Turkey’s Nuclear Weapons: A Sum of All Fears

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July 23, 2016
The post-coup chaos in Turkey, home to NATO’s largest nuclear weapons storage facility, is an alarming reminder about the risk of siting nuclear weapons in unstable regions where they serve no clear strategic purpose, but pose a clear and present danger. At issue is not only the obvious risks of nukes falling into unfriendly hands, but also, after the fall of the USSR, who are these hydrogen bombs, a quarter of NATO’s theater nuclear weapons, to be used against?
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No NBA All-Stars in NC

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July 23, 2016
NBA's decision to pull All-Star game could have big political fallout in North Carolina
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NLRB Upholds Union's Right to Support BDS

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July 23, 2016
The following press release was sent out by the the United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE):
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Poverty Chains and Global Capitalism

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July 23, 2016
Reorienting value generated within 'global poverty chains' is essential to improve the lives of an impoverished world labour force.
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Striking a Blow Against Debtors' Prisons

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July 23, 2016
In the case that sparked the Montgomery lawsuit, days an out-of-work grandmother was ordered to serve in jail because she was unable to pay old tickets and the fees charged by a private probation company hired by the city to collect fines: 31
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Friday Nite Videos -- July 22, 2016

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July 22, 2016
Jon Stewart Takes Over Colbert's Late Show Desk. Elizabeth Warren: 'He Sounded Like a Two-Bit Dictator'. The Clown Has Taken Over the Party. One Year on Earth Seen From 1 Million Miles. Bob Marley | Get Up, Stand Up.
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Donald Trump’s Caesar Moment

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July 22, 2016
Detached from history and fueled by fear, his convention speech was utterly unlike anything we've heard in American politics.
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We Still Need a Future to Believe In

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July 22, 2016
A forum on how to build the political revolution with Naomi Klein, Alicia Garza, Michael Moore, Frances Fox Piven, Robert Reich, Kshama Sawant, Josh Fox, and more.
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Ailes’ Downfall Testifies to Women's Power

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July 22, 2016
Roger Ailes resigned just two weeks after Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against him.
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WNBA Player Protest: 'We Talk Issues'

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July 22, 2016
“My teammates and I will continue to use our platform and raise awareness for the #BlackLivesMatter movement until the @wnba gives its support as it does for Breast Cancer Awareness, Pride and other subject matters”
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Portside Culture

A Black Man in Chicago Celebrates Emmett Till's Birthday

Philip C. Kolin
Emmett Till in Different States: Poems
Emmett Till, a 14-year old murdered in Money, Mississippi on August 28, 1955, would be celebrating his 75th birthday on Tuesday, July 25. The writer Philip C. Kolin, like Till a native of Chicago, and professor English in Mississippi, has recently published a book, Emmett Till in Different States: Poems (Third World Press) that traces both the historical significance and contemporary legacy of Till’s brief life.

Terry Eagleton: Still the most Formidable Critic of Populist Late-Capitalism

Melanie McDonagh
New Statesman
Both analytical and droll, Terry Eagleton's Culture explores how culture evolved from rarified sphere to humble practices, and from a bulwark against industrialism's encroaches to present-day capitalism's most profitable export. Eagleton both illuminates culture's collusion with colonialism, nationalism, the decline of religion, the rise of and rule over the "uncultured" masses, as well a means for cultivating social life and social change.

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation

Justin Campbell
Los Angeles Review of Books
"Can there be Black liberation in the United States as the country is currently constituted?" asks Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor in her new book. "No. Capitalism is contingent on the absence of freedom and liberation for Black people and anyone else who does not directly benefit from its economic disorder." Justin Campbell, in this review, surveys Taylor's analysis of the roots, present status, and future prospects of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Free State of Jones: Two Views

Charles M. Blow; Mark Lause
The question is whether good film presents us a prettified view of the past or challenges us to realize that we are yet living with that past—and that, however comforting the desire to ignore it, we continue to pay a price for failing to own it. We owe the makers Free State of Jones a serious debt for giving us the opportunity to do that.

Hey Mr. Policeman

Dwayne Woods
As the crisis about the use of police power intensifies, the theme of Dwayne Woods's poem pleads for taking care in its most literal sense.

Portside Labor

Tim Kaine Has a Troubling Record on Labor Issues

John Nichols
The Nation
“Kaine did meet with union leaders in Madison. But he supported Virginia’s right-to-work laws during his gubernatorial campaign and his four years in office. Even the group that seeks to expand these laws [the National Right to Work Foundation] concedes Kaine did few things that troubled them.”

Ten Arrested as Movement for Black Lives Takes on Police Unions

Kenrya Rankin
Criminally negligent police departments continue to receive billions in federal grants and funding, when instead those dollars could be poured into our nation’s school system, community health care systems and alternative strategies that keep people safe. Everyday elected officials refuse to act, Black lives are put at risk.

Clinton: First Day of Republican Convention 'Surreal'

Ken Thomas
Secretar Clinton in addressing the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees in Las Vegas called the first day of the Republican Convention "Surreal". AFSCME represents 1.6 million public sector workers. She attacked the anti-worker policies of the Republican Governors of Wisconsin and Illinois, Scott Walker and Bruce Rauner. She said Trump had no solutions to help working families. Later in the day she picked up the support of UNITE HERE.

SEIU Teams Up with Billionaire Tom Steyer on Voter Mobilization Effort in Key Battleground States

Matea Gold
The Washington Post
A $10 million effort backed by the Service Employees International Union and billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer will involve intense door-knocking and phone banking in working-class communities, with an emphasis on engaging African Americans, Asian Americans and Latinos around the issues of economic inequality and environmental degradation. The initiative part of a broader effort to expand collaboration between the labor movement and environmental activists.

Venezuela: Seized Factory Was Well Stocked but Wasn't Producing

Warehouses belonging to Kimberly Clark Corporation — which recently had its factory seized and handed over to the workers — were found to be full of raw materials, despite the insistence from the factory's owners that they could not produce goods, Venezuelan Industry Minister Miguel Perez Abad confirmed Friday.

Most Mechanical Turkers are Young, College-Educated and Making Less Than $5 an Hour

Moshe Z. Marvit
In These Times
Since 2005, a dispersed group of sub-minimum wage workers has been performing online tasks for pennies through an Amazon-controlled marketplace called Mechanical Turk. These workers tag photos, transcribe audio, take surveys, and do whatever current computer technology cannot. Their work-product is littered across the Internet, and through academic publications, but they have largely remained invisible.

When the Hell Did the NLRB Become More Activist Than Labor?

Shaun Richman
Working In These Times
The NLRB even potentially has the power to reverse “Right to Work.” One open question is whether the legislative intent of the Taft-Hartley act was merely to ban union membership as a condition of employment—not whether unions could negotiate mandatory fees for grievance representation services.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on July 22, 2016


Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert reunite for coverage of Roger Ailes' downfall, followed by an epic Stewart burn of the Trump-Fox axis.

Posted by Portside on July 22, 2016

Senator Elizabeth Warren sounds off on Donald Trump's acceptance speech, taking him down in trademark style, with substance, passion and wit.

Posted by Portside on July 22, 2016

Roy Zimmerman, perhaps America's premiere political satirical songwriter, nails the meaning of the Republican's Trump convention.

Posted by Portside on July 22, 2016

A full year of life on Earth condensed into three minutes, recorded from a satellite orbit at Lagrange point 1, approximately 1 million miles from Earth, where it is balanced between the gravity of our home planet and the sun.

Posted by Portside on July 22, 2016

Bob Marley wrote Get Up, Stand Up in 1973 while touring Haiti. It has become a grassroots world anthem of the fightback movement and sound best performed before a big, live audience.

Posted by Portside on July 15, 2016

Seth Meyers takes a closer look at Bernie Sanders' late endorsement of Hillary Clinton.

Posted by Portside on July 15, 2016

An impromptu piano improvisation on Fur Elise at the Prague airport in 2014 by the extraordinary Lebanese musician (and technology consultant) Maan Hamadeh.