Turkey Deputy PM Sorry for 'Excessive Force'

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June 4, 2013
Bulent Arinc apologises to original environmental protesters as two men die in continuing demonstrations.
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Burning Tulsa: Legacy of Black Dispossession

 Legacy of Black Dispossession feature image
June 4, 2013
The Tulsa Race Riot stands as one of the most violent episodes of dispossession in U.S. history.
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North Carolina Peaceful Uprising Continues

North Carolina Peaceful Uprising Continues feature image
June 4, 2013
'If you thought you had a fight a month ago, you ain't seen nothing yet,' say protest leaders as 151 arrested
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Don't Be Fooled by the False Economic Recover

June 4, 2013
We all want to believe a recovery is here, but indicators are that it's not. We're getting swindled again by banks and politicians.
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The Cloudy Skies Corporations Want to Sell Yo

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June 3, 2013
It's the nature of the shallow, consumer-driven, dream-drunken culture our society tries to impose on us that we popularly adopt terms without knowing what they mean and, more often than not, they don't mean much of anything. Such is the case with "the Cloud".
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The hopes that blaze in Istanbul

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June 3, 2013
This was the third night of demonstrations. The main meme - as with the flags - is "we are sons of Ataturk". That is, we are a secular republic and we are worried about the autocratic use of power by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, combined with a creeping Islamisation. However, there is another view: "We're all here," one masked woman told me. "Communists, anarchists, democrats. It's not an Ataturkist movement."
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Moral Imperative of Bradley Manning

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June 3, 2013
Official Washington still glorifies George W. Bush’s “successful surge” in Iraq while ignoring the wanton slaughter inflicted on Iraqis. So, there remains a high-level desire to harshly punish Pvt. Bradley Manning for exposing the horrific truth about that and other war crimes.
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Nissan Makes Gift to Medgar Evers Institute

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June 3, 2013
My old friend Ray Smithhart would have loved the irony of union-fighting manufacturer Nissan making a gift of $100,000 to the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute. Known in his later years as the “dean of Mississippi’s labor organizers,” Smithhart worked closely with civil rights martyr Medgar Evers in the late 1950s and early 1960s, forging a link between the labor and civil rights movements that Martin Luther King Jr. himself saw as key to the future of both.
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The Problem with Partition

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June 3, 2013
A human rights approach could lead the way to resolving the problems of partition and the problems of a two state solution. International human rights treaties offer states alternatives to partition. Instead, human rights conventions offer types of integration that protect the existence and identity of national linguistic, ethnic, and religious groups.
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Who Really Opposes Affirmative Action

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June 2, 2013
When someone says that most Americans oppose race-based affirmative action, what they really mean is most White Americans oppose it.
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Portside Culture

Life Jacket

Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad
Heartjournalonline
The New York poet Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad offers a soulful Life Jacket to those displaced and forlorn by international tragedies: "remember," she writes, "you were born first/into a province of hope."

Ava DuVernay Thinks Little Brown Girls Should Be Space Travelers, Too

Mattie Kahn
Elle
People seem to think that a movie or a television show or a book is "diverse" when there are "one or two black people or brown people, or one girl or a couple of girls," DuVernay says. "Inclusion is really half—half of the cast, half of the directors, half of the writers are women or girls, half of the room, more than half of the room is of color," she says. "I think we get really satisfied with less.

Hispanic Coalition Stands With Asian Actors On ‘Hawaii Five-0,’ Says Network Was ‘Bigoted’

Carolina Moreno
Huffington Post
“It’s going to cost [CBS] with the Asian community and with other communities of color.” Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park recently quit the network’s reboot of “Hawaii Five-0” after seven seasons. Sources told Variety the decision came after the actors asked the network for pay equal to their white co-stars, Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan, but were offered 10 to 15 percent less.

Portside Labor

Boston Nurses Are Bringing Back the Strike

Sarah Betancourt
In These Times
Tufts Medical Center nurses went back to work on Monday after launching the first Boston nurses’ strike in more than three decade. Despite the collective action, the roughly 1,200 nurses who walked out still face barriers to a satisfactory resolution.

Solidarity with Palestine is not Hate Speech, says Cosatu

Cosatu
Morning Star
A South African court ruled that the trade union federation Costau is guilty of hate speech and anti-Semitism because of its support of Palestinian rights. The union denounced the ruling as an attack against workers’ rights to offer solidarity, freedom of expression and the struggle for justice and dignity for all.

Big, Brash and Bent on Change; Chief of Local Sees Corruption in City Workers' Union

Steven Greenhouse
The New York Times
Mark Rosenthal died July 15, 2017. He was a rank and file trade unionist who helped change the face of the New York City labor movement in the late 1990's and beyond. He was a founding member of the Committee for real Change in DC 37, AFSCME and former Local 983 President. Steven Greenhouse's article in The New York Times September 30, 1998 is a fitting tribute to Mark Rosenthal

Big, Brash and Bent on Change; Chief of Local Sees Corruption in City Workers' Union

Steven Greenhouse
The New York Times
Mark Rosenthal died July 15, 2017. He was a rank and file trade unionist who helped change the face of the New York City labor movement in the late 1990's and beyond. He was a founding member of the Committee for Real Change in DC 37, AFSCME and President of Local 983. Steven Greenhouse's article in The New York Times in 1998 is the best obituary Mark could have.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on July 21, 2017

Keegan-Michael Key's famous character Luther, Obama's anger translator, rode off into the sunset at the end of the 44th President's second term. Or so we thought...

Posted by Portside on July 21, 2017

Official music video of Mia Paz performing 'Shelter'

Posted by Portside on July 21, 2017

As the Russia story keeps getting worse, we're going to see just how far the network is willing to go to stay on Trump's good side.

Posted by Portside on July 22, 2017

The max speed of a Tyrannosaurus rex was about 12 mph, according to scientists at University of Manchester. 

Posted by Portside on July 22, 2017

Seth takes a closer look at President Trump's New York Times interview, in which he lashes out at his own attorney general and threatens the special counsel investigating him.

Posted by Portside on July 14, 2017

Ezra Klein wondered what it must have been like to live through Watergate. Now he thinks he knows.

Posted by Portside on July 14, 2017

Stand up for what you believe / Resist the 'powers that be' / Preserve the land and save the seas / For the children of destiny