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Truthout Daily Digest | Monday, 19 January 2015

Martin Luther King, Jr.: All Labor Has Dignity

Martin Luther King, Jr., Beacon Press: In his introduction to the newly published anthology of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speeches and writings, Cornel West notes the book unearths a radical King whose legacy can no longer be sanitized. He was “anti-imperial, anti-colonial, anti-racist” and embodied “democratic socialist sentiments.”

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Your Home Is Your Prison

Maya Schenwar, TomDispatch: The “American Gulag,” is a vast carceral archipelago into which millions of human beings are simply deep-sixed. The urge to reform such a system should be applauded, but as with so many “reforms” in our era, the latest “alternative” forms of confinement may only be extending and expanding the prison system into other parts of American life.

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Democrats Take on Wall Street With Financial Transactions Tax

Dean Baker, Truthout: The House Democratic Party leadership remarkably proposed a financial transactions tax. The proposal is part of a larger package which includes a substantial tax credit for workers, and also a limit on the tax deductibility of high CEO pay.

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Five Corporations You’ve Never Heard of Are Making Millions From Mass Incarceration

James Kilgore, Truthout: From construction to monitoring devices, some corporations are making off like bandits with profits from mass incarceration. Here are five of the worst offenders.

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Uncovering a World War II Prisoner Exchange Program Through Interned Immigrants’ Stories

Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: From 1942 to 1948, thousands of Japanese, German and Italian immigrants living in the United States were held in a Texas internment camp. All were suspected of disloyalty to Allied forces, and although none were tried or convicted of any crimes, some were repatriated to their countries of origin.

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The Van Hollen Plan Takes on Soaring CEO Pay: A Debate We Need to Have

Susan Holmberg, The Next New Deal: The economic proposals in Rep. Chris Van Hollen’s action plan “to grow the paychecks of all, not just the wealth of a few” will reinforce the progressive economic messaging championed by Senator Elizabeth Warren and conceivably embolden more Democrats to finally take command of our economic debate in advance of the 2016 presidential election.

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EPA Report Finds Pesticide Poses Risk to Workers, Spurs Calls for Ban

Brian Bienkowski, Environmental Health News: The insecticide chlorpyrifos, used on corn and other US crops, poses health risks to workers who mix and apply it and also can contaminate drinking water, according to a new EPA report.

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We Need Less Work, Not More

Alexandra Bradbury, Labor Notes: The notion held by many labor unions that the Senate is “killing” jobs by voting against the Keystone XL pipeline is misguided. We need to increase wages and lower the cost of living, so workers do not have to work themselves to death.

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One Thing Schools Should Do to Boost Students’ Intellectual Growth

Marion Brady, The Washington Post: Much that affects student performance, like poverty, disability and education of parents, can’t be fixed by education policy. A fundamental performance-limiting problem that can be fixed in school but has never been adequately addressed is this: information overload.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Democrats May Tax Wall Street and Give Main Street a Break, and More

Thom Hartmann, The Thom Hartmann Program: In today‘s On the News segment: Democratic lawmakers have put forth a progressive tax plan that would tax Wall Street to give Main Street a little relief; the 2014 election saw massive increases in outside spending and so-called dark money; and more.

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Black Conservatives Mangle and Defame the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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The Hope and Burden of the Civil Rights Movement

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Richest 1% Likely to Control Half of Global Wealth by 2016, Study Finds

Read the Article at The New York Times

Obama Will Focus on Wealth Inequality – Not Just Income

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“Black Lives Matter” Aspires to Reclaim the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

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White Oklahoma ‘Survivalist’ Walks Free After Shooting Black Police Chief Four Times

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On Gay Marriage, Supreme Court to Weigh Equal Rights and States’ Rights

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The State of Felony Disenfranchisement in America

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Truthout Daily Digest Wednesday, 19 November 2014

When Facebook Is the Internet: Zero-Rating and the Global Net Neutrality Debate

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: With billions of people expected to come online for the first time in the next few years, zero-rating plans, which allow tech and telecom companies to pick and choose what mobile users can access, have huge implications for the future of the internet.

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US Shifts Blame to Afghan Government for Exploding Central Asian Opium Trade

Julio Sharp-Wasserman, Truthout: The US government, which fostered Afghanistan’s opium production in the 1980s, has responded to a report that business is booming – despite a more recent $7.6 billion US effort to quash it – by blaming the country’s government.

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Lessons on Mobilizing the Rising American Electorate

Eveline Shen, Truthout: Forward Together has been working with 150 organizations in a nationwide initiative called Strong Families to shift policy and culture so that all families – of every kind – can thrive. That has involved educating and mobilizing within historically marginalized communities for civic engagement.

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Senate Narrowly Rejects Keystone XL Amidst Protests by Climate Activists

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: The Keystone XL pipeline is a political football in Washington, but activists say it would make a devastating contribution to climate change.

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Walmart Workers Rally in Global Day of Action for Decent Work

John Logan, Truthout: Today, Walmart workers and their supporters in the United States, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, India, South Africa, Brazil and elsewhere are protesting for respect for freedom of association, living wages, consistent scheduling and employment security.

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Cultivating Climate Justice: Brazilian Workers Leading the Charge Toward Zero Waste

Antonia Bruno, Zero Waste World: The recycling workers of Brazil have long been a powerful force in protecting their communities and the climate. Now they are on the forefront of a nationwide movement for zero waste.

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We Need to Act Now to Save the Post Office

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: One of those less well-known but incredibly important priorities for Congress is saving the US Postal Service from the Republicans who want to bankrupt and privatize it so they can give it to their billionaire buddies.

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Texas Regulators Sidestep Connection Between Fracking Industry and Earthquakes

Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog: New rules for Texas injection wastewater well operators offer no relief to people impacted by more than 30 earthquakes that hit Azle, Reno and Springtown almost a year ago. Seismic activity is not something the region is known for.

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Amending Colorado’s Constitution: Do Communities Have the Right to Clean Air and Water?

Ruthi Engelke, Occupy.com: A push to amend the Colorado Constitution grew out of attempts by municipalities to ban fracking in their communities but was expanded to include any laws that attempt to protect the health, safety and welfare of citizens.

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G20 Climate Challenge Calls for a Rethink of Economics

Geoff Harcourt and Anne Junor, The Conversation: The key problem of our time is the possibility of pursuing three goals simultaneously: ecological sustainability, economic development and a more equitable distribution of wealth within and among nations.

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Return of the Ferguson War Zone? Missouri Enacts State of Emergency Ahead of Mike Brown Grand Jury

Amy Goodman and Aaron Maté, Democracy Now!: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency in advance of the grand jury’s pending decision in the Michael Brown shooting case. While state officials say they fear violence, protesters say they fear a return to the militarized crackdown that turned their community into a war zone.

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How Many Islamic State Fighters Are There?

Ray McGovern, Consortium News: If honest intelligence analysts are silenced, as Sam Adams was 47 years ago during the Vietnam War, they need to plumb their consciences and see if they have the guts to make public both the undercounting of enemy forces and the incentive given to their multiplication by further US military involvement.

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The Hypocrisy of Senate Republicans Enabling NSA Spying on US Citizens

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The argument on behalf of the NSA’s massive worldwide invasion of privacy is a bit like the GOP domestic claim that restrictive voting laws stop unqualified people from voting: Neither are bolstered by any significant proof.

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Native Americans Arrested Following Keystone XL Pipeline Vote

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Obama to Announce Executive Action on Immigration on Thursday

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House Republicans Pass Bill That Makes It Harder for Scientists to Advise the EPA

Read the Article at Salon

Georgia Debt Collectors Posed as FBI Agents to Intimidate Victims Into Making Payments

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Dozens Treated After “Mysterious Chemical Mixture” Fire at California Waste Plant

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Joseph E. Stiglitz: Slow Growth and Inequality Are Political Choices – We Can Choose Otherwise

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The Unbelievable Lightness of Being Donnie Swaggart

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Truthout Daily Digest Monday 19 May 2014

Sarah Jaffe | Post-Occupied

Sarah Jaffe, Truthout: Is “Occupy” over? Or are its many offshoots – including Strike Debt, Occupy Homes and Occupy Sandy – further learning the arts of community rootedness and power building?

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Ellen Brown | Are Private Banks Unconstitutional?

Ellen Brown, The Web of Debt Blog: When enough people understand that private banks, not governments, create our money supply, we might wake up to a new day in banking and finance: the return of local economic sovereignty.

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The Master’s House Is Burning: bell hooks, Cornel West and the Tyranny of Neoliberalism

Reverend Osagyefo Sekou, Truthout: Cornel West critiques Barack Obama, bell hooks calls Beyoncé a terrorist and contemporary black intellectuals take to the interwebs to express disgust; the dominant intellectual disposition of contemporary black intellectuals is neoliberal.

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The Birth of a Eurasian Century: Russia and China Do Pipelineistan

Pepe Escobar, TomDispatch: As much as the United States may fight the emergence of a multipolar world, economic facts on the ground regularly point to such developments. Will the decline of the hegemon be reasonably dignified, or will the whole world be dragged down with it?

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Living as Slaves: How the Poorest Nepali Workers Get Exploited in the Richest Arab Nation

Sadichchha Pokharel, Truthout: Each year 100,000 Nepali youth flock to Qatar in search of a better life, but they are subjected to a life of slavery miles away from home, and some 200 this past year returned home in coffins.

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The End of Choice

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: We should pass a law – a new version of the Sherman Act – that says, explicitly, that whenever a company reaches a point where it has more than a certain percentage of a marketplace, it can’t grow any larger in that domain.

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The War on Drugs Destroys Lives: Here Are Six Things You Can Do About It

Wendy Call, Yes! Magazine: The movement for decriminalization has never had so much momentum. The poet and activist Javier Sicilia tells us that the real work to end the drug war is done “at the level of you-and-me, face-to-face.” But where do you start? Here are six actions you can take right now.

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Should Health Care Be Rationed? It Already Is

Philip Caper, Bangor Daily News: “Opponents of universal health care often claim that in order to afford it we will have to ration health care. My response to that old shibboleth is that we already pay more than enough to cover everybody, and that we already ration health care, as we must in a world of finite financial and real resources.”

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: To Switch to Green Energy, We’ll Have to Embrace New Ideas, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that at least two health care workers were exposed to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in Florida and Indiana; to make the switch to green energy, our nation will have to embrace new ideas and technology; the oil and gas industry was responsible for more than 7,600 spills, blowouts and leaks in 2013; and more.

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In Georgia, Lawmakers Taking Pride in Policies That Hurt the Poor

Andrea Flynn, Next New Deal: Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law two bills that ensure the state won’t be expanding Medicaid, making it decidedly more difficult for people to gain health coverage. These laws compound the social and economic injustices already experienced by many low-income Georgians.

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Marco Rubio Is Trying to Kill Me by Denying Climate Change

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Science deniers such as Marco Rubio put the very existence of countless human lives on earth at risk. His boastful ignorance on global warming is a death warrant for the rest of us.

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Occupy Activist Cecily McMillan Sentenced to Three Months in Prison

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Evidence That the Meritocracy Is Made Up of Poor People

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Data Pirates of the Caribbean: The NSA Is Recording Every Cellphone Call in the Bahamas

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North Carolina GOP Pushes Unprecedented Bill to Jail Anyone Who Discloses Fracking Chemicals

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Greenland Glacial Melt Is Growing Factor in Rising Sea Levels

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US Files Criminal Charges Against Chinese Officials Over Cyberspying

Read the Article at NPR

The GOP Benghazi Obsession Is Likely to Come Up Emptier Than Al Capone’s Vault

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