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Ending Greece’s Nightmare

Portside - 6 hours 19 min ago
Ending Greece’s Nightmare

January 28, 2015
By Paul Krugman
New York Times (January 26, 2015)

The European bankers who imposed austerity on Greece chose to believe in the confidence fairy — that is, that the job-destroying effects of spending cuts would be more than made up for by a surge in private-sector optimism. While pretending to be hardheaded and realistic, they were peddling an economic fantasy. And the Greek people have been paying the price for those elite delusions. [...]

Germans Are in Shock As New Greek Leader Starts With A Bang

Portside - 6 hours 41 min ago
Germans Are in Shock As New Greek Leader Starts With A Bang

January 28, 2015
By Noah Barkin
Reuters (January 28, 2015)

The assumption in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's entourage before Sunday's Greek election was that Tsipras, the charismatic leader of the far-left Syriza party, would eke out a narrow victory and shift quickly from confrontation to compromise mode. Instead, after cruising to victory and clinching a fast-track coalition deal with the right-wing Independent Greeks party, he has signalled in his first days in office that he has no intention of backing down. [...]

The Doomsday Clock: Three Minutes and Counting

Portside - 6 hours 58 min ago
The Doomsday Clock: Three Minutes and Counting

January 28, 2015
By Lynn Eden, Robert Rosner, Rod Ewing, and twelve others
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (January 29, 2015)

Last year, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' Science and Security Board concluded, "We can manage our technology, or become victims of it. The choice is ours, and the [Doomsday] Clock is ticking." This year, the board moved the Doomsday Clock to three minutes to midnight and added, "The probability of global catastrophe is very high, and the actions needed to reduce the risks of disaster must be taken very soon." [...]

We Are All Amoral Football Hypocrites: Brain Injuries, Billionaire Tax Breaks and Our Indefensible Super Bowl Parties

Portside - 7 hours 16 min ago
We Are All Amoral Football Hypocrites: Brain Injuries, Billionaire Tax Breaks and Our Indefensible Super Bowl Parties

January 28, 2015
By Steve Almond
Salon (January 27, 2015)

Some 30% of NFL players suffer chronic brain injuries. Coaches won't let their kids play. Time to rethink football.

For many years, Mike Ditka has served as the embodiment of what you might call America’s unreconstructed football id.
Ditka won an NFL championship as a hard-charging tight end, then coached the 1985 Chicago Bears to a Super Bowl romp. His testosterone-fueled tirades and bomb-proof pompadour earned him iconic status, the sort codified in [...]

An Internet in the Crowd, Not the Cloud

Portside - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:43pm
An Internet in the Crowd, Not the Cloud

January 28, 2015
By Tom Simonite
MIT Technology Review (January 28, 2015)

An experimental browser shows how peer-to-peer technology can serve up entire websites, not just individual files.

An experimental new Web browser makes it possible for sites to be hosted not on a company’s servers but, instead, by a shifting crowd of individuals on their personal computers. That turns the usual approach to serving up websites on its head and could provide a more effective and reliable way to disseminate bulky media files or distribute vital information in the event of [...]

Democracy Now! 2015-01-28 miércoles en español

Democracy Now! Podcast en Español - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 12:00pm
Democracy Now! 28 de Enero de 2015
    ["
  • Jordania acuerda intercambio de prisioneros con el Estado Islámico\r\n
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  • Israel y Hezbollah cruzan fuego a lo largo de la frontera del Líbano\r\n\r\n
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  • Estados Unidos dará dos mil millones de dólares a Ucrania a medida que aumentan temores de guerra continental\r\n
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  • Nuevo gobierno griego comienza a revertir medidas del rescate internacional\r\n
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  • Obama defiende decisión de no centrarse en antecedentes de derechos humanos de Arabia Saudí\r\n\r\n
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  • México afirma que los 43 estudiantes desaparecidos fueron asesinados por cártel de drogas\r\n\r\n
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  • Comienza audiencia de confirmación para la nominada a Fiscal General Loretta Lynch\r\n\r\n
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  • Georgia ejecuta a Warren Hill, prisionero con discapacidad intelectual \r\n
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  • Empleado de Agencia Nacional de Inteligencia Geoespacial operaba avión no tripulado que se estrelló en la Casa Blanca \r\n
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  • Marissa Alexander, quien sobrevivió a la violencia doméstica en Florida, fue liberada luego de tres años en prisión \r\n\r\n
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  • Departamento de Justicia pagará 25.000 dólares a estudiante detenido por tarjetas de memoria en árabe\r\n
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  • Cae cantidad récord de nieve en tormenta en Massachusetts \r\n\r\n
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  • Manifestantes interrumpen a Representante de Comercio de Estados Unidos en audiencia de TPP \r\n
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Democracy Now! 2015-01-28 Wednesday

Democracy Now! Daily Podcast - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 8:00am
Democracy Now! 2015-01-28 Wednesday
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  • Headlines for January 28, 2015
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  • \"The Hunting Ground\": Film Exposes How Colleges Cover Up Sexual Assault and Fail to Protect Students
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  • Sen. Barbara Boxer on Campus Rape Bill, Climate Skeptics & Why She Supports Obama's War on ISIS
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  • As 18 Die on Anniversary of Revolution, Egypt Intensifies Crackdown on Activists, Journalists
  • "]

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Media Bits and Bytes – That’s the Way It Is Edition

Portside - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 8:46pm
Media Bits and Bytes – That’s the Way It Is Edition

January 27, 2015
By
portside (January 27, 2015)

Spooks snag journo emails; Here comes Cuba; SOTU shout-out; Anchor aweigh; Sticky Wiki; Homemade in Oaxaca

GCHQ Captured Emails of Journalists from Top International Media – James Ball (The Guardian)

Just How Big is the Cuban Market for US Tech? – Barb Darrow (Gigaom) [...]

The Invisible Man: Jeffrey Sterling, CIA Whistleblower

Portside - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 8:19pm
The Invisible Man: Jeffrey Sterling, CIA Whistleblower

January 27, 2015
By Norman Solomon
exposefacts.org (January 27, 2015)

Year after year, Sterling’s case dragged through appellate courts, tangled up with the honorable refusal of journalist James Risen to in any way identify sources for his 2006 book State of War. While press-freedom groups and some others gradually rallied around Risen’s right to source confidentiality, Sterling remained the Invisible Man. [...]

Legalized Bribery, Zephyr Teachout on Sheldon Silver, Corruption and New York Politics

Portside - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 7:36pm
Legalized Bribery, Zephyr Teachout on Sheldon Silver, Corruption and New York Politics

January 27, 2015
By Zephyr Teachout
New York Times - Op-Ed (January 26, 2015)

Albany is reeling, but fighting the kind of corruption that plagues not only New York State but the whole nation isn’t just about getting cuffs on the right guy. Under current law, campaign contributions are illegal if there is an explicit quid pro quo, and legal if there isn’t. But legal campaign contributions can be as bad as bribes in creating obligations. The corruption that hides in plain sight is the real threat to [...]

Greece: Is SYRIZA Radical Enough?

Portside - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 7:18pm
Greece: Is SYRIZA Radical Enough?

January 27, 2015
By Ed Rooksby
Links, International Journal of Socialist Renewal (January 22, 2015)

SYRIZA has won the election in Greece, securing 149 seats out of 300. This article was written before the election, but speaks to many of the criticisms aimed at this left anti-austerity party both from the bureaucrats of the European Union as well as from left groups. In addition the article speaks to the difficult choices the party must face in order to find a new path towards recovery for the people of Greece. [...]

$5 Million for Co-op Development in Madison

Portside - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 6:47pm
$5 Million for Co-op Development in Madison

January 27, 2015
By Ajowa Nzinga Ifateyo
Grass Roots Organizing (January 26, 2015)

Madison’s Capitol Improvement Plan, is called “Co-operative Enterprises for Job Creation & Business Development.” This plan would authorize the city to spend $1 million each of five years starting in 2016 to fund “cooperative/worker-owned business formation for the purposes of job creation and general economic development in the city.”The Madison Common Council approved the initiative on Nov. 11, 2014. This allocation is the largest by a U.S. municipality. [...]

Democracy Now! 2015-01-27 martes en español

Democracy Now! Podcast en Español - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 12:00pm
Democracy Now! 27 de Enero de 2015
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  • Líder de Syriza Alexis Tsipras asumió el cargo de Primer Ministro griego
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  • Nuevo Ministro de Finanzas griego promete destruir la oligarquía de Grecia
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  • Grecia considera procurar reparaciones de Alemania por crímenes nazi
  • ", "
  • Se declaran estados de emergencia por gran tormenta invernal
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  • Mueren nueve soldados ucranianos; Putin critica el vínculo de Ucrania con la OTAN
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  • Obama, Kerry y Brennan lideran delegación para conocer al nuevo rey saudí
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  • Estados Unidos presuntamente mató a niño yemení de doce años de edad
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  • Milicias chiíes acusadas de ejecutar a 70 civiles desarmados
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  • Ocho muertos en ataque a hotel de Libia
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  • La DEA realiza base de datos nacional para seguimiento de vehículos
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  • Oficial de la CIA Jeffrey Sterling condenado por filtrar información
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  • Informe: Grupos vinculados con los hermanos Koch invertirán 900 millones en campaña de 2016
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  • Presidenta de Argentina disolverá la Secretaría de Inteligencia de la Nación
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  • Fidel Castro apoya conversaciones con Estados Unidos
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  • Miles protestan en México por desaparición de estudiantes
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  • Juez de Costa Rica absuelve a acusados por asesinato de conservacionista de tortugas marinas
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  • Obama habilitará costa atlántica para extracción submarina de petróleo
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  • En 2014, 125 personas fueron exoneradas de condenas
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  • Policía mata de un disparo a una adolescente en Denver
  • "]

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Democracy Now! 2015-01-27 Tuesday

Democracy Now! Daily Podcast - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 8:00am
Democracy Now! 2015-01-27 Tuesday
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  • Headlines for January 27, 2015
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  • Selma Director Ava DuVernay on Hollywood's Lack of Diversity, Oscar Snub and #OscarsSoWhite Hashtag
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  • \"The Power of the People\": Selma Director Ava DuVernay on Fight for Civil Rights, Voting Equality
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  • \"Selma\" Director Defends Film's Portrayal of LBJ-MLK Dispute on Voting Rights Legislation
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  • \"One Person Can Make a Difference\": Ava DuVernay Remembers Film Critic Roger Ebert's Early Support
  • "]

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Agent Orange: Legacy of the American War in Vietnam

Portside - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 7:36pm
Agent Orange: Legacy of the American War in Vietnam

January 26, 2015
By H. Patricia Hynes
Portside (January 22, 2015)

The Paris Peace Accords were signed on January 27, 1973, making possible a re-united Vietnam. Patricia Hynes reports and observations from March 2014 trip to Vietnam to investigate the plight of 3rd generation Agent Orange-dioxin victims, dioxin contaminated sites, and ecological restoration in order to inform Americans of the on-going legacy of the “American War” in Vietnam and our responsibility and opportunities for undoing this legacy. [...]

Democracy Now! 2015-01-26 lunes en español

Democracy Now! Podcast en Español - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 12:00pm
Democracy Now! 26 de Enero de 2015
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  • El partido Syriza, contrario a las medidas de austeridad, obtiene el poder en Grecia\r\n
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  • Votante griego: Syriza es la “única alternativa para mi generación”\r\n
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  • Senador Sanders: La elección de Syriza muestra que el pueblo ya no acepta la austeridad mientras los ricos se siguen enriqueciendo\r\n\r\n
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  • Diecisiete muertos en Egipto en el aniversario del levantamiento de la plaza Tahrir \r\n\r\n
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  • Dos hijos de Hosni Mubarak fueron liberados de la cárcel\r\n\r\n
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  • India protegerá compañías nucleares estadounidenses en caso de catástrofe\r\n
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  • Obama visitará Arabia Saudí para conocer al nuevo rey\r\n
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  • Miles de personas protestan en Yemen contra los rebeldes Houthi\r\n\r\n
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  • Estados Unidos realiza su primer ataque de 2015 con aviones no tripulados en Yemen\r\n\r\n
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  • Video muestra supuesta decapitación de rehén japonés retenido por Estado Islámico\r\n\r\n
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  • Estados Unidos envía cien soldados a Medio Oriente para entrenar oposición siria\r\n\r\n
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  • Número de muertos en Ucrania supera los 5.000 mientras se intensifican los combates\r\n\r\n
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  • Obama propone plan para proteger de perforaciones al Refugio Nacional de Fauna del Ártico de Alaska \r\n\r\n
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  • Google admite haber entregado emails privados de WikiLeaks al gobierno estadounidense\r\n
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  • Docenas de comandos policiales filipinos asesinados por el Frente Moro de Liberación Islámica\r\n
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  • Aumento de amenazas a musulmanes relacionado con película “American Sniper” de Clint Eastwood \r\n\r\n
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  • Informe: Prácticas comerciales abusivas le cuestan 17.000 millones de dólares por año a los trabajadores de Estados Unidos\r\n
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  • Senadores Marco Rubio, Rand Paul y Ted Cruz participan de \"Elecciones primarias de los Koch\"\r\n
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  • Cambio climático y carrera armamentista nuclear mueve reloj de \"Apocalipsis\" hacia la medianoche \r\n
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  • Noroeste de Estados Unidos se prepara para \"histórica\" tormenta \r\n\r\n
  • "]

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Democracy Now! 2015-01-26 Monday

Democracy Now! Daily Podcast - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 8:00am
Democracy Now! 2015-01-26 Monday
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  • Headlines for January 26, 2015
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  • Black Lives Matter: New Film on Jordan Davis Captures Family’s Struggle to Convict White Vigilante
  • "]

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New law threatens reporter-source relationship

Portside - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 7:36am
New law threatens reporter-source relationship

January 26, 2015
By Anna Clark
Columbia Journalism Review (January 26, 2015)

Pennsylvania’s “Silencing Act,” passed in latest attack on Mumia and other prison writers, faces court challenge from journalists

Why should journalists care about a new Pennsylvania law that limits the speech of people convicted of violent crimes? Because it could discourage valuable sources from talking to reporters—and might even block or penalize journalists for doing their work.
 
That’s the case made by a lawsuit filed this month by a coalition of advocacy groups, inmates, journalists, and media organizations. Philadelphia’s City Paper, Prison Legal News, and Solitary Watch are [...]

Who Was This Pete Fellow?

Portside - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 7:23am
Who Was This Pete Fellow?

January 26, 2015
By Holly Near
Monthly Review (January 15, 2015)

And so, dear artists, be brave. The world will not spin without you. This is hard work, this singing and dancing and painting and acting and drumming and fiddling and filmmaking. Hard work is this truth telling, this noticing. We may get the attention of a thousand or the attention of one. Still, may we all remember that we are who we are, each carrying a note required in the larger chord. [...]

The Greek Election

Portside - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 6:44am
The Greek Election

January 26, 2015
By Leo Panitch
The Bullet (January 23, 2015)

What Syriza stands for is what Spain's newly elected Republican government stood for in the early 1930s at a time when the Nazis were on the rise. A democratic Greece under Syriza would represent what democratic Spain represented for the international left in the 1930s. The prospects for a different outcome are better, provided there is strong international support for giving a Syriza government the breathing room it will need. [...]