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  • Portside - Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 8:00pm
    According to the Economic Policy Institute, Congress’ refusal to extend unemployment benefits in 2014, coupled with cuts in benefits at the state level, has reduced the percentage of people receiving unemployment insurance to the lowest level in more than three decades. And, despite higher unemployment rates for Black workers, unemployed Black workers are even less likely to receive unemployment benefits than their white counterparts.

    With no federal unemployment insurance and rapidly disappearing state coverage, the percentage of people benefiting from unemployment insurance is at its...

  • Portside - Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 8:00pm
    Mexico’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), and its allies, suffered a major setback March 10th, when a law to privatize Mexico’s water resources was shelved. President Enrique Peña Nieto had attempted to “fast track” approval of the General Water Law, but the rapid mobilization of grassroots opposition forced the indefinite postponement of a vote on the legislation that would place water distribution under private sector control.

    The ruling party (PRI) and its allies, the National Action Party (PAN), the Partido Verde and New Alliance, were forced to back down in the Chamber...

  • Portside - Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 8:00pm
    There is renewed interest in the potentially huge profitability of African agriculture - and seed systems are a key target. The Gates Foundation and the US Agency for International Development are working with Monsanto, Syngenta, Yara and others, to impose seed regulations friendly to multinational corporations that will reduce the role of Africa’s public sector, and marginalize the small farmers whose seeds and labor feed the continent.

    A battle is currently being waged over Africa's seed systems. After decades of neglect and weak investment in African agriculture, there is renewed...

  • Portside - Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 8:00pm
    Fifteen non-profits launched a petition on March 23 calling on the Smithsonian's American Museum of Natural History and the Natural History Museum of New York to remove David Koch from their boards of trustees because "he bankrolls groups that deny climate science." Serious questions are being raised about institutions that accept money from donors whose business and political dealings are in direct opposition to the institutions' missions.

    A new campaign urging science museums to cut ties with David Koch has thrown a spotlight on the billionaire Koch brothers' enormous...

  • Portside - Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 8:00pm
    Attorney "Marty" Stroud was the prosecutor in the 1984 murder trial of Glenn Ford, who was sentenced to death for the murder of Isadore Rozeman. Ford was released from prison in 2014, after the state admitted new evidence proving Ford was not the killer.

    [Editor's Note: Attorney A.M. "Marty" Stroud III, of Shreveport, was the lead prosecutor in the December 1984 first-degree murder trial of Glenn Ford, who was sentenced to death for the Nov. 5, 1983 death of Shreveport jeweler Isadore Rozeman. Ford was released from prison March 11, 2014, after the state admitted new evidence...

  • Union Solidarity International - Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 4:15am

    The TUC has called on the Tories to explain how they are going to cut £12bn from the welfare budget.

    Last night the BBC reported leaked files revealed the Conservatives were looking restricting child benefits and taxing disability benefits.

    TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It is time the Conservatives came clean about exactly how they plan to make a further £12bn of cuts to the welfare budget.

    “These leaked proposals make for very disturbing reading, especially for severely...

  • Portside - Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 3:31am
    Tom Lehrer -- We'll All Go Together When We Go. Detroit Man Beaten by Police Speaks Out. Boom Bust Boom Trailer. New York Subway's Danny Small. SEC's Andrew Bowden at Stanford – A Regulator for Sale? Tom Lehrer -- We'll All Go Together When We Go   Who needs nuclear nonproliferation? Nukes could lead to the ultimate in togetherness.     Detroit Man Beaten by Police Speaks Out   ...
  • Portside - Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 2:51am
    March 27, 2015

    Floyd Dent talks to Chris Hayes about being pulled from his car and beaten by police in Inkster, Michigan, as seen in dashcam video.

    Tags: police violence
  • Portside - Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 2:21am
    March 27, 2015



    Monty Python star Terry Jones co-wrote and co-directed this completely serious economics documentary, whose experts include Nobel Prize winners Daniel Kahneman, Robert J. Shiller and Paul Krugman.

    Tags: documentaryeconomicspaul krugmanTerry Jones
  • Portside - Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 2:10am
    March 27, 2015

    Mitchell Hughes, aka Danny Small, originally from South Carolina, singing in the NYC subway station at 14th Street and 6th Avenue -- one cell in the musical lifeblood of a city.

    Tags: Music