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Truthout Daily Digest | Saturday, 7 February, 2015

“Progressive” Gentrification: One Community’s Struggle Against Affordable Housing

Aaron Cantú, Truthout: Under the mayor’s affordable housing plan, a New York City neighborhood’s rezoning may result in its own kind of gentrification. Some Brooklyn residents were told they must accept rezoning, and likely development near transit lines, if they want to protect other parts of their community.

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Hillary Clinton in Winnipeg: An Exercise in Cognitive Dissonance

Harrison Samphir, Truthout: Hillary Clinton’s embryonic presidential campaign made two stops in Canada on January 21. The former secretary of state spoke about terrorism and human rights, but hid a damaging foreign policy record veiled in the language of populism. It was a textbook case of cognitive dissonance.

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Climate Change Is Violence

Rebecca Solnit, Trinity University Press: If you’re poor, the only way you’re likely to injure someone is the old traditional way: artisanal violence. But if you’re tremendously wealthy, you can practice industrial-scale violence without any manual labor on your own part. Climate change is global-scale violence against places and species.

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Bringing Fanon’s Concerning Violence to Film

Alnoor Ladha, Truthout: Activist and author Alnoor Ladha interviews coproducer Joslyn Barnes about Göran Hugo Olsson’s film, Concerning Violence, which explores African liberation struggles of the 1960s and 1970s.

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Friends Like These

Raul A. Reyes, OtherWords: GOP presidential hopefuls are cozying up to anti-immigrant extremists and right-wing billionaires. Letting hardliners dictate immigration policy makes Republicans look long on ugly rhetoric and short on real solutions.

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Fox News: PR Department for ISIS

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: By airing the gruesome video of Jordanian fighter pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh being burned alive, Fox News gave ISIS some free exposure and became the newest member of its propaganda machine.

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Populist Movement’s “Ground Zero”: The Effort to Reclaim Chicago

Jacob Swenson-Lengyel, Campaign for America’s Future: In the broader struggle for the soul of the Democratic Party, Chicago is ground zero. There, populists, led by Reclaim Chicago, are working to build a lasting independent political movement to upend the corporate rule of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his rubber-stamp city council.

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How to Get Serious About Ending the ISIS War

Sarah Lazare, Foreign Policy in Focus: Now is a critical time to seek to understand and build solidarity with Iraqi and Syrian civil societies and strengthen awareness here at home of the tremendous political and ethical debt the United States owes all people harmed by the now-discredited war on Iraq and the crises it set in motion.

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The Obama Administration and Immigration Policy: The Immigration Enforcement Record in Recent Years

Nikki Hager, The Council on Hemispheric Affairs: The Obama administration has deported more immigrants than most of its predecessors. The president is, however, taking a more progressive approach than in the past, granting the opportunity for temporary deportation relief to more than 5 million undocumented immigrants. Here is an overview of President Obama’s immigration policies.

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The Lone-Wolf Terror Trap

Matthew Harwood, TomDispatch: There’s only one problem with the rising crescendo of alarm about lone wolf terrorists: most of it simply isn’t true. Worst of all, its recent highlighting paves the way for increased abusive and counterproductive police and national security practices, like infiltration of minority and activist communities and elaborate sting operations that ensnare the vulnerable.

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Murder, Mass Incarceration, Militarization and Genocide in Progress

Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo and Kevin Berends, Black Agenda Report: Mass incarceration; state-sponsored murder coast-to-coast; the impoverishment of black wealth through wholesale thievery by corporate and banking foreclosures; and the militarization of police: Had these crimes against African Americans been committed in a theater of war, they would rise to the level of genocide as defined by the United Nations.

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A Theory About European Naval Domination

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: Western Europe had a disproportionately large number of skilled open-sea sailors. Very few of them would have been engaged in warfare in normal times, or even during wars. Can’t we argue that these sailors provided a base of skills that gave the Atlantic fringe a big military advantage at sea?

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Take Roots Action!

Governor Cuomo of New York has declared a statewide ban on fracking. Local citizen-led initiatives in Ohio, Texas, New Mexico and California have likewise led to the banning of the practice.

Let’s ban it everywhere!


Religion Should Be What Binds Us Together, Not What Justifies Killing Each Other

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: We do not need to look to sources outside ourselves for the divine; we need to look to the divine in each other.

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How Do We Stop a Temper Tantrum War?

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Claims Against Saudis Cast Light on Secrets of 9/11 Report

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Diane Rehm Examines the Dangers of Monsanto’s Roundup and Dow’s Enlist Duo Herbicides

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NBC’s Brian Williams Forced to Retract Story About Coming Under Fire in Iraq

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Twelve-Year-Olds Are Fair Game: Michelle Malkin and the Right’s Ugly New Smear Strategy

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Air Pollution and Kids: Altered Brain, Memory, IQ

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US Judge Appointed to Head UN Gaza War Crimes Inquiry

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Common Dreams Highlights Saturday February 7, 2015

Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community


The Fiery Cage and the Lynching Tree, Brutality’s Never Far Away
by Bill Moyers
Yes, it was hard to get back to sleep the night we heard the news of the Jordanian pilot’s horrendous end. ISIS be damned! I thought. But with the next breath I could only think that our own barbarians did not have to wait at any gate. They were insiders. Home grown. Godly. Our neighbors, friends, and kin. People like us.


In Latest Vindication of Snowden, Court Rules UK Mass Surveillance Illegal
by Nadia Prupis
IPT’s decision marks the first time that the highly-secretive court has ever ruled against any of the U.K.’s intelligence services in its entire 15-year existence.
Greek Minister: Poison of Troika Austerity Fueling Rise of Nazi Party
by Jon Queally
In his remarks, Varoufakis said that if the does not Troika bend and accept new terms, there is serious risk that the spiraling impacts of the economic Depression in his country will continue to fuel the rise of fascist, rightwing forces within his country.
Blockade Delivers Climate Message to Calif. Gov. Brown: Stop Fracking
by Sarah Lazare
“Fracking poisons the food that we eat, that we feed to our families, and that we serve to our customers,” Veronica Garcia, organizer with labor union UNITE HERE 2850, declared in a press statement released ahead of the action. “The oil industry is affecting our communities. It’s happening in our backyards, not the bosses’ backyard.”
Yemen: Shiite Rebels Announce Takeover of Country
by Andrea Germanos
The Houthis’ announcement follows a Wednesday deadline set by the rebels for political parties to “to reach a solution and fill the vacuum.”
In Landmark Ruling, Canada to Allow Assisted Suicide
by Nadia Prupis
‘I do not want to die slowly, piece by piece. I do not want to waste away unconscious in a hospital bed. I do not want to die wracked with pain.’
‘Zero Tolerance’: A Worldwide Call to Eliminate the Brutal Practice of FGM
by Deirdre Fulton
The focus of this year’s commemoration is on the troubling ‘medicalization’ of FGM, a trend in which healthcare providers engage in the practice, in turn lending their tacit approval. Around one in five girls have been cut by a trained health-care provider, they say, with that number going as high as three in four girls in some countries.
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‘Fighting for the Places We Love’: A Vision for the Climate Battles to Come
by Naomi Klein & May Boeve
There are various reasons why, if we get the right set of incentives in place—both political and economic—it can be a really, really good time to get off fossil fuels and push very aggressively toward a decentralized, renewables-based economy.
US, Ukraine and Russia: What Went Wrong?
by Kim Scipes
Mearsheimer says, “The Russians have made clear that Ukraine is a core strategic area.” In other words, they will defend it at all costs: their response to crisis in Ukraine is similar to what the US would do if a nuclear-armed “opponent” were to try to take over Canada or Mexico.
The Re-Colonization of Africa
by Jim Goodman
While most countries in Africa have no commercial plantings of Genetically Modified (GM or GMO) crops, many are conducting trials, aided by and politically pushed by Western governments. While AGRA claims their partners are not currently selling GM seeds in Africa, the push is clearly there.
Is ISIL’s ‘Shock and Awe’ More Awe-ful Because One Victim?
by Juan Cole
The US shock and awe campaign failed to shock or awe. The Iraqi military turned guerrilla and harried US troops for 8 1/2 years, then many of the ex-Baath officers and trained soldiers deserted secular nationalism, turned to al-Qaeda-type ideologies, formed Daesh and took over western and northern Iraq and eastern Syria.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Tripped Up by Truth
by Mary Bottari & Jonas Persson
The ideological sneak attack on a great public institution is classic Walker.
Safety Is Life-or-Death, Say Refinery Strikers
by Samantha Winslow
When oil refinery workers walk onto the job, they enter a world of hazards. Any mistakes or malfunctions can harm workers inside—and also the surrounding community.
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