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Truthout Daily Digest Friday, 8 August 2014

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One Little Piggy Had Birth Defects: Is Monsanto’s Roundup to Blame?

Jeff Ritterman, M.D., Truthout: A chemical in Monsanto’s Roundup causes birth defects and is now associated with a dizzying array of chronic health problems. It’s high time to examine public policies around the use of this potentially deadly chemical. Should it be taken off the market?

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The War Over the War: Israel, Gaza and American Protest

Nicholas Powers, Truthout: Worldwide criticism of Israel – buoyed by large rallies in major cities and an ever-growing outcry on social media – has begun to erode Israel’s base of support in the United States. Israel has won in Gaza, but it has lost the “war over the war.”

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How Gender Changes Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Kathleen Geier, Kate Bahn, Joelle Gamble, Zillah Eisenstein and Heather Boushey, The Nation: If economic inequality continues to soar, as Thomas Piketty says it will, and inherited wealth plays a growing role in our economy, in what ways does that affect women specifically? What weaknesses arise in Piketty’s analysis due to the absence of gender and race from his book?

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The Class War Goes Retail

Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins, OtherWords: Why exactly does Wall Street tank on news portending economic gains for most Americans? Don’t people with extra money in their pockets boost the economy when they spend more freely? Isn’t it something worth celebrating? Not in an economy that caters to the rich.

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From “The New Economy” to the Cooperative Commonwealth

John de Graaf, Truthout: The term “commonwealth” is as American as Massachusetts, Kentucky, Pennsylvania or Virginia. It conveys a sense of things we hold in common, including our precious natural resources, offering a broader vision for ideas like a guaranteed national income supplement from taxes on fossil fuels.

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Max Blumenthal | The Massacre of Civilians in Gaza Is Déjà Vu All Over Again

Max Blumenthal, Nation Books: This excerpt from Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel focuses on an Israel Defense Forces attack on the Gaza Strip, one of several such military campaigns known in Israel as “mowing the lawn.”

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Congress Must Keep Its Voting Rights Promise

Nicole Austin-Hillery, Brennan Center for Justice: In signing the Voting Rights Act 49 years ago, Lyndon Johnson explained how the Civil War marked a promise that was never fulfilled. A generation later, our nation is in danger of reneging on that promise. It is time for Congress to act.

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More US Diplomas Come With Crushing Debts

Julia Hotz, Inter Press Service: More than 40 million Americans currently hold student debt. They are collectively responsible for $1.2 trillion of outstanding student loans in the US. As the legislative battle for refinanced student loans rages on, students, families and nonprofits are mobilizing around the issue.

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Rania Khalek | US Senator Filibusters Live Coverage of Powerful Palestinian Testimonies

Rania Khalek, Electronic Intifada: Last Friday, 15 year old Tariq Abukhdeir spoke at a hearing on Capitol Hill about the brutal beating he endured at the hands of Israeli police in early July. But just as Abukhdeir started to detail the Israeli beating, C-SPAN 2 cut to the Senate floor.

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Why We Need Critical Ethnic Studies in Arizona (and Everywhere Else)

Michelle Téllez, The Feminist Wire: In Arizona and beyond, we must continue to be creative in our alliances, to dismantle our perspectives on knowledge production and, perhaps, to concentrate a bit less on individual advancement and promotion, which all too often can happen at the expense of community solidarity.

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Amy Goodman | “A Recipe for Civil War”: Journalist Matthieu Aikins on US Military Legacy and Afghanistan’s Future

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Kabul-based journalist Matthieu Aikins talks about the disputed Afghan election, US-backed militias committing war crimes, and the future of the country after the US military drawdown.

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BuzzFlash

As the Rich Get Richer, 75 Percent of the Nation Expects Stagnant or Lower Incomes

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Despite reassurances from the White House about the economy picking up, a recent survey by the Federal Reserve reveals a far bleaker perception among US wage earners.

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Obama’s “Limited” Mission in Iraq

Read the Article at The New Yorker

The Most Explosive Crude Oil Is in North Dakota, Transported on Trains That Are Bombs on Wheels

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Senators to Obama: Stop Censoring the Torture Report

Read the Article at The Nation

GOP Obstructionism Is Holding Up Funds to Catch Rapists

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Harry Shearer’s Letter-Perfect Satire of Nixon Preparing to Resign

Watch the Video at YouTube

World Health Organization Declares Ebola Epidemic a Global Emergency

Read the Article at Agence France-Presse

US Reports Sharp Drop in Migrant Children at Southwest Border

Read the Article at Talking Points Memo

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