Your Farm Is Trying to Kill You

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April 16, 2017
Far from a bucolic idyll, farming in America is one of its most dangerous professions. And almost no one is trying to change that.
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Neocons Are Giddy Over Trump’s Syria Strike

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April 15, 2017
Following the Trump Administration’s missile strike in Syria many of the neoconservative architects of the Iraq War are suddenly hopeful Trump will go further and pursue regime change in Syria, and then Iran. The dominant neocon theme, echoing the long-held position of the Saudis, the Gulf monarchies, and Israel, is the missile strike should be the first step in the implementation of a larger regional strategy to roll back Iranian (and Russian) influence in the region.
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What Is Single-Payer Healthcare

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April 15, 2017
Single payer would simplify all of this by largely cutting out the insurance and pharmaceutical companies and untethering coverage from your job. The losers are those middlemen, like private insurance companies, that make the current system so frustrating to navigate and politically fraught. Also, much to the dismay of the wealthiest households, their taxes would increase the most of any group.
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Cui Bono - Who Benefits?

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April 15, 2017
Overnight, the despised Trump became a national hero. Even liberals kissed his feet. BUT THROUGHOUT, that question continued to nag my mind. Why did Assad do it? What did he have to gain?
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Voting on Dictatorship

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April 15, 2017
Tomorrow's referendum in Turkey is about one thing: Erdogan's brazen bid for dictatorial power.
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Trump Trial Balloon to Eliminate Social Secur

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April 15, 2017
“We were always able to say Social Security doesn’t add a penny to the deficit, and if all of a sudden there’s general revenue flowing to it, then it does contribute to the deficit,” she said. “It undermines the idea that it’s an earned benefit.”
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Friday Nite Videos | April 14, 2017

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April 14, 2017
The Divinity of Donald Trump. Tax Dodge: The Carried Interest Loophole. Elizabeth Warren | The Cover-Up In Trump’s Taxes. America Will Be - Uniting a Movement. Is a Socialist Future Possible? Sarah Leonard & Bhaskar Sunkara.
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Trump Pivots — He's Even More Right-Wing

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April 14, 2017
Trump is pivoting. But the emerging Trumpism 2.0 is in most respects more extreme than what it’s left behind.
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Trump Loses in Court Again - on Voter ID

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April 14, 2017
A federal judge ruled that Texas’ voter ID was intended to discriminate against blacks and Latinos. The Department of Justice tried to argue otherwise.
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Portside Culture

Marque Richardson on His Big Episode of Dear White People and How Art Can Be Activism

Jackson McHenry
In the wrenching fifth episode of the series, Reggie gets into a fight with a white character who uses the N-word at a party, then winds up held at gunpoint by the campus police. As Richardson explained, the episode, which was directed by Moonlight’s Barry Jenkins, rejiggered the structure of the show and forced the writers to figure out a new way forward.

Where Will You Go When Things Get Worse?

Susan Cohen
Our ship of state, writes Berkeley poet Susan Cohen, may be facing extinction, but there's no practical escape that will suffice; alternatively, we may resist.

The Stubborn Optimist: Following the Persevering Example of the Writer and Activist Grace Paley

Nicholas Dames
The Atlantic
Writer, poet, college teacher, political activist, peace agitator and feminist,Grace Paley was a well-known and highly respected commodity to those of us active in left protest during the 1960 and much later. This new collection of her writings should remind us of what we justifiably admired most, not just her talent as a writer but her commitment to the struggle and the long haul.

The Revelatory Horror of The Zookeeper’s Wife

Jacob Soll
New Republic
The Zookeeper’s Wife shows the Holocaust was not an easy existential battle fought between a massive evil machine and good, tough men. It was also made up of unrecorded domestic crimes, often of sexual aggression and abuse. What Caro makes clear is that a society that overlooks these transgressions is in dangerous territory. In attempting to understand these crimes and how to counter them, Caro challenges us to look closer to home, into the finer grain of the horror.

How Lunch Became a Pile of Bologna

Amy McKeever
How we feel about bologna reveals something about ourselves. The history of such seemingly mundane food can be fascinating, as is consideration of its future.

Portside Labor

Who Moved My Teachers?

Patrick Caldwell
Mother Jones
Wisconsin's war on unions has gutted schools. The rest of America could be next.

The Price for Killing Workers Must Be Prison

Leo Gerard
Nationally, at all workplaces, one employee is killed on the job every other hour. Twelve a day. These are not all accidents. Too many are foreseeable, preventable, avoidable tragedies. With the approach of April 28, Workers Memorial Day 2017, the USW is seeking in America what workers in Canada have to prevent these deaths. That is a law holding supervisors and corporate officials criminally accountable and exacting serious prison sentences when workers die on the job.

Local 33 Members Begin Hunger Strike

Yale News
Eight members of the graduate student union Local 33 began an indefinite, collective fast in front of University President Peter Salovey’s home on Tuesday in an effort to persuade Yale to begin collective bargaining.

America’s manliest industries are all competing for women

Danielle Paquette
The Washington Post
The Iron Workers want to attract and retain more journeywomen, who tend to quit at a higher rate. The demographic represents a huge opportunity for growth, a way to bolster the future dues-paying membership. But recruiting women into a historically male space - and keeping them around - isn't as easy. Almost 9 in 10 female construction workers have dealt with sexual harassment on the job, aLabor Department study found.

Harvesting Union Rights in the Field

Sonia Singh
Labor Notes
Unlike most guestworkers, many in North Carolina have a say in their working conditions and seniority rights because they belong to a union, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on April 28, 2017

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner hold an incredible amount of political power. That's troubling considering their incredibly small amount of political experience.

Posted by Portside on April 28, 2017


Starting with Carlos Varela in Havana and featuring over 75 Cuban musicians around the world, from Havana and Santiago to Miami, Barcelona and Tokyo. 

Posted by Portside on April 28, 2017

On Earth Day, April 22, Bill Nye, “The Science Guy,” spoke in front of large crowd in Washington DC, declared "Science must shape policy." Official March For Science website.

Posted by Portside on April 28, 2017

Donald Trump (Anthony Atamanuik) of The President Show explains how he'll pay for his U.S.-Mexico border wall, reform taxes and make Comedy Central great again.

Posted by Portside on April 28, 2017

Variety: "The complex story of how McVeigh came to be the righteous and violent sociopath he was. He saw himself as a freedom fighter going to war against the evils of big government." 

Posted by Portside on April 21, 2017

Even though he doesn't identify as a member of the party, Senator Bernie Sanders is on the road with DNC Chair Tom Perez.

Posted by Portside on April 22, 2017

The presidential election in France could determine the political future of Europe. John Oliver visits an excessively French bistro to deliver an urgent message to voters.