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Truthout Daily Digest | Saturday, 4 April 2015

Five Reasons Why San Francisco Must Not Give Up Public Land for Market-Rate Development

Joseph Smooke and Dyan Ruiz, Truthout: With a dire need for housing for its lower-income residents, San Francisco’s plan to use any public land for market-rate housing just doesn’t make economic sense. This piece – the first in a two-part series – explores the city’s desperate need for affordable spaces.

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Imagining Social Justice as a Communal Process

Kay Whitlock and Michael Bronski, Beacon Press: Transformative change can only occur by first understanding how “hate” is inextricably bound to broader social and political systems.

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In Greece, New Commission Will Audit All National Debt

Michael Nevradakis, Truthout: Eric Toussaint of the Committee for the Abolition of Third-World Debt discusses a new commission to audit Greece’s public debt to determine which parts are illegal, illegitimate, unsustainable or odious.

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How the Public Can Shape the Future of Drone Use

George M. Moore, Truthout: The private use of drones, as well as police and military use domestically, needs to be controlled from a public safety standpoint, from a public security standpoint and from a privacy standpoint. The public must take advantage of the present moment to shape how that control functions.

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Plutocracy the First Time Around: Revisiting the Great Upheaval and the First Gilded Age

Steve Fraser, TomDispatch: Americans of the 19th century managed to mount a sustained economic, political and cultural resistance to plutocratic rule that is simply unimaginable today. Masses of people refused to accept that tooth-and-claw capitalism was their fate.

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Former Iranian Ambassador: Historic Nuclear Deal Has Prevented a New War in the Middle East

Amy Goodman and Juan González, Democracy Now!: After eight days of talks in Switzerland, Iran and world powers have reached a framework agreement on curbing Iran’s nuclear program for at least a decade. In return, the United States and Europe plan to lift economic sanctions on Iran.

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In a Win for Opponents of Mountaintop Removal, West Virginia Will Study Health Impacts

Laura Michele Diener, YES! Magazine: The shift in approach in West Virginia is good news for those who blame the health disparities of southern West Virginia on mountaintop removal mining. It’s also good news for environmentalists worldwide, who want to see more urgency in transitioning society away from fossil fuels.

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The Silence Surrounding Alabama’s Debtors’ Prisons

Andrew Cohen, Brennan Center for Justice: You can draw a line from a brilliant exposé of Alabama’s private probation industry last June to the recent filing of a federal civil rights complaint alleging a racketeering conspiracy between a probation company and officials in the Alabama city of Clanton. What lies between is Ferguson, Missouri.

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“Biden Plan” for Central America Continues the Crackdown on Kids

Laura Carlsen, Foreign Policy in Focus: Washington’s policy response to the crisis of unaccompanied minors migrating to the United States purports to address the root causes of migration, but actually mirrors – and in many ways intensifies – the causes that forced so many to flee.

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Rousseff’s Brazil: No Country for the Landless

Fabiola Ortiz, Inter Press Service: In Brazil, one of the countries with the highest concentration of land ownership in the world, some 200,000 peasant farmers still have no plot of their own to farm – a problem that the first administration of President Dilma Rousseff did little to resolve.

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Richard D. Wolff | Economic Update: Economic Change and Personal Life Crises

Richard D. Wolff, Truthout: This episode provides updates on the car parts industry, how Russia’s economy is growing despite sanctions, declining US teaching positions for new PhDs in humanities and huge Mexican strikes against Driscoll berries. We also respond to questions on countries’ currency manipulations and the role of unions in workers’ co-ops.

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GMO Advocate Claims Monsanto Roundup Is Safe but Is Terrified to Drink It

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: A paid consultant to toxic chemical companies paradoxically asserts glyphosate is harmless, but says he would be an idiot to ingest it.

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How Ohio’s Energy Economy Became a Radioactive 19th Century Relic

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New Harvard Research Debunks the NRA’s Favorite Talking Points

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Boy Scouts in New York Hire Openly Gay Eagle Scout in Spite of National Rules

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Iran’s Chief Nuclear Negotiator Receives Hero’s Welcome in Tehran

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EPA Restricts Use of Pesticides Suspected of Killing Bees

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The Historical Context of Voting Rights

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Study: Global Deaths Due to Air Pollution Are Substantially Higher Than Previously Estimated

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Truthout Daily Digest Sunday, 4 January 2015

The McMindfulness Craze: The Shadow Side of the Mindfulness Revolution

Jeffrey B. Rubin, Truthout: Focusing on the problems already identified with the McMindfulness craze obscures a more profound issue – meditation neglects meaning. This not only opens the door to grave dangers, but also compromises meditation’s radical emancipatory potential.

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Robert McChesney: We Need to Advocate Radical Solutions to Systemic Problems

Mark Karlin, Truthout: In this interview, Robert McChesney, author of Blowing the Roof Off the Twenty-First Century, discusses net neutrality advocacy, how the concentration of capital and media monopolies stifle democracy and his hopes for a post-capitalist democracy in the United States.

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Addiction, Mental Health, Safe Spaces and Stigmatization

Kelly Hayes, Transformative Spaces: “We all know, or at least should realize, that our good intentions do not exempt us from the failings of our society. Despite all we have learned, we still stigmatize what we should not, and at times, put social expediency before the creation and maintenance of safer spaces.”

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The Fourth Winter of Fukushima

Alexis Dudden, Foreign Policy in Focus: In the fourth winter since the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, many of the displaced residents are still in limbo, and more people have died from stress-related causes than from the initial disaster.

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Port Strikes Mirror Organized Labor’s Roots

Marjorie E. Wood, OtherWords: Port truckers in California walked off the job in November to protest their dismal working conditions. They are denied the same employment rights that workers in the first Gilded Age fought so hard to achieve.

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Murdoch, Scaife and CIA Propaganda

Robert Parry, Consortium News: The rapid expansion of the United States’ right-wing media began in the 1980s as the Reagan administration coordinated foreign policy initiatives with conservative media executives, including Rupert Murdoch, and then cleared away regulatory hurdles.

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Woman Rides in Rose Parade 57 Years After Being Denied Honor Because She Is Black

Crystal Shepeard, Care2: In 1958, Joan Williams was selected by her colleagues at Pasadena City Hall as “Miss Crown City.” When they discovered she was black, however, they immediately distanced themselves instead of celebrating the fact that Williams would be the first black woman to participate in an official capacity in the Rose Parade.

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How All Sides in the Ukraine Crisis Are Misusing History

Staff, History News Network: Kate Brown is a historian at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus. At the 2015 annual meeting of the American Historical Association she spoke about the many ways all sides in the Ukraine crisis have been misusing history.

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A Godless Jewish Humanist

Dinah M. Mendes, Tikkun: Without Erich Fromm, “many of Freud and Marx’s ideas might have remained sequestered in academic isolation,” the author writes of Lawrence J. Friedman’s book about the psychoanalyst and social critic,The Lives of Erich Fromm: Love’s Prophet.

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This week in Speakout:

David Krieger offers a poem for humanity at a crossroads; Truthout’s own Kelly Hayespresents a photo essay on a #BlackLivesMatter event at Chicago’s Union Station; Jesse Hagopian connects the new civil rights movement across the country to resistance to so-called education “reform”; Lawrence Davidson predicts more deadly truck-related accidents on US highways in 2015 and other events based on this year’s federal budget; Tom Hastings argues for abolishing the “stupid” Second Amendment to the US Constitution;Yulia Malkina reports from Donetsk, Ukraine, how residents survive in the rubble; Pierre Guerlain speculates on the sudden disappearance of news about the Senate’s torture report from mainstream media; Dr. James Zogby recounts the reality of daily life for the present residents of the fabled town of Bethlehem; and more.

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NASA-Led Study Shows That Tropical Forests May Be Absorbing Far More Carbon Dioxide Than Many Scientists Thought

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North Korea Responds With Fury to US Sanctions Over Sony Hack

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Nuclear Plant Reports Two-Month Oil Leak Into Lake Michigan

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Israel Freezes Tax Revenue, Threatens More Punitive Steps Against Palestinians

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Six Women Murdered Each Day as Femicide in Mexico Nears a Pandemic

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GOP Turns to the Courts to Aid Agenda

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Forget Congress, These US States Raised the Minimum Wage on Their Own

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Common Dreams Highlights | Thursday, 4 December 2014

Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

News & Views | 12.04.14


‘This Stops Today‘: Nationwide Protests Planned in Wake of Eric Garner Decision


In Absence of Public Debate, Kerry Vows to Wage War ‘As Long As It Takes’

Low-Wage Workers Retake National Stage in ‘Fight for 15’

Obama Ready to Defy Base in Order to Advance Trans-Pacific Partnership

Fears of Renewed Devastation as Super Typhoon Hagupit Targets Philippines

‘Worst’ Ecological Disaster in Israel’s History as Pipeline Spews Oil

“I Can’t Breathe”: Eric Garner’s Plea Becomes Rallying Cry for Justice

and more…



Fania Davis: This Country Needs a Truth and Reconciliation Process on Violence Against African Americans—Right Now

Tom Engelhardt: War to the Horizon

Eric Holt-Giménez: Tangled Roots and Bitter Fruit: What Ferguson and New York Can Teach the Food Movement

William Grover, Joseph Peschek: Our Imperial System: On How Not to Think About the American Presidency

Steven Thrasher: The Eric Garner Decision Confirms a Holiday of Horrors. ‘Tis the Season for More Protest, Not Less



Friends of the Earth: Cruise Ships Flushed More Than a Billion Gallons of Sewage into Oceans Again This Year

NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund Denounces Grand Jury Decision Not to Indict New York Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the Choking Death of Eric Garner

Don’t Shoot Coalition: St. Louis Activists Decry Grand Jury Decision in Eric Garner Death

and more…


Truthout Daily Digest Tuesday, 4 November 2014

“Prison Inflicts Mass Violence”: Bill Ayers Interviews Maya Schenwar

Bill Ayers, Truthout: In this interview, author and activist Bill Ayers speaks with Truthout’s editor-in-chief Maya Schenwar about her new book, the universal impact of mass incarceration, and how we can create a society that doesn’t use prison to “solve” its problems.

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Pay Rent or Drink Water: The Human Rights Crisis in Detroit Escalates

Ben Ptashnik, Truthout: With the spotlight on mass protests and celebrities gone, water shutoffs in Detroit have resumed, targeting the “most vulnerable and poorest” of the city’s population, according to UN observers who have called them “contrary to human rights.”

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The European Conundrum: Stagnation, Massive Unemployment and Rising Debt – Despite Austerity

C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout: Five years after the 2008 financial crash reached Europe, its crisis is actually spreading, affecting more and more EU member states and giving rise to growing popular discontent about the European integration process with far-reaching and unforeseen consequences.

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How Will Georgia Voters Turnout for Equal Pay?

Andrea Flynn, Kameel Mir and Kathleen Wilson, Next New Deal: In Georgia, the US Senate candidates’ most interesting records on equal pay are in business, and they’re worth close attention. Early observers pegged the Georgia midterm race as one to watch, and they’ve been spot on so far.

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FBI Infringes the Associated Press Trademark, and AP Yawns

Sharon Adams, Truthout: Despite claims of outrage, the press really doesn’t care about the FBI’s infringement of the Associated Press trademark to run a fake news story that the FBI used to ensnare a youth in a sting operation.

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Jim Crow Returns: Interstate “Crosscheck” Program Could Strip Millions of the Right to Vote

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Investigative journalist Greg Palast details how new voter ID laws risk disenfranchising millions, especially black, Hispanic and Asian-American voters. Twenty-seven states are now participating in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program.

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SEC Commissioner Kara Stein Fighting for Tougher Bank Sanctions, Stymies Bank of America Settlement

Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: SEC commissioner Kara Stein has been using her post as a surprisingly effective bully pulpit to pressure the agency and other regulators into upping their game. It’s unusual for an SEC commissioner to play that role.

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As Vote Nears, North Dakota Amendment Stirs Debate About More Than Abortion

Nina Martin, ProPublica: North Dakota voters will decide the fate of a proposed amendment to the state constitution that has provoked excitement and fear among the combatants in the country’s never-ending abortion wars. Money and strategists are shaping a nationally watched campaign amid talk of in vitro fertilization and end-of-life care.

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Arizona Agrees to Settlement to Improve Prison Health Care, Limit Use of Solitary Confinement

Lisa Dawson, Solitary Watch: The Arizona Department of Corrections has agreed to a settlement in a class-action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Prison Law Office and their co-counsel on behalf of more than 33,000 people held in state prisons.

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For Moment, the World Embraces the Cuba Model – and Slaps the Empire

Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report: This week, the nations of the world – with two savage exceptions – instructed their emissaries at the UN General Assembly to tell the world’s self-designated “indispensable” country to end its 54-year-long trade embargo against Cuba.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: 2 Million Barrels of Oil Still Trapped on the Ocean Floor After BP Spill, and More

In today’s On the News segment: According to a new study, about 2 million barrels of oil are still trapped on the ocean floor after the 2010 BP disaster; Pope Francis says that evolution does not conflict with the story of creation; protesters are fighting to stop a Texas-based energy corporation from turning Seneca Lake in New York into a natural gas storage station; and more.

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2014 Election Night Coverage With Democracy Now!

Amy Goodman and Juan González, Democracy Now!: The hosts will interview journalists, scholars, politicians and activists around the country about important ballot initiatives and key local and state races. This Democracy Now! special program will also report election results live as polls close, starting at 7 pm EST.

Watch the Livestream: 2014 Election


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Jon Stewart: GOP Says “Vote for Us or Poop Blood and Die”

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The Right’s Scary Turning Point: Why This Election Matters More Than You Think

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Why Dr. Evil Is Targeting Anti-Fracking Activists as “Big Green Radicals”

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The Waiting Game: Why Do Black Precincts Have Longer Lines?

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NSA Chief Bet Money on AT&T as It Spied on You

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Rotten Odors Rouse Citizen Sleuths in Pennsylvania Gas Patch

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Charles P. Pierce: Justice Is Blind but It Can Count

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