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Truthout Daily Digest | Sunday, 26 April 2015

Indigenous People Occupy Brazil’s Legislature, Protesting Bill’s Violation of Land Rights

Santiago Navarro F. and Renata Bessi, Truthout: Indigenous people from across Brazil recently occupied space in front of the country’s legislature, protesting a proposed constitutional amendment that would transfer the decision-making power to demarcate indigenous territories to Brazil’s legislature, which protesters fear could lead to corporate land grabs.

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Racial Inequality and the Economics of Social Justice

Max Eternity, Truthout: Markers of economic and social inequality abound, so it should come as no surprise that US institutions are ripe with racial injustice, including the extrajudicial killing of Black men by police.

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John and Harriet: Still Mysterious

Cass Sunstein, The New York Review of Books: Mill and Hayek help to define the liberal tradition, but in both temperament and orientation, they could not be further apart. Mill was in some ways a radical. Hayek was not exactly a conservative, but he generally venerated traditions and long-standing practices.

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The TPP: Toward Absolutist Capitalism

Lambert Strether, Naked Capitalism: The Trans-Pacific Partnership implies a form of absolute rule and enshrines capitalization as a principle of jurisprudence. The threat against sovereignty is an issue where the grassroots on left and right can unite.

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Clinton’s Weak Campaign Finance “Pillar”

Rob Hager, Truthout: Hillary Clinton’s campaign finance soundbite stirred attention, but disclosure of money in politics and constitutional amendment advocacy are well-worn diversions from the strategies needed to overcome plutocracy.

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$1.7 Billion Needed to Improve Ebola-hit Countries’ Health Care, Says Oxfam

Valentina Ieri, Inter Press Service: Oxfam urges the international community to invest in stronger public services, and to help local people to recover from the immediate psychological, social and economic impacts left by the disease.

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We’re All in This Together – Let’s Start Acting Like It

David Doody, Ensia: As we exacerbate extreme weather, plasticize and acidify oceans, clear-cut forests, pollute the air, destroy biodiversity, deplete and pollute water and more, we fail to ensure the continuation of the systems that make vibrant and healthy lives for future generations possible.

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Where’s the Justice for Glenn Ford?

Lily Hughes, Socialist Worker: The state of Louisiana stole 30 years of Glenn Ford’s life, and released him from prison with just $20 in his pocket. Now the state is fighting a measly compensation of a little over $300,000 to Ford.

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Free the Buses: Riders Say Transit Is a Human Right

Amy Roe, Equal Voices: On March 1, King County, Washington, made international headlines when it introduced a reduced fare for low-income people. The transit movement is one response to the “affordability gap” – a growing chasm between what workers are paid and what it costs to get to work.

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Official Leaks: “These Senior People Do Whatever They Want”

Marcy Wheeler, Expose Facts: CIA Director Leon Panetta decided to partner with Hollywood to write a selective version of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, and the rest of the CIA and DOD had to fall in line, going so far as exposing some of the SEAL team members’ identities.

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Does Fast Track Supporter Earl Blumenauer Also Support Israeli Settlements?

Robert Naiman, Truthout: Oregon Representative Earl Blumenauer – who has been endorsed by J Street, spoke at the J Street conference and has been praised by J Street Portland for his support of the two-state solution, is apparently also a “Two-Stater In Name Only.”

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Nepal Earthquake: Death Toll Exceeds 900

Read the Article at The Guardian

Two Huge Magma Chambers Spied Beneath Yellowstone National Park

Read the Article at Science News

Eight States Dealing With Huge Increases in Fracking Earthquakes

Read the Article at EcoWatch

In Stealth Move, Congress Backs Israeli Right’s War on Settlement Boycotts

Read the Article at Forward

World Group Seeks Ban on Uranium and Nuclear Power

Read the Article at Climate News Network

The Surprise Issue of the 2016 Election?

Read the Article at Campaign for America’s Future

European Officials May Be Pushing a Regime Change in Greece

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Truthout Daily Digest | Sunday, 22 March 2015

Monica Jones to the UN: US Must Decriminalize Sex Work

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: Nearly two years ago, Monica Jones was walking to meet some friends at a neighborhood bar in Phoenix, Arizona, when she was picked up by an undercover cop and arrested for prostitution during a massive police sweep. Now, she’s in Geneva, Switzerland, taking her case to the United Nations.

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Up Next on the GOP’s To-Do List: Selling US National Forests

Dan Faris, Truthout: In February, a conservation group held a mock auction of the Grand Canyon. They wanted to prove the absurdity of selling our protected national lands. Unfortunately, thanks to the GOP, this may be closer to reality than we could have guessed.

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Don’t Fall for the Former Nigerian Dictator Playing Democrat

Adjoa Agyeiwaa, Truthout: Western media display bias and shortsightedness toward Nigerian presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari, a former military dictator. However, Nigerian voters must not fall for his populist slogans of hasty change, which could result in the country backsliding to dictatorship.

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Everyone’s Asking the Wrong Questions About Health Care in the US

Michela Dai Ziv, It’s Just Copper and Plastic: Instead of arguing over how many unborn children can dance on the head of a pin, shouldn’t we be asking ourselves how it is that a 25-cent birth-control device came to cost almost $1,000 in the United States, and why we seem unable to do anything about it?

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Obama Seeks Fast Track for Trade Deal That Could Thwart “Almost Any Progressive Policy or Goal”

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Congressional Democrats are openly criticizing the secrecy surrounding the negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, just as President Obama begins a major push to pass the controversial deal.

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From Good Ole Boy to Progressive Activist: One Man’s Story

Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: James Gustave Speth traces his transition from a “good ole boy” growing up in the segregated south to vocal anti-racist and environmental activist.

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Voices From Solitary: “I Am Somebody’s Daughter”

Victoria Law, Solitary Watch: The following account is by Nicole Natschke, who is currently held in the segregation unit at Illinois’ Logan Correctional Facility, about three hours south of Chicago. She explains that even a few weeks in solitary confinement can have dire consequences on people’s physical and mental well-being.

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“Data Trespass,” Wyoming’s Fancy Name for Ag-Gag

Sue Udry, Dissent NewsWire: Jonathan Ratner tests water. He visits streams in Wyoming, takes samples and tests them for E. coli. He’s been testing streams for years, concerned that waste from Wyoming’s 1.3 million cattle is polluting streams. And it is.

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Medea Benjamin | Ten Things to Know About the GOP’s “Iran Letter” Sponsor

Medea Benjamin, PINKtank: Hailing from Arkansas, 37-year-old Sen. Tom Cotton boasts the title of being the youngest member of the Senate, but he spouts the old warmongering rhetoric of 78-year-old Sen. John McCain. From Guantánamo to women’s rights, here are 10 reasons why Tom Cotton is a dangerous dude.

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The Dilemma of Soy in Argentina

Fabiana Frayssinet, Inter Press Service: Industrial soy production continues to expand in Argentina, pushing small farmers out of the countryside. It presents a challenge in a country where 70 percent of the food consumed comes from family farms, but which also needs the foreign exchange brought in by “green gold.”

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Richard D. Wolff | Economic Update: Economics of Corruption

Richard D. Wolff, Truthout: This episode provides updates on a press conference concerning Janet Yellen and “Blockupy” protests in Europe against the European Central Bank and austerity. We also respond to questions on New York Mayor de Blasio signing a bill for worker co-ops and an important fight over the closing of Sweet Briar college.

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Fox On-Air Propagandists Blare That Not Everyone Should Vote

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: When Fox pundits assert that only “informed” people should vote, that raises an important question. If being informed with actual facts is the standard, then no one watching Fox should be able to vote.

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Mountaintop Mining Removal: It’s Time to Bring This Tragedy to an End

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Jon Stewart Eviscerates Fox for “Benghazi Race-Gasm”

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Paul Krugman: Trillion Dollar Fraudsters

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School Ties: College Students Rally for Prison Divestment

Read the Article at The Marshall Project

Federal Probe Launched After Black Mississippi Man Found Hanging From Tree

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US Weapons Have a Nasty Habit of Going AWOL

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March 20, 2003: The United States Invades Iraq

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Truthout Daily Digest | Sunday, 1 March 2015

The Media Know That Spreading the Fear of Terrorism Sells

Mark Karlin, Truthout: Susan Jeffords, co-editor of Covering bin Laden: Global Media and the World’s Most Wanted Man, explains that the iconic status of Osama bin Laden was achieved through global media coverage and government propaganda.

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John Pilger | Why the Rise of Fascism Is Again the Issue

John Pilger, Truthout: Again and again, in Afghanistan, Iraq, Ukraine and elsewhere, state lies to the public – with the help of corporate media – have allowed the United States to wage war abroad as a means to control other nations and their natural resources.

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To Die in an Alabama Cell

William C. Anderson, Truthout: In Alabama, several prisoner deaths resulting from apparent negligence by corrections staff illustrate a growing problem that can be fatal. While national conversations around racial injustice dominate our news cycles, it’s crucial that the lives of those behind bars be taken into account.

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Jury Awards Guestworkers Over $14 Million in Landmark Human Trafficking, Forced Labor Case

Rachel Luban, In These Times: A New Orleans jury awarded more than $14 million in damages to the plaintiffs of David v. Signal International, the first of a series of lawsuits that together constitute one of the largest human trafficking and forced labor cases in US history.

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Plague Outbreaks That Ravaged Europe Were Driven by Climate Changes in Asia

Boris Schmid and Nils Christian Stenseth, The Conversation: In terms of our understanding of the past plague pandemics, new research provides a different perspective as to how the “Black Death” disease moved across Eurasia, driven by climate events that were and still are frequently occurring.

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Ukraine War: A Reverse Cuban Missile Crisis

William R. Polk, Consortium News: Guided by an aggressive neoconservative “regime change” strategy, the United States has stumbled into a potential military confrontation with Russia over Ukraine, a dangerous predicament that could become a Cuban Missile Crisis in reverse.

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In Anti-Discrimination Suit, Haiping Su Took on Big Government and Won

Dr. George Koo, New America Media: The lesson of Dr. Haiping Su’s experience with the US justice system has implications for all Chinese Americans working in technical disciplines in the United States, and is worthy of more detailed examination.

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Bigger Than Science, Bigger Than Religion

Richard Schiffman, YES! Magazine: We’re closer to environmental disaster than ever before. We need a new story for our relationship with the Earth, one that goes beyond science and religion; a story that recognizes we are a part of nature and not separate from it.

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“A Red Letter Day” at the FCC: Net Neutrality Wins

Michael Winship, Moyers & Company: “This is no more a plan to regulate the internet than the First Amendment is a plan to regulate freedom of speech,” Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said Thursday. “This is the FCC using every tool in our toolbox to protect innovators and consumers.”

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This week in Speakout:

Kelly Hayes reports on the activism in favor of reparations for torture victims of Chicago Police Department’s Jon Burge; Shepherd Bliss examines growing resistance to unlimited wine industry expansion in both Sonoma County and in neighboring Napa County; Dan Falcone speaks with John Grant, a US Veteran for Peace; US Right to Know staff analyze a ridiculous anti-consumer GMO-labeling plan proposed by the Obama administration, and, in a separate post, examine how media reports saying that GMO science is settled are flat-out wrong; Rivera Sun reflects on how nowhere is Hannah Arendt’s phrase “the banality of evil” more potent than at Los Alamos, New Mexico; Lawrence Davidson considers the potential opportunities and problems Palestine could face at the International Criminal Court; Bob McChesney talks on Rag Radio about our media crisis; Ali Hangan points out that a chaotic work schedule, not tuition, can prove to be the greatest challenge for the community college student; Halyna Mokrushyna wonders how a new, democratic Ukraine can prosper when its population consists of so many “relics” of the totalitarian Soviet past; and more.

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Private Police Carry Guns and Make Arrests, and Their Ranks Are Swelling

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Fracking Opponents Feel Police Pressure in Some Drilling Hotspots

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US Seeks to Deport Bosnians Over War Crimes

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Study Unearths Impacts of Our Growing Carbon Emissions – and It’s Not Pretty

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“I Was in a Black Site”: Chicago’s Policing Nightmare – and Assault on People of Color

Read the Article at Salon

Our Condolences: How the US Paid for Death and Damage in Afghanistan

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You’ve Probably Never Heard of the United States’ Worst Police Force

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Truthout Daily Digest | Sunday, February 21,2015

I read the article in the Buzzflash section below that is the latest in the witch-hunt propaganda against the anti-vaccine movement. I’m disturbed by the repetitive propaganda vilifying people who have concerns without ever once addressing those valid concerns.

If I could find documentation that toxic preservatives had been completely removed and banned legally from being used in vaccine preparation- I would be overjoyed.

The dangers the pro-vaccine propaganda discuss are serious. I’m sure every educated parent who avoids vaccines due to things like thimerosal (because mercury is a well documented neurotoxin that should never be injected into children! ) is losing sleep and sick with stress over such a heart and gut wrenching choice.

If we weren’t being treated as slaves to the corporations and the 1% it would be self evident that such pertinent information as to the formulation and regulation of vaccine manufacturing should be in EVERY article about the subject.

I personally believe that people with the genetic basis for autism are often more sensitive to toxic exposure. This would explain the correlation that the pro vaccine propaganda say is not causative.

It doesn’t matter if the toxics used in vaccine formulas specifically “cause autism”. The significant point is that there is no good reason to endanger children by exposing them to known neurotoxins at such fragile ages.

We can use other less toxic preservatives! Why is that not obvious?

If we as a society decided collectively that mandatory vaccination was necessary then the first order of business should be to ensure beyond a shadow of a doubt that the formulation and regulation of their manufacture were absolutely safe.

Which the laws that say parents cannot sue manufacturers for damages when children are harmed make very clear is NOT the case.

We have, as our Constitution makes clear, certain inalienable rights. Even had the U.S. Constitution never been written, all human beings still would have these rights. It’s instinctual even in single celled organisms to avoid harm to the self. Most animals, including humans, will also fight to prevent harm to their children.

It’s unconscionable to override this for profit.

I hope this issue, like the issues of corruption, money controlling politics, GMO’S and other clean food issues, can unite us. We do have much in common across the heavily programmed boundaries that supposedly divide all Americans into two sheeplike herds ever butting heads.

In the end we are all human beings. We have basically the same needs. We have more in common than different-even two people who appear incredibly different.

If we could just let go of fear, anger and hatred. If we could just open our hearts to one another, feel one another’s struggles and difficulty. We could move beyond fake teams to genuine caring and understanding. Then, together, we would be unstoppable.

I know “American Exceptionalism” is bunk. We are not somehow born special. Much of what makes our country great comes from the mixture. It comes from people of all different countries, races, religions and worldviews finding ways to work together and solve problems effectively. We have done this in no small part by overcoming the fears and hatreds that could divide us.

The public health problems caused by infectious diseases will never be solved by force. They cannot be solved by crushing some to benefit others. They must be solved by making people accountable.

If corporations CEO’s are held personally accountable for harm due to their negligence, if corporations are held financially accountable for harm their products cause then we can expect products to be safer.

If governments want to mandate vaccination then they must also mandate vaccine safety.

And once those necessary steps are accomplished only then is it reasonable to hold individuals and families accountable for their choices in regard to vaccination.

I don’t think many people would choose to avoid vaccination unless it was a medical issue, or a serious conflict with their religious beliefs-IF the vaccines were guaranteed to be safe.

Blessings,
ohnwentsya

Evaluating Police Psychology: Who Passes the Test?

Candice Bernd, Truthout: With no national standards for screening police applicants, specialized psychologists may rely on tests unfocused on predicting aggression, and incumbent officers’ personality profiles are not typically re-evaluated post-hire. Meanwhile, the mental and emotional consequences of policing leave entire communities with deep psychological trauma.

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Nancy J. Altman: Expand Social Security Now

Mark Karlin, Truthout: Nancy J. Altman, co-founder of the group Social Security Works, debunks many myths about Social Security and calls for its expansion in a Truthout interview.

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Central America “Aid” Won’t Slow Migration

Jane Guskin and David L. Wilson, Truthout: The US government’s new aid plan for Central America will only deepen the economic and human rights crises that led refugees to flee in 2014.

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Happy Birthday RW Johnson! A Legacy

Kathleen Sharp, Truthout: There are too many similarities between the heyday of quack remedies and today‘s crisis in Big Pharma.

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Profiles in Courage: The 38 Democrats Who Publicly Broke With Netanyahu’s War Polemic

Robert Naiman, Truthout: Proposals for action that the right-wing Israeli government might disapprove of have generally had about the same effect on Democrats as proposals for action that the National Rifle Association might disapprove of. In such a context, the Democrats who have so far distanced themselves from Benjamin Netanyahu are courageous.

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Amy Goodman | As Extreme Cold Engulfs Eastern US, Fossil Fuel Mishaps Leave Disaster Areas on Fire

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: “Climate policy and energy policy are not usually discussed together in this country,” says Stephen Kretzmann, executive director of Oil Change International. “Climate change means that we need to transition away from fossil fuels, sooner rather than later.”

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The Front Page Rule

Kathy Kelly, teleSUR: “As drone warfare proliferates, as the stings of the drone become more lethal and terrifying, the peace activists hold a newsworthy message. I’m glad CODEPINK members continually interrupt high-level hearings.”

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Washington’s Prying Eyes

Kirsten Weld, North American Congress on Latin America: Edward Snowden’s 2013 revelations about the NSA’s global surveillance practices sparked outrage around the world, but nowhere more than in Latin America, where US efforts to project its influence have long been concentrated.

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When Your Armed Neighbor Comes Knocking

Mitchell Zimmerman, OtherWords: Craig Hicks, who murdered three Muslim-American students in Chapel Hill, carried one of his many guns to their door. What kind of country do we live in, where it’s legal for a man to bring a weapon to a noise complaint?

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What Are We Doing to Our Children’s Brains?

Elizabeth Grossman, Ensia: The numbers are startling. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1.8 million more children in the US were diagnosed with developmental disabilities between 2006 and 2008 than a decade earlier. Environmental chemicals are wreaking havoc to last a lifetime.

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Richard D. Wolff | Economic Update: Free Enterprise System Defects

Richard D. Wolff, Truthout: This episode provides updates on Europeans’ struggles against austerity policies. We also respond to questions about how workers’ self-directed enterprises solve various problems, especially financing and uneven skill levels. Finally, we give an in-depth critical discussion of the “free enterprise” system.

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Bill O’Reilly Accused of Falsely Claiming Heroic War Coverage

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: It should be no surprise that Bill O’Reilly – who was once a TV reporter and is now a bloviating television pundit espousing a caricature of jingoistic “Christian” virtues – is being accused of embellishing his war-reporting record.

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Solar Industry Prepares for Battle Against Koch Brothers’ Front Groups

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How Spies Stole the Keys to the Encryption Castle

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As the Rich Get Richer, Unions Are Poised for Comeback

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“Children Do Not Migrate – They Flee”: Striking Photos From Poverty-Ravaged Guatemala

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What the Anti-Vax Movement Doesn’t Tell You About Measles

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Rudy Giuliani: Obama Had White Mother, So I’m Not Racist

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David Swanson: Where Do US War Dead Come From?

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Truthout Daily Digest Sunday, 4 January 2015

The McMindfulness Craze: The Shadow Side of the Mindfulness Revolution

Jeffrey B. Rubin, Truthout: Focusing on the problems already identified with the McMindfulness craze obscures a more profound issue – meditation neglects meaning. This not only opens the door to grave dangers, but also compromises meditation’s radical emancipatory potential.

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Robert McChesney: We Need to Advocate Radical Solutions to Systemic Problems

Mark Karlin, Truthout: In this interview, Robert McChesney, author of Blowing the Roof Off the Twenty-First Century, discusses net neutrality advocacy, how the concentration of capital and media monopolies stifle democracy and his hopes for a post-capitalist democracy in the United States.

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Addiction, Mental Health, Safe Spaces and Stigmatization

Kelly Hayes, Transformative Spaces: “We all know, or at least should realize, that our good intentions do not exempt us from the failings of our society. Despite all we have learned, we still stigmatize what we should not, and at times, put social expediency before the creation and maintenance of safer spaces.”

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The Fourth Winter of Fukushima

Alexis Dudden, Foreign Policy in Focus: In the fourth winter since the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, many of the displaced residents are still in limbo, and more people have died from stress-related causes than from the initial disaster.

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Port Strikes Mirror Organized Labor’s Roots

Marjorie E. Wood, OtherWords: Port truckers in California walked off the job in November to protest their dismal working conditions. They are denied the same employment rights that workers in the first Gilded Age fought so hard to achieve.

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Murdoch, Scaife and CIA Propaganda

Robert Parry, Consortium News: The rapid expansion of the United States’ right-wing media began in the 1980s as the Reagan administration coordinated foreign policy initiatives with conservative media executives, including Rupert Murdoch, and then cleared away regulatory hurdles.

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Woman Rides in Rose Parade 57 Years After Being Denied Honor Because She Is Black

Crystal Shepeard, Care2: In 1958, Joan Williams was selected by her colleagues at Pasadena City Hall as “Miss Crown City.” When they discovered she was black, however, they immediately distanced themselves instead of celebrating the fact that Williams would be the first black woman to participate in an official capacity in the Rose Parade.

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How All Sides in the Ukraine Crisis Are Misusing History

Staff, History News Network: Kate Brown is a historian at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus. At the 2015 annual meeting of the American Historical Association she spoke about the many ways all sides in the Ukraine crisis have been misusing history.

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A Godless Jewish Humanist

Dinah M. Mendes, Tikkun: Without Erich Fromm, “many of Freud and Marx’s ideas might have remained sequestered in academic isolation,” the author writes of Lawrence J. Friedman’s book about the psychoanalyst and social critic,The Lives of Erich Fromm: Love’s Prophet.

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This week in Speakout:

David Krieger offers a poem for humanity at a crossroads; Truthout’s own Kelly Hayespresents a photo essay on a #BlackLivesMatter event at Chicago’s Union Station; Jesse Hagopian connects the new civil rights movement across the country to resistance to so-called education “reform”; Lawrence Davidson predicts more deadly truck-related accidents on US highways in 2015 and other events based on this year’s federal budget; Tom Hastings argues for abolishing the “stupid” Second Amendment to the US Constitution;Yulia Malkina reports from Donetsk, Ukraine, how residents survive in the rubble; Pierre Guerlain speculates on the sudden disappearance of news about the Senate’s torture report from mainstream media; Dr. James Zogby recounts the reality of daily life for the present residents of the fabled town of Bethlehem; and more.

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NASA-Led Study Shows That Tropical Forests May Be Absorbing Far More Carbon Dioxide Than Many Scientists Thought

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North Korea Responds With Fury to US Sanctions Over Sony Hack

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Nuclear Plant Reports Two-Month Oil Leak Into Lake Michigan

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Israel Freezes Tax Revenue, Threatens More Punitive Steps Against Palestinians

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Six Women Murdered Each Day as Femicide in Mexico Nears a Pandemic

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GOP Turns to the Courts to Aid Agenda

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Forget Congress, These US States Raised the Minimum Wage on Their Own

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Truthout Daily Digest | Sunday, 28 December 2014

Green Neocolonialism, Afro-Brazilian Rebellion in Brazil

Santiago Navarro F., Renata Bessi and Translated by Miriam Taylor, Truthout: The Afro-Brazilian Quilombola people were forced from their land in Brazil in order to make way for eucalyptus plantations, which produce toilet paper destined for Western markets. But they are resisting by replanting native trees and food crops, and working for a post-eucalyptus reality.

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Killer Drones Are a Lethal Extension of American Exceptionalism

Marjorie Cohn, Olive Branch Press: “Like his predecessor, Obama defines virtually the entire world as a battlefield, ostensibly obviating the necessity to provide due process before execution,” the author writes in this introduction toDrones and Targeted Killing.

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In Black Lives Matter Protest, Corporate Rights Trump Free Speech

Brendan Fischer, PR Watch: Minnesotans protesting police violence and institutional racism could face “staggering” fees and criminal charges for a protest at Mall of America, with the city of Bloomington announcing plans to force organizers to pay for the mall’s lost revenue during the exercise of their free speech rights.

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Truthout Interviews Joe Macaré on Keeping the Independence in Independent Journalism and Truthout

Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: What does it take to make sure that Truthout remains independent from corporate sponsorship and advertisements? Truthout publisher Joe Macaré talks about how Truthout is able to maintain its journalistic independence.

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Tiny House Living: How Two Families Made It Work

Liz Pleasant, YES! Magazine: How do you fit a full-sized family into a tiny house? The Morrisons and Kasls found that the benefits of life in 200 square feet outweigh the difficulties – teenagers, sleepovers, alone time and all.

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Despite Enduring a Lifetime of Violence, Kelly Savage Emerges as an In-Prison Activist

Victoria Law, Waging Nonviolence: After enduring a lifetime of violence and abuse and then facing the rest of her life behind prison walls, it would be easy for a person to become bitter, disillusioned and self-destructive. But rather than sinking into despair, Kelly Savage has instead become an in-prison activist.

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Feds Bar Companies’ Long-Distance Lawsuits Against Soldiers

Paul Kiel, ProPublica: In the latest move against companies targeting military customers, federal regulators prohibit two Virginia-based lenders from suing out-of-state debtors in Virginia courts.

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“Employee Engagement” Is No Substitute for a Union at Volkswagen

Alexandra Bradbury, Labor Notes: There’s no bargaining in Volkswagen’s new policy. On closer inspection, it looks more like something anti-union forces have been angling to try. In fact, it’s suspiciously similar to what Tennessee legislators imposed on teachers.

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Selma Portrays the True Martin Luther King Jr: A Radical Despised by the Political Establishment

Zaid Jilani, AlterNet: Selma has won nearly unanimous praise from film critics – partly for its unflinching look at King as a true radical who upset not just a fringe of racists in the South, but the entire political establishment. The film is particularly relevant right now, in light of recent protests against police brutality.

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Top 10 Progressive Policies We’d Love to See Enacted in 2015 (but Probably Won’t Be)

Robin Marty, Care2: The new year would be an amazing time to pass some real legislation that could decrease the gap between the rich and poor and the haves and the have-nots. Sadly, with a new, even more conservative Congress to be sworn in this January, the odds of that happening are pretty slim.

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This week in Speakout:

The National Committee to Free the Cuban Five is overjoyed that the Cuban Five are home, forever free from the unjust imprisonment and cruel punishment that denied them their freedom for 16 long years, while Jack A. Smith applauds the overdue policy changes that led there; El Grito de Sunset Park and Bronxites for NYPD Accountability reflect on how the fight against police brutality is just and must continue; George Ygarza reports how hundreds of delegates from all corners of the globe descended upon Lima to be heard in regard to their struggles in confronting climate change in their respective regions; Ken Peeples reveals how the United States government actually really hates press freedom;Mike Miller describes the six pillars of effective anti-poverty policy; Jason Flores-Williamsargues that a culture of torture is the very soundtrack of our lives; Walter Shapiro explains the crash course Americans got on the mischief that can transpire when Congress actually fulfills its duties; the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation notes that more than 5 million signatures have been garnered for a Nuclear Zero Campaign; Arnold Oliver says the break in hostilities in the trenches of Belgium and France on Christmas a century ago was actually a mutiny, not a truce; and more.

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After 13 Years, US-Led Afghanistan War Is Officially Over, but Nightmare Goes On

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AirAsia Indonesia Flight to Singapore Goes Missing With 162 on Board; Search for Jet Suspended

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At Least 24 Killed in Malaysia, Thailand Floods as 200,000 Evacuated

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Malaria Is Killing Thousands More Than Ebola in West Africa

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The Mysterious Case of Prisoner 212

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“I Can’t Breathe” T-Shirts See High School Basketball Team Disinvited From Event

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How Canadian Oilmen Pinkwash the Keystone Pipeline

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Truthout Daily Digest Sunday, 21 December 2014

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While Congress Fails on Syringe Exchange Funding, Activism Fills the Gap

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: Congress once again failed to lift a ban on federal funding for syringe exchange programs, despite overwhelming evidence that exchanging used needles for new ones can saves lives and millions of dollars in health care costs. Fortunately, activists on the ground have never waited for lawmakers to act.

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Rory Fanning: “We Have to Make It Cool to Be a War Resister Again”

Joe Macarè, Truthout: Rory Fanning spoke to Truthout about his aims in writing Worth Fighting For: An Army Ranger’s Journey Out of the Military and Across America, the meaning of Pat Tillman and how to engage with war resisters in the military.

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Utah Land Defenders Stand Up to Dirty Politics

Anna Simonton, Oil Change International: The Uinta Basin region of Utah has transformed over the past decade to one in which drill rigs are more common than cattle herds, and methane emissions have degraded the air quality in this wilderness region to rival that of Los Angeles. Activists, however, are fighting back.

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Ferguson Reverberates Around the World

Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report: The Ferguson protests seized the attention of people all over the world and gave them a sense of the unvarnished truth of Black American life.

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Hollywood, the Police and the Poor

John Steppling, Truthout: Dan Gilroy’s new film Nightcrawleris garnering rave reviews and is indeed beautifully photographed, well-made and entertaining. But the reviews, like the movie itself, erase entire chunks of our society and its reality.

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Truthout Interviews Michael Meurer on Torture Photos and Uruguay Thwarting Supply-Side Austerity Policies

Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Truthout contributor Michael Meurer talks about the release of 2,000 photographs of the US torture of prisoners and the ways in which Uruguay has drawn neoliberal wrath for thwarting supply-side economics and corporate governance.

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Take the Chains Off: The Struggle for Racial Justice Continues

Nicholas Powers, The Indypendent: The state maintains law and order in an unequal society, so the contradictions roil it from inside. It must suppress the very people who are the source of its legitimacy, and it does this by shielding its own agents from public accountability while demonizing its victims.

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The Unspeakable in Afghanistan

Pat Kennelly, World Beyond War: “I have heard ordinary Afghans whisper about Afghanistan as a failing state, even as the media has touted growth, development and democracy,” the author writes. If energies were focused on peacemaking, however, perhaps people could transform the Afghan state.

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Why USAID Could Never Spark a Hip Hop Revolution in Cuba

Sujatha Fernandes, North American Congress on Latin America: “In a society shaped by successive generations of revolutionary projects, any attempt to engineer a US-affiliated movement from above is destined to be revealed for the farce that it is.”

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Four Ways 2014 Was a Pivotal Year for the Internet

Timothy Karr, OtherWords: The internet’s fate feels distinctly uncertain as 2014 draws to a close. At stake is whether the internet remains a democratic, user-powered network – or falls under the control of a few powerful entities.

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This week in Speakout:

Dr. James Zogby calls on Attorney General Eric Holder to stop racial profiling that results in deportations; the Military Religious Freedom Foundation demands Creech Air Force Base in Nevada remove the Bible from the POW table in its dining hall; Bruce Lesnick promotes a Bill of Rights for working people as the “top secret” solution to what ails the world; Halyna Mokrushyna reports back from a conference where Canadian academics discussed the origin of the Ukrainian crisis and the outlook for reconciliation; the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) in Berlin lodged criminal complaints against former CIA head George Tenet, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other members of the administration of former US President George W. Bush; S. M. (Mike) Millercalls on Democrats, liberals and progressives to unite in order to win the 2016 election; theBrennan Center for Justice supports an amicus brief filed by the New York University School of Law which states the Fourth Amendment should apply to digital documents;Matt Peppe reports that Puerto Ricans demand the release of political prisoner Oscar López Rivera; Emanuel Garcia offers a new definition of torture; Ben Norton criticizes CNN for hiring Mark O’Mara, George Zimmerman’s defense attorney, who is now defending the actions of Darren Wilson; Sharon Adams points out that the CIA’s torture program resulted in unreliable information; Four Arrows discusses the American Psychological Association’s longstanding role in torture, eugenics and social control, and suggests a university boycott of the organization may be in order; Dr. Justin A. Frank notes the ugly underlying sadism in George W. Bush’s presidency; The BRussels Tribunal – led by two former UN Assistant Secretaries-General, UN Humanitarian Coordinators for Iraq, Hans von Sponeck and Denis Halliday – argues for accountability for torture; Roger Annis excoriates mainstream coverage of the crisis in Ukraine; and more.

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Conservatives’ Sick Reaction to NYPD Officer Killings: Blame Obama and de Blasio

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Panel Advises Against Punishing CIA for Accessing Senate Intelligence Computers

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In Midst of Holiday Shopping, Protesters Disrupt Business-as-Usual to Declare “Black Lives Matter”

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Fears Build as CIA’s “Ghost Prisoners” Vanish Into Afghan Jails

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Foes of Unions Try Their Luck in County Laws

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At Least 100,000 Prisoners Are Locked Up for Low-Level Drug Offenses – Obama Just Gave Relief to Eight

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How ALEC Plans to Undo Minimum Wage Increases in 2015

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