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Truthout Daily Digest Friday, 15 August 2014

William Rivers Pitt | To Know the Darkness and the Light

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: “I know the darkness, and I damn it with curses unspeakable, because it steals people like Robin Williams every day. Even in my wroth, however, I am forced to bless it as well, because it is Janus of two faces, and the other face of the darkness is the glorious light.”

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Undocumented Mothers in the US Are Often Vulnerable, Ignored and Misunderstood

Erika L. Sánchez, Truthout: The struggles of undocumented, immigrant mothers are often overlooked when it comes to the immigration debate or any discourse on motherhood, leading to persistent misconceptions. Challenges to raising a family as an undocumented woman include lack of employment and health care, high rates of domestic violence and psychological trauma.

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Gaza Blockade Hangs Fire in Cairo: Where Is the Antiwar Left?

Robert Naiman, Truthout: What would be worse than the killing of innocents that has happened so far in Gaza? Doing nothing to stop the same killing of innocents in the future, when we had the ability to do something concrete.

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Why the US Chamber of Commerce Is Wrong on Citizens United

Jeffrey D. Clements, Truthout: Besides Lewis Powell and the US Chamber of Commerce, by a large margin, Americans of all political persuasions object to the notions that money is speech and corporations have the rights of citizens.

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At Chicago’s “National Moment of Silence” Vigil, Activist Confronts “Black-on-Black Crime” Rhetoric

Megan Crepeau, RedEye Chicago: On Thursday evening, cities across the country observed a moment of silence for victims of police brutality, including Michael Brown. In many places, the vigil was followed by testimony and performances. In this video, activist Malcolm London speaks in Chicago.

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Solar Power Gets Hot, Hot, Hot

Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins, OtherWords: Once enough folks produce their own power on their rooftops and utility-scale clean energy becomes commonplace, demand for the juice generated by the dangerous and dirty oil, coal, gas and nuclear industries will fizzle.

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Could Stronger Unions Make China More Democratic?

Michelle Chen, The Nation: In the past few months alone, China has seen scores of wildcat strikes, demonstrations, periodic riots and even the occasional boss taken hostage. The government generally treats this strife as part of the dynamics of China’s astronomical growth.

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How Did the Suburbs Become the Zip Code From Hell?

Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet: According to a new report by the Brookings Institution, there are now 16.5 million souls in the suburban United States eking out an existence below the poverty line, compared to only 13.5 million in cities. Poverty is becoming more concentrated, creating a new blot on the landscape: the suburban slum.

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The Berlin Wall and Missed Opportunities

Ray McGovern, Consortium News: The US State Department’s obsession with “information warfare” as a strategic weapon has made US credibility one more casualty of the Ukraine crisis, along with any remaining trust in the mainstream US media. It was not always thus.

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Ten Theses on the Far Right in Europe

Michael Löwy, Verso: The European elections confirmed a tendency apparent across most of the continent: The spectacular rise of the far right. In many countries this movement obtained between 10 and 20 percent of the vote; today in three countries, it has reached 25 to 30 percent.

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One Year After Egypt’s Rab’a Massacre, US Still Funding Repression

Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK: A just-released Human Rights Watch report, based on a meticulous year-long investigation, found that at least 817 and likely well over 1,000 people were killed in Rab’a Square on August 14. The report contains horrific first-hand accounts.

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The Mass Destruction of Iraq: The Disintegration of a Nation: Why It Is Happening and Who Is Responsible

Truthout writers William Rivers Pitt and Dahr Jamail have collaborated on a new e-book that examines the history behind the chaos in Iraq. From PNAC to Bush, with vivid reporting from the scene, this book definitively explains why this is happening. Order The Mass Destruction of Iraq for Kindle now!

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Police as Occupiers and Agents of Violence: Reflections on the Death of Mike Brown

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: In short, the police are not in these communities – as many law enforcement cars have emblazoned on their sides – “To Serve.” They are in these communities, in general, as mobile prison guards.

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The Military on Main Street

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Why the Scientific Case Against Fracking Keeps Getting Stronger

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The Day Ferguson Cops Were Caught in a Bloody Lie

Read the Article at The Daily Beast

The Crushing Effects of Radiation From the Fukushima Disaster on the Ecosystem Are Being Slowly Revealed

Read the Article at Business Insider

Precious Water Bottled and Shipped Out of Drought-Ridden California

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A Plea for Humanity at Rikers

Read the Article at The Nation

Louie Gohmert Suspects “Undocumented Democrats” Are Bringing Ebola Across the Border

Read the Article at Raw Story