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Truthout Daily Digest Tuesday, 24 June 2014

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Henry A. Giroux | Data Storms and the Tyranny of Manufactured Forgetting

Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: As historical memory is erased, critical thought is crushed by a sterile instrumental rationality under the guise of mass information and a data storm. It is only a rebirth of historical memory that will enable a movement capable of reviving radical democratization.

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Laura Flanders | Kate Clinton and Urvashi Vaid: What Makes Revolutionaries Irresistible?

Laura Flanders, GRITtv: In honor of Pride month, Flanders talks to political humorist Kate Clinton and author and activist Urvashi Vaid about the LGBT movement, feminism, humor, organizing, the personal as political and irresistible revolutions and revolutionaries.

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Presbyterians Divest From the Israeli Occupation: The End of the Beginning?

Robert Naiman, Truthout: The US Presbyterian Church’s vote to divest from companies involved in the Israeli occupation may be a major turning point in resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict. In the future, groups supporting the occupation will have less power.

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Follow the Money: How Finance Keeps the Whip Hand

Beatrice Edwards, Berrett-Koehler Publishers: While the NSA argues that the biggest risk of terrorism is the possibility of a hack attack on our banking system by unspecified assailants, the mortal danger facing the financial services industry is the conduct of the industry itself.

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What Is the Quality of Scientific Evidence Against Iran?

Yousaf Butt, Arms Control Law: Achieving a nuclear deal is in everyone’s favor. It will be made easier by rejecting any flawed or exaggerated evidence or analysis being used against Iran – especially by individuals or groups who have a track record of bias, exaggeration or erroneous scientific analysis.

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Could John McCain Be Responsible for the Next 9/11?

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Intoday‘s real-life remake of “Charlie Wilson’s War”, John McCain is playing the role of Charlie Wilson and Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the head of ISIS, is playing the role of Osama bin Laden. It’s only a matter of time before this remake comes to a crashing, disastrous end.

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Across Europe, Migrants March for Freedom of Movement, Protest EU Policies

Marisa Holmes, Truthout: Throughout Europe, migrants are finding a common struggle in their fight for freedom of movement. Demonstrators marched to Brussels last week to protest the European Union Summit on Migration.

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Amy Goodman | “Baghdad Is a Frightened City”: As ISIS Gains Ground, Iraqi Capital Gripped by Fear and Uncertainty

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Secretary of State John Kerry made a surprise trip to Baghdad to meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Ahead of his arrival, Kerry signaled the Obama administration is prepared to drop support for Maliki. Kerry’s visit comes as Sunni militants with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have captured more territory.

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It’s the Oil, Stupid! Insurgency and War on a Sea of Oil

Michael Schwartz, TomDispatch: Events in Iraq are headline news everywhere, and once again, there is no mention of the issue that underlies much of the violence: control of Iraqi oil. Instead, the media is flooded with debate about, horror over and extensive analysis of a not-exactly-brand-new terrorist threat, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: The IMF Calls Lawmakers to Raise the Minimum Wage, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Senate Republicans are simply repackaging old ideas and trying to pass them off as pro-worker; the International Monetary Fund is calling on our lawmakers to raise the minimum wage; Starbucks wants workers to go to college; and more.

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Working Women Demand More Than a Summit – They Want “Good Jobs”

Kitty Lan, Campaign for America’s Future: The half-mile separating the White House Summit and the working women’s protest is symbolic of the distance between the United States’ minimum wage workers and the elite middle-class thinkers and policy makers. Let us hope that the voices of these women will be heard.

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Obesity Higher Among Long-Term Unemployed

Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: Gallup released the results of a survey based on interviews in 2013 with 5,000 long-term unemployed and 13,000 short-term unemployed. The poll highlighted that obesity is higher among the long-term unemployed, who are also twice as likely to say they have high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

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Elizabeth Warren Champions Bill to Restore Glass-Steagall Act and Rein in Wall Street

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Nearly a year ago, on July 11, 2013, Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduced the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act. Why is a bill that would help restore economic accountability to the United States still sitting in a Senate committee?

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David Swanson | So That’s Why They Kept the Drone Kill Memo Secret

Read the Article at War Is A Crime

Freedom Summer: The Fight for Voting Rights in Mississippi Turns 50

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Charles P. Pierce | From SCOTUS, Half a Loaf

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The Wingnuts’ Destructive Shenanigans – and the Media That Enable Them

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Glenn Greenwald: “What I Tell People Who Say They Don’t Care About Their Privacy”

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Jane Doe, Trans Women and the Myth of the Perfect Victim

Read the Article at RH Reality Check

US Police Departments Are Increasingly Militarized, Report Finds

Read the Article at The Guardian