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Truthout Daily Digest Thursday, 19 June 2014

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WikiLeaks Reveals Global Trade Deal Kept More Secret Than the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: Embattled WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange announced Wednesday from London the publication of a secret draft text of the Trade in Services Agreement, a controversial global trade agreement said to make it easier for corporations to make profits and operate with impunity across borders.

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Lyme Disease Is a Feminist Issue: An Interview With Sini Anderson

Dennis J. Bernstein, Truthout: KPFA host of “Flashpoints” Dennis Bernstein interviewed feminist filmmaker Sini Anderson about her upcoming documentary on Lyme disease,The Punk Singer, from a feminist perspective. Anderson was prompted to make the film after noticing the predominance of women with neurological Lyme disease.

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The Big Money Behind California’s Tenure Lawsuit

Yana Kunichoff, Truthout: The Vergara v. California lawsuit, which banned teacher tenure, was ostensibly about the needs of low-income public school children, but a motley crew of venture capitalists, charter investors and administration officials are the real power behind the suit’s education “reform” agenda.

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“Are You Now or Have You Ever Been a Signatory to a Boycott of Israel?” The BDS Movement and the Return of McCarthyism

Chip Gibbons, Truthout: State and private attempts to silence and isolate public supporters of the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions movement are eerily reminiscent of McCarthyist tactics to silence, destroy and intimidate political opponents.

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99 Rise on the Move: The Occupation of Sacramento

Rivera Sun, Truthout: Citizens plan to occupy California’s Capitol if their demands to get money out of politics are not met by June 22. Regardless of whether the demands are met in this wave of the struggle or not, the movement is breaking through the illusion of powerlessness that plagues the American people.

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Inside the Koch Brothers’ Secret Billionaire Summit

Lauren Windsor, The Nation: Attendees of the highly secretive mega-donor conference discussed strategy on campaign finance, climate change, health care, higher education and opportunities for taking control of the Senate.

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In a Maryland Jail, Teens Charged as Adults Face Isolation and Neglect

Aviva Stahl, Solitary Watch: Children held in isolation in adult jails and state prisons, thought to number in the thousands across the country, are trapped in a kind of purgatory: facing charges in adult court and held in adult facilities, but kept in involuntary lockdown for “their own protection” from the adult prisoners who surround them.

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Acid Seas Threaten Creatures That Supply Half the World’s Oxygen

Martha Baskin and Mary Bruno, Crosscut: Ocean acidification is turning phytoplankton toxic. This is bad news for the many species (humans included) that rely on them as a principal source of food and oxygen.

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It’s Complicated: Facebook’s History of Tracking You

Julia Angwin, ProPublica: Facebook announced it will start using its “Like” button and similar tools to track people across the internet for advertising purposes. Here is the long history of the revelations and Facebook’s denials.

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Enbridge Pipeline Decision Violates Rights of First Nations

Anton Woronczuk, The Real News Network: Chief Na’Moks of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation says the pipeline will have a devastating impact on the environment of First Nations communities. “How could anything trump environmental impacts?” he said. “One thing about the environment: if you destroy it, it’s gone.”

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Paul Krugman | Serious Voices Drown Out Sensible Ones in Europe

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: “I know a place where noble bipartisan seriousness truly rules, where the great and the good come together to form a consensus about what must be done, and the public is then informed about what it will support. It’s called Europe – and it’s not working very well.”

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Economic Update: Economic Codependency

Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: Updates on rising rates of young men earning below-poverty wages; Detroit’s retired city workers accepting a 4.5 percent cut in pensions; and the Missouri government struggling over tax cuts for special interests. Major discussions of a new book on China-US codependency and how/why our economic system works and breaks down. Response to listener’s question on corporate taxes.

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EPA Chief Reveals White House to Kickstart Nuke Plants: Obama’s Fukushima, Chernobyl Amnesia

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: President Obama should be facilitating the phasing out of nuclear power plants instead of encouraging their ongoing use.

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Fox News Host Grills Dick Cheney: “You Got It Wrong” on Iraq

Watch the Video at BuzzFlash

No Justice: Expect Upheavals When US Government Defends Big Polluters at Victims’ Expense

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Al Gore | The Turning Point: New Hope for the Climate

Read the Article at Rolling Stone

The Second Amendment Doesn’t Say What You Think It Does

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Ten Years of Failure: Farmers Deceived by GM Corn

Read the Article at La Via Campesia

Gitmo Attorneys Have Lost Sleep After Watching “Extremely Disturbing” Force-Feeding Videos

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

Major Newspaper Dumps George Will, Apologizes for “Offensive” Rape Column

Read the Article at Talking Points Memo

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