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Truthout Daily Digest Friday, 5 September 2014

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Noam Chomsky | Owl of Minerva’s View: ISIS and Our Times

Noam Chomsky, Truthout: Human civilization began by the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. It is perhaps fitting that we have plunged the cradle of civilization into disaster, just as we may have ensured the end of the human civilization by warming our climate to the point of no return.

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William Rivers Pitt | Within Reach of Your Arm

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: “All I have, all you have, all we have, is the power to do good and right within reach of our arm. I can’t defeat ISIS, or suck the oil out of the Gulf. But I can do the best I can within reach of my arm, one reach at a time.”

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Marjorie Cohn | US Slammed for Failure to Fulfill Legal Obligation to Eliminate All Forms of Race Discrimination

Marjorie Cohn, Truthout: A UN Committee has published a scathing denunciation of US failures to honor its treaty commitments to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

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“Illegal Immigration” Is a Policy Used to Exclude and Exploit

Aviva Chomsky, Truthout: The author explores how prejudice and the exploitation of inexpensive labor increasingly shaped US immigration policy in an excerpt from her book,Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal.

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Manufactured Emergency: The Neoliberal Assault on Michigan

Jane Slaughter, Political Research Associates: Those who want to privatize public services and destroy unions have made some successful incursions into the once union-friendly state. Whether Michiganders can mount an effective resistance remains to be seen.

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Dean Baker | Pace of Job Growth Slows Further in August

Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research: The pace of growth slowed sharply to 142,000 jobs in August, which brings the average rate of job growth over the last three months to 207,000. Employment is now performing far worse than in prior recoveries.

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Is There Still Hope for Peace in Ukraine?

Patrick Boylan, Pressenza: The Ukrainian government relentlessly goes on bombing residential areas in the eastern regions. The separatists are in a siege; to break it, they have launched a bloody counteroffensive. Yet, in spite of it all, a glimmer of hope for peace has appeared.

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The Price of Blackness: From Ferguson to Bed-Stuy

Darnell L. Moore, The Feminist Wire: If we are to ensure the end of state-sanctioned violence against black people, we must be ready to think through and redress the socioeconomic and class underpinnings of anti-blackness and white racial supremacy.

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What “Battlestar Galactica” Can Teach Us About the Militarization of Police

Christopher Zumski Finke, YES! Magazine: “There’s a reason you separate the military and the police. One fights the enemy of the state, the other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people,” says the “Battlestar Galactica” character Commander William Adama.

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Global Expansion of Fossil Fuel Transport, Drilling Underway as UN Climate Summit Approaches

Sharmini Peries, The Real News Network: Environmental and humanities scholar and activist Subhankar Banerjee says we shouldn’t expect much from global leaders gathering in New York City for the 2014 climate summit – most of their countries work with the fossil fuel industry.

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If a Senator Can’t Report Sexual Harassment Without Backlash, Who Can?

Crystal Shepeard, Care2: Women have to walk a tricky tightrope of not wanting to seem too “sensitive,” while at the same time standing up for themselves in the face of discrimination. Sen. Gillibrand’s experience shows how difficult it can be for anyone to navigate the workplace without inviting negative consequences.

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A Victory Over Justice System’s Failure: Wrongly Convicted Brothers Freed After 31 Years in Prison

Amy Goodman and Juan González, Democracy Now!: Two African-American half-brothers have been exonerated of rape and murder after more than 30 years behind bars in North Carolina. Henry Lee McCollum and Leon Brown were previously found guilty in 1984 of the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl.

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BuzzFlash

SEC Inundated by One Million Requests for Corporate Campaign Contribution Transparency

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: SEC Chair Mary Jo White – who many thought would bring sunlight to bear upon corporate involvement in politics – is actually enabling them to keep their political contributions in the dark.

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The CIA’s Mop-Up Man: LA Times Reporter Cleared Stories With Agency Before Publication

Read the Article at The Intercept

Eugene Robinson | Political Islam Cannot Be Bombed Away

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Amazon Indian Warriors Beat and Strip Illegal Loggers in Battle for Jungle’s Future

Read the Article at The International Business Times

Creating a Future That Values Everyone

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Hundreds of Fast-Food Protesters Arrested While Striking Against Low Wages

Read the Article at The Guardian

The Religious Right’s “Nice Guy” Who Threw His Wife Under the Bus

Read the Article at The Daily Beast

Missouri Republicans Are About to Pass One of the Harshest Abortion Laws in the Country

Read the Article at Mother Jones

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