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Truthout Daily Digest | Monday, 27 April 2015

Suicide on the Great Sioux Nation

Jason Coppola, Truthout: A suicide state of emergency has been declared on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The Lakota Nation is coming together to deal with historical trauma, and find strength and hope for their youth.

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Now Is the Time for the Progressive Movement to Win

Leslie Thatcher, Truthout: Salvatore Babones talks with Truthout about his new book, the significance of social science in formulating social and economic policy and the urgent need for new and different US policies for everything from employment to education to health care.

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New York Airport Workers Strike, Telling Management “Poverty Wages Don’t Fly”

Matt Surrusco, Truthout: Airport baggage handlers and wheelchair attendants calling for higher wages, more affordable benefits and union representation rallied outside LaGuardia Airport on Thursday, accompanied by labor organizers and members of the union they hope to join.

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Confronting Brunch

Peter Frase, Truthout: When Black Lives Matter protesters chose to interrupt the comfortable Sunday tradition of brunch by reading aloud the names of police-murdered Black men to restaurant-goers, it opened the door to a serious analysis of this curious culinary phenomenon.

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Vermont Activists Battle Democratic Governor for Single-Payer Health Care

Steve Early, In These Times: Bitter recriminations over Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin’s health care retreat have morphed into broader controversies about workers’ rights, contract concessions and a state austerity budget.

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Food Stamps Are Worth Double at These Michigan Farmers Markets – Helping Families and Local Businesses

Araz Hachadourian, YES! Magazine: The USDA is putting $31 million behind a program that helps low-income families take home twice the veggies, and local farmers make twice the money.

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The Glyphosate Saga and “Independent Scientific Advice,” According to Germany, the UK and France

Staff, Corporate Europe Observatory: Germany is charged by the EU with the safety review of glyphosate, yet three scientists sitting on its scientific panel on pesticides are employees of BASF and Bayer, two major pesticides producers. Meanwhile, the UK has simply privatized its governmental Food and Environment Research Agency.

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Crisis, Opportunity and Climate Austerity in Drought-Stricken California

Kate Aronoff, Waging Nonviolence: The drought problem California is facing is a microcosm of sorts for climate change itself, and all the more reason why adequately confronting it has implications well beyond the state’s borders.

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To Defend the Environment, Support Social Movements Like Berta Caceres and COPINH

Jeff Conant, Inter Press Service: If the world is going to reduce the destructive environmental and social impacts that too often accompany economic development, we need to do all we can to recognize and support the peasant farmers, Indigenous Peoples and social movements that put their lives on the line to stem the tide of destruction.

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PETA’s Cruel and Unusual Crush

Jill Richardson, OtherWords: Joe Arpaio, the hardline anti-immigrant sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, prides himself on making jail a miserable place to be. Why would PETA ever pal around with this guy? Because Arpaio took meat off his prisoners’ menu.

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Memories of Galeano’s Fire: My Afternoon With the Late Uruguayan Writer

Danny Postel, Pulse Media: “My heart has been heavy since learning over the weekend of the death of the radical and marvelously lyrical Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano, whom I had the enormous pleasure of meeting some 20 years ago,” the author writes in this tribute to the late Galeano.

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This week in Speakout:

Dean Baker highlights The Washington Post’s message to readers that the elite “will lie, cheat and steal to pass their trade deals”; Jesse Hagopian spotlights Garfield High School teacher Heather Robison’s conscientious test objector declaration; Tom H. Hastingsreflects on Earth Day as a holiday with an agenda; Jack A. Smith remembers the earthshaking lesson the United States experienced in Vietnam; Stacy Malkan examines how the media fell for a GMO front group attack; Matt Peppe explains why Cuba won’t extradite Assata Shakur; Brian Terrell celebrates how activists are making history and building a future in the Nevada desert; James Dorsey reports on Israel’s racism-related soccer woes; David Swanson analyzes the “gradual injustice” of drone warfare; Evaggelos Vallianatos memorializes Audrey Moore’s battle against the carcinogens that ultimately killed her; and more.

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Nepal Terrorized by Aftershocks That Stymie Relief Efforts

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Dallas Cops Killed a Man Within Seconds of Arriving at His Door; They Won’t Face Criminal Charges

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“Freddie Gray Was Me”: Frustration With Police Simmers After Death in Baltimore

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Declassified: Report on NSA Surveillance Flares Up Battle for Privacy

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Federal Appeals Court Dismisses Lawsuit in Border Patrol Shooting of Mexican Teen

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For-Profit Corinthian Colleges to Shut Down More Than Two Dozen Remaining Schools

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Glenn Greenwald: The Key War on Terror Propaganda Tool – Only Western Victims Are Acknowledged

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Truthout Daily Digest | Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Special Report: Money and Lies in Anti-Human Trafficking NGOs

Anne Elizabeth Moore, Truthout: Anti-trafficking organizations are said to do work both progressives and conservatives agree needs doing. Yet despite enormous budgets, and the month of January being dedicated to human trafficking awareness, it’s not clear these organizations can possibly be accomplishing what they claim.

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Paint the Town Red: Syriza’s Historic Victory and the Steep Road to Greek Recovery

C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout: The decisive victory of Syriza, the Coalition of the Radical Left, is a historic event for the Greek left. Still, it would be a mistake to interpret Syriza’s win as reflecting an ideological shift among Greek voters, rather than an act of desperation against austerity.

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Noam Chomsky Blasts American Sniper and the Media That Glorify It

Janet Allon, AlterNet: Noam Chomsky had some choice words about the popularity of American Sniper, its glowing New York Times review and what the worship of a movie about a cold-blooded killer says about the US public. It’s not good.

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Not So Fast, Net Neutrality

Michael Winship, Moyers & Company: Over the last few months, things have been looking good for keeping the internet open to everyone. A little too good, as far as Congress is concerned, which is why members and the corporate lobbyists who write them hefty checks have launched a last-ditch legislative effort to scuttle net neutrality.

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Pardon Granted for One of 17 Women Who Miscarried in El Salvador

Danica Jorden, Truthout: A Salvadoran woman sentenced to 30 years for the alleged murder of her “unborn child” in 2007, when she was just 18, has been granted a pardon. She is one of 17 women currently imprisoned in El Salvador after having unintentionally miscarried during their pregnancies.

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The Deficits Republicans Don’t Want to Talk About

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: When Republicans whine about the US having a deficit problem, they’re right. It’s not our federal deficit that’s the problem, though. It’s the deficit in our spending on infrastructure, on education and on job creation that’s really keeping our country down.

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In 10 Years, No One in Helsinki Will Even Want to Own a Car: Three Simple Ideas That Are Making Cities Sustainable

Shannan Stoll, YES! Magazine: An app that combines the affordability of ride sharing with the reliability of taxis. Playgrounds built as sponges for reusable gray water. From Finland to California, the cities of the future are here.

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Despite Obama’s Call for Cheap, Fast Internet, Many Cities Aren’t Allowed to Provide It

Leticia Miranda, ProPublica: Obama is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to challenge a wave of state laws blocking the construction of municipal broadband networks, which are high-speed internet services run by local communities. Here’s what you need to know about the president’s proposal.

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Introducing Mrs. Merlin: To Prosecute Jeffrey Sterling, CIA Exposed an Asset

Marcy Wheeler, Expose Facts: The government engaged in a great deal of security theater during the Jeffrey Sterling trial, most notably by having some CIA witnesses – including ones whose identities weren’t, technically, secret – testify behind a big office divider so the general public couldn’t see the witness.

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State of the Union Shows Obama Still Needs Movement Pressure on Climate

Kate Aronoff, Waging Nonviolence: As with most significant progressive reforms in US history, confronting both climate change and extraction will take the pressure of a popular movement that sees climate issues as part and parcel with economic ones.

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The Collapse of Europe? The European Union May Be on the Verge of Regime Collapse

John Feffer, TomDispatch: If the European Union doesn’t come up with a better recipe for dealing with economic inequality, political extremism and social intolerance, its opponents will soon have the power to hit the rewind button on European integration.

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Paul Krugman | A Regime Change in Switzerland

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: The Swiss National Bank managed a credible regime change. Unfortunately, it was a change in the wrong direction. By throwing in the towel on the peg to the euro, the bank immediately convinced markets that its previous apparent commitment to do whatever it took to avoid deflation was null and void.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: We May Have Reached a Climate Tipping Point, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Human activity has compromised about half of the natural processes that maintain the stability of our planet; BP is being pressured by their investors; the Senate voted 98-1 that “climate change is real and is not a hoax”; and more.

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Black NYPD Officers Experience Racial Profiling When Off-Duty

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: It is pitifully ironic that off-duty Black officers of the New York Police Department have experienced the racial profiling policies of their own police force – but it is not surprising.

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White House Backs Plan to Allow Atlantic Oil Drilling

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Natural Gas Line Explodes in West Virginia

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How “The Left’s Best Chance in a Generation” Won Greece Over: A Guide

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Gay Legislator Threatens to Spill the Dirt on “Family Values” Colleagues

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Netanyahu to US Jews: Get Lost

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Obama Challenges India on Women’s Rights and Religious Tolerance

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The DEA Is Spying on Millions of Cars All Over the US

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Truthout Daily Digest Saturday, 27 December 2014


Challenging Bedrock Law: “Dillon’s Rule” in Detroit and Beyond

Simon Davis-Cohen, Truthout: Detroit and other city governments have been effectively dissolved. In the Motor City, all governing power resides in one man – Kevyn Orr – the state-appointed “emergency manager.” He performs all functions of local government, unilaterally.

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The Disunited States: A French Writer Navigates 1930s United States

Patrick Glennon, Truthout: In his recently translated book, The Disunited States, Vladimir Pozner reveals the alienation, class antagonism, racism and sexism endemic to this country in the 1930s – and how little has changed.

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Jeopardy Has Not Attached: Killer Cops Can Still Be Indicted

James Marc Leas, Truthout: Protests should continue to demand justice for Michael Brown and Eric Garner. The officers who killed them can still be indicted and tried for murder under state law in Missouri and New York.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Radical Roots of Wonder Woman

Christopher Zumski Finke, YES! Magazine: The hero and her alter ego, Diana Prince, were the products of the tumultuous women’s rights movements of the early 20th century, and her enigmatic creator believed women were destined to rule the world.

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Looking Back, Moving Forward: 2014 Year in Review

Making Contact, National Radio Project: The year 2014 saw social movements ranging from pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong to the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States. Making Contact brings an update on some of these movements that made major news this year.

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Unearthing the Truth: Mexican State Violence Beyond Ayotzinapa

Jesse Franzblau, NACLA: Declassified files on migrant massacres reveal impunity and Mexican state complicity in human rights atrocities that predate the recent Ayotzinapa disappearances.

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What the US Should Learn From Russia’s Collapse

Miriam Pemberton, OtherWords: It’s time for communities that are dependent on Pentagon contracts to work on strategies to reduce their economic vulnerability as defense spending dwindles. The time to start planning an economic transition is now.

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Why Obama Won’t Reach an Agreement With Iran

Gareth Porter, Middle East Eye: The Obama administration has no obvious incentives to reach an agreement with Iran on its nuclear program because the United States is getting most of what it wants already under the status quo.

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It’s Not Even 2015, but the 2016 Republican Presidential Race Rumors Have Begun

Robin Marty, Care2: It’s still 2014 for at least another few days, but that hasn’t stopped the 2016 presidential speculation from jumping to an accelerated start, with news that another Bush may be tossing his hat in the ring.

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NSA Fesses Up to Improper Surveillance of US Citizens

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Evil Torturers Catch a Break: How Americans Got Distracted From a National Travesty

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US Prepares to Accelerate Detainee Transfers From Guantánamo Bay Prison

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After Scrutiny, CIA Mandate Is Untouched

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Doubts Persist on US Claims of North Korean Role in Sony Hack

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ACLU Accuses NSA of Using Holiday Lull to “Minimize Impact” of Documents

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On Racial Issues, Americans Are Divided Both Black and White and Red and Blue

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Truthout Daily Digest Thursday, 27 November 2014

Thanksgiving Day and the Powerful Play

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: We live in a world of shrinking margins, of narrowing visions, a world ruled and ruined by fools. This is the fact of our time, and no one is going to fix it today. Tomorrow, perhaps, but in the meantime, hold close what you hold most dear, and give thanks for the chance of that holding.

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Thanksgiving and the Socialist Imaginary

Ben Agger, Truthout: Canadians can access socialist imaginary through the Canadian New Democratic Party; with a Democratic Party that has no vision of utopia, US Americans access socialist imaginary through Thanksgiving. Holidays bear utopia as the negation of present suffering, a political resource at a time when mainstream Democrats cannot out-right the right.

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Show Up on Thanksgiving or Get Fired

Jim Hightower, OtherWords: Most Americans will get a much-deserved break from work on Thanksgiving Day. But millions of others won’t. Wal-Mart, Target, Macy’s, Radio Shack, and other retailers are requiring their low-paid workers to put in a shift.

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Privateers Make a Water Grab

Ellen Dannin, Portside: Facing increasing opposition abroad over the past several decades, global water privatizers have begun to see US cities as expansion markets.

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Ferguson Thanksgiving: A Former Slave Proposed the Holiday 55 Years Before Lincoln. Why His Version Matters Today

Jedediah Purdy, YES! Magazine: For some, racial inequality and fear are raw realities every day, and anything inspiring in American history rings false and remote. For others, the call to reflect on injustice feels like a personal accusation. But we are caught in this history together.

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#Not1More Means Not One More

Carlos Garcia, Puente Movement: Our organizing is based in the idea that when you organize from below, defending the most vulnerable, you lift everyone else up with you. When the most stigmatized have their humanity recognized, everyone else’s expands as well.

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How ACA Fuels Corporatization of American Health Care

Dr. Philip Caper, Bangor Daily News: Patients are losing confidence in their doctors, while doctors are losing confidence in our ability to do the right thing for our patients. These trends are collateral damage caused by our increasingly corporatized, commodified and commercialized US health care “industry.”

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“Coercive Diplomacy” and the Failure of the Nuclear Negotiations

Gareth Porter, Middle East Eye: The US posture in talks with Iran has reflected the perspective of a dominant power accustomed to employing coercive power.

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The Second Term That Movements Build

Kate Arnoff, Waging Nonviolence: The work grassroots organizers have been doing to put pressure on the White House since well before the 2008 election is paying off.

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Mexican Activist Who Fed Train-Hopping Immigrants is Slain

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Mass Imprisonment and Public Health

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Video Shows Cleveland Officer Shooting 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice Within Seconds

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Lawmakers Urge Calm, Offer Few Policy Prescriptions in Wake of Ferguson

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A New Business Strategy: Treating Employees Well

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Thomas Piketty Is Right: Income Inequality Is Holding Us Back

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California Case Could Be a Pivotal Moment in Ending the War on Marijuana

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