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Common Dreams Highlights Thursday, 9 October 2014

Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

News & Views | 10.10.14

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Medea Benjamin: The Fourth Estate in Flames: On the Mainstream Media’s Award-Winning War Propaganda
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/10/fourth-estate-flames-mainstream-medias-award-winning-war-propaganda

Headlines…

#WorldVsBank: Small Farmers, Global South Demand End to World Bank’s ‘Moral Bankruptcy’
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/10/worldvsbank-small-farmers-global-south-demand-end-world-banks-moral-bankruptcy

In Wisconsin and Texas, Courts Deliver Victories for Voting Rights
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/10/wisconsin-and-texas-courts-deliver-victories-voting-rights

Amid Promises to End Afghanistan War, US Bombings Hit Two-Year High
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/10/amid-promises-end-afghanistan-war-us-bombings-hit-two-year-high

Clashes Erupt in Second Night of Protests Over St. Louis Police Shooting
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/10/clashes-erupt-second-night-protests-over-st-louis-police-shooting

Report Documents Walmart Heirs’ Efforts to Destroy Rooftop Solar Revolution
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/10/report-documents-walmart-heirs-efforts-destroy-rooftop-solar-revolution

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Views…

Evan Walker-Wells: Moral Monday Comes to Ferguson, Missouri
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/10/moral-monday-comes-ferguson-missouri

Craig Aaron: President Obama ‘Expects’ Real Net Neutrality Protections—But Will Chairman Wheeler Deliver?
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/10/president-obama-expects-real-net-neutrality-protections-will-chairman-wheeler

Ruth Conniff: Supreme Court Blocks Voter ID in Wisconsin
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/10/supreme-court-blocks-voter-id-wisconsin

Robert Parry: The Sordid Contra-Cocaine Saga
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/10/sordid-contra-cocaine-saga

Sonali Kolhatkar: The Rise of the New, Liberal Islamophobia
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/10/rise-new-liberal-islamophobia

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Newswire…

Food & Water Watch: Fracking-Harmed Residents Demand EPA Administrator McCarthy Drink Pennsylvania Frack Water from Their Homes After Telling Them Its Safe to Drink
http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/10/10/fracking-harmed-residents-demand-epa-administrator-mccarthy-drink-pennsylvania

Oakland Institute: Farmers, Indigenous Peoples, and NGOs Take to Streets in Ten Cities Demanding an End to World Bank’s Morally Bankrupt Development
http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/10/10/farmers-indigenous-peoples-and-ngos-take-streets-ten-cities-demanding-end-world

US PIRG: Media Advisory: New Report Will Show Mounting Evidence of Millennials’ Shift Away from Driving
http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/10/10/media-advisory-new-report-will-show-mounting-evidence-millennials-shift-away

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Truthout Daily Digest Thursday, 9 October 2014

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“Have F—ing Beliefs, Not Teams”: Citizen Radio’s Hosts Talk #NEWSFAIL, Advertising, Veganism and More

Joe Macaré, Truthout: “This is our small effort to pull liberals a little bit back toward the left.” Allison Kilkenny and Jamie Kilstein tell Truthout about their new book, why independent media is so needed, why you shouldn’t sneer at vegans and what’s wrong with “The Daily Show.”

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William Rivers Pitt | Komen and the Pinkwashed Drill Bit: Fracking “For the Cure”

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: In a move even The Onion couldn’t make up, the Susan G. Komen foundation has taken “pinkwashing” breast cancer to a new level by partnering with drilling firm Baker Hughes to promote pink fracking drill bits. Fracking, of course, releases chemicals into the environment that are linked to cancer.

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Democracy and Education in the 21st Century and Beyond: An Interview With Noam Chomsky

Dan Falcone and Saul Isaacson, Truthout: Noam Chomsky discusses education and indoctrination, the 1960s, the Powell memorandum, democracy, the creation of ISIS, the media and the way “capitalism” actually works in the United States.

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Ingredients to a Well-Balanced System of Body-Hatred

Sarah Rosenblatt, Truthout: The corporate media and politicians have decided there is an “obesity epidemic” and focus on weight loss as the cure-all, ignoring societal oppression. In the meantime, food corporations find cheaper and cheaper ways of producing poor-quality food.

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For Black Women, Domestic Violence and State Violence Go Hand in Hand

Tasasha Henderson, Truthout: For many black women like Marissa Alexander, defending themselves from domestic violence can lead to the loss of their freedom. In Marissa’s case, we see a combination of intimate partner violence and state violence that so often sets a double-trap for black women.

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New Research Shows Pollution Inequality in the United States Even Worse Than Income Inequality

Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet: If you are poor or nonwhite, inequality is in the air you breathe, says James K. Boyce, professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and director of the environment program of the Political Economy Research Institute.

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Obama’s New Oil Wars

Michael T. Klare, TomDispatch: Until recently, the use of the term “the oil weapon” has largely been identified with the efforts of Arab producers to dissuade the United States from supporting Israel by cutting off the flow of petroleum. But the US has now flipped the script and is using it to its own ends.

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Paul Krugman | The Moneyed Are Rarely Modest

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: The last time society was as unequal as it is today was during what Mark Twain called the Gilded Age. But expecting the rich not to flaunt their wealth is unrealistic.

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Peña Nieto on Indigenous Rights: Praise Abroad, Protest at Home

Laura Carlsen, CIP Americas Program: Mexican indigenous leaders are accusing President Enrique Peña Nieto of portraying himself as a champion of indigenous rights in the international forum while violating them at home.

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The Media’s New Climate Denial

Peter Hart, OtherWords: When 300,000 people marched in New York City for the People’s Climate March, the mainstream media barely noticed. They also fail to report that the future of this planet depends on eliminating fossil fuels as a major energy source. This is a new form of climate change denial.

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BuzzFlash

New Support Center Opens for Scientists Under Attack by Deniers, Corporations and Government

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The media-amplified legitimatization of anti-science, anti-fact proponents of destroying the earth has successfully confused and neutralized much of the US population.

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The Audacity to “Fart in the Elevator” and the Lingering Anger Over the AIG Bailout

Read the Article at The Guardian

Charles P. Pierce | White Cops, Black Teenagers and the Death of Ambiguity

Read the Article at Esquire

Sweden and the Waking of Eco-Integrity

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Strange Twists in Senate Races Shake GOP Confidence

Read the Article at The Washington Post

US Will Screen Travelers From Africa for Ebola

Read the Article at The New York Times

This Is How Judges Humiliate Pregnant Teens Who Want Abortions

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Americans for Prosperity’s Trail of Voter Misinformation Goes Far Beyond North Carolina

Read the Article at Facing South