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Portside aims to provide varied material of interest to people on the left that will help them to interpret the world, and to change it. Portside had been providing daily news, analysis, commentary...

Member Blogs

  • Portside - Monday, April 27, 2015 - 8:38pm
    Manitowoc Company in northeast Wisconsin is a preview of the future for what workers will face as states pass "right-to-work" legislation. Over 200 workers went on strike there four years ago. Workers say they think the company set up the workers and union to set the stage for right-to-work and other antiunion laws. Manitowoc, WI-Manitowoc Company (MC) headquartered here in northeast Wisconsin espouses a philosophy of corporate integrity, respect and honesty, responsibility to the community, and a supportive workplace. "Indeed," MC says, "doing the right things is at the heart of...
  • Portside - Monday, April 27, 2015 - 8:00pm
    April 20 was Hitler's birthday, a day when in the past few years neo-Nazis around the world have engaged in terror attacks; and on April 20, 2015 the U.S. Army is officially beginning the training and integration of the Ukraine's neo-Nazi stormtroopers.

    The US-funded Ukrainian government in Kiev has merged the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion and other battalions (there are several dozen of them) into the Ministry of Defense. Further, the foremost neo-Nazi leader in Ukraine, Dmitry Yarosh, has been made a Special Advisor to the Chief of Staff of the Ukrainian Army (see attached photo)....

  • Portside - Monday, April 27, 2015 - 8:00pm
    Less than beautiful produce can be an attractive and economical supply source

    Would you eat an "ugly" cucumber?

    The “ugly food movement” is taking off around the world, particularly in Europe and Australia, as an answer to the problem of food waste. So far, it has yet to firmly take hold in the United States, but given this country’s love of solution-driven food trends, it seems a good bet that ugly food might soon take its place beside local food, organic food, and environmentally conscious eating. “Ugly” foods are those that sellers and buyers often reject because of their...

  • Portside - Monday, April 27, 2015 - 8:00pm
    Ukrainian anti-fascists are calling on people around the world to mark May 2 as a day of commemoration of those who were killed in the trade union building in Odessa.

    On May 2, 2014 there was a bloody massacre in Odessa where, though data is incomplete, at least 48 people were killed. Some of them were burned alive in the House of Trade Unions. The organizers of the massacre were radical Ukrainian nationalists and fascists who support the regime established in the Kiev after the coup in February 2014. Their opponents were the participants of the Antimaydan movement opposed to Ukrainian...

  • Portside - Monday, April 27, 2015 - 8:00pm
    Another recent horrific injustice in the US is the jailing of African-American school teachers in Atlanta. There is widespread consternation on the Left, but little systemic analysis of this event. Every analyst finds it necessary to include the disclaimer "Of course they were wrong. They should have been fired."

    No. There is a web of determinants compelling teachers and school administrators all over the country, especially in the inner cities, to change answers on their student’s standardized tests. In the last four school years, cheating cases have been confirmed in 37 states...

  • Portside - Monday, April 27, 2015 - 8:00pm
    All 550 candidates of the Communist Party (CP), Turkey that will be running in the upcoming elections in June are women. According to a recent statement released by the CP, the reason for choosing all women candidates is not simply about the active participation of women in the political struggle but because it is only women who can represent the rebellion against a social order that thrives on murdering and humiliating them on a daily basis.

    All 550 candidates of the Communist Party (CP), Turkey that will be running in the upcoming elections in June are women.

    According to a recent...

  • Portside - Monday, April 27, 2015 - 8:00pm
    Should we be wondering if the prosecution of cheating Atlanta teachers for racketeering was racist? Or should black parents and educators be leading a movement against high-stakes standardized testing as the gateway tool to privatizing public education in black and brown communities across the country?

    When drama queen Fulton County judge Jerry Baxter demanded public post-conviction apologies from Atlanta teachers already convicted of racketeering lest he hand them double digit sentences, it struck raw nerves in parts of black America. Black pastors and community leaders called press...

  • Union Solidarity International - Monday, April 27, 2015 - 10:16am

    The cleaners are organised by the union United Voices of the World (UVW). Over 60 people attended, armed with flyers, flags, drums, megaphones, air horns and vuvuzelas. UVW members from sites such as the British Musuem, the LSE University, Prudential, Sotheby’s, M&S and Topshop were in attendance and fantastic solidarity was shown from representatives from SOAS University Unison branch and from Unite Hotel Workers Branch.

    The LLW, currently set at £9.15 per hour, is merely meant to afford...

  • Union Solidarity International - Monday, April 27, 2015 - 10:14am

    Dunnes Stores shop stewards from 100 stores across the Republic of Ireland met yesterday (Sunday, 26th April) to decide the next actions in the Decency for Dunnes Workers campaign.

    The shop stewards voted unanimously for a national protest march to Dunnes Stores Head Office The protest will be preceded by a series of local protests and actions, further details of which will be announced shortly.

    The meeting also endorsed a claim for a 3 percent pay increase lodged by their union Mandate.

    Mandate Assistant General Secretary Gerry Light said: “This protest will be an...

  • Union Solidarity International - Monday, April 27, 2015 - 9:04am

    GMB and Unite members are to ballot for strike action at Scottish Power Energy Networks in Scotland, North West England and North Wales.

    They are angry about enforced changes to working practices and terms and conditions without any meaningful consultation or agreement.

    These members are crafts workers and cable jointers. They carry out repairs to disrupted power supplies from substations and at the roadside both for domestic and business needs.

    Albie McGuigan, GMB Regional Organiser in the...