100 Years: First Big Suffragist March in DC

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March 3, 2013
The movement for women’s suffrage had begun in 1848 in Seneca Falls, but the suffrage parade of 1913 was undoubtedly its turning point. Feminists today face many daunting challenges, but it’s inspiring to recognize that at a time when our foremothers confronted even more formidable obstacles, they responded with great courage, ingenuity, and even joy. One hundred years later, their example still burns bright.
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How Are Drone Targets Chosen?

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March 3, 2013
Attacks against unknown militants reportedly may account for the majority of drone strikes. So what signatures does the U.S. look for and how much evidence is needed to justify a strike?
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Diet and Heart Health

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March 3, 2013
A study, published last week in The New England Journal of Medicine, is now shaking up the field of cardiovascular medicine , infusing it with optimism This is a watershed moment in the field of nutrition, medical experts say. For the first time, researchers have shown that a diet can have an effect as powerful as drugs in preventing what really matters to patients — heart attacks, and strokes and deaths from cardiovascular disease.
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The Sequestering of Barack Obama

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March 3, 2013
Obama needs to do something that doesn't come easily to him. He needs to demolish the previous terms of debate, some of them partly of his own making - he needs to disavow earlier mistaken policies that he embraced. Otherwise he will preside over the worst eight-year economic record of any Democratic president, and the steepest rate of decline in social spending. He will leave an economy even more unequal than he inherited. He needs to find the audacity to...
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Labor Rights Versus the Law

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March 3, 2013
Recent events have begun to cause labor activists to seriously consider if a hamstrung NLRB, and emboldened employers, could potentially inspire some unions to push the limits of labor law to try alternative means that are outside the law or if they can and should borrow the strategies used by the NAACP and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund to expand civil rights.
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REWIND - Feb. 2, 2013

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March 2, 2013
REWIND - A Week of Quotes and Cartoons
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21st Century Full Employment Act

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March 2, 2013
Focus on restoring workers' dignity and the nation's economy by restoring full employment.
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2013 Anniversaries - Budget and Palestine

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March 1, 2013
The crisis in Mali, Hillary Clinton’s legacy, and why Obama has not closed Guantanamo Bay prison.
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German Troops to Mali

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March 2, 2013
Shadows from the past, sadly evoked by events of the present, from Afghanistan and Gaza to Syria and Mal
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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.

American-turned-Israeli Journalist Crushes Liberal Zionism

(((James North)))
Mondoweiss
A one-time defender of Israeli policy toward the Palestinians, the well-regarded journalist has had an extended and systematic rethink that is part memoir and part scourging critique, concluding that the reigning Israeli consensus, abetted by the U.S. and shared by liberal Zionists, is less a victim and more a provocateur, with a long list of moral and ethical lapses and a compelling case for world censure and well-deserving of boycott, disinvestment and sanctions.

It’s No Fad: I’m White and I’m Mad

Jordache A. Ellapen
The Common Reader
Many commentators who have affirmed that something called "white rage" gave us Trump appear to treat the phenomenon as if it was a newly sprouted thing. Here is a book that aims to add nuance and historical context to a widely noted, but still too-little examined, aspect of our contemporary political reality.

New Film Is a Double Portrait of Emile Zola and Paul Cézanne

Eric A. Gordon
Hollywood Progressive
Their lives crossed paths diagonally. Zola started off fatherless and poor, but through his writing eventually joined the very bourgeoisie he mocked in his early work. By contrast, Cézanne came from a wealthy banking family but rejected his privilege to focus entirely on his work, depending, often unwittingly, on the kindness of his more successful colleagues, such as Zola himself and the painter Edouard Manet.

Maamoul: An Ancient Cookie That Ushers In Easter And Eid In The Middle East

Amy E. Robertson
NPR Foodways
In the Levantine region of the Middle East, the Easter or Eid holidays are marked by a shortbread cookie called maamoul. Stuffed with date paste or chopped walnuts or pistachios, and dusted with powdered sugar, these buttery cookies are the perfect reward after a month of fasting during Ramadan or Lent.

Portside Labor

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.

Globalization and the End of the Labor Aristocracy

Jayati Ghosh
Dollars and Sense
Imperialism has changed form, which has tremendous implications for workers worldwide. Sadly, this hasn't yet created conditions for international solidarity but the potential exists. The new situation requires new and more relevant economic models of socialism to be developed, if they are to capture the popular imagination.

Friday Nite Videos

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.

Posted by Portside on April 22, 2017

Beethoven's Ode to Joy (Ninth Symphony) is the official anthem of the European Union. Flash mob performance by the Nuremburg Sympthony.

Posted by Portside on April 21, 2017

The largely unknown and pivotal role played by Black landowning families in the deep South who controlled over a million acres in the 1960s. Available through California Newsreel. 

 

Posted by Portside on April 21, 2017

Scientists at a national conference of the American Geophysical Union speak out.

Posted by Portside on April 14, 2017

Jordan Klepper speaks to Pastor Mark Burns, one of Donald Trump's religious supporters, to find out how the GOP presidential hopeful stacks up as a Christian.

Posted by Portside on April 14, 2017

Why is Trump breaking his promise on carried interest? The White House is full of bankers and hedge fund managers who, over the last decade, have collectively dodged nearly $180 billion in taxes!