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Truthout Daily Digest | Saturday, February 21, 2015

Despite Claims of Progress, Labor and Environmental Violations Continue to Plague Apple

Nicki Lisa Cole and Jenny Chan, Truthout: Though Apple claims that 2014 was “a year of progress,” reports from labor rights groups and researchers reveal troubling labor and environmental violations continue unabated.

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Fast-Track Treason and the Coming Corporate Coup

Rivera Sun, Truthout: The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement usurps federal, state and local authority and functions as a global corporate coup. Those who vote “Yes” on fast-track authority are reneging on their sworn oaths to protect this nation from all threats, both foreign and domestic.

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When Palestinians Die: Richard Falk on the Chapel Hill Shooting and the Media

Dan Falcone, Truthout: Scholar Richard Falk discusses the recent shooting of three Muslim Palestinian Americans in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; the subsequent conversation about hate crimes and Islamophobia, and the mainstream media coverage of the killer and victims.

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Eric Holder Gives Prosecutors 90 Days to File Wall Street Collapse Charges

Sam Knight, The District Sentinel: Attorney General Eric Holder has given the Justice Department an opportunity to rewrite his legacy as the lead federal prosecutor who refused to take on some of the most notoriously larcenous bankers in history.

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Did the GOP Just Give Away $130 Billion of Public Property?

Alan Grayson, The Nation: A giant Anglo-Australian mining company is getting the rights to a huge copper reserve – and we don’t know what US taxpayers are getting in return. Not all is lost, however, or at least not yet.

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War Porn: Hollywood and War, From World War II to American Sniper

Peter Van Buren, TomDispatch: American Sniper, now “the most successful war movie of all time,” is just the latest in a long line of films that have kept US citizens on their war game. Think of them as war porn, meant to leave us perpetually hyped up.

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Conservatives’ “American Dream” and the Battle for Weed in Washington State

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: When it comes to medical marijuana in Washington, the legislative choice is between a system that allows many to earn decent money through local, small co-ops, and a system where just a few people make massive amounts of money by monopolizing the marketplace.

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Egypt Makes Libya the New Front in Anti-ISIS War, Four Years After NATO Left Chaos Behind

Amy Goodman and Aaron Maté, Democracy Now!: Libya is in a state of crisis: Two different governments claim power, each with their own parliaments and armies. A number of militant groups, including the Islamic State affiliate, are scattered in between. Will foreign governments intervene in Libya again?

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This Chart Shows How Unions Help Redistribute Wealth Throughout US Society

Lillian Osborne, In These Times: A chart recently released by the Economic Policy Institute illustrates unions’ ability to impact not only their own members’ lives, but also the distribution of wealth in society as a whole.

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Will the Millennium Development Goals Hit Their Targets?

Anna Childs, The Conversation: Looking back over the past 15 years, what have been the achievements of one of the world’s most ambitious projects – the Millennium Development Goals – and what didn’t work so well, despite the grand aspiration?

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Dean Baker: Why We Must Oppose the Coming Fed Interest Rate Hike

Isaiah J. Poole, Campaign for America’s Future: The Fed is widely expected to raise interest rates sometime in 2015. The problem is, as economist Dean Baker points out, there is no inflation threat on the horizon, but there is a very real threat of choking the economic recovery and driving up unemployment if interest rates rise.

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Paul Krugman | The Enduring Debate Over Debt

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: Debt does not mean that we’re stealing from future generations. A rise in public debt isn’t an indication that we’re living beyond our means – one person’s debt is another person’s asset. Debt is money we owe to ourselves.

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White People Aren’t Called Terrorists Unless They Liberate Animals, Apparently

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The word “terrorism” is itself a public relations weapon. Who gets branded a terrorist and who doesn’t is a decision made within a political and cultural context.

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The Peace Symbol Celebrates Its 57th Birthday, but Still No Peace

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Matt Taibbi: A Whistleblower’s Horror Story

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Alive and Bleeding: We Cannot Kill Our Way Out of War

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The World’s Biggest Banks Might Be Moving Money for Terrorists

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Maimed by Conflict, Forgotten by Peace: Life Through the Eyes of the War-Disabled

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Since 9/11, We’ve Had Four Wars in the Middle East. They’ve All Been Disasters

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Video Footage Shows Massive Explosion After West Virginia “Bomb Train” Derailment

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Truthout Daily Digest Saturday, 27 September 2014

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Why Good News for the Ozone Is Bad News for the Climate

Steve Breyman, Truthout: Recent good ozone news is due to bad climate news. Even more troublesome, the Montreal Protocol, which is the source of the so-called good news, is not the model for a climate treaty its proponents claim.

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Film Celebrates Blackness, Authenticity and the Glory of Photography

Eisa Ulen, Truthout: Thomas Allen Harris’ movie Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People, inspired by Deborah Willis’ book, Reflections in Black: African America Photographers from 1840 – Present, provides a new image of American life and history for everyone.

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Savage Deregulation: Further Censorship and Crackdowns in Greek Media

Michael Nevradakis, Truthout: The “controlled chaos” of the late 20th Century Greek broadcast media landscape hid extensive political manipulation of content in plain sight.

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Inside the New York Fed: Secret Recordings and a Culture Clash

Jake Bernstein, ProPublica: A confidential report and a fired examiner’s hidden recorder penetrate the cloistered world of Wall Street’s top regulator – and its history of deference to banks.

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Militarizing the Ebola Crisis

Joeva Rock, Foreign Policy In Focus: Few would oppose a robust US response to Ebola, but the Obama administration’s deployment of 3,000 troops to Liberia comes amid a broader US-led militarization in West Africa.

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“Therapeutic Abortion” Could Soon Be Legal in Chile

Marianela Jarroud, Inter Press Service: Chile, one of the most conservative countries in Latin America, is getting ready for an unprecedented debate on the legalization of therapeutic abortion. It’s expected to be approved this year.

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A Conservative Disdain for the Unemployed

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: The idea that unemployment benefits are being paid to those who simply don’t want to work is a fantasy concocted by conservatives that isn’t borne out by the facts.

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Financial Relief Finally Coming for Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Victims

Renee Schoof, McClatchy DC: The VA announced it will cover health care costs for Marine dependents who contracted cancer and other illnesses from toxic water at Camp Lejeune, as promised two years ago.

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Poll Shows How Democrats Can Win With a Public Education Agenda

Jeff Bryant, Campaign For America’s Future: Whether Democrats can overcome the staggering odds against them this election remains to be seen. But one thing is clear: Democratic candidates in these contests and others need to make support for public education front-and-center of their campaigns.

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Obama’s Propagandistic UN Address

Robert Parry, Consortium News: The longer President Obama has been in office the less honest he has become, a problem growing more apparent in his second term as he reads speeches containing information that he knows to be false or at least highly misleading, Robert Parry recounts.

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BuzzFlash

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Carbon Neutral and Sustainable Are Simply Not Enough

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Texas Woman Denied Driver’s License Over Same-Sex Marriage

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Justice Department Tells Ferguson Police to Stop Wearing Bracelets

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Signaling Post-Snowden Era, New iPhone Locks Out NSA

Read the Article at The New York Times

US Carbon Emissions Tick Higher; Obama Tells UN: “We Have to Do More”

Read the Article at the Washington Post

Coalition of Religious Groups, Defying Law, Will Shelter Undocumented Immigrants

Read the Article at Slate

The Society of Fugitives

Read the Article at The Atlantic