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Truthout Daily Digest Sunday, 17 August 2014

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As Repression Escalates on US Campuses, an Account of My Ordeal With the Israel Lobby and UC

William I. Robinson, Truthout: Professor William Robinson of UCSB was the target of a campaign of intimidation, silencing, and political repression that included techniques described in the “Hasbara handbook” by the Israel lobby in contravention of academic freedom and university rules. He describes the experience.

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Truthout Interviews William Rivers Pitt and Dahr Jamail on The Mass Destruction of Iraq

Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: William Rivers Pitt and Dahr Jamail discuss their new book, The Mass Destruction of Iraq, as well as the lead-up to the war, the devastation it wrought and the current conflicts that are tearing the country apart.

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Protesters Gain Detroit Water Shut-Off Moratorium, Demand Investigation of Suspected Rampant Corruption

Victoria Collier and Ben-Zion Ptashnik, Truthout: Activists successfully forced a moratorium to the water shut-offs after thousands protested and rallied in downtown Detroit. New actions are planned for late August to protest discrimination and the privatization of Detroit in Bankruptcy Court.

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The Truth Behind Mergers

Joey Gomez, Truthout: Microsoft’s buyout of Nokia and subsequent plans to lay off thousands of employees illustrates the dire economic implications of multinational corporation mega-mergers and acquisitions.

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Itemizing Atrocity

Tamara K. Nopper and Mariame Kaba, Jacobin: Suddenly, discussions about the United States’ militarized police forces are semi-mainstream, and we are told by some that the “war on terror” has come home. For black Americans, the “war on terror” hasn’t come home; it’s always been here.

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Regulators: Mega-Banks Like Citigroup and Goldman Sachs Still a Giant Threat to the US

Lynn Parramore, AlterNet: We hear a lot of big talk about how Dodd-Frank has made the financial system safer. That law was enacted to make certain that the country never gets blown apart by a financial crisis like the one in 2008. But does anybody really believe it? The bank regulators sure don’t.

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Edelman Makes a Climate Change Pledge, but Forgets About ALEC

Nick Surgey, PRWatch: If Edelman, the world’s largest PR company, is serious about not working for groups that deny climate change, then it should also not work for groups like ALEC, which is working hard to block any action at the federal or state level to address the problem.

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The Central American Child Migrant Crisis and Neoliberalism

Ramiro S. Fúnez, The Indypendent: The child migrant crisis is a direct consequence of our dominant economic mode of production, which creates the conditions for periodic crises many are often unable to understand or point out.

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What Do the World Bank and IMF Have to Do With the Ukraine Conflict?

Frédéric Mousseau, Inter Press Service: IMF and World Bank aid packages contingent on austerity reforms will have a devastating impact on Ukrainians’ standard of living and increase poverty in the country.

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Local Police and Much Else Will Be Militarized as Long as Federal Government Is

David Swanson, World Beyond War: The militarization of local police in the United States is related to the militarization of US foreign policy, which has now reached the point that bombing and “doing nothing” are generally conceived as the only two choices available.

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This week in Speakout:

Chris Crass talks about concrete acts to combat racism; Virginia Rutter discusses the latest research on changes in gender attitudes; D.H. Garrett takes inspiration from Charles Lutwidge Dodgson for a light-hearted approach to criticizing present US foreign policy;Fedja Pavlovic explains why US political talk shows are bad for democracy; Reprievereports on an Irish teen among those who could receive a mass death sentence in Egypt;Gouthama Siddarthan meditates on the targets of future advanced weaponry; the Brennan Center for Justice details why Arkansas’ voter ID laws are unconstitutional; Nick Motternreflects on the deadliness of drones in Gaza and their links with deadly drone usage in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia; Zulfiqar Shah consider Pakistan’s 67-year history of state oppression of minorities; David Ragland discusses American racism in the context of the Michael Brown killing in Ferguson, Missouri; Bill Quigley points out that in New Orleans, racism targets immigrant workers as well; and more.

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The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return soon.

Eric Holder Orders Federal Medical Examiner to Take Another Look at Michael Brown’s Death

Read the Article at Business Insider

California Moves Toward Historic Statewide Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

One Shot, Seven Arrested as Ferguson Police Disperse Protesters Defying Curfew

Read the Article at RT News

Report: Armed Men Attack Liberia Ebola Quarantine Clinic, Freeing Patients

Read the Article at CBS News

US Rethinks Giving Excess Military Gear to Police

Read the Article at the Associated Press

Environmentalists Split Over Green Group’s Fracking Industry Ties

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

Exactly How Often Do Police Shoot Unarmed Black Men?

Read the Article at Mother Jones

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