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Truthout Daily Digest Monday, 11 August 2014

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Apologies again for posting this so late.This first article is important and disturbing-even if you don’t personally have any interest in indigenous issues.

Not only resource theft and appropriation drives these invasive tactics. The Powers that Were are determined that there be No Alternative to the miserable mess they are still making of our world.

By enforcing their worldview and structure on everyone and every inch of land or sea on Earth they can complete their illusion of No Alternative.

So if fascist oligarchy isn’t your preference for government, and despoiled wasteland isn’t your choice for where to live-support indigenous peoples and act in solidarity with everyone who opposes this insane path.

We really shall overcome-even if it seems impossible.
Blessings,
ohnwentsya

Communal Lands: Theater of Operations for the Counterinsurgency

Renata Bessi and Santiago Navarro F., Translated by Miriam Taylor, Truthout: The Pentagon has been funding mapping expeditions of indigenous areas in Mexico. Its aim? To incorporate indigenous territories into the transnational corporate model of private property, either by force or through agreements.

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Fracked on Their Own Petard: The Self-Implosion of an Industry on the Ropes

Adam Briggle, Truthout: As Denton seeks to become the first city in Texas to ban fracking, the industry is trying to frame the fight in economic terms. That frame, it turns out, is a poor choice for leaders.

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Gar Alperovitz | Is Worker Ownership a Way Forward for Market Basket?

Gar Alperovitz, Truthout: Market Basket seems a prime candidate for transition to employee ownership that could keep the leadership that built the company’s culture in place, while laying the groundwork to maintain that culture by rooting ownership in the company itself.

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“Pro-Troop” Charity Misleads Donors While Lining Political Consultants’ Pockets

Kim Barker, ProPublica: Move America Forward has collected millions of dollars to send care packages to US troops. But its appeals often rely on images and stories borrowed without permission, and its assets have been used to benefit consulting firms and political action committees.

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Reflections on the Maidan and Pro-Autonomy Political Movements in Ukraine

Roger Annis, Truthout: Social researcher at the Moscow-based Institute for Globalization Studies and Social Movements Daniel Grigor’ev speaks with Truthout about the origins and development of Ukraine’s ”Maidan” and East Ukraine’s autonomy movements.

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Another Unarmed Black Teen Shot by Militarized Police

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: On Saturday, 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer. Brown’s death has sparked considerable outrage in Ferguson, with protests breaking out all weekend long and continuing today.

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As Migrant Children Face Backlash, Communities Mobilize to Drown Out Hate

Laurie Smolenski, Waging Nonviolence: During rallies this summer, the hateful taunts of anti-immigration counter-protesters were drowned out by communities singing songs of freedom, resonating toward the skyscrapers in Manhattan.

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Dean Baker | The Entitlement of the Very Rich

Dean Baker, Truthout: Last week we got to see the thinking of the very rich when Jeffrey Immelt, the CEO of General Electric, complained at a summit with African heads of state and business leaders about the fact that there is even an argument over the reauthorization of Export-Import Bank.

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California Drought Leaves Farmworkers Hung Out to Dry

Julia Wong, In These Times: The crops being harvested in California this summer are smaller than usual thanks to the record-setting drought that has reached extreme levels in more than half of the state. It’s another blow to California’s hundreds of thousands of farmworkers who are struggling to survive.

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Our Privacy and Liberty Are Still at Risk, Even if Leahy NSA Bill Passes

Elizabeth (Liza) Goitein, Brennan Center for Justice: Even if the Senate version of the USA Freedom Act becomes law, Americans’ private information will remain vulnerable – under both the domestic programs addressed by the bill and other, much larger, programs nominally targeted at foreigners.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Walgreens Will Not Move Overseas to Avoid Taxes, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Walgreens has caved to public pressure and announced that it will not move overseas to avoid paying US taxes; in the last year alone, the default rate on federal student loans has risen by 5 percent; the United States is the richest nation on the planet, but we’re the only advanced economy that doesn’t guarantee workers a vacation; and more.

Watch the Video and Read the Transcript

A Bike That Stamps Your Message on the Street, and Three Other Open-Source Tools for Activists

Molly Rusk, YES! Magazine: StreetToolbox offers new tools for the political communicator – from a remote-controlled car that writes messages in colored sand to a kit that turns your bike into a mobile printing press.

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The Mass Destruction of Iraq: The Disintegration of a Nation: Why It Is Happening and Who Is Responsible

Truthout writers William Rivers Pitt and Dahr Jamail have collaborated on a new e-book that examines the history behind the chaos in Iraq. From PNAC to Bush, with vivid reporting from the scene, this book definitively explains why this is happening. Order The Mass Destruction of Iraq for Kindle now!

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BuzzFlash

“Poor Door” Approved for Luxury Apartment Building in NYC Is Economic Apartheid

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The rich, apparently, do not want to have their days disturbed by mingling with those of less income. So, real estate developers in at least three cities are developing rental buildings with separate doors for wealthy renters and those with reduced economic means.

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Study: Keystone XL’s Carbon Emissions Would Be Four Times Higher Than the US Thought

Read the Article at The Guardian

Obama’s Pentagon Covered Up War Crimes in Afghanistan, Says Amnesty International

Read the Article at The Daily Beast

The Wall Street Journal: The Funny Papers of Modern Journalism

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Koch Brothers Reach Out to Hispanic Community in New “Libre Initiative”

Read the Article at the Associated Press

The Man With the Cardboard Sign: “Ferguson Police Just Executed My Unarmed Son!!!”

Read the Article at Prison Culture

Minimum Wage Laws Aren’t Just for Workers With the Lowest Wages

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

George Will Confirms Nixon’s Vietnam Treason

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

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