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Truthout Daily Digest Monday, 30 June 2014

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Dahr Jamail | Former NASA Chief Scientist: “We’re Effectively Taking a Sledgehammer to the Climate System”

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: In this interview, former NASA chief scientist Dr. Waleed Abdalati tells Truthout about the melting Greenland ice sheet, indisputable evidence supporting anthropomorphic climate disruption, and the urgent need for an honest, open conversation about climate change and earth’s future.

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Supreme Court Backs Hobby Lobby – and Corporate Personhood

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the government may not require certain businesses to provide their employees with health insurance that covers contraception, if doing so offends the owner’s religious beliefs. This move deals a significant blow to the Obama administration, women’s health advocates and critics of “corporate personhood.”

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Dean Baker | Will India Be the Uber of the Pharmaceutical Industry?

Dean Baker, Truthout: In normal times it is difficult to imagine Congress or the president ever heading down the path of public financing for drug research. However, if the Indian drug industry makes the current patent system unviable, we may finally adopt a 21st century system for financing the development of new drugs.

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In the Valley of the Shadow of DACA for Immigrant Youth

Claudia Anguiano, Truthout: “Where do I go from here?” asks a beneficiary of Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals on graduation from college. Undocumented college students benefit temporarily from the new program protecting them from deportation, but a more permanent solution is needed – for all migrants.

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World Leaders Honor Chico Mendes’ Fight for Environmental and Land Rights

Raven Rakia, Truthout: Environmental activist leaders from around the world and their supporters met in Washington, DC, to discuss land grabs and other issues, continuing the work of assassinated activist Chico Mendes’ fight for environmental justice.

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Ethnopolitics in Myanmar Destabilize the State

James Fennell, Truthout: The violence against Muslims – which has continued since 2012 – has created a new and disturbing reality for Muslims in Rakhine state and Myanmar more widely, one in which hundreds have been killed and the majority of the urban Muslim population driven out of the cities and into rural ghettos.

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The Supreme Court Thinks Corporations Are People but Women Aren’t

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: The most damning thing of all about today‘s ruling is that it shows that one branch of our government, the Supreme Court, believes that the “rights” of non-breathing, definitely-not-alive corporations trump the rights of the 51 percent of the population who have a uterus.

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The Arab Millennials Will Be Back: Three Ways Youth Rebellions Are Still Shaping the Middle East

Juan Cole, TomDispatch: Many of the millennial activists who briefly turned the Arab world upside down and provoked so many changes are putting their energies into nongovernmental organizations, thousands of which have flowered, barely noticed, in countries that once suffered from one-party rule.

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US Reaction to New Immigrant Influx Could Violate International Law

Michelle Tullo, Inter Press Service: Rights advocates and lawmakers are expressing increased concern over the United States’ handling of the sudden influx of tens of thousands of undocumented child and female migrants from Central America.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Former Bush Administration Official Favors Carbon Tax, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson wrote an op-ed in The New York Times calling for a tax on carbon; if you’ve ever found an injured animal or a bird with a broken wing and didn’t know how to help – now there’s an app for that; physicist Christopher Keating announced that he will give $10,000 to anyone who can disprove the accepted science of climate change; and more.

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Fairfield’s Public School Cafeterias GMO Free in Connecticut

Kendra Wingate, Organic Consumers Association: The cutting edge Fairfield Public School System leads the way by transforming their food services. After years of parental advocacy, the board of education and superintendent agreed to outsource their food products to ensure healthy food options and high-food quality.

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Mexican Shale Industry Hoist on NAFTA-Induced Gang Violence Petard

Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: There’s perilous little recognition in the United States of how much of the rise in gang violence and drug wars is the direct result of NAFTA. While the toll has fallen hardest on Mexicans, American businesses may see collateral damage in the form of not getting much access to Mexico’s shale gas.

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Unpatriotic US Corporations Increasingly Move Headquarters Overseas to Decrease Taxes

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Among the many hypocritical ironies, given this trend of US companies becoming technically non-US companies, are the implications for theCitizens UnitedSupreme Court ruling. How can a non-US company have the rights of the US citizen if it is incorporated in another country?

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Supreme Court Ruling in Harris v. Quinn Will Undermine Gains Made by Low-Wage Home Healthcare Workers

Read the Article at The Nation

Blackwater Iraqi Chief Threatened to Kill US Government Inspector Before Nisour Square Massacre

Read the Article at The New York Times

Privatized Education Steals From the Poor, Gives to the Rich

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Workplace Secrecy Agreements Appear to Violate Federal Whistleblower Laws

Read the Article at The Washington Post

Peru Now Has a “License to Kill” Environmental Protesters

Read the Article at The Guardian

Beware the Dangers of Congress’ Latest Cybersecurity Bill

Read the Article at the ACLU Blog of Rights

Joseph E. Stiglitz | Inequality Is Not Inevitable

Read the Article at The New York Times

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