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Houthi Arms Bonanza Came From Saleh, Not Iran

Portside - 1 hour 7 min ago
Houthi Arms Bonanza Came From Saleh, Not Iran

April 26, 2015
By Gareth Porter
Mideast Eye (April 23, 2015)

Claims Iran is supplying the Houthis with weapons ignore the fact the group was already flush with American arms from ex-president Saleh.

Claims Iran is supplying the Houthis with weapons ignore the fact the group was already flush with American arms from ex-president Saleh As the Saudi bombing campaign against Houthi targets in Yemen continues, notwithstanding a temporary pause, the corporate media narrative about the conflict in Yemen is organised decisively around the idea that it is a proxy war between [...]

‘By Blood’ Tackles the Untold Legacy of Slave-Owning Cherokees

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‘By Blood’ Tackles the Untold Legacy of Slave-Owning Cherokees

April 26, 2015
By Aura Bogado
ColorLines (April 23, 2015)

“Victims can be perpetrators, too.” It’s important for people to understand that.

It’s an obscure part of antebellum history, but members of no fewer than five Native American tribes participated in chattel slavery. Before they were driven from their lands in what’s now known as the U.S. South, the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole nations all had members who bought and sold black people as property.
In 1838 and 1839, when the U.S. government forced the Cherokee, the largest tribe, to relocate from their land east [...]

In Stealth Move, Congress Backs Israeli Right's War on Settlement Boycotts

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In Stealth Move, Congress Backs Israeli Right's War on Settlement Boycotts

April 26, 2015
By J.J. Goldberg
Forward (April 24, 2015)

The finance committees of the House and Senate have approved amendments to a trade bill (TTP) that equate boycotts of West Bank settlement products with boycotts of Israel, strengthening efforts by the Israeli right to silence opponents of West Bank settlements. A separate measure approved by the House panel as an amendment to the customs bill goes a step further and takes action against some foreign companies if they shun the settlements. [...]

Regulating the Magic that is Homeopathy: The Sabotage of Poor Reporting and False Balance

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Regulating the Magic that is Homeopathy: The Sabotage of Poor Reporting and False Balance

April 26, 2015
By Orac
Science Blogs (April 22, 2015)

Homeopathy is, as Steve Novella characterized it, an “excellent example of the purest form of pseudoscience,” and as I, more blunt that Steve, like to call it, “The One Quackery To Rule Them All.” Failing to make that clear in media coverage of homeopathy lets advocates of homeopathic quackery to label skeptics as “homeopathic naysayers” and claim that the current FDA regulatory framework for homeopathic products is working just fine. [...]

“U.S. Ties with Mexico’s Military Have Never Been Closer”: An Interview with Jesse Franzblau

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“U.S. Ties with Mexico’s Military Have Never Been Closer”: An Interview with Jesse Franzblau

April 26, 2015
By Mateo Crossa
Center for Economic and Policy Research (April 7, 2015)

. . . the U.S. is helping the Mexican government cover up information about grave human rights violations. Indeed, a thorough analysis of internal government files, released through Freedom of Information requests or through leaks, reveals a pattern of abuses and cover-ups . . . [...]

South Africa: The Cost of Intolerance Towards Immigrants Is Too High

Portside - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 8:02pm
South Africa: The Cost of Intolerance Towards Immigrants Is Too High

April 25, 2015
By Mandisi Majavu
The South African Civil Society Information Service (January 28, 2015)

The recent anti-immigrant violence that erupted this month in parts of Johannesburg and the coastal city of Durban has left at least seven people dead. It is the greatest explosion of xenophobic violence against foreign nationals in South Africa since 62 immigrants were killed in 2008. This article, written in January of 2015, provides some background and insight into the recent violence against migrants in South Africa that has shaken the continent. [...]

Yemen: The US-Backed Saudi War is Going Badly Wrong

Portside - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 8:02pm
Yemen: The US-Backed Saudi War is Going Badly Wrong

April 25, 2015
By Bill Law
Middle East Eye (April 22, 2015)

It must have seemed a very good idea at the time. The young, ambitious son of an aged king launching a war against a rebellion in a troubled country to the south. However, the Saudi-led bombing campaign, which was supposed to break the Houthis resistance and drive them from the cities, has failed miserably. The Houthis remain in control of the capital Sanaa and much of the key southern city of Aden. And the only beneficiary of the Saudi [...]

Why California’s Biggest Water Users Are Kept Secret

Portside - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 8:02pm
Why California’s Biggest Water Users Are Kept Secret

April 25, 2015
By Katharine Mieszkowski and Lance Williams
Reveal/Center for Investigative Reporting (April 16, 2015)

In the midst of a historic drought, Californians have no way of knowing who is guzzling the most water. That’s not an accident. It’s by design, thanks to an obscure 1997 measure that weakened one of the state’s chief open government laws, the California Public Records Act. For the source of this legislation, look no further than Silicon Valley, where the city of Palo Alto decided it needed to do more to protect the privacy of [...]

US Threatens to Cut Aid to El Salvador for Backing Venezuela

Portside - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 8:02pm
US Threatens to Cut Aid to El Salvador for Backing Venezuela

April 25, 2015
By Telesur/English
Telesur/English (April 17, 2015)

El Salvador joined the near unanimous appeal by Latin American and Caribbean governments for the Obama Administration to repeal its executive order declaring Venezuela a “threat” to national security. The U.S. is now issuing veiled threats that it might deny El Salvador’s participation in its proposed $1 billion Alliance for Prosperity program for Central America, which ostensibly is designed to reduce the influx of migrants to the United States. [...]

Migrant Crisis in the Mediterranean: Europe Must Change Course

Portside - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 8:02pm
Migrant Crisis in the Mediterranean: Europe Must Change Course

April 25, 2015
By Nils Muižnieks
OpenDemocracy (April 22, 2015)

Since last weekend more than 1,000 people have drowned off the coast of Libya. Another 600 died during journeys to Europe earlier this year. According to Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Europe must change its course and assume responsibility for preventing similar tragedies. He calls for changes in the legislation governing asylum and migration, which has only increased migrants’ vulnerability—and made smugglers richer. [...]

Friday Nite Videos -- April 24, 2015

Portside - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 2:22am
Friday Nite Videos -- April 24, 2015

April 24, 2015
By
Portside (April 24, 2015)

Videos: Fraud city: Atlanta & Wall Street. Football Town Nights. Battle for the Internet. Greece: Austerity Isn't Working. Willie Nelson & Trigger.

Fraud City

 

When a cheating scandal rocks an Atlanta school system, Jon notices eerie similarities to the 2008 U.S. financial crisis brought on by Wall Street. [...]