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Truthout Daily Digest March 5, 2014

Political Prisoner Marshall Eddie Conway Released From Prison After 44 Years

Susie Day, Truthout: Former Black Panther Marshall Edward Conway, who has spent nearly 44 of his 67 years in maximum security prisons, was released Tuesday, his conviction overturned. Scores of former Black Panthers continue to serve virtual life sentences in prison.

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Rola Nashef: Redefining Arab-American Narratives Through Romantic Comedy

Anna Lekas Miller, Truthout: Rola Nashef – writer, director and producer of the film Detroit Unleaded – discusses the Arab-American community in Detroit, Arab-American identity and the politics of challenging media stereotypes of Arabs and Arab-Americans through romantic comedy.

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Nuclear Weapons – Hope at Last

Jim McCluskey, Truthout: In spite of their obligations under the non-proliferation treaty, the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, China and France are rebuilding or upgrading their arsenals of nuclear weapons. The rest of the world is responding to this threat to all human life.

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The Case of Oscar Pistorius: Life and Death in the Rainbow Nation

James Kilgore, Truthout: The global media feasts on the spectacle of Oscar Pistorius as South Africa’s O.J. Simpson, ignoring the tragic persistence of gender-based violence, inequality and punitive criminal justice that form the context of his violent act.

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Why Hospitals Are Failing Civilians Who Get PTSD

Lois Beckett, ProPublica: Undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder is having a major impact on injured civilians, particularly those with violent injuries. But many hospitals still have no systematic approach to identifying patients with PTSD or helping them get treatment.

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Psychiatry Now Admits It’s Been Wrong in Big Ways – But Can It Change?

Bruce E. Levine, Truthout: Even as the intellectual foundation for our drug-based paradigm of mental health care – starting with the diagnostics – is collapsing, society’s use of these medications is increasing. It is likely that the psychiatric profession will not change until it sees the financial benefit in doing so.

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US Readies for Modi Ahead of 2014 India Elections as Indian Media Becomes Campaign Focus

Papri Sri Raman, Truthout: While the United States appears to be preparing for a Bharatiya Janata Party victory and Prime Minister Narendra Modi after India’s April parliamentary elections, Indian political parties have avoided substantive issues in favor of finger-pointing at the media.

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How a CBS Video About a Cancer Victim Misled Millions About Obamacare

Maggie Mahar, Health Beat: A CBS report misled the public about Obamacare coverage. Maggie Mahar of Health Beat called them on it and they pulled the video – but by then the damage was done.

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Venezuela Is Not Ukraine

Mark Weisbrot, The Guardian: The current protests in Venezuela are reminiscent of another historical moment when street protests were used by right-wing politicians as part of an attempt to overthrow the elected government.

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Is Russian-Ukraine Intervention Illegal?

Paul Jay, The Real News Network: Jeffrey Sommers, associate professor and Senior Fellow of the Institute of World Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and John Quigley, professor of International Law and Comparative Law at Ohio State University analyze the role of Russia and the United States in the Ukraine crisis.

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Take Roots Action:

Today we’re giving a major boost to a pair of petitions in support of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Please add your name to one or both.

Tell Secretary of State Kerry: Give Snowden back his passport!

Tell the Obama administration: Hands off Snowden!


The Grave Injustice of Overturning Chevron’s $9.5 Billion Responsibility for Toxic Pollution in Ecuador

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Yesterday, a New York federal judge let Chevron off the hook for toxic oil pollution that is still causing death, illness and pollution in Ecuador. It is another example of how multibillion-dollar corporations can afford to shop around for courts and judges who side with the 1%.

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Did the CIA Spy on Senate Investigators?

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How the Rich Became Dependent on Government Welfare

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Washington, DC, Council Votes To Decriminalize Marijuana

Read the Article at The Washington Post

Jim Hightower | A Financial Transaction Tax on High-Frequency Traders

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Meet North Carolina’s Environmental “Regulator” Who Hates Science

Read the Article at Salon

Report: Minimum Wage Hike Would Cut Food Stamp Spending by $4.6 Billion a Year

Read the Article at The Washington Post

Media Matters Launches “Mythopedia” Fact Check Tool Ahead of CPAC

Read the Article at Talking Points Memo