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Truthout Daily Digest Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Amid Shootings, Chicago Police Department Upholds Culture of Impunity

Sarah Macaraeg and Alison Flowers, Truthout: An exclusive Truthout investigation – released today on a day of national protest against police brutality – reveals that the City of Chicago fails to recognize, let alone sanction, police guilty of repeated episodes of violence, including the shooting deaths of unarmed civilians.

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The Mouse That Roared: Stand With the Marshall Islands

David Krieger, Truthout: The people of the world should stand with the tiny Marshall Islands in their courageous nuclear zero lawsuits, which aim to hold the nine nuclear-armed nations accountable to the terms of the 1968 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty for the safety of the planet.

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The Latin American Disappeared and Repeating History in Mexico

Jeff Abbott, Truthout: The disappearance of 43 college students, abducted by police and organized crime from the Mexican state of Guerrero for their political activism, is a particularly disturbing example of the resurgence of a terror tactic used during Latin America’s dirty wars.

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Chevron Greases Local Election With Gusher of Cash

Michael Winship, Moyers & Company: Some corporations dipping their toes into new modes of campaign funding have been rebuffed by hostile consumer and stockholder reaction. But corporate giant Chevron has no such qualms about negative public feedback.

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Three Youth, Three Destinies: Which One for Gaza?

Pam Bailey, Truthout: Nearly 64 percent of Palestinians in Gaza are age 25 or younger. Since the latest conflict with Israel, some 85 percent are striving to leave, but have been unable. Here are the stories of three young people.

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Time to Rethink the War on Terror

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Trying alleged terrorists in civilian courts doesn’t just bring justice to their victims; it also sends a message to the rest of the world that the United States won’t sacrifice its core values in the fight against terrorism.

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The Brain Cancer Rate for Girls in This Town Shot Up 550 Percent – Is a Defense Contractor to Blame?

Sharon Lerner, The Nation: For years, radioactive waste has seeped into swampland, canals – and even drinking water. Now a few families are fighting to hold the polluters accountable.

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The United States’ Grand Fortunes Go Overboard

Sam Pizzigati, OtherWords: With middle-class net worth crumbling, the Forbes 400 grow wealthier than ever. But they haven’t just made monstrously large fortunes. They’ve made a monstrously large mess.

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Philadelphia Students Go on Strike for Teachers’ Benefits

Kate Aronoff, Waging Nonviolence: After the School District of Philadelphia unceremoniously cut its ties with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, students went on strike in defense of teacher benefits, which they say are now at risk.

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Spare the Rod, Respect the Child: Avoiding the Line Between Discipline and Abuse

P.L. Thomas, Truthout: Widespread public legitimacy has been granted to advocates of the idea that there are “appropriate” ways that adults can hit children. We must reject our tolerance for adults hitting children, whether in our homes or in our schools.

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Ten Reasons Why You Should Care What You Wear

Sarah Streat and Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Association: US consumers spend millions on clothing, but synthetic fibers and non-organic cottons take their toll on the environment and come from genetically modified – even toxic – cotton plants.

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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen Acknowledges Rise in Income Inequality

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: As welcome as Yellen’s remarks are, however, she identifies the problem without advocating aggressive solutions or systemic change in the financial system.

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Obama Has Until December to Explain Withholding of 2,100 Graphic Photos of Detainee Torture

Read the Article at The Guardian

States Ease Interest Rate Laws That Protected Poor Borrowers

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Jeremy Scahill | Blackwater Founder Remains Free and Rich While His Former Employees Go Down on Murder Charges

Read the Article at The Intercept

Environmental Groups Say EPA Underestimates Methane Leaks From Fracking

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

When Black Athletes Stood With Muhammad Ali

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

A New Mission for Amnesty International: Bringing Human Rights Home

Read the Article at The Washington Post

Mary Poppins, Elizabeth Warren and the US Banking System

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