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Truthout Daily Digest Thursday, 11 September 2014

William Rivers Pitt | Meet the New War, Same as the Old War

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: Maybe President Obama’s words last night will prove prescient and the latest US action in Iraq and Syria will work out fine. Maybe airstrikes alone will work for the first time in recorded history to defeat a foe. Except every time we drop bombs on a problem that was caused by us dropping bombs, we wind up dropping more bombs to try and solve it.

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Total Recall, Water and the Values of the Group Called Value of Water Coalition

Ellen Dannin, Truthout: The Value of Water Coalition was formed by large, well-resourced water and wastewater organizations to change the way we think about water. The rest of us need to know that we may not like the way they think of us and our rights to water.

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Small Island Country Attempts to Hold the Hegemon to Its Promises

Leslie Thatcher, Truthout: The Marshall Islands’ lawsuits against the United States and other nuclear weapon states under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty are a bold attempt to keep all of us safe from nuclear destruction, peace activist David Krieger says.

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An Economic Hit Man Speaks Out: John Perkins on How Greece Has Fallen Victim to “Economic Hit Men”

Michael Nevradakis, Truthout: John Perkins, author ofConfessions of an Economic Hit Man, says: “Sure, Greece made mistakes … but the people didn’t really make the mistakes, and now the people are being asked to pay for the mistakes made by their leaders, often in cahoots with the big banks.”

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Playing God: How the Koch Brothers, Sheldon Adelson, Sam Walton, Bill Gates and Other Billionaires Are Undermining the US

Steve Fraser, TomDispatch: From this country’s earliest tycoons to the latest batch of family capitalists, there is one overwhelming, unifying trait: a deep-seated belief in a country that worships self- or family-made money, that the more billions you have, the more you should be listened to.

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John Pilger | Breaking the Last Taboo: Gaza and the Threat of World War

John Pilger, Truthout: The attack on Gaza was an attack on all of us. The denial of justice to Palestinians is a symptom of much of humanity under siege and a warning that the threat of a new world war is growing by the day.

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New Research: How Sexual Exploitation of Men and Boys Is Overlooked and Dismissed

Carol McNaughton Nicholls, The Conversation: Deep-rooted gender stereotypes can mean boys are overlooked as victims by professionals as much as by others in their lives. Understanding sexual exploitation can be very challenging, but now more than ever, we need to try harder to understand it.

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The Invisible Diseases of 9/11

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Along with the victims of 9/11, the first responders bore the brunt of that deadly day. They’re being denied health care by Republicans in Congress, and they’re starting to die. It’s time for these heroes to get the help and support they deserve and to prevent the diseases of 9/11 from claiming any more lives.

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The Big Winners From Sweden’s For-Profit “Free” Schools Are Companies, Not Pupils

Susanne Wiborg, The Conversation: The Swedish experience shows that allowing for-profit providers into the “school market” has not led to increased standards and improved schools, but instead permitted another vested interest into education in pursuit of aims above those of children’s education, in this respect: profit.

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Mexico’s Cocopah People Refuse to Disappear

Daniela Pastrana, Inter Press Service: For more than 500 years, the members of the Cocopah Amerindian group have relied on fishing for their livelihoods. Now a government-imposed fishing ban practically condemns them to extinction.

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DA Joins the Climate Activists He Declined to Prosecute, Citing Danger of Global Warming

Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh, Democracy Now!: Two climate activists were set to go on trial in Massachusetts on Monday for blocking a shipment of coal to the Brayton Point power plant. But the local prosecutor dropped the criminal charges and now says he and the activists plan to march together in the upcoming People’s Climate March in New York City.

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Economic Update: Corporations Are the Problem

Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: This episode covers Market Basket workers’ recent victory, top-paid asset managers, Chipotle’s gross inequality, Montreal corruption and the Russia/China economic alliance. We also continue the discussion on socialism’s new directions, and we respond to listeners’ questions on franchising, capitalist growth, advertising and consumer desires.

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Obama Asserts a US Exceptionalism That Ronald Reagan Would Love

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: In evoking US exceptionalism, President Obama is using jingoistic language to rally the US behind extending the clock on our great derangement.

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The Quick-Draw Morality of Violent Police Force

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Obama’s Legal Rationale for ISIS Strikes: Shoot First, Ask Congress Later

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Charles P. Pierce | On September 11, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Continued

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Dick Cheney, Still Blind

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The Two-Front War for the Future of the Internet

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Missouri Lawmakers Enact Three-Day Waiting Period for Abortion

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Ted Cruz Blames Anti-Semitism After Arab Christians Boo Him Off Stage

Read the Article at Talking Points Memo