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The Left Matters: Now, More Than Ever

Portside - 6 hours 31 min ago
The Left Matters: Now, More Than Ever

May 21, 2015
By Richard Eskow
Campaign for America's Future (May 20, 2015)

The left isn't important because of its numbers. It's important because its members are the canaries in the coalmine for an unresponsive political process. The left shares something else with that majority: it's heard a lot of empty promises. Many (though not all) progressives will vote for the Democrats once again in 2016, even if they're dissatisfied. But it will take more than rhetoric to win millions of other alienated voters. [...]

Honor the Vietnamese, Not Those Who Killed Them

Portside - 7 hours 29 min ago
Honor the Vietnamese, Not Those Who Killed Them

May 21, 2015
By Michael D. Yates
Monthly Review (May 1, 2015)

Michael Yates presents an analysis of how the war was conducted, what its consequences have been for the Vietnamese, how the nature of the war generated ferocious opposition to it (not least by a brave core of U.S. soldiers), how the war's history has been whitewashed, and why it is important to both know what happened in Vietnam and why we should not forget it. [...]

Streets of New York - The Subway

Portside - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:54pm
Streets of New York - The Subway

May 21, 2015
By Photoessay by David Bacon
THE REALITY CHECK - David Bacon blog (May 21, 2015)

New York has a real subway. Seems like anywhere I want to go is walking distance from a station. There are 421 of them, so it figures they're close to almost anywhere along its 656 miles of tracks in four boroughs. The great thing about the subway is the people. New York is so diverse - it feels like you're seeing people from everyplace on earth in just a few subway cars. [...]

Memorial Day: Let Us Remember the Forgotten War Dead

Portside - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:22pm
Memorial Day: Let Us Remember the Forgotten War Dead

May 21, 2015
By H. Patricia Hyne
Portside (May 13, 2015)

This Memorial Day, let us remember the men and women soldiers who have suffered and died from war-caused conditions called variably soldier's heart in the Civil War, shell shock in the First World War, PTSD in the Vietnam War, and moral injury in the Iraq War...Let us not forget those who died from the nightmares of war - at their own hand. [...]

Tidbits - May 21, 2015 - Victories in Philadelphia, Los Angeles; Third Party Builders; The Nakba; David Letterman Show and whiteness; Educators Make a Difference; more....

Portside - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:04pm
Tidbits - May 21, 2015 - Victories in Philadelphia, Los Angeles; Third Party Builders; The Nakba; David Letterman Show and whiteness; Educators Make a Difference; more....

May 21, 2015
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Portside (May 21, 2015)

Reader Comments- Progressive Wins: Philadelphia / Los Angeles; Third Party Builders Meet; What U.S. Really Owes Black America; Thirty Years After MOVE Bombing; The Nakba: The Intentional, Deliberate Dispossession of Palestinians; Remembering Guy Carawan; David Letterman Show and whiteness; Educators and School Staff Make a Difference; Mike Brown Would Have Been 19;
Announcements- Greece Solidarity 4 All U.S. Tour; Left Forum 2015
Today in History-Post-War Strike [...]

Matt Taibbi on the Journalist & Politician Cheerleaders for Iraq War, Then & Now

Democracy Now! Daily Podcast - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 5:21pm

In this web-only conversation with journalist Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone, we turn to Iraq. He recently wrote a piece for Rolling Stone titled "Forget What We Know Now: We Knew Then Iraq War Was a Joke." Taibbi wrote the piece after Jeb Bush's infamous interview on Fox News. Megyn Kelly asked Bush "knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the invasion?" Bush responded, "I would have." Jeb Bush later reversed his stance.

Democracy Now! 2015-05-21 jueves en español

Democracy Now! Podcast en Español - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 12:00pm
Democracy Now! 21 de Mayo de 2015
  • Estado Islámico toma antigua ciudad siria de Palmira; Estados Unidos se concentra sobre ISIS en Ramadi
  • Malasia e Indonesia ofrecen refugio a 7.000 migrantes desamparados
  • ONU organiza reunión entre facciones rivales yemeníes
  • Cinco importantes bancos pagarán multa de 5.000 millones de dólares por manipular divisas extranjeras
  • Legisladores de Nebraska votan para poner fin a la pena de muerte
  • Senador Paul realiza maniobra obstruccionista contra vigilancia de datos en masa de la NSA
  • California declara estado de emergencia al incrementarse derrame de petróleo
  • Obama: El cambio climático representa "un riesgo inmediato a la seguridad nacional"
  • Miles de trabajadores procuran salario de quince dólares y sindicalización durante asamblea anual de McDonald's
  • Nueva grabación de video hecha con un celular cuestiona versión de la policía en caso de Freddie Gray
  • Se imputan cargos a piloto de girocóptero que aterrizó en el Capitolio en protesta por financiamiento de campañas políticas
  • Arrestan a informante de la marina que denunció riesgos nucleares en Reino Unido
  • Manifestantes instan a gigante de la industria alimenticia Nestlé a dejar de embotellar agua proveniente de California, azotado por la sequía

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Democracy Now! 2015-05-21 Thursday

Democracy Now! Daily Podcast - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 8:00am
Democracy Now! 2015-05-21 Thursday
  • Headlines for May 21, 2015
  • Expanding Foothold, Islamic State Captures Syria's Ancient Palmyra After Fall of Iraq's Ramadi
  • Matt Taibbi: World's Largest Banks Admit to Massive Global Financial Crimes, But Escape Jail (Again)
  • Matt Taibbi on Baltimore, Freddie Gray and How Legal System Covers Up Police Violence

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Threat To Global Health?

Portside - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 9:03pm
The Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Threat To Global Health?

May 20, 2015
By Deane Marchbein
healthaffairs.org (May 20, 2015)

The public health repercussions of this deal could be massive. The negotiating countries represent at least 700 million people, and U.S. negotiators refer to the TPP as a “blueprint” for future trade deals. The TPP attempts to rewrite existing global trade rules and would dismantle legal flexibilities and protections afforded for public health. [...]

The Women’s Court: A Feminist Approach to Justice

Portside - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 8:49pm
The Women’s Court: A Feminist Approach to Justice

May 20, 2015
By Karima Bennoune (Interview)
Peace is Loud (May 20, 2015)

"At the Women’s Court, women testified courageously of their experiences of losing family members to massacres, of mass rape and kidnapping, and of ethnic persecution. They demanded that such events never be repeated. This feminist re-imagining of a court in which women victims are the central focus was very inspiring and thought-provoking to me as an international lawyer." [...]

How Climate Protection Has Become Today’s Labor Solidarity

Portside - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 8:02pm
How Climate Protection Has Become Today’s Labor Solidarity

May 20, 2015
By Jeremy Brecher
The Nation (May 6, 2015)

American workers and organized labor have an interest in addressing climate change and in putting millions of people to work making the transition to a climate-safe economy. But much of labor is still committed to an “all of the above” energy policy that promotes all jobs—even those destroying our climate and future. Can that change? [...]

Unprecedented Coalition Leads To Progressive Wins In Philadelphia

Portside - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 8:02pm
Unprecedented Coalition Leads To Progressive Wins In Philadelphia

May 20, 2015
By Isaiah J. Poole
OurFuture.org (May 20, 2015)

The win marks a major victory for the Pennsylvania Working Families Party, which endorsed Kenney. The endorsement lauded Kenney for his work on Philadelphia’s City Council “supporting efforts to raise wages, improving Philly’s schools, increasing access to housing, ending the discriminatory practices of the criminal justice system, and limiting corporate power in politics.” [...]

Los Angeles Lifts Its Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour

Portside - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 8:02pm
Los Angeles Lifts Its Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour

May 20, 2015
By Jennifer Medina and Noam Scheiber
New York Times (May 19, 2015)

Supporters of higher wages say they hope the move will reverberate nationally. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York announced this month that he was convening a state board to consider a wage increase in the local fast-food industry, which could be enacted without a vote in the State Legislature. Immediately after the Los Angeles vote, pressure began to build on Mr. Cuomo to reject an increase that falls short of $15 an hour. [...]

Democracy Now! 2015-05-20 miércoles en español

Democracy Now! Podcast en Español - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 12:00pm
Democracy Now! 20 de Mayo de 2015
  • ONU: 25.000 personas huyen de Ramadi tras ser tomada por ISIS; Estados Unidos podría acelerar entrega de armas a milicias
  • ONU solicita otra pausa en Yemen para brindar ayuda sin entregar
  • Israel cancela segregación en autobuses para palestinos de Cisjordania
  • Los Ángeles aprueba salario mínimo de 15 dólares la hora para el año 2020
  • Retiro de bolsas de aire duplicado a 34 millones de vehículos
  • Ruptura en oleoducto de California vierte petróleo al océano Pacífico
  • Ex oficial de la CIA e informante de inteligencia afirma que el gobierno de Bush hizo afirmaciones falsas sobre Irak
  • Clinton refiriéndose a la votación sobre la guerra de Irak: “Me equivoqué”
  • Obras de caridad vinculadas al cáncer acusadas de fraude por 187 millones de dólares
  • Policía de Texas procura tregua entre bandas de motociclistas tras tiroteo fatal
  • Estudiante de Columbia carga con colchón durante su ceremonia de graduación en protesta por violación

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Democracy Now! 2015-05-20 Wednesday

Democracy Now! Daily Podcast - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 8:00am
Democracy Now! 2015-05-20 Wednesday
  • Headlines for May 20, 2015
  • Sgt. James Brown, 26, Survived Two Tours in Iraq Only to Die Begging for His Life in Texas Jail
  • Say Her Name: Families Seek Justice in Overlooked Police Killings of African-American Women
  • Police Killing of Michelle Cusseaux Raises Questions of Wrongful Death & Handling of Mentally Ill
  • Illinois Judge Calls Police Killing of Rekia Boyd "Beyond Reckless" But Acquits Cop on Technicality
  • "Shell No": From Sea to Land, Seattle Residents Fight Oil Giant's Plans for Arctic Drilling

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US to Study Cuba's Lung Cancer Vaccine: What the World Can Learn from Castro's Health Service

Portside - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 9:46pm
US to Study Cuba's Lung Cancer Vaccine: What the World Can Learn from Castro's Health Service

May 19, 2015
By Adam Withnall
The Independent (May 19, 2015)

During the economic blockade by the US and after a string of serious disease outbreaks, Cuban leader Fidel Castro made biotechnology and medical research a key priority for the allocation of limited government funds. Johnson said: “They’ve had to do more with less, so they’ve had to be even more innovative with how they approach things. For over 40 years, they have had a preeminent immunology community.” [...]