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Member Blogs

  • Portside - Monday, March 30, 2015 - 8:00pm
    Our own progress against racism in the United States remains too recent, too fragile, and too incomplete to go on abetting apartheid in Israel.

    The last days of the campaign sounded an awful lot like the Jim Crow South, when African Americans had officially won the right to vote but still faced massive discrimination.

    On election morning, a powerful white official running for re-election urged his followers to get out and vote, warning that minority voters were turning out in large numbers — and those trouble-making civil rights agitators, he complained, were busing them to the polls...

  • Portside - Monday, March 30, 2015 - 8:00pm
    While hysteria and panic reign over the barbaric acts of the faraway Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, U.S. involvement in the “war on drugs” in a neighboring country gets just passing attention here. Curiouser and curiouser, hysteria and panic over Mexico only seem to rise when ISIS is reputed to be involved (at least in the fantasy worlds of various right-wingers). Consider it all part of the true mysteries of our strange American age of repetitive war.

    They behead people by the hundreds. They heap headless, handless bodies along roadsides as warnings to those who would resist their power...

  • Portside - Monday, March 30, 2015 - 8:00pm
    Scientists know that we have taste receptors for fatty acids in our mouths and intestines. They are studying if fat meets the criteria to qualify as a primary taste along with sweet, salt, sour, bitter and umami.

    A slice of pork belly, with a thick layer of fat. "If we confirm that fat is a basic taste quality, it's the equivalent of saying chartreuse is a primary color," Richard Mattes of Purdue University says. "It changes our basic understanding of what taste is."
    Your tongue doubtless knows the difference between a high-fat food and the low-fat alternative. Full-fat ice cream and...

  • Portside - Monday, March 30, 2015 - 8:00pm
    The Ukraine conflict has become a complex proxy war involving four of the world’s five original nuclear armed countries: the United States, Russia, France, and the United Kingdom. It’s time to step back from the brink.

    The Ukraine conflict has become a complex proxy war involving four of the world’s five original nuclear armed countries: the United States, Russia, France, and the United Kingdom. The extent of support provided by outside powers remains unclear, obscured by virulent nonstop propaganda campaigns promulgated by all sides. The Ukraine war has also become both a cause and an...

  • Portside - Monday, March 30, 2015 - 8:00pm
    Cuba to be certified by WHO as first country to eradicate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to child.

    Published 20 March 2015

     

    The World Health Organization is set to confirm Cuba as the first country in the world to have eliminated the STI transmission from mother to child. Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) will visit Cuba soon to review if the country can be certified to have eliminated the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to child. In order to receive the certification from the WHO, a country must have a transmission rate in less...

  • Portside - Monday, March 30, 2015 - 8:00pm
    If Billie Holiday and Ethel Rosenberg were alive, they’d both celebrate their 100th birthdays this year. At first glance they may seem an unlikely couple, but a closer look reveals surprising parallels.

    If Billie Holiday and Ethel Rosenberg were alive, they’d both celebrate their 100th birthdays this year. At first glance they may seem an unlikely couple, but a closer look reveals surprising parallels.They were each born into poverty six months and a hundred miles apart. Billie in April 1915 in Philadelphia, and Ethel in September in lower Manhattan. Both had extraordinary singing voices,...

  • FAIR - Monday, March 30, 2015 - 5:32pm
    To advocate for war, as the Washington Post and New York Times op-ed pages have done, is to incite a crime--“the supreme international crime,” as the chief prosecutor at Nuremberg noted.
  • Union Solidarity International - Monday, March 30, 2015 - 3:55pm

    SIPTU members in Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus will meet tomorrow (Tuesday, 31st March) to consider balloting for industrial action following the break down of talks, facilitated by the Labour Relations Commission (LRC), on plans to privatise 10% of public bus services.

    SIPTU Utilities and Construction Division Organiser, Owen Reidy, said: “The talks, between representatives of the transport unions, the National Transport Authority (NTA), CIE and the Department of Transport, broke down today following a threat...

  • Union Solidarity International - Monday, March 30, 2015 - 3:09pm

    The resurgence of student protests in Amsterdam, and in particular the highly publicised appropriation (occupation) of the Maagdenhuis building , have succeeded in pushing the issues of democracy, transparency and accountability to the heart of a public debate about the management of higher education in the Netherlands. The success of the movement has been remarkable in the extent to which it has reconfigured this debate on its own terms and broadened the scope for what it is possible to demand and pragmatically expect to achieve through protest and struggle. Within this...

  • This Can't Be Happening - Monday, March 30, 2015 - 11:36am
    A selective case of 'standing on principle': by:  Linn Washington Jr.

     

    In July 2013 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane made a bold move when she refused to defend a Pennsylvania state law in federal court that banned same-sex marriage. Terming that ban “wholly unconstitutional,” Kane declared that ethical directives applicable to lawyers barred her from defending a "legally indefensible" law.

    “If there is a law that I feel that does not...