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Truthout Daily Digest Thursday, 14 August 2014

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Another Night of Police Violence in Ferguson; Governor Relieves Local Police of Protest Duty

Candice Bernd, Truthout: Last night, police in Ferguson, Missouri shot tear gas and rubber bullets at people protesting the shooting of an unarmed teenager. Two journalists were arrested after being told to stop filming.

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“Stop Fearing Our Children”: Why Juvenile Incarceration Needs to Go

Maya Schenwar, Truthout: Although lawmakers and the media may decry atrocious conditions, overcrowding and rampant violence in juvenile prisons, they aren’t examining the roots of the problem. In this interview, author Nell Bernstein takes on the question: Why are we locking up children at all?

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Armed With Military-Grade Weapons, Missouri Police Crack Down on Protests Over Michael Brown Shooting

Amy Goodman and Juan González, Democracy Now!: The Missouri town of Ferguson looks like a war zone as police fire tear gas, stun grenades and smoke bombs to break up a fifth night of protests over the police shooting of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown.

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Homeschooling for Critical Consciousness

Jeffrey Nall, Truthout: Educator Jeffrey Nall explains why he and his wife, April, homeschool their children. Rather than the near-exclusive domain of social isolationists, conservatives and religious fundamentalists, homeschool can be compatible with democratic, progressive and feminist values, he contends.

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Moving From a Culture of Death to a Culture of Life: Mobilizing for the People’s Climate March

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Truthout: As preparations intensify for the People’s Climate March, in NYC September 21, we must remember that change via technology alone will not avert global disaster. We must also transition to a new social paradigm that prioritizes preserving the integrity of human beings and the natural world.

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To Terrify and Occupy: How the Excessive Militarization of the Police Is Turning Cops Into Counterinsurgents

Matthew Harwood, TomDispatch: Welcome to a new era of American policing, where cops increasingly see themselves as soldiers occupying enemy territory, often with the help of Uncle Sam’s armory, and where even nonviolent crimes are met with overwhelming force and brutality.

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Briefing the President but Keeping the Public in the Dark

James Arkin, The Center for Public Integrity: Washington prepared some grim early estimates of the death and destruction that would come from a nuclear war with Russia, but kept the details secret for more than 50 years.

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The Mystery of the Malaysian Airlines Crash Over Ukraine

Zhuge Li, Truthout: What is known and what remains to be proven or investigated in the mystery of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur? Who has benefited from the air tragedy? A Malaysian airline safety engineer considers the facts.

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War Always Comes Home

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: The scenes coming out of Ferguson, Missouri, illustrate the stupidity of war and the stupidity of our corrupt political system putting weapons of war on our streets, just to pad the wallets of the multibillion dollar defense contractors who own our politicians.

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Cry for Argentina: Fiscal Mismanagement, Odious Debt or Pillage?

Ellen Brown, The Web of Debt Blog: Argentina has now taken the United States to The Hague for blocking the country’s 2005 settlement with the bulk of its creditors. The issue underscores the need for an international mechanism for nations to go bankrupt. Better yet would be a sustainable global monetary scheme that avoids the need for sovereign bankruptcy.

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Economic Update: Markets and Immigration

Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: This episode covers the drop in household wealth across the United States, and the ways in which Social Security finances are more about wages than aging. We also discuss the political economy of immigration and the contradictions inherent in capitalism. Plus, we respond to listeners’ queries about worker co-op incubators and fundraising by the Clintons.

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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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Yes, Sarah Palin Supports Socialism in Alaska

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Want a check for up to $2,000 from big government for just living in a state? Then you might want to move to socialist Alaska.

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“Go Ahead and Shoot Me”: The Veteran Who Defied Ferguson’s Cops

Read the Article at The Daily Beast

Jim Hightower | What’s Wrong With the GOP’s “Hell No” Faction

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Arrested While Covering Ferguson Shooting Protests: A Reporter’s First-Person Account

Read the Article at The Washington Post

Racism, the Misuse of Genetics and a Huge Scientific Protest

Read the Article at The Los Angeles Times

Following Assault on Gaza, “Freedom Flotilla” to Sail Against Siege

Read the Article at Common Dreams

Jimmy Carter Blasts “Nutcases” Who Block Climate Action

Read the Article at EcoWatch

Why the United States’ Police Are Becoming So Militarized

Read the Article at The Economist

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