My Guantanamo Solidarity Hunger Strike

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May 10, 2013
The detainees are screaming for justice from the outside world, and now they are being heard.
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'The Book of Woe': Psychiatry's Last Stand

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May 10, 2013
An account of the making of the new DSM questions whether psychiatry is -- or should be -- a science.
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Michigan: Largest Fast Food Strike Yet

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May 10, 2013
As many as 400 workers at more than 60 fast food restaurants in the Detroit metro area walked off the job on Friday. The fast food strike in Detroit is the second major labor action to hit an American city’s fast food industry this week: On Wednesday and Thursday, more than 100 workers in St. Louis walked off the job at roughly 30 different restaurants. These rolling walkouts followed similar actions in New York, central Pennsylvania, and Chicago.
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Guatemala: Why We Cannot Turn Away

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May 10, 2013
Miles O'Brien reports from Guatemala on forensic science used to document charges of a genocide against thousands of indigenous Mayans in the 80s. From Boing Boing's Xeni Jardin, who co-produced the piece, here's a look at their reporting.
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Targeting Stephen Hawking and Dustin Hoffman

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May 10, 2013
Increasingly, the rabid far-right 'pro-Israel' camp is carrying out repulsive, hate-filled attacks on Jews whose most cherished wish is to see a stronger, more democratic Israel. It is time to take a stand. The celebrated physicist Stephen Hawking became embroiled in a deepening furor today over his decision to boycott a prestigious conference in Israel in protest over the state's occupation of Palestine.
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Worker Ownership, 5 Years in the Making

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May 9, 2013
The New Era Windows Cooperative opens its doors (and windows) for business. The workers know launching and running a company won't be easy, but given their deep knowledge of the industry and their personal investment in the project, they are confident they can do it.
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Tidbits - May 9, 2013

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May 9, 2013
Reader's Comments - End of the War in Viet Nam; Paid Sick Leave Law in New York; Guantanamo; Dodging Corporate Taxes; Working Class; Education; Health Care; Songs for May Day; Interview with Rene Gonzalez; What Can I Do - Portside emails have suddenly stopped? Alert for Earthlink, Mindspring, IGC PeoplePC readers Announcement - New York City Troublemakers School, May 18; International Forum on Globalization - Peoples of the Pacific - Berkeley Teach-In - June 1...
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Bosses Don't Have to Notify Workers of Rights

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May 9, 2013
Appeals Court rules NLRB cannot require employers to post notices informing employees of their labor rights. The decision, which comes less than three weeks after lack of regulatory enforcement led to a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas that killed 14 and left about 200 injured, opens the door for businesses to challenge requirements that workers be informed of their health, safety and employment rights.
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Needed - Peace On The Korean Peninsula

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May 9, 2013
The details of U.S.-North Korean relations are complex, the story is relatively simple. The U.S. government continues to reject possibilities for normalizing relations with North Korea and promoting peace on the Korean peninsula in favor of a dangerous policy of regime change. And, the U.S. media supports this policy choice with a deliberately one sided presentation of events designed to make North Korea appear to be an unwilling and untrustworthy negotiating partner.
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Is the Welfare State in Crisis?

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May 8, 2013
Not only is this narrative mistaken, but by indulging in it, we are missing a huge opportunity to learn the lessons that Denmark might offer us
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Portside Culture

Where Will You Go When Things Get Worse?

Susan Cohen
portside
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
Eater.com
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.

Lament

Debra Marquart
New Letters
Earth Day on our minds, what can be more rueful than what's happened to the once-ignored state of North Dakota, fracked to its core? Poet Debra Marquart sings a lament.

Portside Labor

The Price for Killing Workers Must Be Prison

Leo Gerard
AlterNet
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

KEVIN SWAIN
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.

India: Workers Vow to Fight Maruti Suzuki Murder Charges

Sindhu Menon
Equal Times
Since 16 March, over 100,000 workers across India have participated in work stoppages after a court sentenced 13 unionists to life imprisonment. The charges stem from deadly clashes that took place at the at the Maruti Suzuki India Limited auto plant in 2012 after management refused to recognize a union formed in a bid to end the mass casualisation of jobs and improve working conditions. India's auto industry is one of the world's largest.

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.