On Having a Brown Baby in the Age of Trump

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October 19, 2017
Suddenly I was a pregnant and unemployed woman of color living in a country that had just elected a white supremacist as our president.
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The Myth of the Spitting Antiwar Protestor

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October 19, 2017
The war in Vietnam was America’s longest war at the time, and its first defeat. The image of protesters spitting on troops enlivened notions that the military mission had been compromised, even betrayed, by weak-kneed liberalism in Congress and seditious radicalism on college campuses. The spitting stories provided provided reassuring confirmation that had it not been for those duplicitous fifth-columnists, the Vietnamese would have never beaten us.
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Trump’s Big Mouth May Help Colin Kaepernick

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October 18, 2017
The president may be key to the quarterback winning his collusion grievance.
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Ireland, Migrants and Austerity

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October 18, 2017
Europeans who think the current crisis is unique forget that between 1845 and 1848, 1.5 to 2 million Irish fled their famine-blackened land (while another million or more starved to death) in large part due to the same kind of economics Europe is currently trying to force on countries like Ireland, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Spain, and Cyprus. Today, the migrants are from Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya, but the policies are the same.
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Labor Is Fighting to Save Veterans’ Healthcar

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October 17, 2017
“Some in Congress want to underfund the VA so they can say that government doesn’t work,” says Dusten Retcher, a 29-year old Air Force veteran, who processes veterans’ benefit claims in Minneapolis. “Then they want to turn it over to the private market.”
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Takeaways From the Contraceptive Mandate

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October 17, 2017
Donald Trump cozies up to evangelicals, and millions of women suffer.
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How to Wipe Out Puerto Rico’s Debt

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October 17, 2017
As economist Michael Hudson says, “Debts that can’t be paid won’t be paid.” Puerto Rico is bankrupt, its economy destroyed. In fact it is currently in bankruptcy proceedings with its creditors. Which suggests its time for some more out-of-the-box thinking . . . .
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Media Bits and Bytes – Salt in the Wounds

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October 17, 2017
Facebook’s fiasco; Twitter’s traps; Trump’s tricks; ESPN’s ethics; When there is no power; What’s up; Backdoor search
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‘De-certifying’ the Iran Deal

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October 17, 2017
Iran is complying with the nuclear deal. Trump, on the other hand, is risking a war — and torching U.S. credibility.
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Portside Culture

Day Beginning with Seeing the International Space Station And ...

Jane Hirshfield
New York Review of Books
The full title of prize-winning poet Jane Hirshfield's poem, "Day Beginning with Seeing the International Space Station And a Full Moon Over the Gulf of Mexico and All its Invisible Fishes," reveals the contingency of the natural world and the human imprint upon it, for better and for worse.

The Black Novelist History Forgot

Robert B. Stepto 
The Washington Post
Himes was a pivotal and versatile post WW II-era American novelist whose work influenced several generations of African American and other writers. A new biography of the novelist is drawing national attention.

"Roman J. Israel, Esq." Review – Denzel Washington Captivates In Unusual Legal Drama

Benjamin Lee
The Guardian
The film is a haunting and timeless American tragedy that feels ever prescient given the current administration’s foggy understanding of morality. It might prove to be a tough sell thanks to an awkward title and a strange plot trajectory, but Roman J. Israel, Esq. is a richly rewarding drama blessed with one of the best, most lived-in performances of the year. 

Shh! These Quiet Food Videos Will Get Your Senses Tingling

Clare Leschin-Hoar
The Salt
A whole new genre of food videos, focusing on specific intense sounds like crinkling, chopping, sautéing and stirring, is becoming popular. These eating sounds trigger pleasing tingling sensations in the brains of viewers who experience ASMR, which stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response.

Not Our Tribe

Jed Myers
Solstice
Seattle poet Jed Myers speaks of the fear of strangers, how our eyes assess and judge newcomers, searching for the glimmer that makes them one of us.

Portside Labor

Canadian, U.S. Unions Push for Wage Hike Amid NAFTA Talks

Ginger Adams Otis
New York Daily News
Labor leaders in the U.S. have made it clear they are supportive of a NAFTA overhaul — but only if it helps eliminate the wage gap with Mexico and includes Canada’s long-shot demands for labor reform.

McDonald's Labor Abuses and the GOP

Thor Benson
Working In These Times
If successful, the bill would mark a historic shift in labor law. Millions of low-wage workers across the country would be directly impacted, losing a key mechanism to protect their rights on the job, while corporations which regularly escape liability would gain protections.

Dolores – A Film Review

Duane Campbell
Democratic Left
That Dolores Huerta is not better known in the nation provides a commentary on how little the mainstream media, and much of the Left, know about the growth of Latino power in the labor and feminist movements.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on October 20, 2017

White House Chief of Staff, Gen. John Kelly, put his credibility on the line for President Donald Trump, and now he is mired in controversy many find grotesque. Christina Greer, Tim O'Brien, and James Peterson join Ari Melber to discuss.

 

Posted by Portside on October 20, 2017

U.S. Homeland Security has informed jazz great Alvin Queen that he will not be able to enter the country to perform at a concert in Washington, D.C. next month because of a brush with the law over 50 years ago, when Queen was a minor. Here is Queen on the drums in Oscar Peterson's C Jam Blues.

Posted by Portside on October 20, 2017

Immigrant detention centers have grown into a highly privatized, lucrative and abusive industry that profits off the misery of immigrants awaiting deportation. 

Posted by Portside on October 20, 2017

Two black holes, each about 30 times as massive as our sun orbited each other for millions of years. An instant before they collided they sent a gravitational shiver across the universe. LIGO scientist Amber L. Stuver explains. Animation by Eoin Duffy. 

Posted by Portside on October 20, 2017

Generation Revolution is a feature-length documentary film that brings to screen the powerful story of London’s new generation of black and brown activists who are dead set on changing the social and political landscape in the capital and beyond.

Posted by Portside on October 13, 2017

 

 

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Almost Like Praying,” featuring a variety of artists, was written and recorded to benefit hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico with proceeds benefiting The Hispanic Federation's Unidos Disaster Relief Fund. Download and stream here.

Posted by Portside on October 13, 2017

Seth takes a closer look at how powerful men in entertainment and politics - from Harvey Weinstein to Donald Trump - abuse their power to silence, bully or coerce.