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Truthout Daily Digest Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Our Hopes for 2015

Staff, Truthout: As we make our way into 2015, the Truthout team is recommitting to a year of questioning, struggle, intentionality, hard work and, most of all, hope. A few of us would like to share our personal hopes for the coming year with you, our readers.

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Nine LGBTQ Stories Big Media Ignored in 2014

Toshio Meronek, Truthout: Radical queer organizing was alive and well in the US in 2014; you just may not have heard about it in mainstream media. Here are nine stories that will no doubt reverberate in 2015.

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Syriza: From Radicalism to Pragmatism; the State of the Left in Greece

C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout: Instead of fighting for a new social order, Syriza transforms itself into yet another reformist left party. Allured by the aura of power, the party advocates a sugar-coated version of capitalism inside a neoliberal Europe. Meanwhile, Greece needs some imaginative economic management.

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How 13 Complaints Against McDonald’s Could Help Millions Unionize

David Moberg, In These Times: The National Labor Relations Board issued 13 complaints involving 78 charges that McDonald’s and many of its franchisees interfered with employees’ collective efforts to improve working conditions. A trial may find McDonald’s guilty of violating workers’ right to organize.

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Home Care Worker Protections Thwarted in Court

Michelle Chen, The Nation: A federal judge ruled that the Obama administration had overstepped its authority when the Department of Labor extended minimum wage and overtime standards to home care workers hired by private agencies.

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The Visa Curse

Diana Anahi Torres, OtherWords: H-4 visas give holders (most of whom are women) the right to live legally in the US, but they come with serious caveats. Most significantly, they deny their holders the right to a Social Security number and legal employment.

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US Senate Stands Up to House Fundamentalist Christians

Mikey Weinstein, AlterNet: The US Senate took the side of the Constitution when an obscure (but extremely detrimental) amendment to a House-passed bill “miraculously” disappeared from the final version of the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act.

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Embodying Our Humanity: Performance Project “Sins Invalid” Promotes Disability Justice Through Live Performance Arts

Annie Pentilla, Tikkun Daily: Since its first performance, the group “Sins Invalid” has blossomed into a robust political and arts organization, providing annual performances, movement-building, creative workshops, educational work on disability justice and an artist-in-residence program.

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Twelve Hashtags That Changed the Conversation in 2014

Lindsey Weedston, YES! Magazine: Slacktivism? Not so much. From #BlackLivesMatter to #BringBackOurGirls, this year’s best hashtags around issues of social justice brought fresh voices into some of our most important conversations.

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The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return soon.

Palestinians Move to Join International Criminal Court, Defying Israeli and US Warnings

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80 Percent of Whistleblower Retaliation Claims Ignored in Biased, “Trojan Horse” System

Read the Article at McClatchy DC

Former Cop: Police Officers Who Violate Citizens’ Rights Must Be Punished; Accountability Is the Only Way Forward

Read the Article at The Guardian

Homeless People in the US Pin Hopes on “Bill of Rights” to End Criminalization in 2015

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

A Koch Hack Tells the Pope to “Back Off” on Climate Change

Read the Article at Daily Kos

Despite Climate Warnings, New Export Rules Open Crude Oil Floodgates

Read the Article at Common Dreams

Stop Kidding Yourself: The Police Were Created to Control Working Class and Poor People

Read the Article at LaborOnline