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Truthout Daily Digest Saturday, 21 June 2014

Chilean Australians Clamor for the Extradition to Chile of Former DINA Agent Adriana Rivas

Ramona Wadi, Truthout: Despite her alleged participation in the crimes committed at the torture and extermination center known as Cuartel Simon Bolivar, former Dirección de Intelligencia Nacional agent Adriana Rivas lives in Australia where Chilean activists are campaigning for her extradition.

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How the Media Stokes Racism in Iowa City – and Everywhere

Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: The media has a decisive role to play in the formation of attitudes about race, class, gender and sexuality. Robert E. Gutsche’s new book, A Transplanted Chicago: Race, Place and the Press in Iowa City, examines that role by analyzing the media’s impact in one small, Midwestern city.

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San Francisco’s Youth and LGBTQ Homeless Left With No Answer

David Krause, Truthout: To address youth and LGBTQ homelessness, and to address homelessness as a whole, the city of San Francisco held a total of five hearings during the months of April and May. Unfortunately, after five attempts, the city failed to do anything except powder its public relations face.

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Guns, Denial and Insanity

John Morlino, Truthout: Save for those directly impacted by the violence, the disturbing images of mass shootings begin to fade soon after the incident, and we return to business as usual. Until it happens again.

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Leveling the Playing Field for Worker Cooperatives

Abby Scher, Truthout: Municipal and state governments as well as NGOs that support small or independent businesses are finally beginning to address what changes they need to make to support the creation of worker cooperatives to fight poverty and spread workplace democracy.

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How Did “Don’t Mess With the Money” Become the NSA’s Motto?

Jeff Vogel and Sam Pizzigati, OtherWords: The vast NSA dragnet somehow omits from surveillance the perpetrators of some of the most serious assaults on our homeland security. The power suits of Wall Street have wrecked our economy and continue to bleed it dry.

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Capitalism’s Bullets in Latin America: Invisible Empires, State Power and 21st Century Colonialism

Benjamin Dangl, Upside Down World: For many people in Brazil, a war has broken out surrounding the current World Cup. Poor communities have been displaced by stadiums and related infrastructure for the event, and the high level of security has increased police violence.

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Raising Hope Across the Borders: Transnational Social Movements and Power

Beverly Bell, Other Worlds: Gerardo Cerdas, coordinator of the Latin American and Caribbean-wide social movement Grito de los Excluidos, or Cry of the Excluded, talks about the importance of transnational social movements.

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Credit Rating Industry Dodges Reforms, Despite Role in Financial Meltdown

Alison Fitzgerald, Center for Public Integrity: S&P, Moody’s and Fitch continue to wield power in the global financial industry even after several investigations concluded their AAA ratings on mortgage bonds and other complex investments helped lead directly to the 2008 financial collapse.

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Post-2015 Development Agenda – Will the Voices of the Hungry Be Heard?

Genevieve L. Mathieu, Inter Press Service: There are still 842 million people who are undernourished, representing one in eight globally, even though there is enough food to feed everyone. The UN’s Millennium Development Goals are intended to strengthen the international community’s engagement with eradicating poverty and hunger.

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BuzzFlash

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Presbyterians Vote to Divest Holdings to Pressure Israel

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Anger Grows at Arizona’s “Bullying” Border Patrol

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Sean Hannity Attacks Muslim Student Who Was Attacked at Racist Heritage Panel

Read the Article at Crooks and Liars

Exclusive: Prosecutor Is Closing In on Governor Christie

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When Drones Fall From the Sky

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More Ocean Off Massachusetts Open for Wind Energy

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Interactive Time-Lapse Map Shows How the US Took More Than 1.5 Billion Acres From Native Americans

Read the Article at Slate