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Truthout Daily Digest | Saturday, 24 January 2015

In Ferguson

Darryl Pinckney, The New York Review of Books: Ferguson feels like a turning point. For so many, Michael Brown’s death was the last straw. Black youth are fed up with being branded criminals at birth. Ferguson was the country stepping back in time or exposing the fact that change hasn’t happened where it’s most needed.

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Syriza and the Greek Elections: The Tough Questions That Must Be Asked

Michael Nevradakis, Truthout: After years of economic crisis and stifling economic austerity, all eyes are upon Greece once more, where the main opposition party, Syriza, is favored to emerge victorious in upcoming elections. Syriza’s economic platform, however, indicates positions that are far from radical.

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The Spectacle of Illiteracy and the Crisis of Democracy

Henry A. Giroux, Moyers & Company: One important measure of the demise of vibrant democracy and the corresponding impoverishment of political life can be found in the increasing inability of a society to translate private troubles to broader public issues.

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Ahead of Obama Visit, a Report Card on India

Papri Sri Raman, Truthout: The Modi government came to power standing on an anti-corruption plank. However, little has been achieved in this area.

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New Study Shows More Than Half of Abortion Clinics Face Threats

Stephanie Hallett, Ms. Magazine Blog: Research from the Feminist Majority Foundation reveals that clinics and doctors are faced with daily threats and intimidation. Nearly one in five clinics experienced severe anti-abortion violence.

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EPA Sued Over Disclosure Rules for Toxic Pollution From Drilling and Fracking

Sharon Kelly, DeSmogBlog: The Environmental Protection Agency has been sued over toxic chemicals released into the air, water and land by the oil and gas industry.

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Global Blackness

Hakima Abbas, The Feminist Wire: There has been an outpouring of global solidarity for the Black movement in the United States by Black people in countries like South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Colombia, Brazil, the UK and France, and from non-Black people who are also fighting against imperialism around the world.

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Fighting Extremism With Schools, Not Guns

Zofeen Ebrahim, Inter Press Service: While many millions of people are lashing out at the Taliban for going on a bloody rampage in a school in Peshawar, the Citizens Foundation has busied itself with a pledge to build 141 schools for peace, one in the name of each person who lost their life on that terrible day.

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Obama Tips His Hat to FDR

Emily Schwartz Greco, OtherWords: Obama is channeling his inner Franklin Delano Roosevelt. What would FDR say about today‘s growing inequality and stagnant wages?

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US Army Special Forces Officially Recruit for “Mission for God”

Mikey Weinstein, AlterNet: The Military Religious Freedom Foundation finds an Army recruiting poster that openly proselytizes. There exists a brutal, sectarian, Christian fundamentalist current within the US Armed Forces.

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War Is Exploding Anew in Ukraine; Rebels Vow More

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California Judges Barred From Boy Scouts Over Anti-Gay Discrimination

Read the Article at the Los Angeles Times

Japan Investigating Reports of Hostage Killed by ISIL

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

American Sniper: Anti-Muslim Threats Skyrocket in Wake of Film’s Release

Read the Article at The Guardian

The True Cost ofCitizens United: The Roberts Court’s Darkest Hour Revisited

Read the Article at Salon

France Sees as Many Anti-Muslim Acts in January as All of 2014

Read the Article at The Huffington Post

Students Who Survived Mexico’s Night of Bloody Horror Accuse Army and Police

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Truthout Daily Digest Wednesday, 24 December 2014

When Soldiers Say No to War

Camillo Mac Bica, Truthout: On the 100th anniversary of the Christmas Truce, the author remembers the Hootch program, which brought together Soviet and US Cold Warriors, and concludes it is not the truce or the occurrence at the Hootch, but war that is the aberration – a violation of human nature.

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Fact Not Fiction: The Unending Korean War

Christine Ahn and Suzy Kim, Truthout: The fact that the Korean War ended with a temporary cease-fire rather than a permanent peace treaty has given the North Korean government justification to invest heavily in the country’s militarization. Another 50 years failed policy that needs to change?

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A Vote for “Draft Warren” Is a Vote for a Democratic Primary

Robert Naiman, Truthout: “If you object to the proposition that Hillary Clinton should become the Democratic nominee for president in 2016 without having to substantially engage with Democratic primary voters and caucus-goers about what she would do as President, speak now or forever hold your peace.”

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Cuba and the United States: Political Realism’s Triumph

Roberto M. Yepe Papastamatin, Truthout: The historic US-Cuba diplomatic rapprochement signals a long-overdue rectification and the recognition of the Cuban Revolution’s legitimacy by the most powerful nation that has ever existed, with profound implications for both countries and for the inter-American relations system as a whole.

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Shining Light Into the Dark World of US Drone Warfare

Charles Sevilla, Los Angeles Daily Journal: Approved at the highest levels of government, the use of US drone strikes has steadily escalated for more than a decade. These targeted killings are justified as legal and effective measures to defend the homeland. The book Drones and Targeted Killingquestions both premises.

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Torture’s Time for Accountability

Ray McGovern, Consortium News: The United States’ reputation for cognitive dissonance is being tested by the Senate report documenting the US government’s torture of detainees and the fact that nothing is happening to those responsible.

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It’s a Wonderful Life, Comrade

Michael Winship, Moyers & Company: When It’s a Wonderful Life first came out, it fell under suspicion from the FBI and the House Un-American Activities Committee as Communist propaganda, part of the Red Scare that soon would lead to the blacklist and witch hunt that destroyed the careers of many in Hollywood.

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Get Ready Now for the Fast-Track Fight

Dave Johnson, Campaign for America’s Future: “Fast-track essentially pre-approves trade agreements before people get a chance to read them, analyze them and rally opposition. It prevents Congress from fixing problems in the agreements. This is the wrong way for our country to do this.”

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How Mindfulness Could Give You the Gift of a Calmer Christmas

Anna Leyland, The Conversation: From the time you wake up on this Christmas morning, take time to fully notice the little things. Consider that many other people you do not know have made effort to grow, make or transport parts of your present too. Be kind and compassionate to everyone you have contact with – including yourself.

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Remembering the Greediest Americans This Holiday Season

Sam Pizzigati, OtherWords: Among the youngest of the 2014 top ten greediest Americans: 38-year-old Travis Kalanick, the CEO and cofounder of Uber. Uber is worth $40 billion – profits made, critics charge, by taking short cuts like not running adequate background checks on drivers.

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Stopping Imperialistic Wars Could Radically Reduce Terrorism

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Federal Officials May Use Little-Known Civil Rights Statute in Police Shooting Cases

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US to Send More Private Contractors to Iraq

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Grand Jury Clears Houston Officer in Shooting of Unarmed Black Man, Jordan Baker

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

Heralded by Human Rights Groups, Global Arms Trade Treaty Goes Into Force

Read the Article at Common Dreams

LAPD Body Camera Footage Won’t Be Released to the Public

Read the Article at RT

Off Duty, Black Cops in New York Feel Threatened by Fellow Police Officers

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Truthout Daily Digest Monday, 24 November 2014

Henry Giroux: Current “Reforms” Attempt to Drive Young People Out of Democracy

Camilla Croso, Latin-American Campaign for the Right to Education: In this interview, Henry Giroux talks about corporate interests in the privatization of education, attacks on the importance of schooling and the marginalization of youth under the current political and economic systems.

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Deforestation, “Development” Connected to Spread Ebola in West Africa

Jeff Conant, Truthout: Silas Siakor, director of Friends of the Earth Liberia, discusses the root causes of West Africa’s impoverishment and the complex relationship between disease, deforestation and development.

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The Craving for Democracy

Lorenzo Del Savio and Matteo Mameli, Truthout: Craving real democracy, many people are unwilling to participate in an electoral game that does not provide any form of genuine popular control over decisions that affect people’s well-being and freedom.

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Obama Extends War in Afghanistan

Kathy Kelly, War Is a Crime: News agencies reported Saturday morning that weeks ago President Obama signed an order, kept secret until now, to authorize continuation of the Afghan war for at least another year. The order authorizes US air strikes “to support Afghan military operations in the country” and US ground troops to continue normal operations.

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Dean Baker | Seven Years After: Why This Recovery Is Still a Turkey

Dean Baker, Truthout: Economic policy making continues to be dominated by people who were unable to see an $8 trillion housing bubble. There is no reason to believe that these people have a better understanding of the economy todaythan they did seven years ago.

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Malarkey on the Potomac: Five Bedrock Washington Assumptions That Are Hot Air

Andrew Bacevich, TomDispatch: People in Washington don’t have time for reality. They’re lost in a world of their own. Consider the following claims, each of which in Washington circles has attained quasi-canonical status. Subjected to even casual scrutiny, none of these claims will stand up.

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Are Killers Still in Charge of Our Health Care?

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Obamacare was a good start for reeling in for-profit insurance companies and their “profits over people” platform, but it’s not enough. No more Americans should die because of delayed treatments and denied doctors’ visits all done in the name of increased profits.

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Tough Lessons for Rahm

Sarah Karp, Catalyst-Chicago: Over the past decade, the number of black educators in Chicago’s public schools dropped precipitously. With his actions disproportionately affecting black teachers, that pattern continued during Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s time in office.

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Obama Refuses to Close Door on Torture

Faiza Patel, The Brennan Center for Justice: The brutal tactics employed by the United States after 9/11 have led many observers to question its commitment to postwar human rights treaties. Both allied and hostile nations have watched to see if Obama acknowledged that the United States is bound by global torture standards. His answer did not reassure them.

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Tallying Up Returns on Corporations’ Political Investments

Sue Sturgis, Facing South: The amount that the 200 most politically active corporations in the United States spent on federal lobbying and campaign contributions between 2007 and 2012, according to a new report from the Sunlight Foundation, titled “Fixed Fortunes”: $5.8 billion.

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Economic Update: Capitalism’s Personal Costs

Richard D. Wolff, Truthout: This week’s episode provides updates on Italy’s general strike, opera economics, Miami baseball and Argentina loans as well as responses to listeners on the economics of US children and on a new political party.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: The Future of the Postal Service May Be in Jeopardy, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: If Congress refuses to act in the next month, the future of the United States Postal Service could be in jeopardy; about one out of every 30 kids in the United States is homeless; Walmart workers are preparing for their biggest Black Friday strike yet; and more.

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Upon News of Plea Deal, Activists Vow to Organize Until Marissa Alexander Is Free

Staff and Contributors, Free Marissa Now Mobilization Campaign: Marissa Alexander has chosen to accept a plea deal with the State of Florida. The plea deal includes time served (1,030 days), an additional 65 days in Duval County Jail which will begin today, and two years of house arrest while wearing a surveillance monitor.

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Without Systemic Change, This Single, College-Educated Mother Can’t Find a Living-Wage Job

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The devastating irony of changes to the US economic system is that they are being undertaken to worsen conditions for US workers, not to improve them.

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Seven Candidates for Corporate Rip-Off of the Year

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Media Goes Wild Over Hagel Firing but Not Obama’s Secret Afghanistan Reversal

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Anonymous Targets Cleveland Police After 12-Year-Old’s Death

Read the Article at The Root

How Grassroots Efforts Against Fracking Are Succeeding

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US Drone Strikes – The Facts on the Ground: 41 Men Targeted but 1,147 People Killed

Read the Article at The Guardian

DHS Set to Destroy Government-Wide Network Surveillance Records

Read the Article at Nextgov

Politicians Who Regulate Big Cable Invest in AT&T, Comcast and Verizon

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Common Dreams Highlights Monday, 24 November 2014

Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

News & Views | 11.24.14


BREAKING: Ferguson Grand Jury Announcement Tonight


‘Dropping Pretense of Democracy,’ Israel Advances Bill for Jewish Nation-State

Chuck Hagel Resigns as Secretary of Defense

Senate Torture Investigation Fails to Interview Key Torture Victims

To End Hunger, Empower Women: Study

Planet Already on ‘Unavoidable Course to Warming’: World Bank Report

and more…



Medea Benjamin: Hagel’s Departure Should Open Debate on Obama’s Wars

Marcy Wheeler: As Obama Embraces Multi-Fronted War, He Fires Chuck Hagel

Oscar Reyes: Rich Countries Pony Up (Some) for Climate Justice

Andrea Palframan: Can a First Nations-led Movement Stop Big Oil?

Dave Zirin: What the Media’s Not Telling You About the Late Marion Barry



Center for Biological Diversity: Feds Agree to Protect More Habitat for East Coast’s Most Endangered Whales by 2016

Peace Action: Largest Peace Group Supports Extending Iran Negotiations

Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA): 100+ Scientists Call on Obama’s Bee Task Force to Take Action on Pesticides

and more…