Newspapers Push for Snowden Pardon

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January 3, 2014
The New York Times and The Guardian (London) published major editorial statements on New Year's Day, reviewing the evidence that Edward Snowden's whistleblowing on NSA spying has largely been vindicated. They call for the creation of conditions that will allow Snowden to return home with dignity.
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Will New York City Lead the Way on Pre-K?

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January 3, 2014
The outlook for Mayor de Blasio’s signature initiative just got a whole lot brighter.
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What to Watch in Drug Policy in 2014

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January 3, 2014
We should anticipate more progress toward rational drug policies in 2014. Here are three key developments.
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The 2013 P.U.-Litzers

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January 3, 2014
Media Moments That Didn't Smell Right
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10 Distrupters Who Really Shook Up the System

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January 2, 2014
In a bleak year filled with bad news, people from Edward Snowden to Elizabeth Warren were brave enough to shake up the establishment. "Fighting the power," as people used to say, is no easy task. Victories are hard to come by and can quickly slide away because the power establishment of money, lobbying, lawyers, PR machines and out-and-out corruption are like Neil Young's rust: they never sleep.
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The Obamacare We Deserve

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January 2, 2014
Obamacare was conceived at the Heritage Foundation, and birthed in Massachusetts by Mitt Romney. Obama took Romneycare, a program designed to keep the private insurance industry intact, and improved some of its provisions. In deciding what course, the question for the new administration, which successfully ran a campaign with a large plank to make major changes to the health care delivery system, try to go around the existing insurance industry or through it?
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In Defense of an Academic Boycott of Israel

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January 2, 2014
The university presidents denouncing boycotts have largely been silent regarding Israel's abuses of Palestinian academics and Palestinian human rights in general. Those presidents may oppose our principled stance, they should at least have the decency to acknowledge those abuses. The recent passing of Nelson Mandela has reminded us of a time when people bravely stood up to apartheid by initiating boycotts and other proactive measures to isolate the South African...
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Tidbits - January 2, 2014

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January 2, 2014
Reader Comments - Pope Francis, Catholic Church and The Sound of Music; Year in Review, 2014 and Bernie Sanders for President; Inside Llewyn Davis and Dave Van Ronk; Duck Dynasty; Universal Healthcare; Corporate Greed and Financial Speculators; Fast Food Workers; Hollywood and McCarthyism; Facebook is Dead? Niilo Koponen - R.I.P.; Seeking memories of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade
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The Latest Strike Against Academic Freedom

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January 2, 2014
"The chief executive officer of a state university has the authority to suspend, dismiss or terminate from employment any faculty or staff member who makes improper use of social media...including but not limited to blogs, wikis, and social networking sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube. `Improper use of social media' means making a communication through social media" that directly incites violence or some other "immediate...
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NFL Owners: It’s Not Your Coaches. It’s You

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January 1, 2014
Most damning is that in each and every case, with the possible exception of Detroit and Tampa Bay, the team would be better served by just firing the owners and keeping the head coaches who were sent packing.
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Portside Culture

Portside Fund Appeal - What a Year It's Been

Portside
It's been an extraordinary year. A year of unparalleled dangers, which we wont dwell on, as you know them well. Also a year that people invented new ways to assert themselves -- from athletes kneeling to women speaking out to voters flipping seats up and down the ballot. Just once a year we appeal to you to contribute to make it possible to continue this work. Please help.

Black People Can’t Swim

Diana Goetsch
Gettysburg Review
In our age of cultural pluralism, mixing ethnicity, race, religion, gender, not to mention economics, the poet Diana Goetsch enjoys an evening celebrating what’s different and what’s not

Was Aaron Burr the Embryo Caesar?

Eric Foner
London Review of Books
Little is known about the veracity of the so-called Burr Conspiracy, the alleged effort by Aaron Burr to split off the western territories to form a separate nation in the early 1800s. People, the book's author writes, clung to familiar stories; they ‘embraced different certainties’ regardless of new information and revelations.

Future Home of the Living God

Robert Goodman
Newtown Review of Books
Erdrich takes up the genre of literary dystopia in a manner that is focused, writes reviewer Goodman, "on the agency of women and the centrality of procreation and pregnancy in the way they are treated by society."

Santa Barbara Film Festival To Open With Emilio Estevez’s ‘The Public’

Bruce Haring
Deadline Hollywood
'The Public' follows a group of homeless library patrons, who, after learning that emergency shelters are at capacity during a brutal Midwestern cold front, refuse to leave Cincinnati’s downtown public library at closing. What begins as a nonviolent Occupy sit-in and ragtag act of civil disobedience quickly escalates into a stand-off with local riot police, a no-nonsense crisis negotiator, and a savvy DA with lofty political ambitions.

West Africa steams over jollof rice war

Anisa Subedar & Iqbal Ahmed
BBC News
Jollof rice is a dish hugely popular in countries such as Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cameroon. Somehow, Mark Zuckerberg got into the fray about which country's recipe is best.

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NLRB moves to roll back rule giving workers' contact information to unions

Sean Higgins
Washington Examiner
"This action indicates an intent to appease employers who want every tool possible to defeat workers’ efforts to form a union, instead of ensuring the fairness of the union representation process," said Rep. Bobby Scott of Virginia, the top Democrat on the House Education and the Workforce Committee.

Portside Annual Fund Appeal - Information is Power

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Information is power. Our mission at Portside Labor is to seek out and to provide information that empowers you -- that empowers the left. Every day we search hundreds of sources to connect you with the most interesting, striking and useful material.

Shift Change: How New Orleans Hospitality Workers are Organizing Their Industry

Kat Stromquist
Gambit
In an echo of national worker's rights movements such as Fight for $15 and OUR Walmart, New Orleans hospitality workers are coming together in an attempt to rearrange the building blocks of their industry. Both on their own and with the support of a union, workers are becoming their own advocates, in an effort to — as Marlene Patrick-Cooper, the local organizing director for the UNITE HERE union, often says — "turn poverty jobs into middle-class jobs."

Leaving the Fortresses: Between Class Internationalism and Nativist Social Democracy

Gareth Dale
Viewpoint Magazine
The left often falls victim to the myth that globalization and migration pose big threats to jobs and wages. This is a mistake. International migration is high, but not significantly so. And the idea that labor market competition can be overcome by raising borders, defending the “nation,” and excluding immigrants is a Sozialismus der dummen Kerle [a socialism of chumps, of numpties].

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on December 15, 2017

Dulce Sloan breaks down why African-American women are responsible for helping Roy Moore lose the Alabama Senate race.

Posted by Portside on December 15, 2017

Many Bible verses actually have a pretty icky description of what marriage ought to be. As this song reminds us.

Posted by Portside on December 15, 2017

A closer look at the Democrats' shocking Alabama election victory, which delivered a stunning blow to both Steve Bannon and President Trump.

Posted by Portside on December 15, 2017

Hurray! No child molesters in the U.S. Senate. But don't celebrate too soon. Francesca Fiorentini explains.

Posted by Portside on December 15, 2017

Stephen has a message for the FCC that also involves a phrase beginning with 'F.'

Posted by Portside on December 8, 2017

Former President Barack Obama urged voters this week to stay engaged in democracy, warning that complacency was responsible for the rise of Nazi Germany.

 

Posted by Portside on December 8, 2017

Preacher Celebrates his 69th birthday at the Granite Rail in Quincy MA (2011)!