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Truthout Daily Digest Monday, 21 July 2014

Dahr Jamail | The Brink of Mass Extinction

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: March through June 2014 were the hottest months on record globally, species face extinction and rising sea levels threaten to displace entire populations of island nations. While a single extreme weather event is not proof of anthropogenic climate disruption, the increasing intensity and frequency of these events are.

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Thousands March for Water Rights in Detroit

Ruth Conniff, PRWatch: On Friday, thousands of people marched through downtown Detroit to call attention to a major public health crisis as the city shuts off the water for residents who are behind on their bills. About 5,000 people marched from the Cobo convention center to Hart Plaza near the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.

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“Blood on American Hands”: Richard Falk on Palestine

CJ Polychroniou, Truthout: The latest carnage in Gaza is part of an ongoing Israeli imperial policy, but, as Richard Falk underscores in this exclusive interview, Israel always claims that its attacks against Palestinians are provoked by the Palestinians themselves.

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Dean Baker | Cheap Talk at the Fed

Dean Baker, Truthout: By calling attention to the overvaluation of social media and biotech companies, and junk bonds, Fed Chair Janet Yellen is putting financial professionals on notice. By not providing serious answers to her arguments, these professionals may be looking for a new line of work if their bets go south.

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Transgender Activists Speak Out Against Campaign to End Trans Military Ban

Toshio Meronek, Truthout: As funding increases for a campaign to end the ban on transgender people in the military, trans and gender-nonconforming people are speaking out against that campaign, saying that instead, efforts should focus on ending the military-industrial complex.

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Blowback on the Border: The United States’ Child Refugee Crisis

Laura Carlsen, Foreign Policy in Focus: The US press has finally “discovered” the crisis of unaccompanied minors piling up on the border. The dominant narrative has been that foolish parents are sending hapless children north to take advantage of loopholes in US immigration practices. This is just plain wrong on every count.

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“A Terrifying Night in Gaza”: Sharif Abdel Kouddous Reports on Israeli Ground Invasion

Amy Goodman and Juan González, Democracy Now!: Sharif Abdel Kouddous reports from Gaza as the Israeli military is pushing deeper into Gaza and threatening to “significantly widen” its ground offensive. Israel maintains the new ground offensive was needed to target tunnels used by militants, but many civilian facilities have been hit.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: A Majority of Americans Favors Action on Climate Change, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Congress may be divided on the issue of climate change, but the vast majority of Americans agree that we must do more to protect our planet; a South Florida developer is paving paradise to put up a Walmart; four years after the BP oil disaster in the Gulf, we’re still seeing giant tar mats wash up on beaches; and more.

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US Empire Reaches Breaking Point: Time to End It

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance: Not only is the US Empire the largest in history, with more than 1,100 military bases around the world, but it has been the most destructive. As US Empire stretches to the breaking point, people are mobilizing.

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Do Not GM My Food!

Julio Godoy, Inter Press Service: Attempts to genetically modify food staples, such as crops and cattle, to increase their nutritional value and overall performance have prompted worldwide criticism by nutritionists, environmental and agriculture experts, who say that protecting and fomenting biodiversity is a far better solution to hunger.

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Direct Action to Survive in Detroit

Marina Sitrin, Z Communications: Israel has cut off all water to Gaza. Detroit has shut off the water to more than 4,000 families, with another 140,000 up next. But while the government of the United States goes along with policies that mirror Israel at war with an entire people, Detroit residents are showing that real power comes from below.

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Senate Bill Would Hold Corporate Executives Criminally Accountable for Not Disclosing Lethal Product Defects

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: It is an egregious double standard to hold citizens criminally accountable for causing deaths while companies are let off the hook.

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Pretending It’s Not Rape: The Politics of a Violation and a Community That Covered It Up

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Report: Government Agents “Directly Involved” in Most High-Profile US Terror Plots

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Renewables Account for More Than Half of 2014’s New US Energy Capacity

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Reports: Texas Gov. Rick Perry to Deploy 1,000 National Guardsmen to the Border

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“Indiscriminate” Bombing in Gaza Pushes Death Toll Beyond 500

Read the Article at Common Dreams

US Court Says Warrant for Access to All Content of Email Account Is Justified

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Five Innocuous Activities That Can Get You Put in the Government’s Antiterrorism Database

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Urgent: Fast Track to WWIII? “USA’s Goal Is to Overturn Putin.”

Thank you Lada! As I’m sure so many others also are, I am very grateful for your ability to cut through the propaganda, and tangential details to explain the core issues. I know how much background knowledge you must have in order to distill what is going on now into something so direct and easy for non-experts to understand. I really appreciate your work, and I hope my readers will read and share your articles widely. The majority of humanity desires peace but we must come together in unity on this to avoid the master manipulators using their long effective tricks on us again.
As much as both Putin and Obama have various factions placing great pressure on both of them toward actions that will end in war, I strongly believe both men are smarter than their handlers, agenda pushers, or enemies realize. I also believe they are both, no matter how they appear in public, deeply devoted to peace and prosperity for all of humanity. I pray their strength and wisdom will prevail over the warmongers yet again, despite the chaos that seems to be deepening.

Futurist Trendcast

Note: this is analytical article based on current events, as well as a warning about how events may turn out if the wrong course of action is taken. For my actual long-term predictions on the topics below go to PREDICTIONS.

This is the follow-up to: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Address re. Boeing 777 Catastrophe in Ukraine

The last post was in response to a very interesting comment by a reader named Paul, which you can find by clicking on the link above. Paul Plane is incidentally the host of The Plane Truth Show on the Time Monk Radio. We just recorded a new interview, which will be posted in a couple of days – stay tuned.

In response to my latest article, Paul posted a new comment, which I again found so interesting that I decided to post some additional thoughts. To keep it brief, I won’t post…

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