Iran Rebukes Trump as War of Words Escalates

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October 14, 2017
Iranian officials and media outlets on Saturday uniformly condemned Trump’s comments that angrily accused Iran of violating the spirit of the 2015 accord and demanded Congress toughen the law governing U.S. participation.
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Donald Trump Sued by 18 States

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October 14, 2017
Donald Trump sued by 18 states for ending key Obamacare payments with executive order. Move to end subsidies for lower-income customers 'breathtakingly reckless', says New York's attorney general
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Victory in Stagnation?

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October 14, 2017
Die Linke’s electoral result shows what the party must do to really contend for power.
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Monopoly Men

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October 14, 2017
After an eventful summer in Silicon Valley, there is blood in the water. At stake is democracy itself.
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The U.S. Gun Industry’s Ingenious Illusion

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October 14, 2017
The U.S. arms industry’s close alliance with the government began with the American Revolution. And ever since, the U.S.’ aggressive international role has insured steady profits for the country’s gun makers. The gun lobby has succeeded by promoting an ingenious illusion. It has framed the government as the enemy of the gun business rather than its indispensable historic patron, convincing millions of Americans the state may at any moment try to confiscate their guns.
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Friday Nite Videos | October 13, 2017

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October 13, 2017
Lin-Manuel Miranda| Almost Like Praying. Harvey Weinstein, Donald Trump and Systemic Sexism. The Try Guys Try Immigrating to America. Jon Stewart Grants Trump's Request for Equal Time. Eminem Rips Donald Trump in BET Hip Hop Awards Freestyle Cypher.
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Does Anti-Gerrymandering Harm Minority Voters

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October 13, 2017
We tested the theory — which has been put forward by both Democrats and Republicans.
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How NBC Execs Quashed the Weinstein Bombshell

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October 13, 2017
Reporter Ronan Farrow ultimately took the piece to The New Yorker after facing months of opposition at his home network.
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Voters Think Trump Owns Obamacare Sabotage

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October 13, 2017
On the key point of who “owns” health care, 60 percent of respondents in the Kaiser poll said it was Trump and Republicans and 28 percent said it was Obama and Democrats.
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Genes for Skin Color Rebut Notions of Race

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October 13, 2017
Even before there were Homo sapiens, our distant forebears had a mix of genes for light and dark skin.
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Portside Culture

Day Beginning with Seeing the International Space Station And ...

Jane Hirshfield
New York Review of Books
The full title of prize-winning poet Jane Hirshfield's poem, "Day Beginning with Seeing the International Space Station And a Full Moon Over the Gulf of Mexico and All its Invisible Fishes," reveals the contingency of the natural world and the human imprint upon it, for better and for worse.

The Black Novelist History Forgot

Robert B. Stepto 
The Washington Post
Himes was a pivotal and versatile post WW II-era American novelist whose work influenced several generations of African American and other writers. A new biography of the novelist is drawing national attention.

"Roman J. Israel, Esq." Review – Denzel Washington Captivates In Unusual Legal Drama

Benjamin Lee
The Guardian
The film is a haunting and timeless American tragedy that feels ever prescient given the current administration’s foggy understanding of morality. It might prove to be a tough sell thanks to an awkward title and a strange plot trajectory, but Roman J. Israel, Esq. is a richly rewarding drama blessed with one of the best, most lived-in performances of the year. 

Shh! These Quiet Food Videos Will Get Your Senses Tingling

Clare Leschin-Hoar
The Salt
A whole new genre of food videos, focusing on specific intense sounds like crinkling, chopping, sautéing and stirring, is becoming popular. These eating sounds trigger pleasing tingling sensations in the brains of viewers who experience ASMR, which stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response.

Not Our Tribe

Jed Myers
Solstice
Seattle poet Jed Myers speaks of the fear of strangers, how our eyes assess and judge newcomers, searching for the glimmer that makes them one of us.

Portside Labor

Canadian, U.S. Unions Push for Wage Hike Amid NAFTA Talks

Ginger Adams Otis
New York Daily News
Labor leaders in the U.S. have made it clear they are supportive of a NAFTA overhaul — but only if it helps eliminate the wage gap with Mexico and includes Canada’s long-shot demands for labor reform.

McDonald's Labor Abuses and the GOP

Thor Benson
Working In These Times
If successful, the bill would mark a historic shift in labor law. Millions of low-wage workers across the country would be directly impacted, losing a key mechanism to protect their rights on the job, while corporations which regularly escape liability would gain protections.

Dolores – A Film Review

Duane Campbell
Democratic Left
That Dolores Huerta is not better known in the nation provides a commentary on how little the mainstream media, and much of the Left, know about the growth of Latino power in the labor and feminist movements.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on October 20, 2017

White House Chief of Staff, Gen. John Kelly, put his credibility on the line for President Donald Trump, and now he is mired in controversy many find grotesque. Christina Greer, Tim O'Brien, and James Peterson join Ari Melber to discuss.

 

Posted by Portside on October 20, 2017

U.S. Homeland Security has informed jazz great Alvin Queen that he will not be able to enter the country to perform at a concert in Washington, D.C. next month because of a brush with the law over 50 years ago, when Queen was a minor. Here is Queen on the drums in Oscar Peterson's C Jam Blues.

Posted by Portside on October 20, 2017

Immigrant detention centers have grown into a highly privatized, lucrative and abusive industry that profits off the misery of immigrants awaiting deportation. 

Posted by Portside on October 20, 2017

Two black holes, each about 30 times as massive as our sun orbited each other for millions of years. An instant before they collided they sent a gravitational shiver across the universe. LIGO scientist Amber L. Stuver explains. Animation by Eoin Duffy. 

Posted by Portside on October 20, 2017

Generation Revolution is a feature-length documentary film that brings to screen the powerful story of London’s new generation of black and brown activists who are dead set on changing the social and political landscape in the capital and beyond.

Posted by Portside on October 13, 2017

 

 

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Almost Like Praying,” featuring a variety of artists, was written and recorded to benefit hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico with proceeds benefiting The Hispanic Federation's Unidos Disaster Relief Fund. Download and stream here.

Posted by Portside on October 13, 2017

Seth takes a closer look at how powerful men in entertainment and politics - from Harvey Weinstein to Donald Trump - abuse their power to silence, bully or coerce.