Shocking Rahm's Shock Doctrine

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March 29, 2013
Chicago teachers and other supporters of public education are teaching Mayor Rahm Emanuel that the forces of grassroots democracy can shock back too. And boy, does he have it coming.
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Friday Nite Videos -- March 29, 2013

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March 29, 2013
Is Bill O'Reilly pro-goat-marriage? Key & Peele: What color is Green Falcon? Is Dr. Seuss a Socialist? A social justice Hall of Fame. Rather Go Blind / Playing for Change. Salt Sugar Fat: How the food giants hooked us. What really happened after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
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HeLa Cancer Cells Brew Bioethical Storm

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March 29, 2013
The descendants of Henrietta Lacks have objected to the publication of her tumour cells' genome. The genome of the controversial cell line is no longer public, but another sequence is in the works.
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Obama's Israel Speech, As Seen From Israel

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March 29, 2013
Two commentaries on President Obama's speech in Israel by Gideon Levy in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz: Obama Never Stood a Chance With Israeli 'Analysts,' and 'Obama Has a Dream and We Should Listen.'
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Socialism Doing Darn Well in North Dakota

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March 29, 2013
North Dakota's thriving state bank makes a mockery of Wall Street's casino banking system -- and that's why financial elites want to crush it.
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Defending Education -Mass Arrests in Chicago

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March 28, 2013
Mass school closings are a brutally vivid example of the disconnected politics of Chicago. This is the status quo that is no longer tolerable.More than 100 people arrested while taking part in mass civil disobedience against Rahm Emanuel's cuts and closures. Gary Younge reports from Chicago. Robert Koehler details impact on urban poor neighborhoods.
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The Day That TV News Died

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March 28, 2013
If any single day marks the fall of broadcast reporting, it's when Phil Donahue was banished in 2003 for telling the truth about the coming war in Iraq.
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Obama in Israel: Fine Speech, Not Much Hope

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March 28, 2013
President Obama said a lot of the things that need to be said in his address to Israeli students last week. For that he is due credit. His description of the cause and aspirations of the Palestinian people was on target. The problem is that the overall effect of his latest trip to the Middle East represented a step backwards.
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German Campaign Against Combat Drones

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March 28, 2013
Leading national and local peace and justice organizations in Germany have launched a major campaign to oppose the German government's recently revealed plan to acquire combat drones. 59% in Germany disapprove of drone strikes (whereas in the U.S. 62% approve of them). With a broad social movement gathering, and with political opposition in the German Parliament growing, Merkel's government last week seemed to back off of the plan to purchase combat zones this...
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Tidbits - March 28, 2013

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March 28, 2013
Reader Comments on: Lean In and One Percent Feminism; Marx's Revenge: How Class Struggle Is Shaping the World; BRICS; Dues Check-Off; Obama's Cyber-War; Internet Privacy; Social Security; Independent Worker Unions; Minimum Wage; Detroit; NCAA; Announcements - Fair Elections Rally in NYC - Apr 3; Delegation to Venezuela - Witness the Elections; NYC People's Jazz; Paul Robeson, Woody Guthrie, Peter Seeger - Lessons from the Cultural Front
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Farm-To-Table May Feel Virtuous, But It's Food Labor That's Ripe For Change

Andrea Reusing
NPR The Salt
Farm-to-table's sincere glow distracts from how the production and processing of even the most pristine ingredients — from field or dock or slaughterhouse to restaurant or school cafeteria — is nearly always configured to rely on cheap labor. Work very often performed by people who are themselves poor and hungry.

Deux ex Machina

Sandra Anfang
Portside.org
Chuck and Nancy came to the high priest to cut a deal and think they did, but not everyone believes that the high priest can stick to a deal. And so it goes....

What Is Great about Ourselves

Pankaj Mishra
London Review of Books
Five books by neoliberal authors extolling glories that never were, the essayist eviscerates a state of mind that flatters a cosmopolitan liberal tolerance that has been more at home with nationalism, imperialism and even racism and a worldview that presupposes a chasm between civilized whites and uncivilized nonwhites. even accusing leftists of enabling racism by such affronts as squashing alleged dissimilar people together on buses, trains and subway cars.

What Is The Healthiest Way to Cook Vegetables

Markham Heid
TIME Health
Boiled down, there are a few simple rules when it comes to the best way to eat your vegetables. Just as eating a variety of vegetables is a good idea, enjoying them in a variety of ways seems to maximize their health benefits.

Portside Labor

Union Collaboration a Success for Vice Media

Patrick J. Foote
People's World
Two unions, Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Motion Picture Editors Guild/IATSE Local 700 (MPEG) have announced that approximately 430 VICE Media employees have chosen to go union.

There is Life After Uber

Sam Levin
The Guardian
After London stripped the service of its license, stories from Austin, Alaska and Denmark offer a preview of what could be next for the city’s transportation.

New York Teamsters Stand For Sanctuary

Tim Goulet
SocialistWorker.org
TEAMSTERS JOINT Council 16, representing 120,000 Teamsters in 27 locals across the five boroughs of New York City, as well as Long Island, the Hudson Valley and Puerto Rico, has declared itself a "sanctuary union."

How Hurricane Harvey Is Affecting Houston’s Restaurant Employees

Amy McCarthy
Eater
Hospitality union UNITE HERE represents more than 3,000 restaurant and hotel employees in the greater Houston area, and around 250 of its members have experienced “catastrophic losses,” according to Texas organizing director Danna Schneider. UNITE HERE arrived soon after Harvey made landfall, and the organization has since been delivering groceries and checking up on its members.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on September 22, 2017

Lewis Black explains why congressional Republicans will never be able to fix America's health care system and offers some grim advice to healthy uninsured millennials.

Posted by Portside on September 22, 2017

Workman on his lunchbreak  plays some amazing boogie woogie at the Public Piano in St Pancras Station, London.

Posted by Portside on September 22, 2017

Study reveals that sleep may have deep evolutionary roots.

Posted by Portside on September 22, 2017

A short documentary film, with music, depicting anti-Irish bigotry in Boston's daily newspapers from the 1880s and 1890s. By Bill Fitzpatrick.

Posted by Portside on September 22, 2017

In this moving, poetic talk, OluTimehin Adegbeye details how government land grabs are destroying the lives of thousands who live in the coastal communities of Lagos, Nigeria, to make way for a "new Dubai."

Posted by Portside on September 15, 2017

The New York Times reports that President Trump wanted to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions after hearing of Mueller's appointment as Special Counsel. Ari Melber breaks it down.

Posted by Portside on September 15, 2017

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick hasn't been signed by any team in the NFL because they can't tolerate his silent public protest of police killings. But here's what the NFL does tolerate ...