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Truthout Daily Digest | Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Henry A. Giroux | Higher Education and the Promise of Insurgent Public Memory

Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: Under the reign of neoliberalism, higher education appears to be increasingly decoupling itself from its historical legacy as a crucial public sphere, responsible for both educating students for the workplace and providing them with the modes of critical discourse, interpretation and experiences that deepen and expand democracy.

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What Works, What Doesn’t to Counter Extremism: It’s Not More of the Same

Aura Kanegis and Kerri Kennedy, Truthout: We must prioritize peace-building in our spending as well as our rhetoric, and invest in early interventions addressing root causes of conflict long before violent extremism festers and conflict erupts.

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For Peace, We Must Defeat Netanyahu on Iran Diplomacy

Robert Naiman, Truthout: If we want to defeat Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the Israel-Palestine issue, we have to win on the Iran diplomacy issue. This is as much a must-win for people who are focused on justice for Palestinians as it is for people who are focused on Iran diplomacy.

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Activist Ai-jen Poo: “We Owe It to Ourselves to Support People’s Living”

Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: In her book, The Age of Dignity, Ai-jen Poo advances the idea that we can create good jobs for caregivers and allow elders and the disabled to remain in their homes, rather than be placed in more costly institutions for custodial care.

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A Call for Community Review of Rikers Island Jail

Hannah K. Gold, Truthout: Amid reports of human rights abuses of prisoners at Rikers Island and plans for a new solitary confinement wing, grassroots organizing groups demand a real say by the community in changes made at the jail.

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Dishonest White House Response to Warren’s Attack on Secret Panels in Trade Deals

Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: The trade deals are coming up again for a fast-track vote, perhaps as soon as this week. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s focus on the investor panels has the potential to raise awareness of how dangerous they are and stir more voters to press their representatives to nix fast-track authority.

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“Medicare Part E”: A Framework for Universal Health Care

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: The US already has the framework in place to make universal health care a success. That framework is called Medicare. It’s time to create “Medicare Part E,” which would cover every single US citizen.

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David Petraeus Gets Hand-Slap for Leaking, Two Point Enhancement for Obstruction of Justice

Marcy Wheeler, ExposeFacts: Former CIA director David Petraeus exposed top secret materials to his mistress. As a result of a quiet plea deal, the Department of Justice gave him a slap on the wrist for covering up his crime of leaking some of the country’s most sensitive secrets.

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Chicago Police Misconduct Payouts Topped $50 Million in 2014

Jonah Newman, The Chicago Reporter: The City of Chicago paid $54.2 million in settlements and verdicts for police misconduct cases last year – more than the budget for the offices of the mayor, the city treasurer, the City Council, the Council committees and the Department of Human Resources combined.

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Obama’s Veto of Keystone XL Bittersweet for Texans Forced to Allow the Pipeline on Their Land

Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog: While the president’s veto received praise from environmentalists, it provides little consolation to those in Texas who already have the southern route of the pipeline moving Canadian tar sands under their land.

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The Obama Administration, Shell and the Fate of the Arctic Ocean

Subhankar Banerjee, TomDispatch: At a moment when the planet is experiencing an oil glut, it’s possible that the Obama administration will add yet another potential source of extreme oil to the list of future sources of greenhouse warming of this planet. Drilling in the Arctic is a future catastrophe in a single, enticing package.

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Farmer Cooperatives, Not Monsanto, Supply El Salvador With Seeds

Nathan Weller, EcoViva: In the face of overwhelming competition skewed by the rules of free trade, farmers in El Salvador have managed to beat the agricultural giants like Monsanto and DuPont to supply local corn seed to thousands of family farmers.

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Noam Chomsky: By Opposing Iran Nuclear Deal, Israel’s Goal Isn’t Survival – It’s Regional Dominance

Amy Goodman and Aaron Maté, Democracy Now!: Both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the hawks in Congress have a common interest in ensuring that there is no regional force that can serve as any kind of deterrent to Israeli and US violence in the region, says Noam Chomsky.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Climate Change Could Wipe an Alaskan Village Off the Map, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Thanks to warmer temperatures and higher oceans, the people of Kivalina, Alaska, must move their entire town or be wiped out by storm surge; environmental groups say that we must keep pushing to keep Keystone XL from becoming a reality; police can now generate an image of a suspect’s face using only DNA left at the scene of a crime; and more.

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O’Reilly Justifies Fantasies by Making Bellicose Macho Threats

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Brian Williams’ mendacious embellishments are starting to look minor compared to the surge of revelations that Bill O’Reilly lied about his experiences in danger zones.

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Every Time Winter’s Extreme Cold Claims a Life, We Have Failed the Homeless

Read the Article at The Guardian

Conservative Donors Ripped Off by Conservative Scam Groups

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

US Democracy Is Doomed

Read the Article at Vox

Gas Industry’s Solution to Toxic Wastewater: Spray It on Roads

Read the Article at Newsweek

Insidious Insider Backstabbing Behind the Scenes of Scott Walker’s Casino Betrayal

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Environmentalists Link Plunge of Monarch Butterfly to Pesticide

Read the Article at Courthouse News Service

Violence by Far-Right Extremists Has Surpassed That Caused by Domestic Jihadists

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Common Dreams Highlights | Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community


Netanyahu Threatens War In Speech to Congress
by Phyllis Bennis
Realizing he has insufficient clout to stop the negotiations, Netanyahu demanded a back-up position: If not “no” deal, then we can have a better deal. His vision of a “better” deal, however, is grounded in Iranian surrender.


Bank of England Issues Warning Over Looming ‘Carbon Bubble’ Threat
by Deirdre Fulton
‘As the world increasingly limits carbon emissions, and moves to alternative energy sources, investments in fossil fuels…may take a huge hit,’ predicts one of Europe’s oldest banks.
Nearly 60 Lawmakers Boycott Netanyahu Speech
by Lauren McCauley
Condemning Netanyahu’s efforts to “sabotage diplomacy,” grassroots groups also rallied around the boycott and called on lawmakers ahead of time to skip the speech.
As Bibi Marches on Congress, Obama Says If Iran Talks Fail ‘Military Actions’ Await
by Jon Queally
“I don’t think it’s permanently destructive,” Obama told Reuters in reference to Netanyahu’s visit, “but I think it’s a distraction from what should be our focus. And our focus should be: how do we stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon?”
New Study Shows California Droughts Driven by Climate Change and Here to Stay
by Sarah Lazare
The researchers concluded that human-driven global warming is exacerbating and increasing the confluent warm and dry conditions that have produced the state’s most severe droughts.
Body-Cam Company Has Financial Ties to Police Chiefs
by Nadia Prupis
While the demand for body cameras among law enforcement has risen in the wake of the high-profile police killings of unarmed citizens, critics are noting the potential for biased dealings when police chiefs profit off of private companies.
Clinton Skirted Public Disclosure Laws While Heading State Department
by Lauren McCauley
“It is very difficult to conceive of a scenario — short of nuclear winter — where an agency would be justified in allowing its cabinet-level head officer to solely use a private email communications channel for the conduct of government business,” Baron said.
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For Peace, We Must Defeat Netanyahu on Iran Diplomacy
by Robert Naiman
If we want to have a serious conversation about how to beat Netanyahu on settlements, the fight over Iran diplomacy should be required reading, because we’re facing the same adversaries, with the key difference right now being that on the second front, we have far fewer friends.
Eight Lessons for Progressives Inspired by Syriza
by Ted Fertik & Dan Cantor
Syriza is standing up to the powers-that-be in European capitalism in a way that seems almost impossible to imagine in places like Canada and the United States.
Playing Chicken with Nuclear War
by Robert Parry
A swaggering goofiness has come to dominate how the United States reacts to Russia, with American politicians and journalists dashing off tweets and op-eds, rushing to judgment about the perfidy of Moscow’s leaders, blaming them for almost anything and everything.
David Petraeus Gets Hand-Slap for Leaking, Two Point Enhancement for Obstruction of Justice
by Marcy Wheeler
The Department of Justice basically completely wiped away the crime of covering up his crime of leaking some of the country’s most sensitive secrets to his mistress.
What Climate Crisis? Sales of SUVs Booming in Europe
by Andy Rowell
The so-called eco-consciousness of the industry – where fuel efficient and alternative fuel vehicles were pushed – has gone.
Arctic Nightmare: Obama, Shell, and the Fate of the Far North
by Subhankar Banerjee
Think of drilling in the Arctic as a future catastrophe in a single enticing package.
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