Trump Launches Attack on Syria

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April 6, 2017
Donald Trump just ordered the launch of dozens of Tomahawk missiles to strike Syria. It's an illegal and unauthorized escalation that could have devastating consequences, killing innocent Syrians and U.S. service members. Escalation against Syria will not help the victims of this heinous chemical attack, it will not bring the devastating war in Syria to a quicker end, it will not bring back the dead children. It will not defeat ISIS or end terrorism.
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People's Leaders Oppose $54 War Budget Hike

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April 6, 2017
A coalition of leaders in the anti-war, civil rights, immigration, climate, women's, and faith movements have come together to denounce Donald Trump's proposed $54 billion increase in the military budget. The broad-based #No$54BillionforWar Campaign includes city-based resolutions against increased military spending.
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US Military Should Get Out of the Middle East

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April 6, 2017
It's time to end US military engagements in the Middle East. Drones, special operations, CIA arms supplies, military advisers, aerial bombings - the whole nine yards. Over and done with. That might seem impossible in the face of ISIS, terrorism, Iranian ballistic missiles, and other US security interests, but a military withdrawal from the Middle East is by far the safest path for the United States and the region. That approach has instructive historical precedents.
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Eyes on the Prize 2017 - Strategy for Today

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April 6, 2017
Jon Else, was the series producer and cinematographer for the classic TV documentary on the civil rights movement, Eyes on the Prize. His new book, whose new book, True South, is a moving look at the civil rights movement through one man's life, frames our present grim moment in the context of that remarkable history. It's a past worth remembering as the protest movement of the twenty-first century finds its way in a grim world.
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Tidbits - April 6, 2017 - Reader Comments

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April 6, 2017
Reader Comments: MLK Vision Still Vital, Necessary; Trumpcare; End of US Empire; Activism-Learning from the Past; Resources: Jubilee Haggadah; Bill of Rights Briefing; Tips for Responding to Racist Attacks; Announcements: Solidarity Rally B&H Workers; Tax Marches April 15; Peoples Climate Movement-April 29; and more...
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Real Story of Korean Conflict

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April 5, 2017
It’s easy to dismiss Kim Jong-un as a madman. But there’s a long history of US aggression against the North, which we forget at our peril.
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A Cautious Case for Economic Nationalism

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April 5, 2017
Socialists are torn between seemingly incompatible goals—to build genuinely democratic international governance; to preserve space for regulation of economic life; to advance the interests of the particular national constituency we are accountable to; and to address pressing global needs like climate change and inequality.
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Black Lives and MLK's "Revolution of Values"

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April 5, 2017
50 years ago today, King blasted militarism, racism and poverty in his “Beyond Vietnam” speech. The new Beyond the Moment campaign carries forward his radical vision.
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Review of Lafer, The One Percent Solution

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April 5, 2017
After compiling a five-year, 50-state, 30-issue database of corporate-backed legislation, political scientist Gordon Lafer has come to believe that business groups are waging a coordinated campaign in state legislatures to impose a deeply unpopular agenda on America.
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South Africa: Calls for Zuma to Resign

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April 5, 2017
South African President Jacob Zuma's reshuffling of Cabinet members without consulting the ANC has created a crisis. The trade union federation Cosatu and the South African Communist Party, have called upon him to resign. Zuma's opponents charge that he has disrespected the ANC and the country and that those who still protect him do so out of their own self-interest. He won’t go of his own volition and needs to be made to do so.
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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!