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Truthout Daily Digest Thursday, 4 September 2014

Twelve Theses on Education’s Future in the Age of Neoliberalism and Terrorism

Jeffrey R. Di Leo, Henry A. Giroux, Kenneth J. Saltman and Sophia A. McClennen, Paradigm Publishers: The profit-driven goals of neoliberal education policies are antithetical to the progressive goals of educating productive participants in democratic culture and creating active, critical, autonomous citizens who take joy in learning.

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How US Intelligence Distorted Its Own Data on Child Migration

David L. Wilson, Truthout: “Misperceptions of US Policy Key Driver in Central American Migrant Surge,” a federal El Paso Intelligence Center report, refutes claims that violence and poverty in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are the main forces behind the rise in border crossings, but its assertions are contradicted by the center’s own data.

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Standing in Solidarity Against Racial Exhaustion

J. Mijin Cha, Truthout: While Asians are widely seen as “model minorities,” and many Asian Americans may not see themselves as people of color, the world does. Americans need to figure out how to be allies against racism when the struggle on the surface doesn’t appear to be our own.

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Laura Flanders | Nikole Hannah-Jones and Jennifer Taub on the Housing Crisis: What’s Changed?

Laura Flanders, Truthout: More than five years after the housing market collapsed, the crisis continues, its sources still disputed. Is Americans’ inability to acquire a home of their own in a neighborhood that feels safe a personal or a political problem? Apparently, it’s a matter of public policy.

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The Color of Infant Mortality

Monica J. Casper, The Feminist Wire: Infant mortality is about race, poverty, and geography and the ways that the lives of some women and children in the United States are made to matter more than others. It is also about the multitude of ways we foster life for some people and not others.

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Economic Terrorism by Paid Goons

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: It’s now harder than ever before to join a union, thanks to the decades-long War on Labor that conservatives have been waging ever since Ronald Reagan came to Washington. Conservatives have been waging that war with help from “right to work laws.”

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Oil Is Back! A Global Warming President Presides Over a Drill-Baby-Drill United States

Michael T. Klare, TomDispatch: Considering all the talk about global warming, peak oil, carbon divestment and renewable energy, you’d think that oil consumption in the United States would be on a downward path. We should be witnessing progress toward a post-petroleum economy. As it happens, the opposite is occurring.

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Will Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders Stand With J Street Against Illegal Israeli Settlements?

Robert Naiman, Truthout: Here is a pointy question right now for members of Congress: Where do you stand on illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank? Do you Stand With J Street, or do you stand with Netanyahu?

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Nestlé Has Expanded Its Water Empire to Include Colorado

Judy Molland, Care2: Not content with bottling water in drought-stricken California, Nestlé has added Colorado to its water empire: The world’s largest food and beverage company has been draining millions of gallons of water from the Arkansas River out of a pipeline near Buena Vista.

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Playing Toxic Whack-a-Mole

Jill Richardson, OtherWords: Getting burned up in a fire is scary. But many flame retardants are toxic. In fact, many flame retardants used in textiles and electronics are chemically related to pesticides like DDT or chlorpyrifos. Some cause cancer, and many persist in the environment for decades.

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Amy Goodman | Former US Ambassador: To Resolve Ukraine Crisis, Address Internal Divisions and Russian Fears of NATO

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Ukraine has retracted an earlier claim to have reached a cease-fire with Russia. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko initially said he agreed with Vladimir Putin on steps toward a cease-fire with pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, but the Kremlin then denied a cease-fire agreement.

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Economic Update: Big Changes Coming

Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: This episode covers food insecurity, oil disaster economics, politicos going to Wall Street, billionaires buying homes, education in the UK and how the US sustains elites. We also address an employers’ movement for a four-day work week and the history of socialism vs. capitalism. We respond to many listeners’ questions.

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The Koch Brothers Fundamentally Believe in Disposable People

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The reality – and the Kochs know this in their pocketbooks – is that a laissez-faire theory of capitalism only leads in one direction: financial benefits gushing up to the top 1%, erupting like a geyser into the hands of the gilded few.

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College Rape Survivor Will Carry Her Mattress Around Campus Until Her Rapist Is Expelled

Read the Article at Salon

Justice Dept. Will Investigate Practices of the Ferguson Police

Read the Article at The New York Times

We Need an Option to Vote for “None of the Above”

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Fast Food Strikes Hit 150 US Cities

Read the Article at MSNBC

Dr. Ben Carson, African-American Conservative, Hits All the Tea Party’s Wacky High Notes

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

How to Handle the ISIS Threat

Read the Article at Consortium News

To Recline Your Airline Seat or Not? Stop Arguing. Capitalism Already Won This Stupid War

Read the Article at The Guardian