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Déjà Vu in Jerusalem?

Portside - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 12:28pm
Déjà Vu in Jerusalem?

November 22, 2014
By Neve Gordon
The Nation (November 20, 2014)

The latest round of violence in Jerusalem is reminiscent of the Second Intifada, sparked by then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's provocative visit to the Haram al-Sharif compound (Noble Sanctuary/Temple Mount) in 2000.

There is a feeling of déjà vu as we witness the events currently unfolding in Jerusalem. Yet, like all déjà vus, some things are fundamentally different. The latest round of violence occurred on Wednesday, when a Palestinian teenager was critically wounded by police gunfire in East Jerusalem. On Tuesday, two Palestinians wielding [...]

Friday Nite Videos -- November 21, 2014

Portside - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 2:08am
Friday Nite Videos -- November 21, 2014

November 21, 2014
By
Portside (November 21, 2014)

President Obama: Fixing Immigration. The Browning of America. The Case for Napping at Work. Cuban Music in the Streets. Documentary: The Other Side of Immigration.

President Obama: Fixing Immigration

In an address to the nation, President Obama lays out the executive action he's taking to fix our nation's broken immigration system [...]

Forget Pundits: Immigrants React to Obama's Speech

Portside - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 1:05am
Forget Pundits: Immigrants React to Obama's Speech

November 21, 2014
By Esther Yu-Hsi Lee
Think Progress (November 21, 2014)

“A lot of people are using the term bittersweet, but I don’t think that’s enough to describe the amount of emotion I’m feeling right now”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Love was the strongest emotion felt at a downtown Washington, D.C. office Thursday night as President Obama announced that he would use his executive power to grant deportation relief for millions of undocumented immigrants. At least 50 undocumented immigrants and advocates, many who have been in the immigration fight for years, were scattered [...]

Jon Stewart on Criticism of His Coverage of Israel

Portside - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 12:48am
Jon Stewart on Criticism of His Coverage of Israel

November 21, 2014
By Jon Dekel
O Canada (November 13, 2014)

'The danger of oppression is not just being oppressed, it’s becoming an oppressor.'

As host of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart has earned a reputation as a sharp, left-leaning satirist who pulls no punches when there’s a point to be made. But in recent years Stewart has come under fire for being both too lenient and too harsh when it comes to the topic of Israel, with some pundits referring to the host as a “self-hating Jew.” Postmedia’s Jonathan Dekel [...]

The Selfless Gene

Portside - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 12:36am
The Selfless Gene

November 21, 2014
By Olivia Judson
The Atlantic (October 1, 2007)

It’s easy to see how evolution can account for the dark streaks in human nature—the violence, treachery, and cruelty. But how does it produce kindness, generosity, and heroism?

At 2 a.m. on February 26, 1852, the Royal Navy troopship Birkenhead, which was carrying more than 600 people, including seven women and 13 children, struck a rock near Danger Point, two miles off the coast of South Africa. Almost immediately, the ship began to break up. Just three lifeboats could be launched. The men were ordered to [...]

Election Lessons for the Left

Portside - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 12:24am
Election Lessons for the Left

November 21, 2014
By Joseph M. Schwartz
dsausa.org (November 19, 2014)

The Democratic establishment’s obsessive concern with winning over socially liberal affluent swing voters meant the party failed to run a populist national campaign on issues that would have appealed to working people of all races

1. Democratic Funders and Consultants Avoid the Politics of “Class Warfare”  by Saying Nothing [...]

Minimum-Wage Workers: Where They Work and What They Are Paid

Portside - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 6:08pm
Minimum-Wage Workers: Where They Work and What They Are Paid

November 21, 2014
By Drew DeSilver
Pew Research Center (November 17, 2014)

More than 20 million people, and nearly one-third of all hourly employees over 18 make more than the existing federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour but less than the $10.10 per hour increased federal minimum wage unsuccessfully promoted by the Obama Administration and Congressional Democrats earlier this year. The Pew Research Center's Fact Tank provides a profile of where these "near-minimum-wage" workers work and what they are paid. [...]

Washington State to Sue U.S. Government Over Nuclear Cleanup

Portside - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 1:15pm
Washington State to Sue U.S. Government Over Nuclear Cleanup

November 21, 2014
By Victoria Cavaliere
Reuters (November 19, 2014)

Washington state's Attorney General Bob Ferguson intends to sue the U.S. government for not protecting workers involved in the decades-long cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, a decommissioned nuclear site. Dozens of workers, including 44 in the last 12 months, have been sickened by toxic vapors while trying to clean up the site. [...]

Mexico Teeters on the Brink and the U.S. Is Oblivious

Portside - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:36pm
Mexico Teeters on the Brink and the U.S. Is Oblivious

November 21, 2014
By Ruben Martinez
Los Angeles Times (November 15, 2014)

The violent disappearance of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa teachers college in Guerrero state has caused a political earthquake the likes of which Mexico has not seen in generations — perhaps even since the revolution of 1910.
That makes it all the more baffling how little attention most people in the U.S. have paid to the unfolding tragedy. Americans must face the fact that the drug-related corruption and violence in Mexico is a "binational affair." [...]

A Returning Ebola Volunteer: "Don't Pander to Fear"

Portside - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:12pm
A Returning Ebola Volunteer: "Don't Pander to Fear"

November 21, 2014
By Kathryn Stinson
GroundUp (November 20, 2014)

Kathryn Stinson, a South African epidemiologist, recently returned from fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone, travelled to Europe with Kaci Hickox, the American nurse later quarantined in a tent outside a New Jersey hospital.

Kaci Hickox became an international name overnight when she returned to the United States from her mission as a nurse in Sierra Leone at the end of October 2014. She was quarantined at Newark Liberty International Airport, despite displaying no symptoms of Ebola. Then she was put in a [...]

Democracy Now! 2014-11-21 Friday

Democracy Now! Daily Podcast - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 8:00am
Democracy Now! 2014-11-21 Friday
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  • Obama's Action Marks Historic Victory for Immigrant Rights, But Activists Warn of a Long Way to Go
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  • As Mexicans Protest US-Fueled Drug War, Sanctuary Movement Backs Church Refuge for the Undocumented
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  • Food Chains: New Film Tracks How Immokalee Workers Won Fair Wages from Corporate Giants
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  • Viggo Mortensen Helps Mark 10 Years of Howard Zinn's \"Voices of a People's History\"
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