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Democracy Now! 2015-04-01 Wednesday

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Democracy Now! 2015-04-01 Wednesday
  • Headlines for April 01, 2015
  • Indiana Scrambles to Contain Growing Corporate, Public Outcry over Anti-LGBT "Religious Freedom" Law
  • Started by Abolitionists in 1865, The Nation Magazine Marks 150 Years of Publishing Rebel Voices

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The Jewish Establishment Has Banned These Four Valiant Jews. Why?

Portside - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 8:28pm
The Jewish Establishment Has Banned These Four Valiant Jews. Why?

March 31, 2015
By Philip Weiss
Mondoweiss (March 31, 2015)

The four American Jews above are on a national campus tour. All in their 70s, they are veterans of the civil rights movement; they went south 50 years ago to help free our country from Jim Crow, risking their lives for equal rights.But they have been banned from speaking at Hillel, the Jewish campus organization, because they have come out in favor of Palestinian human rights. [...]

Vermont About to Become a Hellish Place for People to Work in?

Portside - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 8:17pm
Vermont About to Become a Hellish Place for People to Work in?

March 31, 2015
By Michael Arria
Alternet (March 31, 2015)

Steve Howard, executive director of the VSEA, told NPR recently, “Before you take money out of the paychecks of snowplow drivers, nursing assistants, custodians and administrative assistants … we believe you have a moral obligation to ask for a greater contribution from a broad-based revenue source paid mostly by the wealthiest Vermonters who have had all the economic gains of the last decade.” [...]

Dispatches from the Culture Wars - Hoosier daddy edition

Portside - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 8:02pm
Dispatches from the Culture Wars - Hoosier daddy edition

March 31, 2015
By
portside (March 31, 2015)

Indiana takes the heat; Keeping STEM male; Economics of me first; Ask not for whom the joke cracks; Chuy-gilantes

In Conservative Indiana, Bemusement Amid Boycott Threats Over Religious Freedom Law – Sarah Parvini and Nigel Duara (Los Angeles Times) [...]

Trans-Pacific Partnership Treaty Will Help Neither Workers nor Consumers

Portside - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 8:02pm
Trans-Pacific Partnership Treaty Will Help Neither Workers nor Consumers

March 31, 2015
By Katrina vanden Heuvel
The Washington Post (March 31, 2015)

One product of the corporate-defined trade rules is that the United States has run unprecedented trade deficits, totaling more than $8 trillion since 2000 alone. Trade deficits cost jobs. Worse, companies have used the threat to move jobs abroad to drive down wages here at home. [...]

Saudi Arabia's Airstrikes in Yemen Are Fuelling the Gulf's Fire

Portside - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 8:02pm
Saudi Arabia's Airstrikes in Yemen Are Fuelling the Gulf's Fire

March 31, 2015
By Patrick Cockburn
The Independent (March 29, 2015)

By leading a Sunni coalition Saudi Arabia will internationalise the Yemen conflict and emphasise its sectarian Sunni-Shia dimension. US policy across the Middle East looks contradictory. It is supporting Sunni powers and opposing Iranian allies in Yemen but doing the reverse in Iraq. Whatever happens in Iraq and Yemen, the political temperature of the region is getting hotter by the day. [...]

Democracy Now! 2015-03-31 martes en español

Democracy Now! Podcast en Español - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:00pm
Democracy Now! 31 de Marzo de 2015
  • Negociaciones de acuerdo nuclear con Irán concluyen con planes de nueva fase
  • Estados Unidos niega que ataque con avión no tripulado matara asesores iraníes en Irak
  • Yemen: mueren 40 personas en campamento de refugiados mientras se intensifican los ataques liderados por Arabia Saudí
  • Nigeria: Buhari podría derrotar a Jonathan en elecciones presidenciales
  • Detienen a dos periodistas de Al Jazeera en Nigeria durante una semana
  • Bangladesh: segundo bloguero laico asesinado a machetazos
  • Agricultores mexicanos continúan huelga de dos semanas contra bajos salarios y maltrato
  • Canadá: estudiante presentará cargos contra la policía tras haber sido golpeada en el rostro con lata de gas lacrimógeno
  • Policía dispara y causa la muerte a conductor que no se detuvo en la entrada de la sede de la NSA
  • Estados y empresas protestan por aprobación de ley considerada anti LGTB en Indiana
  • Fiscal: Copiloto de Germanwings poseía un historial de “tendencias suicidas”
  • Mumia Abu-Jamal hospitalizado en unidad de cuidados intensivos bajo intensa vigilancia
  • Indiana: Purvi Patel condenada a 41 años por lo que según ella fue un aborto natural
  • Nueva ley de Arizona exige a los médicos informar a las pacientes que pueden revertir abortos inducidos farmacológicamente
  • Trevor Noah reemplazará a Jon Stewart como presentador de "The Daily Show"

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Democracy Now! 2015-03-31 Tuesday

Democracy Now! Daily Podcast - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 8:00am
Democracy Now! 2015-03-31 Tuesday
  • Headlines for March 31, 2015
  • "A Matter of War & Peace": Iran, Powers Near Preliminary Deal in face of Congress-Israel Opposition
  • Former Mideast Peace Envoy George Mitchell on U.S.-Israel Showdown over Iran, Palestinian Statehood
  • Ex-Sen. George Mitchell: Freed Whistleblower on Azerbaijan Corruption Should Never Have Been Jailed
  • "Straights Only"? Indiana Faces Boycotts, Protests over Anti-LGBT "Religious Freedom" Law
  • Mumia Abu-Jamal Moved from Prison to Intensive Care, Supporters Seek Access and Answers

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Can You Say "Blowback" in Spanish? The Failed War on Drugs in Mexico (and the United States)

Portside - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 1:24am
Can You Say "Blowback" in Spanish? The Failed War on Drugs in Mexico (and the United States)

March 30, 2015
By Rebecca Gordon
TomDispatch (March 22, 2015)

While hysteria and panic reign over the barbaric acts of the faraway Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, U.S. involvement in the “war on drugs” in a neighboring country gets just passing attention here. Curiouser and curiouser, hysteria and panic over Mexico only seem to rise when ISIS is reputed to be involved (at least in the fantasy worlds of various right-wingers). Consider it all part of the true mysteries of our strange [...]

Billie Holiday and Ethel Rosenberg at 100: Strange Convergence

Portside - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 1:23am
Billie Holiday and Ethel Rosenberg at 100: Strange Convergence

March 30, 2015
By Robert Meeropol
CounterPunch (March 27, 2015)

If Billie Holiday and Ethel Rosenberg were alive, they’d both celebrate their 100th birthdays this year. At first glance they may seem an unlikely couple, but a closer look reveals surprising parallels.

If Billie Holiday and Ethel Rosenberg were alive, they’d both celebrate their 100th birthdays this year. At first glance they may seem an unlikely couple, but a closer look reveals surprising parallels.They were each born into poverty six months and a hundred miles apart. Billie in April 1915 in [...]

Moving Away From War in Ukraine

Portside - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 8:02pm
Moving Away From War in Ukraine

March 30, 2015
By
United for Peace and Justice (March 24, 2015)

The Ukraine conflict has become a complex proxy war involving four of the world’s five original nuclear armed countries: the United States, Russia, France, and the United Kingdom. It’s time to step back from the brink. [...]

The Jim Crow Holy Land

Portside - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 8:02pm
The Jim Crow Holy Land

March 30, 2015
By Phyllis Bennis
Foreign Policy In Focus (March 20, 2015)

Our own progress against racism in the United States remains too recent, too fragile, and too incomplete to go on abetting apartheid in Israel.

The last days of the campaign sounded an awful lot like the Jim Crow South, when African Americans had officially won the right to vote but still faced massive discrimination.
On election morning, a powerful white official running for re-election urged his followers to get out and vote, warning that minority voters were turning out in large numbers [...]

Cuba Eradicates Syphillis, HIV Transmission to Babies

Portside - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 8:02pm
Cuba Eradicates Syphillis, HIV Transmission to Babies

March 30, 2015
By
Telesurtv.net (March 20, 2015)

Cuba to be certified by WHO as first country to eradicate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to child.

Published 20 March 2015
 
The World Health Organization is set to confirm Cuba as the first country in the world to have eliminated the STI transmission from mother to child. Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) will visit Cuba soon to review if the country can be certified to have eliminated the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to child. In [...]

Democracy Now! 2015-03-30 lunes en español

Democracy Now! Podcast en Español - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 12:00pm
Democracy Now! 30 de Marzo de 2015
  • Últimas horas de negociaciones con Irán; se informó que Teherán retiró promesa de enriquecer uranio en el extranjero
  • Arabia Saudí: Los ataque en Yemen continuarán hasta que los hutíes se rindan
  • Liga Árabe accede a formar fuerza militar conjunta; Irak critica ataques en Yemen
  • 2014 fue el año en que murieron más palestinos desde 1967
  • Francia propondrá medida sobre Israel-Palestina en Naciones Unidas y pone a prueba veto de Estados Unidos
  • Filial de Al Qaeda participa en captura de ciudad siria de Idlib
  • Túnez anuncia muerte de sospechoso de ataque en museo al tiempo que se manifiestan decenas de miles de personas
  • Millones de personas votan en elecciones nigerianas en medio de la violencia
  • En medio de protestas, el gobernador de Indiana elude preguntas sobre ley anti LGTB
  • Schumer procura convertirse en líder demócrata del Senado en reemplazo de Reid en 2016
  • Manifestación de miles de personas en Nueva York contra la agenda de Cuomo sobre educación

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Democracy Now! 2015-03-30 Monday

Democracy Now! Daily Podcast - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 8:00am
Democracy Now! 2015-03-30 Monday
  • Headlines for March 30, 2015
  • Attorney for Bowe Bergdahl: Army Report Shows Ex-POW Left Base to Report Wrongdoing, Not Desert Unit
  • Ex-U.S. Official on Bowe Bergdahl Charges: Why Are We Vilifying an Ex-POW Tortured by Taliban?
  • Iran Nuclear Talks Near Deadline Amid "Air of Inevitability Combined with Tremendous Uncertainty"
  • TSA Checklist Exposed: "Suspicious Signs" Include Throat Clearing, Whistling & "Exaggerated Yawning"

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The Politics of the NCAA Sweet Sixteen

Portside - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 12:31am
The Politics of the NCAA Sweet Sixteen

March 29, 2015
By David Morris
Common Dreams (March 25, 2015)

For the next week, we can concentrate on basketball and marvel at the remarkable athletes playing their hearts out and set politics aside. But perhaps, maybe during the commercials, we can reflect on the fact that the vast majority of these games are being played by teams from public universities in states whose governments are hostile to public universities and whose policies increase the already considerable financial burden on the students at these universities. [...]

The Folly of Machine Warfare

Portside - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 11:43pm
The Folly of Machine Warfare

March 29, 2015
By Franklin C. Spinney
counterpunch (March 27, 2015)

Viewing war as an engineering problem focuses on technology (which benefits contractors) and destructive physical effects, but ignores and is offset by the fundamental truth of war: Machines don’t fight wars, people do, and they use their minds. [...]

Open Letter to ‘60 Minutes’ on Its Africa Reporting

Portside - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 11:30pm
Open Letter to ‘60 Minutes’ on Its Africa Reporting

March 29, 2015
By Howard W. French
Al Jazeera (March 26, 2015)

. . . this anachronistic style of coverage reproduces, in condensed form, many of the worst habits of modern American journalism on the subject of Africa. To be clear, this means that Africa warrants the public’s attention only when there is disaster or human tragedy on an immense scale, when Westerners can be elevated to the role of central characters or when it is a matter of that perennial favorite, wildlife. [...]

Why Mexico’s Farmworkers Who Harvest Our Food Are on Strike

Portside - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 10:47pm
Why Mexico’s Farmworkers Who Harvest Our Food Are on Strike

March 29, 2015
By Sonali Kolhatkar
Truthdig (March 26, 2015)

As many as 50,000 mostly indigenous workers have stopped harvesting produce for more than a week in protest of labor law violations. What they want is for their basic needs to be met, such as obtaining health care, getting overtime pay and vacation days, and being paid wages higher than the dismal $8 a day that most of them earn. [...]

Annus Mirabilis

Portside - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 10:14pm
Annus Mirabilis

March 29, 2015
By Donald Prothero
The Skeptic (March 23, 2015)

. . . the publication of Alfred Wegener’s Die Entstehung der Kontinente und Ozeane (The Origin of Continents and Oceans) . . . was the beginning of a true scientific revolution that transformed geology right down to its core, although the final stage of the revolution was not completed until the 1950s and 1960s. [...]