Against the No-Fly Zone

Against the No-Fly Zone feature image
October 22, 2016
A no-fly zone in Syria isn't a humanitarian response -- it's a call to war.
Read More »

Election Views: Support Hillary, Then Fight

 Support Hillary, Then Fight  feature image
October 22, 2016
Then came the bitterest drop of reality: Hillary Clinton was the nominee. That meant her election was all that stood against Donald Trump. And THAT meant we would be forced to choose someone we didn’t want, even hated, to head off a result that would open the floodgates of a fascist insurgency.
Read More »

Remembering DuBois' "Behold the Land" Speech

Remembering DuBois' "Behold the Land" Speech feature image
October 22, 2016
The convention's keynote address was delivered by noted sociologist, historian, civil rights activist and author W.E.B. Du Bois. Titled "Behold the Land," the speech was one of the last major orations by Du Bois, who was 78 at the time. It remains timely today with its calls to unite blacks and working-class whites.
Read More »

Dario Fo: Ideas That Outrage

 Ideas That Outrage feature image
October 22, 2016
When the Nobel Foundation awarded him the prize for literature in 1997 they said he “emulates the jesters of the Middle Ages in scourging authority and upholding the dignity of the downtrodden”. When he received the prize he said the award was also for “the people in countries like Turkey, Afghanistan and Argentina who had been jailed for performing my plays.
Read More »

President Debates: From Substance to Showbiz

 From Substance to Showbiz feature image
October 22, 2016
A few decades from now, when the realities of climate change have hushed even the loudest, densest deniers, we may look back on October 2016 as the month political journalism died. Amid the relentlessly tawdry campaign news, there has been a near total absence of any discussion of substantive issues, including global warming and the environment. TV news celebrities, and horse-race coverage, driven by Twitter, bluster and clickbait, have left them all in the lurch.
Read More »

Friday Nite Videos -- October 21, 2016

Friday Nite Videos -- October 21, 2016 feature image
October 21, 2016
John Oliver | Third Parties. Leonard Cohen | You Want It Darker. Where Does Complexity Come From? The Park of Friendship in Tijuana. Monkeys Can Make Stone Tools Too.
Read More »

Trump Won't Take No for an Answer

Trump Won't Take No for an Answer feature image
October 21, 2016
The Republican nominee says he’ll only accept the election results if he wins. That’s like a man saying he believes in getting consent – but only if she says yes.
Read More »

Sanders Raises $2M in 2 Days for Congress

Sanders Raises $2M in 2 Days for Congress feature image
October 21, 2016
This week, Sanders tapped his massive donor list, sending out emails asking his fans to support candidates blessed by Our Revolution, an organization he launched after exiting the race. The two-day take was $1.88 million.
Read More »

Trump Is Shockingly Ignorant of Science

Trump Is Shockingly Ignorant of Science feature image
October 21, 2016
His statements show a disregard for science that is alarming in a candidate for high office
Read More »


Portside Culture

You Do Not Have the Right to Remain Silent (a Rant)

Terry Adams
World of Change edited by David Madgalene
Poet Terry Adams lives in the house formerly occupied by the hipster Ken Kesey, famous for his novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and the influence of the latter on the former may give a clue for understanding the style and point of Adams’s poem dealing with the rights and wrongs of the universe.

The Realest Thing You've Ever Seen

Robert Christgau
Barnes and Noble Review
With this book, Springsteen has joined the ranks of those musicians who have also produced first-rate autobiographies. Indeed, the musician's biography has developed into its own literary genre. Long-time music critic Christgau offers a detailed appreciation of this important memoir.

Developing Foods for Millennials

Lauren R. Hartman
Food Processing Magazine
Millennials value freshness, authenticity, daring flavors and atypical eating occasions (like snacking). Food & beverage developers capitalize on the food buying behaviors, influences, nutritional concerns and vast eating potential of this age group.

The Tragedy of Vice Principals

Andrew Simmons
The Atlantic
The jokes in the HBO comedy may not be all that funny, but the show reveals something raw and authentic about public-school dynamics.

I am Khanga

Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo
ZAM Africa Magazine
On May 8, 2006, the South African Judge Willem van der Merwe ruled that ANC leader Jacob Zuma was not guilty of the rape of Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo. Zuma did not deny having sex with her, but claimed since the victim wore a khanga, a wraparound cloth, she had “asked for it.” Here is her poetic response.

Portside Labor

Argentine Women March in Black Against Gruesome Gang Rape

Tens of thousands of women rallied across Argentina in response to a call for a national strike against gender violence. The labor strike also aimed to emphasize the crucial role of women in the country's economy as well as highlight the fact that they have been the first victims of massive layoffs by the current right-wing government. Organizers highlighted the link that makes poor and disadvantaged women more vulnerable to sexual violence.

Two Federal Unions Cling to Trump, Despite Everything

Joe Davidson
The Washington Post
If his racist, misogynistic, narcissistic campaign does win, two unions representing thousands of federal law enforcement officers will have been accomplices. Even as dozens of Republican stalwarts flee Trump, no longer able to stomach the latest vulgar demonstration of his character, the National Border Patrol Council and the National ICE Council remain in his throng.

Supporting Guyana’s Sugar Workers

Kevin Brice-Lall
The history of the sugar workers in Guyana and their union GAWU is one of international solidarity. Today, however, many of the ties which once united unions in Canada, Britain, and the US to Guyana have disappeared. The current struggle against closures and privatization of the sugar industry in Guyana are an opportunity to rebuild solidarity in the fight against austerity everywhere.

Chicago Teachers Avert a Strike by Forcing the Mayor to Dig Deep

Samantha Winslow
Labor Notes
After striking for a day April 1 and coming to the brink of a long strike this fall, Chicago teachers are mulling a tentative agreement that won something unprecedented. They pressured the mayor into pulling money out of Chicago's treasure chest of diverted property taxes, the Tax Increment Finance program.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on October 21, 2016

Third party candidates want to be serious contenders, so John Oliver considers them seriously as potential presidents.

Posted by Portside on October 21, 2016

Music video by Leonard Cohen performing You Want It Darker. 

Posted by Portside on October 21, 2016

The difference between complexity and entropy, and how complex things like life can arise from disorder. 

Posted by Portside on October 22, 2016

The Park of Friendship in Tijuana gives separated families a chance to talk across the border

Posted by Portside on October 22, 2016

Stone flakes made by capuchin monkeys look remarkably similar to stone tools made by early humans 2-3 million years ago, raising questions about the archaeological record.

Posted by Portside on October 14, 2016

In a speech for the history books, U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama forcefully denounced the words, actions, and candidacy of Donald Trump.

Posted by Portside on October 14, 2016

Already at 22, Dylan rasps out images in A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall that are elliptical, prophetic, apocalyptic and uncompromising. If this isn't poetry, what is?