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Truthout Daily Digest Sunday, 9 November 2014

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Apologies for posting these all in a row. I’ve had several days where I was unable to keep up with email or the blog.
Blessings,
ohnwentsya

Maya Schenwar | Prison Destroys Families and Communities at Society’s Expense

Maya Schenwar, Berrett-Koehler Publishers: In this excerpt from Locked Down, Locked Out, Maya Schenwar delves into the damage wrought by prison on families, whole communities and society at large.

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Military Personnel Trained by the CIA Used Napalm Against Indigenous People in Brazil

Santiago Navarro F., Renata Bessi and Translated by Miriam Taylor, Truthout: For the first time in the history of Brazil, the federal government is investigating the deaths and abuses suffered by Indigenous peoples during military dictatorship (1964-1985). The death toll may be twenty times more than previously known.

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Gar Alperovitz | Playing the Long Game

Gar Alperovitz, Truthout: The 2014 midterms did not change the dominant reality we face – one of substantial ongoing political stalemate and decay – and this sets the terms of reference for those serious about long-term fundamental change.

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Congress Utilizes Myth of “Human Shields” to Justify War Crimes

Stephen Zunes, Truthout: No Gaza eyewitnesses found evidence of Hamas using human shields during the last conflict. Israel’s murder of civilians would have been a crime anyway, yet Congress seeks to undermine international law while ignoring inconvenient facts.

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Net Neutrality: Can You Hear Us Now?

Mary Alice Crim and Candace Clement, OtherWords: Given the unprecedented public interest in net neutrality, many groups have urged the FCC to get out of Washington and host public hearings. So far, however, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has ignored this call.

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Truthout Interviews Victoria Collier and Ben-Zion Ptashnik on Voting and Election Integrity

Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Truthout contributors Victoria Collier and former Vermont State Sen. Ben-Zion Ptashnik talk about the Republican agenda to rig voting systems and suppress democracy.

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Rick Berman Exposed in New Audio; Hear His Tactics Against Environmentalists and Workers’ Rights

Lisa Graves, PR Watch: Rick Berman, the king of corporate front groups and propaganda, has been caught on tape detailing his attacks on public interest groups in the labor and environmental movements, including on efforts to increase the minimum wage for workers.

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Rebuilding Gaza Needs Freedom and Normality, Not Just Aid

Sara Roy, The Conversation: What is at issue is the terms on which that assistance will be provided, and what political ends it will serve. Gaza does not just need aid; it needs freedom and the right to interact normally with the world. Anything short of this is unsustainable.

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On the Front Lines of Fighting Police Terror in Washington DC

Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, Black Agenda Report: Kenny Nero, Jr. is a librarian at the Howard University Health Sciences Library and a community organizer by night. In this interview, he provides insights into a broad array of issues, including the philosophy and framework for the #DCFerguson Movement.

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Economic Update: Elections but No Democracy

Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: This episode looks at election results, Ebola, mortgage rules, China limiting executives’ pay and who has the wealth. We also discuss election economics, child poverty, capitalism and democracy. Finally, we respond to listeners’ questions on changes at Costco, so-called “nonprofits,” why there are ever more billionaires and Piketty’s problem.

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This week in Speakout:

John La Forge criticizes the EPA for plans to increase standards for safe human radiation exposure; Glen Brown says public pension “reforms” actually breach contracts; Marcy Wheeler juxtaposes President Obama’s lip service to the need for a free press with his record of persecuting journalists; Musa al-Gharbi writes an open letter to set the record straight after the right-wing talk machine deliberately misrepresented an original op-ed published at Truthout, titled: “How Much Moral High Ground Does the US Have Over ISIS?”;Paul Brown points out that while Elizabeth Warren is the darling of the left, her foreign policy viewpoints are imperialist; Celeste Larkin and Martin Xavi Macias describe a new solidarity between Colombia’s black population and African-Americans; Rebecca Boylesquestions the role of companies in society and culture; and more.

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BuzzFlash

The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return soon.

Can We Walk Away From Our Cars to Save the Earth?

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Belying “No Boots on Ground” Promises, Number of US Troops in Iraq Set to Double

Read the Article at Common Dreams

Protesters Set Fire to Mexican Palace as Anger Over Missing Students Grows

Read the Article at The Guardian

Creditors Use New Devices to Put Squeeze on Debtors

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

New York City Adult Home Residents Asked to Repay FEMA Aid

Read the Article at the Associated Press

Report: Israel Wants to Confiscate More Than 3,000 Acres in West Bank “for Military Purposes”

Read the Article at RT News

How Big Business Uses “Yellow-Dog Contracts” to Crush Basic Rights

Read the Article at Salon

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