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The United States’ oldest secular pacifist organization, the War Resisters League has been resisting war at home and war abroad since 1923. Their work for nonviolent revolution has spanned decades...
The broad consensus among Palestinian civil society about the need for a broad and sustained Campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) resulted in the Palestinian Call for boycott,...
"Stop the Wall" is a grassroots movement uniting the struggle of the popular committees in the villages, refugee camps, and cities struggling against the Wall and settlements and the...

Member Blogs

  • Portside - Monday, May 25, 2015 - 1:21am
    The path to laser weapons is littered with dead lasers. The December 2014 tests on the US Navy's laser weapon were underwhelming. They reminded me of an old cartoon in which someone shot an arrow at the side of a barn, then painted a bulls-eye around the spot where the arrow landed. To add to the questionability of the December tests, they look like they were conjured up in a hurry—perhaps to impress those in charge of the purse strings.

    In December 2014, the US Navy made a great show of their test of a laser weapon in what it called the “realistic...

  • Portside - Monday, May 25, 2015 - 12:54am
    Despite our growing economy and the fact that poor workers are now more educated than ever, rising inequality has worked to keep low-income people in poverty. This increase in inequality was driven by stagnating wages for low- and middle-income households. Since 1979 increasing inequality has been the largest poverty-boosting factor, outweighing racial identity and family structure and completely eclipsing the effects of overall economic growth and educational attainment

    When assigning blame for our nation’s persistent poverty problem, many policymakers tend...

  • Portside - Monday, May 25, 2015 - 12:35am
    The New York Botanical Garden is showing rare paintings and drawings alongside the types of flora Kahlo herself once cultivated.

    Famed artist Frida Kahlo was also an exquisite gardener, with a deep understanding of plant science. At her home in Mexico City, known as La Casa Azul for its bright blue color and now the site of the Frida Kahlo Museum, Kahlo cultivated plants whose images made their way into her work. A sprawling exhibition at the...

  • Portside - Monday, May 25, 2015 - 12:04am
    The tension between religiosity and secular government goes back to the nation’s founding. One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America By Kevin M. Kruse 384 pp. Basic Books $29.99 The Religion of Democracy: Seven Liberals and the...
  • Portside - Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 11:51pm
    Medicalizing normal human behavior or common symptoms, and renaming subsets or combinations of symptoms, are common strategies to sell drugs.

    Ever notice how dinner party hosts estimate portions based on their own appetites? Small eaters may leave their guests hungry; large eaters may have plenty of leftovers. Adriane’s in the latter category; her guests learn to enjoy her food in generous portions, or risk her wrath. Charlea, on the other hand, considers salad dinner. Somehow, we’ve managed to remain friends.

    Sadly, Adriane’s hearty appetite...

  • Portside - Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 8:00pm
    The New York City Police Foundation (NYCPF), a private body funded by the city’s largest finance, real estate, tourism and private prison interests, has bankrolled another proposal to overhaul the New York Police Department. This “re-engineering” is underwritten by the NYCPF, overseen by consultant John Linder and supported by Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, the triad responsible for the 1994 NYPD reorganization that introduced the “broken windows” theory of policing.

    The New York City Police Foundation, a private body funded by New York City’s largest...

  • Portside - Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 8:00pm
    Last Sunday’s broad daylight shoot-out between rival biker gangs in Waco, Texas left nine dead and eighteen others hospitalized, and shocked the nation. However, the Waco shootout also served to graphically underscore how drastically different the police and media treatment of violent incidents is when those involved are white. This racial disparity was intensely explored on Twitter this week by commentators and critics on hashtag#WacoThugs.

    The scene in Waco on Sunday was like something off a TV show. Broad daylight shoot-outs between rival gangs that leave...

  • Portside - Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 8:00pm
    Qatar will host the 2022 Soccer World Cup, and this week the International Trade Union Confederation, Play Fair Qatar, and NewFifaNow launched a campaign to force sponsors of the Fédération Internationale de Football (FIFA) to demand a change in the slave-like conditions endured by migrant laborers building Qatar’s tournament infrastructure. According to Play Fair Qatar, “As things stand, more than 62 workers will die for each game played during the 2022 tournament.”

    Clearly there must be a magic number of slave deaths in the world’s richest country that...

  • Portside - Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 8:00pm
    Earlier this month, the Israeli Defense Minister both admitted Israel has nuclear weapons, and discussed the possibility of using them against Iran, citing the U.S. nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki as moral justification. Yet, the U.S. media has completely blacked out these incendiary remarks. Had the Iranian Defense Minister referenced Hiroshima in a discussion about Israel, it would have been front page news.

    This is a story about the media blackout of important information about Israel: that their leaders are seriously misguided.

    Two weeks...

  • Portside - Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 8:00pm
    As the investigation continues into the oil spill along the California coast, new details emerged about the pipeline operator's long history of wreaking environmental damage. Plains All American operates the pipeline that burst near Refugio State Beach on the Gaviota Coast and dumped more than 105,000 gallons of crude oil into the ocean. Plains All American has been responsible for 175 spill incidents nationwide since 2006, including 11 in California.

    As an investigation into an oil spill along the California coast continued on Thursday,...