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Truth Out Today, July 10, 2011

Sunday 10 July 2011

Nonviolent Revolution Clarified: Five Myths and Realities Behind Egypt’s Uprising
Cynthia Boaz, Truthout: “In Gandhian language, means and ends are inseparable. That which is won through violence must be sustained through violence. That which is won through mass civil nonviolent action is more legitimate and more likely to be sustainable over the long term. Additionally, how we understand and interpret the source of the power that emerged in Tunisia and Egypt last spring can go on to shape our long-term views about what is possible. If we consciously or unconsciously reinforce misconceptions or negative stereotypes about nonviolent action, we potentially undermine the morale of people engaged in ongoing struggles.”
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Joseph E. Stiglitz | The Ideological Crisis of Western Capitalism
Joseph E. Stiglitz, Project Syndicate: “Just a few years ago, a powerful ideology – the belief in free and unfettered markets – brought the world to the brink of ruin… I was among those who hoped that, somehow, the financial crisis would teach Americans (and others) a lesson about the need for greater equality, stronger regulation, and a better balance between the market and government. Alas, that has not been the case. On the contrary, a resurgence of right-wing economics, driven, as always, by ideology and special interests, once again threatens the global economy.”
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Boehner Pulls Out of Negotiations, Saying No to Debt Agreement Without Tax Increase
Carl Hulse, The New York Times News Service: “Citing differences over tax revenues, House Speaker John A. Boehner on Saturday night said he would drop his push with President Obama for a far-reaching, $4 trillion deficit-reduction plan tied to a proposal to increase the federal debt limit. On the eve of a second round of high-level bipartisan talks set for Sunday, Mr. Boehner issued a statement saying he would now urge negotiators to instead focus on trying to craft a smaller package more in line with the $2 trillion in cuts negotiated by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.”
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We Will Set Sail for Gaza Again
Richard Levy, Truthout: “As you probably know from press reports, our efforts to sail the US boat ‘The Audacity of Hope’ to Gaza fell short of its mission. We expected to be confronted by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in Gazan or international waters. Instead, we were confronted with Greek commandos in the waters near Pireaus. As one passenger put it, ‘Israel has outsourced the blockade to Greece, Turkey and other countries.’ It gained their cooperation through heavy diplomatic pressure from its allies (most significantly the United States) and economic threats.”
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Emergency Labor Network Crafts Program to Reverse the American Tax Shift
Jack Rasmus, Truthout: “This writer was recently asked to provide a keynote speech to the important new grouping within the US labor movement called the Emergency Labor Network (ELN)… I was asked to suggest an alternative tax program that would make the wealthy and corporations pay and, in the process, not only resolve the deficit but expand social wage benefits such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and jobs… The program offered and discussed at the ELN conference was dubbed the ‘RATS Tax Program,’ an acronym that stands for ‘Reverse the American Tax Shift’ of the past 30 years.”
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Israel Begins Deporting “Fly-In” Activists
Isabel Kershner, The New York Times News Service: “Israel prevented a gathering of foreigners here on Friday by blocking, deterring or deporting hundreds of air travelers who had been invited by Palestinian activists to fly into Israel’s Ben-Gurion International Airport and then travel to the West Bank for a week of ‘fellowship and actions.'”
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Congressman Ryan: The Rich Man’s Robin Hood
Kathy Mulady, Equal Voice Newspaper: “Chairman of the House Budget Committee Paul Ryan (R-WI) describes his budget proposal as necessary steps ‘to get prosperity back on track’ and “help people on welfare get back on their feet’… Critics say Ryan has it backwards. His swipes at programs for the young and old will hurt those barely hanging on in the fragile economy. Thousands more jobs will be lost in every state, further slowing recovery… The plan snips the threads of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid that Americans contribute to during their working years and count on for retirement or disability.”
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Killer Drones Take the Place of War
Doug Noble, Truthout: “What is different about this latest weapon of war that we oppose so strenuously?.. The answer is this: Killer drones are not primarily weapons of war, as usually defined, but instead are automated technologies designed for convenient, targeted killing or assassination outside of war zones. As mentioned, the usual targets are in countries we aren’t at war with, far from usual areas of armed conflict.”
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Five Prison Reform Ideas Being Ignored on Capitol Hill
Shani O. Hilton, Colorlines: “After last week’s breakthrough in mitigating the damage of the drug war… advocates stressed that it’s still up to Congress to eliminate the crack-powder cocaine sentencing disparity altogether and to create more lasting prison reform. The lack of reform isn’t due to a lack of bills, however. There are many ideas already in the congressional hopper, they just can’t get any attention from legislators. Here are five prison reform bills that were introduced in the last six months, but haven’t yet made it out of committee.”
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Bernie Sanders: Alleged Obama Cutbacks on Social Security Would Sink Many Seniors Into Poverty
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Major Earthquake Strikes Off the Northern Coast of Japan
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Black Economic Gains Reversed in Great Recession
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Why Water Is the New Oil
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US Deferring Millions in Pakistani Military Aid
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