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Truthout Daily Digest Monday, 2 June 2014

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Noam Chomsky | Edward Snowden, the World’s “Most Wanted Criminal”

Noam Chomsky, Truthout: The Snowden exposures lead us to inquire into state policy more generally and the factors that drive it. If the primary goal of policy is security and defense against enemies, security for whom and defense against which enemies?

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Dean Baker | The Veterans Affairs Scandal and Plans for Downsizing the Social Security Administration

Dean Baker, Truthout: Unfortunately, the VA system is not the only part of the government where essential services may be threatened by cutbacks. The Social Security Administration has recently disclosed plans for a major downsizing that will result in the closing of many more of its field offices.

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Astroturf America

Sarah Rosenblatt, Truthout: Radical cartoonist Sarah Rosenblatt illustrates astroturfing, or fake grassroots organizing, to demonstrate how corporations and politicians undermine social democracy via sock puppets, front groups and false online personas.

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Chris Hedges | We All Must Become Zapatistas

Chris Hedges, Truthdig: The Zapatistas form the most important resistance movement of the last two decades. Their transformation is one that is crucial to remember as we search for mechanisms to sever ourselves from the corporate state and build self-governing communities.

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Rebecca Solnit | Our Words Are Our Weapons: The Feminist Battle of the Story in the Wake of the Isla Vista Massacre

Rebecca Solnit, TomDispatch: The struggle has been, and will be, long, and harsh and sometimes ugly, and the backlash against feminism remains savage, strong and omnipresent, but it is not winning. The world still needs to change, and during the weekend of the Isla Vista massacre of mourning and introspection, you could see change happen.

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Our Militarized Police Tossed a Stun Grenade at a Baby

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Right now, a 1-year-old toddler with severe burns is clinging to life in a Georgia hospital, after a SWAT team barged into the house where he and his family were staying, and mistakenly threw a flash-bang grenade into his crib.

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Ellen Brown | Infrastructure Sticker Shock: Financing Costs More Than Construction

Ellen Brown, The Web of Debt Blog: By doing its own financing in-house, California can massively expand its infrastructure without imposing massive debts on future generations. The Golden State can display the innovation and prosperity that makes it worthy of the name once again.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: House Republicans Are Blocking the Pentagon From Taking Action on Climate Change, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: House Republicans are blocking the Pentagon from taking any action on climate change; the beverage industry wants you to believe that you’re better off drinking diet soda than drinking water; wind energy production reduces carbon emissions by almost 130 million tons; and more.

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That Surveillance Reform Bill Was Gutted, Passed and Sent to the Senate

Lizabeth Paulat, Care2: Want real surveillance reform? Well, we almost had it. The USA Freedom Act started off with a roar before being slightly weakened by the House Security and Judiciary Committees. Still, it had wide-ranging support across the floor. And then came the amendments.

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Boko Haram a Blessing for Imperialism in Africa: US Training Death Squads

Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report: Under the guise of “humanitarian” intervention, President Obama has vastly expanded Bill Clinton’s and George Bush’s African footprints, so that only a few patches on the continental map lie outside Washington’s sphere of operations.

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Fast Food Workers’ Movement: Union 2.0

Jessica Desvarieux, The Real News Network: With the support of the United States’ second largest union, SEIU, the fast food workers’ $15 wage movement has grown, and this unorganized workforce of the past is shaping up to become the face of US organized labor.

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Foreign Aid Funding Luxury Hotels in Myanmar

Michelle Tullo, Inter Press Service: New investments from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank’s private-sector investment arm, may perpetuate economic inequality rather than alleviate poverty in Myanmar, critics are warning. The IFC has proposed five new investment projects for the country.

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BuzzFlash

The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return soon.

Toward the Total Paralysis of an Unequal Society

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New EPA Rule Would Seek to Cut Carbon Emissions 30 Percent by 2030

Read the Article at The Los Angeles Times

Fearing Rising Backlash, NRA Urges Gun Activists to Stand Down

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Read Edward Snowden’s Comments About 9/11 That NBC Didn’t Broadcast

Read the Article at RT News

ALEC’s Sneaky New Ally: The Brazen New Scheme by the 1% to Raise Your Taxes – and Cut Their Own

Read the Article at Salon

Tea Party Files Ethics Complaint Against Harry Reid for Targeting the Koch Brothers

Read the Article at The Hill

Supreme Court Rejects Reporter’s Bid to Protect His Source

Read the Article at The New York Times

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