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Member Blogs

  • Portside - Monday, August 3, 2015 - 12:45am
    An early expression of democracy, the US patent system is out of step with today’s citizens.

    This year, July 31 marks the 225th anniversary of the first patent issued in the United States. Though the American patent system was designed initially to stimulate innovation, some citizens now argue that it’s actually hurting innovation, limiting access to...

  • Portside - Monday, August 3, 2015 - 12:26am
    In their latest deal to fight ISIS, Washington and Turkey are treating the Middle East's largest stateless minority like pawns. That's a huge mistake.

    Let’s mix some metaphors in the Middle East, all of them involving elephants.

    In the crisis zone that encompasses Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Syria, the Kurds are the elephant in the room. They are the “problem” that no one really wants to talk about.

    Because it would be stitched together from bits and pieces of their territory, the countries of the region oppose an independent Kurdistan....

  • Portside - Monday, August 3, 2015 - 12:02am
    As the movement for racial justice spurred by the seemingly endless series of police killings of African Americans grows we are reminded that the issues are not new, they are endemic in U.S. history. What happens after the headlines subside? The truth has been buried too often, and for too long and there can be no justice until these stories are resurrected, scrubbed of their racist falsehoods. U.S. history needs to be put right.

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  • Portside - Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 10:57pm
    The San Carlos tribe is fighting to block a massive mining project that would cut a two-mile wide crater through sacred land.

    The tribal drums began beating outside the Capitol at noon. Dozens of activists from the San Carlos Apache tribe were gathered on the West Lawn, flanked by hundreds of supporters, with a clear message for Congress: Our sacred land is not for sale.

    For many it was the last stop on a weeks-long cross-country journey to save a stretch of land in southeastern Arizona, revered by the Apache, from a massive...

  • Portside - Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 10:44pm
    The rap song, sung by Sofia Ashraf, exhorts Unilever to clean up the toxic site of its abandoned mercury thermometer factory and compensate hundreds of its workers who have been exposed to mercury poisoning. The factory moved to India after it was shut down in Watertown, N.Y., in the early 1980s when concern over mercury in the Great Lakes was at its peak.

    A new, angry, three-minute rap song in English has a simple message for the global consumer product company Unilever – clean up.

    The video,...

  • Portside - Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 8:00pm
    Above all else, True Detective wants to explore the role of Men in Society. Todd VanDerWerff, culture editor: It will surprise precisely no one when I say that, above all else, True Detective wants to explore the role of Men in Society. I capitalize the phrase to indicate the larger concepts the show feints toward, but I might as well use all caps when it comes to anything involving True Detective and men, so fascinated is the show by the role of masculinity in America. At times, it feels like the living embodiment of the Two and a Half Men theme song: "Men,...
  • Portside - Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 8:00pm
    Before winning over AFL-CIO, she hopes to gain backing of individual unions.

    SILVER SPRING, Md. — It’s no secret to Hillary Clinton’s campaign that it won’t win the backing of the country’s most powerful labor organization quite yet.

    Instead, the Democratic front-runner’s machine is turning its attention to individual leaders one by one, looking to methodically win over unions as she faces off against an insurgent Bernie Sanders — a longtime union ally whose fiery rallies have riled up rank-and-file labor members across the country.

     

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  • Portside - Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 8:00pm
    On Tuesday Madrid’s newly elected mayor, Manuela Carmena, overturned the eviction orders for 70 families living in social housing and safeguarded more than 2,000 similar rental contracts. The move is the latest by the administration of Manuela Carmena, a former Communist, to protect housing in a country where tens of thousands of families have lost their homes. Over 50,000 mortgage holders were evicted in 2013 and 2014 in Spain.

    (City and regional governments sold thousands of rent-controlled flats - subsidized to make them affordable to lower- income...

  • Portside - Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 8:00pm
    Last Tuesday marked the 100th anniversary of the commencement of the U.S. occupation of Haiti. On July 28, 1915, U.S. Marines landed on the shores of Haiti and occupied the country for 19 years. A century later, the United Nations' "stabilization mission" in Haiti continues to compromise the nation's political and economic sovereignty.

    This Tuesday marks the 100th anniversary of the commencement of the U.S. Occupation of Haiti. On July 28, 1915, U.S. Marines landed on the shores of Haiti, occupying the country for 19 years. College...

  • Portside - Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 8:00pm
    California cities are being victimized by the latest iteration of Wall Street predation—the purchase in bulk of distressed single-family mortgages and foreclosed homes, so-called Real Estate Owned (REOs) properties—with the intent to rent them. Through this REO to Rental process, investors are muscling out first time homebuyers, displacing tenants, outbidding nonprofit affordable housing developers, and changing the demographics of whole communities.

    Over the last few years, communities have witnessed the latest iteration of Wall Street predation—the...