Portside Digest - 

    
          Dispatches From the Culture Wars - Slipping into Darkness Edition
    
          February 21, 2017
    
          French fascism looks familiar; Eat fist, Nazi; Now you see it; Assessing the damage; Alt.right culture horror show
    
          https://portside.org/2017-02-21/dispatches-culture-wars-slipping-darkness-edition
  
  
           How Norway Avoided Becoming a Fascist State 
    
          February 21, 2017
    
          Instead of falling to the Nazi party, Norway broke through to a social democracy. Their history shows us polarization is nothing to despair over. 
    
          https://portside.org/2017-02-21/how-norway-avoided-becoming-fascist-state
  
  
          As Construction Near Standing Rock Restarts, Pipeline Fights Flare Across the U.S.
    
          February 21, 2017
    
          The fight against DAPL didn’t come from nowhere. It’s a direct descendant of the Keystone XL fight — both pass through the territory of the Oceti Sakowin, or Seven Council Fires, which includes bands of the Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota people. And when Standing Rock tribal members saw that it was time to mobilize, they turned to relatives that had fought the Keystone XL.
    
          https://portside.org/2017-02-21/construction-near-standing-rock-restarts-pipeline-fights-flare-across-us
  
  
          Trump Administration Issues How-To for 'Hyper-Aggressive Mass Deportation Policy'
    
          February 21, 2017
    
          The official guidelines, signed by DHS Secretary John Kelly, "expand raids and the definition of criminal aliens, while diminishing sanctuary areas and enlisting local law enforcement to execute federal immigration policy," The Hill reported.
    
          https://portside.org/2017-02-21/trump-administration-issues-how-hyper-aggressive-mass-deportation-policy
  
  
          Congress Goes Home, and Constituents Fired Up Over Health Care Are Waiting
    
          February 21, 2017
    
          “It doesn’t work for organizations to bigfoot strategy; it’s not the way organizing happens now,” said Kelley Robinson, the deputy national organizing director for Planned Parenthood, which is fighting the defunding of its health clinics. “There are bigger ideas coming out of the grass roots than the traditional organizations.”


    
          https://portside.org/2017-02-21/congress-goes-home-and-constituents-fired-over-health-care-are-waiting
  
  
          Union Sues Over Iowa's New Collective Bargaining Law
    
          February 21, 2017
    
          
The new law bans public employee unions in most cases from negotiating over issues such as health insurance, evaluation procedures, staff reduction and leaves of absence for political purposes. Police officers and firefighters are exempted from that portion of the law, a move that AFSCME argues in the lawsuit violates the Iowa Constitution by creating "favored" and "disfavored" groups of government workers.
    
          https://portside.org/2017-02-21/union-sues-over-iowas-new-collective-bargaining-law
  
  
          ‘The Salesman’: Will Academy Members Give it an Oscar To Protest Trump?
    
          February 21, 2017
    
          Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who won an Oscar in 2012 for “A Separation” and whose second Oscar-nominated film, “The Salesman” is playing on more than 65 screens and could pass the $1 million mark this weekend, grabbed a lot of press when he canceled his plans to attend the February 26th Oscars ceremony following President Donald Trump’s 90-day visa ban for citizens from seven Muslim countries, including Iran. 
    
          https://portside.org/2017-02-22/%E2%80%98-salesman%E2%80%99-will-academy-members-give-it-oscar-protest-trump
  

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