Truthout 14 March 2012: Henry A. Giroux | Youth in Revolt: The Plague of State-Sponsored Violence

14 March 2012 – Truthout

Henry A. Giroux | Youth in Revolt: The Plague of State-Sponsored Violence
Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: “As young people make diverse claims on the promise of a radical democracy, articulating what a fair and just world might be, they are increasingly met with forms of physical, ideological and structural violence…. What must be addressed in the most immediate sense is the threat the emerging police state in the United States poses not to just the young protesters occupying a number of American cities, but also the threat it poses to democracy itself.” 
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A Public Exit From Goldman Sachs Hits at a Wounded Wall Street
Nelson D. Schwartz, The New York Times News Service: “Wall Street traders come and go all the time, but few have quit with the flair of Greg Smith. The way he resigned from Goldman Sachs, and what he had to say, could reignite a debate over how much Wall Street has changed in the wake of the financial crisis…. ‘Not one single minute is spent asking questions about how we can help clients,’ Mr. Smith wrote. ‘It’s purely about how we can make the most possible money off of them.’” 
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US Army Pulls Ads From Rush Limbaugh’s Show
Adam Peck, ThinkProgress: “Responding to mounting pressure from veterans groups, the US Army confirmed that they would be joining at least 140 other advertisers in pulling their support from Rush Limbaugh’s radio show … 141 advertisers that requested their spots be pulled from the show after Limbaugh’s misogynistic tirade. The Army is on that list. While the military is pulling its ads from Limbaugh, Armed Forces Radio continues to air the show.” 
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Santorum Captures Primary Wins in Alabama, Mississippi
Steven Thomma and Donna Harris, McClatchy Newspapers: “Rick Santorum won the Alabama and Mississippi primaries Tuesday, striking deep into the South to deliver a stunning blow to Newt Gingrich in the battle to become the conservative alternative to front-runner Mitt Romney. Poised to shake up the topsy-turvy race, Santorum’s twin wins effectively killed Gingrich’s Southern strategy and likely could create pressure on the former House speaker to drop out of the race.” 
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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Goldman Sachs Thinks You’re a “Muppet,” and More
In today’s On the News segment: Goldman Sachs thinks you’re a “muppet,” nearly 70 percent of Americans want to see continued negotiations with Iran, Sarah Palin took to her Facebook page to challenge President Obama to a debate, and more. 
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Former NSA Executive’s Advice to Fellow Whistleblowers: “You Better Lawyer Up”
Sam Knight, Truthout: “WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange expressed concern that the first amendment, as we know it, is under attack. ‘If the Pentagon is to have its way; it will be the end of national-security journalism in the United States,’ he remarked. While this claim might seem hyperbolic … Assange’s fears seem to be corroborated by the Obama DOJ’s decision to charge more national security whistleblowers under the Espionage Act than all other administrations combined.” 
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Slovakia Defies the Kochs and Cato
Mark Ames, Consortium News: “For the past decade, the people of the small central European nation of Slovakia have suffered under a harsh and corrupt ‘privatization’ scheme devised by the Koch Brothers’ Cato Institute. However, in weekend elections, they defied their oligarchs by voting for a left-of-center ‘populist’ party … The high turnout reflects real suffering for the people of Slovakia that goes well beyond mere cynicism – they’re suffering from real, mass impoverishment, brought on by a decade of brutal free-market reforms.” 
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Down and Out in the New Middletowns
Max Fraser, Dissent Magazine: “Working people may have built south Muncie, but it was a pair of sociologists that put the city on the map…. Once as wholesome a symbol of the American Dream as the family breadwinner and apple pie, the very idea of Middletown now seemed a pale shadow of present realities, as the stark prose of unemployment statistics and eviction notices inscribed a very different kind of story onto the lives of millions of Americans.” 
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Was Soldier-Shooter in Afghanistan Redeployed With PTSD?
Ralph Lopez, War Is A Crime: “The Army is keeping mum on whether the Army sergeant who went on a rampage in Afghanistan has ever been evaluated or asked for evaluation for PTSD, but it is well known that in recent years the culture of the military has been to sweep such problems under the rug, in order to redeploy as many soldiers as possible. The Army has acknowledged that the soldier had been diagnosed with a ‘traumatic brain injury’ after a vehicle rollover in Iraq.” 
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Why Is President Obama Keeping a Journalist in Prison in Yemen?
Jeremy Scahill, The Nation: “On February 2, 2011, President Obama called Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The two discussed counterterrorism cooperation and the battle against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). At the end of the call, Obama ‘expressed concern’ over the release of a man named Abdulelah Haider Shaye, whom Obama said ‘had been sentenced to five years in prison for his association with AQAP.’ Abdulelah Haider Shaye is not an Islamist militant or an Al Qaeda operative. He is a journalist.” 
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Americans Like Regulation
James Kwak, The Baseline Scenario: “Americans feel about the regulation the same way they feel about government as a whole: they don’t like the idea in the abstract, but they like it in concrete form. This shouldn’t be too surprising. Of course people want stronger food safety regulations when they read stories about people dying from tainted food; of course they want stronger environmental protections when they hear about toxic groundwater.” 
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Dick “the Torturer” Cheney Is Afraid of Protesters in Canada
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: “How unbecoming for the chief advocate of the Iraq war, of torture, of involvement with the outing of a CIA operative, and in general the Darth Vader of American military involvement overseas. Cheney seems to have more in common with the cowardly lion in the ‘Wizard of Oz’ (who needed Dorothy to help him find courage) than with Clint Eastwood’s .44 Magnum ‘Dirty Harry’ character.” 
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A Tale of Two Economies: The GOP’s Schizophrenic Jobs Message
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Bank Officials Cited in Churn of Foreclosures
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Occupy Cincinnati’s Modest Victory: A 24-Hour Public Space
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The War on Teachers: Why the Public Is Watching It Happen
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Goodbye, Texas Women’s Health Program
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Microsoft and Skype Set to Allow Backdoor Eavesdropping
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Conflicting Rulings on Medical Marijuana Sets Up Landmark California Review
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Posted 14th March 2012 by InI in category Truthout

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