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Truthout Daily Digest Saturday 17 May 2014

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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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BuzzFlash

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

We Are Long Overdue for a Paul Robeson Revival

Read the Article at LA Review of Books

The Bravery of Rachel Carson

Read the Article and Watch the Video at Moyers & Company

Still Separate and Unequal: US Schools Becoming More Segregated

Read the Article at Slate

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

Read the Article at Crooks and Liars

On Bad Allies and White Victimhood

Read the Article at Guerrilla Feminism

The Wrong Response to Rubio’s Climate Nonsense

Read the Article at FAIR

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

Read the Article at Yahoo Finance

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