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Truthout Daily Digest Monday 19 May 2014

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Sarah Jaffe | Post-Occupied

Sarah Jaffe, Truthout: Is “Occupy” over? Or are its many offshoots – including Strike Debt, Occupy Homes and Occupy Sandy – further learning the arts of community rootedness and power building?

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Ellen Brown | Are Private Banks Unconstitutional?

Ellen Brown, The Web of Debt Blog: When enough people understand that private banks, not governments, create our money supply, we might wake up to a new day in banking and finance: the return of local economic sovereignty.

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The Master’s House Is Burning: bell hooks, Cornel West and the Tyranny of Neoliberalism

Reverend Osagyefo Sekou, Truthout: Cornel West critiques Barack Obama, bell hooks calls Beyoncé a terrorist and contemporary black intellectuals take to the interwebs to express disgust; the dominant intellectual disposition of contemporary black intellectuals is neoliberal.

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The Birth of a Eurasian Century: Russia and China Do Pipelineistan

Pepe Escobar, TomDispatch: As much as the United States may fight the emergence of a multipolar world, economic facts on the ground regularly point to such developments. Will the decline of the hegemon be reasonably dignified, or will the whole world be dragged down with it?

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Living as Slaves: How the Poorest Nepali Workers Get Exploited in the Richest Arab Nation

Sadichchha Pokharel, Truthout: Each year 100,000 Nepali youth flock to Qatar in search of a better life, but they are subjected to a life of slavery miles away from home, and some 200 this past year returned home in coffins.

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The End of Choice

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: We should pass a law – a new version of the Sherman Act – that says, explicitly, that whenever a company reaches a point where it has more than a certain percentage of a marketplace, it can’t grow any larger in that domain.

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The War on Drugs Destroys Lives: Here Are Six Things You Can Do About It

Wendy Call, Yes! Magazine: The movement for decriminalization has never had so much momentum. The poet and activist Javier Sicilia tells us that the real work to end the drug war is done “at the level of you-and-me, face-to-face.” But where do you start? Here are six actions you can take right now.

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Should Health Care Be Rationed? It Already Is

Philip Caper, Bangor Daily News: “Opponents of universal health care often claim that in order to afford it we will have to ration health care. My response to that old shibboleth is that we already pay more than enough to cover everybody, and that we already ration health care, as we must in a world of finite financial and real resources.”

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: To Switch to Green Energy, We’ll Have to Embrace New Ideas, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that at least two health care workers were exposed to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in Florida and Indiana; to make the switch to green energy, our nation will have to embrace new ideas and technology; the oil and gas industry was responsible for more than 7,600 spills, blowouts and leaks in 2013; and more.

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In Georgia, Lawmakers Taking Pride in Policies That Hurt the Poor

Andrea Flynn, Next New Deal: Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law two bills that ensure the state won’t be expanding Medicaid, making it decidedly more difficult for people to gain health coverage. These laws compound the social and economic injustices already experienced by many low-income Georgians.

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BuzzFlash

Marco Rubio Is Trying to Kill Me by Denying Climate Change

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Science deniers such as Marco Rubio put the very existence of countless human lives on earth at risk. His boastful ignorance on global warming is a death warrant for the rest of us.

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Occupy Activist Cecily McMillan Sentenced to Three Months in Prison

Read the Article at The Guardian

Evidence That the Meritocracy Is Made Up of Poor People

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Data Pirates of the Caribbean: The NSA Is Recording Every Cellphone Call in the Bahamas

Read the Article at The Intercept

North Carolina GOP Pushes Unprecedented Bill to Jail Anyone Who Discloses Fracking Chemicals

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Greenland Glacial Melt Is Growing Factor in Rising Sea Levels

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

US Files Criminal Charges Against Chinese Officials Over Cyberspying

Read the Article at NPR

The GOP Benghazi Obsession Is Likely to Come Up Emptier Than Al Capone’s Vault

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

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