We Can No Longer Outrun Antibiotic Resistance

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August 20, 2017
Researchers are tackling the problem of antibiotic resistance head on — by hunting for the genes that enable bacteria to become resistant to life-saving medications.
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Comedian/Activist Dick Gregory Dies At 84

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August 20, 2017
Dick Gregory used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health.
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Generals Lead Revolt Again Trump

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August 20, 2017
Army brass knows that if every Back soldier quit in protest over Donald Trump’s comments, the U.S. military would collapse.
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The United States Was Never Immune to Fascism

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August 20, 2017
It has never been more important to acknowledge the history of fascism and neo-fascism in America
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SB 720: a Crime to Uphold Palestinian Rights

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August 19, 2017
It is fascinating to watch certain US senators tripping over themselves as they attempt to defend their support for or opposition to the proposed legislation that would make it a crime to support the campaign to Boycott, Divest, or Sanction Israel (BDS) for its continued occupation of Palestinian lands. Their efforts to square the circle of their "love of Israel", opposition to BDS, support for a "two-state solution", and commitment to free speech,...
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A Historian of Forgotten Resistance

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August 19, 2017
In the margins of one of the hundreds of dog-eared books he kept in his cave, Lay offered an epitaph that also reads like an exhortation: "Dear souls, be tender-hearted." Rediker, the historian of resistance from below, hopes that he has managed to produce "tender-hearted" treatments of all these resisters, but knows that this work, like Lay's own resistance to slavery, must continue well past him.
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DOJ Warrant of Trump Resistance Site Triggers

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August 19, 2017
The case is not the first instance on the government asking tech companies for details on Trump dissidents. Earlier this year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) briefly tried to get Twitter to reveal information to identify an account holder whose messages on the social media platform had been critical of Trump.
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The Monuments Must Go

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August 19, 2017
An open letter from the great-great-grandsons of Stonewall Jackson.
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Venezuela: Chavistas Gain Upper Hand

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August 19, 2017
To get a better sense of the situation on the ground in Venezuela, Green Left Weekly’s Federico Fuentes interviewed Steve Ellner, a well-known analyst of Venezuelan and Latin American politics and a retired professor at Venezuela’s Universidad de Oriente.
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Portside Culture

Review: In ‘Crown Heights,’ Justice Delayed and Denied

A. O. Scott
New York Times
Like countless other black men, Colin Warner was ensnared in a system that was rigged against him in every way. The police, the prosecutors, the prison guards and some of his own lawyers cut corners, rush to judgment and ignored the clear evidence of his innocence... He spent 20 years in prison.

Was It Something I Hate? the Science of Food Preferences

Nadia Berenstein
Cook's Science
In his new book, Einstein’s Beets: An Examination of Food Phobias, the distinguished writer and scholar, Alexander Theroux, discusses some of the current scientific and psychological research into food preferences and aversions

Class & Inequality: The Book that Explains Charlottesville

Marshall Steinbaum
Boston Review
The University of Virginia has long been a bastion of white supremacy and its validating scholarship. The book’s author identifies how such antidemocratic sentiment has long gestated in academia generally, encapsulated in neoclassical economics and its validation of alleged rational economic behaviors -- theories that originated in opposition to the New Deal and the Civil Rights movement and predominate in today's conservative and far-right movements today.

A Test of American Traditions

Darryl Holter
Los Angeles Review of Books
This little book has become an unlikely political best-seller in these unlikely political times.

Portside Labor

Fran Works Six Days a Week in Fast Food, and yet She's Homeless: 'It's Economic Slavery'

Dominic Rushe
Financial Times
It’s been almost a decade since the Great Recession, and America has witnessed a record 82 months of month-on-month jobs growth. The national unemployment rate now stands at a 4.3%, a 16-year low. But month after month, it is the low-wage sectors – fast food, retail, healthcare – that have added new jobs. Wage growth has barely kept pace with inflation. The national minimum wage ($7.25) was last raised in 2009.

Teachers Union Caucuses Gather to Swap Strategies

Gillian Russom and Samantha Winslow
Labor Notes
With teachers facing similar attacks in school districts across the country, it makes sense to share strategies for fighting back. That’s the goal of the United Caucuses of Rank-and-File Educators (UCORE), a growing network of locals and caucuses within the teachers unions.

Workers May Have Just Killed Missouri’s Right to Work Law

Jeff Schuhrke
Working In These Times
Though the law is set to take effect on August 28, the pro-union We Are Missouri coalition, led by the Missouri AFL-CIO, says it has collected enough signatures from voters to call for a state-wide referendum in November 2018 that could nullify the legislation.

Racism in Charlottesville: CBTU Statement on Unite the Right Rally

Rev. Terry Melvin
CBTU
Trump has been apt to condemn and mock anyone he finds offensive. He has no problem commenting on women bleeding, but has no comment when someone is bleeding from being hit by a car. His lack of commentary is indicative of his relationship to the white racists. While I do not believe all those who support this president are racist, I do believe all racists support this president. His lack of actions and words have reinforced this fact.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on August 16, 2017

VICE News Tonight correspondent Elle Reeve goes behind the scenes with white nationalist leaders, including Christopher Cantwell, Robert Ray, David Duke, and Matthew Heimbach — as well as counter-protesters. VICE News Tonight also spoke with residents of Charlottesville, members of the Black Lives Matter movement, and the Charlottesville Police. Up close and personal access from the neo-Nazi protests at Emancipation Park to Cantwell’s hideaway outside of Virginia.

Posted by Portside on August 16, 2017

By refusing to take a side on the violence in Charlottesville, Trump has taken a side.

Posted by Portside on August 16, 2017

President Donald Trump is defending efforts to preserve confederate statues like the one of General Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville. Lawrence O'Donnell looks back at the legacy of the man who was indicted for treason and led the Confederate Army.

Posted by Portside on August 16, 2017

CNN's Jim Acosta on Tuesday reports on Donald Trump’s “strange, surreal stunning and baffling” press conference, explaining the world witnessed “a presidency go off the rails.”

Posted by Portside on August 16, 2017

 

 

Charlottesville Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy tells CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that his community has rallied in solidarity against the hateful white supremacist and neo-Nazi elements that turned the city until a battle zone on Saturday and killed an anti-racist counter-protester. 

Posted by Portside on July 28, 2017

Based on the true story if the Algiers Motel incident, starring John Krasinski, John Boyega, and Anthony Mackie. In theaters Aug 4.

 

Posted by Portside on July 28, 2017

A collaboration with Jorge Cham (PhD comics) and Daniel Whiteson gives a mind-bending answer to a deceptively simple question.