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Truthout Daily Digest Saturday, 31 May 2014

A National Call to Link Arms for Democracy

Victoria Collier and Ben-Zion Ptashnik, Truthout: Americans only have a small window of opportunity to break the grip of moneyed interests on our government before an advancing oligarchy consolidates power and locks in tyranny. A mass-based political movement must urgently be organized to restore democracy.

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“Cesar Chavez,” Conditions in the Fields and the Struggle Over Memory

Roberto Cintli Rodriguez, Truthout: There appears to be a cottage industry of those who love to critique Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers movement, by people who have little first-hand knowledge of the events in question.

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Guantánamo Force-Feeding: The Re-Sanctioning of Torture

L Michael Hager, Truthout: In a decision reversing an earlier order that barred the forced feeding of a Guantánamo prisoner, a federal judge effectively re-sanctioned the painful and medically dangerous procedure that is internationally condemned as torture.

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Small Farmers’ Loss of Land Increases World Hunger

Stephen Leahy, Inter Press Service: The world is increasingly hungry because small farmers are losing access to farmland. Small farmers produce most of the world’s food but are now squeezed onto less than a quarter of its farmland, with commercial interests pushing them out.

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Mexico’s Oil Privatization: Risky Business

Laura Carlsen, Foreign Policy In Focus: Mexico’s oil privatization scheme will hurt the environment, scar the landscape and leave Mexico at the mercy of transnational firms.

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Intersectionality Isn’t Just a Win-Win; It’s the Only Way Out

Henia Belalia, Waging Nonviolence: This question of intersectionality isn’t the first time that science is playing catch-up to traditional knowledge, and it won’t be the last. It relates all the systems of oppression we’re fighting against, such as white supremacy, colonialism and patriarchy, in our complicated identities, and within our own relationships.

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California’s Leading GOP Candidate for Secretary of State Vague on Polling Place Photo ID Laws

Brad Friedman, The Brad Blog: The GOP’s leading contender for the office of California secretary of state has been cagey about his views on his party’s push to disenfranchise voters with voter ID laws.

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Immigrants Face Indefinite Detention in Greece

Apostolis Fotiadis, Inter Press Service: The evolution of immigration and border control policy in Greece and its interdependence with European funding suggests an agenda which has been decided above national legislatures with strong coordination between European political actors and economic interests, while ignoring the human suffering it produces.

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An Assault From Obama’s Escalating War on Journalism

Norman Solomon, NormanSolomon.com: The Freedom of the Press Foundation calls the government’s effort to force The New York Times’ James Risen to reveal a source “one of the most significant press freedom cases in decades.”

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Pope Francis in Palestine

Phyllis Bennis, Foreign Policy In Focus: Pope Francis’ seemingly impromptu prayer at Israel’s apartheid wall hinted at a radical critique of Israel in an otherwise carefully-orchestrated trip. By far the most lasting image of the trip was the popemobile’s seemingly unscripted halt at the wall, where he read “Apartheid Wall” and “Bethlehem is like the Warsaw Ghetto” on its 24-foot-high cement panels.

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The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return soon.

Prominent Black Men Ask Obama: What About Black Women and Girls?

Read the Article at The Washington Post

Daniel Ellsberg: Snowden Would Not Get a Fair Trial and Kerry Is Wrong

Read the Article at The Guardian

Doing Nothing to Fix Homelessness Is Actually Costing States Millions

Read the Article at PolicyMic

Transgender Caller Smacks Down Rush Limbaugh

Read the Article at Crooks and Liars

Species Disappearing Faster Than Believed; World on Verge of Sixth Great Extinction, Study Says

Read the Article at PennLive

One Chilling Reason Americans Are Increasingly Overweight

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LAPD Adds Drones to Arsenal, Says They’ll Be Used Sparingly

Read the Article at the Los Angeles Times