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Truthout Daily Digest Wednesday, 17 December 2014

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Henry A. Giroux | America’s Addiction to Torture

Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: State-sanctioned torture is not just a US export; it’s part of a long history of domestic terrorism. We must connect the dots between the same lawlessness and culture that subjects foreign nationals to brutal violence, and provides immunity for killer cops at home.

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Building a Better Border Means Relating to Communities

Julie Fisher-Rowe, Truthout: Immigration advocates need to speak out and work to replace the dominant narrative around “border security” and “law and order” with a proactive, values-based story about what kind of communities we all want to live in.

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“Ban the Box” Campaigns Seek to End Discrimination Against Formerly Incarcerated College Applicants

Victoria Law, Truthout: Those who check the box on college applications asking about their criminal past can face obstacle after obstacle gaining a higher education. In New York, students who have had to check the box are organizing to ban it.

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How the CIA Covered Up Its Lie on Torture and bin Laden

Gareth Porter, Truthout: The Senate torture report reveals how senior CIA officials concealed the agency’s false account of its torture program, focused on Osama bin Laden’s courier and used the film Zero Dark Thirty to popularize its own line while suppressing evidence that contradicted it.

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Seeds of Truth: Vandana Shiva and The New Yorker

Dr. Vandana Shiva, Independent Science News: “A recent article in The New Yorker contains many lies and inaccuracies that range from the mundane … to grave fallacies that affect people’s lives. The piece has now become fodder for the social media supporting the biotech industry.”

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A Warren Run Would Change Everything

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Elizabeth Warren is a populist, and if there was one good sign from this year’s midterm elections it’s that Americans of all stripes, even those living in red states, support a populist agenda.

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CIA Torture Is Out in the Open – but Guantánamo Bay Detainees Are Still Going Nowhere

Rebecca Cordell, The Conversation: The United States and its allies complicit in the illegal, secret detention and torture program are now busily proclaiming that the torture described in the Senate report was wrong, shameful and now a thing of the past. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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How Big Oil Got Expedited Permitting for Fracking on Public Lands Into the Defense Bill

Steve Horn, DeSmogBlog: The US Senate has approved the Defense Authorization Act of 2015. The pork-barrel legislation contains a provision – among other controversial measures – to streamline permitting for hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) on US public lands.

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New York State Official Raises Alarm on Charter Schools – and Gets Ignored

Marian Wang, ProPublica: A top official in the New York State Comptroller’s Office has urged regulators to require more transparency on charter school finances. The response has been, well, nonexistent.

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How State and Local Subsidies Fuel Inequality

Brendan Fischer, PR Watch: According to a new report, when a state or local government subsidizes a major corporation like Walmart or Amazon, it is doing the most to intensify economic inequality by enriching individuals at the very top of the income hierarchy while also perpetuating poor quality jobs at the bottom.

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Prosecute the Prosecutors: A Way to Justice in Staten Island, Ferguson and Cleveland

Robert Weiner and Joseph Abay, Michigan Chronicle: The families should not be faced with a brick wall of prosecutors they think are immunized from action when lawsuits are in fact possible, especially in glaring circumstances. Civil suits against the prosecutors are another route for damages for the families of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Tamir Rice.

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BuzzFlash

An Actual, Positive Foreign Policy Move: US to Recognize That Cuba Exists

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Amidst ruinous and deadly US foreign policy, the diplomatic shunning of Cuba by the United States stood as a singular act of international stupidity.

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Governor Cuomo to Ban Fracking in New York State, Citing Health Risks

Read the Article at The New York Times

People With Mental Illnesses Are Scapegoated as Cause of Mass Shootings

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Congress Is Finally Going to Make Local Law Enforcement Report How Many People They Kill, but How Effective Will It Be?

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Abolishing the CIA

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

How Congress Snuck Changes to US Environmental Policy Into New Budget Bill

Read the Article at Scientific American

Bolivia to Host 2015 Meeting of Social Movements to Fight Climate Change

Read the Article at The Bullet

Glenn Greenwald: US TV Provides Ample Platform for American Torturers, but None to Their Victims

Read the Article at The Intercept

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