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Truthout Daily Digest Monday, 7 July 2014

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Noam Chomsky | The Sledgehammer Worldview

Noam Chomsky, Truthout: The invasion of Iraq was a textbook example of aggression. Apologists invoke noble intentions, which would be irrelevant even if the pleas were sustainable. When policy is crafted from a sledgehammer worldview, it only begets more destruction.

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Gulf Residents Are Already Turning to DIY Abortions

Robin Marty, Care2: Are DIY abortions becoming the procedure of choice in the Gulf Coast region? It would appear so, and that will only grow if the states’ Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers laws are allowed to go into effect and cause more clinics to shut down.

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The Good News About Obamacare in the June Jobs Report

Dean Baker, Truthout: There is an important part of the June jobs picture that was largely overlooked: workers in the United States no longer need a full-time job to get health insurance. The data indicate that many workers are taking advantage of this option.

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“Alternative High”: Raising the Bar on Public Education

Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: A small number of public high schools in New York have been granted waivers by the state Department of Education allowing them to avoid most standardized testing. Instead, they have developed performance-based assessments to determine student proficiency.

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On Juvenile Lifer Sentencing, Will Massachusetts Do the Right Thing?

Jean Trounstine, Truthout: As states grapple with the 2012 US Supreme Court ruling striking down mandatory life-without-parole for juveniles, Massachusetts has more than 60 first-degree lifers sentenced as youth waiting to see how tough pending state legislation affects them.

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Bill Moyers and Jim Hightower on the Rise of Populism

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company: Bill Moyers and Jim Hightower discuss the champions of grassroots action fighting the moneyed interests trying to buy and control government. “There is a growing rebellion and an increasing awareness among different groups fighting different battles that they are connected,” Hightower says. “People are beginning to get together and see their common interest.”

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What West Virginia Can Learn From Sarah Palin

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: If West Virginia put a tax on coal and gas extraction – effectively a carbon tax – and then cycled all of the money it took in back to the people, the results could be extraordinary.

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Worker-Owners Cheer Creation of $1.2 Million Co-op Development Fund in NYC

Rebecca Burns, In These Times: In June, the New York City Council passed a budget that will create a $1.2 million fund for the growth of worker-owned cooperative businesses. The investment is the largest a municipal government in the United States has ever made in the sector, breaking new ground for the cooperative development movement.

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World’s Oceans Face “Irreparable Damage”

Jessica Desvarieux, The Real News Network: A Global Ocean Commission report gives world leaders a five-year window for intervention before overfishing and climate change negatively impact the world’s food supply, clean air and climate stability.

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Today’s “Righteous” Defenders of Refugees in Germany

Marina Sitrin, Z Communications: The Kreuzberg neighborhood of Berlin is one of the European centers of antifascist organizing. While refugees are being harassed and evicted, protesters are actively resisting these efforts and showing solidarity with the migrants.

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World of Resistance Report: Davos Class Jittery Amid Growing Warnings of Global Unrest

Andrew Gavin Marshall, Occupy.com: If the global ruling class doesn’t quickly find ways to accommodate the unemployed and “lost” youth, those people will potentially turn to “populist politics” of resistance that directly challenge the global political and economic order.

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Seven Weird Things Money Does to Your Brain

Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet: Money is packed with meaning, and it impacts our personalities, our relationships and how we think. Researchers in the emerging field of neuroeconomics are drawing on psychology, neuroscience and economics to give us picture of the human brain on money.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Renewable Energy Is Spurring Billions of Dollars in Economic Development, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Renewable energy isn’t only outpacing new fossil fuel capacity, it’s also spurring billions of dollars in economic development; the New York Court of Appeals says that towns have the right to ban fracking; an island nation in the Pacific is hedging its bets against climate change; and more.

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BuzzFlash

What Is Causing Humanitarian Youth Crisis on US-Mexican Border? Largely US Policies

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: There are many reasons that children and teens are now running for their lives to the United States from Central America. The crisis, one might argue, is largely precipitated by US neoliberal and drug policies in Latin America resulting in dystopian societies.

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How New York Real Estate Became a Dumping Ground for the World’s Dirty Money

Read the Article at The Nation

Students in North Carolina Challenge GOP Voter Suppression

Read the Article at The New York Times

Washington State Issues First Marijuana Retail Licenses

Read the Article at the Associated Press

Workers Who Make Your iPhone Possible Are Fighting Labor Abuse in the Philippines

Read the Article at Global Voices

The UN Human Rights Council Moves to Challenge Corporate Impunity

Read the Article at La Via Campesina

More Than 60 Shot, Nine Dead in Chicago’s Bloody Independence Holiday Weekend

Read the Article at ABC News

Could CelebratingHobby LobbyRuling Backfire on Republicans?

Read the Article at MSNBC News

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