The Bastar Land Grab in India

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April 22, 2013
An Interview with Sudha Bharadwaj. Sudha Bharadwaj is a lawyer and a member of the People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and the Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha (Mazdoor Karkyakarta Committee). CMM was founded in 1982 by legendary union leader Shankar Guha Niyogi (assassinated in 1991), to organize beyond union issues alone. Sudha is also part of a legal collective, called Janhit, that works with movement organizations. Justin Podur interviewed her in Raipur in March...
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The Rule of Law in Times of Ecological Collap

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April 22, 2013
With mass species die-offs, threats to human food supplies, toxicity of air and water, along with deforestation and ocean destruction and the justifiably dominant concern of climate change causing long-term droughts, floods, and extreme storms, the rule of law needs to be applied to the environment. The Green Shadow Cabinet will make putting in place the rule of law a top priority.
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US Shows Contempt for Venezuelan Democracy

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April 22, 2013
Washington's clumsy efforts to de-legitimise Venezuela's election mark a escalation of its push for regime change.
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The Last Lost Cause

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April 22, 2013
Book Review - In Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time, by Ira Katznelson. Was the mid-century dominance of southern Democrats essential to the defeat of Hitler and the triumph of American democracy?
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Read Him His Rights

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April 22, 2013
The capture of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev presents an opportunity to show that fighting terrorism doesn't require abandoning the Constitution.
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'Big Men' Explores Greed in West African Oil

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April 21, 2013
Rachel Boynton has created a film that takes an expansive, yet focused, look at how oil makes its way from deep in an ocean off the coast of Ghana to the U.S. stock exchange, and the ensuing complications. The film explores the connections between the Ghanaian company who finds the oil field, the small Texas oil company who drills, the Wall Street private equity partners who invest, and the Ghanaian government officials who manage the contracts.
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Polio's Moving Target

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April 21, 2013
Finding and vaccinating Nigerian nomads may be one of the last obstacles to the eradication of polio. Remote settlements in northern Nigeria remain a challenge for vaccine workers.
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Taking the "Con" Out of Economics

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April 21, 2013
A recent “Spreadsheet Scandal” has rocked the economics world. It has eliminated the last remaining technical argument in support of the President’s “chained CPI” Social Security cut. Earlier this year the IMF admitted they had made errors in their modelling of expenditure multipliers. Now, the darlings of the austerity cultists – Rogoff and Reinhart – has been exposed for errors in spreadsheet coding. Who is ever going to take responsibility for these travesties?
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Before Housing Bubbles, There Was Land Fever

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April 21, 2013
Since 1997, we have lived through the biggest real estate bubble in United States history — followed by the most calamitous decline in housing prices that the country has ever seen. Fundamental factors like inflation and construction costs affect home prices, of course. But the radical shifts in housing prices in recent years were caused mainly by investor-induced speculation. Previous events were fundamentally different from the recent housing bubble.
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The Organizing Model-As American as Apple Pie

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April 21, 2013
Unions have looked to the US for ideas about how to fight back. They adopted "The Organizing Model," an approach to organizing first developed by the AFL-CIO in the 1980s that is now a core principle in virtually every major labor organization in the US, Europe, Australia, and parts of Asia. While the shift to an "organizing" orientation is more than necessary, it is also less than sufficient to revive the labor movement and it's shortcomings...
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The Sense of Art: In Memoriam John Berger

Mike Gonzalez
International Socialism
British artist, novelist, prodigious essayist and poet John Berger, best known for her magisterial and approachable Ways of Seeing and who died in January, is remembered here for his radical approach to Art, when it functions to make sense of what life’s brutalities cannot, when it becomes a meeting place of the invisible, the irreducible, the enduring, what Berger called guts and honor.

A Great Vision

Kim Scipes
Substance News
A writer tells the story of his left wing family. Reviewer Scipes takes us on a tour.

A Great Vision

Kim Scipes
Substance News
A writer tells the story of his left wing family. Reviewer Scipes takes us on a tour.

Eat the Food You Trust: Lessons from Food Fraud 2017

Roy Manuell
New Food Magazine
Food Fraud 2017 highlighted just how serious an issue food fraud has become. It’s organised, criminal and widespread, but there are solutions that we must explore. Consumer trust in the food industry is on the decline in light of scandals such as the inescapable European horse meat incident in 2013 and melamine milk incident in China.These are two examples of what we call food fraud.

In Its First Season, The Handmaid’s Tale’s Greatest Failing Is How It Handles Race

Angelica Jade Bastién
Vulture
How can you attempt to craft a political, artistically rich narrative that trades in the real-life experiences of black and brown women, while ignoring them and the ways sexism intersects with racism? The bodies and histories of black and brown women prove to be useful templates for shows like The Handmaid’s Tale, but our actual voices aren’t.

War Alphabet

Jill McDonough
Poetry Daily
What is war? Jill McDonough’s alphabetical poem evolves from World War I’s soldier-oriented them vs. us to the hidden terrors of today’s warfare: CIA, NSA, Black Ops, ETC.

Bill Clinton: His Career a Disaster for Black Americans

Nathan J. Robinson
Jacobin
With all the toxicity coming out of the White House and the GOP-dominated Congress, it's important to remember how insufferable were the politics of the neoliberal Democrats in power under Bill Clinton. The book under review (an article derived from the book is below) should help us remember how malignant were the Clinton years when it came to economic and social justice.

Portside Labor

Brazil: Workers’ Rights Under Threat From Government Reforms

Mathilde Dorcadie
Equal Times
The ousting of President Dilma Rousseff has provided an opportunity for the proponents of neoliberalism and those who want to break union power. Most of Brazil's union centers fear that proposed government reforms will weaken unions and further the spread of subcontracting.

L.A. and Long Beach Port Workers Begin Striking

Jack Flemming
Los Angeles Times
"Around 60 truck drivers and warehouse workers serving the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports began striking terminals across the region Monday morning. The strike was called by the Teamsters union Local 848 to protest what it alleges is illegal subcontracting, misclassification and wage theft by trucking companies."

The Conservative Case for Unions

Jonathan Rauch
The Atlantic (July/August 2017 issue)
The decline of the business model of old-style industrial unions may have been economically inevitable, but the lack of any new model to replace it has been socially calamitous. Unions will not be easy to fix, but allowing them to innovate would be a first step, and possibly also a last chance. How a new kind of labor organization could address the grievances underlying populist anger.

Don't Make a Bad Deal Worse: UE Statement on Renegotiating NAFTA

UE General Executive Board
UE
UE's General Executive Board denounced Trump's racist and jingoistic proposals for a renegotion of NAFTA and instead called for a new set of trade policies that prioritize workers common interests and relies on international solidarity as its cornerstone. Any renegotiation of NAFTA must be oriented around the improvement of workers’ lives and protection of the environment focused on those regions of the continent where conditions are the most desperate.

California Looks to Expand Overtime Pay

Margo Roosevelt
Orange County Regiser
"Two weeks after the November presidential election, a Texas judge put a hold on a sweeping reform of federal overtime standards that would have raised the wages of 4.2 million Americans. President Barack Obama’s administration appealed the ruling. But after Donald Trump took office in January, the appeal was delayed. Now California and a handful of other states are moving to enact the Obama proposal. Their reasoning: workers have seen their pay erode"

A Day in the Life of a Day Laborer

Stephen Franklin
In These Times
He waits along with more than 100,000 others who gather daily on dozens of street corners across the United States, according to figures from 2006. It is a world, where workers are often cheated out of their wages, injured on the job and then left without medical care, according to a 2006 survey. Where workers who complain often suffer retaliation by employers who fire them, suspend them, or threaten to call immigration officials.

Cab Drivers Union Says Chicago Taxi Industry Is Nearing Collapse

Jeff Schuhrke
Working In These Times
The union stresses that the decline of the taxi industry is a loss for the broader public. Unlike most rideshare vehicles, taxis serve people without bank accounts by accepting cash, and they also have more stringent requirements on providing access to people with disabilities.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on June 16, 2017

Money laundering "cleans" money of its criminal origins. But how does it actually work? 

Posted by Portside on June 17, 2017

In December 1950, Woody Guthrie moved to an apartment building in Brooklyn – Beach Haven Apartments. His landlord: Fred Trump, father of Donald Trump.

Posted by Portside on June 16, 2017

The Senate GOP keeps its plan to repeal and replace Obamacare shrouded in secrecy

Posted by Portside on June 16, 2017

When their grandmother died, Luz Myles, Phoebe Dedman, and Shirah Dedman found a box of old articles revealing a shocking story at the center of their family tree: their grandfather was lynched in Louisiana in 1912.

Posted by Portside on June 16, 2017

In new leaked audio from what was supposed to be an off-the-record dinner, Australian Prime Minister Turnbull roasts the American president.

 

Posted by Portside on June 14, 2017

Some savvy people around Trump are using the daily shocks as cover to advance wildly pro-corporate policies. Here's a 5-step plan to resist.

Posted by Portside on June 9, 2017

 

 

Key moments in the testimony of former FBI director James B. Comey about his interactions with President Trump before the Senate Intelligence Committee June 8.