Portside Snapshot - April 8, 2015

   
 

 


Boycott, Divest and Sanction Corporations That Feed on Prisons

Chris Hedges
Truthdig
“Organizing boycotts, work stoppages inside prisons and the refusal by prisoners and their families to pay into the accounts of phone companies and commissary companies is the only weapon we have left,” said Amos Caley, who runs the Interfaith Prison Coalition, a group formed by prisoners, the formerly incarcerated, their families and religious leaders.



Power and Resistance at the World Social Forum in Tunisia

Hamza Hamouchene
Middle East Eye
The World Social Forum is one of the few remaining places where tens of thousands of people from all over the world meet annually to discuss, debate, plan and organise under the banner of “Another World Is Possible”. Though the WSF continues to provide a space in which radical thinking, networking and organising can and does take place, it is not immune from power politics and attempts to neutralise, hijack and convert it to a status-quo agenda.



Netanyahu Slips, Reveals Reason for Opposition to Iran Deal

Juan Cole
Informed Comment
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was given repeated access to millions of Americans to talk trash about the deal over the weekend and to make mostly false allegations about its contours. What does he want? Netanyahu wants to keep Iran poor and undeveloped. He wants to make sure that “crippling” sanctions aren’t lifted. He wants to keep Iranians in grinding poverty.



Are Unions and Democrats Still Happy Together?

Jeanne Cummings
Bloomberg
The conflict over fast track is fundamental. Organized labor wants to
kill the legislation. Obama wants to sign it. The rough outlines of the
bill would enable Congress to make its preferences known and receive
updates while trade negotiations are under way in exchange for a clean
vote -- no amendments -- on a final trade agreement.



Why So Many Celebrities are Scientologists: "Going Clear", Revealing New HBO Doc, Holds Clues

Eileen Jones
In These Times
One explanation of why do many celebrities are Scientologists is hidden in plain sight: The way the cult mirrors the star-obsessed, profit-driven culture of Hollywood. "Going Clear" also posits the rest of the answer: Stars stick with Scientology because of the meticulously kept notes, recordings and videos from E-meter "auditing" sessions that are central to the religion's practice, and make for ideal blackmail material.


 
 
 
 
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