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Truthout Daily Digest Wednesday, 19 November 2014

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When Facebook Is the Internet: Zero-Rating and the Global Net Neutrality Debate

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: With billions of people expected to come online for the first time in the next few years, zero-rating plans, which allow tech and telecom companies to pick and choose what mobile users can access, have huge implications for the future of the internet.

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US Shifts Blame to Afghan Government for Exploding Central Asian Opium Trade

Julio Sharp-Wasserman, Truthout: The US government, which fostered Afghanistan’s opium production in the 1980s, has responded to a report that business is booming – despite a more recent $7.6 billion US effort to quash it – by blaming the country’s government.

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Lessons on Mobilizing the Rising American Electorate

Eveline Shen, Truthout: Forward Together has been working with 150 organizations in a nationwide initiative called Strong Families to shift policy and culture so that all families – of every kind – can thrive. That has involved educating and mobilizing within historically marginalized communities for civic engagement.

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Senate Narrowly Rejects Keystone XL Amidst Protests by Climate Activists

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: The Keystone XL pipeline is a political football in Washington, but activists say it would make a devastating contribution to climate change.

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Walmart Workers Rally in Global Day of Action for Decent Work

John Logan, Truthout: Today, Walmart workers and their supporters in the United States, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, India, South Africa, Brazil and elsewhere are protesting for respect for freedom of association, living wages, consistent scheduling and employment security.

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Cultivating Climate Justice: Brazilian Workers Leading the Charge Toward Zero Waste

Antonia Bruno, Zero Waste World: The recycling workers of Brazil have long been a powerful force in protecting their communities and the climate. Now they are on the forefront of a nationwide movement for zero waste.

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We Need to Act Now to Save the Post Office

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: One of those less well-known but incredibly important priorities for Congress is saving the US Postal Service from the Republicans who want to bankrupt and privatize it so they can give it to their billionaire buddies.

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Texas Regulators Sidestep Connection Between Fracking Industry and Earthquakes

Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog: New rules for Texas injection wastewater well operators offer no relief to people impacted by more than 30 earthquakes that hit Azle, Reno and Springtown almost a year ago. Seismic activity is not something the region is known for.

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Amending Colorado’s Constitution: Do Communities Have the Right to Clean Air and Water?

Ruthi Engelke, Occupy.com: A push to amend the Colorado Constitution grew out of attempts by municipalities to ban fracking in their communities but was expanded to include any laws that attempt to protect the health, safety and welfare of citizens.

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G20 Climate Challenge Calls for a Rethink of Economics

Geoff Harcourt and Anne Junor, The Conversation: The key problem of our time is the possibility of pursuing three goals simultaneously: ecological sustainability, economic development and a more equitable distribution of wealth within and among nations.

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Return of the Ferguson War Zone? Missouri Enacts State of Emergency Ahead of Mike Brown Grand Jury

Amy Goodman and Aaron Maté, Democracy Now!: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency in advance of the grand jury’s pending decision in the Michael Brown shooting case. While state officials say they fear violence, protesters say they fear a return to the militarized crackdown that turned their community into a war zone.

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How Many Islamic State Fighters Are There?

Ray McGovern, Consortium News: If honest intelligence analysts are silenced, as Sam Adams was 47 years ago during the Vietnam War, they need to plumb their consciences and see if they have the guts to make public both the undercounting of enemy forces and the incentive given to their multiplication by further US military involvement.

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The Hypocrisy of Senate Republicans Enabling NSA Spying on US Citizens

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The argument on behalf of the NSA’s massive worldwide invasion of privacy is a bit like the GOP domestic claim that restrictive voting laws stop unqualified people from voting: Neither are bolstered by any significant proof.

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Native Americans Arrested Following Keystone XL Pipeline Vote

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Obama to Announce Executive Action on Immigration on Thursday

Read the Article at The Washington Post

House Republicans Pass Bill That Makes It Harder for Scientists to Advise the EPA

Read the Article at Salon

Georgia Debt Collectors Posed as FBI Agents to Intimidate Victims Into Making Payments

Read the Article at The Guardian

Dozens Treated After “Mysterious Chemical Mixture” Fire at California Waste Plant

Read the Article at the Associated Press

Joseph E. Stiglitz: Slow Growth and Inequality Are Political Choices – We Can Choose Otherwise

Read the Article at the Washington Monthly

The Unbelievable Lightness of Being Donnie Swaggart

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