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Truthout Daily Digest Tuesday, 18 November 2014

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Henry A. Giroux | Academic Madness and the Politics of Exile

Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: Academic exile seems like more than a reprieve. Instead it’s a kind of public space where a new language, understanding of politics and new forms of solidarity can at least be nurtured among the displaced.

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It’s Time for an Honest Conversation About Why People Don’t Vote

Joe Brewer, Truthout: People understand that voting alone will not magically change a system that has been decades in the making. The system must be dismantled and evolve into new configurations of civic participation and collective action.

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John Pilger | The Siege of Julian Assange Is a Farce

John Pilger, Truthout: The United States is pursuing Julian Assange, with the help of the UK and Swedish governments, because WikiLeaks exposed US crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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A Plea for Reconciliation and Healing of the Nation

Mildred Pitts Walter, Truthout: Some may say they had nothing to do with slavery, that they are not racist and not guilty. However, we have all participated in or observed and allowed institutions and other individuals to perpetuate racism in this nation. There must be acknowledgement of wrong to another human being, admission of racism and willingness to change to achieve reconciliation.

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Private Equity Now Looking to Even Bigger Chumps, Namely 401(k)s and Retail

Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: One of the reasons that private equity has managed to flourish is that its biggest investor group is what is traditionally referred to as dumb money: public pension funds, which account for 25 percent of industry assets.

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Fossil-Fueled Republicanism

Michael T. Klare, TomDispatch: In the wake of the midterm elections, Republican energy hawks are ascendant. They are preparing to put pressure on a president already presiding over a largely “drill-baby-drill” administration to take the last constraints off the development of North American fossil fuel reserves.

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Now That the Senate Has Picked New Leaders, Will We Get New Policies?

Robin Marty, Care2: With a short lame-duck session to finish first, 2015 already looks like a legislative session that will be full of butting heads, dueling policies and outside action groups hoping to see politicians represent their demands. Will anything actually get accomplished, though?

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Is Obama’s Immigration Plan Too Modest? Proposals Cover Less Than Half of Nation’s Undocumented

Amy Goodman and Juan González, Democracy Now!: President Obama is considering issuing an executive action that could protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. Obama’s executive actions will not provide any formal, lasting immigration status, but many immigrants will receive work permits.

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“Dude Needs a Vacation”: A Net Neutrality Update

Michael Winship, Moyers & Company: Since President Obama made a strong statement in support of net neutrality, opposition from the telecom and cable companies and their supporters in Congress has countered the initial, intense burst of enthusiasm from the media reform community.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: A Texas Oil Regulator Won’t Respect the Will of Voters, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Neuroscience may understand how another round of new climate deniers got elected to Congress; next time you visit a salon, your hairstyle may come with a side of toxic chemicals; a Texas oil regulator says she won’t respect the will of the voters; and more.

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BuzzFlash

It Should Be Illegal for Corporations to Pay CEOs More Than the Companies Pay in Income Taxes, but They Do

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: A report released todayindicates, “Of America’s 30 largest corporations, seven (23 percent) paid their CEOs more than they paid in federal income taxes last year.”

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Ferguson: There Is No Way That This Ends Well

Read the Article at Esquire

Fracking to Be Permitted in Largest National Forest on the East Coast

Read the Article at the Associated Press

Comet Landing 2014: Rosetta Probe Philae Discovers Organic Molecules on Comet

Read the Article at International Business Times

Bill Cosby Loses Control: Comedian No Longer Dictating the Narrative – and It’s About Time

Read the Article at Salon

Why Republicans Can’t Quit the Government Shutdown Game

Read the Article at Talking Points Memo

Here’s What’s Happening With the Big Keystone Pipeline Vote

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Do Wars Really Defend the United States’ Freedom?

Read the Article at History News Network

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