will criminalize #Monsanto and any other bio-tech companies who attempt to plant, or lie/conceal that they have planted #GMO seeds on Russian territory. The public support for such measures is tremendous. In fact, people have been waiting for this to happen for years.

Lying, or concealing GMO-related activity, as well as mislabelling GMO products, will bear jail sentence and will be equated to terrorism. The people’s health is the most important thing, not profit, according to Russian authorities.

Many countries world-wide have suffered from GMO. While Europe has banned GMO on its territory, Monsanto practically cornered the market for genetically modified organisms in the USA, Latin America and many poor Asian countries. The situation with GMO is catastrophic in countries like Argentina and Mexico, to name a few. Due to…

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Truthout Daily Digest Saturday 17 May 2014

Militarization of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef Harms Indigenous Communities

Sandra Cuffe, Truthout: The Cayos Cochinos off Honduras and at the southern end of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef are a protected area, but that protection – including a strong military presence – rarely extends to the Afro-Indigenous Garifuna communities or their life-ways.

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Will the Next Labor Movement Come from the South?

Amy B. Dean, Truthout: Guest workers have long been one of the most easily exploited segments of the American workforce. But in recent years, guest workers have been bringing attention to their plight and winning some small victories.

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Better Than Redistributing Income

Richard D. Wolff, Truthout: Widening gaps between rich and poor, the top 1% and the rest, are heating up debates, struggles and recriminations over redistributing income. To avoid redistribution’s insecurity, social divisiveness and wasted resources, we could instead distribute income much less unequally in the first place.

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Study Confirms US Is Ruled by Rich, Corporate News Ignores It

Steve Rendall, FAIR: American “democracy” is not very democratic, according to a new university study. But the US media largely ignored the new evidence proving that.

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Pesticide Industry Uses Big Tobacco Playback to Explain Why Bees Are Dying Off

Rebekah Wilce, PRWatch: One out of every three bites of food we eat requires pollination by bees, but the US bee population is taking a pounding. Meanwhile pesticide companies are spinning the crisis to protect profits, and a new report likens their damage control tactics to that of Big Tobacco.

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Militarized Humanitarianism in Africa

Joeva Rock, Inter Press Service: As the world remains transfixed by the kidnapping of almost 300 Nigerian girls, there have been increasing calls for international intervention in the effort to rescue them. But what many people don’t know is that the US military has been active in the region for years.

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The Tragedy of the Soma Mine Workers

Erinç Yeldan, TripleCrisis: Turkey has possibly the worst safety record in terms of mining accidents and explosions in Europe and the third worst in the world. A mine explosion in the village of Soma trapped 800 miners underground and at this point, the death toll may well exceed 300.

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Sentenced to Wait: Efforts to Prevent Prison Rape Stall Again

Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica: Last month, Texas Gov. Rick Perry wrote a letter to US Attorney General Eric Holder signaling that he’d rather lose federal funds for corrections than comply with new rules under the Prison Rape Elimination Act requiring states to substantially improve detection and prevention of sexual assaults in prisons.

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Meet North Carolina’s Revolutionary Register of Deeds

Sue Sturgis, Facing South: Mark Chilton, the newly elected register of deeds in Orange County, NC, campaigned on a promise to defy state law by issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Chilton says the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, passed by referendum two years ago today, violates the equal-protection clause of the US Constitution.

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The Three-War Doctrine

John Feffer, Foreign Policy In Focus: Depending on what happens in the mid-terms, and more importantly, the next presidential elections in 2016, we might be looking at yet another effort to drive a stake through the heart of the Vietnam-Afghanistan-Iraq syndrome and reassert, once again, American military power.

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The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return Monday, May 19.

We Are Long Overdue for a Paul Robeson Revival

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The Bravery of Rachel Carson

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Still Separate and Unequal: US Schools Becoming More Segregated

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Rush Limbaugh Totally Legitimately Wins Children’s Book Author of the Year Award

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On Bad Allies and White Victimhood

Read the Article at Guerrilla Feminism

The Wrong Response to Rubio’s Climate Nonsense

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Chipotle Co-CEOs Can Buy a TON of Burritos but CVS Is #1! The Excess Files

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