Military Dumps Waste on Tiny Black Community

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August 5, 2017
When a stockpile of aging explosives blew up at a former Army ammunition plant in Minden, Louisiana, the U.S. military had a public relations disaster on their hands. What were they going to do with the remaining 18 million pounds of old explosives? They shipped it to a plant in Colfax, a tiny, African-American corner of Louisiana, the only commercial facility in the nation allowed to burn explosives and munitions waste with no environmental emissions controls.
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GE’s Switch

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August 5, 2017
Jeff Immelt’s resignation as CEO of General Electric shows that we cannot think of industry as finance’s opponent.
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A Vatican Shot Across the Bow for Hard-Line

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August 5, 2017
The article warns that conservative American Catholics have strayed dangerously into the deepening political polarization in the United States. The writers even declare that the worldview of American evangelical and hard-line Catholics, which is based on a literal interpretation of the Bible, is “not too far apart’’ from jihadists.
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A manual for a new era of direct action

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August 5, 2017
What follows is a different manual from the one we put out over 50 years ago. Then, movements operated in a robust empire that was used to winning its wars. The government was fairly stable and held great legitimacy in the eyes of the majority.
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Neil Gaiman: ‘There’s no point wearing a cowb

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August 5, 2017
The author, 56, talks about writers’ humility, bygone bestsellers, memory loss, heroes and being exactly famous enough
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Our BDS Movement Turns 12 in July

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August 4, 2017
The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) is the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society. It leads and supports the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Follow on social media. In face of continued USA-funded and supported Israeli atrocities, participate in BDS actions!
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Study: Pro-War and High Casualties = Clinton

August 4, 2017
An important new study has come out showing that Clinton paid for this arrogance: professors argue that Clinton lost the battleground states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan in last year’s presidential election because they had some of the highest casualty rates during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and voters there saw Clinton as the pro-war candidate.
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Executive Branch Accountable: Drones

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August 4, 2017
"It is not the role of the Judiciary to second-guess the determination of the Executive, in coordination with the Legislature, that the interests of the US call for a particular military action in the ongoing War on Terror." Taking issue with the DC Circuit's application of the political question doctrine, it was queried, "if judges will not check this outsized power, then who will?" Our democracy is broken."
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South's Felony Disenfranchisement Laws

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August 4, 2017
While all Southern states have laws disenfranchising people while they are incarcerated and on probation or parole, Florida stands out with one of the nation's most restrictive felony disenfranchisement laws — one of only four states that impose a lifetime ban on voting for anyone convicted of a felony. The others are Virginia, Kentucky and Iowa.
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The Pentagon Playbook for Recruiting Students

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August 4, 2017
Ominous developments in three states this summer -- Oregon, Texas, New Jersey, and one city -- Chicago, provide a glimpse into the Pentagon's new playbook to recruit soldiers from high schools across the country. In brief, the military has been engaged in a robust lobbying campaign to lower academic standards to make it easier to recruit youth.
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Portside Culture

Class & Inequality: The Book that Explains Charlottesville

Marshall Steinbaum
Boston Review
The University of Virginia has long been a bastion of white supremacy and its validating scholarship. The book’s author identifies how such antidemocratic sentiment has long gestated in academia generally, encapsulated in neoclassical economics and its validation of alleged rational economic behaviors -- theories that originated in opposition to the New Deal and the Civil Rights movement and predominate in today's conservative and far-right movements today.

A Test of American Traditions

Darryl Holter
Los Angeles Review of Books
This little book has become an unlikely political best-seller in these unlikely political times.

Is 3D Printing the Next Frontier in Food and Nutrition?

Kristin Sargianis
Cook's Science
3D printing has started to make its way into the culinary world and a handful of chefs are experimenting with printing beautiful, edible designs, but are we ready for this technology? Is 3D printing poised to revolutionize the way we eat?

Sonogram Storytelling

Danielle DeTiberus
Pank Magazine
This is a poem about abortion--the law versus the rights of women--by the poet Danielle DeTiberus. Here's why she wrote it: Currently, 25 states regulate that a woman undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion. In some cases, the doctor performing the ultrasound must narrate the procedure, following a script which the AMA has found to contain false and misleading information.

Memories of Struggle and Despair in the Philippines

Alex de Jong
New Politics
For three decades, eight members of the Quimpo family dedicated themselves to the anti-Marcos resistance in the Philippines, sometimes at profound personal cost. In this memoir, they tell stories that comprise a family saga of revolution, persistence, and, ultimately, vindication, even as easy resolution eluded them. The authors are also critical of the Communist Party of the Philippines and its rural-based strategy of protracted people’s war.

Portside Labor

Racism in Charlottesville: CBTU Statement on Unite the Right Rally

Rev. Terry Melvin
CBTU
Trump has been apt to condemn and mock anyone he finds offensive. He has no problem commenting on women bleeding, but has no comment when someone is bleeding from being hit by a car. His lack of commentary is indicative of his relationship to the white racists. While I do not believe all those who support this president are racist, I do believe all racists support this president. His lack of actions and words have reinforced this fact.

The Racist Origins of Right to Work

Michael Pierce
Labor Notes
As alt-right and white supremacist movements grow it is important to revisit history and see the ways in which most hate movements are intertwined.

A Working-Class Strategy for Defeating White Supremacy

Gabriel Kristal
In These Times
To advance anti-racism on the macro scale, we need to collectively engage in popular struggle, rooted in a left platform that is relevant and intuitive for poor and working people. There should be an immediate creation of a hopeful, broad-based mission that is winnable, which will serve to expand the resistance movement and create an organized majority to kill pernicious nationalism, masquerading as populism.

Murphy Oil May Be The Last Workers’ Rights Case

Celine McNicholas
Economic Policy Institute
The NLRB has found these forced arbitration agreements interfere with workers’ right to engage in concerted activity for their mutual aid and protection, in violation of the NLRA.

‘Imagine If Migrant Workers Had Labor Rights’

Tula Connell
Solidarity Center
Women in migration are not ‘vulnerable,’ in need of ‘rescue’—they are advocates and agents of change. Current migration policies must be changed from being about ‘protecting women’ to ‘protecting women’s rights. The rights of capital to move freely across borders is unchallenged. There must be a commensurate expansion of the rights of migrant workers forced to cross borders.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on August 16, 2017

VICE News Tonight correspondent Elle Reeve goes behind the scenes with white nationalist leaders, including Christopher Cantwell, Robert Ray, David Duke, and Matthew Heimbach — as well as counter-protesters. VICE News Tonight also spoke with residents of Charlottesville, members of the Black Lives Matter movement, and the Charlottesville Police. Up close and personal access from the neo-Nazi protests at Emancipation Park to Cantwell’s hideaway outside of Virginia.

Posted by Portside on August 16, 2017

By refusing to take a side on the violence in Charlottesville, Trump has taken a side.

Posted by Portside on August 16, 2017

President Donald Trump is defending efforts to preserve confederate statues like the one of General Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville. Lawrence O'Donnell looks back at the legacy of the man who was indicted for treason and led the Confederate Army.

Posted by Portside on August 16, 2017

CNN's Jim Acosta on Tuesday reports on Donald Trump’s “strange, surreal stunning and baffling” press conference, explaining the world witnessed “a presidency go off the rails.”

Posted by Portside on August 16, 2017

 

 

Charlottesville Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy tells CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that his community has rallied in solidarity against the hateful white supremacist and neo-Nazi elements that turned the city until a battle zone on Saturday and killed an anti-racist counter-protester. 

Posted by Portside on July 28, 2017

Based on the true story if the Algiers Motel incident, starring John Krasinski, John Boyega, and Anthony Mackie. In theaters Aug 4.

 

Posted by Portside on July 28, 2017

A collaboration with Jorge Cham (PhD comics) and Daniel Whiteson gives a mind-bending answer to a deceptively simple question.