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Truthout Daily Digest March 2, 2014

A Very Small Satisfaction”: Oscar-Nominated Rithy Panh on Cambodia’s Missing Pictures

Anne Elizabeth Moore, Truthout: Academy award nominee Rithy Panh talks about Cambodian memory and history, finding other survivors of Khmer Rouge genocide for his film,The Missing Picture, the country’s relationship with Vietnam, and his dream of building a film industry and archive.

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Modeling the Education They Want To Be: The Great Chicago Teachers Union Transformation

Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: Micah Uetricht’s book Strike for America: Chicago Teachers Against Austerity relates the stirring transformation of the Chicago Teachers Union into a democratically organized force for social justice.

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Lyndon Johnson’s Ambivalent Legacy

Peter Dreier, Truthout: While considered by many a warmonger, President Lyndon Johnson deserves inclusion in his book celebrating heroes and heroines of social justice, says author Peter Dreier, because in terms of alleviating suffering, addressing racial injustice and promoting public welfare, his domestic reforms were almost unrivaled.

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Truthout Interviews Dahr Jamail on Climate Disruption

Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Truthout reporter Dahr Jamail describes the stakes involved in anthropogenic climate disruption and says the evidence that human activity plays a significant role in climate change is scientifically indisputable.

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Libya: The Revolution That Never Was?

Harrison Samphir, Truthout: So far, the “Libyan revolution” has created dramatically increased physical and economic insecurity for the mass of Libyan civilians, a weak state and the continuing activity of shadowy militias.

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While Duke Energy Dodges Taxes, Its Pollution Costs the Public Dearly

Sue Sturgis, Facing South: At the same time Duke Energy is facing scrutiny for a coal ash spill from one of its North Carolina power plants that’s polluted the Dan River and Kerr Lake, the company is getting attention for avoiding federal taxes.

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Proposed Florida Law Would Allow Warning Shots

Henry Pierson Curtis, McClatchy Newspapers: An NRA-backed bill that would let people fire warning shots when attacked would broaden the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which allows anyone in fear of death or serious injury to use deadly force against a suspected attacker.

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Why Won’t the FCC Appeal the Court Ruling Striking Down Net Neutrality?

Gaius Publius, America Blog: The Federal Communications Commission could have sought Supreme Court review in the latest net neutrality case, but Publius says the FCC needs to reclassify the Internet, with misclassification being the ultimate cause of the current problem.

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Organizers Worth Their Salt

Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes: Bosses hate a salt – a pro-union worker who’s taken a job with the intent to organize. Unions are reluctant to talk about salting, not wanting to alert management to look out for suspicious characters.

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Women’s Liberation at Barefoot College

Kathy Kelly, Dissident Voice: Barefoot College is a renowned initiative in India that uses village wisdom, local knowledge and practical skills available in the rural areas to improve villagers’ lives. Kathy Kelly shares her experience as a guest.

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This week in Speakout:

Marilyn Vogt-Downey charts the economic devastation that would face Ukraine as a member of the European Union and references Trotsky’s arguments for Ukrainian independence; Donna Schatz recounts how she is turning an Iraqi student’s personal history as a translator for the coalition of the willing into an animated film; Tish O’Dell laments the corruption of government-promoted drilling in her home state of Ohio; Victoria M. Young takes a look at the possible ramifications of privatization in the name of education reform; Andrew Smolski suggests the capture of one of the most feared drug cartel leaders changes nothing in Mexico’s drug war; the Brennan Center announces a fact sheet detailing the Supreme Court’s shift toward favoring big money interests at the expense of average Americans; Mark Faulk decries the Oklahoma Legislature’s “declaration of war” against the working poor and their children; poet Gabriella Callender considers “Horse of a Different Color;” and more.

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Why Are the Advocates Trying to Save the Planet Prosecuted While the Plunderers Walk Free?

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Ukraine Mobilizes Troops After Russia’s “Declaration of War”

Read the Article at CNN

#XLDissent: Students Overtake DC to Demand Climate Action

Read the Article at Common Dreams

Charles Koch Says He’s Trying “To Save the Country”

Read the Article at Salon

A Home for Every Homeless Vet: Los Angeles Goal Is Homes for All by 2015

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

Renting Judges for Secret Rulings

Read the Article at The New York Times

Los Angeles City Council Approves Ban on Fracking

Read the Article at CBS News