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Truthout Daily Digest Sunday, 29 June 2014

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With Teacher Tenure Threatened, Trouble in Every Direction for Public Education

Bill Ayers, Truthout: The case against California’s teacher tenure laws was cast as a group of poor kids suing to get rid of bad teachers. In reality, Vergara v. California is more about education privatization and weakening teachers unions, than education equality and reform.

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What They Died For

Peter Van Buren, Truthout: Of the 4,486 American military deaths in Iraq, 911 were considered “non-combat related,” that is, non-accidents, suicides. In some years, more soldiers died by their own hand than in combat. They died of the war, but not in the war. What for?

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Imperial Sports: An Interview With Dave Zirin

Charlotte Silver, Truthout: Political sports writer Dave Zirin discusses his latest book, exploring the unfolding of the World Cup and the Olympics in Brazil and what we can expect and hope for in the future.

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FCC Internet Proposal: The Contemporary Pillage of the Commons

Rivera Sun, Truthout: Tiered pay-to-play internet proposals repeat the cycle of historical thefts of the Commons by the rich and powerful, echoing deep roots of injustice.

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How Vermont Got a Single-Payer Health Care Bill: A Non-Electoral History

Michael Arria, Truthout: This is a crucial year in Vermont’s fight to enact its single-payer health care law, with design and financing in the works, and while progressives are credited, that narrative obscures how citizens of all stripes forced their elected officials to act.

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Truthout Interviews Mike Ludwig on TISA and Julian Assange

Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Truthout reporter Mike Ludwig talks about the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) – Financial Services Annex documents that were recently published by WikiLeaks and the current status of WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange.

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Five Countries Where Child Soldiers Still Exist

Lizabeth Paulat, Care2: Child soldiers and child combatants may seem like a far away problem, but you might be surprised at how common they still are. If these children survive combat, they often grow up with a unique set of psychosocial issues that are rarely addressed in their home countries.

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Andrew Bacevich: Chaos in Iraq

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company: While armchair warriors in Washington cry “back to Iraq,” former combat veteran and military historian Andrew Bacevich says no way. “Our foreign policy establishment does not take war seriously,” he said. “It assumes that the creation of precision guided weapons makes war manageable.”

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How Stressed-Out People Impact Election Results

Kevin Mathews, Care2: Why aren’t more people showing up to vote in elections? Perhaps they’re too stressed out. New research has found that citizens who are most prone to anxiety are more likely to skip the polls.

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The Fight to Ban Gold Mining and Save El Salvador’s Water Supply

Julia Paley, Foreign Policy in Focus: Gold-digging multinationals are fueling political violence and environmental devastation in El Salvador, but communities are fighting back.

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The Best Reporting on Children With Post-Traumatic Stress

Lois Beckett, ProPublica: When people think of post-traumatic stress disorder, they often focus on military veterans, but there’s growing evidence that PTSD is also a serious problem for American civilians, especially those exposed to violence in their own neighborhoods.

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This week in Speakout:

Dr. Philip Caper says Medicare should be expanded to all veterans to alleviate VA wait times; Thorsten J. Pattberg decries the hypocrisy of Tony Blair; Reprieve announces a motion to question in court a Guantánamo prison chief who allegedly took the wheelchair of a disabled hunger striking prisoner; Mitch Trachtenberg bemoans the failure of democracy in the United States to solve the looming climate change disaster; Evaggelos Vallianatos discusses legislation that will further enable industry to pollute the planet with harmful chemicals; David Krieger’s poem laments the decades of war set off by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand; the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation reports that mayors of large cities across the country called on leaders to act on nuclear disarmament; and more.

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BuzzFlash

The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return soon.

The NSA Collected Data on Millions of Americans Just to Investigate 248 People

Read the Article at The Guardian

Why Have 28 Years Passed Since the EPA’s Last Chemical Risk Review?

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

Obama to Seek $2 Billion to Curb Influx of Child Immigrants

Read the Article at Voice of America

In Military Care, a Pattern of Errors but Not Scrutiny

Read the Article at The New York Times

Watch Out, the Supreme Court’s Conservatives Are Using the First Amendment as a Weapon

Read the Article at Slate

Conspiracy of the Plutocrats: Secrets of the Wealth-Inequality Explosion Revealed

Read the Article at Salon

Proposed Federal Legislation Could Weaken Secret Legal Settlements; Future Fracking Cases Could Be Affected

Read the Article at Earth Island Journal

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