50 Sci-Fi Works for Every Socialist to Read

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November 18, 2017
Author China Mieville lays out a list of 50 science fiction and fantasy works he feels every socialist ought to read.
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A Plan to Win

A Plan to Win feature image
November 18, 2017
The overriding aim of democratic socialist strategy is to weaken the power of business, before breaking with capitalism entirely.
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The World Needs Copper. Does It Need This Min

The World Needs Copper. Does It Need This Min feature image
November 18, 2017
The fight over the proposed Pebble mine in southern Alaska is a harbinger: Global copper demand is expected to grow dramatically.
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Keystone Pipeline Leaks in South Dakota

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November 18, 2017
"Enough is enough. Pipelines leak - it's not a question of 'if', but 'when.'"
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Ancient Native American Center Threatened

Ancient Native American Center Threatened feature image
November 18, 2017
The Trump Administration’s aggressive efforts to turn public lands over to the oil and gas industries threatens New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon, the epicenter of Puebloan civilization from 850 to 1250 AD. UNESCO termed the ancient urban ceremonial center “unlike anything constructed before or since.” The accelerated oil and gas development threatens the Native American connection to this sacred place and all our attempts to understand the mysteries of its way of life.
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Friday Nite Videos | November 17, 2017

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November 17, 2017
John Oliver | The Trump Presidency. Janis Joplin | Down On Me. Movie: The Man Who Invented Christmas. Paradise Papers: Watch The Live Digital Premiere. Trump-Proofing America's Nukes.
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How Doug Jones Can Win

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November 17, 2017
To pull off the upset, he’ll need to convert white voters.
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Could This Man Bring Down Michael Flynn?

Could This Man Bring Down Michael Flynn? feature image
November 17, 2017
Reza Zarrab, whose trial for allegedly cheating U.S. sanctions is scheduled to begin in days, was secretly removed from a federal prison and may be working with prosecutors.
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Trump Tax Break Could Pay 20,000 Teachers

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November 17, 2017
The money DeVos and her family would get from just one of the tax breaks in the House bill would pay more than 6,000 teachers. The tax break for President Donald Trump and his family would be enough to pay more than 20,000 teachers.
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AI Learns to Learn Entirely on Its Own

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November 17, 2017
A new version of AlphaGo needed no human instruction to figure out how to clobber the best Go player in the world — itself.
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Portside Culture

The Sad, Sexist Past of Bengali Cuisine

Mayukh Sen
Food 52
Party line suggested that widowhood made a woman’s sex drive fickle and vulnerable. A woman’s libido was a site of such agita that she couldn’t be trusted to keep it quiet, and so her body needed to be governed. The alienation imposed upon high-caste, Hindu Bengali women was meant to act as a hormonal suppressant, silencing the desire more dangerous than hunger for fish or meat: sex.

Anna Mae

Marsha de la O
Antidote for Night
Marsha de la O, a southern California poet, depicts most tenderly the hard wages of environmental pollution.

Trump's Itchy, Twitchy Finger

Scott McLemee
Inside Higher Ed
Focusing mainly on Trump's first year in office, the authors emphasize what they call a pattern of systematic reaction, where growing voter frustration regularly drives each party in and out of control. Trump arrived with scant political capital, amassed little and appears to have no strategic competence going forward. While the authors believe Trump can develop one, the essayist faults the authors for offering nothing but wishfulness to back up the assumption.

Yanis Varoufakis’s Doomed Fight Against Austerity

Emmett Rensin
The New Republic
This volume is an insider's account of Greece's recent struggle to preserve the general welfare of its people in the fact of the belt-tighening demands of the managers of the international financial system. Reviewer Rensin offers an assessment.

Portside Labor

50 Years On, Steinbeck’s Classic Still Packs a Punch

Barry Healy
Green Left Weekly
This year marks the 50th anniversary of John Steinbeck’s great mythic novel of alienation under US capitalism, Of Mice and Men. The story is of lonesome labourers, reeling from the Great Depression, wandering from farm to farm seeking respite from their endless oppression.

Iowa Workers Defy Attempt to Weaken Their Unions

Bill Knight
Pekin Daily Times
Under a new anti-union law, public-sector unions must re-certify each time they’re scheduled to bargain new contracts, every two or three years. Right-wing backers of the law hoped it would weaken unions by forcing them to devote time and resources to the recertification process and lead workers to drop their membership. But the members of the state's 468 union locals voted overwhelmingly to stick with their union.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on November 17, 2017

One year after the presidential election, John Oliver discusses what we've learned so far and enlists our catheter cowboy to teach Donald Trump what he hasn't.

Posted by Portside on November 17, 2017

"Down on Me" is a traditional freedom song from the 1920s or earlier that became popular following its remake 50 years ago (1967) by Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company. (Wikipedia)

Posted by Portside on November 17, 2017

Charles Dickens connected Scrooge, greed and redemption to Christmas in a book that changed the holiday forever.
Posted by Portside on November 17, 2017

The Paradise Papers exposed an unseen world of offshore accounts, hidden money and financial maneuvering at the highest levels of politics, business and finance.

Posted by Portside on November 17, 2017

The Senate holds a hearing to debate President Trump's power to use nuclear weapons without congressional approval.

Posted by Portside on November 10, 2017

Is there one person who can save us from Donald Trump. Schneider-man, maybe? Eric Schneiderman doesn't think so.

Posted by Portside on November 10, 2017

Music, where cultures meet and perform mad dances. Arabic, Spanish and Russian influences power this mashup.