The Racist Roots of the Right-Wing Agenda

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October 8, 2017
Tax credits, vouchers, charter schools, they’re all part of a right-wing program to chip away at public education and actually result in increased racial segregation.
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Donald Trump’s Dangerously Coherent Agenda

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October 7, 2017
President Trump’s agenda is disturbingly coherent, and it is based around militarism, austerity, social division, voter suppression, and right-wing authoritarianism.
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A ‘Sonic Attack’ on Diplomats in Cuba?

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October 7, 2017
Sound can cause discomfort and even serious harm, and researchers have explored the idea of sonic weaponry for years. But scientists doubt a hidden ultrasound weapon can explain what happened in Cuba.
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Hurricane Maria Could Lead to Health Crisis

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October 7, 2017
Some critical prescription drugs are only made on the island, and Hurricane Maria halted production at dozens of pharmaceutical factories.
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Wall Street Vultures and Puerto Rico’s Debt

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October 7, 2017
Even before Hurricane Maria, the “colonial and undemocratic” federal board managing Puerto Rico’s debt was forced to consider 79% debt forgiveness. Today as demands grow for full debt cancellation and a massive relief package, the vulture bondholders want just the opposite. They want to oust the oversight board for even considering debt relief, and they want tax breaks for multinationals in Puerto Rico and the “militarization of the island” to “maintain law and order.”
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Denis Villeneuve in the Noir Universe

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October 7, 2017
Interview. The director discusses Blade Runner 2049, his doubts and his inspirations for the sequel to the Ridley Scott classic.
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Friday Nite Videos | October 6, 2017

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October 6, 2017
John Oliver | The NRA. Cable Street: Anti-Fascist Story in Song. Betsy DeVos Faces Silent Protest at Harvard. An Algorithm That Could Help End Partisan Gerrymandering. How Russia Sent a Small Idaho Town Into a Fake News Tailspin.
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Bernie-Backed Insurgent Wins Birmingham, AL

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October 6, 2017
It's not the Old South. The mayors of the largest cities in Mississippi and Alabama have now won on anti-establishment to downright radical platforms. In November, Vincent Fort will try to make in three in a row in Atlanta.
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JFK Had Ordered Full Withdrawal From Vietnam

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October 6, 2017
The Ken Burns-Lynn Novick PBS Vietnam Series glosses over JFK’s exit strategy
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Six Things to Know About Mass Shootings

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October 6, 2017
More guns don’t make you safer, and other recent findings about mass shootings that should help you identify misinformation when you hear it.
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Portside Culture

"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.

A Memoir of Life as Che Guevara’s Kid Brother

Peter Canby
New Yorker
Che’s youngest sibling, Juan Martin Guevara, remembers his revolutionary brother and the family's travails after his murder by the Bolivian military with the aid of the CIA.

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

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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.

Posted by Portside on October 13, 2017

The Try Guys take on the immigration system and find out how hard it really is to become a US citizen.

Posted by Portside on October 13, 2017

The President called for 'anti-Trump' late night host(s) to give him 'equal time' on their show. Stephen can only think of one person to help play, excuse the phrase, devil's advocate.

Posted by Portside on October 12, 2017

Eminem is back! And he's in classic bar-for-bar form blasting at Donald Trump from his Detroit home. The cyphers went crazy too. Peep.

Posted by Portside on October 6, 2017

John Oliver discusses the way the NRA not only works to prevent gun control, they work to prevent an informed discussion about gun control.

Posted by Portside on October 6, 2017

On 4 October 1936 antifascists of London came out en masse in what became known as The Battle of Cable Street to confront Oswald Mosley and his British Union of Fascists as they planned to march through the East End.