Cuban Medical Internationalism

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January 16, 2017
In an effort to highlight the rarely acknowledged gifts of the Cuban Revolution and the late Fidel Castro, "Cuban Medical Internationalism: Fidel Castro’s Legacy Lives,” takes a look at the extraordinary and unparalleled contributions that Cuban medical professionals have made around the world, and in particular during times of crisis and in countries with inadequate medical care. December 2016 a Cuban medical brigade returned from Haiti.
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The Trouble with Quantum Mechanics

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January 15, 2017
Regarding the future of quantum mechanics, I have to echo Viola in Twelfth Night: “O time, thou must untangle this, not I.”
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Will Trump Shred the Iran Nuclear Deal?

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January 15, 2017
Or Is That the Least of Our Problems When It Comes to U.S.-Iranian Relations?
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Next Time Trump Bashes Mexico, Remember This

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January 16, 2017
Many US historians have advanced the theory that Lincoln spoke against the war for political reasons, subsequent speeches disprove that theory as do his letters to his law partner, William Herndon. He railed against the war a second time a month after his famous “spot resolutions” over objections of the younger members of his party, and even voted for an amendment condemning the war which was tacked on to a resolution honoring war hero Zachary Taylor, who would be next
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Republicans Spend Billions on Obamacare

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January 15, 2017
Rep. Greg Walden speaks in 2014 alongside those who said they had been negatively affected by the Affordable Care Act. Today, with Obamacare on the chopping block, Walden says he wants to see the program funded “one way or another.” “If you don’t,” he said, “the plans have the ability to cancel midyear and we said we wouldn’t pull the rug out from under people — and we shouldn’t.”
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Jeff Sessions Can't Hide Disturbing Record

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January 15, 2017
1,424 law professors from 180 different schools in 49 states (Alaska doesn't have a law school), including this writer, signed a letter to Senators Charles Grassley and Dianne Feinstein of the Senate Judiciary Committee, stating, "Nothing in Senator Sessions' public life since 1986 has convinced us that he is a different man than the 39-year-old attorney who was deemed too racially insensitive to be a federal district court judge."
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The Cherokee Nation Is Entitled to a Delegate

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January 14, 2017
But Will They Finally Send One? To deal with a Trump administration, the tribal nation might now want to use that 200-year-old treaty right.
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Israel’s Insidious Covert UK Campaign

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January 14, 2017
The resignation of Shai Masot, the Israeli embassy’s senior political officer, is the latest fallout from Al Jazeera’s six-month investigation of Israel’s plot to influence UK politicians, which included a political “hit list” and “taking down” a British cabinet minister who criticized Israeli settlement policy. A former CIA station chief warns of such “insidious threats” and the “shame” of those who passively allow their institutions to be suborned by a foreign power.
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Report: Chicago Police Use Excessive Force

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January 14, 2017
Still, it’s worth emphasizing that these findings may not be exclusive to Chicago. Whether it’s Baltimore, Cleveland, New Orleans, or Ferguson, Missouri, the Justice Department has found horrific constitutional violations in how police use force, how they target minority residents, how they stop and ticket people, and virtually every other aspect of policing. These issues come up time and time again, no matter the city that federal investigators look at.
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The Audacity of Obama's Farewell Address

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January 14, 2017
True, the Republicans played hardball and blocked many of his initiatives, but Obama did little to fight back in kind. If he was a community organizer, he was from the most timid in that genre. He kept extending a hand to the Republican dog that kept biting it at every overture.
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Patois

Lisa Allen Ortiz
Guide to the Exhibit
Extinction: Lisa Allen Ortiz, child of Mendocino county, California knows a thing or two about birds and about how precarious are the lives of many species, speaks of our impending "civic sorrow."

Antonio Gramsci Jr: On Remembering His Grandfather

Antonio Gramsci, Jr.
New Left Review
Through the use of family archives and other new sources, the grandson of Italian revolutionary Antonio Gramsci seeks to reconstruct the cultural and political saliance of his grandfather's contributions to building and defending the Italian working class movement and international socialism in the face of Stalinist distortions, capitalist enmity and today's reactionary Russian regime.

When Labor Fought for Civil Rights

Rich Yeselson
Dissent
In reviewing two new books on the 20th Century's intertwined histories of labor, the Democratic Party, the Civil Rights movement, and the African American people, Rich Yeselson offers a nuanced and deeply informed assessment of this complicated tale.

Review: Fences Is an Acting and Directorial Feast Fit for August Wilson's Words

Nsenga K. Burton Ph.D.
The Root
Washington’s and Davis’ reprisals of their superb 2010 Broadway performances, do not disappoint. Washington takes us on an episodic journey through love, pain, betrayal and redemption, and with such heavy topics, the audience will struggle through it. With performances that will literally take your breath away, Fences is a must-see film offering a timeless critique of a family trying to determine who should be on each side of the fence, one fence post at a time.

My Dinners With Harold

Daniel Duane
California Sunday Magazine
Daniel Duane examines how a shy Ph.D. in English literature revolutionized the science of cooking and became revered in the most famous kitchens in the world.

Portside Labor

Collective Bargaining Can Still Work

Andrew Strom
On Labor: Workers, Unions and Politics
Some critics, including some in the labor movement, suggest that unions have to abandon collective bargaining and pursue other strategies for worker gains, such as winning higher wages through legislation. But collective bargaining can still work, and it is still necessary.

In the Fantasy Land of Labor Theorists: Andy Stern’s Latest Contribution

Jay Youngdahl
In These Times
As inequality and its consequences mount, even more struggles and progressive formations will emerge. They are likely to be imperfect and messy, but from them useful ideas as to the future of collective worker action will become clearer. One thing is sure, though: Such a vision will not come from Andy Stern.

Boeing's North Charleston S.C. Workers to Vote on Union Representation

David Wren
Post and Courier
"Labor and community groups supporting the efforts by Boeing workers to form a union will also be in attendance," the IAM's announcement states. Evans, the IAM's lead organizer in North Charleston, and Ken Riley, the longtime president of the local longshoremen's union, are scheduled to speak at Friday's event.

MLK's Advice on Strike Strategy Still Relevant Today

Rand Wilson
Stansbury Forum
King’s strategic advice to the striking Memphis sanitation workers is still useful: winning requires placing the struggle in a larger context that challenges elected officials and government at every level to make America a better nation!

New York Unions Are Packed And Ready For Women’s March On Washington

Ginger Adams Otis
New York Daily News
Many New York unions are joining the Women's March on Washington including District Council 37, the United Federation of Teachers, the New York State Nurses Association, the National Writers Union, Writers Guild of America East, United Food and Commercial Workers 1500, New York State United Teachers and 32BJ SEIU.

The Revolt of Working Parents

Alexia Fernandez Campbell
The Atlantic
Mothers—and some fathers—are increasingly suing employers for discriminating against working parents. They are succeeding.

Puzder Confirmation as Labor Secretary Pushed Back after Worker Protests Ignite

Janet Sparks
Blue MauMau
The confirmation hearing for Trump's Secretary of Labor nominee, Andrew Puzder, was scheduled to start January 17 but has been pushed back and may not happen until next month. It may be that worker protest is having an impact. Critics have revealed that Puzder's company has frequently violated wage and hour, and safety and health laws.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on January 20, 2017

On President Obama's last day Stephen's conservative pundit identical twin cousin, Stephen Colbert, stopped by to wish him farewell.

Posted by Portside on January 20, 2017

Song not heard at Trump inauguration: 'Poor people gonna rise up / take what's theirs'

Posted by Portside on January 20, 2017

You may need to Trump-proof your life. Follow our seven easy steps.

Posted by Portside on January 20, 2017

We travel to Whitley County in Kentucky to find out why people who benefited most from Obamacare would vote for Donald Trump. 

Posted by Portside on January 20, 2017

The waters are rising. Baba Brinkman breaks it down in language that even Donald Trump can understand.

Posted by Portside on December 30, 2016

Chris Hayes examines the parallels between Donald Trump and Nixon with the author of Nixonland.

Posted by Portside on December 30, 2016

"A Better Man" video recorded and filmed live outside on Keb' Mo's back porch.