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Truthout Daily Digest Wednesday, 29 October 2014

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Mandatory Rehab Is Just the Newest Front in the War on Drugs

Maya Schenwar, The Guardian: If shepherding live human bodies off to prison to isolate and manipulate them without their permission isn’t ethical, why is shipping those bodies off to compulsory treatment centers an acceptable alternative?

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Can Chevron Buy Richmond?

Peter Dreier, Truthout: The current Battle of Richmond pits Big Oil and Wall Street against the citizens of the working-class city of Richmond, California. The weapons are corporate cash against the votes of ordinary citizens. What’s at stake is the future of our democracy.

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Citizenfour Directly Confronts the Intelligence Apparatus’ Subversion of Democracy

Geoff Gilbert, Truthout: Laura Poitras’ new documentaryCitizenfour identifies mass, suspicionless surveillance as it is defined by internal NSA documents, while telling the story of how we, the people, are lucky to have even learned the limited information we have to date.

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Dear White People (and Black and Brown People, Too), Please Go See This Film

Eisa Nefertari Ulen, Truthout: Justin Simien’s just-released movie, Dear White People, explores a multiplicity of identities and the afro-surreal experience of being black and submerged in whiteness.

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We Demand Radical Bail Reform!

Joseph “Jazz” Hayden, Truthout: The presumption of innocence should be respected for all citizens, not just the rich. Setting bail out of the financial reach of ordinary citizens assures that jails are full of people not convicted of any crime.

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After Horror, Change? Taking Stock of Conditions in Bangladesh’s Garment Factories

John Miller, Dollars & Sense: While the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Bangladesh was in one sense an accident, the policies that led to it surely were not. Since the tragedy that took 1,138 lives, an international effort has taken on deadly conditions at the plant.

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Dark Money in Coal Country

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, a “nonprofit” group, has spent at least $14 million since the beginning of 2013, just one example of a dark money group pouring funds into elections. The group keeps a lot of secrets, including donors, but their goal is to help re-elect Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell.

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Unbelievable GOP Statements on Voter Suppression

Karin Kamp, Moyers & Company: You would think that making it easier for citizens to vote would be something for everyone in a democracy to celebrate. Not the GOP, and you’ll be shocked by Republican candidates’ remarks.

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Stop Telling Women to Smile

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Visual Therapy: A Brooklyn-based artist created a series of posters pasted in public places, with the aim of stopping street harassment. The posters imply that harassers are not entitled to women’s smiles or any other part of them.

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It’s 2014, Why Do We Still Need Laws Banning Coerced Sterilization?

Victoria Law, Waging Nonviolence: Reproductive justice advocates and prisoner rights organizers won an important victory when California Gov. Jerry Brown outlawed forced sterilization in women’s prisons. It’s preposterous that any state needs a law making that illegal.

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Drilling Deeper: New Report Casts Doubt on Fracking Production Numbers

Steve Horn, DeSmogBlog: A new report that calculates fracking production numbers on a well-by-well basis for shale gas and tight oil fields throughout the United States concludes that the future of fracking is not nearly as bright as industry cheerleaders suggest.

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Medea Benjamin: Bold and Loud Moves

Dan Falcone, Truthout: Activist and author Medea Benjamin talks about Ferguson, the militarization of police, US education, Obama versus the neocons and more.

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BuzzFlash

A National Disgrace: Number of Homeless Students Reaches Record Levels

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: There are now more than 1.25 million students in the United States who meet the definition of being homeless.

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Developing Countries Invest in Renewables at Twice the Pace of Industrialized Nations

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Money Koch Brothers Stole From Tribes Could Swing Midterm Elections

Read the Article at Indian Country Today

Shell Wants Five More Years to Carry Out Arctic Plunder

Read the Article at Common Dreams

Five Things That Are Still Broken Two Years After Superstorm Sandy

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Could Bhopal Happen Here? The Shortcomings of Chemical Safety in the US

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

Report: 90 Percent of Journalists’ Murderers Across the World Get Away With It

Read the Article at The Guardian

Edward Snowden Taught Me to Smuggle Secrets Past Incredible Danger, Now I Teach You

Read the Article at The Intercept

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