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Truthout Daily Digest Sunday, 15 June 2014

William Rivers Pitt | The Astonishing Privilege of Fatherhood

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: “A thousand years ago, before I met my wife and she had our daughter, I organized my life and priorities and ambitions around one simple intention: to raise my child, if I ever had one, by my own hand.”

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Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me and Violence Against Women: The Truthout Interview

Mark Karlin, Truthout: Rebecca Solnit, who wrote the essay – now part of a just-released book – that gave birth to the term “mansplaining,” speaks with Truthout about how male entitlement has resulted in women often becoming the victims of gender violence and how young feminists are rebelling against having their voices silenced.

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Dead Economic Dogmas Trump Recovery: The Continuing Crisis in the Eurozone Periphery

C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout: In the four bailed-out countries of the European periphery, there is not a trace of solid evidence that the austerity/structural reforms/export-led growth approach insisted upon by the EU and the IMF has paid any solid economic or social dividends, yet it is hailed as a “success.”

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How the EPA Faked the Entire Science of Sewage Sludge Safety: A Whistleblower’s Story

Dr. David Lewis, Independent Science News: While working at the EPA, Dr. David Lewis published evidence that a New Hampshire teen died and other neighbors were harmed from living near land on which sewage sluge had been applied. After he blew the whistle, Dr. Lewis faced a multi-agency campaign to smear his name.

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Truthout Interviews Henry A. Giroux on Neoliberalism

Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: English and Cultural Studies professor Henry A. Giroux talks about the challenges facing the Left – or all who care about democracy and the future of the common good – in a neoliberal political economy.

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In Developing World, Pollution Kills More Than Disease

Stephen Leahy, Inter Press Service: Pollution, not disease, is the biggest killer in the developing world, taking the lives of more than 8.4 million people each year. However, the global community pays far less attention to pollution.

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Inaction Feeds Crisis Over Mississippi River, Environmentalists Say

Greg Gordon, McClatchy Newspapers: Despite a $14 billion federal infusion after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the state in 2005, southern Louisiana is losing land masses the size of the nation’s capital to the Gulf of Mexico every year.

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The Many Pipelines That Pump Up Our Wealth

Sam Pizzigati, Inequality.org: Three new progressive studies show that wage squeezes, share buybacks and tax subsidies are all combining to keep the United States’ high and mighty ever higher and mightier.

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Obama’s Syrian Policy Vetoed by Assad Election Victory

Shamus Cooke, Countercurrents: Perhaps the deepest truth the Syrian elections exposed is that, were it not for the US and its allies, the war in Syria would have long ago ended, and tens of thousands of lives been spared. Millions of refugees would not be homeless.

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Acupuncture, Yoga and Massage: Not Just for Rich People

Liz Pleasant, Yes! Magazine: From Oakland to Brooklyn, practitioners of holistic health care are working to make their services affordable for all.

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Beyond Humanitarianism: “Border Songs” and the Politics of Migration

Heather Craigie, North American Congress on Latin America: As opposed to benefit albums created in response to high-profile natural disasters, “Border Songs” attempts to raise awareness about an economic disaster with grave ramifications for migrants seeking economic opportunity and family unification in the United States.

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This week in Speakout:

Alana Massey blasts the media for muddling the overt criminality of rape; Samantha Sarra reports from Washington, DC on the “5 days for the Cuban 5” in international solidarity with the Cuban political prisoners; Jesse Hagopian reports that the backlash against standardized testing has garnered some strange allies; Dr. Gus Bagakis points out that anger is best directed at system change, not violence; Shannon Hoffman charts her disillusionment with former community organizer President Obama; Camillo (Mac) Bica laments the scapegoating of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl by politicians; Steven Starr describes the impossibility of “winning” nuclear war; Johan Schnee acerbically examines the UN’s solution to cholera in Haiti: a committee!; Digital Third Coast presents an infographic showing how much “Big Mac” buying power low-wage workers have in each state; Greg Ruggiero describes the touching reunion of 90-year-old Frances Goldin and Mumia Abu-Jamal; Frank Seo urges Obama to act on immigration reform; John Pedler suggests there can be a peaceful resolution to the Ukraine crisis; and more.

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BuzzFlash

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The US Lied to the Public About Iraq From the Beginning: Chelsea Manning on the US Military and Media Freedom

Read the Article at The New York Times

The US Government Doesn’t Want You to Know How the Cops Are Tracking You

Read the Article at The Guardian

A Sandy Hook Father’s Urgent Plea: The US Must Do Something About Gun Violence

Read the Article at Salon

David Sirota | New Bill in North Carolina Would Officially Bar Public From Seeing Wall Street’s Public Pension Deals

Read the Article at PandoDaily

US Officials Scrambled to Nab Snowden, Hoping He Would Take a Wrong Step. He Didn’t.

Read the Article at The Washington Post

Vermont’s Landmark GMO-Labeling Law Is the Target of a Lawsuit by Food Trade Groups

Read the Article at RT News

The Pentagon Is Preparing for Mass Civil Breakdown

Read the Article at The Guardian

The Koch Cycle of Endless Cash

Read the Article at The New York Times