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Truthout Daily Digest Sunday, 4 January 2015

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The McMindfulness Craze: The Shadow Side of the Mindfulness Revolution

Jeffrey B. Rubin, Truthout: Focusing on the problems already identified with the McMindfulness craze obscures a more profound issue – meditation neglects meaning. This not only opens the door to grave dangers, but also compromises meditation’s radical emancipatory potential.

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Robert McChesney: We Need to Advocate Radical Solutions to Systemic Problems

Mark Karlin, Truthout: In this interview, Robert McChesney, author of Blowing the Roof Off the Twenty-First Century, discusses net neutrality advocacy, how the concentration of capital and media monopolies stifle democracy and his hopes for a post-capitalist democracy in the United States.

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Addiction, Mental Health, Safe Spaces and Stigmatization

Kelly Hayes, Transformative Spaces: “We all know, or at least should realize, that our good intentions do not exempt us from the failings of our society. Despite all we have learned, we still stigmatize what we should not, and at times, put social expediency before the creation and maintenance of safer spaces.”

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The Fourth Winter of Fukushima

Alexis Dudden, Foreign Policy in Focus: In the fourth winter since the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, many of the displaced residents are still in limbo, and more people have died from stress-related causes than from the initial disaster.

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Port Strikes Mirror Organized Labor’s Roots

Marjorie E. Wood, OtherWords: Port truckers in California walked off the job in November to protest their dismal working conditions. They are denied the same employment rights that workers in the first Gilded Age fought so hard to achieve.

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Murdoch, Scaife and CIA Propaganda

Robert Parry, Consortium News: The rapid expansion of the United States’ right-wing media began in the 1980s as the Reagan administration coordinated foreign policy initiatives with conservative media executives, including Rupert Murdoch, and then cleared away regulatory hurdles.

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Woman Rides in Rose Parade 57 Years After Being Denied Honor Because She Is Black

Crystal Shepeard, Care2: In 1958, Joan Williams was selected by her colleagues at Pasadena City Hall as “Miss Crown City.” When they discovered she was black, however, they immediately distanced themselves instead of celebrating the fact that Williams would be the first black woman to participate in an official capacity in the Rose Parade.

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How All Sides in the Ukraine Crisis Are Misusing History

Staff, History News Network: Kate Brown is a historian at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus. At the 2015 annual meeting of the American Historical Association she spoke about the many ways all sides in the Ukraine crisis have been misusing history.

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A Godless Jewish Humanist

Dinah M. Mendes, Tikkun: Without Erich Fromm, “many of Freud and Marx’s ideas might have remained sequestered in academic isolation,” the author writes of Lawrence J. Friedman’s book about the psychoanalyst and social critic,The Lives of Erich Fromm: Love’s Prophet.

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This week in Speakout:

David Krieger offers a poem for humanity at a crossroads; Truthout’s own Kelly Hayespresents a photo essay on a #BlackLivesMatter event at Chicago’s Union Station; Jesse Hagopian connects the new civil rights movement across the country to resistance to so-called education “reform”; Lawrence Davidson predicts more deadly truck-related accidents on US highways in 2015 and other events based on this year’s federal budget; Tom Hastings argues for abolishing the “stupid” Second Amendment to the US Constitution;Yulia Malkina reports from Donetsk, Ukraine, how residents survive in the rubble; Pierre Guerlain speculates on the sudden disappearance of news about the Senate’s torture report from mainstream media; Dr. James Zogby recounts the reality of daily life for the present residents of the fabled town of Bethlehem; and more.

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The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return soon.

NASA-Led Study Shows That Tropical Forests May Be Absorbing Far More Carbon Dioxide Than Many Scientists Thought

Read the Article at Science Daily

North Korea Responds With Fury to US Sanctions Over Sony Hack

Read the Article at The Guardian

Nuclear Plant Reports Two-Month Oil Leak Into Lake Michigan

Read the Article at Detroit Free Press

Israel Freezes Tax Revenue, Threatens More Punitive Steps Against Palestinians

Read the Article at the Associated Press

Six Women Murdered Each Day as Femicide in Mexico Nears a Pandemic

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

GOP Turns to the Courts to Aid Agenda

Read the Article at The New York Times

Forget Congress, These US States Raised the Minimum Wage on Their Own

Read the Article at The Guardian

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