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Thirsting for Democracy in Detroit: Activists Resist Water Service Shutoffs, Wall Street and Privatization 23.7.2014 Truthout - All Articles

After a week of direct actions protesting privatization and water service shutoffs, the people of Detroit reject a Wall Street-dictated world, decry commodification of the commons and push back against unaccountable officials, while working to restore democracy. 

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Latest Obamacare Legal Knot Won't Be Easy To Untangle 23.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
By David Ingram NEW YORK, July 22 (Reuters) - U.S. judges have their work cut out for them untangling a legal knot created on Tuesday when two federal appeals courts released conflicting rulings hours apart going to the heart of the role the federal government will play in Obamacare. The latest conservative challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul will not necessarily land in the U.S. Supreme Court, although it could end up there as soon as this year if the two lower courts go on disagreeing. At stake is how millions of Americans pay for private health insurance, or if they can afford it at all. The 2010 Affordable Care Act authorized tax credits to subsidize private health insurance. Seeking to upend the law as it was going into effect, businesses and individuals filed lawsuits asking that the subsidies be declared unlawful except in states that established their own online insurance marketplaces. Analysts estimate that as many as five million people could be affected if ...
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Age Ain't Nothing But a Number? Tell That to Climate Change 23.7.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Tiffany Traynum, Program Assistant, San Francisco: It’s not easy getting older. Believe me, as perhaps the oldest member of the NRDC ‘Youth Task Force’ nearly every day I am faced with the laughable question “so when do I retire from the force”? And once I’m identified...
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Mary Walker: Cruel ironies 22.7.2014 Steamboat Pilot
There are some cruel ironies about empowerment. As good as it sounds, empowerment means nothing to a marginalized girl or young woman in a developing country unless it leads to economic well-being, the ability to independently care for oneself or to provide food, shelter and medical needs to one’s family. While I believe passionately in the importance of post-secondary education, I’ve also seen that attending a college, university or getting vocational training is empowering only if it contributes to a better way of life for specific young women and their families. I’ve come to think that sometimes what is offered by traditional aid and development models of empowerment actually can be quite dehumanizing and discouraging to the very individuals that empowerment is meant to reach. Yes, it is true that statistics show that when girls have access to education, their countries’ birth rates go down, mortality rates go down and health generally improves. But does this rather intellectualized notion of ...
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Why addressing low-income poverty is good for business 22.7.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Hiring practices, wage-policies and the development of affordable, high-quality products that meet the needs of low-income populations are some of the ways the business community can impact an unrelenting social issue.

Why addressing low-income poverty is good for business
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Racial Discrimination Continues at the Development Banks Hobbling Efforts to Meet the MDGs in 2015 21.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Recently, the Rev. Jesse Jackson wrote an article in the Chicago Sun-Times about the problem of racial discrimination at the World Bank. Jackson wrote that the Bank's legal immunities from civil lawsuits in the countries where it operates have allowed it to perpetuate racially discriminatory hiring practices without sanction from the courts. This problem casts a long shadow. At the Government Accountability Project in Washington, D.C., we have heard from a number of whistleblowers who disclosed racial discrimination at the international financial institutions, including the World Bank. We reported on the problem in two studies , but we're still learning about the ways in which it disables the work of these organizations. In the year 2000, at the Millennium Summit, the United Nations adopted the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) . Twenty-three international organizations signed on to the commitment to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, reduce child mortality, and achieve universal primary ...
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The Nightmare of Gaza Continues 19.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
I can only imagine the horror in Gaza today as Israel intensifies its assault of that overcrowded, impoverished strip. It is a continuing nightmare story of pain and loss, of trauma and devastation. The heartbreaking numbers by themselves tell part of the story -- with hundreds killed, thousands wounded, tens of thousands without homes, and now 600,000 without water. But the story of Gaza is more than these numbers and this current assault. Even in earlier times, Gaza could be a nightmare. In the early 1990's, I spent time in Jabalia -- a sprawling refugee camp that is home to more than 80,000. During 25 years of Israeli occupation, nothing had been done to improve the infrastructure of the camp. The roads were unpaved, sewage ran into puddles in the streets and flowed directly into the sea, leaving the beaches polluted. The defining characteristic of the place was grinding poverty. In 1994, the then Secretary of Commerce, Ron Brown, visited Gaza after completing a tour of South Africa. Upon his return, ...
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Friday Talking Points -- Democrats' 'Middle Class Jumpstart' Agenda 19.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The media, quite obviously, is currently in a frenzy. Actually, two frenzies, since they've now got two wars to cover, one of which has provided shots of a grisly plane crash. This all meant that a lot of oxygen was sucked from the normal political news scene, meaning this week's column will be somewhat abbreviated. Both wars didn't really impact America all that much, so there's not a lot to add to the media cacophony on either one, to put this another way. The biggest political event of the week (for Democrats, at any rate) was Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats rolling out a new campaign agenda -- the "Middle Class Jumpstart" -- in the tradition of Newt Gingrich's "Contract With America." But we'll have much more on this later, as we're turning over the whole talking points portion of the program to this rollout. In other Democratic campaign agenda news, Carl Gibson of the Huffington Post wrote a great article which starkly lays out the difference between two states that charted separate ...
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All of Us Are Connected - None of These Words Are Mine Alone 18.7.2014 Truthout.com
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Seattle vote set on tax, bump in car-tab fee to save bus service 18.7.2014 Seattle Times: Local
Seattle City Council forwards a measure to fund Metro transit to voters in November.
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Seattle vote set on tax, bump in car-tab fee to save bus service 18.7.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Seattle City Council forwards a measure to fund Metro transit to voters in November.
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Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. IV: Long-Tail Liberation) 17.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Summary Global warming poses an existential threat to life on Earth. This existential threat challenges our capabilities and calls into question the viability and effectiveness of mechanically conceived grid maintenance options. Solar Roadways' smashing crowdfunding campaign success provides a terrific opportunity to assess the current state of business crowdfunding in relation to the future of solar power. Distributed investing and distributed electricity are part of a "grid revolution" that may structurally shift financial and political power globally from the 1 Percent to the 99 Percent and from the Core to the Periphery. The distributed grid paradigm echoes current philosophical, engineering, and economic models grounded in an ecological metaphor that values species diversity, small-scale experimentation, and distributed risk and parcelized decision-making. Previous Part III  of this essay considered the ideas of physicist Zoltan Kiss regarding structural limitations of traditional utility and ...
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We need an education: China's migrant children 17.7.2014 Yahoo: Politics
Fidgeting with his placard, six-year-old Fang Mingxing made an unlikely protester. He should be starting classes in Beijing this autumn, but has been denied a place along with thousands of other migrants' children, with some parents daring to confront Communist authorities through repeated protests outside government offices. "I really like Stephen Hawking, but China has no one like him," said one parent, referring to the British theoretical physicist. Many of the demonstrators have built up businesses over 10 years or more, but now find themselves on the wrong end of China's latest development ...
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Costly Drug Is Denied in Arkansas; Medicaid Patients Sue 17.7.2014 Wall St. Journal: Page One
Vertex Pharmaceuticals' $300,000-a-year cystic-fibrosis drug has sparked a legal battle in Arkansas, where the state's Medicaid program is restricting access to the therapy.
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Immigrant children aren't the only ones in crisis 17.7.2014 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
The violence, the torn-apart families, the instability, the lack of economic opportunity ... Chicago's own neighborhoods fit the description of a humanitarian ...
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Locally-grown foods look to bigger business 17.7.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Once a niche business, locally grown foods aren't just for farmers markets anymore.
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Local food movement turning into nationwide business 17.7.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Local News
Once a niche business, locally grown foods aren't just for farmers markets anymore. A growing network of companies and organizations is delivering food directly from local farms to major institutions, eliminating scores of middlemen from farm to fork.
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Locally-grown foods look to bigger business 17.7.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
Locally-grown foods look to bigger business
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Locally-grown foods look to bigger business 17.7.2014 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
Once a niche business, locally grown foods aren't just for farmers markets anymore.
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Esther Cepeda: What about the children of Chicago? 16.7.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Opinion
If we can find $3.7 billion for Central American refugees, what about the children of Chicago, whose circumstances of terror and victimization are exactly the same.
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