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Truth Out Today, August 1, 2012

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Bill Moyers: Veteran Karl Marlantes on What It’s Like to Go to War

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company: “Bill talks to Karl Marlantes – a highly-decorated Vietnam veteran, Rhodes Scholar, author, and PTSD survivor – about what we on the insulated outside need to understand about the minds and hearts of our modern warriors. Marlantes shares with Bill intimate stories about how his battlefield experiences both shaped and nearly destroyed him, even after returning to civilian life.”

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Mark Karlin, Truthout: “Michelle Alexander: The mass incarceration of poor people of color, particularly black men, has emerged as a new caste system, one specifically designed to address the social, economic, and political challenges of our time. It is, in my view, the moral equivalent of Jim Crow.”

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How the European Central Bank Came to Control the Fate of the World Economy

Mark Weisbrot, The Guardian UK: “The [European Central Bank] has always had, and continues to have, the power to end the immediate crisis in the eurozone, but has refused to do so…. [F]or a nefarious political reason: in order to force the weaker economies of Europe to accept a regressive political agenda.”

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A Democratic Country Should Put Public Education Before Corporate Profits

Salvatore Babones, Truthout: “Schools are closing. Teachers are being laid off…. The National Bureau of Economic Research declared an end to the recession three years ago. We’re now in ‘recovery.’ So, why all the cuts?”

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Michelle Alexander on the Irrational Race Bias of the Criminal Justice and Prison Systems

Robert Naiman, Truthout: “Many Americans are outraged that a group of members of Congress led by Rep. Michele Bachmann are promoting conspiracy theories that US officials who are Muslim-American … are part of a Muslim Brotherhood plot to infiltrate the US government. What has gotten less attention is the impact of Bachmann’s actions on US foreign policy in the Middle East.”

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Correctional Corporation of America Accreditation Report Misses Stark Reality

Yana Kunichoff, Truthout: “Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) has ample reasons to pat itself on the back: … several of its facilities got over 98 percent ratings for ‘safety and security’ and it rounded off 2011 with a net income of $40.5 million in earnings. But below the spin is a different reality for the company and the prisoners that it oversees – food riots and abuse scandals.”

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Good Riddance to the Air Force’s Religious Intolerance Enabler in Chief

Mikey Weinstein, Truthout: “A drama has played out within the ranks of the United States Air Force (USAF) … the vast cover-up of an unlawful epidemic whereby many thousands … within the ranks of the USAF have been subject to serial religious abuse and molestation. The national security repercussions of this ongoing crisis are all too dire, and as was the case at Penn State, the responsibility for this scandal ultimately lies with the most senior leadership.”

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Bush Tax Cuts Have Delivered $1 Million in Tax Breaks to the Average Millionaire

Pat Garofalo, ThinkProgress: “House Republicans this week plan to vote on a bill that would extend all of the Bush tax cuts…. A new analysis shows that the Republican plan will raise taxes on roughly 24 million people – due to its allowing various credits, including the Child Tax Credit, to expire – while maintaining Bush’s tax cut for two million wealthy Americans. The Bush tax cuts delivered the weakest job growth of the post-war period, as well as a ballooning federal debt.”

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 Is the Washington Post Being Asset-Stripped?

Danny Weil, Truthout: “I first wrote about possible insider trading and nepotism at The Washington Post, alleging that one way The Washington Post Company has been depleting the corporation of money and resources has been through dividend payouts and stock buybacks which benefit the Graham family…. Much of that money is being squandered to appease the short-term interests and cash needs of shareholders, who very much include the Graham family, which controls the voting shares of the Post.”

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: The Justice Department Is Again Zeroing In on Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s Voter Purge, and More

In today’s On the News segment: The Justice Department is again zeroing in on Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s illegal purge of Democratic voters; Congress went on recess this week, leaving the United States Postal Service, which is facing a financial crisis, hanging; the Republican Party just became the party of tax-raisers; and more.

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Spain Is Being Asked to Adopt Socially Burdensome and Economically Ineffective Measures

Fabien Perrier, L’Humanite-in-English: “Henri Sterdyniak is the Director of the Economics of Globalization Department at the French Economic Observatory, a professor at l’Universite de Paris-Dauphine, and a member of the Grounded Economists’ Collective. He offers his explanations and analysis of the deepening crisis in Spain.”

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