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Common Dreams Highlights November 29, 2014

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‘No One Else Is Going to Stand Up For Us’: Workers Target Walmart on Black Friday
by Sarah Lazare
“When my coworkers speak out about these issues, the company tries to silence us. For all of my brothers and sisters who have experienced illegal threats, I am on strike.”
Ferguson: Cover of Darkness, Rays of Light
by Randall Amster
“The ray of light during a dark night in the country’s history is that the issues have been joined publicly and unwaveringly: Impoverishment, disempowerment, disenfranchisement, corruption, militarism, racism, hopelessness.”
‘Bonded With a Common Goal’: As Ferguson Recovers, Activists Look Forward
by Nadia Prupis
“We are on the human side. We hope you stand with us.”
Climate Justice Is Only Way to Solve Our Climate Crisis
by Jagoda Munic
“A climate-safe, sustainable energy system which meets the basic energy needs of everyone and respects the rights and different ways of life of communities around the world is possible.”
Ferguson Isn’t About Black Rage Against Cops. It’s White Rage Against Progress.
by Carol Anderson
“When you think of Ferguson, don’t just think of black resentment at a criminal justice system that allows a white police officer to put six bullets into an unarmed black teen. Consider the economic dislocation of black America.”
On Black Friday, Americans Confront the Walmart 1%: Pay Employees a Living Wage
by Peter Dreier
“No institution epitomizes the realities of hyper-capitalism as much as Walmart.”
Hagel’s Departure Should Open Debate on Obama’s Wars
by Medea Benjamin
“Hagel’s resignation should be a time for the nation to step back and reexamine its violent approach to extremism, which has led to an expansion of terrorist groups, and inflated military spending.”
At Home and Abroad, UN Report Details Abysmal US Record of Abuse
by Jon Queally
“Torture, indefinite detention, excessive force, and systematic discrimination and mistreatment have become part of the nation’s modern legacy.”
Global Survey: Internet Access Should Be a Human Right
by Andrea Germanos
“Right now, one third of the world’s population is online but two-thirds of the world’s population is not. Unless they are brought online, a world of Internet ‘have and have-nots’ will stifle the world’s full potential for prosperity and innovation.”
To End Hunger, Empower Women: Study
by Deirdre Fulton
“Eliminating barriers and empowering women around the world is key to ending hunger in our time.”

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Truthout Daily Digest Saturday, November 29 2014

Why Is California Keeping Kelly Savage in Prison for a Crime She Didn’t Commit?

Victoria Law, Truthout: Nearly 19 years after Kelly Savage’s husband killed her 3-year-old son and they both were convicted of murder, she is filing for a writ of habeas corpus, arguing that expert testimony about domestic violence was not included during her trial. Will California allow her a second chance?

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ROTC Brings the Military Home to CUNY

Hannah K. Gold, Truthout: In the 1960s and ’70s, the ROTC was kicked off campuses in the Northeast. Now it’s back, appealing to the most vulnerable students, and bringing military culture along with it.

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Why the Idea of Fair, Affordable Care in the US Is Still a Problem

Liz McFall, The Conversation: Obamacare has another difficult year ahead. The attempt to introduce a more affordable health care system has been notably controversial from the start, and this looks set to continue.

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Touring North Korea? An Interview With Author Robert Willoughby

Peter Handel, Truthout: With its reputation for ultra-secrecy, imprisonment of rogue missionaries and a leadership baffling to outsiders, it’s no wonder few tourists in the United States even think of taking a state-approved tour in North Korea. Meet Robert Willoughby, author of the only dedicated guide to the country.

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The Fracking Rush Hits a Pothole

Emily Schwartz Greco, OtherWords: Low prices at the pump are imperiling oil fracking operations in Texas and North Dakota. Many companies may start losing money or even go broke. While the green-minded may welcome the doom of fracking, there’s a risk cheap oil could speed the pace of climate change.

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Monsters’ Ball on Capitol Hill: A Tale of Congress, Tsunamis and Circuses

Mikey Weinstein, AlterNet: Far more than merely a few elected officials have ceaselessly covered the flanks of the Christian fundamentalist forces that are actively commandeering our US military.

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Katharine Gun’s Risky Truth-Telling

Sam Husseini, Consortium News: Truth-telling can be a dangerous undertaking, especially when done by government insiders trying to expose wrongdoing connected to war-making, as British intelligence official Katharine Gun discovered in blowing the whistle on a pre-Iraq War ploy.

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Cultivating Climate Justice From the Front Lines of the Crisis

Antonia Bruno, Zero Waste World: Following Typhoon Haiyan, survivors in impacted communities in the Philippines came together in a deep expression of solidarity to help each other rebuild their homes and lives.

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Health Insurers Fight Republican Efforts to Repeal Affordable Care Act

Crystal Shepeard, Care2: While their motivations may be different, the health insurance industry and the Obama administration have created an alliance to push back against Republican attempts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

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Hosni Mubarak Cleared of Conspiring to Kill Protesters in Egypt’s 2011 Uprising

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Election Win Puts Rural San Benito County on Anti-Fracking Map

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From Broken Homes to a Broken System

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Ahead of Peru Climate Summit, Cautious Hope for Strong Draft Text

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The New Threat: “Racism Without Racists”

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Fast-Food Workers Plan National Strikes for December 4

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Detroit’s Young Gentrifiers Face a Daunting Task in Buying $500 Homes: Evicting Poor Residents

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Truthout Daily Digest Friday, 28 November, 2014

A Year After Congressional Testimony, Drone Strike Victims Still Searching for Justice

Candice Bernd, Truthout: Despite a recent finding that fewer than 4 percent of drone strike casualties in Pakistan have been confirmed as members of al-Qaeda, critics fear the program will continue with impunity and even be boosted to combat the Islamic state.

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Marjorie Cohn | Prosecutor Manipulates Grand Jury Process to Shield Officer

Marjorie Cohn, Truthout: Robert McCulloch has a history of bias in favor of police involved in altercations with black men. But, ignoring the pleas of 7,000 residents in and near Ferguson who signed a petition, McCulloch refused to recuse himself in the Darren Wilson case.

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Deciphering 10(j) Injunctions at the National Labor Relations Board’s Website

Ellen Dannin, Truthout: The NLRB has launched a new website as part of an effort to beef up employee rights. But how many workers who need to know their rights can read and understand it?

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Native-American Youth Are in Crisis and Need Protection

Jessica Ramos, Care2: Centuries after the first pilgrims and Native Americans came together in peace to give thanks (so the story goes), Native-American youth have nothing close to peace. A new 120-page report from the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee screams that they are in crisis.

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Government Data Sharpens Focus on Crude-Oil Train Routes

Isaiah Thompson, ProPublica: An analysis of federal government data adds new details to what’s known about the routes taken by trains carrying crude oil. Local governments are often unaware of the potential dangers they face.

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Obama’s Immigration Action Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Diana Anahi Torres, OtherWords: Farmworkers don’t qualify for reprieve under President Obama’s recent executive action on deportation unless they’ve lived in the United States for five years and have kids who are US citizens or permanent residents with green cards.

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Asia Smiles for the Cameras

John Feffer, Foreign Policy in Focus: Washington needs to recognize that its Pacific pivot is adding insecurity to the region, not stability. With its arms sales and encouragement of ally assertiveness, the United States is bringing peace to the region just like the Colt .45 “Peacemaker” brought peace to the Wild West.

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GOP on Wrong Side of History on Immigration

Leo Gerard, Campaign for America’s Future: Suffering amnesia about their personal histories, nativist Republicans want to expel the 11.7 million unauthorized immigrants, the people who harvest the United States’ Thanksgiving vegetables and care for US toddlers and grannies.

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New Pope Can End Church Cover-Up of Child Abuse

Robert Weiner and Florian Prommer, Mass Live: Pope Francis has just announced he will be coming to the US next year for a conference on families. The new Pope is widely popular, but he and the Church must take stronger actions than ones to date on the victims and perpetrators of clerical child abuse.

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The Real Cost of Fracking: How the US Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets and Food

Allison Wilson, Independent Science News: Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald’s new book, The Real Cost of Fracking: How America’s Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets, and Food describes the results of their research on fracking’s health impacts.

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Protesters Target Black Friday Sales in Ferguson

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Police Arrest 338 in LA: No Warnings, “Penned in,” Arrested, Protesters Say

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Working for Walmart Is Even Worse Than You Think

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Gunman Dead After Shooting Up Austin Police Headquarters

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Selma and Fruitvale Station Directors Lead Black Friday Protest Over Ferguson

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Mexico’s President Aims to Strengthen Police After Students’ Abduction

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At Home Legally – for Now

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YES! Magazine Highlights 28 November, 2014

The best stories of the week from YES! Magazine: Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions

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Police Violence Is Not Inevitable: Four Ways a California Police Chief Connected Cops With Communities

“A critical look at any institution with as much power and authority invested in it as the police is probably a good thing.” READ MORE »

Chris Magnus in Richmond.
Mentally Ill People Often Face Violence From Police—But These Cities Are Trying to Fix That

Crisis Intervention Teams train police officers to understand mental illness without resorting to violence. READ MORE »

Seattle protesters with hands raised yelling "Hands up! Don't shoot!" “I’m Scared to Be a Black Male Walking Down the Street”: Seattle Teens on Why They Skipped School for a #Ferguson March

“We all just left class. As soon as 11:00 came, we stood up and walked out of class. Together as one.” READ MORE »

Photo by Sarah-Ji #Ferguson Thanksgiving: A Former Slave Proposed the Holiday 55 Years Before Lincoln. Why His Version Matters Today

“For some, racial inequality and fear are raw realities every day, and anything inspiring in American history rings false and remote. For others, the call to reflect on injustice feels like a personal accusation. But we are caught in this history together.” READ MORE »

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Angry cook by Shutterstock. Why It’s OK to Be Angry on Thanksgiving

Quite often it is our darker side that illuminates the best part of us, that brings us to where we need to be. READ MORE »

Half-mile meal by Andy King Photo Essay: At a Half-Mile-Long Table, Chefs, Farmers, and Volunteers Feed a Neighborhood for Free

In St. Paul, Minnesota, artist Seitu Jones wanted to start a community-wide conversation about food access and food justice—and where better to talk than over a good meal? READ MORE »

Palestinian prison library. Undercover University: Palestinians Study Up in Israeli Prisons

More than 40 percent of Palestinian males have spent time in Israeli prisons. The schools that operate within are increasingly important. READ MORE »

Activists, union members, and Detroit residents protest the water shutoffs in Detroit. When the City Turned Off Their Water, Detroit Residents and Groups Delivered Help

Grassroots action has backed down the city’s aggressive water shutoffs. READ MORE »




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Ken ~ The Multilateral/Multipolar New World Order wil seem like heaven … at first

Thank you Laura! I’ve been trying to explain this set up to the “dong-dinar currency revalue” followers that I know. I’m so glad this is outlined so clearly in this article, anyone can understand what is going on.

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I awoke in the wee hours of the morning empathing that exuberant and fluttery feeling of completely ungrounded “liberation.” That moment when someone realizes s/he has burst through old barriers but has yet to anchor the wanted changes into tangible, lasting reality. This sort of “revolution” lives up to its definition: it moves in a circle with initial 180 degree change only to arrive right back where we began. That’s why I support evolution rather than revolution. Why I celebrate, honor and strive for transmutation as opposed to “put a bird on it.”

Although most people won’t accept responsibility for the true opportunities presented in such wildly exuberant collective energy, if an individual exercises extreme discipline and discernment, the breakthrough, this “Zeitgeist” really can lead to liberation. That’s why my “Happy Gratitude Day” post suggests people “make a wish” in this time of peculiar disturbance in the Force. The key…

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Truthout Daily Digest Thursday, 27 November 2014

Thanksgiving Day and the Powerful Play

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: We live in a world of shrinking margins, of narrowing visions, a world ruled and ruined by fools. This is the fact of our time, and no one is going to fix it today. Tomorrow, perhaps, but in the meantime, hold close what you hold most dear, and give thanks for the chance of that holding.

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Thanksgiving and the Socialist Imaginary

Ben Agger, Truthout: Canadians can access socialist imaginary through the Canadian New Democratic Party; with a Democratic Party that has no vision of utopia, US Americans access socialist imaginary through Thanksgiving. Holidays bear utopia as the negation of present suffering, a political resource at a time when mainstream Democrats cannot out-right the right.

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Show Up on Thanksgiving or Get Fired

Jim Hightower, OtherWords: Most Americans will get a much-deserved break from work on Thanksgiving Day. But millions of others won’t. Wal-Mart, Target, Macy’s, Radio Shack, and other retailers are requiring their low-paid workers to put in a shift.

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Privateers Make a Water Grab

Ellen Dannin, Portside: Facing increasing opposition abroad over the past several decades, global water privatizers have begun to see US cities as expansion markets.

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Ferguson Thanksgiving: A Former Slave Proposed the Holiday 55 Years Before Lincoln. Why His Version Matters Today

Jedediah Purdy, YES! Magazine: For some, racial inequality and fear are raw realities every day, and anything inspiring in American history rings false and remote. For others, the call to reflect on injustice feels like a personal accusation. But we are caught in this history together.

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#Not1More Means Not One More

Carlos Garcia, Puente Movement: Our organizing is based in the idea that when you organize from below, defending the most vulnerable, you lift everyone else up with you. When the most stigmatized have their humanity recognized, everyone else’s expands as well.

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How ACA Fuels Corporatization of American Health Care

Dr. Philip Caper, Bangor Daily News: Patients are losing confidence in their doctors, while doctors are losing confidence in our ability to do the right thing for our patients. These trends are collateral damage caused by our increasingly corporatized, commodified and commercialized US health care “industry.”

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“Coercive Diplomacy” and the Failure of the Nuclear Negotiations

Gareth Porter, Middle East Eye: The US posture in talks with Iran has reflected the perspective of a dominant power accustomed to employing coercive power.

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The Second Term That Movements Build

Kate Arnoff, Waging Nonviolence: The work grassroots organizers have been doing to put pressure on the White House since well before the 2008 election is paying off.

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Mexican Activist Who Fed Train-Hopping Immigrants is Slain

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Mass Imprisonment and Public Health

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Video Shows Cleveland Officer Shooting 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice Within Seconds

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Lawmakers Urge Calm, Offer Few Policy Prescriptions in Wake of Ferguson

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A New Business Strategy: Treating Employees Well

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Thomas Piketty Is Right: Income Inequality Is Holding Us Back

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California Case Could Be a Pivotal Moment in Ending the War on Marijuana

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Ciudad Vieja del San Diego: Parte Uno~

Thank you Cindy! As always your ability of capturing the vivid colours and patterns, and the locus genii of a place on film is spectacular.

Where I live was also long ago part of the Aztlan Empire, and we have a lot of influences and people from there-even though we are not so close to the border. Something about subtropical climate and vivid, creative colours seem designed to go together.

Cindy Knoke

I was born in San Diego.
It is a cultural crossroad, the most southwestern US city that shares a border with Mexico.
The phenomenal artistic influence of Mexico is everywhere, which is probably why I so love the creative use of vibrant color.
Mexicans owned this territory, long before we ever got here, and before we subsequently declared many of them “illegal immigrants”.
Old Town in San Diego celebrates Mexican art, food, and culture.
It preserves many of the area’s original adobe ranchos, as well as the old pioneer homesteads, which I will show you in the next post.
Cheers to you from San Diego’s vibrant multi-cultural crossroads.

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PressTV: Ukrainian pro-Russians call for deployment of UN peacekeepers

Thank you Jean! I’ve been astonished and shocked both by American propaganda, I mean “media coverage” of Ukraine and of the seemingly exactly like it was in Orwell’s novel 1984 brainwashed by media opinions held by even intelligent, well educated, professional Americans. People have been telling me that Russia “took over” Crimea *Before* the Maidan coup! History is rewritten even as it’s happening.

I have been praying for all the people in Ukraine, the separatist republics and nearby that the violence will stop with safety and justice immediately. I imagine how we were in Occupy and think “There but for the Grace of God…”

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I Lived Through A Miracle (6 Images)

I am so glad you are all ok. Thank you also from me to all my readers who prayed. Together we really can do anything-even solve the mountains of problems besetting our world today.

Heaven On Earth

Friends, as I write this, I am fighting severe exhaustion. Yet, I am alive and well along with my family. What all of us here in Lancaster, NY have witnessed, is a Miracle. The tons of snow that was dumped on us in 2 days, was predicted to cause massive flooding. It did not. Because we experienced a slow thaw, right before our very eyes, the snow just seemed to disappear.

Even the local waters are already receding. I went out this afternoon to get some shots of local creeks, and to be truthful, was disappointed. The “drama” I had expected was not there. That is good news for the residences that live by these creeks, for no flooding happened as was foretold.

We all here are so relieved Winter Storm Knife is over, and we are trying to get back to a normal routine. This may take a few…

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Common Dreams Highlights November 26, 2014

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News & Views | 11.26.14


Coalition Launches to Lead Global Fight For Open Internet and Digital Democracy


Donation of Prize Money by Canadian Activist Spurs Flood of Dollars to Tar Sands Fight

Systemic Injustice Condemned as Ferguson Galvanizes National Outrage

Polio Workers Gunned Down in Pakistan

Putting ‘Health Above Polluters,’ EPA Proposes New Ozone Limits

Assange and Chomsky Appear Arm-In-Arm at Ecuadorian Embassy

‘This Is Only the Beginning’: Oregon GMO Labeling Measure Heads to Recount

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Janine Jackson: Two More ‘Police Incidents,’ Shrouded in Media Euphemism

Naomi Klein: 4 Reasons Keystone Really Matters

Donna Smith: Theater of the Macabre: U.S. Health Care in 2014

Diana Anahi Torres: Obama’s Immigration Action Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Kwei Quartey: Ebola’s Racial Disparity



Center for Biological Diversity: Havasupai Tribe, Conservation Coalition Will Defend Grand Canyon From Uranium Industry Appeal

Sierra Club: Applauds New Smog Pollution Proposal for Children and Elderly

Friends of the Earth International: UN Climate Talks Heading in Wrong Direction

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