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Truthout Daily Digest Saturday April 19, 2014

Dahr Jamail | International Lawyers Seek Justice for Iraqis

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: Lawyers and activists from around the world converged at the Iraq Commission in Brussels last week with the primary aim of bringing to justice government officials who are guilty of war crimes in Iraq, including former US President George W. Bush and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.

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Peaceful Families Project Fights Double-Edged Stereotypes About Muslim Domestic Violence

Eleanor Bader, Truthout: The Peaceful Families Project works to both counter pervasive Islamophobia and anti-Muslim prejudice, and to challenge those within the Muslim community who excuse domestic violence or refuse to acknowledge its effects.

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An Indictment of the Invisible Hand

Jeffrey Madrick, Moyers & Company: Thomas Piketty’s 700-page book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, has stunned both the economic profession and most political observers. But the economic mainstream is not truly dealing with its most serious implications even as they widely praise his work.

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Through the US Looking Glass

Robert Parry, Consortium News: As the post-coup regime in Ukraine sends troops and paramilitaries to crack down on ethnic Russian protesters in the east, the US news media continues to feed the American public a steady dose of anti-Russian propaganda.

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Guns Make Domestic Violence Deadlier

Hannah Groch-Begley, Media Matters: Despite right wing media campaigns to claim otherwise, data shows that having a gun in the house doesn’t make women safer. In fact, domestic violence involving guns is significantly more likely to result in women dying.

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Insect Population Dwindling in Louisiana Marshlands Four Years After BP Blowout

Julie Dermansky, Desmogblog: Louisiana State University entomologist Linda Hooper-Bui documents the dwindling of the insect population in areas directly impacted by the BP oil spill. Julie Dermansky documents her efforts.

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In 60 Days, South Sudan Will Starve

Lizabeth Paulat, Inter Press Service: There is a looming crisis in South Sudan that, if not dealt with, could rival some of the worst famines in recent history.

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Milking Public Education

Alex Xourias, OtherWords: Before even setting foot in the classroom, a former Teach For America corps member was already growing leery of the role corporations are playing in charter-dominated school systems. Are these relationships with for-profit entities benefiting or hindering students and their educational journeys?

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Leland Yee and the Others Corrupting California Leave Citizens Without a Voice

Crystal Shepeard, Care2: The corruption and criminal prosecution of three California state senators has left millions of citizens without representation.

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Chinese Demand for Shark Fins Takes a Nosedive

Beth Buczynski, Care2: China is the global epicenter of the shark fin trade, but surprising statistics show that reputation, along with the shark finning industry, may be on its way out.

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The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return Monday, April 21.

What if Bundy Ranch Were Owned by a Bunch of Black People?

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Mitch McConnell Says He Stood Up for Women in a Senate Sexual-Harassment Scandal. The Real Story Is Damning

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy

Read the Article at PolicyMic

Protecting Classrooms From Corporate Takeover: What Families Can Learn From Teachers’ Unions

Read the Article at Yes! Magazine

Limbaugh, Right-Wing Pundits Try to Blame Max Blumenthal for Kansas Rampage

Read the Article at Crooks an Liars

Tennessee Set to Criminalise Pregnant Women Who Use Illegal Drugs

Read the Article at The Guardian

Wealthy Elite Influence Government Policy More Than Average Voters, Study Finds

Read the Article at the Daily Northwestern

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The Oracle Report Friday, April 19, 2013


First Quarter Moon Phase – Moon in Leo

Ruling Mahavidya: Chinnamasta

We are treading lightly today. Exercise caution and keep your eyes wide open to your surroundings. Today’s energy is not the time for taking chances or risks, getting into a debate or arguing a point, pushing an issue, or drawing your line. In other words, today is not the day to get caught up in energy that involves conflict. Dramatic expressions of emotion are exhibited today. The keyword is theatre and you can think of all that comes with that: creating drama, making a scene, setting the stage, staging a production, theatres of war, theatres of the mind.

April 20 is historically a time when the Illuminati make mischief, so keep all of this in mind.

This energy recalls the words of Edgar Allen Poe, who probably resonated very well with this month’s ruling Mahavidya (Wisdom Goddess), Chinnamasta. “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” This is a good mindset to have today.