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Truthout Daily Digest | Tuesday, 13 January 2015

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Dahr Jamail | The Methane Monster Roars

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: Losing Arctic sea ice due to rising global temperatures means releasing larger amounts of previously trapped methane into the atmosphere. This process will magnify the effects of climate disruption, which, scientists warn, threaten all plants, animals and humans on earth.

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As Frac Sand Mining Expands, Community Activists Face Off Against Companies

Mara Kardas-Nelson, Truthout: With lax US and state government oversight of frac sand mining, a little-known industry producing a key component of fracking, it is up to cities and towns in Wisconsin to fight off powerful mining interests, and the state of Iowa is taking note.

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Do Prisons and Mass Incarceration Keep Us Safe? (Part Two)

Eddie Conway, The Real News Network: Truthout’s Maya Schenwar, author of Locked Down, Locked Out, continues her discussion, this time focusing on alternatives to mass incarceration.

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Are Assad’s Days Numbered?

Darius Shahtahmasebi, Truthout: As the US-led coalition continues to bomb ISIS and support rebels fighting the Syrian government, it’s only logical that Bashar al-Assad will eventually become the target of the US campaign.

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Ethiopia, Seen by West as an Island of Stability, Is Guilty of State Terrorism in Ogaden

Graham Peebles, Truthout: A shining example of African economic growth, a willing ally in the “war on terror” and a strategically convenient base from which the United States launches deadly Reaper drones over Yemen and Somalia, Ethiopia is also an egregious violator of human rights.

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Putting $7 Trillion of Notional Value of Derivatives in Taxpayer-Backstopped Depositaries Will Cost Zero

Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: Why did Elizabeth Warren lose her battle to stop banks from parking $7 trillion notional value of risky derivatives like the credit defaults swaps in taxpayer-backstopped depositaries? One of the less recognized reasons is that the Congressional Budget Office’s dubious analysis said it would not cost taxpayers a dime.

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Four Ways the West Got the Iran Nuclear Issue Wrong

Gareth Porter, Middle East Eye: For decades, the United States and its European allies have committed one error after another in the process of creating a commonly held narrative that Iran was secretly pursuing a nuclear weapons program. The story of how suspicions of the Iranian program hardened into convictions is a cautionary tale.

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How Cuba Is Using Cooperatives to Decentralize Its Economy

Cat Johnson, Care2: With the recent announcement that the United States will normalize relations with Cuba, change is in the air for the island country. Just a few years ago, Cuba began shifting its economy from state-controlled enterprises to citizen-controlled cooperatives. Will this trend continue?

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Surprising New Findings Point to “Perfect Storm” Brewing in Your Financial Future

Lynn Stuart Parramore, Institute for New Economic Thinking: Groundbreaking research by economist Alan Taylor shows that today‘s advanced economies depend on private sector credit more than ever before. Do we just fasten our seat belts for a bumpy ride, or is there a way to safeguard the financial system going forward?

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Seven Ways to Get Happy – Without Costing the Planet

Sarah van Gelder, YES! Magazine: It is true that all of us need a basic level of material security. But after that, more stuff does not bring more happiness. Research shows that sustainable happiness comes from other sources, like having meaningful work to do and having authentic relationships.

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Letter to a Young Army Ranger: Why the War on Terror Shouldn’t Be Your Battle

Rory Fanning, TomDispatch: “If, by any chance, you haven’t signed that Option 40 contract yet, you don’t have to. You can be an effective counter-recruiter without being an ex-military guy. Young people across this country desperately need your energy, your desire to be the best, your pursuit of meaning.”

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Last Year Was the Hottest Year on Record, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, 2014 was hotter than any other year in its 120 years of record-keeping; California has big plans for reducing its carbon footprint; scientists have discovered the most Earth-like planet ever found outside of our solar system; and more.

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Chaplain Employed by For-Profit Prison Accused of Whitewashing Immigrant Detention Abuses

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: As with the prison system in general, for-profit corporations that run immigrant jails are interested in filling the maximum number of beds in order to achieve increased profit.

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Social Justice Quiz 2015: How Much Do You Know About Inequality?

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Paris Rally for Peace: Massive Crowd Sings “Imagine” by John Lennon

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The Legacy of Bill Moyers

Read the Article at The Washington Post

Elizabeth Warren Wins: Obama Treasury Pick Bows Out of Nomination Process

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The Group Behind the United States’ Biggest Anti-Abortion March Now Says Birth Control Causes Abortions

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Protecting Your Mentally Ill Child From the Cops

Read the Article at The Daily Beast

South African Labor Leader Pitches a New Socialist Party

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

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