Erdogan's Victory Prey for Turkey's Enemies

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April 18, 2017
The narrowness and dubious nature of Erdogan’s electoral “success” is unlikely to make him more conciliatory and, going by his actions after failing to get the majority he wanted in a general election in 2015, he will become even more aggressive in stamping out opposition.
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The Worst ‘Alternative Facts’ About Abortion

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April 17, 2017
The leaders and lawmakers of the anti-choice movement have created a cottage industry out of devising bogus claims and flawed research to advance their baseless policies.
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War Is Not An Option for Korea

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April 17, 2017
Attacking North Korea now would undermine the very reason U.S. troops have been stationed on the peninsula for seven decades: to protect the South Korean people.
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Donald Trump's War Crimes

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April 17, 2017
Just two and a half months into his presidency, Donald Trump has already distinguished himself as a war criminal. His administration is killing unusually large numbers of civilians, in violation of US and international law.
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Academics Can Change the World

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April 17, 2017
Research and creative thinking can change the world. This means that academics have enormous power. But, as academics Asit Biswas and Julian Kirchherr have warned, the overwhelming majority are not shaping today’s public debates.
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Confronting Apartheid and Feminism

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April 17, 2017
Attacking the International Women’s Strike on March 8, supporters of Israel argued that the decolonization of Palestine has no place in feminism and further asked if there is a place for Zionists in the feminist movement. We turn the question around and ask if the occupation of Palestine, the bombings of Gaza, the apartheid that applies two separate and unequal systems to Israel’s relationship to Palestinians–can be compatible with feminism?
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How to Quantify (and Fight) Gerrymandering

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April 16, 2017
Powerful new quantitative tools are now available to combat partisan bias in the drawing of voting districts.
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Judge Throws out Double Murder Conviction

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April 16, 2017
In dismissing both men's convictions, Judge James Linn said he was "stunned" by the prosecution decision to abandon the case. "I'd never seen anything like this," the longtime judge said before tossing their convictions. No physical evidence linked Almodovar to the 1994 double homicide, according to an investigation led by former U.S. Attorney Scott Lassar, who found it "more likely than not" that Almodovar was in fact innocent...
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Possible Electoral Colllege Issue in Senate

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April 16, 2017
Theoretically, a bill or nomination could pass out of the Senate with the support of senators representing only 16.2 percent of the population.
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Arkansas Judge Moves to Block Executions

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April 16, 2017
Four companies have publicly raised concerns about how the Arkansas Department of Correction came to stockpile the drugs for its lethal injection cocktail — midazolam, vecuronium bromide and potassium chloride — but only the McKesson Corporation, the drug distributor that ranks fifth on the Fortune 500 list of companies, made an explicit allegation of deception.
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Portside Culture

Where Will You Go When Things Get Worse?

Susan Cohen
portside
Our ship of state, writes Berkeley poet Susan Cohen, may be facing extinction, but there's no practical escape that will suffice; alternatively, we may resist.

The Stubborn Optimist: Following the Persevering Example of the Writer and Activist Grace Paley

Nicholas Dames
The Atlantic
Writer, poet, college teacher, political activist, peace agitator and feminist,Grace Paley was a well-known and highly respected commodity to those of us active in left protest during the 1960 and much later. This new collection of her writings should remind us of what we justifiably admired most, not just her talent as a writer but her commitment to the struggle and the long haul.

The Revelatory Horror of The Zookeeper’s Wife

Jacob Soll
New Republic
The Zookeeper’s Wife shows the Holocaust was not an easy existential battle fought between a massive evil machine and good, tough men. It was also made up of unrecorded domestic crimes, often of sexual aggression and abuse. What Caro makes clear is that a society that overlooks these transgressions is in dangerous territory. In attempting to understand these crimes and how to counter them, Caro challenges us to look closer to home, into the finer grain of the horror.

How Lunch Became a Pile of Bologna

Amy McKeever
Eater.com
How we feel about bologna reveals something about ourselves. The history of such seemingly mundane food can be fascinating, as is consideration of its future.

Lament

Debra Marquart
New Letters
Earth Day on our minds, what can be more rueful than what's happened to the once-ignored state of North Dakota, fracked to its core? Poet Debra Marquart sings a lament.

Portside Labor

The Price for Killing Workers Must Be Prison

Leo Gerard
AlterNet
Nationally, at all workplaces, one employee is killed on the job every other hour. Twelve a day. These are not all accidents. Too many are foreseeable, preventable, avoidable tragedies. With the approach of April 28, Workers Memorial Day 2017, the USW is seeking in America what workers in Canada have to prevent these deaths. That is a law holding supervisors and corporate officials criminally accountable and exacting serious prison sentences when workers die on the job.

Local 33 Members Begin Hunger Strike

KEVIN SWAIN
Yale News
Eight members of the graduate student union Local 33 began an indefinite, collective fast in front of University President Peter Salovey’s home on Tuesday in an effort to persuade Yale to begin collective bargaining.

America’s manliest industries are all competing for women

Danielle Paquette
The Washington Post
The Iron Workers want to attract and retain more journeywomen, who tend to quit at a higher rate. The demographic represents a huge opportunity for growth, a way to bolster the future dues-paying membership. But recruiting women into a historically male space - and keeping them around - isn't as easy. Almost 9 in 10 female construction workers have dealt with sexual harassment on the job, aLabor Department study found.

Harvesting Union Rights in the Field

Sonia Singh
Labor Notes
Unlike most guestworkers, many in North Carolina have a say in their working conditions and seniority rights because they belong to a union, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on April 28, 2017

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner hold an incredible amount of political power. That's troubling considering their incredibly small amount of political experience.

Posted by Portside on April 28, 2017

 

Starting with Carlos Varela in Havana and featuring over 75 Cuban musicians around the world, from Havana and Santiago to Miami, Barcelona and Tokyo. 

Posted by Portside on April 28, 2017

On Earth Day, April 22, Bill Nye, “The Science Guy,” spoke in front of large crowd in Washington DC, declared "Science must shape policy." Official March For Science website.

Posted by Portside on April 28, 2017

Donald Trump (Anthony Atamanuik) of The President Show explains how he'll pay for his U.S.-Mexico border wall, reform taxes and make Comedy Central great again.

Posted by Portside on April 28, 2017

Variety: "The complex story of how McVeigh came to be the righteous and violent sociopath he was. He saw himself as a freedom fighter going to war against the evils of big government." 

Posted by Portside on April 21, 2017

Even though he doesn't identify as a member of the party, Senator Bernie Sanders is on the road with DNC Chair Tom Perez.

Posted by Portside on April 22, 2017

The presidential election in France could determine the political future of Europe. John Oliver visits an excessively French bistro to deliver an urgent message to voters.