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Truthout Daily Digest Thursday, 29 May 2014

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The World Health Organization in Thrall to the Nuclearists

Robert James Parsons, Truthout: The International Atomic Energy Agency, whose mandate is the promotion of everything nuclear, has for the last 55 years prevented the WHO from carrying out its public health mandate in a world ever more exposed to the lethal effects of ionizing radiation.

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The Stiglitz Code: How Taxing Capital Can Counter Inequality

Felicia Wong, Next New Deal: Nobel-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz makes the case that tax policy can and should counter some of the country’s biggest challenges: runaway inequality, the threat of climate change and a business sector warped by bad incentives.

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Cut-Throat Capitalism: Welcome to the Gig Economy

Lynn Stuart Parramore, Campaign for America’s Future: Gerald Friedman, who teaches economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has written about the gig economy, discusses how the “gig economy” trend happened and what it means to workers and our increasingly unequal society.

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Ruben Salazar and the Filmmaker in the Middle

Roberto Cintli Rodriguez, Truthout: The new documentaryRuben Salazar: Man in the Middle fails to address the questions raised about a possible assassination of the Chicano journalist in 1970 – or to assuage the still-raw grief of his community.

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One Size Does Not Fit All: Fighting the Common Core Curriculum

Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: Corporate interests are pushing the Common Core State Standards in an attempt to privatize public elementary and secondary schools throughout the United States and impose a one-size-fits-all curriculum on classrooms throughout the country. But parents, teachers and students are fighting back.

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Piketty in Elysium

John Feffer, Foreign Policy in Focus: Even before Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century became a surprise bestseller, we were awash in statistical evidence. If inequality sells in bookstores and box offices, it will sell at the polls as well.

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Dr. Maya Angelou: Her Lifetime of Moments Took Our Breath Away

Crystal Shepeard, Care2: The poet, author, singer, dancer, songwriter, actress, activist, mother and teacher conquered many firsts and has left us with more than 30 titles.

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Star on Indian Subcontinent’s Firmament Changes: Neighborhood Body Language Friendlier

Papri Sri Raman, Truthout: Newly sworn-in Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India has scored some immediate public relations wins by unexpectedly reaching out to the leaders of India’s neighboring states in the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation.

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Time to Rethink American Exceptionalism?

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: There’s a difference between celebrating your own unique way of life and thinking that you can do whatever you want and force your way of life onto everyone else. The United States needs to understand this fact and start basing foreign policy around it.

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The Last Commencement Address: Surveilling the Class of 2014

Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch: “My urge is to graduate you from the world of shadows, where you’ve spent so much of your last years, into the increasingly shadowy off-screen world, where what matters most still exists.”

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Paul Krugman | The European Economy: Still Weak, Still Faltering

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: “The European story remains one of deeply destructive economic policies, which have inflicted vast harm, but have not led to unraveling, because the political cohesion of the euro zone is stronger than people like me realized.”

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Economic Update: Myths of Capitalist Efficiency

Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: Richard D. Wolff speaks on the death of Maya Angelou; updates on Chilean students’ victory; Detroit’s plan to demolish 40,000 houses; and housing market realities. Major discussions on the international movement of economics students challenging curricula and teachers, and the economics of advertising.

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BuzzFlash

New Allende Overthrow Info Reconfirms US Suppresses Economically Rebellious Democracies

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: New revelations about the Chilean military overthrow of the popularly elected Salvador Allende regime in 1973 confirm again that the United States is supportive of democracies that enhance US economic interests, but it is the enemy of those that do not.

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Armies of Millions Beget Armies of One: Elliot Rodger and the American Battlefield

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Elizabeth Warren to Obama: Fed Nominees Should Crack Down on Big Banks

Read the Article at Mother Jones

What Did the Framers Really Mean With the Second Amendment?

Read the Article at The New York Times

New Documents Reveal Extensive Monitoring of Occupy

Read the Article at In These Times

Will Big Oil Execs Ever Stand Trial for Willful Climate Deceit?

Read the Article at Common Dreams

Charles P. Pierce | Mitch McConnell: Twilight of the Turtle

Read the Article at Esquire

Maya Angelou’s Life in Photos

Read the Article at The New Yorker

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