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Truthout Daily Digest Wednesday, 9 July 2014

From Somaly Mam to Eden: How Sex Trafficking Sensationalism Hurts Sex Workers

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: After one investigation surrounding a well-known anti-sex trafficking activist, Somaly Mam, sex worker rights activists have been busy working to expose another former sex worker’s story as a sensational, dishonest trafficking narrative, good for fundraising but bad for human rights and public policy.

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Where Does $2 Trillion in Subsidies for the Wealthiest Hide in Plain Sight?

Harry Stein, Next New Deal: Defenders of tax breaks for investment income argue they encourage savings and grow the economy, but there’s no obvious relationship of their contribution to economic growth.

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A New Way of Life: Making a Break for Freedom During the Era of Mass Incarceration

Chris Moore-Backman, Truthout: Susan Burton’s A New Way of Life Reentry Project is a sort of underground railroad for people returning home from prison that helps them find food, shelter and work – and models how to embrace those labeled “criminals.”

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Like His Dad, Charles Koch Was a Bircher

Lisa Graves, PRWatch: Many commentators have noted that the father of the controversial Koch brothers, Fred Koch, was a leader of the John Birch Society from its founding in 1958 until his death in 1967. Documents reveal Charles Koch followed his father’s footsteps.

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The Silent Power of Boycotts and Blockades

Kanya D’Almeida, Inter Press Service: Scattered amongst the barracks of this planetary war zone are scores of white flags, wielded daily by the many millions of people engaged in nonviolent resistance to the forces that threaten their existence.

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Japan’s Near Miss Shows It’s Time to Say “No” to Nukes

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Nuclear power never has been and never will be safe, and the only way for us to guarantee that there won’t be any more disasters in Japan and around the world is to abandon nuclear power once and for all.

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Despite Crackdown, Palestinians Organize for Long-Term Peace

Bethan Staton, Waging Nonviolence: Despite Israeli military bombardment and displays of violent, deadly racism in response to the murder of three Jewish teenagers, both Palestinian and Israeli activists are building networks for a peaceful future.

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Sugar Plant Removed Safety Device Thirteen Days Before Temp Worker’s Death

Michael Grabell, ProPublica: A federal report on the gruesome accident that buried a temp worker alive in sugar and killed him reveals how difficult a challenge regulators face in changing the way temp workers are treated.

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Singing Songs of Struggle: How a Folk Music Movement Helped Elect a Marxist Reformer in Chile

Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: In his book Venceremos, author Gabriel San Roman writes that assassinated Marxist Chilean president Salvador Allende’s Popular Unity Coalition was aided by Nueva Cancion, “the strongest folk music movement in Latin American history.”

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Look What Congress Wants to Hide From You Now

Kevin Matthews, Care2: Let’s not kid ourselves. When politicians are treated to $10,000-plus getaways, someone is expecting something in return. Until recently, politicians had to disclose such trips on financial disclosure forms that the public could access. Now this requirement has been removed.

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Mississippi Freedom Summer – A Personal Account

David Kotz, Popular Economics: A volunteer for the civil rights-era Mississippi Freedom Summer recalls the project, whose subtext was “to force America to face the oppression and violence in Mississippi,” with hopes of resulting in wider change.

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The Kochs’ Anti-Civil Rights Roots: New Documents Expose Charles Koch’s Ties to John Birch Society

Amy Goodman and Aaron Maté, Democracy Now!: New documents show billionaire oil industrialist Charles Koch was, like his father Fred, an active member of the controversial right-wing John Birch Society during its campaigns against the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

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Bush-Cheney Mission Accomplished: Iraq Terrorists Now Have Remnants of Chemical Weapons

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The US public was lied into a war with Iraq based on the claim that Saddam Hussein threatened us with weapons of mass destruction. Now ISIS has control of an unknown number of disassembled chemical weapons.

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Is There Another Cliven Bundy-Like Federal Government Armed Standoff Coming Down the Pike?

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Senate Intelligence Committee Adopts Cybersecurity Bill Opposed by NSA Critics

Read the Article at The Guardian

Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

Read the Article at The Intercept

Higher Cancer Rates and Tainted Local Foods Linked to Tar Sands Operations

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

West Virginia Chemical Company Fined $11,000 for Poisoning 300,000 People’s Drinking Water

Read the Article at The Raw Story

US Military Studied How to Influence Twitter Users in DARPA-Funded Research

Read the Article at The Guardian

Rachel Maddow: Koch-Backed Texas Attorney General Helps Hide Chemical Plant Dangers

Watch the Video at MSNBC